FAIR HAVEN: TALES FROM THE BLACK FOREST

HollyBlackBlack in Blue: the fantasy worlds of Holly Black converge at River Road Books in Fair Haven, where the award-winning author materializes for a Sunday afternoon reading and signing appearance keyed to her latest novel, THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST.

Her many fantastic works of fiction for kids and Young Adults include the illustrated adventures of The Spiderwick Chronicles, (basis for a 2008 movie of that name) as well as the Curse Workers and Modern Faerie Tale trilogies. Her glittering trophies on this plane of existence include the prestigious Newbery Medal for kid-lit, the Andre Norton Award for YA sci-fi, and a finalist recognition for comicdom’s sought-after Eisner Award.

On a more localized level, Holly Black can claim provenance right here in eastern Monmouth County — and on Sunday, January 18, the West Long Branch native and NY Times chart-topper comes home for an afternoon drop-in at River Road Books in Fair Haven — an appearance timed to the publication of her latest novel, The Darkest Part of the Forest.

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LITTLE SILVER: RELAYING THE CALL TO ACTION

First_lap--Survivors_and_CaregiversCancer survivors and caregivers walk the first lap of last year’s Relay for Life of the Two Rivers fundraiser, the 2015 edition of which returns to Red Bank Regional this May.

Each year, people from Red Bank, Shrewsbury, Little Silver, Fair Haven, Rumson, Oceanport, Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach take part in The Relay for Life of the Two Rivers — a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs for the American Cancer Society.

The locally based arm of the international Relay For Life effort is seeking community volunteers to help organize and plan its signature event, scheduled to take place in May at Red Bank Regional High School in Little Silver.  All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society to aid the fight against cancer.

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KICK KIDS DANCE FOR DISNEY XMAS TV SHOW

Kick dancePress release from Kick Dance Studios

Dancers from Kick Dance Studios of Rumson and Fair Haven recently had the exciting honor of performing in Disney’s Frozen Christmas Celebration, which was taped on December 4-8 and will air on ABC TV on Christmas Day, December 25 at 10 am EST.

More than 300 dancers from 40 studios from across the U.S. and Canada performed. The event opens with a performance by Ariana Grande, who sings “Santa Tell Me” and “Last Christmas”.

Kick’s students, ages 9-13 from Fair Haven, Rumson, Navesink, Little Silver and Shrewsbury, were selected by Disney Parks to perform in the highly-anticipated annual televised event after reviewing their taped auditions. The students appear, front and center, during two “Frozen” Celebration performances, “Let it Snow” and “In Summer”.

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FAIR HAVEN: KNOLLWOOD ATHLETES HONORED

knollwoodThe first-place winners of the MCISCCL Invitational Meet of Champions from Knollwood School are (back row, left to right) Coach Chris Stephan, Lisa Sandoli, Olivia Rehder, Julia Tambaro, Jackie Hanson, and Coach Christina Jarosinski, and (front row, left to right) Caroline Coleman, Lindsay Boyle, and Sarah Landy.

Press release from Fair Haven School District

The Fair Haven Board of Education recently honored the boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams and the field hockey team at Knollwood School, in acknowledgment of their outstanding seasons.

Athletes and coaches enjoyed a pizza and cake party at Knollwood School on Wednesday, November 19. Students were called up individually and given certificates of achievement, while their proud parents and coaches looked on.

The boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams achieved spectacular success in their first seasons of competition, each finishing undefeated with a 7-0 record. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams were named 2014 MCISSL League Champions.

In addition, seven students from each team competed in the prestigious 2014 MCISCCL Invitational Meet of Champions featuring over 200 runners from around the state. The Knollwood girls claimed the first-place finish, and the Knollwood boys claimed the second-place berth in their competition.

The field hockey team enjoyed a stellar season as well under Coach Jane Sieg, with a record of 12 wins and just one loss. The team, consisting of girls in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade, was named the 2014 American League Champion.

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FAIR HAVEN: A VERY MEWY CATSMAS

SallyWmsPeteCatRumson-based cat care consultant Sally Williams visits River Road Books on Friday, as part of a festive feline-themed event that also includes a reading from the latest adventure of Pete the Cat.

Call it a sign of these digitally enabled times if you will, but CATS only just seem to be coming into their own after all those eons of patient catnapping — and to prove it, River Road Books will be hosting an afternoon event that’s all about our furry friends this Friday, December 12.

Scheduled for the hours of 3 to 5 pm, the event boasts an appearance by a local resident with a particular expertise in cats and their caretakers — Rumson-based Sally Williams, whose cat behavioral consulting business The Contented Cat offers a range of services that include adoption counseling, environmental enrichment, positive reinforcement and yes, kitty Reiki. The Monmouth SPCA volunteer and blogger will speak about her “cat whispering” career, on a day that also features a drop-in by an especially famous feline.

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AROUND THE GREEN: OUTSIDE THE BIG BOX

Bazaar_basketsSilent auction gift baskets await inspection during the recent Holiday Bazaar at Christ Church in Shrewsbury. For those who missed it, there are many more craft shows, artisan fairs and gift boutiques going on around the greater Green this weekend.

There’s an open-house glimpse into the wondrous workshop of a leading Red Bank artist. Unique handcrafted gifts, unexpectedly encountered at a pair of county parks in Middletown. Floral arrangements in Shrewsbury; fine art pieces by the area’s best-known creatives in Little Silver. All around the villages and hamlets of the greater Red Bank Green, a dedicated core of neighbors seeks to combat the seasonal brainfreeze of “shopper’s block;” seeding inspiration for gift-givers who want to think outside the big-box store for the special ones on their list — and it’s all happening this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Just weeks after hosting her annual Art Show and Sale at Mudslingers Pottery, master potter Lauren Bellero takes part in a special Holiday Open House event this Friday, December 5. Between the hours of 3 to 9 pm, shoppers on a quest for something truly unique can visit 12 Oak Street in Lincroft to select from a display of the artist’s award winning pit-fired decorative creations (candle holders, vases, bowls and more) and glazed cookware — or visit the Mudslingers website to make an appointment.

Open for business at picturesque Poricy Park this weekend, the Nature Conservancy’s Holiday and Craft Shop offers up an array of locally sourced wood, pottery, crochet, fine art and home decor items, available for purchase between the hours of 11 am to 4 pm on December 5, 6 and 7. They’ll be doing it all again next weekend too, with shop hours on December 12, 13 and 14 — but there’s much more to see this weekend, with details around the bend.

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AROUND THE GREEN: WHERE’S SANTA?

TubaXmasAbove, Tuba Christmas toots exclusively at Middletown Arts Center on  the evening of December 7 — while below, Santa (seen in a past appearance at Red Bank’s West Side Tree Lighting ceremony) will be making the scene all over the Green in weeks to come.

Santa LindnerThe first official sightings are expected to start filtering in tonight, when the Santa Express rolls out of station stop Little Silver on its way to Red Bank — but even if you miss Santa and Mrs. Claus at the annual Holiday Express Concert and Town Lighting ceremony, there are numerous other opportunities for an audience with The Big Red One in and around the greater Green, beginning as early as Saturday afternoon, November 29.

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FAIR HAVEN: PARCC IT HERE FOR THE FACTS

PARCCPress release from Fair Haven School District

Based on the core belief that assessment should work as a tool for enhancing teaching and learning, PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) assessments will be administered to Fair Haven students in third through eighth grade in March and May of 2015 — and this past November 12, parents of Fair Haven students received a wealth of information about the program during the “PARCC Parent Presentation.”

Focusing on the newer, more rigorous “Common Core Standards” which have been adopted by New Jersey and 46 other states, PARCC assessments are designed to gauge how students are progressing in school and whether they are on track for postsecondary success. The assessments, which cover the areas of Mathematics and English Language Arts, will also provide teachers with the ability to identify students who may be falling behind, therefore requiring extra help.

FAIR HAVEN ACQUIRES OLD HOUSE FOR PARK

FH Williams house 011012The Charles Williams house, with the river in the background. Below, a weathered medallion on the doorframe marks the structure as a Century House. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

fh-robardshouse2More than five years after it embarked on the process, Fair Haven has acquired a riverfront property with roots as a home to African-Americans living free in the days of slavery.

Borough officials long ago determined, however, that the Charles Williams house, built overlooking the Navesink River before the Emancipation Proclamation, is not historically significant. It will be demolished to make way for a passive park.

 

 

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FAIR HAVEN SCHOOLS GROWING WRITERS

Press release from Fair Haven School District

“When you think you’re done, you’ve just begun,” is the motto of the Student Writer’s Workshops at Viola L. Sickles School in Fair Haven.

And while you may have guessed otherwise, Colleen Doogan told a roomful of surprised parents that her blossoming writers actually get excited when they hear this phrase.

“They view it as an invitation to carry on with a process they thoroughly enjoy,” said Doogan, who is in her first year as the K-3 Literacy Coach and provides support for teachers to enhance their reading and writing instruction.

This gratifying fact was revealed during the Parent Literacy Lab at Sickles School on the evening of October 9. Doogan hosted the event for parents of students in Kindergarten through fifth grade, to demonstrate how Fair Haven Schools are growing good writers through modeling, engagement, and reflection.

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FAIR HAVEN: JERSEY MOMS GO BLOG

AmyByrnes TeiciaGaupp CristieRitzKingAmy Byrnes, Teicia Gaupp and Cristie Ritz King are the special guests on Thursday, as River Road Books hosts the women of Jersey Moms Blog. 

Here’s what might just be a first for River Road Books, the resolutely indie bookstore that’s regularly welcomed in-person appearances by a hard-copy host of authors in the mystery, history, young adult, self-help, romance and children’s genres.

This Thursday evening, October 23, the local propagators of the printed page host a trio of writers — none of whom apparently have a printed book to promote. In fact, these three women have made their names as bloggers, that peculiar subculture of humanity that some dead-tree diehards blame in part for turning their world topsy-turvy.

While there’s no word as to whether the featured guests will be signing tablet and smartphone screens with a silver Sharpie, they’ll be happy to read from their works and discussing the virtual-world vehicle that’s brought their words to thousands of faithful readers: Jersey Moms Blog.

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FAIR HAVEN: MONMOUTH MHA CELEBRATES LIFE

Press release from the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County

On Saturday, November 15, the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County will host its annual Fall Celebracíon, at the Raven and the Peach in Fair Haven.

Centered around the theme Viva La Vida — translated as Celebrate Life — the event will offer a Spanish themed menu with tapas and stations, Sangria, open bar, silent auction, and entertainment by The Haven. Proceeds from the event will support Shrewsbury-based MHA’s free programs and services that are available to all families in Monmouth County.

The event will honor Ramon Solhkhah, M.D. for his tremendous efforts to advocate, educate, and treat those affected by mental illness and drug addiction in Monmouth County. As Chairman of Psychiatry at  Jersey Shore University Medical Center, and Corporate Medical Director for Meridian Behavioral Health Services, Dr. Solhkhah has participated in numerous forums throughout Monmouth County, where he offered information and outlined treatment options for those addicted to heroin and prescription painkillers.

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FAIR HAVEN KIDS MAKE A MARK FOR DOT DAY

RFH Dot DaySickles Art Teacher RoseAnn LaBrocca explains International Dot Day activities to her second grade students.

Press release from Fair Haven School District

The message board located near the entrance to Viola L. Sickles School in Fair Haven proclaimed, “International Dot Day – Make Your Mark.” Yet even after being forewarned, visitors to the school would still be pleasantly surprised by the level of excitement — as well as the sheer number of dots — creatively displayed throughout the building on September 15.

In the hallway outside Kerry Kennedy and Pamela Greenhall’s classroom, young Kindergarteners excitedly sponge-painted dots on a poster taped to the wall. Courtney Robinson’s first-grade class sat on a dot-embellished carpet while discussing the collaborative dot art project they would soon be displaying for the entire school to see. Nan Hagen’s second graders were thinking hard about how to represent themselves in individual name-glyphs, carefully marking colorful dots to represent their personal characteristics. The third graders had filled their hallway with a dazzling display of dot-centered artwork, displaying their talent and ability to “think outside the box.”

It was all part of International Dot Day, an initiative held each year on September 15, and inspired by the best-selling children’s book The Dot, written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds.

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FAIR HAVEN: RAISE A MUG FOR FUTURE DAYS

The event is all about Oktoberfest — from the authentic German food to the “unlimited mugs” of beer, to the festive mood that dares to make merry in the face of the encroaching chill. But when Fair Haven hosts its annual seasonal celebration on Saturday, October 4, it will be an occasion that looks ahead to future Fair Haven Days throughout the calendar year.

A fundraiser for the riverside borough’s slate of special events, Oktoberfest returns to its tented area at 786 River Road (the parking lot adjacent to Smart Start Preschool) for a night of revelry between the hours of 6:30 to 10:30 pm. An entry fee of $25 allows attendees 21 years and over to enjoy the food, live music (by Late 4 Lunch), with “authentic Oktoberfest beverages” and sangria available for purchase by the glass, or the popular unlimited-mug option ($5 charge for souvenir mug). There will also be “adult games” to be announced.

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FAIR HAVEN: A WEEKEND OF SIGHT ‘N SOUND

TheWagWhile the annual Fireman’s Fair turns up the late-summer heat beginning Friday evening, The Wag closes out the season of free concerts on Saturday night, on the borough’s municipal dock. 

It’s the most bittersweet of all summerfun events: the annual Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair, that eight-day extravaganza of sights, sounds and delicious smells that transforms River Road into a festival of lights each August — while at the same time sounding a keynote for the season of back-to-school supplies and summer-love goodbyes.

The oldest (and, many agree, greatest) of all Shore area carnivals puts down stakes for the 55th consecutive year beginning this Friday, August 22, and continuing nightly (with the exception of Sunday, August 24) through Saturday, August 30. Expect all the old favorites to return once more to the fairgrounds surrounding the borough’s firehouse — from the kiddie-ride corridor, midway and “big kid” rides (Zipper, Wipeout, Rainbow), to the fire truck tours, Super 50/50 and “Out Back” snack bar grille. The famous fresh seafood kitchen and dining room — an attraction for which folks start lining up right about now — completes the picture, with funds raised dedicated to the operations of the borough’s century-old volunteer fire department. And, as always, all vendors, volunteers and food prep personnel are hometown neighbors.

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FAIR HAVEN, LITTLE SILVER: DOCK YOUR POD

ShirleysTim McLoone and the Shirleys kick off an August series of free outdoor concerts in Little Silver this Sunday. Local power popsters the Wag, below, close out a concert series on the Fair Haven dock on August 23. (Photo below by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

the wag 062114Even as back-to-school merch hits the stores — and several of the area’s summer concert series prepare to fold their temporary stages — at least two towns on the greater Green are refusing to call it quits. In fact, beginning this weekend, they’re just heating up.

In Fair Haven, Saturday evening marks the first in a new slate of August concerts presented by the borough on the municipal dock at the north end of Fair Haven Road. The pier — repaired and renovated in the wake of Superstorm Sandy — will be the setting for a trio of 7 pm events that commence with an appearance by the Lads.

In Little Silver, the borough hosts a new August series with a new outdoor venue: the “Butch” Ryser Memorial Patio, located behind the municipal building overlooking Borough Field. A three-week schedule kicks off Sunday with a big show by a prominent local resident — renaissance guy Tim McLoone — and his big ten-piece band the Shirleys.

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RB, FH: A NIGHT OUT, A BITE OUT OF CRIME

Night OutA demonstration of driving with “Drunk Goggles” is part of the programming in Red Bank, as police departments in two local boroughs invite kids to take part in the National Night Out initiative.

From press materials furnished by Red Bank Police Dept., Fair Haven Police Dept. and Sen. Jennifer Beck

There’s an Inflatable Dalmatian Bounce House. A gaming tent, face painting, cookout favorites, prize giveaways — and even a chance to Dunk Tank a local official. It’s not the Street Festival, Block Party or Fireman’s Fair, but an altogether different kind of event that makes itself at home in the community each summer — the annual Night Out in Fair Haven and Red Bank.

Presented by the Police Departments in both local boroughs on Tuesday, August 5, the 12th annual event is once again part of a National Night Out community outreach program, in which law enforcement personnel from coast to coast invite the youngest members of their communities to learn about safety and police work in a friendly and fun setting.

Introduced in 1984, the Night Out initiative is designed to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie, and the sending of “a message to criminals, letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.”

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CLASS ACTS, FROM ALL AROUND THE GREEN

Young people from all over the greater Red Bank Green were among the many thousands of Class of 2014 members who received their degrees in May and June — and, with all appropriate pomp and circumstance, here’s a this-just-in roundup of the mortarboarded movers and shakers.

STUDENTS FROM RED BANK

Joseph Ahlemeyer, Master of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ.

Jessica Asfar, made Dean’s List at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

Claire Donohue, Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ.

Lauren Marron, graduated Cum Laude with Bachelor of Science in Education/ Special Education/Visual Impairment/Pre-K to Grade 4 from Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA.

Anwar Roberts, made Dean’s List at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

Danielle Sokol, Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI.

Robert Sweet, Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ.

Andrew Terranova, graduated Cum Laude with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI.

Continue reading for a list of grads from Fair Haven, Little Silver, Middletown, Rumson, and Shrewsbury.

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FAIR HAVEN: TWO NOVELISTS, NO WAITING

GaylinAbbottAuthors Alison Gaylin (left) and Megan Abbott top the summer reading list, with a dual in-store appearance at River Road Books this Thursday.

Don’t look now, but some buzzed-about authors walk among us — and sometimes they travel in packs, for appearances at libraries, stores and colleges. On Thursday, July 10, River Road Books hosts another in a “summer reading list” series of special in-store events, when the Fair Haven indie shop welcomes a pair of young novelists who have been getting noticed in all the right places.

An expert on (and in) the mean-streets genre of hardboiled/noir crime fiction, Megan Abbott is the Edgar award winning author of Dare Me (a “Heathers meets Fight Club” story that’s still being talked up as a movie vehicle for Natalie Portman) and The Fever — a just-published thriller of mysterious epidemics and small-town secrets that’s been branded one of the Best Books of Summer by the New York Times.

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MORE DEGREES, HONORS FOR AREA STUDENTS

It’s Grad Season at colleges and universities across the country, and young people from all over the greater Red Bank Green are among the many thousands of Class of 2014 members who received their degrees in May and June.

STUDENTS FROM RED BANK

Allyson Amato, graduated with a degree in Graphic Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.

Sarah Babcock, graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors degree in Individualized Study from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.

Dennis Chambers, degree in Theater Studies from the School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.

Lauren Fisher, Certificate of Advanced Study from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.

Alexander Gallo, graduated with a degree from Rider College in Lawrenceville, NJ.

Erin Gaynor, graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions at the University of Hartford in Hartford, CT.

Kristine Elizabeth Harjes, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics-Mathematics from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. Harjes also is the recipient of The Alton Dennis Law Award for Excellence in Economics.

Nicole Mastrodomenico, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Art Studio and East Asian Studies from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA.

Emily Nolan, graduated with a degree in Graphic Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.

Eric Poandl, degree in Television and Radio from the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.

Mark Russoniello, Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology from Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, ME.

Gregory Salvaggio, graduated with a degree from Rider College in Lawrenceville, NJ.

Continue reading for a list of grads from Fair Haven, Little Silver, Middletown, Rumson, and Shrewsbury.

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LADY KNIGHTS WRAP SUPER SOFTBALL SEASON

KnollwoodSoftballPress release from Fair Haven School District

In a performance that’s been described as “spectacular,” the girls softball team at Knollwood School in Fair Haven enjoyed a standout season, finishing with a record of 11-2 and making it all the way to the Championship game against Tinton Falls on June 2.

Their only losses were to Tinton Falls — once during the regular season, and again in the Championship game in which they were the lower seed but still fought hard.

“We had a phenomenal season, and it was extremely exciting,” said Coach and Knollwood sixth grade literacy teacher Christina Jarosinski. “All of the players were fantastic, and I will be very sorry to say goodbye to the eighth grade girls who are leaving us.”

The eighth grade players who will graduate from Knollwood School this year are catcher Ellie Gibney, first base player Julia Hearn, and second base player Katelyn Lucci.

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RFH NEWS: STROKE, SWIM, SWASHBUCKLE

RFHmusketeersThe Tower Players at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, shown here in THE THREE MUSKETEERS — ALL SWASH AND NO BUCKLE, earned a number of nominations and awards for their 2013/14 season.

From press materials furnished by Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School and Fair Haven School District

A banner year for the Rowing team, a trophy case of awards for the Drama troupe, a collection of precious-metal medals for a Fair Haven swimmer, and an early welcome to incoming freshmen — all events that capped another memorable school year, as the 2013-2014 session at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School approached its close.

RFH ROWING WRAPS UP 2014 SPRING SEASON 

The RFH rowing community came together at the Ocean Beach Club on Wednesday, June 11, to celebrate the season, recognize outstanding achievements and sadly say goodbye to its graduating seniors. There was much to celebrate, as RFH Rowing captured three First Place and two Second Place finishes at the Saint Andrew’s School in Middletown, Delaware. At the Central New Jersey Rowing Association’s Wagner Cup, held on the Raritan River, the team won eight First Place medals and claimed a First or Second Place in all entered events. The Men’s Junior Quad (Brendan Edwards, Ben Cooper, Matt Bavuso and Sheridan Camarata) won The Bronze Medal in the 2014 New Jersey Garden State Championship, and also qualified for the semi-finals at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, the largest Scholastic Regatta in the world.

Winning the “Hammer” award for the fastest ERG times were Paul Criscitiello and Ryan Kearney for the men and Maren Gierlatowicz and Emily Kean for the women.  The “Beast Mode” awards for outstanding determination to succeed in physical fitness were Kaitlyn Peitler, Helena Van Hemmen and Dawson Epstein. Claiming the “Most Improved Rowing” award were Greg Nixon and Mariah Parsons.

Finally, RFH Rowing said farewell to its graduating seniors including Madison Bess, (Ithaca College), Evan Callahan (Rutgers University), Mary Clare Condon (Boston College), Kate Edwards (Drexel University), Rayan Heard (Notre Dame), Kaitlin Hill (Rutgers University), Katelyn Kearney (Drexel University), Francisco Orejarena (Rutgers University), Elise Reynolds (Lafayette College) Todd Spencer (Drexel University) and Matt Valko (Delaware University).

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FH KIDS ON A ROLL FOR TRANSITION DAY

TransitionDay2The Fair Haven tradition known as Transition Day celebrates the progress of Sickles School third graders toward fourth grade at Knollwood School — and highlights the fact that a majority of students bicycle to school in Fair Haven.

Press release from Fair Haven School District

Amid shouts of “Knollwood, Knollwood!”, a red trolley full of third graders left Viola L. Sickles School on Willow Street, and headed toward  Knollwood School. The trolley, festooned with white bows and ribbons, was followed by the rest of the third grade class who were chaperoned by local law enforcement officers, administrators and teachers from both schools, and eighth graders from Knollwood School — all of them on bicycles.

Rounding the corner of Fair Haven Road and Third Street, they all headed uphill to begin the last leg of the journey. They were greeted along the route by supporters holding signs of encouragement and congratulations, and messages such as “Goodbye Sickles, Hello Knollwood” written in chalk on the pavement.

Welcome to Fair Haven, where Transition Day — the ceremonial progression of third grade Sickles School students to the fourth grade at Knollwood School — is a highly anticipated and celebrated event.

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FH GARDEN CLUB IS TOPS IN NJ FOR 2014

GardenClub2Press release from the Garden Club of Fair Haven

The Garden Club of Fair Haven (GCFH) was recently named Garden Club of the Year by the Garden Club of New Jersey, Inc., at its annual meeting in Bridgewater.  The state award is given annually to a club who has the highest level of participation and accomplishment in garden club projects and objectives on community, state and national levels.

The GCFH also received a Presidential Citation for the club’s outstanding dune restoration work in Sea Bright. In 2013, President Terry Simboli organized a coalition of six local garden clubs, and raised over $20,000 in grants and donations to help restore Sea Bright’s dunes and business district, all destroyed by Super Storm Sandy.

GCFH was instrumental in forming a Dunes Restoration Committee consisting of Sea Bright officials and representatives from local and national environmental groups and local garden clubs. Mrs. Simboli also spearheaded a group of dedicated local garden club members to replant landscapes and planters along Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright.

The club also received an award of merit for Conservation from the National Garden Clubs, Inc. and an award for the club’s yearbook at the state club’s annual meeting.

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FAIR HAVEN, RUMSON: ALL’S FAIR

StGeorgeSt. George’s by the River in Rumson is the scene for Saturday’s Canterbury Fair, the annual celebration of friendship, family and summer that begins at 9 am. 

While summer doesn’t officially begin for another week, the much anticipated annual event known as Canterbury Fair is too good to wait another moment. Now in its 66th year at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Rumson, the rain-or-shine celebration of “friendship, family and summer” offers a range of activities for kids (including a petting zoo, clowns, games, face painting, and more), food (a Tea Garden with baked goods, a Grill Team purveying burgers and dogs, and a lobster salad luncheon), plus a silent auction and the “infamous White Elephant Sale” boasting “jewelry, electronics, sporting goods, gently loved children’s games and clothing, homemade gourmet treats, plants & flowers and thousands of books for all ages.” Proceeds help support a selection of locally based outreach and charitable organizations, and it all happens between the hours of 9:30 am and 2:30 pm at 33 Waterman Avenue, so arrive early for the best bargains — and call (732)842-0596 for more information.

At 2:30 pm, the day is still young — and there’s plenty of time to head over to Fair Haven, for another great local event on summer’s doorstep.

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