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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.

Continue reading Fair Haven: Names in Borough Business

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.

Rewind: RFH Bike Lane, Please

A witchy retro bike ride at RFH circa 1970s Photo/George Day
A witchy retro bike ride at RFH circa 1970s
Photo/George Day

Fair Haven Mayor Ben Lucarelli has been on a mission to make Rumson-Fair Haven area streets more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly.

It’s pretty common knowledge. So, in keeping with the safe streets theme, the Retro Pic of the (George) Day offers a glimpse back to times at RFH in the 70s when a couple of witches on a tandem bike took a ride across campus. They never hit the streets.

They didn’t need a bike lane, because people just seemed to back off as they flew through.

Know who these two are? The bike?

Many thanks, again, to George Day for this glimpse into the RFH past!

Tri-District Music Festival Set for RFH

The Tri-District Music Festival will soon strike a collaborative chord at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH).

Slated for 7 p.m. on the evening of April 7, the free and open-to-the-public performance will feature student musicians from RFH, Rumson’s Forrestdale School and Fair Haven’s Knollwood, according to a press release from RFH.

Tri-District features student musicians from Forrestdale School in Rumson and Knollwood School in Fair Haven as well as RFH.

The concert, the release said, brings the high school and sending district students together to perform in various musical capacities and then in a finale featuring all entities: orchestra, chorus, combined band, jazz band and flute choir.

This year’s musical selections will feature: a medley from The Sound of Music by the combined band; Dragon Hunter, an original work, by the orchestra; Lean on Me, as arranged for the GLEE television series, by the chorus; Santana’s Evil Ways, performed by the jazz band; and Pachelbel’s Canon, by the flute choir.

The Grand Finale featuring all performers will be Adiemus, a new age/classical composition that was featured in a 1994 Delta Airlines commercial, the release said.

Student musicians will perform under the direction of Bill Grillo, Mel Chayette, John Lebitsch, Barbara Leutz, Sara Marino, and Vince Mottern.

Arrests Nearby: Marijuana, Criminal Mischief & More

The following recent arrests were reported by the Red Bank police. An arrest does not constitute a conviction.

• Alexander Prasad, 25, of Manalapan, was arrested on March 25 in the area of Alston Court and charged with possession of a CDS (controlled dangerous substance), under 50 grams of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia by Patrolman John Camarca.

• Trey Rasmussen, 23, of Princeton, was arrested on March 22 in the area of Broad Street and charged with disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and resisting arrest by Patrolman Tanner Shea.

• Tara Thurber-Snyder, 34, of Bradley Beach, was arrested on March 20 in the area of Mechanic Street and charged with defiant trespass by Patrolman Ashon Lovick.

Retro Boating in Rumson

Kayaking on the Navesink River in Rumson Photo/Elaine Van Develde
Kayaking on the Navesink River in Rumson
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

It’s almost that time — to warm up with fun on the Navesink River.

So, the Retro Pic of the Day is dedicated to balmy evenings with friends on the river in Rumson.

These guys had their boat out for a little motoring.

Kayakers and paddle boarders love to take to the river, too. Then there are the water skiers, sailors and loungers.

What’s your favorite river activity?

Crime Close By: Theft, Criminal Mischief & More

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

• A incident of criminal mischief was reported to have occurred sometime between March 23 and 24 on an East Front Street building. Someone sprayed graffiti onto the side of the building.

Patrolman Garrett Falco took the report.

• An attempted burglary was reported to have occurred on March 22 at an Alston Court residence.

The victim reported that someone attempted to gain entry to the home, but failed. Police reported that a screen on a rear window of the residence was cut, and there were pry marks on exterior sliding glass doors and bilco doors leading to the basement. No entry was gained.

Sgt. David Hicks took the report.

• A theft was reported to have occurred at a Locust Avenue residence on March 21. The victim reported that someone gained entry into the residence and stole and iPad.

Lt. Robert Kennedy took the report.

• A theft was reported to have occurred at a Chapin Avenue location on March 20. The victim reported that an unknown person or persons stole an iPhone, credit card and debit card from a desk area.

Inv. Jorge Torres took the report.


Sickles Students Lunch with a VIP

First grader Ava Strandberg and her VIP, mom Stacey, enjoy the fun at Sickles School's Lunch with a VIP celebration. Photo/courtesy of Fair Haven School District
First grader Ava Strandberg and her VIP, mom Stacey, enjoy the fun at Sickles School’s Lunch with a VIP celebration.
Photo/courtesy of Fair Haven School District

The following is an edited press release from the Fair Haven School District:

This year’s Lunch with a VIP was a success at Fair Haven’s Viola L. Sickles school in Fair Haven.

Sponsored by the Fair Haven Parent Teacher Association, the lunch event, this year held from March 11 to 13, offers first-, second- and third-grade students the opportunity to enjoy lunch, treats, and fun activities with their own special VIP adult guests at a festive celebration.

“It provides them with a unique opportunity to connect with their loved ones during the school day, and to create a lasting memory,” said Jen Halcrow, who served as event co-chair with Suzanne Duffy.

This year’s event featured coffee for the adults, donated by Booskerdoo in Fair Haven, and cupcakes by Cupcake Magician on Monmouth Street in Red Bank (a hit with everyone).

A photo booth, a BINGO game and a Just Dance activity, led by Sickles School Principal Cheryl Cuddihy, added to the fun.

“It was such a pleasure to watch the different generations share stories, collaborate on Just Dance moves, and strategize for Bingo!” said Cuddihy. “We love having guests visit our school, and we were delighted to spend time with our VIPs.”

Day is Done: Sunset for Patrolman Henne

After being posthumously promoted from Fair Haven Police Department Special Officer Class II to Patrolman at his wake on Friday night, the final radio call for Robert J. Henne, badge # 37, was made. And his new badge number was retired.

The patrolman was laid to rest on Saturday. The sunset that chilly night at the Fair Haven Dock in Henne’s hometown was as warm and serene as the smile of the officer etched in the memory of so many. RIP, Patrolman Henne.

A memorial tribute to Robert J. Henne will follow.

A Retro RFH Surf into Spring

The RFH surfing guys of the 1970s Photo/George Day
The RFH surfing guys of the 1970s
Photo/George Day

That winter chill is still in the air. The beach is pretty barren. But thoughts of catching a wave into spring weather are with many in the Rumson-Fair Haven area.

So what better memories to share with the Retro Pic of the (George) Day than those that come with a surfing crew of RFH students in the 1970s.

These guys had a reputation for knowing how to have fun on and off a board.

This scene, caught by RFH grad George Day, shows them at Sea Bright Beach in not-so rare form.

It was a bit too chilly for a surf, so I’m guessing they took turns with one surfing at a time while the others acted as the wave — or not.

Fun times at RFH! Remember these guys?

A Bulldog for an RFH Dawg Family?

Louie, an American bulldog mix is up for adoption at the MCSPCA. Photo/screenshot of MCSPCA website
Louie, an American bulldog mix is up for adoption at the MCSPCA.
Photo/screenshot of MCSPCA website

Our furry adoptable friend feature of the week is a guy after the ol’ RFH heart — Louie, a two-year-old American  bulldog mix.

Louie, according to the Monmouth County SPCA website, was a stray. He is high energy, loves to play with other dogs and has been tapped as a quick learner.

Louie is in a foster home right now, but needs a forever home.