Tag Archives: Sea Bright

Scene Around: Beached for Locals’ Summer

Starting a locals’ summer weekend with the sun and a beach stroll was the way a couple of Rumson-Fair Haven area folks and four-legged friends got their jump start on Friday.

It’s the only way for locals when the sun, sand and surf beckon for a big shoreline hug. They walk, even romp with it — the rejuvenating solace of it all.

Fair Haven Councilwoman Susan Sorensen and Rumsonite Sue Hill Spakowski (and friends) were there in Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach to capture the moments and relish the start to, by all fair weather accounts, the perfect locals summer weekend. Sorensen caught the sunrise in Sea Bright and Spakowski’s best buddies (her dogs) caught the best of times “digging” the beach at Little Monmouth.

From the National Weather Service …

Skies will be clear and sunny with temperatures in the high 70s during the day and high 60s in the evenings all weekend.

Thanks to Sue and Susan for sharing the start of their day and a little beach motivation with all!

Have a locals’ summer moment you’d like to share? Send us your photos at evd@rfhretro.com … Enjoy the weekend!

Retro RFHers’ Summer Adventure

It’s officially summertime, and the livin’ is … adventurous for many RFH students. Most are known to hit the beach, clubs or public, in Sea Bright. And some look for a little adventure in venturing away from familiar, iconic turf, and onto another great Jersey adventure, so to speak.

Continue reading Retro RFHers’ Summer Adventure

In Memorium: Longtime Fair Havenite, Sea Bright Resident, Maryana Robertson

An obituary isn’t long enough to relay all of the cool things a person got to accomplish in their lifetime. My mom got to travel all over the world … Had homes in California, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Dragged her four girls all over the country and Canada (sometimes kicking and screaming, because we didn’t know we were gonna do and see something cool). One time she asked us if we wanted to go see Chicago? We started moaning, so she went by herself. Turns out that she meant THE BAND CHICAGO! Which I loved … I had to listen from out side the stadium … but I learned to pay attention when plans where being made … Rest in Peace Mom!

Suzanne Robertson Tranfaglia ~ Remembering Mom Maryana

Longtime Fair Haven and Sea Bright resident Maryana Sheahan Robertson passed away on June 11 after a long illness. She was 80.

Maryana Robertson in the 1960s
Photo/courtesy of the Robertson family

Known as a spirited adventurer and traveler with a passion for cultural immersion, Maryana was born in Cambridge MA. She graduated from Hopkinton High School there, where she played on the girls basketball team and was in glee club, in 1956. She then met her late husband James Robertson and they moved to Fair Haven and raised four daughters there. The Robertson couple lived in Fair Haven until 2000. Maryana then lived in Sea Bright until 2019.

To the Stokes trip students of the 1970s era, the Robertson parents may be remembered as the birding couple, leading kids through the woods with binoculars and teaching them about various species, their sounds and distinguishing characteristics.

At home, James was president of the Mommouth Wine Society and for years the two hosted wine tastings at their Fair Haven home. “They loved being close enough to NYC to go into the city every chance they could for dinner and a play or musical,” daughter Suzanne Robertson Tranfaglia said.

Maryana had a nursing degree from Brookdale Community College. In addition to her zest for adventure, travel and cultural immersion, she was known as a passionate animal lover who rescued many cats, dogs and even a duck. She loved spending home and travel time with family.

Predeceased by her husband, Maryana is survived by: her brother Paul Sheahan and wife Lydia, of Brooksville FL; her daughters and their spouses, Suzanne and George Tranfaglia, of Orlando, FL, Kathleen and Mike Grady, of Long Branch, Sheila and Joseph Eskridge, of Sea Bright, and Bonnie and John Travers, of PA.; and her grandchildren, Maria Tranfaglia, Ryan Eskridge, and Patrick and Christopher Travers.

A private memorial is being planned.

A Time to Run: Remembering RFH’s Keith McHeffey

The following was originally posted in 2017 in remembrance of Keith McHeffey. It is being posted again as a reminder that the annual race to honor his memory and help others, The KDM 3-Mile Run, is set for Saturday.

Keith McHeffey and friends
Photo/courtesy of Gregg Kennedy

He was raised in both Rumson and Fair Haven. He was an RFH graduate. He was a friend to many. He had a gift for making people laugh and love life. Then he lost his life in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. He was Keith McHeffey.

Continue reading A Time to Run: Remembering RFH’s Keith McHeffey

Retro Snow-Capped Peninsula House 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 for a little dancing?

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

Retro Peninsula House Swim Teaming

Peninsula House Swim Team of the mid-1970s
Photo/Facebook collection

It was teaming today — rain.

And in some parts of the Rumson-Fair Haven area, like Sea Bright, the precipitation and high tides were forecasted to bring the usual coastal flooding to Sea Bright — or pools of water taken to the street, at least.

So, in keeping with wishes for voluntary swimming (rather than doggie paddling across the street) and sunnier days, the Retro Pic of the Day takes us back to the mid-1970s a different kind of team — not teaming rain, but swim team(ing).

This is the old Peninsula House Swim Team. Check out those freestyle tans, toothy grins and suits. Remember Peninsula House, commonly dubbed P-House? It was a popular, affordable beach club to team up with RFH buds and join back in the day. Recognize any of the RFHers win this pic?

They’re all about the swim and sunny daze.

— Elaine Van Develde