Scene Around: Firehouse Fun on a May Day

Fair Haven Firehouse marquee on May 4, 2017
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

The marquee at the Fair Haven Firehouse is known as a spot for keeping residents in the know with announcements of all kinds.

Some are whimsical, fun messages, some little anecdotes, death announcements, kudos, birthdays, and plain ol events and townie updates.

Well, someone had a little fun with this one on Wednesday.

Who knows who posts those messages?

Focus: Southern Cloud & Sea Exposure

Sometimes there’s a call for a little jaunt along the coastline south of the Rumson-Fair Haven area.

And sometimes the timing is just right. Tuesday was that time.

The sun blazing along the Atlantic in southern Monmouth County, clouds were rising from the sea and reaching toward formations that looked like an ethereal netherworld.

Take a look …

— Elaine Van Develde


Focus: Solitude & Dusk at Fair Haven Dock

Sometimes a little solitude, a stroll and a serene scene down by the Fair Haven Dock is the best thing for the soul.

While the scenery may look the same, no two riverfront snapshots in time are ever identical. Each moment is unique. Each picture different. The effect, too,  of given day down by that Navesink River can change like, well, the seasons.

It’s spring in Fair Haven. And that riverfront stroll is as soothing as the sun’s warm embrace. That’s because it’s a walk home.

Take a look …

— Elaine Van Develde

Focus: Day is Done in Rumson

Yes, it’s just another Rumson sunset.

With the weather leaping from spring to summer sort of temperatures, lots of people flocked to Barnacle Bill’s for dinner on Wednesday night. Though, that’s not so unusual.

Another thing that’s not so unusual is the pristine view of the sunset over the Navesink River. It just doesn’t get old.

So, why not grab a couple of glimpses as the ball of fire retreats below the horizon? Why not, indeed.

Good night …

Take a look at the rapid progression  … (And don’t forget to click to enlarge!)

— Elaine Van Develde

Focus: Beach Walkin’ & Baskin’ Weather

Get your dose of sunlight that the doctor ordered (or not) while it’s there to soak up like these folks did on Sea Bright beach Sunday!

The National Weather Service’s forecast calls for lots of the golden stuff in the Rumson-Fair Haven area with temperatures reaching a high of about 75 today.

Tomorrow, though, darker skies loom. There’s a chance of thunderstorms and showers after 10 p.m. tonight followed possibly (30 percent chance) by some precipitation on Wednesday.

Enjoy your sunny daze!

Focus: Hunting for Easter Eggs in Rumson

Sunday was a great day for romp by the river and a little hunt for Easter eggs in Rumson.

Hundreds got set and went on the run for eggs at Victory Park where spring had clearly sprung in a celebratory way.

With the sound of the fire horn, kids in two different age groups hippy hopped to gather their goodies while gobbling up all the sun and fun they could.

Take a look … (And don’t forget to click on the photos to enlarge!)

— Elaine Van Develde


Focus: Backstage at RFH with Broadway Stars of the Future & Present

Stars were rising and shining on Monday night when talent from Monmouth County schools and a few Broadway stars got together Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) and sang and danced for a place to call home for homeless teens.

Teens, pre-teens and even some pint-sized tykes put on a Night of Future Broadway Stars show for the sake of Covenant House in Asbury Park.

They do it every year. 

Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect caught up with the stars and budding stars backstage at RFH before show time. Bravo, cast!

Take a look and see if you recognize anyone … (Oh, and don’t forget to click to enlarge the slideshow and photos below!)

— Elaine Van Develde


Focus: Sunny Daze River Romp

Well, after more soggy, rainy days, the sun made an appearance in the Rumson-Fair Haven area and beckoned people back to the Navesink riverfront.

At the Fair Haven Dock, the scene was one of solitary sun worshipping and a little riverfront romping. Contentment. Comfort on the homefront.

As the forecast tells, the sun will just do a bit of peering on Monday. Then we’ll be hit with hazardous rainy conditions by Tuesday. So, enjoy and get your river romping in.

According to the National Weather Service, there will be rain after 11 p.m. on Monday and showers with a possible thunderstorm and a flood watch on Tuesday. Though, the temperature will hit the mid-60s.   The sun comes back on Wednesday.

Happy Monday!

— Elaine Van Develde