The former Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion in Fair Haven, seen in an archive photo at right, was razed this week as part of a plan by Kolarsick Builders of Rumson to construct three homes on the site, at the corner of River Road and Church Street.
The steepled church, built by volunteers in 1967, had seen its congregation dwindle, and was closed in 2009.
The ashes of 45 deceased parishoners interred in the church’s memorial garden were relocated to a cemetery in the Navesink section of Middletown in April, 2014. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)
The authorization, with no objections from the audience of about 10 onlookers, clears Kolarsick Builders of Rumson to raze the 48-year-old River Road church and two other structures and replace them with three homes.
“We understand it’s a landmark property,” said company principal Noah Kolarsick, who grew up in a house with a view of the church and still lives in town. But the church is “severely deteriorated,” and because it has no on-site parking, is impractical for use as a house of worship, he told redbankgreen Thursday.
Vince Lombardi’s headstone at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Middletown, as seen in 2011. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)
With the Super Bowl scheduled to be played in New Jersey for the first time ever this weekend, the superintendent of the Middletown cemetery where Vince Lombardi is buried wants the game trophy that’s named for the legendary football coach to pay a graveside visit.
“Bring the trophy here” to Mount Olivet Cemetery, Ed Cardoza told the New York Daily News. “It’s so close now. As far as I know, it’s never been here to his grave. On the hundredth anniversary of his birth last June, there was supposed to be a big memorial that sort of fizzled out. This would be perfect.”
Cardoza plans to be in Manhattan to plead his case Wednesday when the Vince Lombardi Trophy arrives at NFL headquarters by FedEx, the News reports.
Activity reports for the month of May, 2013, unedited, as provided by the Little Silver Police Department.
May 5– Sarah Gordon, 26, of Atlantic Highlands, NJ, was arrested following a motor vehicle stop on Eastview Ave. for Possession of Marijuana Under 50 Grams and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. P.O. Eric Van Schaack made the arrest.
May 8– A business owner from Prospect Ave. reported Criminal Mischief after discovering that an unknown subject(s) damaged her vehicle while it was parked in the parking lot. P.O. Eric Van Schaack investigated.
May 8– A business owner from Prospect Plaza reported Harassment after an unknown subject(s) phoned in a phony order to be delivered to a business in another town that never made the order. P.O. Eric Van Schaack investigated.
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By EVAN SOLTAS
While it gets attention from a few devoted visitors, there’s a distinct sense that the Rumson Burying Ground has been largely forgotten by the public.
Cars whip by on Rumson Road, but time here isn’t measured in minutes and seconds. One sees its passage in the dark stains on headstones, in the termite tubes that have slowly consumed one of the site’s remaining wood grave markers, and in the haunting inscriptions that date back to 1722.
Captain Hartshorne Price, died 1849.
Eleazer Parmly, died 1842.
Huldah Borden, died 1883.
For all its stillness, however, the graveyard at the corner of Conover Lane has been dragged not for the first time into the modern world by a dispute over its maintenance.
Dead men may tell no tales, but here, they are not entirely silent.