RUMSON PARADE LOSES ‘FEARLESS LEADER’

LarkinThe organizers of the Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade have announced that this year’s third annual march will honor the memory of Michael Larkin, president of the parade’s Board of Trustees and an instrumental figure in the founding of the community event, scheduled to proceed on Sunday, March 8.

A resident of Sea Bright, and President of Michael J. Larkin Associates, a global fundraising and event consulting company, Larkin passed away in late December, while preparations were being made for the first in a round of fundraiser events keyed to this year’s parade — a schedule that kicks off on January 17 with a now-traditional party at Murphy’s Tavern in Rumson.

A co-founder of the the Sandy Hook Foundation and producer of the first three New Jersey Marathons, Larkin coordinated events for national non-profit organizations in the United States, the UK and Bermuda. In addition to the late parade president, the 2015 event will honor a pair of local charities — Jason’s Dreams for Kids, an organization that fulfills the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses through a variety of fundraising events, and Lincroft-based Special People United to Ride (SPUR), a program that brings both riding skills and life skills to young people through therapeutic equestrian sessions with PATH Certified instructors.

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RUMSON: SIDE-BY-SIDE MANSIONS FOR SALE

dawkins-estate3George Hall’s 18,000-square-foot house, as seen from the Navesink in 2008. Below, the Gooch estate next door. (Photo above by John T. Ward; below from Monmouth MLS.Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

76 w river rumsonLess than three years after dropping $12 million for one of Rumson’s grandest homes, hedge fund tycoon and Kentucky Derby horseman George Hall has put the place up for sale.

Hall’s 18,000-square-foot West River Road residence, formerly owned by Heisman Trophy winner Pete Dawkins, hit the market last week for $17.2 million.

Well-heeled shoppers for a Navesink River crib might also want to check out Mickey Gooch’s place next door, with an asking price of $16.5 million.

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WEEKEND: MOODY BLUE & MINTY GREEN

stPatsThe second annual Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes to the borough streets on Sunday. Below, the Moody Blues.

Friday, February 28:

MoodysRED BANK: From the harmonies of their early, raw recordings to the dramatic sweep and ambitious scope of their orchestral masterpieces – to their repeated reunions, and a new century of crowdpleasing tours – one might be tempted to call them the British Beach Boys.

But the Moody Blues have done what they’ve done without all the meltdowns, litigation, and endless appearances on the county fair circuit of their American cohorts. And this weekend, the longtime trio of Justin Hayward (guitar), John Lodge (bass) and Graeme Edge (drums) comes to Red Bank for two consecutive nights (Friday and Saturday, 8 pm) at the Count Basie Theatre, on a Timeless Flight Tour that promises to mix those lush album-era radio classics (“Tuesday Afternoon,” “Question,” “Ride My Seesaw” and the game-changing “Nights in White Satin”) with more recent vintage oldies (“Your Wildest Dreams,” “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere”) and highlights from solo projects past. Leaving the symphony orks at home, the core Moodies are joined by an auxiliary corps of young musicians on keyboards, flute and extra drums. Tickets ($50 – $145) can be reserved right here.

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RUMSON: TALK ABOUT DOWNSIZING

From this… to that? Having moved out of the 18,000-square-foot colossus above, Pete and Judy Dawkins recently purchased the home shown below. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Eight months after selling one of Rumson’s most jaw-dropping homes for $12 million, Heisman Trophy winner and financier Pete Dawkins has picked up a relatively modest house across town.

Monmouth County property records show Dawkins and his wife, Judy, closed on a house on Highland Avenue earlier this month, paying $1.3 million.

Unlike Long Point, the Dawkinses’ former Navesink River-front estate whose driveway was nearly as long as their new street, the new place has neighboring homes just a dozen feet away on either side.

As to what he Dawkinses plan to do with the house, they’re not saying.

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LEDGER LIVE TEAS UP HALL MANSION

Hedge Fund manager George Hall’s $12 million Rumson mansion – or more precisely, a federal tax loophole that grants people in Hall’s field of work a sweet income-tax bargain – is harshing the mellow for kayaker and Star-Ledger video commentator Brian Donohue.

In Monday’s edition of Ledger Live, host Donohue takes aim at the tax loophole, and finds a Tea Party leader who agrees with him that the break doesn’t make sense, even though the national Tea Party has been blocking closure of the loophole.

The clip also features video from the raucous Tea Party shoutdown of Congressman Frank Pallone – and a woman in a wheelchair – at a town hall meeting held at the Red Bank Middle School in September, 2009.

LIGHTNING HIT REPORTED AT HALL MANSION

hall-rumsonRumson firefighters prepare for the trip down the long driveway at Long Point, the home of financier/horseman George Hall, after a report of a lightning strike around 5:20 p.m. Monday. Responders said there were no known injuries or structural damage to the 18,000-square-foot main residence, but they were still checking. “It’s a big house, with a lot of lightning rods,” said one fireman. (Click to enlarge)

RUMSON ESTATE GOES TO DERBY HORSEMAN

dawkins-estate3The Dawkins estate in Rumson as seen from the Navesink in 2008. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

In a record-setting deal for Rumson, a Wall Street hedge-fund tycoon and headline-grabbing horse owner has purchased Pete Dawkins‘ mega-estate on the Navesink.

The sprawling West River Road gem known as Long Point went for $12 million to an entity controlled by George Hall, a financier who’s become a familiar railbird at big-stakes racing events.

Though Hall was widely rumored to be the buyer, official confirmation was unavailable until late last week, when a deed filed with the Monmouth County Clerk’s office was posted on that agency’s online database. It includes a document signed by Hall as the corporate officer of the named buyer, 80 West River Road LLC. Hall’s office in New York is given as the return address for 80 West River Road LLC in related documents.

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DAWKINS DROPS PRICE BY 10 MILLION

dawkins-estate-500x375Pete Dawkins reduced the selling price for his Rumson estate, seen here in 2008, from $29.9 million to $19.5. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Seems there is something Pete Dawkins can’t do bigger and better than everybody else on the planet: find a buyer for his mega-estate at a price that could fund a small country.

Well, the Heisman Trophy winner, Rhodes scholar and one-time Republican U.S. Senate contender has re-entered the stratosphere. Kinda.

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YOURS FOR JUST $29.9 MILLION

dawkins-estateThe Dawkins estate in Rumson, as seen from the Navesink by redbankgreen in 2008. (Click to enlarge)

Let us stipulate right up front that Pete Dawkins does everything on a scale most of us mortals can only gape at in wonder.

Don’t know who he is? Check out his exhaustively comprehensive monument-to-self website, one befitting his numerous achievements: 1958 Heisman Trophy winner. Rhodes scholar. Retired Army brigadier general. Wall Street bigwig. Onetime contender for U.S. Senate.

A decade ago, when Dawkins and his wife, Judith, bought the Rumson estate called Long Point from the widow of an heir to the A&P supermarket fortune, they plunked down $4.5 million and promptly tore down the existing mansion, replacing it with a 20,000-square-foot home on a spit of land jutting out into the Navesink River.

Now, in keeping with his appetite for the biggest and best, Dawkins has put the place up for sale at a price that, if obtained, would crush the previous high price in the region, a knowledgeable broker tells redbankgreen.

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