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Scene Around: Beached for Locals’ Summer

Starting a locals’ summer weekend with the sun and a beach stroll was the way a couple of Rumson-Fair Haven area folks and four-legged friends got their jump start on Friday.

It’s the only way for locals when the sun, sand and surf beckon for a big shoreline hug. They walk, even romp with it — the rejuvenating solace of it all.

Fair Haven Councilwoman Susan Sorensen and Rumsonite Sue Hill Spakowski (and friends) were there in Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach to capture the moments and relish the start to, by all fair weather accounts, the perfect locals summer weekend. Sorensen caught the sunrise in Sea Bright and Spakowski’s best buddies (her dogs) caught the best of times “digging” the beach at Little Monmouth.

From the National Weather Service …

Skies will be clear and sunny with temperatures in the high 70s during the day and high 60s in the evenings all weekend.

Thanks to Sue and Susan for sharing the start of their day and a little beach motivation with all!

Have a locals’ summer moment you’d like to share? Send us your photos at evd@rfhretro.com … Enjoy the weekend!

Retro Crazy RFH Days of Summer

RFH Class of 1979 guys on a day at the beach Photo/courtesy of Paul Hughes, Class of '79 reunion slideshow
RFH Class of 1979 guys on a day at the beach
Photo/courtesy of Paul Hughes, Class of ’79 reunion slideshow

Remember that horror movie When a Stranger Calls? The babysitter  gets a repeated freaky call from a stranger asking, in measured terror tones, “Have you checked the children lately?”

Well, that movie, and its resounding iconic question, ironically came out about the time that today’s Retro Pic of the Day was taken. And, rather, on the minds of the parents of many RFH teens back then was more recurrent chant of “Have you checked the teens lately?”

Well, maybe. Maybe not. But, if and/or when these guys were checked on, the above scene, or something similar, is what parents would have found. Good, ol’ harmless goofing around. No, there was no boogyman after these teens on a hot summer’s day at a Sea Bright beach in the late 1970s.

They did a good enough job scaring one another with their own mere presence (in a good way, of course) and pranks.

You have to wonder how many times it took for them to perfect this little pyramid by the seashore without tripping one another up. Hmmmm.

Recognize any of these clowns, uh, I mean fine upstanding Rumson fellas? Wait, one of these guys is from the Class of ’78. Guess who.

Focus: Beach Walkin’ & Baskin’ Weather

Get your dose of sunlight that the doctor ordered (or not) while it’s there to soak up like these folks did on Sea Bright beach Sunday!

The National Weather Service’s forecast calls for lots of the golden stuff in the Rumson-Fair Haven area with temperatures reaching a high of about 75 today.

Tomorrow, though, darker skies loom. There’s a chance of thunderstorms and showers after 10 p.m. tonight followed possibly (30 percent chance) by some precipitation on Wednesday.

Enjoy your sunny daze!

Retro Sea Bright Beach Romp

A Sea Bright beach summer day after Superstorm Sandy
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

Oh, the recent cold snap after unseasonably warm days has unleashed an bitter chill in the air. It makes Rumson-Fair Haven area folks long for warm summer beach days in Sea Bright again.

And the revamp of Donovan’s Reef brings back memories of a Sea Bright ravaged by Superstorm Sandy.

So, the Retro Pic of the Day warms the heart and dank air with memories of fun in the sun at Sea Bright beach and the peninsula borough on the mend.

This snapshot in time takes us back to the summer Sandy and some kids making the most of a sunny day at the beach.

Know them? Remember those days?

— Elaine Van Develde

Focus: Fall Solitude on Sea Bright Beach

It’s fall. All is quiet on the beachfront in Sea Bright.

Wind whipping, high tide crashing in, the stillness surrounding the choppy water is chilling, yet comforting.

It’s a familiar scene that envelops and soothes like hands clutching a  steamy cup of coffee on a cold day.

Ahhhh. Exhale. Take a sip of scenery.

— Elaine Van Develde

Dolphin Sighting in Sea Bright


Rumson dad and RFH alumni Doug Borden got an unexpected treat today while starting his morning at Sea Bright beach — with a porpoise, one could say, or, more likely, a dolphin.

Sun shining and weather still mild enough for a beach stroll, he got to Sea Bright at about 8:45 a.m., just in time to catch a school of bottle-nosed dolphins swimming their way south in the ocean.

“I would say dolphin, I just say porpoise so no one confuses them with the Mahi Mahi dolphin which is a fish,” Borden said.

He videotaped it. Take a gander.

Thanks for sharing your morning moment by the sea with us, Doug!

— Video and screenshot photo by Doug Borden

Catching Sun & Dunes on Sea Bright Beach

They were ready.

With the uncertain path of Hurricane Joaquin looming at the end of last week, the powers that be in Sea Bright, having been through the Sandy battle, prepared.

A makeshift wall of dunes was built along the shoreline of Sea Bright Public Beach and beyond to stave off stormy ocean water. And while Joaquin veered further east and out to sea, remnants of a nor’easter pelted the sands of the Sea Bright beaches and, as is common with any significant rainfall in the area, roads flooded.

Then the sun came out. And as temperatures hit the 70s today, dunes still intact, small-scale reminiscent of Mount Sandy, local summer lingerers headed to the beach.

Here’s what the scene was there. Beaching it tomorrow while the sun is out and temperatures permit?

(Be sure to click on the lower right icon to enlarge.)

— Elaine Van Develde

Sea Bright: The Gulls on the Beach


The weather has been so season-appropriate that it almost looks like the seagulls have been dancing on the beach.

OK, maybe not dancing, but they’re seemingly sunning and hopping along — happily. OK, maybe they just see something good to eat and are anticipating a good grab and gobble.

Whatever the case may be, the gulls on the beach in Sea Bright are hanging out pretty close to humans.

Take a look at this human’s eye view.

— Elaine Van Develde