RFH Rowing Sprouts with Spring

With advent of spring, RFH Rowing and RFH Varsity Crew activity has sprouted.

The “competitive scholastic high school” crew program, sponsored by Rumson and Fair Haven boroughs, launched some of its seasonal start-up at its Victory Park home base in Rumson on Tuesday.

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Arresting News Nearby: Contempt

The following arrests on contempt of court charges were made recently by Red Bank police: 

• Diana Roth, 20, of Union Beach, was arrested in the area of Riverview Plaza on April 1 by Sgt. Juan Sardoin and charged with contempt of court.

• Mary Bankowski, 21, of Red Bank, was arrested in the area of Monmouth Street on March 30 by Patrolman Shane Dengel and charged with contempt of court.

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Detour: Rumson Road Work Ahead

If you’re planning on traveling down Rumson Road in the next week or so, you may want to take an alternate route.

Starting on Wednesday morning, the main Monmouth County road that runs from Little Silver to the border of Sea Bright will be mill paved during the daylight hours, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to the sign near Buena Vista Avenue and Rumson Road and the borough website.

The paving, done by the county, is slated to take roughly six days, depending on the weather.

Work will start at the Little Silver end, by Branch Avenue and end at Bingham in Rumson.


Rumson Signs of Spring


Spring has sprung in the Rumson-Fair Haven area.

The sun was out on Monday and so were the kids at Victory Park in Rumson.

As the temperature hit near 70 degrees, the mood escalated along with it.

Take a look at the slideshow above for a glimpse into the afternoon down by the Navesink River at the park.

Coast Guard: Easter Capsized Boat Rescue on Shrewsbury River

After a 20-foot pleasure boat took on water and capsized in the Shrewsbury River on Easter Sunday, a crew from U.S. Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook rescued four.

A distress call was sent out by the boat’s operator at about 3:30 p.m., a release from the Coast Guard said. The Sandy Hook Unit sent out a 47-foot lifeboat which arrived about 20 minutes later as the boat capsized, it added.

The four who were traveling in the boat were brought to Station Sandy Hook where they were checked over by emergency responders, the release said. All four were wearing life jackets.

The Coast Guard said the four are fine and stressed the importance of wearing life jackets and being equipped with proper working radios when traveling in a boat.


Crime & Arresting News Close By: Criminal Mischief, Theft & More

The following recent incidents and arrests were reported by Red Bank police:


• An incident of criminal mischief was reported to have occurred sometime between March 30 and 31 at a Monmouth Street business. The business owner reported that an unknown person or persons tampered with the locking mechanism on the front door. No entry was gained.

Patrolman Jhonatan Quispe took the report.

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Rewind: Honoring the Memory of Fair Haven’s Bob Dougherty

Andy and Bob Dougherty Photo/courtesy of Andy Dougherty
Andy and Bob Dougherty
Photo/courtesy of Andy Dougherty

It has been seven years since the untimely death of longtime Fair Havenite Bob Dougherty.

Bob was a very community-minded man, husband, father, friend and neighbor to many.

Those who knew him consider themselves fortunate.

So, the Retro Pic of the Day honors the memory of Bob Dougherty with a snapshot of Bob and his youngest son, Andy.

The Dougherty children all serve the Rumson-Fair Haven community to this day. Andy works in the Fair Haven School District, as does his sister, Colleen Dougherty Doogan. Bryan Dougherty is a police officer in the Rumson Police Department.

Rest in Peace, Bob. Thanks for the great memories and your children to carry on your legacy.

Some Bunny to Watch Over You?

Yes, it’s Easter time and the season for bunnies.

While the Monmouth County SPCA and other animal adoption facilities encourage adoption into loving homes, they also caution against adopting animals such as rabbits without fully understanding that it is not a gift that’s meant to be temporary.

The agency has always asked that people who are considering bunny adoption please research proper care of the pets and adopt with all serious intentions and no fleeting fancy for the holiday.

All that in mind, the SPCA in Eatontown has two bunnies up for adoption — Jeremy and Bebe, a neutered and spayed male and female.

If you are interested in giving either or both a forever home, please contact the MCSPCA. Click here for the website.

Dale Connor’s Last Day

By Elaine Van Develde

Well, Thursday was 38-year Fair Haven Tax Collector Dale Connor’s last day.

The milestone was a little bittersweet for Connor, who spent her last hour or so at work happy, yet holding back tears about leaving the office and co-workers that represented a true home away from home (a few blocks away) for so many years.

Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect stopped in at the lifetime Fair Havenite’s office home base to catch a glimpse of her last day.

We asked for a smile. Connor responded, “How can I smile when I feel so sad? I am really going to miss everyone — residents and people I have worked with for so long.”

Recreation Director D.J. Breckenridge stopped by to say goodbye. And Administrator and Assistant Administrator/Borough Clerk Allyson Cinquegrana stopped in from their next door office.

However, Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect failed to capture that moment, as the camera battery died as the photo was being snapped.


Connor’s official last day is May 1. However, her last day in the office was Thursday. A new borough tax collector, Denise Jawidzik, was hired with a start date of April 2.

Best of luck, Dale Connor! This little photo montage will be followed up with a fun feature on her time working for the borough. Stay tuned next week for that.

Retro RFH Spring Lunch

Time for a spring lunch break with RFH's John Brinkerhoff circa 1970s Photo/George Day
Time for a spring lunch break with RFH’s John Brinkerhoff circa 1970s
Photo/George Day

Finally. The spring thermometer has amped up to where it should be.

What better way to celebrate the long-awaited arrival of the seasonal temperature than take a look back to a warm RFH spring day.

Today’s Retro Pic of the (George) Day celebrates the season by going back to the 1970s and a lunch hour outside at what looks like it may be a Rumson school — Forrestdale?

Or, perhaps it’s a field trip. One thing for sure is that the featured fella is a young John Brinkerhoff, clad in those classic plaid shorts and alligator shirt, plastic baggin’ his lunch, it seems.

What do you think his mom packed? John? Caption this one, folks!

Many thanks, again, to the fabulous George Day for this photo!

Fair Haven: Names in Borough Business

By Elaine Van Develde

There’s been some change in names and faces in and around Fair Haven Borough Hall.

The biggest change comes from the office of the tax collector.

With the recent announcement of 38-year tax collector Dale Connor’s retirement, effective May 1, came the appointment of the borough’s new tax collector, Denise Jawidzik.

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Springing into FH Sidewalk Cafes

By Elaine Van Develde

It’s a distinct sign of the arrival of spring in Fair Haven when sidewalk cafe permits start getting approved.

So far, three were sanctioned at the March 23 Borough Council meeting: Umberto’s, Kind Burger and Fairwinds Deli.

And with the advent of warmer weather, more sidewalk dining is expected to sprout around town at other usual spots, such as Booskerdoo, Balderose Fine Foods and Tavolo.

Over the past few years, officials have encouraged the al fresco eating in the borough along with the use of sidewalks for other business boosts. They have seen it as another measure to add to the ambience of the downtown area and complement its Streetscape program amenities.

The permits approved for Umberto’s, Fairwinds and Kind Burger allow for the following outdoor seating:

• Umberto’s will be allowed four tables and 12 chairs;

• Kind burger will have four tables with eight chairs;

• and Fairwinds will be allowed five outdoor tables to accommodate 20 patrons.