Monday, March 25, 2013
Reflections from the cast of 'Aida' and parents
When it came time for curtain call and house lights up at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High Schools production of Aida, the thunderous applause and standing ovation just couldn't mask the overwhelming emotion over what was the end of an era. It was a final high school performance for seniors. The cast took its last bow, waved goodbye and the tears flowed. A last show is a true milestone. There were an awful lot of smiles on tear-streaked faces, too, which couldn't be a better sign of good times and memories to carry for a lifetime. Patch caught up with some of the cast members as they mingled with friends and family, signed autographs and reflected on what it all means to them. Thanks to those who shared their thoughts: Matt Hughes, and dad …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
You saw, now you can hear and see a snippet of Sunday's parade
Sunday's first Annual Rumson St. Patrick's Day Parade was seen by thousands. River Road, from west to east, was flush with fans of the Irish festivities and traditions of St. Patrick's Day a week early. Patch featured nearly 100 photos of the event. But photos don't have sound. So, click on the above video for some of the sights and sounds of the day.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Caution for flooding in low lying areas and wind
There's been status quo storm preparation in Rumson and Fair Haven. A digital sign last night warned Rumson residents of coastal flooding and wind with Wednesday's nor'easter. And Fair Haven officials met with emergency responders and urge residents to report any outages and steer clear of downed wires, should the wind wreak havoc. Earlier, down by the Navesink River in both towns, the water was very choppy and wind was strong. "Here we go again," Fair Haven Mayor Ben Lucarelli said, hoping that the already damaged Fair Haven Dock, or what's left of it, would stay intact. The hope is to have it rebuilt by the end of May. With the exception of one large limb downed on Pine Cove Road today, Lucarelli said that officials are just cautioning …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The job was at the Carlton Theater, now Count Basie. Can you guess how much he made and what the big night was there?
The year was 1939. Native Fair Havenite Ken Lockwood, now 90, was told by his dad, after he graduated from what was Rumson High School then that he needed to go out and get a job. So, that's what Lockwood did. He wandered down Monmouth Street in Red Bank and saw a sign in the window of the then Carlton Theater, now Count Basie, that said "Ushers Wanted." He was hired on the spot for what he thought then was a fortune. The place only showed movies at the time and he took his job very seriously, spending his money on bus fare and candy. Some interesting things happened at the Carlton back in the day. Do you know what dish night is? See how much Lockwood made as a teen and find out what was considered the big night at the Carlton. Click on …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Patrolman William Lagrotteria was honored with the title
Fair Haven Police Patrolman William "Billy" Lagrotteria has a knack with kids that has made people take notice. He is a leader and mentor for the Fair Haven Police Explorers program. He works the D.A.R.E. program in the schools. He is an assistant coach for football and track at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. And he is an officer who mediates between parents and kids when kids get in trouble and find themselves in the Monmouth County Court system in Freehold. He is known for doing it all, and very effectively, Chief Darryl Breckenridge said. The 26-year-old juvenile officer with seven years on the job also has an excellent record on the road, the chief added. The exemplary skills combined are what ended up garnering Lagrotteria, a…
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Officials caution to clear your walkways and cars
The forecasted snowfall hit the Rumson-Fair Haven area, but it wasn't quite the blizzard that was anticipated. Still, several inches of snow fell; and, no sooner did it hit the ground than people in the area knew they needed to get out and clear their walkways, driveways and cars. Borough ordinances in both towns mandate that there is a clear path on sidewalks within 24 hours. Well, if you didn't have a snowblower, a neighborly neighor to help or were not physically fit to do the job, two R-FH students were out and about in Fair Haven today to help get the job done. For $40 Robbie List and Zoe Gallaher can dig and snowblow you out of your driveway and clear your walk and steps. They split the profits. The two are very polite and …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The governor was joined by Shaun Donovan in Sea Bright Thursday afternoon.
The $1.8 billion recently allocated for use in Community Development Block Grants, or CDBGs, will be used primarily to help residents and small businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy recover, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan said Thursday afternoon. Joined by Gov. Chris Christie in Sea Bright, Donovan said the funding is the first chunk of approximately $16 billion that will help homeowners along the East Coast rebuild, filling the gaps between aid provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and loans issued by the Small Business Administration (SBA). The grant funding is part of the more than $50 billion aid package approved by Congress less than a month ago. With storms like Sandy, known, …