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Ode to Past RFH Class Presidents

It’s Presidents’ Day.

In honor of that, in our own Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect way, our Retro Pic of the (George) Day honors past presidents — of Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) classes of the past.

Yes, we do have many pictures from the 1970s. That’s, obviously because your editor is from that era (Ouch. Did I say that?).

So, we’ve decided to hone in on the first president of the Class of 1978 — Ward Tietz.

In these pics, again courtesy of the amazing George Day, the prez, in his freshman year, is ending the Freshman Follies and playing ball. Oh, yes, Ward was also a star in the show in this editor’s version of South Pacific’s ‘Honey Bun.’ The guilt is still there from the coconuts I made him wear that caused a major rash. Sorry, Ward!

Who was your favorite class president at RFH? Hail to which chief? Send us your pics at evd@rfhretro.com.

 

Arresting News from Nearby: Contempt of Court

The following contempt of court arrests were recently reported by Middletown police:

• Robert Ellis, 51, ofSuburban Road in Brick, was arrested on Feb. 4 by Cpl. Joseph Ahlemeyer on contempt of court warrants issued by the Middletown Municipal Court.

He was held on $4,433 bail.

• Jessica Swartz, 30, of Howard Avenue in Keansburg, was arrested on Feb. 4 by Patrolman Brian Dilworth on contempt of court warrants issued by the Middletown Municipal Court.

She was held on $2,500 bail.

• Alexander Giuriceo, 20, of Greenfield Way in the Belford section of Middletown, was arrested on Feb. 2 by Patrolman John Walsifer on a contempt of court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court.

He was held on $1,500 bail.

• Brittany Carr, 24, of Atlantic Avenue in Middletown, was arrested on Feb. 7 by Police Officer Stephanie Geisel on contempt of court warrants issued by the Woodbridge and Middletown municipal courts.

She was held on $918 bail.

• Gregory Bruno, 49, of Garden Street in Red Bank, was arrested on Feb. 9 by Patrolman Antonio Ciccone on contempt of court warrants issued by the Middletown Municipal Court.

He was held on $577 bail.

• Gregory Bruno, 49, of Garden Street in Red Bank, was arrested on Feb. 9 by Patrolman Antonio Ciccone on contempt of court warrants issued by the Middletown Municipal Court.

He was held on $577 bail.

• Christina Villena, 23, of Rhea Road in Middletown, was arrested on Feb. 5 by Patrolman Adam Vendetti on a contempt of court warrant issued by the Monmouth Beach Municipal Court.

She was released after posting $405 bail.

• Bruce Vaughn, 40, of Pearl Street in Red Bank, was arrested on Feb. 7 by Patrolman Richard Belmonte on a contempt of court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court.

He was held on $405 bail.

• Selina Lester, 30, of Kimberly Court in Red Bank, was arrested on Jan. 28, 2015 by Patrolman Michael Heaton on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Red Bank Municipal Court.

She was released after posting $468 bail.

• Steven Ciufo, 38, of Shoal Harbor Court in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown, was arrested on Jan. 25 by Patrolman Adam Colfer on a contempt of court warrant issued by the Hazlet Municipal Court.

He was held on $236 bail.

• Paul Summey, 32, of Terry Lane in Tinton Falls, was arrested on Jan. 25 by Police Officer Stephanie Geisel on a contempt of court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court.

He was released after posting $250 bail.

• Selina Lester, 30, of Kimberly Court in Red Bank, was arrested on Jan. 28, 2015 by Patrolman Michael Heaton on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Red Bank Municipal Court.

She was released after posting $468 bail.

• Brian Chevalier, 43, of Broadmoor Road in the Lincroft section of Middletown, was arrested on Jan. 28 by Patrolman Michael Heaton on a contempt of court warrant issued by the Jackson Municipal Court.

He was released after posting $200 bail.

• Gabrielle Sulner, 22, of East 14th Street in Brooklyn, NY, was arrested on Jan. 30 by Patrolman Michael Allen on a contempt of court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court.

She was released after posting $250 bail.

• Lisa Smith, 26, of Church Street in the Belford section of Middletown, was arrested on Feb. 6 by Police Officer Stephanie Geisel on a contempt of court warrant issued by the Hazlet Municipal Court.

She was released after posting $250 bail.

 

RFH Girls Winter Track Team Scores Big

The following is an edited press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School:

The Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) Girls Winter Track Team has earned a double victory.

The team garnered the school’s first Group II State Relay championship for Winter Track and scored its fourth consecutive Central Jersey Group II Sectional title.

The historic State Group II Relay Championship was the result of a first-place finish at the State Relays in January, where 24 teams competed and RFH bested Holmdel by three points.

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Rewind: ‘Honey Bun,’ an RFH Valentine

 

RFH Freshman Follies 1975 rendition of Honey Bun with Stephanie DeSesa, Ward Tietz and Elaine Van Develde Photo/George Day
RFH Freshman Follies 1975 rendition of Honey Bun with Stephanie DeSesa, Ward Tietz and Elaine Van Develde
Photo/George Day

Our Retro Pic of the (George) Day is a Valentine of sorts.

It takes us back to the stage of the 1975 Freshman Follies when Ward Tietz, class president, got all dolled up with a hula skirt, coconut shell top and a festive cigar to help your own Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect editor and best friend, since deceased Stephanie DeSesa, do a rendition of South Pacific’s “Honey Bun.”

Considering the regalia, spirit and setting, this one’s a warmer upper on yet another chilly day.

Though, poor Ward Tietz ended up with a very itchy rash from those coconuts.

Who’s your Honey Bun?

Oh, and many thanks, again, to the fabulous George Day for yet another treasure of a photo.

Police Report: Nearby Thefts, Criminal Mischief

The following recent criminal incidents were reported by Red Bank police:

• The theft of an iPhone from the restroom of a grocery store on Broad Street was reported on Feb. 5.

Patrolman Garrett Falco took the report.

• The theft of a shower kit, containing a watch, ring and cash, from a Maple Avenue gym was reported on Feb. 5.

Patrolman Shane Dengel took the report.

• An incident of criminal mischief was reported on Feb. 9 to have occurred sometime in the past week at a Fisher Place residence. The victim reported that the screen on her window had been cut.

Patrolman Jorge Torres took the report.

• An incident of criminal mischief was reported to have occurred on Feb. 9 at a Branch Avenue residence. The victim reported that a glass window was broken.

Patrolman Jorge Torres took the report.

• An incident of criminal mischief was reported to have occurred on Feb. 10 at an E. Newman Springs Road business. The victim reported that someone keyed and slashed three tires on a parked vehicle.

Patrolman Shane Dengel took the report.

DIVE!: A Business Valentine Story

 

By Elaine Van Develde

It was a dank, dreary day back in October of 2012. Steven Graniero and Christina Dilorio stood at the bottom of bleachers overflowing with sanguine Hurricane Sandy victims at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.

The weather gave them an eerie embrace as if to get in another jab as they held onto one another, wiping away tears and trying to comprehend what had just happened.

The engaged couple had just lost everything but one another to Sandy. After earning their stripes bar tending and waiting tables, the two, who met at work, had saved all their pennies to make a dream come true and open a small beachy bar/restaurant of their own in Sea Bright.

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Crime Close By: DWI, Theft, Assault & More

The following arrests were reported by Middletown Township police. Arrests do not constitute convictions.

• Michael Simonelli, 19, of Hosford Avenue in Middletown, was arrested on Jan. 26 by Patrolman Brian McGrogan and charged with  simple assault.

He was held on $2,500.00 bail with a 10 percent option.

• Albert Freeman, 49, of Maida Terrace in Middletown, was arrested on Jan. 27 by Patrolman William Rodewald and charged with terroristic threats and harassment.

He was held on $5,000 bail with a 10 percent option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

• Kristen Ruff, 28, of East Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, was arrested on Jan. 28, 2015 by Police Officer Stephanie Geisel and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI).

She was released pending a court date.

• Bryan Greten, 25, of North Park Avenue in West Keansburg,  was arrested on Jan. 28 by Patrolman Richard Belmonte and charged with disorderly conduct.

He was released pending a court date.

• Anthony Spero, 58, of Clinton Avenue in Middletown, was arrested on Jan. 31 by Patrolman James Beirne and charged with simple assault.

He was released pending a court date.

• Kathleen Marisco, 37, of Alpine Terrace in Neptune, was arrested on Jan. 31 by Cpl. Thomas Meckier and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI).

She was released pending a court date.

• Darryl Pineda, 33, of West Garfield Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, was arrested on Jan. 30 by Cpl. James Keenan and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI).

He was released pending a court date.

• Alex Bahr, age 24, of Oakes Avenue in the Belford section of Middletown, was arrested on Jan. 30 by Patrolman Ian May and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI).

He was released pending a court date.

• Alissa Algarin, 48, of Portland Road in Highlands,was arrested on Feb. 1 by Patrolman Patrick Leonard and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI).

She was released pending a court date.

• On Jan. 31, Patrolman Nicholas Haines arrested a 17-year-old male juvenile from Middletown and charged him with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was released pending a court date.

• Morgan Mazza, 20, of Spring Garden Road in the Lincroft section of Middletown, was arrested on Feb. 1 by Patrolman John Soltysik and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI).

She was released pending a court date.

• On Feb. 1, Patrolman Patrick Leonard arrested a 17-year-old male juvenile from the Belford section of Middletown and charged him with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, underage possession of alcohol and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle.

He was released pending a court date.

• On Feb. 1, Patrolman Patrick Leonard arrested a 16-year-old male juvenile from the Leonardo section of Middletown and charged him with possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and underage possession of alcohol.

He was released pending a court date.

• Gregory Wolf, 50, of Fairview Drive in Middletown, was arrested on Feb. 2 by Lt. Paul Bailey and charged with driving while suspended for a driving while intoxicated offense.

He was released pending a court date.

• Alexander Giuriceo, 20, of Greenfield Way in the Belford section of Middletown, was arrested on Feb. 2 by Detective Keith Hirschbein and charged with receiving stolen property.

He was held on $2,500.00 bail.

• Luis Espinoza-Hernandez, 23, of Cedar Street in Red Bank, was arrested on Feb. 2 by Patrolman Michael Heaton and charged with shoplifting from the Sears store on Route 35.

He was held on $2,500 bail, set by Judge Richard Thompson.

• Alfredo Flores-Oliveras, 28, of Cedar Street in Red Bank, was arrested on Feb. 2 by Patrolman Michael Heaton and charged with shoplifting from the Sears store on Route 35.

He was held on $2,500 bail, set by Judge Richard Thompson.

• Mark Fusco, 49, of Bay Hill Road in the Leonardo section of Middletown, was arrested on Feb. 4 by Patrolman Michael Reuter and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI).

He was released pending a court date.

• Joseph Mullally, 47, of Martins Lane in Middletown, was arrested on Feb. 4 by Patrolman Nicholas Haines and charged with simple assault and harassment.

He was held on $5,000 bail with a 10 percent option, set by Judge Richard Thompson.

• Doris Harris, 56, of Locust Street in Cliffwood, was arrested on Feb. 7 by Corporal Bernie Chenoweth and charged with defrauding a drug urine test.

She was held pending a court date.

• Christopher Rizzolo, 33, of Monument Street in Freehold, was arrested on Feb. 7 by Cpl. Bernie Chenoweth and charged with defrauding a drug test.

He was held pending a court date.

• James Mauro, 61, of Route 322 in Swedesboro, was arrested on Feb. 7 by Patrolman Jesse Toma and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI).

He was released pending a court date.

• Alexander Green, 20, of Wesley Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, was arrested on Feb. 9 by Patrolman Brian Dilworth and charged with unlawful possession of prescription medication, theft, burglary, and credit card theft.

He was held on $122,500 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.

• Robert Montalbano, 19, of Brandywine Lane in Colts Neck, ws arrested on Feb. 8 by Police Officer Stephanie Geisel and charged with unlawful possession of alprazolam, disorderly conduct, possession of drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence.

He was held on $10,000 bail with a 10 percent option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

• Sean Figaro, 20, of Garfield Avenue in the Belford section of Middletown, was arrested on Feb. 8 by Patrolman Brady Carr and charged with simple assault.

He was released after posting $2,500 bail with a 10 percent option, set by Judge Richard Thompson.

• Wayne Hegel, 54, of Palmer Avenue in Middletown, was arrested on Feb. 9 by Patrolman Ryan Riffert and charged with criminal mischief and obstructing the administration of law.

He was held on $3,500 bail, set by Judge Richard Thompson.

 

Forrestdale Student Dubbed Geography Expert

You could say that Forrestdale School sixth-grader Peter O’Connor knows where things are in this world.

After proving his expertise in geography by winning in-class competitions, the Rumson 12-year-old garnered first place in the Forrestdale School Geography Bee on Feb. 4, a press release from the Rumson School District said.

O’Connor won the champion title after competing among 18 sixth- through eighth-grade students who qualified through the in-class competitions for the final school-wide contest, the release added.

The winning question he answered correctly:  “Which country is the setting for Jack London’s classic novel ‘The Call of the Wild’, which takes place during the Klondike Gold Rush in the Yukon?” The answer: Canada.

Eighth-grader Sam Eckstein came in second.

Peter, the release said, will now go on to participate in the Regional Finals of the National Geography Bee in April.

Seventh grade Social Studies teacher Keith Laviola organized and hosted the competition.

Judges were: eighth grade Social Studies teacher Michelle Devoy; sixth grade Social Studies teacher Dan Morrone; and eighth grade English/Language Arts teacher Lori Zucker.

Honoring Fair Haven’s Larry Quigley

By Elaine Van Develde

What is it that longtime Fair Havenite Larry Quigley has not done as a volunteer serving the town he has called home for more than a quarter of a century?

“That’s the question,” Mayor Ben Lucarelli said before Monday night’s Borough Council meeting as he looked over a proclamation the borough had prepared to honor Quigley. “If you ask what he’s done, the list is just endless. So the question becomes ‘What has Larry Quigley not done?’ and the answer is ‘Not much.’ I’m looking at about, let’s see, nine committees and/or boards he’s served on, not to mention the fire company.”

So, the mayor said, that’s why the borough decided to honor Quigley. “He really deserves it,” Lucarelli said.

Quigley, an attorney, has lived in the borough for more than 25 years, the proclamation said. He was recognized for his “many years of selfless public service.”

In those years, Quigley has served on Fair Haven’s: Historic Commission; Planning and Zoning (14 years) boards, with a stint as vice-chairman of Zoning; Long Range Planning Committee, as chairman of its Land Use subcommittee; Land Use and Revision Committee (1996 to 1998); Memorial Park Advisory Committee; World War II Veterans’ Memorial Monument Committee; 9/11 Memorial Committee; and the Communications Committee, as its first chairman in 2003.

Quigley was also chairman of the 2008 Veterans Day in the borough.

He was also a social member of the Fair Haven Volunteer Fire Department.

“As our first Communications Committee chair, Larry really helped a lot with advising the administration on how to effectively communicate with residents, such as with our newsletter (Focus on Fair Haven), and he was also the unofficial photographer for a lot of events,” the mayor said. “His dedication just didn’t stop at committees. Larry’s advice, as the proclamation says, has been sought out by everybody — mayors, administrators, council members, attorneys, employees. We thank him and wish him the best.”

 

 

Forrestdale Eighth Grader a Spelling Champ

Can you spell winner?

It’s a pretty sure bet that Forrestdale School eighth grader Sage Basri can. The 13-year-old Rumson girl, one of 30 fourth through eighth grade participants, won the school’s spelling bee on Jan. 30, according to a Rumson School District press release.

Basri’s victory came when she correctly spelled the “championship” word anathema, the release said. Sixth grader Michael Benedetto came in second, it added, when he became the only other student who qualified for the final round by correctly spelling the word exonerate.

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Meeting Night in Fair Haven: Invasive Species & Special Honor on Agenda

Tonight is Fair Haven Borough Council meeting night.

There are a few things on the agenda that may pique people’s interest.

First, Larry Quigley, a longtime resident who has served on roughly nine committees and commissions, including the Planning and Zoning boards and Historic Preservation Commission, will be honored with a proclamation.

Congratulations to Larry. Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect will be there to follow up with a full story.

In addition to Quigley’s proclamation, a few issues will be workshopped.

Among those issues on the agenda is a slated discussion on invasive (plant) species. Mayor Ben Lucarelli had said that while the borough is hesitant to be the arbiter of what people can and cannot plant on their properties, there have been problems with species — a certain variety of bamboo, in particular — rooting, creeping under property lines and cracking and unearthing driveways, for instance.

A speed limit change to River Road will also be discussed as will some tree permit denials.

To check out the agenda yourself, click here.

Arresting News from Nearby: Disorderly, Contempt & More

The following arrests were recently made and reported by Red Bank police. An arrest does not constitute a conviction.

• Eleazar Aguirre-Salazar, 24, of Red Bank, was arrested on Feb. 2 in the area of W. Front Street and charged with disorderly conduct by Patrolman Benjamin Springer.

• Nicholas Hoffman, 21, of Rumson, was arrested Feb. 1 in the area of W. Front Street and charged with disorderly conduct by Patrolman Ashon Lovick.

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