Students called her Mrs. B. She was Jeannie to fellow teachers. She was Jean Burgess — Nellie Jean (Badida) Burgess. She taught in the Fair Haven schools for 33 years. The valued longtime Fair Haven wife, mom, teacher, colleague and friend to many passed away peacefully on Jan. 28 in Chester, VA. She was 73.Continue reading Saying Goodbye to Longtime Fair Haven Teacher, ‘Jeannie’ Burgess, Mrs. B.
“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.Continue reading Birthday Wish for Mom: Staying Home with My ‘Fair’ Lady
Well, the sun made a promising appearance today, bringing with it warm thoughts of togetherness and teaming up for sun-kissed, carefree canoodling and a good swim.Continue reading Retro Sunny Daze: Swim Teaming at P-House
Longtime Fair Havenite Thomas N. Brounley passed away peacefully in his sleep on Feb. 14. He was 82.Continue reading In Memoriam: Longtime Fair Havenite, Tom Brounley, 82
Fair Havenite Laurie Bratone has been named the non-profit Sandy Hook Foundation’s new director of development.Continue reading Laurie Bratone: Directing Development for Sandy Hook Foundation
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.
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.Continue reading Retro Fair Haven Snow Daze
Picture this: A creative snowscape perspective.Continue reading Focus: Rumson-Fair Haven Snowscape
Longtime Fair Havenite Lynn Brager Phelan passed away after a short illness on Jan. 30.Continue reading In Memoriam: Fair Havenite Lynn Brager Phelan
Forever Fair Havenite Joseph Edmund Carroll passed away on Jan. 23.
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
Call it a snow storming at the shove-wielding hands of a Fair Havenite and vet in the early 1960s.Continue reading Retro Fair Haven Snow Storming
Still hangin’ after all these years …
There’s nothing like the warmth of lifelong friendship on a dank, wintry day.Continue reading Scene Around: Still Funnin’ with a Forever Fair Haven Trio & a Mom