Thursday, April 4, 2013
Dock repairs slated for completion soon
It's a treasured gathering spot for Fair Havenites. It's a place to which people have always gravitated to take a riverside walk, take in a concert, fish and crab, sit and sun and even wed. It's the Fair Haven Dock. A big chunk of the dock was eaten by Hurricane Sandy's river wrath. For some time after the Oct. 29 storm, much of the foot of Fair Haven Road was cordoned off, signs were downed and brick pavers and pillars at its entrance were uprooted and torn apart. Now, while there is still some construction fencing blocking the dock, there are visible improvements. The piece that Sandy bit out of it has been replaced, pavers have been put back, benches are stable and the small ramp leading to the slice of beach has been restored. "We have…
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Debris is being removed as it washes up; NJ DEP to provide guidance on debris removal from water.
Things are looking good with each day in the post-Hurricane Sandy era along the Navesink River in Fair Haven. A $90,000 fix is in the works for the Fair Haven Dock; and officials have targeted a reopening for May as warm weather starts to set in. There was one piece of the dock sitting on a resident's lawn that is being removed. And downed signage by the dock has been removed. New fencing, closing off the area to cars has been installed by the Fair Haven Fire Police. All the boats that washed up on shore and were wedged by the water's tumultuous tide in the storm have been taken down and returned to rightful owners. Broken private docks have been or are being repaired. And much debris has been removed from the waterfront. "As it's been …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Amount of brush and tree removal for Fair Haven and Rumson more than doubled that of 2011 in two months' time
"Frankly, we are just coming up for air," Fair Haven Administrator Theresa Casagrande said in her report to the governing body at Monday's Borough Council meeting about Hurricane Sandy recovery. Casagrande gave an update on some facts and figures concerning the borough's status in Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) funding, waterway cleaning, parks clearing, trees and brush in the post-Hurricane Sandy scene in Fair Haven. According to information released by FEMA as of Jan. 8, Fair Haven had been allocated $18,750 for debris removal. Right now, the given is that at least a portion of the Fair Haven Dock has to be rebuilt. Part of it is still sitting on a resident's lawn, which, Mayor Ben Lucarelli said, the borough is working …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Former Fair Havenite Bob McNulty has a collection of drawings from his childhood memories of the area. The one entitled Fair Haven Road at the Dock is his favorite. What would you draw decades from now?
Bob McNulty has a lot of cherished memories about his upbringing in Fair Haven. Not unlike many other area natives, the 1977 gradutate of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School pictures the past with a lot of solace and comfort. He wanted to pass those inherent feelings along to many who know exactly how he feels and also to those who he hopes catch the Rumson-Fair Haven townie bug. McNulty forwarded a few sketches to Patch a few months ago. One, already showcased, was the unique former Andrews Home. Now, with the Sandy-ravaged Fair Haven Dock awaiting an overhaul after just being revamped with new amenities a couple of years ago, what McNulty called his favorite drawing came to mind — Fair Haven Road at the Dock. "It holds up both as a …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Fair Haven Mayor Ben Lucarelli estimates that the dock will be ready for people and events once again in the warmer months. What are your favorite Fair Haven Dock memories?
The relatively new Hurricane Sandy-ravaged Fair Haven Dock has not seen any foot traffic lately; and, it likely won't until around Memorial Day. That's the target date for getting the dock that was basically ripped apart and tossed down the river by Sandy put back together again, Mayor Ben Lucarelli said. Right now, the dock looks pretty much the same as it did the day after Sandy hit, minus the downed wires nearby and tightly secured "do not cross" tape. The dock, which was built in the early 1970s, always served as a social cornerstone for locals, from kids jumping off it as a hot spot for a swim and hanging with the popular pre-teens years ago to fishing, crabbing and concerts, and even weddings, more recently. The dock was revamped in …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Hurricane Sandy's effects downed trees, wires and a wiped out a good portion of the Fair Haven Dock
"Woah! That's not supposed to be there. Wait. Something's missing over there," a kid could be overheard saying to his dad as they checked out the storm damage done to the Fair Haven Dock. Bricks are scattered on the street near the dock, trash receptacles are toppled and rolling on the road and police tape is cordoning off the place where the entrance to the dock once was before Sandy struck. The portion of the relatively new dock that connects the foot of Fair Haven Road to the dock and gazebo that sit off the banks of the Navesink River is now gone. It's one of Sandy's casualties. Chainsaws were buzzing away all day today and people ventured out from their homes to assess damage. Most do not have electricity and the scene is a relatively…
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Couple takes vows Saturday
Saturday marked the first day of fall and a major milestone for one couple that got married under sunny skies at the end of the Fair Haven Dock. A few people ventured to the dock for a stroll in the sun and a view of the Navesink River on the clear day, which is a common thing to do in Fair Haven. What's not so common is what they found when they got there — a small crowd and a couple saying "I do." So, a few Fair Havenites strolling around got an unintentional glimpse of someone's special day. Take a look at the photos above for a peek into the first Fair Haven wedding of the fall. Leave your best wishes in the comments section below; and, if you know the couple, tell us who they are. Congratulations to the newlyweds!
Saturday, September 8, 2012
From downpour to drizzle, the scene along the river in Rumson and Fair Haven was serene
A severe weather alert was issued early on Saturday and some of it, not all, touched down on the Rumson-Fair Haven peninsula. When the rain hit the area on Saturday evening, it went from downpour to drizzle quicky. The banks of the Navesink were calm from the Fair Haven dock to Victory Park in Rumson. A couple of local girls took a fearless stroll in Fair Haven while no one was to be seen anywhere else by the water. Take a look at some of the sights along the river before the skies cleared in the photo gallery above.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Images of townies and entertainers at Saturday's concert: Can you guess which of these people has the best garden in town?
Fair Havenites gathered at the borough's dock Saturday evening for some music, conversation, crabbing and boating. The concert, with music by Jugg Handle, was a little delayed, but friends and family found plenty to do while they waited. Patch was there to do a little catching up with neighbors as well. One of the people featured in our gallery is known for having the best garden in town. Do you know who it is? Take a look at the photo gallery above and give us your best guess. Check back later for some additional photos from Recreation Director Charlie Hoffman. In the meantime, enjoy!
Friday, July 6, 2012
What is it? Tell us in the comments section below.
There it was — a creepy looking little crawler on the Fair Haven Dock. It was a little crabby looking, a little homely yet cool, covered in what looked like barnacles. Its eyes were masked by its craggy surface. Everyone stared. But was it staring back? What was it? Someone said it was a rock crab — not edible. Someone else called it a spider crab. To look at it, both made sense. Everyone stared as it crawled across the dock and plopped back into the Navesink River. But, really, what was that creepy little crawler? Tell us in the comments section below.