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In Memorium: Fair Haven’s Sondra M. Krueger, 87

Sondra M. Krueger

Native Fair Havenite Sondra M. Krueger passed away at her home on April 6. She was 87.

Born in Fair Haven to the late William and Rekealth (Martin) Meyer, Sondra had lived in Middletown before returning to and settling in Fair Haven.

She loved to cook, cheer on her Mets, visit Disney World as much as she could, and spend every second spent with her ever-growing family.  

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A Time to Run: Remembering RFH’s Keith McHeffey

The following was originally posted in 2017 in remembrance of Keith McHeffey. It is being posted again as a reminder that the annual race to honor his memory and help others, The KDM 3-Mile Run, is set for Saturday.

Keith McHeffey and friends
Photo/courtesy of Gregg Kennedy

He was raised in both Rumson and Fair Haven. He was an RFH graduate. He was a friend to many. He had a gift for making people laugh and love life. Then he lost his life in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. He was Keith McHeffey.

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Fair Haven Police Report: Fraud, Theft, DWI, Marijuana,

The following recent criminal incidents and arrests were reported by Fair Haven police. An arrest does not constitute a conviction.

Criminal Incidents

• A Park Lane resident reported on Dec. 31 that an unknown person had used his personal information to make fraudulent charges to his checking account.

Patrolman Michael Volker took the fraud report. 

• A Fair Haven Road resident reported on Dec. 21 that an unknown person used her personal information to make unauthorized electronic goods purchases.

Patrolman Christian Hostrup took the fraud report.  

• A Forman Street resident reported on Dec. 18 that an unknown person used his personal information to obtain a credit card in Connecticut.

Patrolman Christian Hostrup took the fraud report.  


• Jasrai Gill, 38, of Colts Neck, arrested following a motor vehicle stop on Jan. 30 and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), reckless driving, refusal to submit to breath samples and failure to maintain a lane by Patrolman Michael Volker.

• Jonathan Blair, 29, of Eatontown, was arrested on Jan. 7 an charged with theft by unlawful taking by Detective Dwayne Reevey.

• Nicholas Dassaro , 24, of Keansburg, was arrested following a motor vehicle stop on Dec. 31 and charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana by Special Officer Alex Perkins.

• Russell Hendricks, 58, of Fair Haven, was arrested following a to a motor vehicle stop on Dec. 18 and charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI), refusal to submit to breath samples, reckless driving, failure to maintain lamps, driving an unregistered vehicle and an active warrant out of Sea Bright by Patrolman Michael Volker.

• Adrianna Hamilton, 42, of Aberdeen, was arrested on Dec. 6 and charged with theft and unlawful taking, and possession of burglary tools by Patrolman Brooks Robinson. Detective Dwayne Reevey assisted with the investigation.  

• Edward Brueck Jr., 74, of Brick, was arrested on Dec. 1 following a motor vehicle stop after a warrant was located out of Atlantic City for his arrest by Patrolman Brooks Robinson. He was processed and released after posting full cash bail.

Honoring Jamie Riley: Saying Goodbye & Remembering

I want to borrow a poignant Joseph Campbell quote from Joe Perrotto:  “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”  Last week, our community lost a hero and member of our family in a tragic accident while he was so selflessly serving our nation. The pain we feel is proportional to the love we have We honor Jamie by remembering his sacrifice and the impact he had on so many of our lives. I ask that our fire company family joins together in presence and support of the Riley’s during their time of mourning.

Fair Haven Fire Department Chief Christopher Schrank

Jamie Riley’s family, friends and Fair Haven hometown community are mourning the loss of a soldier proudly serving his country and a young man dear to all who knew him.

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Retro Fair Haven Snow Day Sirens

A snow day on Third Street in Fair Haven back in the 1960s
Photo/Kathy Robbins

Well, after a lot of warnings and prep, the weekend played host to the snowstorm that wasn’t. But there were plenty of snowstorms that actually snowed Rumson-Fair Haven area folks in and left them to their own devices for resorting to fun in the snow.

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Focus: Power of People 2018

People. People put the power of place into perspective. They pull us back into places we remember, milestones. They set us soaring toward our dreams, reaching for our own stars. They bring us down to Earth. They anchor us, our memories, our life journeys.

So, in honor of bringing the people in our lives, our communities, all into focus on the journey of one year in the Rumson-Fair Haven area, we offer a glimpse at the people around us in 20018. Relive. Remember. Treasure.

Happy New Year! Be sure to stop, take a look at the faces around you and embrace the memories created in 2019 …

Take a look back (and don’t forget to CLICK to ENLARGE!)

— Elaine Van Develde

Focus: Power of Place 2018

There’s a lot to be said about the importance of place in people’s lives. It defines us in many ways. It brings us comfort. It triggers memories. It is a bookmark in our hearts. Oftentimes that important place is home.

So, to pay homage to the profound power of place in the Rumson-Fair Haven area, home, we offer a glimpse back to significant places of 2018 and many decades preceding it.

Happy New Year! Take a look and let the photos give a tug at your heartstrings. Remember.

(Oh, and don’t forget to click on each photo to enlarge and get the full view!)

— Elaine Van Develde

A First Fair Haven Christmas

Merry Christmas, Rumson and Fair Havenites! Cherish your day, make those memories and hold on tight to them. One day they will be your best Christmas present.

Our Retro Pic of the Day takes you back to 1964 and a first Christmas in Fair Haven for the R-FH Retro publisher and her family.

What could be better than a first Christmas in Fair Haven? How about another generation raised there and 53 more Christmases? It doesn’t get better than that, does it? Until it doesn’t and all a native Fair Havenite has are magical memories of growing up on the street where she lived and all she wants for Christmas is to go home.

So, to those who have left home, close your eyes. Remember. Go back home for that first Christmas. Smile.

On our first Fair Haven Christmas, we asked Santa at the firehouse to grant our modest gift wishes and he did. I got that “doll with a wind” whose retail name is forgotten and sister got a Pebbles doll.

Yes, and the blow-up Santa is a bit freaky looking, but all the rage in the 1960s.

Did you get what you wanted from Santa? Send us your photos at evd@rfhretro.com and we’ll post them. Keep making those memories. Happy holidays, hometown friends.