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Retro Fair Haven 8th Grade Grads

Fair Haven eighth grade graduation from Willow Street School (Sickles) circa 1946
Photo/courtesy of Jane Croft

Graduation time is upon us in the Rumson-Fair Haven area. In fact, the  Fair Haven eighth grade graduation tradition of grads taking a walk back in time down Third Street from Knollwood School, where it all ended, to Viola L. Sickles School, where their Fair Haven schooling all began, happened on Monday night.

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Retro RFH Buds & Bridge

There’s nothing like a best buddy — or a few best buds. There was also nothing like the combination of best friends and the iconic bridge that was a leftover statue or cement billboard of sorts from the McCarter estate in Rumson.

So, to pay tribute to both buds and the bridge, the Retro Pic(s) of the Day offers a glimpse of both in milestone moments of friends paying homage to one another by painting the bridge way back in time.

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Retro Fair Haven Day with Lifetime Friends

Fair Haven Day 2015 with lifetime friends
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

Fair Haven Day is now a new tradition in the community.

So, after Saturday’s seventh Fair Haven Day, we look back to the third, the Fair Haven Day of 2015, and remember a bond of friendship that started in the small 1.7-square-mile borough that will always be home to many.

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Retro Stokes Trip

A trip back in time to Stokes State Forrest with the sixth graders of Knollwood in the early 1970s. Photo/Peter Mauger
A trip back in time to Stokes State Forrest with the sixth graders of Knollwood in the early 1970s.
Photo/Peter Mauger

The following, originally posted on May 30, 2016, is our annual ode to the longtime tradition of Fair Haven sixth graders camping and learning at Stokes State Forrest. Take a trip back with us again. Remember?

It’s that time of the year when Fair Haven schools tradition takes hold and all good Knollwood sixth graders go on their trip to Stokes State Forrest. The buses rolled back into town at about 3:30 today. Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the most wonderful time of the year for those sixth graders. Wow.

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Happy Birthday & Retro Look at an Iconic Crossing Guard

Dorothy Breckenridge crossing children at Knollwood School circa 1960s.

She was there watching over and crossing kids to school in Fair Haven for more than 25 years. She took her job seriously. She loved and looked after many. No one would dare take a single step into the road without her nod, loud whistle, broad outstretched arms with stop sign palms and her iconic “CROOOOOOSS!” bellow.  She is Dorothy Breckenridge; and she turned 88 on Tuesday.

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Retro RFH Dance into Summer Times

As the unofficial start of summer approaches, thoughts turn to beachy sorts of antics among pals — RFH pals, specifically. Call it something to sing and dance about — center stage.

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Police Week: Retro Unity Tour

As Police Week comes to a close, we take a look back what now symbolizes the ride into the week of honor and remembrance.

The Police Unity Tour, known as the “ride for those who died” reached its Washington D.C. culminating destination at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial on May 12.

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A Mother’s Day Salute to R-FH Area Moms Through the Generations

Happy Mother’s Day to Rumson-Fair Haven area moms of the past and present!

You put the coffee on. You called for us when dinner was ready. You held on tight when we needed a hug. You wiped our dirty little faces, sopped up tears and runny noses. You were there, front and center, at many a school open house, game, play, concert and, yes, principal’s office visit. You welcomed the neighborhood kids as if they were your own. You wrote all those notes to get us out of gym class (because some of us were clods). You shook your heads in disbelief over our antics and yelled our full names like a loving banshee when you were mad. You had our backs. You were just plain there — the unshifting foundation of a community through the years, building a legacy.

Thank you. We remember those who are gone and salute those who carry on …

— Elaine Van Develde

Photos/courtesy of Facebook friends

 

Retro RFH Girls’ Drive into the Past

RFH girls' ride into the summer of '78 ... Stephanie DeSesa, Elaine Van Develde, Debbie Humbert and Daryl Cooper Ley Photo/Elaine Van Develde
RFH girls’ ride into the summer of ’78 … Stephanie DeSesa, Elaine Van Develde, Debbie Humbert and Daryl Cooper Ley
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

There’s nothing quite like a summer drive in a classic car with the top down. Though it may not be summer yet, it’s been that kind of day for a few days now. So, we’re re-running this piece just because the sun needs to shine on friendships and good times like these. There’s nothing quite as warm. Put the top down and take a drive back with us again … 

The drive is all the better if it’s made with best friends. So, as a continuing ode to summer fun of the past at the hands of RFH teens, the Retro Pic of the Day encapsulates the whole idea — best friends, a cool ride and warm memories.

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