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The R-FH Area Weekend: KDM Fun Run, Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Fish/Sparerib Dinner

Well, the nor’easter has long passed and the weather forecast for the weekend calls for sun and a lot of warmth in the Rumson-Fair Haven community with some tradition and events for the weekend.

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Celebrating Dr. Seuss in Fair Haven Schools

The Fair Haven school district’s week-long celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday was more fun than a Cat in the Hat.
Each year the March 2 birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, is remembered throughout the U.S. with the Read Across America event. This year’s was held Feb. 26 through March 2 when students at Viola L. Sickles and Knollwood schools were treated to a week filled with reading-based fun and discovery.

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In Memorium: Fair Havenite Richard Bennett Sr., 88

Fair Havenite Richard L. “Pop-Pop” Bennett Sr. passed away on Feb. 28 after a brief illness. He was 88.

The following is his obituary, written by loved ones, from Thompson Memorial Home … 

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Sickles School’s Olympic Family Math Week

Sickles School second-grader William Kuskin, second grade teacher Kate Gagliano, second-grader Piper Duffy, and Piper’s mother Megan Duffy explore new math learning tools at Family Math Night
Photo/Fair Haven School District
With a collective “Let the games begin!” Family Math Week 2018 at Fair Haven’s Viola L. Sickles School paid homage to and culminated in a nod to the Winter Olympics.

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Retro Whistle Stop Smiles; Timeless Celebration of a Fair Haven Icon’s Birthday

Frank Leslie Sr. and his gaggle of kids at the Whistle Stop in Fair Haven circa 1979 Photo/Elaine Van Develde
Frank Leslie Sr. and his gaggle of kids at the Whistle Stop in Fair Haven circa 1979
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

Today would have marked the 89th birthday of Fair Haven’s Frank Leslie Sr., owner of the iconic Whistle Stop. In honor of that, we are sharing this piece originally posted on July 20, 2016. Happy Birthday, Mr. Leslie! Thanks for the many smiles and simple good times!

By Elaine Van Develde

Sometimes all it takes is a jawbreaker, a slice of Elio’s pizza, pinball and friends all enveloped in a gingham-curtained room with a jovial giant of a dad host to make a bunch of kids smile.

Sometimes. Some simpler time back in time.

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Serving Up Some Food & Company for the Soul Saturday

It’s that time of the year to feast on a heaping helping of down home good food and company meant to soothe the soul in more ways than one in Fair Haven.

The Fisk AME Chapel Soul Food Dinner at the church (on Fisk Street) in Fair Haven is on Saturday. This year, it features fried chicken or barbecue ribs, sides of collard greens, potato salad, mac and cheese, cabbage, green beans, yams, corn bread, rolls. We hear there may be pig’s feet for the daring. And, of course, homemade dessert of pie, cake or cobbler to top it off.

The festivities start at 11:30 a.m. and end, well, when the food runs out and/or the company is worn out. These folks always advise that you get there early. It may be called a dinner, but the food just may be gone by the conventional dinner time!

Price is $15 for adults and $10 for kids under the age of 6. Oh, and if you can’t get out of the house, you can call for delivery — 609-781-0231. Yes, they deliver!

These folks deliver not only a great meal, but old time Fair Haven company that warms the soul. That’s because the hosts are some of the founding mothers and fathers of the borough.

The people of the church have been rooted in Fair Haven since the 19th century. The names and faces are comfortingly familiar ones. (Check out our Retro Pic of the Day a bit later.)

They usually sell out, so get over to the church on time! See you at the chapel!

— Elaine Van Develde

Retro Dive into FHFD History

Fair Haven Fire Department’s first Scuba Squad, or Water Rescue Unit
Photo/FHFD

With the recent passing of Fair Haven’s Donny Frank — policeman, fireman and first aider — we are reminded of some history-making firsts for the borough that tend to get lost in the, well, passing of time.

So, here in the Retro Pic of the Day is an enlightening picture of a factoid that resurfaced like, say, a deep sea diver from the vast waters — sort of like Donny Frank and friends emerging with an expanded rescue idea for the Fair Haven First Aid Squad (or Corps) back in 1962.

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Retro Schwenker’s Pond Time

Kathy and Pat Reed and mom on a visit to Fair Haven’s Schwenker’s Pond circa late 1950s
Photo/courtesy of Pat Reed

With the mild weather over the weekend and into the start of the week, R-FH area people were popping up all over the great outdoors  for a little fairer weather respite.

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