In Memoriam: Longtime Teacher, Red Bank Resident, Ann Fitzgerald, 83

Forever Red Bank resident and longtime teacher Ann Caruso Fitzgerald died peacefully on June 21 surrounded by her loving family.

Ann was born on July 13, 1937 in Red Bank and lived there her entire life. A graduate of Red Bank High School and Glassboro State Teachers College, she met her husband, Martin J. Fitzgerald, at Glassboro. They were married in 1959.

Ann Caruso Fitzgerald
Photo/family via Thompson Memorial Home

“Ann loved her family, her friends, her students and the New York Yankees fiercely and loyally, although not always in that particular order …
Ann knew early on that she wanted to devote her life to teaching children. She could recall the names of her former students, their classmates and many of their antics years after they had graduated. She enjoyed her students immensely, and they encouraged her wonderful sense of humor. Many would sneak visits back to St. James to catch up with her and make her laugh with them.
Ann thought of them all as ‘her kids.'”

Ann’s cherished extended family and friends who became family will hold her amazing spirit forever in their hearts.”

Loved ones of Ann Fitzgerald in her obituary

Ann was a math, algebra and technology teacher for more than years, most recently at St. James Grammar School in Red Bank, where she taught multi-generations of families for 38 years before retiring in 2012. She received the honor of Distinguished Alumni of Red Bank Regional High School.

Ann was predeceased by: her parents, Louis and Blanche; her devoted husband, Martin; her sister, Marie; and her daughter, Susan.

She will be deeply missed by her children, Maryanne Riegelman (Ben), of Red Bank, Beth Dinsfriend (Neil), of Marlton, and Louis “Buddy” Fitzgerald (Jessica), of Shrewsbury.

She is also survived by her adored grandchildren Meghan, Suzanne and Benjamin “Jake” Riegelman, Samantha and Danielle Dinsfriend, and Emily, Madelyn and Sienna Fitzgerald, and her great-grandson Christopher Riegelman.

A memorial gathering will be held on Thursday, June 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Thompson Memorial Home, 310 Broad Street, Red Bank. A mass of christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 25 at St. James RC Church, Red Bank. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New Jersey Rett Syndrome Association, 417 Brickyard Rd, Freehold, NJ 07728.

— Edited obituary prepared by loved ones via Thompson Memorial Home

Prosecutor: 20-Year-Old Indicted on Attempted Murder Charges in Stabbing

A 20-year-old Monmouth County man has been indicted on attempted murder and related charges in connection with a March stabbing outside of Asbury Park High School, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced.

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Retro Fair Haven Eighth Grade Graduation Walk

A reprise from last year in honor of the return of the graduation walks and festivities … Congrats to all the eighth grade grads!

There are two different graduation walks when you’re an eighth grade graduate of Fair Haven’s Knollwood School.

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Retro Stylin’ Knollwood Grads

Knollwood School Class of 2002 Photo/Elaine Van Develde
Knollwood School Class of 2002
Photo/Elaine Van Develde

A reprise in honor of those eighth grade graduations … Congrats, grads!

The Fair Haven Knollwood School grads are styling every year. And, the truth is that the eighth grade graduation attire has improved to the point of even parents turning wannabes of that mini-fashion world.

You’d have to admit, though, that fad dress-up attire has been kinder to the male gender over the years — except for the leisure suit. That was an unforgiving polyester fashion fail.

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In Memoriam: Noted Area Artist, Shirley Cunneff, 93

Area artist Charlotte “Shirley” A. Cunneff passed away peacefully, two of her five sons by her side, on June 3. She was 93.

Shirley “was especially fond of the watercolor medium, earning membership to various art societies and exhibiting her work for sale and in juried competitions.
She received numerous accolades for her art, including the Garden State Watercolor Society’s Award for Excellence for a painting of abalone shells in 1996.
Private collectors from Hawaii to Paris have displayed her work in their homes.
Other passions included travel, cooking and speaking out against the Vietnam War. In October 1967, she attended the March to End the War in Vietnam in Washington, D.C., wearing her mink coat to show that it wasn’t just ‘hippies’ protesting the war.
Doctors’ wives were opposed to it, too.

Loved ones of Shirley Cunneff in her obituary
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Focus: Rallying for River Health in Rumson

It was a day to pay homage to the rivers.

Clean Ocean Action (COA) and the Rumson Environmental Commission (Rumson EC) hosted the 3rd Annual Rally for the Two Rivers Eco-Fest at Victory Park in Rumson on Saturday.

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Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair Returns for 2021

All’s fair, after all! It’s the post-quarantine, pandemic state-of-emergency news all Fair Havenites at heart, near and far, have been waiting for: The Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair will return this year.

The highly-anticipated news, that was expected by mid-June came via the fair chairmen via social media within the past hour or so:

“We are thrilled to be able to announce that after review with our members, vendors and of course NJ safety protocols, 2021 will see the return of the Firemen’s Fair — Friday, August 27 – Saturday, September 4 (closed Sunday)!
The fair will continue traditions of rides, game booths, Outback and our 50/50 raffles. More details to be announced at a later time.
Our Seafood Dining room will *not* be open at this year’s Fair but will be back in 2022! In the meantime, look forward to planning your Fair week and when the call for volunteers goes out,
please join in the fun!”

Here’s a glimpse back to the last fair in 2019 to boost the good-time memories … (Click on one to enlarge and scroll!)

Retro Stokes Tripping

A trip back in time to Stokes State Forrest with the sixth graders of Knollwood in the early 1970s. Photo/Peter Mauger
A trip back in time to Stokes State Forrest with the sixth graders of Knollwood in the early 1970s.
Photo/Peter Mauger

The following, originally posted on May 30, 2016, is our annual ode to the longtime tradition of Fair Haven sixth graders camping and learning at Stokes State Forrest. This year, it’s an ode to the trip that wasn’t during the pandemic. Take a trip back with us again. Remember?

It’s that time of the year when Fair Haven schools tradition takes hold and all good Knollwood sixth graders go on their trip to Stokes State Forrest. The buses rolled out of town this morning. Two years ago marked the 50th anniversary of the most wonderful time of the year for those sixth graders. Wow.

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Prosecutor: Asbury Hotel, Lanes & Ocean Club Manager Indicted on $486K Theft Charge

A former employee of noted Asbury Park hotels has been indicted on theft charges alleging he pilfered more than $400,000 from the business between 2018 and 2020, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey announced.

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Focus: Sunny Daze River Time

It never gets old, or cold, for that matter — a little time down by the Navesink River in Rumson. It warms the soul.

And when the sun shines, a certain glow is cast over a familiar waterfront scene that can only be described as a locals’ utopia. River time is golden, enduring. The image, the mindset, the enveloping warmth come together in a snapshot that is a forever best friend — always there, always smiling at you, for you, with you. Nothing but bright, pristine sunshine.

Focus on the soothing snapshot (click on one to enlarge and scroll), as some stormy weather lies ahead …

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