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In Memoriam: Fair Havenite, 26-Year Fire Police Member, Bill Copeland, 90

Longtime Fair Havenite and area Fire Police volunteer William D. “Bill” Copeland passed away on April 1. He was 90.

Bill spent 26 years as a member of the Fair Haven Fire Depaertment’s Fire Police. He also served as a Rumson Fire Police member.

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Fair Haven: Missing Kayker’s Body Recovered

The search for a kayaker who went missing on the Navesink River in Fair Haven on Friday morning ended with the recovery of a 78-year-old man’s body that evening, Police Chief Joseph McGovern said in a released statement on Saturday morning.

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Birthday Wish for Mom: Staying Home with My ‘Fair’ Lady

“If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own back yard. Because if it isn’t there, I never really lost it to begin with! Is that right?” ~ Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz

For the love of home and a Fair Haven mom … that’s right.

Sometimes a birthday without her is about lighting the candles, making the wish, sustaining the simple legacy of going home, staying home with my mom, Sally Van Develde.

Yesterday would have been her 98th birthday. If she had lived to blow out all those candles on her cake, I wondered what she would have done. What her wish would have been.

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In Memoriam: Longtime Fair Havenite, Joe Carroll

Forever Fair Havenite Joseph Edmund Carroll passed away on Jan. 23.

“There was nothing Joe loved more than his family and Fair Haven.

“He was married to his wife, Mary Patricia, for over 60 years and together they raised one son and three daughters. He was always willing to get involved. Joe was a member of the Fair Haven Fire Department, spent time as a recreation commissioner, and was a long time coach of baseball and CYO basketball. Even when not in an official role, he was often seen umpiring softball games or moving the chains for Pop Warner football. Joe was a proponent of equality in sports well before it was popular. His daughters were among the first to play hardball with the boys instead of softball. He was at every game his children played, always cheering them on.”

Loved ones of Joe Carroll in his obituary
Ed Carroll … Photo/loved ones via Thompson Memorial Home

Born in Long Branch, Joe was a lifelong resident of Red Bank and Fair Haven. A star athlete in high school, Joe helped Croydon Hall Academy win the state basketball championship, his obituary said.

After graduating, Joe enlisted in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne. After three years of active duty and several years in the reserves, he was honorably discharged and set his sights on Wall Street.

Over his 30-year career, he worked his way from an entry-level page to a member of the New York Stock Exchange, working for the First of Michigan Corporation.

After retiring, he started a second career in an area he loved — the outdoors. Joe was an avid fisherman, duck hunter, and gardener.  He worked for the Monmouth County Parks System into his 80s.

Joe is survived by: his wife Mary Patrica (Eddy); son, Patrick Carroll and wife Eileen; daughters, Sharon Everett and husband Michael, Maura Creekmore and husband Hill, and Megan Haran and husband Richard; and 12 grandchildren.

Joe is predeceased by his parents. Joseph and Florence Carroll (Hanisch).

— Edited obituary submitted by loved ones via Thompson Memorial Home

Retro Frontlining Fair Haven Doc & Mayor

There’s something about memories of an iconic doctor, mayor, house calls, volunteerism and community that soothe what ails the stressed and scared in surging pandemic and vaccination times.

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Retro Santa Firehouse Visit Times

It’s the year without close Santa encounters. Santa came to town, but not to the Fair Haven firehouse, as with every year since the dawn of most area kids’ time. We’re told there have been some other masked, distanced Santa visits in 2020 pandemic holiday times, but the laptop visit is out, so is the firehouse extravaganza. So, in honor of the traditional visit, whispers, close-up scary gander at that beard, promises of being good and gifts, our annual reprise takes everyone back to that firehouse visit … or wherever … with Ol’ Saint Nick …

It’s that time of the year when a longstanding Fair Haven tradition has taken hold — photos at the firehouse with Santa.

It’s another Fair Haven tradition you can always count on.

I remember …

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In Memoriam: Longtime Fair Havenite, First Aid EMT Nancy D. Hartman

Longtime Fair Havenite and Fair Haven Fire Department First Aid Squad member, Nancy D. Hartman, lost her battle with ALS on Sept. 7. She passed away at home with her loving husband Larry by her side.

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Fair Remembrance: A Firemen’s Night

They call it Family Night now. But, the Wednesday night of each Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair is forever Firemen’s Night to any kid who grew up hearing sirens blaring through the streets where they lived on that eve that welcomed and honored firefighters from near and far to the fair grounds.

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Retro Fair Haven Gals and a Fair Prize Boat

It’s a historic time in which we’re living. As if a worldwide pandemic wasn’t enough. There was that recent threat of murder hornets. Then came some near too-hot-to handle heatwaves. And now, well, power’s out, summer heat’s on and there’s no Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair reward light at the end of the bad times tunnel.

So, we take you back, again, to the sequel of those firehouse girls-on-the-boat photos for a bit of cheer and some coolness, too.

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Retro Fair Haven Gals’ Show Boating

The heat is on. Mid-heatwave pandemic pandemonium, the Fair Haven Fire Department is desperately seeking volunteers.

And, back in the day, the 1960s day, fire company volunteerism was a job sought after by a large contingent of residents. They loved being a part of the fire company family. And that it was.

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Retro Fair Haven EMS Dive Squad Doings

This week is National EMS Week. These are the trained volunteers who show up when you’re in an emergency health situation, an accident or you just need a little help out of a situation. They’re a 911 call away.

In both Rumson and Fair Haven, first aid squads are comprised of residents who are trained and certified to respond to all of these emergencies, day and night.

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Remembering Fair Haven’s Bill Leonard: Mayor, Fireman, First Aider, Friend

A towering Fair Haven presence has taken leave from the hometown spotlight as his legacy continues to be something to which many look up.

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