Going Retro with Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade Emcee

JoAnn Pileggi a couple of years ago heading toward the Fair Haven dock.  Photo/Elaine Van Develde
JoAnn Pileggi a couple of years ago heading toward the Fair Haven dock.
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

The third annual Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade was Sunday. And there were many familiar faces marching and on the grandstand.

One, in particular, on the grandstand for all three years of the new parade tradition, was emcee JoAnn Pileggi.

Pileggi, a TV journalist for NYC’s Fox 5 News and FOX 29philly, is a Fair Haven resident who is married to RFH grad T.J. Foderaro, a longtime journalist who comes from a long line of journalists.

A couple of years ago, this photo of Pileggi was taken as the Fair Haven resident was headed to a concert on the Fair Haven Dock with her children.

Do you know JoAnn?

 

Subdivision Deemed Good Fit for Longtime Fair Haven Church Property

By Elaine Van Develde

Before long, Fair Haven’s Church Street will no longer be true to its namesake.

The borough’s Planning Board unanimously approved a three-home subdivision — of one 3,000- and two 2,000-square-feet, roof-porched homes with garages and decks — on the .54-acre parcel of land at the corner of River Road and Church Street, which long into the borough’s history has housed the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion.

The subdivision takes up “890-square-feet less than what (currently) exists,” said Elizabeth Waterbury, the planner who testified for the applicant, Rumson-based Kolarsick Builders Inc., at Wednesday night’s Planning Board meeting. “We’re staying within FAR (floor-area ratio) we’re staying within maximum habitable (space) … looking to create a conforming subdivision.”

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Fate of Former Fair Haven Sunoco?

By Elaine Van Develde 

It’s official. Fair Haven is down to one gas station in town.

As locals have long speculated what will replace the nearly three-year shuttered former Fair Haven Sunoco at the corner of River Road and Cedar Avenue, equipment has been digging into the tarred lot, fenced-in lot and officials have only confirmed that it will not be re-purposed as another gas station.

In fact, they said at Monday night’s Borough Council meeting, all the excavation by EV Banta Co., of East Orange, is about the “decommission of the (gas) tanks” on the site. That’s all.

No plans for anything to be built at the site have yet been submitted to the Planning Board.

Yet, because of the permits acquired for the decommissioning, it is clear to officials that “there is no intention to keep it as a gas station,” Fair Haven Administrator Theresa Casagrande said.

Zoned for business use, no one offered any more information about what may be unofficially planned by a lessee or new owner. For a couple of years a “For Lease” sign was hung on one of the building’s bays.

The site long housed a gas station under management at different intervals. In its last life, it was Rich’s Ultra Sunoco. Rich’s could no longer afford the lease, Mayor Ben Lucarelli had said. Before that, it was Duckworth’s Sunoco. And that list of gas stations on the plat of land goes back a long time.

The only remaining gas station in the 1.4-square-mile borough will now be the Valero a few blocks away on River Road, formerly Ray Miller’s Exxon and Esso at one point.

Years back, there were yet another three, besides Valero and Sunoco, gas stations in town: another on the opposite corner from Sunoco, at Cedar and Hance roads; one sat on the corner of Gillespie Avenue and River Road, where a veterinarian’s office now sits; another was on the corner of Fair Haven and River roads, where Balderose Fine Foods now sits; and yet another was where the Foreign Cars of Monmouth is anchored.

Between Rumson and Fair Haven, dating back a couple of decades, there were 12 gas stations — six in Rumson and six in Fair Haven.

Retro Hanging on a Fire Truck

Bill Van Develde rides a Fair Haven fire truck circa early 1970s. Photo/Van Develde family
Bill Van Develde rides a Fair Haven fire truck circa early 1970s.
Photo/Van Develde family

In light of the pending purchase of a new fire truck for the Fair Haven Fire Department, our Retro Pic of the Day offers a look back at an oldie.

New transport rules mandate that firemen can no longer ride hanging on the the back or sides of a truck.

But, there was a lot of that, like an indelible stereotypical snapshot, back in the day. Times have changed, but the dedication of the local volunteer firefighter, from generation to generation, has not.

In this photo, circa early 1970s, the guys are rolling out for a parade. They are in the back of the firehouse in their dress uniforms.

The guy hanging on the outside of the truck is none other than this editor’s dad, Bill Van Develde, a life member of the fire company and former captain of the Fair Haven Fire Police.

Did you know that the rules for riding on the outside of a fire truck had changed? Who’s inside the cab? And which truck is this? The Mack?

 

 

Arresting News: Man Who Went Missing Had Warrant for Contempt

The following recent arrests on contempt of court warrants were reported by Middletown police. 

• Damon Dowd, 38, of South Everest Avenue in Brick, was arrested on Feb. 24 by Patrolman Jason Caruso on a contempt of court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court.

He was held on $1,057 bail.

• Caitlyn Hewitt, 26, of Kanes Lane in Middletown, was arrested on Feb. 24 by Detective Daniel Sullivan on a contempt of court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court.

She was released on her own recognizance.

• Frankie Terracciano, 43, of Moran Place in Keansburg, was arrested on Feb. 25 by Patrolman Brian McGrogan on a contempt of court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court.

He was released after posting $2,000 bail.

Anthony Tassello, 55, of Four Winds Drive in Middletown — the man who went missing on Feb. 16 and was found safe in Florida on Feb. 19 — was arrested on Feb. 25 by Detective Keith Hirschbein on a contempt of court warrant issued by the Highland Park Municipal Court.

He was released after posting $500 bail.

• Zully Rosario, 27, of Washington Avenue in the Leonardo section of Middletown, was arrested on Feb. 27 by Patrolman Savvas Roumeliotis on a contempt of court warrant issued by the Keansburg Municipal Court.

She was released after posting $250 bail.

• Gregory Tognan, 23, of Wedgewood Circle in the Belford section of Middletown, was arrested on March 1 by Lt. Ernest Volkland on a contempt of court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court.

He was released after posting $250 bail.

• Joseph Dacruz, 48, of Austin Avenue in Point Pleasant, was arrested on March 2 by Patrolman William Rodewald on a contempt of court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court.

He was held on $407 bail.

• Tiffanilee Czaplicki, 32, of Krueger Place in Middletown, was arrested on March 2 by Patrolman Raymond Sofield on contempt of court warrants issued by Middletown and Keansburg municipal courts.

She was released after posting $1,294 bail.

• Connor Murphy, 23, of Campbell Avenue in the Belford section of Middletown, was arrested on March 4 by Patrolman Thomas Hughes on a contempt of court warrant issued by the Atlantic City Municipal Court.

He was released after posting $500 bail.

• Michel Serieye, 82, of New York Avenue in Union City, was arrested on March 4 by Patrolman Michael Heaton on contempt of court warrants issued by the Union City Municipal Court.

He was released after posting $1,500 bail.

• Nicole Fowler, 22, of Hillview Drive in Neptune, was arrested on March 3 by Patrolman Joshua Midose on contempt of court warrants issued by the Neptune and Millstone municipal courts.

She was released after posting $791 bail.

• Matthew Tiso, 27, of Avenue C in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown, was arrested on March 3 by Patrolman Carl Roth on a contempt of court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court.

He was released after posting $1,000 bail.

New Fair Haven Fire Truck to be a First Responder

By Elaine Van Develde

If all goes according to plan, in about a year, the Fair Haven Fire Department will have a new $500,000 piece of equipment to be the first of trucks to respond to the scene of a blaze  — a Pierce pumper.

The pumper will replace a 1981 pumper that “is still running hard,” Mayor Ben Lucarelli said, but is not completely OSHA compliant, or up-to-date.

State safety statue requires that, since 1991, all firemen ride inside the cab of the truck and have a safe, enclosed place of refuge in which to retreat on the scene to escape, for example, toxic chemicals emitted from a fire. Fair Haven complies, but there’s just not as much room in the 1981 truck or efficiency.

The new Pierce pumper can seat eight in its cab. The days of hanging off the back or side of the truck while rolling onto the scene are long gone, Lucarelli said.

No decision has been made on which of the remaining three working apparatus, if at all, will be retired, donated, sold or kept.

And, the decision is not one that needs to be made any time soon, if at all, Fair Haven Council President Jonathan Peters said at Monday night’s Borough Council meeting when introducing the bond ordinance authorizing the funding of the new truck. “The cost to keep them is actually minimal,” Peters said. “And we certainly don’t want to buy another truck sooner than later.”

While some may criticize Fair Haven for “spending another half a million dollars, they need to realize that the last (quad) truck bought replaced the 1954 American LaFrance (quad) truck, and this (pumper) is replacing one bought in the 1980s,” Lucarelli said. “It’s cyclical; and it just makes sense.”

The last truck that was purchased, to replace the now retired 1954 American LaFrance quad, was a 2008 quad — a truck that brings four essentials, ladders, hoses, pumps and water tanks to the scene of a fire for firefighters.

Then there is a 1975 Mack quad that was refurbished in 1990; and the 1981 Pierce pumper that will be replaced or augmented by the new pumper truck.

While the pumper is the first on the scene of a fire, the quad ladder trucks, as opposed to aerial trucks used in some fire companies, get the hook and ladder equipment up and working, Lucarelli explained.

“It’s just a matter of different firefighting culture,” he said. “While some towns have the big aerials that go over the top of a fire, cut a hole (in the roof) water is blasted in, Fair Haven goes in the front door (and on the roof when they need to), inside and fight the fire.”

Administrator Theresa Casagrande commended former Fair Haven Fire Department Chief Derek DeBree for his help in keeping officials well-informed on the particulars of the purchase.

The ordinance to release the funds is scheduled for public hearing and adoption at the next council meeting. The first step, upon approval, will be to release a $24,000 deposit.

 

Services Set for Fair Haven’s ‘Chum’ Chandler

The marquee on the Fair Haven firehouse is once again bearing some sad news.

Yet another member of the deep-rooted fire department kin has passed. Longtime Fair Havenites know the borough-anchored family. They knew the family’s departed patriarch and fondly remember his tall stature topped by a grand zest for life and love of all things family and community — it was all synonymous for the man people knew as Chum Chandler.

Chum, a lifelong Fair Haven resident and 65-year member of its fire company, died at 89 on March 8, leaving behind a compassionate life lived to the fullest, his family said in his obituary.

There will be a service/visitation for Chum Chandler on  Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank. There will be a fire department tribute at 7:30.

And on Saturday there will be a celebration, as his family put it in his obituary, of his life at the Fair Haven firehouse, on River Road, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Warren “Chum” Chandler will be buried in the Brig. Gen. Wm. C. Doyle Veterans Cemetery in Arneytown, NJ.

The following is some more information taken directly from his obituary on Thompson Memorial Home’s website:

Chum Chandler served his country proudly during WWII in the US Navy, South Pacific.

The owner of Chandler Septic Tank Service, Chum was a 65-year member of the Fair Haven Fire Department.

He loved to hunt, fish and crab and was a founding member of The Sea Bright Rod and Gun Club. He loved all sports and participated in the Rumson Veterans Football, the Willow Brook Golf Club, and numerous baseball teams and bowling leagues.

Chum as a loyal fan of the N.Y. Mets and Giants. He “lived a full life whose fun-loving personality will live on forever!”

Chum was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth “Betty” (Long).

He is survived by: sons Warren (Stephanie), George (Judi), Richard (Lisa), Peter (Natasha); daughters Elizabeth (Dan), Carol (Mike), Deborah (Dan); 15 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren; and special friend, Joan Fowler.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Fair Haven Fire Department, 635 River Rd., Fair Haven, NJ 07704.

Many have good memories of Chum Chandler. Please share your memories with us as we prepare a full memorial tribute. Email anything you’d like to share to evd@rfhretro.com

Crime Close By: Drug Possession, Assault & More

The following arrests were made by Middletown police between Feb. 24 and March 9. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. 

• Ryan Fisher, 34, ofHarborview Drive, Atlantic Highlands, was arrested on Feb. 25 by Detective Daniel Sullivan on a contempt of court issued by the Keansburg Municipal Court and was charged with possession of a hypodermic syringe and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was held on $500 bail.

• Joseph Hosking, 37, of Ginger Court, Eatontown, was arrested on Feb. 26 by Patrolman Charles Higgins and charged with possession of a hypodermic syringe and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was released pending a court date.

• Connor Mahan, 20, of Forest Avenue, Middletown, was arrested on Feb. 27 by Patrolman James Beirne and charged with possession of a hypodermic syringe, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of heroin.

He was released pending a court date.

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Internet Safety Explored at Rumson Schools

The following is an edited press release from the Rumson School District:

The Rumson School District recently presented a parent “coffee chat” on the subject of Internet Safety and Cyber Bullying.

The event Feb. 23 event was organized by Forrestdale School Guidance Counselor and Anti-Bullying Specialist Jenn Crow, and hosted by local parent and internet safety expert Tyna Kilbourne.

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Summoning the Sun: Retro RFH Gals on the Beach

The girls of the Class of '78 perform 'Girls on the Beach' in special way at the Freshman Follies. Photo/George Day
The girls of the Class of ’78 perform ‘Girls on the Beach’ in special way at the Freshman Follies.
Photo/George Day

As many of us have warm wishes for sunshine and higher temps in the days ahead, we take a look back at some RFH gals on the beach in our Retro Pic of the (George) Day.

This is yet another angle of some funny RFH Class of ’78 girls in their Freshman Follies number, the Beach Boys’ Girls on the Beach, of course.

No, it’s not beach weather quite yet, but we can dream in our little time machine with this little RFH throwback.

Many thanks, again, to George Day for this photo!

Arresting News Nearby: Assault, Disorderly, DWI

The following arrests were made recently by Red Bank police. An arrest does not constitute a conviction.

• Elizabeth Ramirez-Rosales, 27, of Red Bank, was arrested in the area of Shrewsbury Avenue on March 3 by Patrolman Jhonatan Quispe and charged with simple assault.

• Robert Fix, 25, of Middletown, was arrested in the area of West Front Street on March 1 by Patrolman Benjamin Springer and charged with disorderly conduct.

• Joseph Pagano, 56, of Red Bank, was arrested by Patrolman Ashon Lovick on Feb. 28 in the area of Bank Street and charged with disorderly conduct.

• Michael Eng, 27, of Tinton Falls, was arrested by Patrolman Cevin Albert on Feb. 28 in the area of West Front Street and charged with DWI (driving while intoxicated).

• Brandon Weltman, 37, of Asbury Park, was arrested on Feb. 27 by Patrolman Thomas Doremus in the area of Broad Street and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and contempt of court.

High Steppin’ into Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2015

There was a wee bit of a chill in the air, but spirits were warm and bright on Sunday at the third annual Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Thousands lined East River Road to take festive trip to St. Paddy’s Day nine days early via hundreds of paraders.

Take a look at the above slideshow for a glimpse into Rumson’s new tradition.

Don’t forget to click on the icon in the bottom right corner to enlarge for a full view!

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