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Breaking for RFH Alum Charlie Volker’s Olympic Bobsled Team Victory

Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) alumnus star football and track athlete Charlie Volker has laced up a different pair of athlete’s spikes, taken to a new frontier and locked in on a new athletic adventure as a member of the U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team.

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Retro RFH Dudes’ Snow-Capped Pow-Wow

Well, the area saw another smattering of snow recently — only to make a brief entrance and exit right before Christmas. And, back in the day, some RFH students preferred such a setting for a little pow-wow outside. Well, it’s fitting for COVID times, but this little chat is happening with a pretty close encounter among friends, like RFHers may like it to be now. So, what’s a little snow and chill in the air? There’s no time like snow time, right? The kinship keeps things warm. Maybe the discussion was heated?

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Retro RFH Snow Day Drive

A reprise from February, right before the pandemic hit, in honor of the impending snow storm and nostalgia for the days of waiting for the snow day whistle to blow … Yes, before the morning phone call and electronic communications, there was only the fire horn to listen for on what all kids wished would be a snow day … No need for snow days in pandemic times. Virtually no need. Remember the horn?

It may or may not have been a snapshot of the infamous Blizzard of ’78, but there was not an SUV in sight, that’s for sure. Yes, those slick sedans slipped and slid their way right to school. Or not. There was a lot more fearlessness of the white stuff. That was the RFH golden rule of the era.

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In Memoriam: Former Fair Havenite, RFH Grad, Jeff Bennett, 45

Jeff had an infectious smile, a hardy handshake, an uplifting outlook, and a loving and caring heart. He will be sorely missed by all who love him, including his scores of friends and family. 

Loved ones of Jeff Bennett in his obituary
Jeff Bennett … Photo/family via McEwen Funeral Service

Former Fair Havenite and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) graduate, Jeffrey D. Bennett, passed away suddenly on Dec. 7 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was 45.

Jeff grew up in Fair Haven. As an RFH student, he was known as an outstanding athlete, serving as captain of both football and basketball teams.

A graduate of Elon University, North Carolina, as a student there he was a member of the Elon Rugby team. Beyond his own college experience, “He loved Virginia Tech football, Seton Hall basketball, and his beloved NY Giants and Yankees,” his family said in his obituary.

“He leaves behind the loves of his life, his two sons Alexander Drew and Chase Holden.

“He is also survived by his soul mate and loving partner, Mary Katherine Booth, who he cherished and adored.” 

Loved ones of Jeff Bennett in his obituary

More about Jeff from his obituary …

Jeff served on the admissions staff at Elon University, Queens University of Charlotte, St. Andrews University, and Webber International University. His career path lead to a successful career in sales, most recently with Underscore Branding (Underscore) and Brand RPM in Charlotte. 

Jeff relocated to Charlotte in 2000 after college and along with his good friend, Rich Saner, started the Rich & Bennett St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl, which grew to draw over 25,000 people from all over the world to Uptown Charlotte in 2019. 

In addition to his children and soul mate, Jeff is survived by: his loving mother and father, Gary and Susan Bennett, of Fair Haven; his brother, Brian (Jaimie), of Fair Haven; his sister, Kerri (Dan), of Middletown; his nephews, Quinn, Bennett, and Jackson; and his niece, Harper.

A memorial service will be held at a future date. 
In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Jeffrey D. Memorial Scholarship Fund at Elon University.

Retro Chill RFH Surfer Dudes

RFH Class of ’78 surfing buddies Photo/George Day

With the chill in the air particularly stinging these days of moving toward winter and more isolation, we need a reminder that sunny days, warm beach weather and shoulder-to-shoulder togetherness and bonding is somewhere on the horizon. So, that in mind, sometimes we just need a classic reprise, just because … These RFH guys were and are so very cool and the memories are warm … Catch a wave and sit on top of this RFH world!

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Retro ‘Mod’ Rainy Day RFH Senior Lounging

Lounging in the RFH Senior Lounge on a "free" with Jim Scanlon and Mark Cardwell Photo/George Day
Lounging in the RFH Senior Lounge on a “free” with Jim Scanlon and Mark Cardwell
Photo/George Day

A reprise from Oct. 1, 2015 to give a little cheer on a dank pandemic day. Unmasked close RFH lounging encounters were always an adventure of some sort … 

There was nothing quite like becoming a senior at RFH and being able to hang out in a special lounge just for you and your classmates, especially on a rainy Monday.

Nothing was getting anyone down if they were senior lounging in the cozy RFH indoors. Of course, there was always something seniors were up to. Call it mod. Literally. 

Those were the days — in the 1970s.

The whole senior scene, in fact, was quite mod, or literally modular.

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Retro RFH Tower Players Stage Crew Playing

It’s all fun and games until … the RFH Tower Players crew finishes building the set … or show time … or something like that. You get the picture — or pictures.

The RFH Tower Players are playing on Nov. 20 with their pandemic time virtual production of Shuddersome: Tales of Poe.

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Retro Falling for Three RFH Guys & a Skateboard

Triple threat RFH guys’ skate in the 1970s
Photo/George Day

Back by popular demand … A reprise of this fall day of skateboarding in the 1970s for some pandemic cheer.

You’ve seen them before … this crew of daring, not so diabolical RFH guys who had a little skateboarding club. Call these views the triple threats.

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Retro RFH Fall R & R

Lounging on the VW at RFH in the 1970s
Photo/RFH Yearbook


A reprise as an ode to an old normal and return of those sunny fall days we’ve been having … 

Everyone’s falling for the summery fall in the Rumson-Fair Haven area  lately. It makes an RFH student want to escape the classroom with a spring fever-like fervor.

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Retro RFH Aides’ Time Out

RFH library aides do chair battle in the 1970s Photo/RFH Yearbook

You’ve seen it before, but it warrants a reprise. With the recent death of aide Joan Blake RFHers all over are reminiscing about their time, or doing time, with those RFH aides. And every good RFH grad knows that they sometimes had to resort to techniques to tame us beasts that likely would get them in a heap of trouble, just like misbehaving students, if they were implemented nowadays. So, we revisit doing hard time in the library with those aides at RFH on a rainy day laden with those doldrums that they always seemed to chase away, even if it was with a chair …

Once upon a time, when the rain started, so did the antics in the library at RFH. And there to keep everyone in line and keep up one step, or a char, ahead of the antsy foul weather pranksters were those library aides.

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