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An R-FH Area Veterans’ Homage

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Our annual Veterans Day tribute(Click on one of the photos in the above gallery to enlarge and scroll.)

Their faces are the faces at the core of a close-knit community. Some have passed. Some are still with us. They are cherished. They are veterans.

They were and are neighbors, dads, and just plain friendly faces around the Rumson-Fair Haven area towns.

They served. They fought for freedom.

They lived and still do live their lives with hometown pride, honor and respect. They were, they are founding fathers, friends. They were, they are cornerstones of the sense of community that is the Rumson-Fair Haven area.

The gift of their legacies bears no upscale real estate market value. They passed along a love of country and community that is priceless.

Thank you, on Veterans Day, to the veterans of the area who have passed and those who are still with us. You are cherished, honored.

Take a look at some of their faces and remember the legacy they carry.

— Elaine Van Develde

— Photos, courtesy of families of the Rumson-Fair Haven area.

Prosecutor: 64-Year-Old Chaplain Arrested on Child Luring Charges

A 64-year-old chaplain has been arrested and charged with luring and endangering the welfare of a child, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said on Tuesday.

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Retro RFH Hip & Hooray Cheer

The boy cheerleaders of RFH Powder Puff Football 1977 Photo/George Day
The boy cheerleaders of RFH Powder Puff Football 1977
Photo/George Day
The boy cheerleaders of RFH Powder Puff Football 1977
Photo/George Day

There’s nothing like a good ol’ RFH cheer. It’s just hip, hip … happening! Cheering has changed over the decades at RFH. Still there’s nothing quite as unique as this cheer crew. So, for cheer’s sake, we give these guys an encore of this Oct. 8, 2015 Retro Pic of the (George) Day double dose! Cheers!

The 1977 RFH Powder Puff Football game was a good one that made for some great photo opps.

We saw a glimpse of that scene in several Retro Pics of the (George) Day.

But, what must be remembered as well is the male cheerleading squad that hip, hip and hurrahed those junior and senior girls to athletic success on the field. It’s a wonder the girls could concentrate on the game with all that adroit beefcake wile calling like Sirens on the sidelines.

The girls played with what looked like a coordinated feminine fashion finesse — coordinated pig tails, pony tails, turtle necks, gloves and bandanas.

Those boys cheering them on, however, had their own feminine mystique in wardrobe going on.

They’ve been seen before, but here’s another (double dose, different angles) glimpse of the boys of the cheering squad clad in girls’ uniforms with their own special fashion plate additions of hotsie totsie work boots and long underwear.

Some of these guys of the RFH Class of ’78 still live in the area. Recognize anyone? One is a former Fair Haven policeman and another is a Rumson dad.

Hip, hip … holy cartwheel!

Thanks, once again, to George Day for providing this classic look into the past!

Rumson Police: Authorities Investigate Report of Knife-Wielding Woman

Rumson police this morning announced on social media, as a “Community Alert” that two private schools in the borough were put into lockdown due to a report of a knife-wielding woman.

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Prosecutor: 26-Year-Old Man Pleads Guilty to Animal Cruelty in Four Puppies’ Deaths

A 26-year-old man pleaded guilty today to charges of animal cruelty admitting his neglect caused the deaths of four German shepherd puppies in his care, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.

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Retro RFH Tower Players’ Play Time

RFH Tower Players costumed and playing in 1977
Photo/RFH Yearbook

It’s that time of the RFH school year when all good show folk band together as Tower Players get to work on producing a fall show. This year playing is quite a different deal for the players. But there’s always the past … 

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Curtain Up on RFH Tower Players’ First Virtual Show

The pandemic isn’t stopping the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) Tower Players from going on with the show. The troupe has set the stage for the curtain to go up on their first virtual production. The Tower Players’ fall drama, Shuddersome: Tales of Poe, will be staged online on Nov. 20.

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Prosecutor: Two Teens Face Murder Charges in Shootings

A juvenile and an 18-year-old have been charged in connection with a March 23 Asbury Park homicide, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced on Tuesday. 

The juvenile is also facing an attempted murder charge stemming from an Oct. 29, 2019 shooting at the same home. 

Jamir Styles, 18, with a last known address of Asbury Park, and the 16-year-old juvenile, a Howell resident, were charged on Thursday, Oct. 29, with first-degree murder, first-degree conspiracy to commit murder, second-degree unlawful possession of a handgun, and second-degree possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose.

The case background …

On March 23 at 11:36 p.m., Asbury Park Police responded to a DeWitt Avenue residence after being notified about a male gunshot victim located inside the home. Asbury Park Police officers responded and found the 24-year-old shooting victim, Christian Lahens, inside of his home. 

Lifesaving efforts were made by emergency medical personnel both in the home and en route to Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Despite these lifesaving efforts, however, Lahens was pronounced deceased at 12:16 a.m. on March 24.

The Asbury Park Police Department and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office launched a joint investigation into the homicide. 

As a result of the months’ long investigation, police have determined that the juvenile and Jamir Styles were both armed with handguns when they approached the victim’s home. After alerting those inside the dwelling to their presence, they both fired several shots into the home. 

The victim was struck with gunfire and later died as a result. In addition to the charges against the 16 year old and Jamir Styles, law enforcement officers have additionally charged 19-year-old Jayson Freeman, of Lakewood, with hindering the apprehension of another, a third-degree crime, based upon his actions in aiding the two shooters.

The March 23 incident was the second time in five months that the victim’s DeWitt Avenue family residence had been struck with gunfire. 

On Oct. 29, 2019, at approximately 9:17 p.m., Asbury Park Police responded to the home after receiving a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, police determined that the residence had been struck with gunfire while several residents were inside. This incident was also jointly investigated by the Asbury Park Police and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.  

While investigating the March homicide at the DeWitt Avenue residence, police were able to determine that two juveniles, a 16-year-old, and a 14-year-old, were present outside this same home on Oct. 29, 2019 armed with a handgun. 

During the October incident, while outside the residence, one of the juveniles produced a handgun and fired shots inside. Unlike the March 2020 incident, however, no one was injured at that time. The 16-year-old juvenile charged with the March 2020 murder was one of the two juveniles involved in the Oct. 29, 2019 incident.

The two juveniles have been charged, on juvenile complaints, with first-degree attempted murder, first-degree conspiracy to commit murder and the second-degree crimes of unlawful possession of a handgun and possession of a handgun for an unlawful purpose as a result of the October, 2019 incident.

Styles, a G-Shine Blood, was part of the criminal enterprise identified in Operation Golden State. The investigation revealed that Styles was involved in the distribution of CDS and well as the possession and use of illegal firearms. More specifically, the investigation revealed that Styles and the juvenile carried out the murder of Lahens as part of the ongoing effort to target rivals of the criminal enterprise.

As part of Styles’ arrest in Operation Golden State, he was also charged with first-degree racketeering conspiracy, multiple weapons charges including second-degree conspiracy to commit unlawful possession of a weapon, second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon, and third-degree conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance.

If convicted of murder, Styles faces 30 years in a New Jersey state prison without parole subject to the provisions of the No Early Release Act (NERA,) requiring him to serve 85 percent of any sentence imposed beyond 30 years before becoming eligible for release on parole.He would also be under parole supervision for five years following his release from state prison.

If convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, Styles faces 30 years in a New Jersey state prison without parole subject to the provisions of the No Early Release Act (NERA), requiring him to serve 85 percent of any sentence imposed beyond 30 years before becoming eligible for release on parole. He would also be under parole supervision for five years following his release from state prison.

If convicted of the second-degree weapons offenses, Styles faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in a New Jersey state prison on each count, subject to the provisions of the Graves Act which carries a mandatory period of parole ineligibility of one half of the custodial sentence imposed, or 42 months, whichever is greater.

Jayson Freeman faces up to five years in prison if convicted of third-degree hindering the apprehension of another. 

The juvenile faces a term of up to 10 years in Family Court if convicted of the March 23, 2020 murder; however, the state has the ability to seek his waiver to the Superior Court, Law Division, where he would be subject to the same penalties as an adult upon conviction.

Both juveniles have been lodged in the Middlesex County Youth Detention Center, awaiting an appearance in Family Court. Styles was apprehended in DeKalb County, Georgia by the U.S. Marshals Service.  Freeman was arrested on an outstanding warrant by the Wall Township Police.

Police are encouraging anyone with information about these incidents to contact Detective Terrence McGhee of the Asbury Park Police Department at (732) 774-1300 or Detective Stephen Cavendish of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office at (800) 533-7443.

— Edited press release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

Retro RFH Political Clubbing

RFH Political Science Club of 1974-75 Photo/RFH Yearbook
RFH Political Science Club of 1974-75
Photo/RFH Yearbook

A reprise of an RFH classic from Nov. 7, 2016, just because it’s that time again … 

It’s the day of an unprecedented presidential election.

Political season has been in full swing in more ways than one — punches are being thrown in all directions.

It’s why they call it silly season. But, let’s take the focus off national and local politics of today for the evening and step back in time to the 1970s and politics as it was with RFH students and teachers.

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