From the Wizard of Oz. Internet photo.

From the Wizard of Oz. Internet photo.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

On June 30,  the OGHOA President Ann Horan sent out an email to the membership attempting to summarize the current status of the North End Redevelopment Plan  (NERP)  as seen by their North End Committee.

In that email there are errors and at least one overt falsehood, so you have to be skeptical when reading anything from that group regarding this subject.   But beyond the actual content of Horan’s email, there is one glaring omission that should be noted by the members of that organization:   There is not one item of criticism or suspicion  for either the Township Committee, WAVE,  or the Camp Meeting Association; not one iota of concern about their actions, their inactions, or their lack of transparency as it pertains to the NERP.

Why isn’t the HOA digging into the situation instead of just regurgitating what the Committee and the CMA tells them?   Clearly the HOA is “in the tank” for the principals who are pushing the NERP.  Why doesn’t the HOA aggressively take the side of Ocean Grovers, ask tough questions, and look at this complex situation critically?   Maybe they are not aware of the  current BF poll which shows that 65% of OG responders  (so far) believe that there is something unsavory about the NERP process?

The HOA should strive to be vigilant and to protect the town from developers who seek to blow up the zoning which was designed in the best interest of the Grove.  Where were they for the Greek Temple and Mary’s Place?  And how about condos that were developed in town without parking?  The answer is “nowhere.” This duty of theirs is especially important in a town which is on the National Historic Register.

As for the falsehood mentioned above, here is the quote from Horan’s report:    “At the April 27th 2015 Neptune Township Committee meeting, a new conceptual NE plan was presented by WAVE…..”  

Not so! —unless Committeeman Randy Bishop is a member of WAVE. No one came to the microphone that night at the 6:00 pm workshop session or at the regular Committee meeting that starts at 7:00 pm, and introduced themselves as representing WAVE.

What did happen was at the earlier workshop where the public is not permitted to speak.  Mr. Bishop reported to the Committee about a NEW NERP  (i.e. a revised redevelopment plan.)  This new plan was not prepared by the Township but by WAVE and given to Mr. Bishop at a previous meeting which had been arranged to sign a Redevelopers Agreement for the original (2008) Plan.  Instead, Mr.Bishop returned to the Committee with an entirely new NERP and without the long-promised Agreement.

During the regular meeting the NEW NERP was not on the agenda.   The news letter from Ann Horan is a total fabrication of the events that night.  You can check the minutes of that meeting yourself  (see link below)  She seems to find it necessary to present WAVE in a favorable light.  Why is that?

Currently, the only recent relevant document that seems to exist is a signed Memorandum of Understanding between WAVE and the OGCMA dated April 28, 2015.   It talks about an agreement between those two parties, but what is barely mentioned is the long awaited and legally required Re-developers Agreement between the Township and the co-developers (WAVE and CMA.)  Why isn’t that discussed  in the Horan email?

And why doesn’t she mention the following item from the Memorandum of Understanding :   “In the event the hotel is converted to condos, WAVE will pay to OGCMA ten percent (10%) of the selling price of each condo conversion at closing.”

This quote gives you a peek into the financial intricacies of this project.  The HOA evidently isn’t interested in any of that.  Don’t they know to follow the money?

And this is just a taste of the misleading info in the Ocean Grove Home Groaners Association memo. They’ll probably jump up and down and whine and groan on the Coaster and to their members as they did before regarding Blogfinger’s comments, but they need to get on the ball and dig into what Mary Beth Jahn once called a “travesty.”



YAK!  Our neighbor to the north.  2015. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

YAK. A. Park.  2015. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

According to the Township Committee, the Township Attorney, the CMA, the Township Clerk and the OGHOA North End Committee, things are “heating up” with respect to the North End Redevelopment Plan. In a series of articles on the subject, Blogfinger has described some of the details and has found some “red flags” regarding the propriety of the process. It would be helpful to take the pulse of the public regarding how OG citizens perceive what we have learned so far.  

Papa Bue’s Jazz Band:

October 31. 2012.  What ever happened to this gazebo?  Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

October 31. 2012. What ever happened to this gazebo? Paul Goldfinger photo. ©



The Los Angeles Times (7/7, Kaplan) “Science Now” blog reports that research published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that “the increased use of mammograms to screen for breast cancer has subjected more women to invasive medical treatments but has not saved lives.” Investigators “examined data from the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results registry.”

The Washington Post (7/7, Cha) “To Your Health” blog reports that the investigators “found that the number of breast cancer diagnoses rose with more aggressive screenings,” but “the number of deaths remained the same.”

On its website, NBC News (7/7, Fox) reports that the researchers “also found more screening did not reduce the rate of larger breast tumors, defined as those 2 cm or larger.”

Blogfinger Medical Commentary:   By Paul  Goldfinger, MD, FACC.

We have been trying to temper rigidity with flexibility on BF regarding this topic.  But some of you have gotten angry over my comments targeting  pink banners all over town.  As you can see, the subject is controversial, and the Meridian mammogram industry needs to take another look at their in-your-face pink advertising campaign, particularly as it is done in OG.


NEW ORLEANS — Good news, men: you may be able to decrease your risk for prostate cancer by ejaculating — frequently, according to research presented here at American Urological Association 2015 Annual Meeting.

The frothy advice is not new but is now backed up by the “strongest evidence to date” on the subject, according to lead author Jennifer Rider, ScD, MPH, an epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.

Medscape link

Blogfinger medical commentary:   By Paul Goldfinger, MD.

This is a bit out of range for my professional credentials.  But, finally medical science may have found a pleasant way to prevent cancer.  All the other ways require some sacrifice like avoiding ice cream and hot pastrami.  I would love to get a Blogfinger interview with Jennifer Rider.

THE MOUND CITY BLUE BLOWERS   (no, not blue ballers)


There were those who tried to launch some lanterns like this on July 4, however the police put a stop to it. But hearing that reminded me of how beautiful such lanterns can be, as shown in our post from October, 2013.   Click on “original” to hear John Denver—lovely song for this photo.   PG

Originally posted on Blogfinger:

Night lite on the beach. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click left Night lite on the beach, between Ocean Grove and Bradley Beach.   By Paul Goldfinger © Click left

We’re walking on the beach when we notice lights in the sky. It’s foggy, and the lights seem mysterious. We get closer and find  people near the water launching delicate floating lanterns constructed of special paper and  balsam wood.  A tiny device is set afire inside causing it to glow brightly and heat the interior.  Then the lantern is  gently released. There is no string–it is a free as a gull.

The paper lantern is pinkish white as it quickly floats up and out over the ocean,  getting smaller and smaller in the night sky.  It continues to be illuminated until it vanishes into the dark universe.


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Ocean Grove. July 4, 2015.  By Paul Goldfinger ©

Ocean Grove. July 4, 2015. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge.



Apple Pay

Apple Pay

Eileen says that I should put my picture up---not just hers.  So here I am; the only person on earth who wears a hat like this.  Photo by Eileen

Eileen says that I should put my picture up—not just hers. So here I am; the only person on earth who wears a hat like this.  Others say that I should take off the hat because people will think I’m bald  (a scurrilous idea)  Photo by Eileen

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger

I didn’t know exactly what Apple Pay was, so I asked the guy at Wells-Fargo.   He took my iPhone and set it up in one minute. He said I could use my phone to pay for purchases at the register, if the store has the technology.

So off I went to Wegmans for coffee. The cashier said it would work, so I took out my iPhone 6.   (step 1)

Me: Standing there holding my own; what to do?

She: Hold the phone to the swiping device (step two)

Me: OK —-the phone lit up and asked for my finger print. I put my finger on the screen (step 3—a mistake; nothing happened)

She: No—put your finger on the home button.

Me: I put my finger on the button (step 3 or 4,) and the phone began to vibrate. The process of making the purchase had begun. Then it asked me for my pass-code (step 5)

She: It’s working (I like when women say that) —step 6 (waiting for it to work)

Me: The phone does the deed and tells me I spent $2.30 (coffee in a Wegmans plastic cup gives a fifty cent —-not the rapper, the discount)—- off; —-step 7. I’m almost done.

Me: So why is this better than the old way?— as I put my phone away (step 8)

She: You don’t have to take out your wallet and remove your card and swipe. (that process takes 4 steps)

Me: If you factor in the anxiety (multifactorial) and the vibration surprise and the 7 steps, I think I’ll go back to swiping, although if you mess up the swipe 3 times, it’s 3 swipes and you’re out.

Movie soundtrack:

Rue de L'Abayye in Paris

Rue de L’Abbaye in Paris.  Photograph by Paul Goldfinger.  Silver gelatin print. ©  Blogfinger.net

The oldest church in Paris is in the Latin Quarter on the Left Bank,  It is the church of St-Germaine-des-Pres.  The area is a commercial district and is very busy.  They have a playground in the front.

But in the back, near a place where a Benedictine abbey once stood, is a small quiet park where one can escape the hustle- bustle and find respite.  This photograph shows that comforting space.

Then after a rest, a visitor can enter the church or find some fine little bistro where you can enjoy a simple but exquisite meal.  These bistros are often mom and pop sorts of places where there might be only a few items available that day, but you can’t go wrong.

GIGI   Hermione Gingold and Maurice Chevalier

July 5, 2015.  Ocean Grove beach.  Paul Goldfinger photo ©

July 3, 2015. Ocean Grove beach. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to enlarge.


Phil Smith played "You Made Me Love You" with the Imperial Brass

Phil Smith played “You Made Me Love You” with the Imperial Brass. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to enlarge

By Paul Goldfinger

The concert last night was brilliant.  There were about 25 wonderful brass musicians on stage.  Imagine an ensemble with 5 flugelhorns?  

The pieces chosen for the event were varied—some obscure (at least to me), some complex, and some familiar, but they were all performed with a high degree of professionalism, emotion and care.  Despite some problems with clarity of the microphone, it only affected speech.   

The music, performed with  exquisite clarity and musicianship, was unamplified and enhanced by the great skill and respect afforded it by these musicians.

Phil Smith, of Ocean Grove, former principal trumpet with the New York Philharmonic, not only played, but he conducted as well, although not simultaneously.  His gorgeous  tone resonated with the wooden interior of the Great Auditorium.  His technique was superb, and he got to show it off along with cornetist Mitch Brodsky in an intricate rendition of the “Cornet Duet” by Peter Graham.

This concert, the first of the 2015 Summer Stars series of classical music in the Great Auditorium, was well attended.   

The Summer Stars recitals occur on Thursday nights at 7:30 pm. On July 9 is Yun-Chin Zhou, an acclaimed pianist; on July 16  Maksim Shirykov and Misuzu Tanaka—clarinet and piano duo; and on July 23, is the Solisti String Ensemble.

On July 30 will be a very special event:  Gordon Turk, organist and Jason Tramm conducting the Summer Stars Festival Orchestra with “Grand Orchestra and the Great Organ.”

PHIL SMITH  “Someone to Watch Over Me”.  Gershwin




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