What would the first weekend in December in the Rumson-Fair Haven area be without tree lightings and Santa visits?
It’s Thanksgiving, and, yes, it’s all about giving thanks.
So, the Retro Pic of the Day is an ode to just that.
The photo brings back memories of the era the kids’ holiday table. Remember that one?
As tradition goes, on the 11th day of November at the 11th hour, veterans were honored for their service
Many present, this year lifetime Fair Haven Fire Department member Vinny Feeny, a U.S. Navy veteran, was the honored speaker.
Take a look at the photos below for a glimpse into the ceremony … (and don’t forget to click to enlarge.)
Saturday is the day for honoring veterans — the 11th month, 11th day, 11th hour. That’s how the tradition goes.
With all six districts reporting results as of 9 p.m. on election night, voters have split the party teams running for Fair Haven Borough Council and elected Republican incumbent Susan Sorensen to serve her third term and Democrat Christopher Rodriguez for his first full term.
Rodriguez, who ran for his first full council term after being chosen to fill Democrat Aimee Humphreys’ unexpired term, garnered the most votes with 1,148, or 26.05 percent of the vote. Sorensen brought in 1,120, 28 fewer, or 25.41 percent of the vote, according to the Monmouth County Clerk’s online election results.
Sorensen’s running mate, Betsy Koch, garnered 1,112 votes. And Rodriguez’s running mate, Jessica Patel, got 1,017 votes.
A total of 4,407 votes were cast. There were 10 write-ins.
In the District 13 State Senate race, Republican Declan O’Scanlon won with 32,484 votes. Democrat Sean F. Byrnes garnered 26,376 votes.
In the District 13 Assembly race, Republicans Amy Handlin and Serena DiMaso won.
The results are unofficial, as provisional and mail-in ballots have not yet been tallied.
Neither Sorensen nor Rodriguez was available for comment on election night. We will feature a post-election interview with both.
— Elaine Van Develde
Have a little class — like this classic fifth grade group from what was Willow Street School back in the early 1970s.
It was the year that Halloween wasn’t. It was 2012 and Superstorm Sandy had pummeled the Jersey Shore. It decimated Sea Bright and destroyed low lying parts of Rumson. Fair Haven was a bit war torn and powerless.
Beach cabanas landed like Dorothy’s house to the Witch of the East on West Park lawns. Boats were hoisted by surging water onto dock tops and back yards. Gunning Island, in the Shrewsbury River, was loaded with the moored belongings of Sea Bright and Rumson people. Trees were downed. Transformers exploded.
Sea Bright residents were homeless. The beach was in the road. Sea Bright Rising began with some good-hearted burger flipping by Woody’s owner Chris Wood and chef Onofrio Moscato. The U.S. Army National Guard was parked in the Sea Bright municipal lot. There was no electricity.
There was a curfew. At nightfall, people scurried back into their homes, if there was anything left to go home to, like moles burrowing into cold, still night. Things were awfully dark. And Halloween was cancelled. There was no treat in Sandy’s trickery, just in the kindness of those who were good neighbors.
Take a look back … (and click to enlarge).
— Elaine Van Develde
Photos/Elaine Van Develde