Nocturnal Grove.  Paul Goldfinger photo  ©

Nocturnal Grove. Paul Goldfinger photo ©


APP, June 22, 1980:     Neptune—–Voters rejected a proposal to create a separate borough of Ocean Grove. Ocean Grove residents favored the idea, but the rest of the Township defeated the proposition.

Voters approved the question in Ocean Grove 970 to 769, with 59%  of the 2,928 registered voters going to the polls. The question carried in four of the five election districts in OG losing by 20 votes in the 3rd District.

The question needed approval in both Ocean Grove and the remaining portions of the Township. it was rejected in all 19 election districts in the remainder of the Township.

The defeat means that the Ocean Grove governing body, the Camp Meeting Association, must surrender its municipal functions within 30 days in accordance with a court-ordered plan. 


Editor’s Note: This referendum in Neptune Township in 1980 was held in the wake of the New Jersey Supreme Court decision to force the CMA to turn over governance of the Grove to Neptune Township. I had heard, in the past, that it was the citizenry of Neptune Township that had power over the wishes in the Grove to form a separate borough, although it’s not clear why Ocean Grove would have been forbidden to decide for itself to secede. If any of you know, please explain.

This would be a good opportunity for the Historical Society to help us out on Blogfinger. It’s the sort of subject that would be of little interest to tourists, but of great interest to residents.


Looking further back in time, here is a section of the OG Timeline which documents the actual existence of the Borough of Ocean Grove which lasted only one year 1920-1921:

  1. 1920. The Lessee Board is dissolved, and the Civic Betterment League is formed. Its goal is the creation of an independent Ocean Grove Borough. The CMA supports the idea, and the NJ Legislature passes an Ocean Grove Borough bill which creates an incorporated borough, apart from Neptune. Governor Edwards signs it into law, a referendum in town receives wide support, and local elections are held. The new Borough of Ocean Grove operates for one year, but they retain the CMA “blue laws”. Opponents in town want things the old way and they form the “Lessees Association” They sue in State Supreme Court.
  2. 1921: The NJ Court of Errors and Appeals finds the Borough bill to be unconstitutional, because the Borough has allowed religious ordinances to stand. The Borough bill might have been upheld if the “blue laws” were discarded, but the CMA and its supporters refuse. The Borough is dissolved, and governance goes back to Neptune and the CMA. This was not the first attempt to gain secular control of OG, but this one came the closest.

OSCAR PETERSON  thinking of home:






Broadway Hump. Blogfinger photo. Ocean Grove  8:28 am August 20, 2014

Broadway Hump.  Neptune crew at work.   . Ocean Grove 8:28 am August 20, 2014. Click photo for hump details.  Blogfinger photo ©.

At 8:00 am we received an email from Anita Meeks:

“Good Morning Paul: 

“As I write..speed hump being installed on B’way by 6 stalwart Neptune workers.. do come take pix!    It’s like watching the “Gong” show! No plan ..that I can see. They have blocked access for my elderly neighbor to get out of her car..and they started at 7:30. ” 

“Don’t we have an noise ordinance anymore??

“Hope it will stop the speeding..this corner is the worst!”

Anita Meeks


We arrived at 8:28 am and found the crew busy with power screwers attaching the hump to the street on the eastbound lane of Broadway, just east of New Jersey Avenue. We asked to speak to the supervisor, but we were told that he had left the building.

While walking back to the car, we bumped into a resident of Broadway who was out jogging.  She gave the project a negative review—she was angry saying, “I am furious. Why are they wasting money on this?  How about a stop sign instead?”

I told her that exercise is a good way to reduce stress. She said, “Imagine how mad I’d be if I weren’t jogging.”

Here is a link on Blogfinger about the speed calming devices, aka speed humps, posted on August 11, 2014:   BF speed hump post

From Wikipedia:   “Although speed bumps are very effective in keeping vehicle speed down, their use is sometimes controversial as they can cause noise and possibly vehicle damage if taken at too great a speed.  Speed bumps can also pose serious hazards to motorcyclists and bicyclists if not clearly visible, “

A  sign in England.  We should also get signs warning us of humps ahead or else we might damage our undercarriage--don't you hate when that happens?

A sign in England. We will also get Neptune signs warning us of humps ahead or else we might damage our undercarriage–don’t you hate when that happens?

So now we have a  hump on Broadway.   If some old timer from the Grove were to just drive by to see if things had changed, what would he say?





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Reuters  reports that research published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that too many individuals are being screened for cancer near the end of their lives.  Recent cancer screening guidelines are already incorporating such testing limitations, but sometimes those changes are controversial  (as with mammography guidelines) and sometimes the new recommendations are ignored by patients and doctors.

MedPage Today reports that a “second study” in the same journal showed that reducing the screening colonoscopy interval from 10 to 5 years would lead to a minimal gain in quality-adjusted life years.  For colorectal  cancer screening, the American College of Physicians recommends cessation of screening in individuals with less than 10-year life expectancy.

“One of the main problems with prostate screening in older men, said Dr. Richard Ablin, a professor of pathology at the University of Arizona, is that it sets patients on a pathway of unnecessary treatment that will diminish their quality of life for no benefit.

“We know you’re probably going to be better off not doing anything in these prostate patients because their quality of life after treatment with surgery or radiation is going to be so poor, that in many cases they’d be better off if they weren’t treated at all.”

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) which has created an initiative designed to highlight the misuse of medical tests, has recently recommended avoiding prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screening in men who are expected to live fewer than 10 years.  Similarly, the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the American Urological Association (AUA) also recommend cessation of PSA screening in men with a life expectancy of less than 10 years.

Other guidelines in breast and cervical cancers, have similarly used life expectancy as a parameter for screening cessation.  The routine use of cancer screening in these individuals not only has implications for utilization of health care resources in a setting unlikely to result in net benefit but may also cause net patient harm owing to subsequent diagnostic procedures and over-treatment.

Blogfinger Medical Commentary:   By Paul Goldfinger,MD, FACC

I have always been a fan of practice guidelines, but only when the guidelines allow for flexibility by doctors on behalf of their individual patients. This study, which appeared in the JAMA Internal Medicine Journal , indicated that in the case of screening for breast, cervix, prostate and colorectal cancers, there is an age cutoff where patients are getting so old that they would not benefit from further testing.

Screening often leads to unpleasant and costly treatments which might deprive the patient of satisfying remaining years while not producing much of a cancer benefit.  Some of the  latest guidelines are already incorporating these concepts about cutting off screening tests later in life.

I am not an oncologist, but the lesson for you is that there may be a time when you or a loved one should no longer undergo regular screening for these cancers.  But you can’t decide that yourself. Each person must discuss the screening guidelines with their physician.

In the case of prostate cancer, recent guidelines stated that because  prostate cancers tend to be slow growing, as someone approaches an age of limited survival, e.g. age 70, they can stop having the test.

However, a urologist I know pointed out that such a guideline might be fine for most patients, but there are exceptions such that continued monitoring might be needed despite the patient’s age;  such as if someone has an existing  prostate issue  (eg an enlarging prostate or a high PSA) or other worrisome but benign concerns when it would be unwise to stop testing just because a particular age had been reached.

The new style of medical practices promoted by the ACA emphasize rules (guidelines)  that are supposed to cut costs and improve quality. They emphasize technology and electronic medical records, but there are serious concerns on the the part of many physicians that the traditional medical practices of careful history and physical examinations coupled with individualized assessments and treatment plans are being devalued and replaced by group-think and rigidity.  Medicine is an art, and without that component, quality may decline.

Carl at the Ocean Grove Town-wide yard sale.   Paul Goldfinger photo.  2013 ©

Carl at the Ocean Grove Town-wide yard sale. Paul Goldfinger photo. 2013 ©

To the Editor:

Hi Paul,

Your remark  in the Wassup section of Blogfinger  “…and the porch culture which exists for those who live here full time or part time.  Why is it that so many people want to live in this town and why so many  say “I love Ocean Grove ?” caught my eye and struck home because I just wrote a post in my own blog in which I quoted a slogan of sorts from Roadside Magazine.  I think you’ll find it speaks to the wonderful quality of life here in Ocean Grove. This is the excerpt:


“…So we were pretty surprised to see the For Sale sign out in front and two young people sitting on the front porch.

I have to lapse into an aside here because I believe front porches are one of the best means to meet and greet your neighbors, make new friends and visit with old friends. Porches are welcoming and beckon to passerby’s. There is a quote, actually more like a slogan that used to be published in every issue of ROADSIDE MAGAZINE that sums up an America we used to know, a place that I want to live and in fact I do when I’m in Ocean Grove. ROADSIDE refers to this slogan as a recipe for an American Renaissance: “Eat in diners, ride trains, shop on Main Street, put a porch on your house and live in a walk able community”. Sounds real good to me! And by the way, the stoops of Brooklyn and other boroughs of New York City offer the same way of life”…


Ocean Grove, N.J. August 19, 2014

The writer is a resident of Ocean Grove


Eileen: A Portrait

Eileen.   By Paul Goldfinger ©

Eileen. By Paul Goldfinger ©

CHET BAKER (vocal and trumpet.)  Music by Jimmy Van Heusen– a favorite of  Sinatra.

“Whenever it’s early twilight
I watch ’til a star breaks through
Funny, it’s not a star I see
It’s always you.”

Ocean Grove Cottage.  Blogfinger photo. ©

Ocean Grove Cottage. Blogfinger photo. ©




1. Pegi Costantino continues her innovative programs under the banner of the Ocean Grove Woman’s Club where she is President.   Recently she has scheduled a wine glass painting program, pottery clinic, girl’s adventures visiting thrift shops and now we have her latest Clubber News. Ladies and germs, if you haven’t signed up for Miss Pegi’s emails list, you don’t know what you are missing.   Sometimes they even invite men to their events.

Hello Clubbers,

“Just a couple of quick items.

  1. We have 11 expected for meditation tonight (including Susanne and Robert) so there is only room for one more.  Let me know asap if you intend to join us as 12 is the limit.
  2. Those who attended the pottery event need to know that one of the kilns broke down so there is a delay in finishing the pieces.  They should be done this weekend.  I will let you know if/when I hear anything. “

“Let me know if you plan to attend or want to suggest something for an event.  Call my cell at 609-575-5585 or email me at Pegi@comcast.net.  Remember to visit our Facebook page for more info. Ocean Grove Woman’s Club.   —-Pegi”


2.  Mike Oakes   (and Laura)  sent us a link to an article about Ocean Grove which appeared in the Bergen Record.  It is a long and thorough piece, and by being so comprehensive, it sets OG apart from most other Jersey Shore towns.  However, like just about every article written regarding OG, it is tourism oriented.

Although that is no surprise, someone needs to capture the life style and the dynamic changes occurring in this very unique town for those who actually live here. This article doesn’t mention the demographic changes, the controversies, the history, the amazing classical music concerts each summer, the part-timers, the  young families, the religious life, the special events, and the porch culture which exists for those who live here full time or part time.  Why is it that so many people want to live in this town and why so many  say “I love Ocean Grove ? “

That’s a fascinating story, but this  Record reporter just talks about the highlights for tourists. Enuf with the tents!  If there were a Darwin theory of evolution for American towns, Ocean Grove would be a fascinating place to study.  Where is the HMS Beagle when you need her?

We focus on those  lifestyle  factors  on Blogfinger, but I’d like to once see the media take a look as well.   (Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger)

Bergen Record on Ocean Grove LINK     I sent the reporter a link to his comment, but no response.

Where’s the Asbury Park Press when you need them? Oh that’s right, they rarely cover Ocean Grove  (and neither does the Tri-City News.)   Asbury Pulp with Steve Froias sometimes gives us a nod. The Coaster usually has some OG articles, but they need to get fresh news out there by email to their subscribers if they are going to be helpful.  Once per week doesn’t cut it any more.


3. Yesterday, August 17, we had 1,519 views on Blogfinger including those from 10 countries.  There was one person from Argentina, so I think we need a tango right now. I wonder why tango music is so dark and serious.  The tango dancers never smile. But here is an exception:  Remember Al Pacino playing a blind man and dancing the tango in Scent of a Woman?  This scene is one of my favorite movie moments–ever.  It still makes me smile.






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