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.
“Oh, what a night!”
The Four Seasons’ keyboardist Bob Gaudio and future wife Judy Parker may have written the lyrics to the song about the nostalgia of an affair “late December back in ’63,” but the title and chorus are quite fitting for the 40th reunion of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School’s Class of ’78.
Fair Haven police reported that there were an awful lot of community leaders, emergency responders and resident cohorts having a suspicious amount of fun at Tuesday’s National Night Out.
From all accounts and snapshots, the evidence has been mounted for a solid conviction.
Police also reported a sighting of recently injured Patrolman Dwayne Reevey having fun and looking like he’s on the road to strong recovery.
Take a look …
It’s summertime and the living is, well, let’s say pretty fishy if you live in the Rumson-Fair Haven area.
In fact, it’s downright status quo when you grow up in the area to do so with some sand between your toes, a fishing pole over your shoulder, a crabbing net and trap and a bucket in which to tote your catch home — even if that catch is a couple of river rocks, some seaweed and a dried out crab shell.
It’s part of the magic of living by the Navesink River — growing up Rumson-Fair Haven style.
It’s a simple concept. And it’s one of those fabulous things in life that’s free. A walk, a view, a little fishing for a great summer day.
So, the Simple Summer feature today is all about fishing for some fun down by the river — honing in on a little spot by and on the Fair Haven Dock.
The catch is a keeper.
Take a look at our slideshow above for the whole picture. (And don’t forget to click on the lower right icon to enlarge!) See you down by the river!
It’s not just about the walk and the diploma. It’s about the milestone moments — the before, during and after — of eighth grade graduation. It’s the graduation that puts students on a new plane to growing up — getting set to go to high school.
Last week, Fair Haven’s Knollwood School eighth graders shared many of those milestone moments. They met at their alma mater to take a trip to the high school where most of them will be launching their teen education experience. They graduated. They took a walk of tradition down Third Street, cheered on my family and friends, all the way back to where their Fair Haven educational experience started — at Viola L. Sickles School. They celebrated with a dance. They said goodbye to their elementary and middle school years.
A few Fair Haven moms sent their photos to offer a glimpse into the moments. Take a look at our slideshow and photo gallery …
Thanks to Joanne Joanne Mitchell Formisano, Courtney Kemler, Beth Solin, Lauren Steets, Melina Calabretta, Erin Simpson and Lynn for providing the photos!
Those moments before the graduation walk are sometimes the most treasured. Classmates huddle together, clown around and, yes, shed a few tears knowing that it is the last time they’ll all be together as high school students.
Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect visited with the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Class of 2018 before the walk.
Here’s a glimpse of what we saw backstage … (Click to enlarge! Apologies for the blurriness. Time for a new camera … and/or photographer.)
The year was 1978. Springsteen and Saturday Night Fever were hot. So were alligator shirts, espadrilles, top siders, Sun-In hair and dark baby oil and iodine enhanced tans.
Life was pretty carefree for a class full of 314 Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) students who were about to graduate.
Now, 40 years later, still dancing to a high school beat, fearless leaders of the same crew are preparing to host the RFH Class of ’78 40th Reunion.
Recently, the reunion committee gathered at the venue for the Aug. 18 reunion — Sea Bright Beach Club. They’re pretty “psyched,” as many RFHers of the 70s used to say.
And, they’re reminding all that counting today, there are only FIVE days, until June 18, left to get your money in before the price goes up! After June 18, it goes up $10 and $20 if payment is made at the door.
When paying via PayPal, enter RFH40th@gmail.com. Select the Friends and Family option.
With all payments, please Include your email, phone number, high school name and guest’s name.
So, ’78 classmates, do the Hustle, get those payments in and get set to “boogie on down” in your hometown! In the meantime, check out the committee’s photo op (above). Yes, still crazy after all these years …