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Retro Neighborhood Bathing Beauty Besties

Bathing beauties of a Fair Haven neighborhood in 1965
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

A reprise in honor of beating the heat of summer days with a little backyard pool dip, dressing for the occasion, and those first, best neighborhood friends …

Back in the summer of ’65 …  the heat was on, and some pint-sized bathing beauties were set to walk the walk, if the suit and the bathing cap fit.

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Retro RFH Boys’ Summer Dive

Taking a dive in the Monmouth Beach Club pool with some RFH guys in the 1970s. Photo/RFH Class of '79 reunion slideshow
Taking a dive in the Monmouth Beach Club pool with some RFH guys in the 1970s.
Photo/RFH Class of ’79 reunion slideshow Paul Hughes

Summer reprise originally posted in the summer of 2015, just because … What’s summer without some crazy RFH guys and a dive?

Swim, anyone? Waterless ballet? More like whatever works in a cement pond without the water. And this bunch of RFH guys made it work. 

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Retro Patriotic Peace Pals

Peace pals of Fair Haven circa early 1970s
Photo /courtesy of Karen Allas

A red-white-and-blue patriotic reprise, just because July 4th is tomorrow …

Peace out. Patriotism. Well-played play date, kids. They were not crooks and they were no Richard Nixon wannabes. But they were at least budding impersonators. Perhaps. Or just era-inspired posers.

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Retro Rumson Beach Boys’ Stand-Off

Rumson boys’ beach time circa 1960s
Photo/ courtesy of Cindy Crowley

A reprise in honor of those “just beachy” days of summer … Here’s to summer days in Sea Bright!

Call them the 60s beach boys of Rumson. They were … from Rumson and on the beach. Boys on the beach. Yeah, that’s it.

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Retro Rumson Summer Scorcher Coolness

Summer sunning in Rumson with the Slocum family. Photo/courtesy of Jo Ann Slocum Mazzucca
Summer sunning in Rumson with the Slocum family.
Photo/courtesy of Jo Ann Slocum Mazzucca

Back in the day, Rumson summers weren’t all about going to the beach club from dawn ’til dusk.

For some, it was as simple skipping the packing up of the family, not to mention the cost, and just laying a blanket out on the lawn and catching some rays while the kids played.

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Retro RFH Girls’ Last Summer Drive

RFH girls' ride into the summer of '78 ... Stephanie DeSesa, Elaine Van Develde, Debbie Humbert and Daryl Cooper Ley Photo/Elaine Van Develde
RFH girls’ ride into the summer of ’78 … Stephanie DeSesa, Elaine Van Develde, Debbie Humbert and Daryl Cooper Ley
Photo/Suzan Cooper

Sun up! There’s nothing quite like a summer drive in a classic car with the top down, especially when it’s the summer of senior year. So, we’re re-running this piece just because the sun needs to shine on friendships and good times like these. There’s nothing quite as warm. Put the top down and take a drive back with us again … 

The drive is all the better if it’s made with best friends. So, as a continuing ode to summer fun of the past at the hands of RFH teens, the Retro Pic of the Day encapsulates the whole idea — best friends, a cool ride and warm memories.

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Scene Around: Painting the Chapel with Community Love

Call it a Fair Haven of a community giving day.

The folks at Fair Haven Fisk AME Chapel would answer that with an “Amen!” A call for help in sprucing up the chapel that anchors much of Fair Haven’s history, more like its actual roots, was put out and the community heeded it.

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Old News: Heatwave of Smoking Hot Insanity

Yes, we’re having a heatwave — and there’s nothing tropically alluring about it. It’s smoking-hot sweaty-ugly.

We’re talking heatwave now. We’ll get to the smoking hot story of insanity in a minute. And you really don’t want to miss that butt of the newsreel.

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