First Annuel OG Peoples' Garden Tour, June 14, 2013. Blogfinger photo

First Annual OG People’s  Garden Tour, June 14, 2013. Blogfinger photo

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger

We are happy to announce that there will be a Second Annual Ocean Grove People’s Garden Tour in 2015, exact date to be announced., although we believe that the tour will again be in June.    The event will be sponsored by the Woman’s Club of Ocean Grove. Blogfinger will provide promotional assistance.

This is just a heads up for those who like to plan ahead.  We hope that many of you will decide to join the fun.  There are so many wonderful gardens in Ocean Grove, and sharing is a good thing.

It is especially exciting to realize that the event will be organized by an eminent expert in gardening, Pegi Costantino  (aka Miss Pegi, columnist for Blogfinger and Woman-in-chief at the WCOG) who will be providing many more details after the summer is over.   Thank you Pegi.



Board Girl

Are you going to snap that photo, or what?  Paul Goldfinger photo on the new OG boards. July, 2014. ©

Are you going to snap that photo, or what? Paul Goldfinger photo on the new OG boards. July, 2014. ©  click to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

Life at the shore has been energized by our new boardwalk in Ocean Grove. Compared to the summer of 2013, this one is amazing.  There is so much going on there. You should all go onto the boardwalk and walk there, if you haven’t done so already.   You can run around and act goofy, you can walk or jog, or. like the young lady above, you can merely stand still and stare at me, or, like the guy on the bench, you can snooze.  But the thing is, like Jack, the boards are back!

I’m trying to document that theme, and  if you do, send us the photographs by email to blogfinger@verizon.net

CAROL WEISMAN.   From a tribute to Benny Goodman:


Joy Adase is a gardener. We recruited her for the People's Garden Tour 2015.  Blogfinger photo ©

Joy Adase is a gardener. We recruited her for the People’s Garden Tour 2015. Blogfinger photo ©

By Eileen and Paul Goldfinger, Editors @Blogfinger.

We met Joy Adase while she was watering her flowers on a muggy day in July.  She and her husband Mike moved into their home at 97 Heck Avenue  in April., coming from Howell Township.  They always “loved Ocean Grove” and so she was thrilled when she found this house which spoke to her the moment she entered it.  It needed some work, but not much because the prior owner had maintained it well.

The house, which was built in 1885, is a two bedroom.  Just perfect for summer when her ten siblings and their families might want to come to the beach.  The most intriguing feature for Joy is the metal porch roof which she says must be maintained, because if it falls apart “they won’t let me build another.”

The porch with the metal roof. Raindrops won't be falling on her head, but the rain must make a lovely sound on her porch roof. ©  Blogfinger photo

The porch with the metal roof. Raindrops won’t be falling on her head, but the rain must make a lovely sound on her porch roof. © Blogfinger photo

Another special feature which she showed Eileen and me is a quaint and special side yard which begins down the alley and then enlarges into a shady area that is enticing—it looks like a real secret garden.

The Adase's side yard.  Blogfinger photo ©

The Adase’s side yard. Blogfinger photo ©

Joy and Mike, who will live in the Grove year round,  are delighted with their new neighborhood.  The folks near them on Heck had a “welcome party” for them. “The people here are so nice,” she said.

While we were there, we met  the Adase’s daughter Jackie, a schoolteacher who also lives at 97 Heck.  She is working for the summer at the Majestic and at Yvonne’s.

Joy has experience working with the elderly. She says that they are neglected in our society and she loves to come up with activities for them.   Sometimes she puts on costumes such as Santa or Charlie Chaplin. She likes to make them laugh.

Joy, a cheerful and optimistic person,  asked us if we knew of any place around here that might need an experienced activities worker for the elderly.  If you know of a possible opening, send us an email to Blogfinger@verizon.net, and we will foreword your suggestions to her.

FROM AN EVENING WITH ALAN JAY LERNER:   Placido Domingo, Michael Sadler, Peter Fleetwood, and Peter Land.  From “My Fair Lady.”

Landscaping adds allure to this Victorian.  Blogfinger photo 7/14. ©

Landscaping and a wrought iron fence add allure to this Victorian. Blogfinger photo 7/14. ©  Click on image to enlarge

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN  “My Oklahoma Home” from We Shall Overcome—the Seeger Sessions

Ocean Grove. 2014  by Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff. ©

Ocean Grove. 2014 by Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff. ©

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN  from the “We Shall Overcome” album

Fort Myers, Florida.  By Paul Goldfinger ©  2014

Fort Myers, Florida. By Paul Goldfinger © 2014. Click to enlarge



The New York Times (6/26, O’Connor) “Well” blog reports that “two major studies suggest that many strokes of unknown origin (i.e. cryptogenic strokes) — up to a third — may stem from atrial fibrillation.”   Atrial fibrillation  (AF) is a cardiac rhythm disturbance which causes the heart to beat erratically.   “These findings are likely to encourage physicians to look more aggressively for signs of atrial fibrillation in patients who suffer strokes of unknown cause.”

Hooman Kamel, MD, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, says that most patients with cryptogenic stroke or transient ischemic attack should undergo at least several weeks of rhythm monitoring.


Blogfinger Medical  Commentary.  By Paul Goldfinger, MD, FACC

When considering the cause of stroke, the heart is usually not directly involved.   But if that occurs,  it is usually due to a clot  (an embolism,)  originating in the heart,  traveling  to the brain . This condition  is called an “embolic stroke”  and may be due to atrial fibrillation.  Atrial fibrillation  (AF) can be chronic  (i.e. present all the time) or intermittent (paroxysmal—-  PAF)

Stroke patients receive a workup in the hospital to look for a specific cause of the stroke.   After that  initial evaluation, including heart monitoring,  up to 1/3 of stroke cases are found to  have no obvious cause—i.e. they are “cryptogenic strokes.”   But the absence of AF in the hospital does not rule out PAF as the cause of the stroke.

In the past, if we found AF in the hospital, we would soon start anticoagulation (blood thinners) to prevent clot formation. If there was no AF in the hospital,  many doctors would also get an outpatient  24 hour Holter monitor recording done.   But thanks to new extended heart monitoring technology, we now know that AF may  commonly occur intermittently, including very infrequent episodes,  last for short periods of time, produce no warning symptoms, and  can cause embolic  strokes.  So now we have the challenge of finding out if a stroke victim has undetected paroxysmal AF  (PAF,)  and that involves extended ECG monitoring of the heart’s rhythm.  Just a few days of monitoring is not enough.

This fairly new observation about PAF has awakened the cardiology community, and on June 26, 2014, two new clinical trials, one from Canada and the other from Italy, appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine, have confirmed that embolic strokes due to PAF are more common than ever thought before, and that finding those patients  with new monitoring methods may save lives by getting those individuals on anticoagulation treatment and possibly treatment aimed directly at the AF itself.

That is why the American Heart Association now  suggests that doctors order heart monitors for up to 30 days to look for evidence of “silent” PAF  (i.e. the arrhythmia occurs, but there are no symptoms such as palpitations.)  

And now, thanks to long term monitoring (for months or years) using small implantable devices that are on constant alert (Medtronic “Reveal XT”), one of those new studies  reveals that up to one third of those cryptogenic strokes are, in fact, due to parosysmal atrial fibrillation.

Medtronic implantable heart rhythm monitor.  Medtronic graphic.

Medtronic implantable heart rhythm monitor. It is placed under the skin on the chest . Medtronic graphic.

The NY Times article  linked above speaks in lay terms  about these amazing monitors, and as a cardiologist interested in heart rhythm problems, this is very exciting.  As with all new medical discoveries, new answers generate new questions, and  related issues need to be investigated to identify how to best use the new technologies while keeping costs down.

Some insurance companies may not pay for the expensive implantable monitor.  In my opinion, anybody who is found to have a stroke or TIA due to AF,  should undergo an evaluation by an electrophysiologist—-a cardiologist who specializes in heart rhythm disturbances.





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