FAIR HAVEN: STARVING DRAC, FOR A CAUSE

Press release from Fair Haven Business Association

The Halloween season may be a feast for Dracula and his pals that go bump in the night — but on Saturday, October 22, local residents are being urged to “Starve a Vampire, Feed Your Neighbor,” during a Blood Drive hosted at the Knights of Columbus – Red Bank Council 3187, and presented in partnership with the Fair Haven Business Association.

Between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., donors are invited to come to the KofC’s facility at 200 Fair Haven Road, in an effort to help Central Jersey Blood Center meet the needs of our community.

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FAIR HAVEN: JOYS IN THE ‘HOOD

shop-the-neighborhood-flyerThe vocals/ keyboard and guitar duo of Emma Singleton and Rogan McGarvey joins other young musicians in performance as Fair Haven hosts a first-ever Shop the Neighborhood event this Thursday.

FH Holiday Stroll logoIt’s called Shop the Neighborhood — and here on the Greater Red Bank Green, the midweek offering from the folks at the Fair Haven Business Association represents something shiny and new in December’s merry mix.

Taking place this Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m., the promotion finds a majority of the borough’s retail businesses — all of them located along a strollable stretch of River Road — keeping special extended hours as an “added festive event for older kids and adults.” A range of giveaways, raffles and special discounts will be featured by the community’s shops, eateries and service providers — and as added incentive, the FHBA will be running complimentary “HollyTrolley” shuttle service to participating locations.

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SPOT-HOGGING AN ISSUE IN FAIR HAVEN

fh-parkingBusinesses say owners and employees are going over the two-hour parking limit on River and Fair Haven roads, taking precious spots away from shoppers. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

park_it_021Fair Haven’s police department is reluctant to go on a ticketing blitz downtown. But if business owners and employees keep camping at prime parking spaces, that’ll be the next course of action.

“It’s become an issue,” said Michele Berger, president of the borough’s business association, which has received complaints the last three months about owners and employees parking on River and Fair Haven roads all day. “People are asking: what are we going to do about it?”

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SHOCKED, FAIR HAVEN REMEMBERS LEHNERT

lehnert-2009Councilman John Lehnert at Fair Haven’s National Night Out event in 2009. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

John Lehnert spent much of his life in public service, and did it with a smile on his face and an upbeat attitude, locals say.

So the news of his death Tuesday, which the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office said was a suicide, has sent a bolt of shock through Fair Haven.

Lehnert, a retired borough police officer, councilman, husband and a father of two, was 46.

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FAIR HAVEN’S ONE-TWO SALES BLITZ

img_8526001Bargains await shoppers at both the townwide yard sale and the sidewalk sales by borough merchants.

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Whether you prefer to find your bargains on grass or concrete, Fair Haven’s got a platform for you to root them out this weekend.

Used and new items will be on display this Saturday as the borough puts on its first one-two punch of mass retailing with a town-wide yard and a sidewalk sale.

Remember back in February, when the borough decided to give a borough-wide yard sale a shot, and nobody really knew what kind of interest people would have in it?

The verdict flooded in.

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FAIR HAVEN TO TRY ITS HAND AT YARD SALE

trio1By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Bargain hunters can start licking their chops, because Fair Haven is heaping a town-wide yard sale onto its already-popular semiannual sidewalk sale.

The Borough Council gave the green light Monday for the Fair Haven Business Association to spearhead the event, which will coincide with the borough sidewalk sale in May.

That means the rush is on to get all the particulars worked out beforehand — making maps, promoting the sale and more than likely, talking to its neighbors in Red Bank to get tips on how that annual sale, held in September, is run.

“We’ll get an idea of what Red Bank does,” Mayor Mike Halfacre said. “But if we’re going to do it in May, we have to get on the ball.”

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