Mary Kay AndrewsBest-selling author (and summer romance specialist) Mary Kay Andrews returns to Fair Haven on Thursday evening for a reading and signing event at Raven and the Peach, sponsored by River Road Books.

It’s got all the hallmarks of the work that’s made her one of the most popular “beach-read” novelists in the English language — the Southern coastal small-town setting; the strong protagonist whose focus has been on matters of career rather than affairs of the heart; the suspense. Not just the kind of suspense found in her earlier mystery novels, but the sexy tension that occurs when a pair of supercharged opposites set off undeniable sparks.

If it’s the start of summer, it must be time for a new novel by Mary Kay Andrews, the Georgia-based author (of Savannah Blues, Summer Rental and Save the Date) whose book tours in recent seasons have always made sure to include a whistle-stop in one of her favorite pockets of fandom: Fair Haven. This Friday, May 29, borough-based River Road Books once again welcomes back the best-selling scribe for a special appearance keyed to the latest Andrews opus, Beach Town.

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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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Raven and the Peach 4The event, to benefit educational programs, takes place at Fair Haven’s Raven and the Peach restaurant.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven High School Foundation

Rumson-Fair Haven High School Foundation, a non-profit organization of parents and faculty which supports educational programs at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, has announced that tickets are on sale for its annual Fall Gathering fundraiser on Thursday, October 25.

Scheduled from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at Fair Haven’s Raven and the Peach Restaurant on River Road, the event will include hors d’oeuvres, musical entertainment and chance prizes, with all proceeds dedicated to funding projects and grants that will enrich the high school education program — with field trips, transportation costs, auxiliary classroom equipment, speakers and presentations just a few of the various items granted through the Foundation.

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woody's 1 011812Woody’s Ocean Grille in Sea Bright is one of several restaurants on the Green participating in Jersey Shore Restaurant Week. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)


Jersey Shore Restaurant Week kicks off this Friday, and runs through next Sunday, April 13. Participating restaurants will be offering fixed price menus at $20.14 (think about it…) and $30.14 (…but not too much).

To help you get out and explore the Green’s local eateries on the cheap, PieHole has assembled this handy list for you. Go make some reservations and try something new.

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RFH fundraiserRFH Foundation Vice President Lisa Atallah and President Judi Tavill invite the community to support education programs at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School by attending the Fall Fundraiser.

“Good fun in the name of a good cause” is the unofficial slogan of the annual Fall Fundraiser for the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School  Foundation, slated for 6:30 – 9:30 pm on Saturday, October 5 at Raven and the Peach on River Road in Fair Haven.

“This is a can’t-miss evening for everyone who wants to support RFH education programs,” said Foundation President Judi Tavill.

“We have terrific prizes for the ever-popular “Deal or No Deal” game, a super Silent Auction, and live music,” Tavill noted. “Student musicians from RFH will perform for the opening hour, and then the popular band Strumberry Pie will rock the party.”

The event includes a selection of hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar will also be available.

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Kicking off its centennial year, the Borough of Fair Haven hosted a fundraising gala at the Raven and the Peach restaurant that attracted 300 revelers Saturday night.

The $20,000 raised will help cover the cost of a daylong celebration on Saturday, June 16 that will feature a parade, a community picnic and a fireworks show at Fair Haven Fields. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)


Fair Haven’s newly renovated Bicentennial Hall, aka Fisk Chapel, is among the historical landmarks that will play a key role in the borough’s centennial. (Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

Its 1.7 square miles boast some of the oldest homes on the greater Red Bank Green, and a classic small-town vibe that’s lamentably lacking in much of stripmall America  — but some may be surprised to learn that Fair Haven, New Jersey isn’t a day over 100.

Carved from the former Shrewsbury Township and officially incorporated in March of 1912 (the current borders, adjusted with neighboring Red Bank, date back just a little more than 50 years), the still-young borough that brought us the area’s most iconic Firemen’s Fair (and served as home field for the legendary Vince Lombardi) is scarcely too old to party in style. And this weekend, Fair Haven throws itself a “Night of the Century” celebration that promises to draw “well over a one-hundred neighbors, local business owners and community leaders who love Fair Haven.”

Scheduled for Saturday night at the Raven and the Peach restaurant on River Road, The Party That Happens Only Once Every Hundred Years is being touted as “a very special occasion for everyone who contributes to the life of this town,” in the words of Centennial Gala co-chair Christine Burke Eskwitt.

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