Oh, deer! That’s likely what Rumson dog Nancy Spakowski was thinking when she had a little visit with a family of deer while taking a stroll on Blackpoint Horseshoe Road today.Continue reading Scene Around: Visit with Deer Friends in Rumson
People. People put the power of place into perspective. They pull us back into places we remember, milestones. They set us soaring toward our dreams, reaching for our own stars. They bring us down to Earth. They anchor us, our memories, our life journeys.
So, in honor of bringing the people in our lives, our communities, all into focus on the journey of one year in the Rumson-Fair Haven area, we offer a glimpse at the people around us in 20018. Relive. Remember. Treasure.
Happy New Year! Be sure to stop, take a look at the faces around you and embrace the memories created in 2019 …
Take a look back (and don’t forget to CLICK to ENLARGE!)
— Elaine Van Develde
There’s a lot to be said about the importance of place in people’s lives. It defines us in many ways. It brings us comfort. It triggers memories. It is a bookmark in our hearts. Oftentimes that important place is home.
So, to pay homage to the profound power of place in the Rumson-Fair Haven area, home, we offer a glimpse back to significant places of 2018 and many decades preceding it.
Happy New Year! Take a look and let the photos give a tug at your heartstrings. Remember.
(Oh, and don’t forget to click on each photo to enlarge and get the full view!)
— Elaine Van Develde
You’ve seen it before. The view of Rumson from Hartshorne Woods at sunset on a winter’s day is a stunning, stark one.
It’s simple. It’s black and white. It’s peace and landscape harmony.
Take pause and take it in.
Good night, Rumson-Fair Haven area.
— Elaine Van Develde
Peter Pawlikowski, owner of Rumson’s Oceanic Marina, passed away on Dec. 8 Raritan Bay Medical Center with his wife and daughter Kristi by his side. He was 72. Services are set for 10 a.m. on Saturday at St. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church in Rumson.Continue reading Memorial Set for Rumson’s Oceanic Marina Owner, Peter Pawlikowski
As the classic song goes, it’s that most wonderful time of the year. It’s a time for tree lighting, Santa arrivals, community cheer and a lot of giving.
So, to kick off the weekend in the Rumson-Fair Haven area, the season of celebrating and giving is getting a big jump start with the annual Rumson DPW Toy Drive today and tonight and Fair Haven’s tree lighting, Santa visit and holiday stroll through the business district.
It begins today from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in Rumson with the annual toy drive, which is a festive community gathering packed with holiday spirit.
“The employees of the Rumson Public Works Department will once again be volunteering their time to collect new toys for needy children,” the Rumson website announced. “They are asking you to help by donating a NEW, UNWRAPPED toy for a boy or girl.”
And this isn’t your ordinary drop off and run toy drive. People in the area like to gather, socialize, sip on some cocoa and give. The event, for those who cannot make it on Friday, is also run on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
And down the road in Fair Haven, Santa is coming to town again on the firetruck. The borough’s annual tree lighting and celebrating starts at 5 p.m. with Santa arriving at 6 p.m. at Memorial Park at the corner of Fair Haven and River roads.
The usual holiday festivities will ensue, with games, crafts, song, photos with Santa and a stroll in the business district where businesses will hold open houses, offer refreshments, specials and socializing.
You never know who you’ll run into — a snowman, a neighbor or an old friend. It’s all about the Fair Haven community spirit tonight.
And, continued over the weekend …
Fair Haven Councilman Christopher Rodriquez is reminding folks to
“please bring a new unwrapped toy to one of three locations on Saturday: Rec basketball games at Knollwood and Sickles gyms and the Library. Send me a message if you have questions about timing or anything else and thanks for bringing joy to kids in need.”
And at 39 Parker Avenue, resident Maria Ruscigno, in an effort to give back the kindness she and her family received when their son was hospitalized, is conducting a pajama drive for Jersey Shore University Medical Center to keep sick kids and their parents cozy through the holidays and beyond. The collecting is being done right on her porch. She invites residents to stop over and see her decorations and drop off some PJs.
“Happy Friday Fair Haven friends, we are still collecting Pajamas for Jersey Shore Medical Center families!!!” she said in a Facebook post. “Swing by this weekend check out the small display we did and perhaps donate a pair of Pajamas.
39 PARKER AVE!!!!!!!!”
Happy holiday celebrating, all! See you around the towns!
Former Rumsonite and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) graduate Lee A. Heinsius passed away on Friday, Nov. 30, at Riverview Medical Center after a long, courageous battle with lung disease. She was 62.
A memorial service for Lee is set for 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Saint George’s By The River Church, 7 Lincoln Avenue, Rumson. Burial will be private.
From Lee’s obituary …
A longtime Rumson icon has passed. Dr. J. Putnam “Put” Brodsky, doctor, sailor, husband, father and friend, died on Nov. 20 at 88 following a short bout with lung cancer. A memorial is slated for January.
From Dr. Brodsky’s obituary …
The days have been dank on the banks of the Navesink River.
Yet, sea gulls seem to always seem to settle into a bit of hovering and hanging out at Victory Park in Rumson.
Year after year, damp days or not, they always come back home, lie many this time of year.
It’s another familiar scene down by the river. You’ve seen it before. Take a look again … It never gets old.
— Elaine Van Develde
After fleeing a Rumson garage early Tuesday morning and speeding through four area towns in a stolen car, three alleged car burglars/thieves were arrested after they were found on foot off the Garden State Parkway near the abandoned stolen vehicle in which they were traveling, Rumson police said in a released statement.
Their faces are the faces at the core of a close-knit community.
They were neighbors, dads, and just plain friendly faces around the Rumson-Fair Haven area towns. They were also veterans.
Sunday is the day for honoring veterans — the 11th month, 11th day, 11th hour. That’s how the tradition goes.