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.
The year was 1978. Springsteen and Saturday Night Fever were hot. So were alligator shirts, espadrilles, top siders, Sun-In hair and dark baby oil and iodine enhanced tans.
Life was pretty carefree for a class full of 314 Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) students who were about to graduate.
Now, 40 years later, still dancing to a high school beat, fearless leaders of the same crew are preparing to host the RFH Class of ’78 40th Reunion.
Recently, the reunion committee gathered at the venue for the Aug. 18 reunion — Sea Bright Beach Club. They’re pretty “psyched,” as many RFHers of the 70s used to say.
And, they’re reminding all that counting today, there are only FIVE days, until June 18, left to get your money in before the price goes up! After June 18, it goes up $10 and $20 if payment is made at the door.
When paying via PayPal, enter RFH40th@gmail.com. Select the Friends and Family option.
With all payments, please Include your email, phone number, high school name and guest’s name.
So, ’78 classmates, do the Hustle, get those payments in and get set to “boogie on down” in your hometown! In the meantime, check out the committee’s photo op (above). Yes, still crazy after all these years …
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.
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.
The community is in mourning. The marquee and memorial buntings draped on the Fair Haven Firehouse mark the passing of one of its own … one who served a community he loved.
Memorial services are set to begin on Tuesday for former Fair Havenite, Rumsonite and avid community emergency services volunteer Joseph B. Truex Sr.,54, who passed away on June 6. He was living in Little Silver at the time of his passing.
A life celebration is set for 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank. It will be followed by a mass of christian burial on Wednesday at 11:15 a.m. at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Red Bank. Interment will be private.
From Joe’s obituary …
Born in Oceanport to Raymond and Rita, Joe was well-known as a civically-minded man who constantly gave back to his community. He served in the Fair Haven Fire Department for 16 years and was a three-time captain of its First Aid Squad.
Before that, Joe had served as captain of the Rumson EMS. He was also a more than 20 year member of the Middletown Auxiliary Police Department.
Joe is predeceased by: his father, Raymond; and his brothers Michael and Thomas.
He is survived by: his beloved wife Ethel; his mother, Rita; his loving sons, Raymond, Joseph Jr., Brian, Benjamin, David Ruthenbeck Jr. and Kevin Ruthenbeck; his dear grandchildren, Tyler and Skylar; and his siblings, Philip, Jake, Kate Portee and Patricia White.
A tribute to Joe will follow after his funeral. RIP, Joe. You are remembered.
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.
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.
They’re small. They sting. They cause pain and could land person in the hospital. They’re clinging jellyfish; and they’ve made their way back into the Shrewsbury River this summer season.