P House: Retro Snow-Covered RFH Paradise

 

Peninsula House in Sea Bright in the 1970s. Photo/George Day
Peninsula House in Sea Bright in the 1970s.
Photo/George Day

This Retro Pic of the (George) Day is a reprise. Sometimes you just can’t get enough of this kind of view and the memories it stirs … 

If you’re winter daydreaming of snow-capped visions of warm paradise memories, your thoughts may drift to the iconic Peninsula House. It’s as if it was still there. Sometimes, if you close your eyes, like any good memory, you can see it. It all comes back — blankets you in a Tsunami of heart smiles.

The bitter chill of the blustery winter air is on the wane. So, our Retro Pic of the (George) Day is about the thaw that a soul full of cozy reminiscing brings. It hones in on a snow-capped view of the long gone but hardly forgotten favorite historic beach club turned bar/restaurant by the sea at night.

It was the Peninsula House, or P House for short, and it was the Rumson-Fair Haven area go-to hangout — especially for RFH grads.

It was huge and magnificent. The old historic hotel in Sea Bright used old hotel rooms as cabanas. Its wrap-around porch with rocking chairs was an outdoor lounging area seemingly perfectly tailored to locals catching up. There was a backgammon room, a formal dining room. Outside, bands played in a tent near the pool, the beach only a dance step away. It was always bustling, brimming with good vibes.

Tim McLoone played there frequently; and, everyone who took Giff’s RFH ballroom dance class tested their light (and heavy) feet (or whatever you could call those moves) on the dance floor to his music.

What are your memories of Peninsula House? And what was your favorite Tim McLoone rendition to dance to?

Many thanks, again, to the fabulous RFH grad, George Day, for the photo!

 

Prosecutor: Former Housing Authority Head Pleads Guilty to Theft of More Than $90K

The former executive director of the Asbury ParkHousing Authority pleaded guilty on Tuesday to pilfering more than $90,000 from the organization between 2008 and 2011, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.

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Retro RFH Staged Bathing Beauties

RFH girls on the beach at the Freshman Follies circa 1975. Photo/George Day

In light of most everyone’s wish for warmer days and a big ol’ thaw for brighter, beachier times, we have decided to give you an encore of this classic look back … 

Our Retro Pic of the (George) Day is one of warm wishes — for sun-filled, fun beach days ahead.

This crew of RFH girls entertained people with their own version of the Beach Boys’ Girls on the Beach at the RFH Freshman Follies in 1975.

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Scene Around: Retired Knollwood Teacher & Grandkids Walk on Water

Retired Knollwood School teacher Eileen Kubaitis’ grandchildren cross the icy Navesink
Photo/Eileen Kubaitis

Why did the retired Knollwood School teacher cross the frozen river?

To teach her grandchildren to walk on water Rumson-Fair Haven area way? To get to the other side? Or, perhaps, to just celebrate a time-honored area tradition? Maybe a bit of all three.

Former Phys Ed and Health teacher Eileen Kubaitis, nonetheless, geared up, grandchildren in tow, and took the trek across the Navesink the other day when the water was frozen. How could one resist? When the weather is pretty frightful, but there’s such a simple adventure in the offing, the only thing to do is get walking — on water, or ice, as it were.

A lot of people in the area look forward to doing this when the water freezes, giving them a walking path across the river to the Middletown side.

Kubaitis and company were no exception. They were among quite a few others recently. Though, the retired Knollwood teacher tells us that they didn’t actually reach the other side, but came close. “We stopped about 20 feet away because at that point no one was in front of us,” she said.

Hey, they had fun and did their R-FH area civic duty to do their best to get to the other side!

Don’t try this at home, kids … at least until the ice freezes up again.

The big thaw has begun …

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will reach a high of 40 degrees today with a low of about 26 tonight. Tomorrow, weather will be about the same with mostly sunny skies and a high of roughly 39 degrees.

Eileen Kubaitis and grandchildren cross the Navesink
Photo/Eileen Kubaitis

Police Report: Theft of Services, DWI, Marijuana, Harassment, Disorderly, Criminal Mischief

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

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A Retro RFH Snow Day

Snow day fun for RFHers in the 1970s. Photo/George Day
Snow day fun for RFHers in the 1970s.
Photo/George Day

Snow days due to the recent blizzard bring back memories of winters past and how RFHers of yesteryear found some simple fun pretty fast when the school bell didn’t ring.

So, the Retro Pic of the (George) Day takes us back to one of those days of simple fun on some Rumson slopes — or something like that.

When the snow fell in the Rumson-Fair Haven area, RFH students were always out snowboarding, sledding, skiing and, well, doing just about anything that seemed right to get down a snow-packed hill.

RFH grad and yearbook photographer George Day captured this scene in the 1970s.

We don’t know who these guys dotting the hill are, but people could probably hazard a very good guess.

It’s not Tower Hill, so where was this? Do you know?

Many thanks, again, to the fabulous George Day for this pic!

Prosecutor: Indictment in October Shooting

An Ocean County man has been handed a four-count indictment in connection with an October shooting in Long Branch for which he could face up to 50 years in prison, if convicted, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced on Monday.

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Going Back to the Blizzard of ’96

Weathering a real storm in 1996 with RFH grad Steph DeSesa.
Weathering a real storm in 1996 with RFH grad Steph DeSesa.

Our Retro Pic of the Day takes us back to a blizzard that was true to its word.

What was dubbed The Blizzard of ’96 hit the Rumson-Fair Haven area with full force in January of 1996. This one lived up to its promise to render everyone in the area immobile.

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Retro Rumson Firemen

Rumson Fire Department line officers Joseph Brennan Slocum (chief), Bill Murphy and Kenneth Patrick Marass circa 1965. Photo/courtesy of Jo Ann Slocum Mazzucca
Rumson Fire Department line officers Joseph Brennan Slocum (chief), Bill Murphy and Kenneth Patrick Marass circa 1965.
Photo/courtesy of Jo Ann Slocum Mazzucca

The following Retro Pic of the Day was originally published on Jan. 4 2016. In honor of the Rumson Fire Department reorganization on Jan. 1 of this year, we are offering a look back at the reorg of 1965:

As tradition goes in the Rumson-Fair Haven area, Sunday was the day of swearing line officers in to the respective fire companies.

So, in honor of the time-honored tradition, the Retro Pic of the Day offers a glimpse back to 1965 and Rumson’s top line officers.

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Retro McCarter Skate

Carson Kirman gets to the winter sport of hockey and skating on McCarter Pond in 2015
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

It’s not as if most any adventurous kid wouldn’t try a little skating on thin ice in more ways than one. But, the ice was definitely thick enough at McCarter Pond in Fair Haven this one January day in 2015.

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