This Retro Pic of the Day takes us back to a time at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) when taking a dip in the ocean at the chilliest of winter times was, well, very cool as a Polar Bear Club member.
You’ve heard of people warming up to polar bear swims for a cause. And then there are those regional groups that indulge occasionally for the thrill of that big chill time.
But, a high school sporting such a club with regular activity is probably non-existent now, much less a few decades ago in the 1970s. Then again, RFH was quite freestyle and festive about many causes and clubs back in the day.
Did you take the plunge back in your high school day? Where?
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.
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.
The following criminal incidents were obtained from Red Bank police records:
• An incident of criminal mischief was reported on Jan. 30. The victim reported that an unknown person broke a window at a Newman Springs Road residence.
Patrolman Michael Zadlock took the report.
• The owner of a store on Broad Street reported on Jan. 31 that two males and one female entered the store, shopped around and when they left, set off the alarm. The two fled the store and when they were found it was discovered that they had stolen a mink coat and a Louis Vuitton handbag.
The following arrest and crime reports were obtained from recent Red Bank police records. Arrests do not constitute convictions.
Criminal incident report
• An iPhone was reported stolen from a cafe at 21 Monmouth St. on Jan. 28.
Patrolman Kristin Altimari took the report.
• Samantha Dietrich, 27, of Shrewsbury, was arrested by Patrolman Sean Hauschildt on Jan. 28 in the area of N. Bridge Avenue and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), less than 50 grams of marijuana.
With all the post-Superbowl talk about the grandiose pop star-studded halftime, we figured our Retro Pic of the Day should be an ode to simpler, well, high school halftimes.
So, that in mind, our featured photo is of the 1976 RFH Marching Band.
No, there were no myriad costume changes, acrobatics, flying people or gigantic glass tigers (that was a tiger, right?) toting pop star Katy Perry, but these guys had a following of their own and their time to shine on the field.
We won’t editorialize on the Katy Perry popularity contest.
Yes, there’s a change in the weather — a hazardous one.
After a long night’s worth of rain, temperatures plummeted to below freezing kept falling while a heavy band of snow fell mid-afternoon in the Rumson-Fair Haven area.
About an inch of snow blanketed the ice and freezing sludge within an hour, making driving conditions slippery and treacherous pretty quickly.
The National Weather Service issued three advisories for the area: a winter weather advisory, in effect until midnight; a hazardous weather outlook, advising people check regularly about slippery road conditions; and a short term forecast, cautioning the dangerous effects of the weather and heavy snow showers for Monmouth and Ocean counties.
The short term forecast notified the public of the following for the night:
“THROUGH THE FIRST HALF OF THE EVENING, PLUNGING TEMPERATURES AND STRONG GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS WILL CONTINUE.
“SCATTERED FLURRIES WILL ALSO MOVE THROUGH. IF DRIVING, PLEASE BE CAREFUL AS ALL TEMPERATURES ARE BELOW FREEZING AND DROPPING. DRIVING OR WALKING
ON UNTREATED SURFACES WILL BE EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS.”
The forecast for Monday night calls for a total snow accumulation of up to half an inch, northwest winds traveling anywhere from 18 to 26 miles per hour. Wind gusts could reach 44 miles per hour and the wind chill may dip as low as -1 degrees.
Tuesday is slated to be sunny with the same wind chill and a northwest wind of up to 13 miles per hour.