The following February criminal incidents were reported by Red Bank police:
The Fair Haven schools community is in mourning over the loss of a treasured lunch aide — Josephine Menna.
Memorial services begin today at 3 p.m. at Thompson Memorial Home in Red Bank for the woman who began her career in the borough at 78, serving up students, teachers and the community a lot of love, a little bit of advice and some homemade gifts, a flood of social media comments conveyed.
Revered as a “beloved lunch aide and friend,” Josephine “Josie” Menna, a longtime Red Bank resident, “passed away peacefully” on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, aptly joining her husband Tommy to whom she was married for 32 years, her obituary said.
Josie Menna was aunt of Red Bank Mayor Pat Menna, who paid tribute to her on Facebook upon her death:
“Lent began this evening with the arrival in Heaven of my 90 something aunt, Josephine Figaro Menna, whom I affectionately called the honorary mayor of Garfield Place in Red Bank. She was the wonderful widow of my uncle Thomas Menna, co owner of the legendary West Bergen Market and the mother of Gregory and Gary Figaro. An extraordinary woman and person of boundless charity and good will still delivering meals to housebound ‘seniors’ at her age every week and bringing the eucharist to those who were immobile and could not attend Mass.”
Family was the center of Josie Menna’s life, according to her obituary. Though family, as many Fair Havenites saw it, extended for Josie to the kids and teachers in the lunchroom and beyond.
The following September criminal incidents were reported by Red Bank police:
The Rumson-Fair Haven area weekend promises to be packed with activity and drenched in sunshine (fingers crossed).
A Red Bank man was sentenced today to eight years (or 97 months) in prison for downloading sexually explicit videos and images of children to his home computer, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.
A Monmouth County grand jury returned a two-count indictment last Monday charging an Eatontown pediatric surgeon with having criminal sexual contact with a 17-year-old patient, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced. If convicted, he could face up to 11.5 years in prison.
A Red Bank man who today admitted to downloading sexually explicit videos and images of children to his home computer is facing up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced in a released statement.
The sun is out, fall is in the air and the weather is predicted to be as pleasant as the event line-up for the Rumson-Fair Haven area weekend.
It all starts on Friday night …
with RFH’s first football game at Borden Stadium at 7 p.m..
Yes, there are new security measures in place.
Here’s the letter from school officials:
“Due to recent acts of violence in Ocean and Union counties and New York City, RFH will implement updated, best-practice security protocols recommended by the Rumson Police Department for large public gatherings, e.g. athletic events.
“The Rumson Police Department has coordinated efforts with RFH administration to ensure smooth implementation. Please be advised: NO Bags (backpacks, duffel bags, etc.) are permitted into Borden Stadium; small personal bags, e.g. purses, may be subject to search; NO Bottles and/or containers of liquid are permitted into Borden Stadium; and NO one with covered-faced costumes (i.e. masks and total body stockings) will be permitted into Borden Stadium.
“It is our intention and obligation to ensure safe events for our students and spectators. If, at any event, you notice suspicious behavior, please notify RFH personnel or law enforcement immediately.”
Saturday … all day, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. is …
• Middletown Day on the grounds of Croydon Hall on Leonardville Road in the Leonardo section of the township, right across the river.
The annual fall event features entertainment, pony rides, petting zoo, a flea market, contests, tournaments, business booths, food, goodies, arts and crafts, demonstrations and more. The event is running rain or shine.
And Sunday is the day for …
• The Guiness Oyster Festival in the White Street parking lot in Red Bank.
The annual classic event, which runs from noon to 7 p.m. offers lots of food, including, of course, oysters, music and drink and raises money for area causes and more RiverCenter events.
Admission is $5 for all over the age of 10.
• A hometown book signing …
Native Fair Havenite Mary Beth Connor Gibson will be back home and signing copies of her first novel, Aroon, at the Fair Haven Firehouse from 1 to 4 p.m..
The award-winning story is set in eighteenth century Ireland, where jealousy, lust, and oppression lead to gruesome visions with only one way to stop the torture—a killing.
There’s a 60 percent chance of rain on Saturday night, according to the National Weather Service, but there’s a concert and some sale shopping planned in the Rumson-Fair Haven area.
Starting on Friday …
It’s the 62nd year of neighboring Red Bank’s traditional sidewalk sales.
Many R-FH area people remember either catching a bus for 5 cents or walking to Red Bank, babysitting money tucked in that change pocket of the Levis, to walk around, hang with friends and buy just about any bargain more for the sake of the event than price, and head home with that sidewalk sale souvenir.
This year, the sale will again fill the streets of Red Bank on Friday, Saturday and Sunday comprising more than 60 retailers from 6 to 9 . Parking is free, if you’re driving and not hiking it or catching a bus like the kids of the old days.
For a full list of sale participants click here.
StreetLife performances will be held on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. featuring various musicians and family entertainment.
And on Saturday, if the rain doesn’t come …
Fair Haven is holding two Concerts on the Dock.
Local teen band Avery Rose & the Thorns, a funk/rock band, will play at 6 p.m. at the Fair Haven Dock at the foot of Fair Haven Road.
At 7:30 p.m., SHARKHAVEN, a classic and alternative rock band, will play. SHARKHAVEN is comprised of musicians from The Haven, Riptide, and The Danjo’s bands.
There is no charge and light concessions will be sold.
*In the event of heavy rain, an e-blast notification will be sent out prior to the show.
The Indie Street Film Festival is set to start in Red Bank today.
The inaugural event featuring the screenings of more than 75 different independent feature and short films will be shown at various locations throughout the borough’s downtown through July 10.
The following recent criminal incidents were reported by Red Bank police: