The Asbury, 5 blocks from Wesley Lake at Kingsley and 5th Avenue, is almost completed. Paul Goldfinger photos Feb 14, 2016.

The Asbury, 5 blocks from Wesley Lake at Kingsley and 5th Avenue, is almost completed. Paul Goldfinger photos Feb 14, 2016.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.

The new 110 room hotel The Asbury is an exciting collaboration by a famous hotel designer and the innovative hotel group called SALT.  You can read the details at their website (above)  But what’s interesting from an Ocean Grove perspective is that this will be a moderately priced place which will do very well.  So if you are WAVE and you are married to a 2008 North End Redevelopment Plan which includes a hotel, would you want to reconsider that hotel idea now?

At 2 pm on Valentine’s Day, there were no parking spaces available up and down Cookman Avenue. Even the new parking lot adjacent to Wesley Lake, opposite the Great Auditorium, was practically full.  Asbury Park really needs a hotel, but what young hipster is going to want to stay in OG, especially when there will be no booze?

The North End redevelopers in the Grove are about to step to the plate and get the project going, but what will they do when they have to sign a Redevelopers Agreement that compels them to build that hotel, especially when there will be no way out of the obligatory parking garage that will cost a fortune even if it is feasible? And how about the congestion which that hotel will bring?

Right now this is speculative, but nature abhors a vacuum, so without any information from Neptune Twp, Camp Meeting Association and Wave, speculation is what we have access to.  If WAVE wants to skip the hotel and have condos instead, they will be met by a furor from the public which prefers single family homes over there.

JERRY ORBACH :    “You can see a distant steeple….”    Yes, that’s the Great Auditorium, and you can also see the Lake and the Ocean.

The generator is under the skin. A wire is passed into a vein and into the right side of the heart (the tip is positioned in the right ventricle). This technique has stood the test of time.

Permanent pacemaker configuration.   The generator is under the skin. A wire is passed into a vein beneath the clavicle and into the right side of the heart (the tip is positioned in the right ventricle). In this example there is a second wire in the right atrium.


I saved this 1970's unit made by Cordis. The surgeon would place it into a "pocket" under the skin. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

I saved this used 1970’s single lead unit made by Cordis in Miami.  The surgeon would place it into a “pocket” under the skin and attach it to an electrode in the heart.   Paul Goldfinger photo. ©


The opposite side of the unit shown.

The opposite side of the unit shown.  Cardiologists would go into the OR with the surgeon when a pacemaker was placed. Now, surgeons are usually no longer needed for this procedure. ©  Paul Goldfinger photo


A tiny modern version of a permanent pacemaker.

A tiny modern version of a permanent pacemaker.


Current model.

Current model.


By Paul Goldfinger, MD, FACC,  Dean at the Blogfinger  Off-shore School of Medicine .


My career spanned the remarkable history of permanent cardiac pacemakers. In the early 1970’s, those devices were as a big as a can of tuna fish. They had limited functions and a variety of technical problems. Today they are electronic marvels.

The story began around 1930 when an Australian researcher found that the heart could be stimulated with a localized electrical shock delivered from a wire.

1949: The Medtronic Company, pioneers in pacemakers, was begun in a garage in Buffalo by an engineer and a physician.

1952: At the Boston Beth Israel Hospital, a patient was admitted with fainting spells due to drastic slowing of the heart. These are called Stokes-Adams attacks. This was the first case to be treated with a temporary pacemaker. A wire was attached to the external wall of his heart, while the pacemaker generator was outside his body.

1957: The first battery powered unit was developed, and, in 1958, the first permanent pacemaker was implanted in a dog, consisting of a generator under the skin and a wire attached to the outside wall of the heart.

1960: The first permanent pacemaker was implanted in a human. In 1961, the first in New Jersey was performed by heart surgeon Victor Parsonnet at Newark Beth Israel. Dr. Parsonnet is one of a core group of doctors world-wide to get credit for pioneering work in permanent pacemakers.

1973- 1980: The era when my own career began, the technology of permanent pacemakers evolved strikingly, with smaller and more complicated  “generators,” longer lasting batteries, and better electrode (wire) systems.  Medical electronics had been evolving thanks to the invention of the microprocessor.

When a patient only needed a temporary pacemaker, a cardiologist such as myself would pass a wire through a vein in the arm or neck and attach it to an external pacemaker which hung from an IV pole at the bedside.  Eileen sometimes kids me by saying, “If you can put a wire into somebody’s heart, how come you can’t…….(fill in the blank)”

The permanent units could just only control slow heart rates at first, but later, more functions were developed and could be programmed (changing the settings) from without.

At first, pacemakers had to be routinely changed every two years because of battery life, but later the batteries were improved.

In the early 1970’s research with a nuclear powered pacemaker was performed by Dr. Parsonnet and his team at Newark’s Beth Israel Hospital . They were trying to increase the battery life.   That technology did not work out.

During this phase, techniques for monitoring the battery life and functions of a permanent pacemaker were developed. Eventually a patient could be followed by the use of a telephone, so hospitals throughout NJ had a setup where they could check their patients by phoning into  NBIH for monitoring allowed doctors to predict when a pacemaker had to be changed and how well it was working. In person visits to a pacemaker clinic were also required to check a variety of other functions .

In late 1970’s, at Dover (NJ) General Hospital and Medical Center, Jean Wiarda, RN ( a cardiac nurse) and myself,  with the cooperation of Medtronic, set up the first free-standing pacemaker clinic in north Jersey. After that, many other hospitals followed suit and broke away from the NBIH connection.  Later patients were able to phone in  their pacemaker signals from home  to the clinics. They also had to come for in-person evaluations intermittently depending on what we wanted to measure or program.

A major development, evolving in the 1970’s, was the transvenous pacemaker lead which eliminated the need to open the chest and sew an electrode into the heart muscle.   Instead, an electrode could be passed through a vein under the collar bone and into the right ventricular chamber.

Now that continues to be standard, although the pacemaker generators are much smaller, and the electrodes have been refined, and sometimes more than one wire is used. Even though the generators are now tiny (you can’t even tell that someone has a unit,) they can perform all sorts of miraculous functions and are totally programmable from without.

Surgeons used to install permanent pacemakers, but now these complex devices are placed by electrophysiologists, cardiologists who specialize in electrical diagnostics and therapeutics including implantable cardio-defibrillators.

The future of electrophysiology is huge, and progress is made every day in this field.

Around here, Jersey Shore Medical Center and Morristown Medical Center have first rate electrophysiology departments.




Ponte della Maddalena. Serchio River. Italy. By Paul Goldfinger. © This image appeared in exhibit at the Salisbury State University Art Gallery

Ponte della Maddalena. Serchio River. Italy. Built c. 1000 AD.  Photo by Paul Goldfinger. © This image appeared in exhibit at the Salisbury State University Art Gallery.  Click to enlarge.

MUSICA SACRA:  “Tu scendi dalle stelle”


Central Park. By Paul Goldfinger © NYC STreet Series. Summer, 2014

Central Park. By Paul Goldfinger © NYC Street Series. Summer, 2014




Asbury Park, NJ.. Paul Goldfinger photo. January, 2016. ©

Asbury Park, NJ. Paul Goldfinger photo. January, 2016. ©



By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

In a series of articles on Blogfinger we have reviewed the lawless behavior of Neptune Township in failing to obey the existing RSIS parking standards which would discourage more condo development without parking.  (Just do a search above under “RSIS” or “Condominiums.”)

The Township had been trying to obtain an exemption (ie a “special area parking standard”) for Ocean Grove for some time, but as recently as December 2015, their application was denied by the State Residential Site Improvement Advisory Board  (SIAB.)

Some of us Grovers were present in Trenton to hear the Committee Chair tell the Township Administrator Vito Gadaletta that the application was denied “without prejudice” and that if the Township wants to reapply it would “have  to start the application process anew.”   (this quote is from the State Dept. of Consumer Affairs.)

At Blogfinger we have been watching for Neptune to appear on the agenda at the SIAB, but their meetings have been cancelled in January and February.  Now we have learned from the DCA that Neptune Township has not so far reapplied.

If you are a cynic, you might roll your eyes and think, “Fuhgetaboutit—Neptune will just do business as usual and continue to ignore the law even as it approves more condominiums and places like Mary’s.”

Would the new members of the Township Committee be willing to be a party to such blatant disdain for the people of Ocean Grove and the laws of our State?

STEVE EARLE AND THE PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND     –playing the theme song of the Neptune Township Committee:

#50 Main Avenue. Feb. 11, 2016. Paul Goldfinger photos.

#50 Main Avenue. Ocean Grove.    Looking west in front of the work site.  Feb. 11, 2016. Paul Goldfinger photos.


#50 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. ©

#50 Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. ©  as seen from the sidewalk in front.

In May there was flooding in the bottom of the elevator hole at Mary’s Place.  Here is a link:    Double, double toil and trouble: Mary’s Place springs a leak, and a river of muddy water flows into Fletcher Lake.

After extensive pumping of water onto Main Avenue and beyond, the Mary’s leak eventually stopped. We were told that the same thing occurred when the Youth Temple was built.

Now a similar problem is occurring at the #50 Main Avenue foundation site.   An elaborate pumping system has been set up, and water is being expelled onto Main Avenue.  It will be interesting to see what that looks like when the temperature hits 5 degrees or less over the weekend. We will probably see horizontal icicles.   The contractors are probably waiting for the leak to stop spontaneously or with some creative placement of cement.

Welcome to the Ocean Grove North End Redevelopment zone. Blogfinger photo.

Welcome to the Ocean Grove North End Redevelopment zone. Blogfinger photo.


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger.net.     Jack Bredin, Researcher @Blogfinger.

Since 2007, the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association and the North End financial backers–WAVE— have been promising to move ahead with the North End Redevelopment Plan. That official NERP was passed by the Neptune Township Committee in 2008.

In order to get the process really moving, beyond the conceptual phase which has been dormant  for years, at least 3 affirmative votes by members of the new 2016 Neptune Township Committee would be required to approve a Redevelopers  Agreement  (contract) with WAVE regarding that 2008 NERP.   After that, a resolution approving the contract would be signed by the Mayor and the Township Clerk. Public hearings should be held to announce the new agreement.

If WAVE wants to change the plan from the 2008 concept to something else, then the entire process has to start again from scratch.

At the February 8th meeting of the Township Committee, the Committee’s attorney, Gene Anthony, announced that he had recently received a message from WAVE that WAVE and the OGCMA were completing their private agreement and that, secondly,  WAVE has a new investment “partner.”   When everything is finalized, they will combine their financials and make a presentation. They will have to disclose everyone involved who has over a 10% interest in the plan.

We don’t know if any of the present members of the  Township Committee have attended any of those private meetings along with the Township Attorney.   We don’t know if any of the 2016 Committee know  much about the NERP and its questionable features.

The agreement announced by Mr. Anthony should be completed by mid-February, so then we’ll see if Sisyphus can push this boulder up the hill.



WASSUP? in Ocean Grove


The SIAB (Site Improvement Advisory Board) which rules on RSIS exemptions has cancelled their February meeting.  the next will be on March 17 in Trenton.  So far it appears that Neptune has  not reapplied for an RSIS exemption re: parking in OG.

—-From Bill Zervas:   Interior demo work at 80 Main Ave around 2 this afternoon. Is this a plus, or a minus?   (Bill is referring to the  derelict building which used to be a doctors’ office.  Here’s a link to a 2014 Blogfinger posting about this property.

The marketplace at work: Drastic price reduction at 80 Main Ave.–derelict property

—–From Neptune Township:  re:  George Washington’s birthday  ( The third Monday in February is legally known as George Washington’s Birthday—est. 1885)  Neptune Township calls it a “Holiday,” deftly avoiding any semblance of choosing a side.  Some locations call it Presidents’ Day.  Anything goes…..



—-Wassup? song of the week by SINGERS UNLIMITED.   “Anything Goes”



Belmar marina. 3rd Season of HBO"S Sopranos. Photo by Paul Goldfinger from the TV.

Belmar marina. 3rd Season of HBO’S Sopranos. Photo by Paul Goldfinger from the TV.

Tony has a boat which he uses for a variety of purposes including making Big Pussy disappear, for covert meetings away from wire taps, for family rides, and to entertain his “goomar”  (ie a mistress on the side—-this seems to be a tradition among Jersey mobsters.)

We will let our readers find a translation for the name of his boat.  This blog is rated PG-13 in Ocean Grove  (PG in Asbury Park.)

Paul Goldfinger, TV editor  @Blogfinger



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