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This Zombie was photographed 2 years ago in A.Park, but now we bring her back to the Grove. Paul goldfinger portrait. ©

This Zombie was photographed several  years ago in A.Park, but now we bring her back to the Grove for a command performance.  Arrrggh.   Paul Goldfinger portrait. ©

 

MARSHALL BROTHERS with a doo-wop performance for Halloween:

Ibis in the morning…

Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. Sanibel Island Fla. Feb. 2018. Paul Goldfinger © Click to enlarge. Ibis hunts in the mangroves.

 

WILL COOKSON    “I’m All At Sea.”

“Like a warm drink it seeps into my soul
Please just leave me right here on my own
Later on you could spend some time with me
If you want to
All at sea.”

Wesley Lake north end. Citizen photo. 2016. Any progress since then?

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor and Jack Bredin, Reporter/researcher  @Blogfinger.

At the February 20 scheduled meeting of the Wesley Lake Commission held at the Neptune Mother Ship, only 4 of 10 Commissioners showed up.  Acting Chairman Doug McQueen declared the session null and void, and everyone went home clutching their agendas.

The degree of apathy regarding Wesley Lake is awe inspiring.  Only one member of the public from either town was present, and that was our reporter Jack Bredin. You would think that the people who live along the Lake would take an interest, but no soap.

And last month, the group dismissed a Commissioner who was so enthused about her prestigious appointment that she never attended a meeting.

Nevertheless, we do have some aspects to report:

In an astonishing act of indifference and disrespect towards the public, the Commission has changed its rules regarding the ability of citizens to participate in the Commission’s meetings.  Firstly, they have forbidden any citizen from speaking during the meeting. Then they have discontinued the usual 5 minute public portion at the end of the meeting.

The only time a citizen may speak is at the beginning of the meeting, but only for 3 minutes.  And that is before any business is conducted during the meeting.

On the agenda for February, 20,  in part,  it said :

Watershed:

 Storm Drain and Watershed Map- Approved

This item is of interest because in the past, Asbury Park said it did not have a storm drain or a watershed map.  (see comments.)   Neptune said it had the former, but not the latter.  Such maps tie into the Commission’s jurisdiction and to issues such as whether the two towns may be entitled to pump dirty street runoff into the Lake.

It also relates to whether the Lake is officially a “detention basin” or a “natural lake.”   But don’t hold your breath waiting for those maps to appear and don’t drink the water or swim in it or inhale it.

Blogfinger will have more to say about these map issues when we find out what that agenda item is all about. But, if you read the excerpt below from the January meeting, they say that the Commission is responsible for the “watershed,” but without a watershed map, what are they talking  about?

And here is another agenda item which may be interesting once it is clarified:  “Camp Meeting Association.” 

The minutes of the January, 2018 meeting says;

Gail asked for clarification as to the Charter’s explanation of responsibilities for the Lake. It was agreed that the Commission oversees the watershed, water, and per a “Indenture” from 11-4- 1988 the bridges, gates and spillway. The Camp Meeting Association leased the bridges, gates and spillway to Neptune with the understanding that it shares the responsibility with Asbury Park.”

 

And finally another eyebrow raiser in the agenda:  “Friends/Citizens of Wesley Lake-“   This organization has had a spotty record over the years as far as citizens watching over Wesley Lake.  What are they up to now?  And why would any of them attend the WLC meetings, when citizens are not allowed to participate?

What they need at the Commission is a new chairman–someone who will make sure that progress is made.  We propose the  gentleman shown below.

Godfather 2

This is Michael Corleone. He knows how to implement an agenda, and he will make the Commissioners an offer they can’t refuse.  Photo from Godfather II.  Blogfinger image.

 

 

 

 

 

If dreams come true….

End of day. Spending time waiting for the sunset. Paul Goldfinger © 2/18. Bunche Beach.  Click for more.

 

CHICK WEBB ORCHESTRA  “If Dreams Come True.”  From Stardust Memories

To the Editor:

Commenters on your blog have expressed the idea that drug legalization would be good policy.  But, as someone in law enforcement, I must disagree:

Does legalizing heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, and crystal meth, make these drugs any less addictive?   The answer is no. In fact, most addicts who use these narcotics find themselves hooked after just one use.

Last year, over 47,000 Americans died from drug related deaths; mostly teens and young adults.

Knowing these basic and true facts, would you be OK with your child walking to a 7-11 and buying  a syringe and a bag of heroin?

Making it legal won’t stop the deterioration of a family living with an addict.

Making it legal won’t stop the crime associated with addiction.

Making it legal won’t help the innocent pedestrian struck by the vehicle of a car whose driver is  high.

Making it legal will only make it acceptable to our children because they can now buy without fear of jail or fines; which will certainly mean more addicted Americans and more deaths.

Until you have firsthand watched the life slip away from a 17 year-old while he foams at the mouth, and watch that child’s mother screaming, watch friends crying…..be very careful what you wish for.

Even states that have legalized marijuana prove this point. The numbers of vehicular deaths have spiked in those states.  Many of those deaths are due to innocent victims being killed by people driving high.  The number of regular marijuana users has at least doubled because it’s easy to get and you can smoke it anywhere.

It’s easy to stand on a soapbox and preach legalization, but learn the facts and understand the outcomes

Jonathan Anderson

Newark, NJ.

February 20, 2018

Wesley Lake. OG side. Head east, and you will quickly arrive at the Warrington site—it would be a terrific spot for a park, preferably where dogs are invited..Paul Goldfinger photo© 2017

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

This post is a brief update.   We want to keep this journalistic fire from extinguishing and we need to maintain our focus on that lot at 22 Lake Avenue, the site of the Warrington Hotel’s charred corpse.  All that is left is the foundation–an ancient brick structure which, like the Roman aqueducts, remains hanging around with nothing to do but attract conversations.

Blogfinger has been following this strange case for about 6 years, starting with the building’s deterioration into a derelict boarding house and then flaring up nearly one year ago in that massive fire which destroyed the place in addition to other buildings, but the Warrington is where the conflagration began.

This subject has more loose ends than a Tijuana brothel.  Below are some of the active issues. As you know, BF is an information -sharing website, so if you know something, say something  (to us.)

a.  Lawsuits.   We knew early on that some victims were initiating law suits because of their injuries and property losses.  But we have no information regarding those suits.

We do know that a number of insurance companies made payouts and are now seeking to sue the owner and the contractor at the Warrington.  We have no comprehensive information about that, but we can report that such suits are actively being processed.

In addition we reported recently that the owner of the Warrington, Jack Ancona, is suing Neptune Township to try to recover the pre-fire variances and approvals that were awarded to him for turning the old building into a boutique hotel.  But the Township is insisting on proper zoning rulings that require single family homes to be built after an old boarding house is destroyed in a fire  (as with the Manchester Inn.)

b. Arson investigation.  We know that the Feds  (ATF) are still involved and that no final report has been publicly revealed.  We have learned that a suspect was arrested, but again, we have no details.

c.  Fire prevention issues.  Many of you had expressed concerns that not enough had been done to protect the Warrington site, especially with regard to fire risk, but also regarding vagrants who were reported inside that building before the fire.

Since the fire, the Township has been insisting on fences around construction sites.

d.  And a related topic has to to with liability….who is responsible for what happened at the Warrington?

At Blogfinger we invite speculation, so let’s hear about it.

 

HEATWAVE  “Mind Blowing Decisions.”

 

 

Auditorium Park on a warm February afternoon. Plenty of empty benches,;  67 degrees.  Everyone is in Florida.  Rain is coming
By Jean Bredin 2/20/18 © Blogfinger.net

 

MARTH REEVES AND THE VANDELLAS   (Motown 50th anniversary)

wedding-party

Wedding Party. Edison Estate on the Caloosahatchee River. Fort Myers, Florida. March  2011. Re-posted by Paul Goldfinger- 2018—-Blogfinger.net ©

—Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.

This photo requires a bit of narrative.  It’s a gorgeous  Saturday in Fort Myers, Florida, at the Edison Estate  (the winter home of  Thomas A.).  We’re milling about, sizing up the tour which we are about to take, when a white limo pulls up.  Out spills the bridal party. The wedding photographer is fumbling with his equipment, and the women form a protective ring around the bride.

So here I am with my camera, and this scene unfolds right in front of me. I pick up my Leica and start shooting. I’m caught up in the event; I’m a paparazzi, circling the scene like a shark—moving in with my wide angle lens.

Just then, a cell phone rings multiple times, with the sound coming from the right side.  It’s  the bride’s mother’s phone.   I snap the photo, and then the bride says, “Mom!! I think your phone’s ringing!!”

Editor’s note:  The bride was so beautiful;   I can’t leave it like this–with Mom’s phone ringing.  Let’s fast forward and imagine a moment later in the day when all attention is focused on the bride.

Here are the JAGUARS:  This is one of the all-time great love songs—-By Jerome Kern  (music) and Dorothy Fields lyrics.  She said that she cried when she first heard Kern’s melody.

Central Park. Paul Goldfinger © Tri-X Collection. 

Despite the efforts of New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio, the horse drawn carriages remain a nostalgic icon of Old New York, still clop clop clopping around town. Ocean Grove had that for awhile a few years ago, but that treat has vanished.

CAST OF GUYS AND DOLLS, 1992 EDITION.   “Fugue For Tinhorns.”

A new leaf

Sanibel Island Farmers Market. Florida.  February, 2018. Paul Goldfinger ©  click to enlarge.

 

PINK MARTINI.