FAIR HAVEN: A DAY OF COMMUNITY

The seventh annual Fair Haven Day once again offered borough residents an evening of food, games, music and community at Fair Haven Fields Saturday.

redbankgreen was there to capture the event in pixels, right down to the spectacular fireworks finale. Click ‘read more’ for additional photos. (Photos by Mariah Woodbury. Click to enlarge.)

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FAIR HAVEN: CAPPING A SPARKLING DAY

061315fhday59061315fhday33Hundreds of Fair Havenites spent the afternoon and evening in the open air of Fair Haven Fields Saturday, enjoying the fourth annual Fair Haven Day, an event begun in 2012 to commemorate the borough centennial.

Kids limboed, danced to the Jukebox Criminals and built ice cream sundaes; adults enjoyed a range of culinary offerings, as well as beer and sangria; and the whole thing was capped once again with a spectacular fireworks show.

redbankgreen was there, camera in hand, to capture the vibe for those who missed it, or just want to relive it. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge.)

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FAIR HAVEN: GIRLS, AND FRIENDS, ON THE RUN

fh race 060615 18fh race 060615 29It was a morning of flying ponytails, the occasional tutu and exultant finishes as hundreds of girls, joined by other runners of both genders, completed the Girls on the Run 5k in Fair Haven Saturday morning.

The race, one of many organized nationally by the Junior League, is the culmination of a 10-week program aimed at teaching girls in grades 3 through 8 life skills and confidence.

redbankgreen grabbed dozens of photos. Check them out to see if you know any of these future world-beaters.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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FAIR HAVEN DOES IT AGAIN

What started as a way to celebrate Fair Haven’s centennial two years ago appears to have settled into an annual tradition, as the borough threw a townwide party in Fair Haven Fields Saturday, capping a day of food and music with a spectacular fireworks show. redbankgreen was there, natch. (Photos by Susan Ericson and Dan Natale. Mouseover to pause slideshow.)

FAIR HAVEN: A WALK IN THE WOODS

fh fields tour 1 102313fh fields tour 5 102313Seven-year-old Anna Gredell, above, took careful notes as Jeff Dement (center in photo at right) of the American Littoral Society detailed elements of a holly leaf at the Fair Haven Fields Natural Area Wednesday afternoon.

The occasion was one of several ‘tree walk and talk’ tours that the society, in conjunction with local conservationists, offers each year at the 40-acre borough-owned preserve. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

FAIR HAVEN: A FUNGUS AMONG US?

fh fields fungus 092113fh fields fungus 2 092113redbankgreen came upon this intriguingly beautiful semicircular growth on a tree trunk in the Far Haven Fields Natural Area last weekend.

Can someone identify it and tell us something about it? Is is a bracket fungus? (Click to enlarge)

FAIR HAVEN DOES IT AGAIN

They liked it so much in their town’s centennial year that they decided to do it again. The residents of Fair Haven threw themselves a townwide picnic Saturday, a day of food, music and community under the sun that ended with a smashing fireworks show. redbankgreen was there, natch. Recognize any faces?

FAIR HAVEN: NEVER-ENDING WAR WITH VINES

Jeff Dement gives a lesson in tree identification during Saturday’s walk through the Fair Haven Fields Natural Area. (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

The Fair Haven Fields Natural Area Committee is engaged in a quiet, prolonged battle, one of forest versus invasive vines that have become familiar in Monmouth County.
About 20 people turned out Saturday to witness the ground gained in the war on a walk guided by Jeff Dement of the American Littoral Society. He pointed out the different types of invasive plants, including Oriental bittersweet and Japanese honeysuckle.
“The way vines kill is by robbing trees of sunlight,” he said. “The forest is all about competition, usually for sunlight.”

FAIR HAVEN: SPRING, 2013

Fair Haven Road alongside Fair Haven Fields offers a flowery feast of pink this time of year, as seen looking south toward Ridge Road on Monday.

Expect Tuesday’s weather to be mostly cloudy, with a high near 58, says the weatherbot. The outlook for Saturday’s Townwide Garage Sale is sunny and mild. (Click to enlarge)

FAIR HAVEN BACKSTOPS OPEN-SPACE BID

Borough officials are eyeing this Third Avenue property as a potential parking lot for Fair Haven Fields, which is accessible via the backyard. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

With the gates about to open for a piece of the $2 million doled out annually in the form of Monmouth County Open Space Grants, Fair Haven officials were preparing two horses Monday night.

Their presumptive entry: a bid to acquire and demolish a home on Third Street to create a parking lot at the northern end of Fair Haven Fields, where two baseball fields are considered hard-to-reach from the main parking lot.

But should a deal not come together in time, town officials plan to seek funding for improvements to the adjoining nature area, where volunteers have fought to curb rampant invasive species in recent years.

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CELEBRATING A CENTURY IN AMERICAN STYLE

FAIR HAVEN CENTENNIAL

On a perfect summer day, Fair Haven celebrated its first century as an independent borough in classic American style Saturday: with a parade, a townwide picnic, and a breathtaking fireworks show that capped it all off in electrifying color and sound.

“Eat your heart out, Red Bank,” one man shouted during the finale at Fair Haven Fields.

Here are 100 photos from the daylong event by redbankgreen. And here’s to a great second century, Fair Haven.

MEDEVACED RACER OK AFTER BIKE CRASH

Shots from Sunday’s Tour de Fair Haven.

A rider in Sunday’s Tour de Fair Haven pro-level bike race suffered superficial injuries in a crash that led to his being helicoptered to a hospital, a race official tell redbankgreen.

The rider, who is believed to have lost consciousness in the crash, was treated for a “major cut above his eye” and remained hospitalized at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune Monday morning, said race founder Michele Berger.

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