Retro RFH Bleacher Hangin’ Daze

Some RFHers from the Class of '79 hanging out in the football bleachers of Borden Stadium. Photo/George Day
Some RFHers from the Class of ’79 hanging out in the football bleachers of Borden Stadium.
Photo/George Day

Yes, it’s high school football season.

And in the spirit of all things sporty and sportsmanlike, everyone knows that RFHers are pretty serious about their good football times in the bleachers, too.

While there have been new security restrictions that, for some, put a damper on the fun part of the game spent in the upper Borden Stadium cheering section, the fun and game go on with RFH winners’ gusto.

So, the Retro Pic of the (George) Day revisits a more mellow day of hanging out in the bleachers — just for fun, no game. OK, it may or may not been a practice these RFHers were hanging around for. Or maybe it was just some Class of ’79 students climbing to the top to hang out just for the sake of, well, hanging out — albeit in some sort of separated boys’ and girls’ sections. Cooties? Na. These cool kids were too mature for that — or not.

Tower symbolically atop the shot in the background, fair isle sweaters, turtle necks, blazer, down vests and duck boots in there somewhere, it’s a snapshot of RFH life in the 1970s again.

Recognize anyone in this crew? Can anyone guess what they may have been up to or talking about? Who ended up taking who to that homecoming dance?

Thanks, once again, to George Day for this great shot back in time! 

— Elaine Van Develde

Paddling Out in Remembrance of RFH Grad Bill Caldwell

“Beautiful” was one word used by many to describe the memorial paddle-out off Sandy Hook on Sunday for RFH alum Bill Caldwell —  avid surfer, skateboarder, craftsman and lover of the water and animals who lost his hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer on July 20.

When, exactly, surfers started celebrating the life of their kindred waterborne spirits in this way is unknown. Still, it has become a steadfast tradition — an unspoken promise, a way to honor one another.

Call it a floating memorial honor ceremony. An apt remembrance in the place where the hearts of these souls of the water are thought to rest. Their peaceful eternity. That’s what a paddle-out is. That’s what Bill’s was.

“I’m glad to have taken part … you’ll never be forgotten,” said Caldwell’s RFH Class of ’78 classmate Chris Wood, owner of Woody’s, where one of Bill Caldwell’s surfboards hangs.

“A powerful send off to a great friend, loved and admired by all,” said RFH classmate Peggy Miller. “RIP Bill Caldwell.”

Encapsulated, it was a “beautiful day to pay tribute to a beautiful soul,” another classmate, Ginger White Tassinari said.

Rest in peace, Bill, Billy, Wilbur … You are remembered.

The following is a slideshow in memory of Bill Caldwell through the years …

— Elaine Van Develde

— Thanks to Bill, Ginger White Tassinari, Peggy Miller, Chris Wood and George Day for the photos. 

Retro RFH Gal Pals Falling for Beach Time

A look back at some RFH girls contemplating life on the beach in the 1970s
Photo/George Day

While Rumson-Fair Haven area folks know better than anyone that there’s nothing quite like a good locals’ summer, there are always great days on the beach in any season.

When you grow up nestled between the Shrewsbury and Navesink rivers and the ocean is a short ride, walk or run away, beaching it is never solely a seasonal jaunt. It’s a rite of passage, no matter what time of year.

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Prosecutor: Unidentified Victim of Tuesday Accident Dies

UPDATE: The Identity of the victim in the Brielle fatal accident early Tuesday morning has been identified as Alejandro Garciamerino, 26, of Point Pleasant Beach.

An unidentified male died as a result of being struck by a motor vehicle on Tuesday morning in Brielle, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced on Thursday.

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Alert: Fair Haven Third Street Improvements Underway

The Third Street improvements in Fair Haven began today with no reported issues.

The improvements are being done in accordance with the NJ Safe Routes to School program.

The Borough Administrator Theresa Casagrande circulated the following as an informational alert to residents:

“Residents in the targeted project area have already been notified. A sign board has also been placed on Third Street notifying all residents who travel along that route and project drawings are available on the borough’s website.

Residents are advised that a police officer will be onsite at all times during the Third Street project. Most importantly, there will be an ongoing police presence to assure that all children have safe passage on their route to school.

Please try to avoid driving in the area if possible and be advised that vehicular traffic may be redirected …”

 

Scene Around: A Real Fair Haven First Aid Dummy

— Photos/Fair Haven Fire Department media

That’s no dummy? Well, yeah, it is. You may have seen this guy, girl or, more accurately, gender neutral dummy around the towns. It’s the Fair Haven First Aid CPR dummy — or, more politely and aptly, mannequin.

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