All posts by Elaine Van Develde

RFH Student-Athletes’ Signing

It’s official. More Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) student- athletes have signed letters of intent, committing to play and study at the colleges of their choice.

This time the signing is all about baseball, crew, lacrosse, tennis, soccer and field hockey.

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Retro Fall For Three RFH Guys & a Skateboard

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

A must of a seasonal reprise, just because … The season says it all. Every fall has a rise and these RFH guys always seemed to find a way to rise to the occasion of a good skateboarding adventure and antics. So, this seasonal reprise from October of 2019 seemed a repeat of the finest RFH kind.  Ride on, RFH guys … 

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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An R-FH Area Veterans’ Homage

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Our annual Veterans Day tribute (Click on the right corner icon to enlarge and the arrow of the above slideshow. WAIT for it to upload and play. Click one of the photos in the above gallery to enlarge and scroll.)

Their faces are the faces at the core of a close-knit community. Some have passed. Some are still with us. They are cherished. They are veterans.

They were and are neighbors, dads, and just plain friendly faces around the Rumson-Fair Haven area towns.

They served. They fought for freedom.

They lived and still do live their lives with hometown pride, honor and respect. They were, they are founding fathers, friends. They were, they are cornerstones of the sense of community that is the Rumson-Fair Haven area.

The gift of their legacies bears no upscale real estate market value. They passed along a love of country and community that is priceless.

Thank you, on Veterans Day, to the veterans of the area who have passed and those who are still with us. You are cherished, honored.

Take a look at some of their faces and remember the legacy they carry.

— Elaine Van Develde

— Photos, courtesy of families of the Rumson-Fair Haven area.

Fair Haven Meeting Notes & Quotes

Monday’s Fair Haven Borough Council meeting was a workshop meeting.

In workshop meetings, things are what they sound like. The governing body “workshops” issues. They mull ideas and prospective solutions. We will say “mull” to go with the fall season, like spiced cider. And, just like that, things can get spicy at council meetings. But not on Monday. There was more humor going around on the dais.

Here are some nuggets of information gleaned from the meeting …

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In Memoriam: Remembering Former Newspaper Ad Sales Rep Susan Wilson, 68

“Susan was a free spirited and fun loving woman, with an infectious laugh and mischievous personality.”

That’s what loved ones said about Red Bank resident, former local newspapers’ ad sales rep, flight attendant and substitute teacher, Susan J. Wilson, 68, who passed away at her home on Nov. 2.

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Old News: Politics, ‘Hootch,’ Hallowe’en, Hoopla & Pranksters

Woolworth’s Halloween costume ad of 1975/Red Bank Register

Living in the past. Sometimes you just have to live a little … in the past. It’s an eye-opening, or -stabbing, thing. Nothing wrong with a clearer view or jab.

Yet, when someone is told they’re living in the past, it’s usually considered somewhat of an insult. It implies that the person is paralyzed, incapable of moving forward. Not always true, especially when it comes to old news.

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Focus: Benched at the River

Benched. It implies punishment of sorts. Not when you’re parked on a time capsuled bench at the river on the Fair Haven Dock.

And when the daytime sun drenches the seat you pick, all that’s wrong with anyone’s world seems to melt through the cracks, lifting the light in the spirit to meet the one in the sky.

Call it high hopes. The soaring, soothing warmth of it all just doesn’t reach higher heights, as long as benched time is river time … soaking it up. Diving back into time, sopping up the comfort of those feelings linked to the memories down by the river. Not a bad one there. Benched.

(Click on one of the photos above to enlarge and scroll. Remember and enjoy!)

There will be lots of sun to sop up on a riverfront seat this week. Here’s the weather forecast for the Rumson-Fair Haven area from the National Weather Service.

Prosecutor: Two Convicted in Connection with 2019 Drive-By Double Shooting

Two men have been convicted of charges stemming from a 2019 drive-by double shooting in Asbury Park, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced on Friday.     

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