Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge Replacement: Public Forum Info

With construction of the long-anticipated new Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge looming, another public information meeting, designed to inform, offer participation and an opportunity for public input, is being held late this afternoon.

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Retro RFH Halloween: Some Bunnies & Ghouls

RFH Halloween of 1977 with a gaggle of girls Photo/George Day
RFH Halloween of 1977 with a gaggle of girls
Photo/George Day

Reprise … Just because it’s that time of the year and it’s a classic shot … 

Some bunny got dressed for RFH Halloween 1977 — or a few bunnies and other assorted suspicious characters, that is.

The Halloween spirit was in the air, that’s for sure. And this senior gaggle of girls embodied it. From controversial, yet timely and popular, Playboy bunny costumes, to Raggedy Ann, a ghost, a cat, a gypsy and whatever else, they were parading and pleased with their choices.

Then they benched themselves for a little haunting respite and pose. But, surely, knowing this crew, there was some mischievous haunting to come. They weren’t done.

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Fair Haven Meeting Notes & Quotes

Because the little details in municipal meetings tend to get missed and attendance by the public is usually low, R-FH Retro will bring them to the forefront with Meeting Notes, starting with this editor’s notes from last night’s regular Borough Council meeting as well as last week’s special meeting.

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Fair Haven Borough Council Candidates: Getting to Know Democrat Bob Gasperini

With two seats for Fair Haven Borough Council up for grabs in the 2021 election, four candidates are vying, two Republicans, incumbent Betsy Koch and newcomer Tracy Cole, and two Democrats, newcomers Bob Gasperino and Sonja Trombino.

In the spirit of looking especially closely at the candidates and their views on local issues, Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect offered a detailed Q&A to each candidate that offered more of a retro twist, with a dip into the past and its effect on the present and future.

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Rooting RFH Icon George Giffin’s Memory

A tree grows in Giff’s honor.

That’s what is happening on the grounds of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) since a tree was planted on Saturday to honor iconic former science and ballroom dance teacher, Drill Team creator and leader, golf and basketball coach, mentor, and advisor George Giffin, known as “Giff.”

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Fair Haven Borough Council Candidates: Getting to Know Democrat Sonja Trombino

With two seats for Fair Haven Borough Council up for grabs in the 2021 election, four candidates are vying, two Republicans, incumbent Betsy Koch and newcomer Tracy Cole, and two Democrats, newcomers Bob Gasperino and Sonja Trombino.

In the spirit of looking especially closely at the candidates and their views on local issues, Rumson-Fair Haven Retrospect offered a detailed Q&A to each candidate that offered more of a retro twist, with a dip into the past and its effect on the present and future.

The Q&A for each will be published in the order in which answers were received. Each question and answer offers your closest look at local candidates, so here’s your opportunity to get to know them.

Here’s our chat with Fair Haven Democrat Borough Council Candidate Sonja Trombino …

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Reflection: Retro Halloween Parading

The following opinion piece on Halloween through the generations in Fair Haven was originally published in 2015. It is reprised annually … 

After the parade passed by, this kid from Fair Haven had some parading memories on which to reflect. Remember this scene?

It’s a longstanding tradition — the Fair Haven Halloween Parade.

I remember it well — from my first parade trek back in the late 1960s to the ’70s, 80s, 90s and now.

It all started at age 7 with a wish to be Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. I noticed a few this year and the green-eyed jealousy monster of a near senior reared its head. But I digress … That little dress-up fantasy of the 60s of mine was foiled when my mother couldn’t get the gingham outfit together, my pigtails were not so poised for the silver screen look and my sister refused to crawl down Hance Road as Toto.

I guess it was bad enough that from the age of 3, she was forced by this pint-sized dominatrix 5-year-old Dorothy to crawl on a makeshift Funk and Wagnall’s encyclopedia Yellow Brick Road to Oz in the living room. The neighbors never quite got over it, either.

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Prosecutor: Area Man Arrested on Charges of $1.57 Million Theft From Business Partner

A Wall Township man has been arrested and charged with swindling his former business partner out of $1.57 million, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced on Monday.

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Focus: Fair Haven Halloween Parading

A longstanding time-honored tradition made its comeback in Fair Haven on Sunday — the Halloween parade.

As always, ghosts, goblins, ghouls, historic characters and a host of other haunters of all ages marched their way down the usual parade route from Knollwood School to River Road to the firehouse, where the collection of festive creepers socialized and got prizes.

R-FH Retro caught up with the spirited trickers and treaters. Take a look at the photos in the below gallery for a glimpse into the day (AND don’t forget to CLICK to enlarge and scroll! Enjoy!)

Happy haunting!

— Photos/Elaine Van Develde for R-FH Retro exclusively

Prosecutor: 38-Year-Old Man Indicted on 18 Counts of Child Porn

An 38-year-old man has indicted on 18-counts of charges that he solicited illicit photos and videos from a teenage girl in Keansburg, then distributed them to members of her family in retaliation for her threatening to break off contact with him, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced on Friday.

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