Some Rumson-Fair Haven family oldies were cruising for trophies and they got them.
Rumsonite Heidi Lynn Sculthorpe was known as a woman who loved the water.
She passed away on April 25, 2008; and her love of all things water-centric, family and friends was something that loved ones noted as everlasting. In fact, her obituary cited that in lieu of flowers, donations should be sent to Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute (UCI).
The Fair Haven PBA Local 184 hosted its annual beefsteak dinner on Saturday, and, by all accounts, a great fundraising time was had by all.
“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.
It was just one of those fall Sundays — sunny, crisp and bright in every way. And Rumson-Fair Haven area was soaking in it all.
Take a look …
— Elaine Van Develde
Coastal Decor and Design has made Fair Haven its home for 10 years. And to commemorate the occasion, all were invited to celebrate with a little music from John Amabile, some snacks and socializing, Mia Pustrom photography, store goodies and more.
Rumor, or a National Weather Service report, has it that the sun will come out tomorrow. And we’re not talking about the old musical Annie. It’s locals’ summer weather wish come true from a good source and the telltale sign of rainbows sightings at dusk.
The sun was shining bright and so were community spirits at Saturday’s Oktoberfest in Fair Haven.
It was a sunny Saturday afternoon that had gone to the dogs — literally.
Hundreds walked A Mourning Walk on Sunday to honor their loved ones who have passed. Rumson mom Dawn Tilton Massabni was one of them. So was her son, Georgie and a host of other Team Don’t Shock Me supporters who honored the memory of Maddy Massabni.
Maddy, a Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School graduate, lost her life at 19 to the ramifications of toxic shock syndrome. That was Dawn’s particular cause. There were many messages to be heard in the mourning of the many others as well.
The Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair opened on Friday night under clear skies and a blanket of tradition and hometown comfort.