Portrait of a boy

Stephen.  New York City. Paul Goldfinger photograph © 1968


“Fly a Kite” from the movie The Kite Runner.

Eileen. Coney Island under the boardwalk. Paul Goldfinger portrait. ©




Recipe by Eileen Goldfinger, Food Editor @ Blogfinger.net Photo by Eileen ©


Eileen’s Baltimore Crab Cakes



1 pound jumbo lump crab meat

20 Saltine crackers, crushed

1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped

2 rounded tablespoons Hellman’s mayonnaise

1 large egg

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons canola oil (may need more for cooking)

1 tablespoon butter

1 ½ – 2 teaspoons Old Bay Seafood Seasoning


Prepare crab cakes

Place crab meat in a large bowl. Gently pick through the meat and remove any shells. Add the cracker crumbs ( I place the crackers in a zip lock bag and pound them with a wooden mallet or rolling pin to make the crumbs), Old Bay and chives.

Gently mix these ingredients together, use your hands, and break apart some of the larger pieces of crab.

In a separate bowl whisk the mayonnaise, egg, and mustard together. Stir this into the crab mixture using your hands. Be careful not to break the pieces of crabmeat.

Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. This will help form the crab cakes and prevent them from falling apart.

Scoop approximately ½ cup amount of crab mixture in your hands and carefully form cakes about 1” thick. This should make 6 crab cakes. Place them on a tray until all cakes are formed.


Cooking crab cakes

Heat a 12” non-stick fry pan or cast iron pan (my preference) over medium heat.

Add the oil and when it begins to simmer add the cakes to the pan. Cook cakes for 4 minutes or until they turn golden. Lower the heat to medium low, add the butter to the pan and turn the cakes over.

Cook them for 4 minutes or until they turn golden.


Serves 3


STUART MATTHEWMAN   from the movie Twin Falls Idaho.  “Amapola”

Paul Goldfinger photo 2018.   Main Avenue looking east, near Firemen’s Park.


Retired:   And what about the drivers who don’t stop/slow down at the pedestrian walkways on Main Avenue?    They act like they don’t see you – although I know they hear the choice words I give them when they drive by.


Note two prior posts on this topic on Blogfinger:

Speeding in the Grove


Danger crossing Main 


Editor’s Note  (Paul Goldfinger@Blogfinger:)

This is a serious problem because of the marked increase in traffic volume now that we are in the midst of prime season. I have yelled and pointed at the sign to drivers speeding merrily along Main Avenue while I stand visibly waiting to cross.  A pedestrian can only stand in the crosswalk, easily seen, on the side, and hope that some driver will stop.  More than half will not, and many are exceeding the speed limit. So don’t assume anything.

The effort last year to set up a police unit to educate scofflaws did not work—very few learned anything from that effort.   But the danger is real.  The police should set up cameras and send summonses to those who do not stop for pedestrians–no more warnings.

Or else, station police along the way to stop and ticket cars that defy the law, and those signs should be placed at every corner where people cross.  As it is, there is inadequate or unequal enforcement of a variety of ordinances in Ocean Grove, but this one is not merely about a parking space.  This is about someone’s life. All we need is one pedestrian looking at his phone, and a disaster can occur.

TAYLOR SWIFT  “Fearless”   But don’t be fearless when crossing Main–be watchful and careful, and no dancing in the street!

“There’s somethin’ bout the way
The street looks when it’s just rained
There’s a glow off the pavement
Walk me to the car
And you know I wanna ask you to dance right there….”

WASSUP? Ocean Grove



Wassup? Stirring the pot makes for better sauce.


a.  Don’t  Fret Music will be hosting another ukelele class on July 19. It will be a relaxed group lesson.  7 pm to 8:30 pm.  Call Dan Hickman  732 361 5060.  The event will be at Dan’s shop 66 Main Street, OG  (Jersey Shore Arts Center)   WWW.DontFretNJ.coa.

Annette Hanshaw says,  “I Love a Ukelele.”

b.  Fish and Chips dinner by the Ladies Aux. on Tuesday July 17, 5-7:30 pm,  Auditorium Pavilion.    You can also get chicken tenders.

c.  Summer Stars on Thursday July 19 at 7:30 pm.  Young musicians  Anthony Trionfo and Albert Cano Smit.   Flute and piano.  (oceangrove.org/duo)

d.  3rd Quarter taxes:   If you think you know what to send to Neptune for the 3rd quarter property taxes, you don’t!    It turns out that the actual number is unknown as of today (July 16)  that’s because there some loose numbers rolling around somewhere, so the Township has until July 25 to tell you the real number.  You can call them on July 26, but your grace period will be 25 days from the day that they officially notify you of your bill.

However, if you want to send them some of it now, just send them what you were charged last quarter.  If you overpay, they will credit you; if you underpay, they will bill you the balance.

If you have questions call town hall  732 988 5200 and then dial #251, and they will actually pick up the phone and carefully explain all of it to you.



WEgmans July 16. Eileen photo.

Warrington fire site  March, 2016 site.

Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

We recently learned that the lawsuit brought by the Warrington Hotel lawyer, aimed at forcing the Township to give back the pre-fire permissions for a boutique hotel, had been dismissed.

The judge evidently ruled that the Township was correct in  insisting on only a single family house at that location.

Since then, no work has been done at the Warrington Hotel site–now just a foundation.  (see below)

Here is a report of what is happening now  after the fire, spreading voraciously along Seaview Avenue, destroyed several homes.

One of the cottages that vanished at the western edge of the fire, adjacent to the historic yellow house  at Founder’s Park, will not be rebuilt because the lot has been purchased by the yellow house owner who wants the location as a buffer.

Continuing to move eastward along Seaview Avenue, there is construction underway at one lot.

One of the cottages that was consumed in the conflagration, fronting on Seaview Avenue, is now being built from scratch, with framing now to two stories.  The previous Warrington Hotel had a 3 foot easement there out to Seaview Ave., but that easement is now gone and  unavailable.

That leaves the  most eastward cottage on Seaview Ave. that was destroyed.  Evidently, the owner of the Warrington wants to buy that property which would give him an easement from the Warrington location out to Seaview.   Evidently the owner refused to sell, but we’re not sure where that story is now.

As for the hotel site itself, even though the zoning allows a single family home, land use law says that nothing can be built there without access to Seaview Ave., because you can’t build on a land-locked lot.  Lake Avenue is not a street.

These circumstances suggests that the owner of the Warrington property may not even be allowed to go single family, in which case the lot may now be useless.

And, by the way, we still don’t know if the feds finished the arson investigation or if the Warrington owner has appealed the court case.



“On a Clear Day.”



Delaware Ave. in OG. 7/14, 2018 Blogfinger photo.  Two huge vehicles.


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

The parking math is fairly simple:  The two variables are parking spaces and cars.   And when there is gridlock, the number of cars exceeds the number of spaces.

One sub-variable is that  so many people are now driving huge cars, SUV’s and vans  (as in the photo above);  the effect is to reduce the number of spaces.  If we all bought little cars, as they do in Europe, parking spaces would be more plentiful and easier to navigate.

Far and away, the major variable is the number of cars in town.  And unlike other shore towns with parking issues, we have the Camp Meeting Association, which has considerable programming designed for out-of-towners.  And we have a Chamber of Commercials which finds it necessary to have large events and to close our downtown streets intermittently.  Who does that benefit?   So we have  more grid-lock events than other shore towns, and we are the smallest.

Part of the calculation is that many times, especially in the “off season,” there are plenty of spaces available for residents, but that doesn’t lessen the problems in-season which is now a minimum of 4 months each year. During that time-span, parking often creates problems for those who live in town, including many folks who pay taxes and others who pay rents to help pay taxes.  Why are tourists considered to be more important than residents?

Hey Mayor:  What do you say about that??   The mayor of Belmar says that his residents are the most important.

And then there are the games people play which affect the number of spaces.   We’ve been reporting on that.

We recently mentioned  handicap spaces which are plentiful in the Grove and reduce the number of  available (not total) space, and which may be used  inappropriately .  For example,  if a handicapped person has two cars, and has stickers for two cars, his wife may be seen parking one of those cars in the handicap space, but she has no handicap, only the car does. That is wrong!

There are those who say that the parking issues in the Grove are insoluble.  And that is definitely true if no one tries to solve  the problem.  Someone pointed out that less shoppers come into town  in season because people hate the “find a parking spot”   quest.  If so, there should be less cars and perhaps more spaces.  Such a dynamic would hurt the downtown shops, but not one of the businesses in town or the Chamber of Commercials has concerned itself with resident parking.

Similarly, less big-time Saturday night shows will result in less cars on those Saturday evenings.

And every time the Township approves a multi-unit building, as will probably happen with the single-family Aurora  (applying to become a 4 family site contrary to zoning and the Master Plan) and as happened many times in the past with condo conversions/no parking provided, the number of cars keeps growing while the numbers of spaces pretty much stands still.

Or if the township ignores zoning and allows the North End to become a redevelopment area with a “get-out-of-jail” card to do whatever they want, such as 165 condos and a hotel,  there will be fewer spaces available and more cars, even if there is a garage for hotel guests and homeowners.

Imagine what the effect of a hotel alone would be.  How about a wedding on a Saturday night?  Or the opening of Hooters inside the hotel.

The parking issue is not just that; parking creates a ripple affect that can affect other variables—-such as quality of life for residents—-something which the Township and the local organizations such as the Groaners routinely ignore.

So, if you can’t get a parking space, we wish you shelter from the storm, lemonade in July, and love.


Sunset and Main, A. Park 7/14/18. Paul Goldfinger  all photos ©  click image to enlarge.


The beefsteaks are from Tinton Falls–greenhouse grown. Soon the South Jersey crop will appear. ©  We bought some—good, not great.


Nice Jersey melons. ©


Jersey flowers ©


The onions are sweet. The sunflowers were for sale there. Cheese is 4 year aged Italian sold by the baker at the market.  Arrangement by Eileen. Blogfinger photo. ©


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger reporting from A. Park 7/14/18

The market has sprung back to life, with a nice mix of farmers.   They had corn, sweet onions, crusty Italian breads  (I tore off a hunk for immediate consumption) and cheeses  (aged for 4 years) from Paterson (excellent)–take home and eat or freeze, and many other items.   Parking is plentiful along the curb;  good to get there early.  Dogs are allowed.

Regarding the bread, we like the braided with sesame.  You can go across to the park, and like Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat   (11th century Persia), you can enjoy the wilderness known as Asbury Park:

“Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough,
A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse—and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness—
And Wilderness is Paradise enow.”

Well, enow awreddy.   Time to drive back to the Grove and find parking.

THE CHARTS; “Desirie”

CJUC on the Asbury Circle. All photos by Paul Goldfinger.©


By Paul Goldfinger, MD, FACC, Editor @Blogfinger.net

Four years ago I wrote a piece about the increasing successes of urgent care centers, and, specifically, the Central Jersey Urgent Care at the Asbury Circle  (731 Rt. 35, Ocean Twp).  I was impressed with their focus on convenience and quality care and their determination to improve the possibilities for patients who are acutely ill. No one likes to go to an ER, and this is an excellent option for many kinds of situations.

Here two links to articles we have posted on this subject


Urgent care assessment 2014


Blogfinger 2015 post on walk-in health clinics


In 2014,  I spoke enthusiastically about the urgicenter concept and about the CJUC.    Now, the CJUC doctors are operating a total of six centers in this area.  Recently the Ocean unit expanded by 1,700 square feet and they have modernized that spacious location and have updated their procedures. Their main goals remain convenience and quality, and I continue to be impressed by the success of their operation.  As for convenience, they are about 10-15 minutes from Ocean Grove, and their records indicate that many Grovers go there.  You just walk-in; no appointment is needed.   All members of my immediate family including myself have received fine care at the CJUC.

Part of the waiting area at CJUC. 7/13/18 ©


Vikram Varma, MD,  collaborates with one of his advanced practice colleagues. He is the Medical Director of the Ocean facility.    Paul Goldfinger, MD photo. 7/13/18 © Blogfinger.net

Today I interviewed their Practice Manager Anthony Orzo and two of their physicians  and I learned of the progress they have made in the last 4 years.

The main theme for the physician directors of the CJUC  is to address many of the problems that patients now face in accessing healthcare, particularly urgent care, and then finding solutions to make the experience as excellent as possible. Here is a summary of what I learned:

a.  All their doctors are board certified ER physicians who work part time in hospital ER’s to maintain their acute care skills.  Today I met Chiraq Patel, MD and Vikram Varma MD. We spoke doctor to doctor, and  I was impressed with their desire to operate the finest urgicenter in the area and with their intense emphasis on quality. I found that they have examined their operation top to bottom to insure the best results.

b. The doctors now work with physician extenders, ie nurse practitioners and/or physician assistants.   When a patient enters their facility, a triage decision based on the complaint determines whether he will be initially evaluated by an “advanced practitioner” or by an MD. This team of two is always present and often collaborate on patient care. Generally the most worrisome cases go right to the doctor, but their advanced practitioners are instructed to consult with the physician if there is any concern.  If you wish, you can request an MD regardless of your complaint.

c. The facility is open from 8-8 every day of the year. Parking is easy. Leaving can be a bit of a challenge on the circle.   The staff is welcoming. The waiting area is divided so that potentially infectious patients are placed in one location. They will offer a mask if it is desired. If someone looks worrisome in the waiting area, they will bring them inside immediately. They try to expedite waiting times.

The recent renovation has produced 5 new examining rooms including one where they can offer treatments such as IV’s.  There is a welcoming pediatrics area with a colorful hand painted seashore scene on the wall  and a very efficient central operations station for personnel to interact and monitor care. It looks like one that you might find in a hospital.

d. The doctor enters a patient’s room with a “scribe” which enables him to focus totally on the patient instead of on a computer. The scribe deals with the computer and the written documentation of the visit.

e.  The staff is able to perform a variety of blood tests and other diagnostics such as a Strep throat and  HIV testing. They give vaccinations such as flu shots and they  do Xrays and ECG’s. The Xrays  are over-read within 2 hours by outside radiologists. You can get a physical exam, travel medical counseling, and pediatric care for 6 months and up.

f.  Although the CJUC doctors will not function as  your primary physician, you can go there for followup of issues that they initially saw you for.

g. The experience is much better than going to an ER, but if necessary, they will arrange to have a patient transported to the hospital. If you need a referral to a specialist, they will help you make that contact.

h.  The CJUC offers a phone app which lets you check on waiting times.  They also have a brilliant “membership plan” which offers a number of guaranteed visits outside of your insurance. As for the latter, they accept most insurance plans including Medicaid.  Their goal is to turn no one away.

On Sunday July 15, they will have an open house from noon to 4 pm, and the public is invited. There will be tours, food, face painting and giveaways. You can see the facility and meet the staff.  You will be impressed.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.  Re-posted and updated from 2015.

July, 2018.  Ocean Grove, NJ.

I guess fashions have to begin somewhere. Let’s call the 2015 photograph below  “The Beginning of the End.”    That fashion trend  is now, in 2018, commonplace in Ocean Grove, and who’s complaining?

Last week a young woman walked her dog right past Days Ice Cream parlor and on past the Camp Meeting Association headquarters.  She was wearing one of those butt-crazy thong two piece bathing suits–no cover up.

I took her candid  photo for our “girls in their summer clothes” series, and she yelled at me. The paparazzi get caught again. But we had no plan to post it.  It wasn’t attractive for a variety of reasons.    It’s not only what you wear but what you don’t wear, and how and where you wear it.

The 2015 girl with the bike? I still like that one.   Click on the word “Blogfinger” below:




A new fashion in town. Butt what would Stoke's say? What would the A new fashion in town. Butt what would Stoke’s say? What would the Ladies Aux. say? Ocean Pathway, Ocean Grove. C’mon boys and girls—-sing along with Brucie. 7/25/15 © Paul Goldfinger action photo on Blogfinger.net. Click to enlarge. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN:

A. Man requests this song from A Chorus Line. It’s called “Dance ten, Looks three.” This version features Jessica Lee Goldyn from the 2006 new Broadway cast album

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