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Retro Ice Storm Chillin’

The 1973 ice storm in Fair Haven. Photo/Elaine Van Develde (age 12)
The 1973 ice storm in Fair Haven.
Photo/Elaine Van Develde (age 12)

Our Retro Pic of the Day is a sort of “gratitude journal” reprise from an original 2015 post in honor of the short-lived Valentine’s Day ice storm.

Chill out with thaw and the reminder that, though it is pretty cold outside, and it’s been a pretty snowy, icy February, it could be worse. 

This, albeit blurry, instamatic camera shot from December of 1973 takes us back to what we referred to as The Big Ice Storm of ’73.

Limbs of trees, coated in very pretty, but dangerous, icicles were snapping all over the place. So were electrical lines. So were adults’ nerves.

As kids, however, we thought it was pretty cool. We were unfazed. We went out with our instamatic cameras and posed for pics. In reality, it was pretty treacherous.

Take a look back to a Fair Haven ice storm scene. Remember?

In Memoriam: Longtime Little Silver Resident, RFH Class of ’52 Grad, Phyllis Darragh, 87

Former longtime Little Silver resident and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High (RFH) School Class of 1952 graduate Phyllis Ann Darragh passed away on Feb. 10 at her son’s home in Windham, NH. She was 87.

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Prosecutor: Former Teacher Charged with Sexual Assult of Child

A former Long Branch elementary school teacher has been charged with sexually assaulting a 10-year-old student, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.

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In Memoriam: Fair Haven-Born Rumsonite, USMC Vet, George Cuje Jr., 90

Longtime Rumsonite George Cuje Jr. passed away peacefully with his loving family at his side on Wednesday, Feb. 10. He was 90.

George Cuje Jr.

“There are certain people that are extra special … they make you laugh, share a story, make you feel loved … they live life to the fullest and you wish they can live forever … I know you are having a good laugh in heaven right now with our family that got there first!”

Loujeanne Cuje, George’s niece

Born in Fair Haven, to his parents George and Leola, George was raised in Red Bank along with his sisters Sissy, Evelyn and Marjorie, and brothers Sonny, Leonard, Robert, Walter and James. He married the love of his life Mary Elizabeth Friscia of Rumson on July 18, 1953, and they moved to Rumson shortly thereafter.

George served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was in the 2nd Motor Transport Battalion, 2nd Marine Division and was Honorably Discharged at the rank of Sergeant Feb. 18, 1954. He served his term alongside his childhood buddies William Thorpe and James Braney, hence, sharing many worldly adventure stories with friends and family.

After his service with USMC, George owned and operated a successful landscaping business, which included the employ of his sons and many of their friends from town. Eventually all who knew and respected him knew him as “Poppa Cuj”. “C’mon let’s go!” became his adage, which amused everyone. Dedication to his family was never ending. We’ll always remember the ski excursions with him and mom during his winter hiatus. The memory of his laughter at family gatherings will always be with us. You will be sadly missed “Daddy Dear”!

George was preceded in death by: his mother, Leola; his father, George; his loving wife, Mary; and his sons, James and William.

He is survived by: his daughters, Patti Hensler, of McLeansville, NC, Mary Jane Beaubreault and her husband Michael, of Rumson; sons, Douglas and his wife Judy of Marathon, FL, George III, of Port Monmouth, John and his wife Eileen, of Fair Haven, and David and his wife Claire, of Oceanport; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Monday, Feb. 15, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank. Following a private service, family and friends are welcome to attend George’s committal service, and wear your best ski outfit, on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Middletown. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Rumson PBA Local 345, PO Box 231, Rumson, NJ 07760 or Rumson First Aid, PO Box 89, Rumson, NJ 07760.

In keeping with the current state mandates regarding COVID-19, face coverings must be worn by all visitors before entering the funeral home and visitors are also asked to observe social distancing. Visitors are asked to greet the family and then exit the funeral home so that others may also visit due to the limited, allowable capacity.

— Edited obituary prepared by loved ones via Thompson Memorial Home

Prosecutor: 26-Year-Old Gets 5 Years for ‘Depraved’ Killing of 4 Puppies

A Howell man was sentenced on Friday to five years in state prison on charges of animal cruelty after admitting last year his neglect caused the deaths of four German Shepard puppies in his care, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.

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Retro Fair Haven Snow Day Creation

Photo/Picture of Register photo clip by Dave Kingdon

A reprise from February, 2017 in honor of the next snowfall due today … 

With the onslaught of snow and pandemic cloistering lately there’s been a lot of chatter about snow days and how to get creative with the white stuff. Well, in the 1970s, a few R-FH area kids took their creativity farther than most would be allowed to these days. And that chatter could have well been the chattering of teeth in the freezing weather.

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Police Report: Theft, Aggravated Assault, Weapons, Burglary, Drugs, Disorderly, Criminal Mischief

The following January criminal incidents and arrests were reported by Red Bank police. An arrest does not constitute a conviction.

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Retro Fair Haven Snow Daze

Third Street snow days in Fair Haven … Photo/Kathy Robbins

Since the weather forecast is still calling for snow, here’s a retro reprise as a reminder that snow fun is a simple way to cure what ails your COVID-weary soul. And, in the days before the internet and cell phones, finding out about a snow day was half the fun of the day, albeit a bit daunting … Honk blast aaaaaand sleigh … Who remembers the fire horn signal? What was it?

Call it a blizzard of snow day signals. In Fair Haven back in the 1960s (through the 80s), it was common practice for kids to rear their sleepy little heads and crack a smile when they heard the fire horn’s coded blast. In a Morse code kinda way it would “buuuuuraaaamp” that there would be no school due to snow.

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