FAIR HAVEN: JAEGER TO MEET FANS AT FAIR

jaeger rfh 081316 6Connor JaegerOlympic swimmer Connor Jaeger, whose participation in the Summer Olympics in Rio drew a crowd to Rumson-Fair Haven Regional earlier this month (above), is slated to make a homecoming appearance at the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair Wednesday night.

Fans of the silver medalist in this year’s 1,500-meter freestyle event (and competitor in the 2012 games in London) are invited to meet Jaeger in front of the firehouse between 7 and 9 p.m.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RFH CHEERS JAEGER TO OLYMPIC SILVER IN RIO

jaeger rfh 081316 7jaeger rfh 081316 4An audience of about 100 kids and adults showed up at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional to watch and cheer as alumnus Connor Jaeger — class of 2010 — swam in the 1500-meter men’s freestyle final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil Saturday night. Competing in his second consecutive Olympics, Jaeger finished second in the event, but gave proud local fans a thrill in the process. “Knowing that you guys are here has a huge impact,” 2000 Olympics swimmer Tom Wilkens, a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy, told the crowd before the race.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

jaeger rfh 081316 8

WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? A HEADFUL OF ACAI

062816melonhead8A jam-packed Island Bowl from Melonhead in Sea Bright. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

WFL what's for lunch?Ravenous after a recent walk on the beach, PieHole headed to downtown Sea Bright in search of the newest kid on the block: Melonhead, whose menu basis is the acai (pronounced ah-SAH-ee) berry, a super fruit native to the Amazon.

How did partners and Monmouth County natives Nick Frangipane and Steve Barnett come to be acai acolytes on Ocean Avenue? Theirs is a story that begins on a surfing trip in Costa Rica and continues through Brazil, Puerto Rico and other stops on the planet.

Read More »

LITTLE SILVER: NEW OWNER TRANSFORMS ZOE

081315zoe2Laercio Chamon at the chef’s table at Zoe, where a large window offers a view of the kitchen. Below, an octopus and a watermelon salad.  (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

081315zoe4With new owner Laercio Chamon at the helm, the once Greek-centric menu Zoe Bistro in Little Silver has a jazzy bossa nova rhythm now.

At 33 years old, Chamon says he’s been working in kitchens for more than half his life, starting as a dishwasher at Doris and Ed’s in Highlands when he was 14.

“I always wanted to be a part of the line,” he tells PieHole. It’s like being behind the scenes of something you see in a movie. There’s something about the adrenaline, the rush.”

Read More »

REPORT: FATHER & SON REUNITED IN BRAZIL

just_in1The BBC reports this morning that David Goldman of Tinton Falls has been reunited with his 9-year-old son after a half-decade-long international custody battle.

The event occurred at the U.S. consultate in Rio de Janiero following court rulings in the American man’s favor and the decision by the boy’s Brazilian relatives to end their legal opposition to Sean Goldman’s repatriation to the United States, the BBC reports.

Read More »

GOLDMAN CLEARS KEY CUSTODY HURDLE

hot-topic rightA ruling late yesterday by Brazil’s top jurist appeared to put Tinton Falls resident David Goldman within legal reach of the son he has been trying to repatriate in a high-profile custody battle, according to news reports this morning.

The Associated Press news service says that Chief Justice Gilmar Mendes ruled David Goldman’s 9-year-old son, Sean, must be delivered to him by the boy’s Brazilian relatives, as a federal court ordered last week. But the time frame for the handover was not clear, the AP says.

The ruling was immediately binding, Goldman’s American lawyer, Patricia E. Apy of Red Bank, told the New York Times.

But relatives of Goldman’s ex-wife, Bruna, who died last year, were exploring legal options that would enable them to keep Sean, the family’s legal adviser told the Times.

Read More »

BRAZILIAN COURT BLOCKS BOY’S RETURN

just_in1David Goldman’s latest victory in his long battle to repatriate his 9-year-old son from Brazil was shortlived.

That nation’s top court granted a request by Sean Goldman‘s Brazilian relatives preventing the boy’s removal from Brazil until he has expressed his own will in court, a Supreme Court official told the Reuters news agency today.

David Goldman, of Tinton Falls, had flown to Rio de Janiero earlier today on the hope of bringing his son home as early as tomorrow, under the terms of an appeals court ruling yesterday.

Read More »

BRAZILIAN COURT SIDES WITH GOLDMAN

Goldmans2David Goldman with his son, Sean, who was taken to Brazil by his late wife four years ago and never returned.

A Brazilian federal appeals court has ruled that David Goldman of Tinton Falls should have custody of his son, Sean, who has been living in Brazil for five years, the Associated Press reports.

Read More »

JUDGE: DON’T MAKE THE BOY CHOOSE

hot-topic7A Brazilian Supreme Court judge has rejected a request that 9-year-old Sean Goldman be asked to choose whether he wants to stay in that country or return to Tinton Falls with his natural father, the Associated Press reports today.

The decision marks a victory, if only a partial one, in David Goldman’s years-long custody battle over his only child, who was whisked off to Brazil five years ago by Goldman’s then-wife.

Sean Goldman has not been back to the U.S. since then, and his father’s campaign to bring the boy home has become an international cause celebre, attracting the attention of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama.

Read More »

ANOTHER SETBACK FOR GOLDMAN

hot-topic7David Goldman‘s quest for custody of his nine-year-old son, Sean, was dealt another blow late last week when  Brazilian judge ruled that the boy should remain with his Brazilian stepfather until the case is finally resolved, the Star-Ledger reported Sunday.

From the article:

The ruling reverses a previous court decision that allowed Goldman custody of his son for six days a week whenever he visits the 8-year-old boy in Brazil.

Read More »

IN RED BANK, A VIGIL FOR A BOY IN BRAZIL

goldmanvigil6One of the youngest participants in the event angles for a better view.

A throng of area residents gathered in Red Bank’s Riverside Gardens Park Tuesday night for a candlelight vigil to express solidarity with David Goldman of Tinton Falls in his quest to repatriate his 9-year-old son Sean from Brazil.

About 125 locals were supplemented by a throng of metro-area media for the informal event, held to mark the fifth anniversary of the day that Sean was taken on vacation by his mother, Bruna, to her native country.

He never returned: she died last year in the midst of a custody battle.

“Obviously, it’s not a joyous day,” Goldman family friend and vigil organizer Mark DeAngelis of Holmdel told the solemn crowd as the sun set over the Navesink River behind him.

goldmanvigil31goldmanvigil1goldmanvigil2 Read More »