OG Ocean Avenue. April 23, 2014.  No activity at the boardwalk.   Blogfinger photo

OG Ocean Avenue. April 23, 2014.  No activity at the boardwalk this morning. Blogfinger photo

I have a question that might be appropriate for your Just Wondering section.

What are the rules, if any, for posting summer rental signs?  Many houses in town have large “Summer Rental” signs posted by local realtors permanently displayed in their front lawns/gardens.  I thought there used to be a  rule that summer rental signs had to be flush against the house (at least during the summer season).

There is one house on my block that has had a summer rental sign hanging in its front yard for several years, including when the house is rented out.  It seems to me this is similar to putting a sign advertising a business on a house (i.e., a house rental business).  I am assuming such advertising is not permitted in OG.

If there is a prohibition against permanent summer rental signs, who can we complain to in the township to get the problem addressed?







source: Neptune Township

source: Neptune Township

A selfie before its time. New York City.  By Eileen Goldfinger c. 1985

A selfie before its time. New York City. By Eileen Goldfinger c. 1985

TOMMY DORSEY. ” You’re as Pretty as a Picture”

Mohini (Enchantment)

Princeton University Art Museum. 2013.  by Paul Goldfinger ©

Princeton University Art Museum. 2013. by Paul Goldfinger ©

“Mahini  (Enchantment”)   by Yo-Yo Ma with the Silk Road Ensemble from the album  The Essential Yo-Yo Ma:

Ignore the number….we're way past that.

Ignore the number….we’re way past that.

Here's a precedent:  an ordinance that was cancelled.

Here’s a precedent: an ordinance that was cancelled.  Let’s dump the yard sale permits.  The natives are restless.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

Thanks to our investigative reporting and a highly placed informant in the Neptune Township government , and thanks to the West Grove Homeowner’s Association, and no thanks to the Ocean Grove Home Groaners Association  (OGHGA), Blogfinger has learned that the Neptune Township  Committee will be voting at their next meeting (April 28) to reduce the fee for yard sale permits to $5.00 if you are part of a town-wide yard sale.

Our informant, whom we will call “Deep Tote”  (a reference to his/her bag of information)  predicts that the Committee will vote to approve this ordinance change—an idea promulgated by the WGHOA, an activist organization, who previously has not been on our radar screen, but now, attention must be paid.

If the new law is passed, it will go into effect on the 29th.  So for you “suckers,” including me, who spent $10.00 on your permit, fuhgettaboutit.   There will be no refunds!  But for the rest of you, hold off on getting a permit until April 29.  The staff at the Construction Office will not tip you off if you go there now.  In fact, be happy you don’t get the woman who said to me, after I asked for a yard sale permit, “We don’t have yard sale permits, only garage sale permits.”  I told her that we don’t have have garages in Ocean Grove. Her response to that revelation was a lovely smile.

As for the OG Historical  Society, they should note for posterior’s sake, that in 2014, Blogfinger saved some money for some citizens of Ocean Grove by tipping them off early.   Of course they might want a footnote giving some credit to the Township Committee for voting “yes,” even though the Committee should actually be voting to cancel the entire ordinance because it is an unfair sort of taxation.

And finally, as a matter of fact, when the Chamber of Commerce has their 300 vendor May 31 flea market, where stuff identical to that sold at our town-wide yard sale is sold, each vendor pays a fee for their space/table.  From that money, the CC must pay a master permit fee to Neptune Township which, I am told is $100.00;  which means that each vendor pays $.30 for their Neptune permit.

So, ladies and germs, how come we have to pay $10.00, or perhaps $5.00, for each of our yard sale vendor’s permits?  Is there a double standard at play?  Should we cry “foul?”   We all should go to that meeting and cry “foul” while simultaneously being grateful for an extra 5 bucks in some of our pockets?  Should we throw tea into Wesley Lake?

Where is the ACLU when we need them?


From a show called  “THE LAST FIVE YEARS:”


New York City.  April 21, 2014. By Stephen Goldfinger ©

New York City. April 21, 2014. By Stephen Goldfinger ©


Alice in Wonderland sculpture at East 74th St. in Central Park.  Stephen Goldfinger photo.

Alice in Wonderland sculpture at East 74th St. in Central Park.  April 21, 2014.  Stephen Goldfinger photo.


By Stephen Goldfinger

By Stephen Goldfinger


JOHNNY MATHIS will be in the Great Auditorium on Saturday night, August 23.



There were eight motor vehicle accidents during the month.


On 3/3/14, during an investigation conducted by the Neptune Twp. Quality of Life Unit, an Eatontown woman was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and numerous warrants.


On 3/4/14, patrols responded to The Whitefield Hotel for an assault.  A resident was arrested.


On 3/5/14, patrols responded to The Serenity Inn for an assault.  A resident was arrested.


On 3/6/14, a resident reported two vehicles had tires slashed while it was parked near McClintock and Central.


On 3/7/14, patrols responded to Abbott Ave. for a report of a suspicious white male, described as wearing a maroon hat, dark jacket and brown pants and 6’5” tall.  Possibly peering into cars.  Subject was not located.


On 3/8/14, patrols arrested two people for Obstruction, Assault and warrants on Main Ave.


On 3/8/14, patrols made a warrant arrest at the North End.


On 3/11/14 on Embury Ave., patrols arrested an Ocean Grove man and a Neptune City man for possession of CDS with the intent to distribute and possession of CDS, respectively.


On 3/14/14, OGCP reported a suspicious gray vehicle in the area of Pilgrim Pathway.  The vehicle left the area at a high rate of speed prior to police arrival.


On 3/15/14 on Cookman Ave. there was a reported burglary of the water meter for the residence.  A second (unrelated) burglary to a vacant house occurred on Cookman Ave.  Two arrests made.


On 3/20/14 on Bath Ave., a vacant summer cottage was entered.  Nothing taken.  Ongoing investigation.


On 3/22/14 on Lake Ave., a resident reported a theft of a bicycle.


On 3/28/14 on Franklin Ave., homeowner reported an attempted burglary, which occurred sometime within the past month.


On 3/28/14, patrols arrested a Neptune man at West Grove Square for Disorderly Conduct and Possession of CDS Marijuana.


Friendly reminder, as it gets nicer out we all tend to want to enjoy the weather and air out the house.  Remember to lock your doors and windows to your house and to secure your vehicles.  Utilize exterior lighting to illuminate your property and do not hesitate to call the police if you hear or see something suspicious.  Keep your valuables secure (bicycles especially) and out of sight.  Locking them to the spindles of the front porch only invites potential problems.  Ideally store these items indoors, or secure them out of sight (i.e. rear yard).  Hope all is well in Ocean Grove and we will see you soon.


Det. Lt. Michael J. McGhee

Neptune Twp. Police Department

Editor’s Note:  Apologies to Det.Lt. McGhee.  We missed the report. He sent it on April 11.  Today he contacted us and said,  “We are basically going to roll out monthly recaps (similar to above) and will certainly have more current updates for any time sensitive, serious or patterned behavior which needs to get out to the Ocean Grove community sooner.  Sorry for the delay.  Hope this helps.”


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