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Retro Fair Haven FD Old Timers’ Ride

Fair Haven Fire Department Old Timers’ Day circa 1960s
Photo/FHFD

What a ride!

Indeed. It’s been quite a ride in many ways for the Fair Haven Fire Department, which just celebrated its 120th anniversary on June 1. Still in service to the community. Always celebrating another year of service and camaraderie. And when you pair some classic Fair Haven Fire Department old timers — actually one then new-timer, now a real old timer — with an old classic of a car on a fun day back in the 1960s, you get a classic snapshot begging for a caption.

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Focus: A Memorial Flag Day for Fair Haven Fire Department’s Departed

“Where’s your father?” my Fair Haven neighbor shouted to me from across the street some years ago a bit before Memorial Day.

“Uh, whaaat??” I answered with a chuckle. “Um, he’s in the cemetery?”

“Which one?” he asked.

A bit befuddled and more focused on taking the garbage out than my long-deceased dad’s whereabouts, I shook my head and laughed as he continued with “We can’t find him.”

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Scene Around: Ann Dupree’s Fair Haven Farewell

Flanked on Sunday by friends, neighbors and fellow Fair Haven Fire Department (FHFD) volunteers, seemingly forever Fair Havenite Ann Dupree bade goodbye before leaving her River Road home of more than half a century.

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Retro FHFD Installation Dinner Times

Photos by Kathy Robbins … Slideshow by Elaine Van Develde

A reprise celebrating Fair Haven Fire Department Installation Dinners of the past with good line officers and department members of the past, many now gone, because the department reprised its traditional Installation Dinner over the weekend. Look back with us and remember the faces of those who served and leave behind a strong legacy to help.  

It’s an honored, good-time tradition. The Fair Haven Fire Department recently had its Installation Dinner. Every New Year, new line officers are officially installed and honored and outgoing officers and members are honored in a thank you dinner dance.

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In Memoriam: Lifetime Rumsonite, Former Fair Haven Crossing Guard, Harvey Tilton Jr., 89

Lifetime Rumsonite, First Aid Squad member, former Fair Haven crossing guard and 34-year Fair Haven Fire Department member, Harvey Tilton Jr., passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, on Jan. 22. He was 89. 

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Scene Around: Faces of the 2024 Fair Haven Fire Department Leadership

When it comes to volunteer fire department reorganizations of the New Year, while members usually know who’s up next and for what position on the line of officers, it’s all formalized with official oaths of office on New Year’s Day.

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Retro Santa House Call

Santa comes to the Connor-Kelly home in Fair Haven circa 1980s
Photo/Connor-Kelly family

A classic reprise, just because … it’s Santa time!

Santa has begun making the rounds around the towns lately. You’ve likely seen him being whisked through the Rumson and Fair Haven neighborhoods on the firetruck over the weekend. It’s that time of the year.

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Retro Wheel of Fair Fortune

Manning a Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair game of chance booth in the 1960s
Photo/FHFD

“Round and round she goes; and, where she stops, nobody knows.”

That usual was the sing-song mantra echoed through the grounds of the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair back in the day. It was emanating from the guys manning the game of chance booths that still line the grounds — the loud ticking of the wheel with the spin, numbers going round and round, fingers crossed, breath held … until they stopped on that winning number. “Aaaaaand we have a WINNER!” Woohoo!

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In Memoriam: Rumson-Raised Longtime Fair Havenite & Fire Co. Member, RFH ’69 Grad, Frank Scalzo

Rumson-raised longtime Fair Havenite, Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) 1969 graduate and 37-year Fair Haven Fire Department member, Frank A. Scalzo, passed away on July 3.

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In Memoriam: Former Fair Haven Fire Company Chief, Longtime Fair Havenite, Dwight Havens, 74

The mourning buntings are draped. The flag is at half staff. The marquee on the Fair Haven Firehouse announces the passing of 53-year Fire Department member, former chief and First Aider, Dwight Havens.

Dwight, a former longtime Fair Havenite and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) graduate, more recently of Jonesborough, TN, passed away on Feb. 21, surrounded by his children. He was 74.

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