Happy Birthday & Retro Look at an Iconic Crossing Guard

Dorothy Breckenridge crossing children at Knollwood School circa 1960s.

She was there watching over and crossing kids to school in Fair Haven for more than 25 years. She took her job seriously. She loved and looked after many. No one would dare take a single step into the road without her nod, loud whistle, broad outstretched arms with stop sign palms and her iconic “CROOOOOOSS!” bellow.  She is Dorothy Breckenridge; and she turned 88 on Tuesday.

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Prosecutor: Area Man Facing 10 Years in Prison for Bomb Threat

A  Monmouth County man who has been charged with calling in a false bomb threat could face a decade in prison and tens of thousands of dollars in fines, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said on Tuesday.

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Memorial Day Remembrance: R-FH Area Vets Who Have Passed

Their faces are the faces at the core of a close-knit community.

They were neighbors, dads, and just plain friendly faces around the Rumson-Fair Haven area towns. They were also veterans.

They served. They fought for freedom in World War II and the Korean War.

They lived their lives with hometown pride, honor and respect. They were founding fathers, friends. They were cornerstones of the sense of community that is the Rumson-Fair Haven area.

The gift of their legacies bears no upscale real estate market value. They passed along a love of country and community that is priceless.

Thank you, in a Memorial Day ode, to the veterans of the area who have passed. You are cherished, honored.

Take a look at some of their faces and remember.  Thank you to those vets who are still with us.

— Elaine Van Develde

— Photos, courtesy of families of the Rumson-Fair Haven area.

Scene Around: The Fair Haven Fire Department Memorial Flag Story

You’ve seen them. Those little red and white flags. As Memorial Day approaches, the little memorial flags from fire companies pop up on  lawns or any other fitting places to remember members who served and passed.

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Red Bank & Sea Bright Firefighter Murdered

An announcement from the Fair Haven Fire Department mourning the death of young fellow firefighter Andrew Hill — a 2nd lieutenant of Red Bank’s Westside Hose Co. No. 1 and member of Sea Bright Fire Department — came on Sunday, hours after Hill was murdered.

“FHFD mourns the loss of Red Bank and Sea Bright Fire Dept member, Andrew Hill, who was taken from us too soon. Rest easy brother!” a Facebook message said.

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office released the following information about the early Sunday morning homicide:

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Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge Openings Set to Change

This is a test. A trial measure is in place to abate seasonally high traffic volume between Rumson and Sea Bright.

The Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge, the drawbridge which spans over the Shrewsbury River, will open less frequently, on the hour only rather than every half hour, on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays this summer season. The trial begins on Friday, May 25, and will be in effect through Sept. 3.

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Retro RFH Dance into Summer Times

As the unofficial start of summer approaches, thoughts turn to beachy sorts of antics among pals — RFH pals, specifically. Call it something to sing and dance about — center stage.

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Springtime in the Rumson-Fair Haven Area?

After a string of rainy days of spring, otherwise just plain dank weather, the sun made a seasonal appearance on Monday and went back into hiding on Tuesday. And down came the rain — again.

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Police Week: Retro Unity Tour

As Police Week comes to a close, we take a look back what now symbolizes the ride into the week of honor and remembrance.

The Police Unity Tour, known as the “ride for those who died” reached its Washington D.C. culminating destination at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on May 12.

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