End of the day, August 27, 2016. Ocean Grove © Paul Goldfinger photo ©

End of the day, August 27, 2016. Ocean Grove © Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click and stand at attention, hand over your heart. 


Porch people love to chat with passers by. August 27, 2016. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Porch people love to chat with passers- by. August 27, 2016. Paul Goldfinger photo ©. Click to see what they’re talking about.

BEVERLY KENNEY:   “If I Were a Bell” from Guys and Dolls

Boardwalk Pavilion

Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photograph. Darkroom print. ©

Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photograph. Darkroom print. ©



Ocean Grove North End Redevelopment Zone. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Ocean Grove North End Redevelopment Zone. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

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

On July 27, 2016,  we posted a summary regarding the North End Redevelopment Plan.  You should read it before you proceed with this article. Link below:

Just Wondering: Doubting Thomas wants to know if there are any tid bits regarding the North End project (NERP)?

Committeeman Brantley showing the North End project to a "developer." on July 27, 2016. Blogfinger photo ©

Committeeman Brantley showing the North End project to a “developer.” on July 27, 2016. Blogfinger photo ©

One issue that was raised on July 27 was:   “Why was Committeeman Michael Brantley inspecting the North End property on July 27, 2016, at 11 am? He wasn’t going swimming. He was dressed in a business suit and was with two other ‘suits.’   Shouldn’t he explain himself since the North End Redevelopment Plan (NERP) is a public project? Doesn’t this look peculiar?”

At the August 22, 2016 Neptune Township Committee meeting, Brantley volunteered that he indeed wasn’t swimming when he visited the North End on July 27 wearing business attire.  He explained that he was there showing the re-development property to a developer who evidently was not WAVE, the developer who has been sitting on this project for 8 years.

This information tells us that the Township is tired of waiting for that derelict property to be turned into something functional,  historical and beautiful. We know that despite the long engagement, the Township is not married to WAVE, because those parties never signed a redevelopers agreement.

Some of us hoped that if the WAVE plan fell through, that the Township and the CMA, especially with new Committeemen on board, would do the right thing and revert to original zoning for 25 single family homes.  But evidently  that is not in the cards since Brantley, the Committeeman who made the motion to adopt the NERP in 2008, is still looking for a big commercial project, and why not, since it means more money for the Township, the developers, the CMA and perhaps others who are in play to get rich on such a plan.  The heck with the Master Plan and the wishes of most citizens in the Grove.  Check the Blogfinger poll below from January, 2016. Click on “view results:”

Also, in our July 27 piece:  The Township Attorney Gene Anthony said that he had nothing to report publicly at the Committee meeting about the North End negotiations because he hadn’t heard from WAVE or their attorney.

Well, it seems that the Township has been taken for a ride by WAVE because at the August 22 Committee meeting, the Township attorney once again reported  that WAVE  (represented by William Gannon III)  failed to contact him with certain financial information.

The entire process continues to be cloaked in secrecy—it’s a fog that doesn’t lift, but since it is a public project, transparency  should be required.  But not in Neptune Township where they ignore NJ RSIS laws, where they hold secret, behind-closed-doors meetings regarding the North End, where they don’t reveal the identities of those who would develop the North End—ie WAVE,  and where they don’t represent the views of those who elected them .

And, Committeeman Brantley, who was the developer that you were showing around?  Why have you failed to reveal publicly that you are conducting such a search, and are all the Neptune Township Committee members aware of your efforts?    And has the Committee formally put out a required public request for developers to look at the project?  And, Dr. Brantley, which other developers are you speaking or negotiating with?  And, finally,  Dr. Brantley, how about explaining to the public why you believe the NERP to be the best course of action for the people of Ocean Grove?

Back in 2007, WAVE was handed the redevelopers mantle without such a public search process.  We know that some developers did look at the project, but WAVE was predestined  to be the crown prince no matter what.   Consider this email to Blogfinger  from a developer who tried to be hired for the job:

Entire content of an email from a redeveloper regarding a North End proposal. We are not revealing that company's identity. Blogfinger.net ©

Entire content of an email from the president of a major developer regarding a North End proposal.  Blogfinger.net ©

The Neptune Township Committee is behind the NERP (North End Redevelopment Plan).  In 2007 they provided legal cover for the CMA/WAVE planners to get the zoning that would be essential to substitute 160 condos for the 25 Victorian single family homes that was the original zoning.

Our new Committeemen (2016) have now inherited  the zoning charade and all that goes with it including the secrecy and the questionable motives of all concerned including the OGCMA.  If the NERP gets into legal trouble, the entire Committee will be exposed including you freshmen.  Is this what you entered public office to do?

We ask that the Neptune Committee give up on WAVE and cancel the phony re-development zoning, returning the Grove to single family housing at the North End.

Editor’s Note:    If you enter “North End Redevelopment” into our search box at the top of this homepage, on the right, you can catch up on our many articles about this subject.




Jean Bredin photo, Blogfinger staff. August 25, 2016. Ocean Grove. ©

Jean Bredin photo, Blogfinger staff. August 25, 2016. Ocean Grove. ©

It seems that Jean was lifting her eyes unto the Lord when she saw this scene. Thank goodness there are painters around who are fearless on ladders except these guys who are finding reasons to stay on the ground floor.


Original Blogfinger staff before the current group of men and girls took over.

Original Blogfinger staff before the current group of men and girls took over. These were feminists, but today our girls are interns.


Greenleaf Park at the intersection of Mt. Tabor, Mt. Carmel and New York Avenue. By Paul Goldfinger. 8/25/16©

Greenleaf Park at the intersection of Mt. Tabor, Mt. Carmel and New York Avenue. Click to see these seniors in action.   By Paul Goldfinger. 8/25/16©

In 2014 we posted an article about the Grove’s parks.  Here is a link with music:

Ocean Grove Parks. Why are their names so confusing?

TREVOR PEACOCK      from the movie  Quartet

Ocean Grove pier. August 24, 2015. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Ocean Grove pier.  You can ride this bike from 3 am to 10 am.  Then anytime after October 1.    August 24, 2015. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge

THE GRASCALS from the album Dance Till Your Stockings Are Hot and Raveling’.

Just before the start of the Summer Band concert at 8 pm, August 24, 2016.  Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Just before the start of the Summer Band concert at 8 pm, August 24, 2016. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Scene:  The crowd was entering the great Auditorium prior to the Summer Band concert celebrating their 64th anniversary. Among the visitors to the free concert were some out-of-towners.  We sat down on an aisle.


Man overheard speaking to his wife:   “Look Betty, they got an organ!”


Another out of towner behind us speaking to his wife:

She:  How many seats in this building?

He:  About 600

She:  Wow

Me:   (turning around) the Auditorium seats 6,500.

He:  Oh…I just left out a zero.


Another conversation:

We:  Let’s sit here on the aisle  (behind us is a couple—they discuss our presence in muffled tones.  Then they get up and move to different seats)

Another couple sits in those seats behind us:

She:  These are wonderful seats!

VINCE GIORDANO and  THE NIGHTHAWKS   from the movie The Aviator     “Stardust”




TAMPA, FL - AUGUST People from the Texas delegation say the Pledge of Allegiance . 2012 in Tampa the second day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 28, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Today is the first full session of the RNC after the start was delayed due to Tropical Storm Isaac. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

TAMPA, FL –  People from the Texas delegation say the Pledge of Allegiance . 2012 in Tampa the second day of the Republican National Convention  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Paul Goldfinger,  Editor  @Blogfinger

Wednesday night,  August 24, 2016.  Ocean Grove:

We have attended many events over the years in the Great Auditorium.  Most are preceded by a prayer and  by the national anthem.  Tonight,  at the OG Summer Band concert, the announcer said that the Star Spangled Banner was to be played and that we all should stand and cover our hearts with our hands.

That sounded strange to me because I never heard that request regarding positioning one’s hand  made before in the GA.   I thought, “Is this a new policy about how to behave in the GA, or was this announcer just being a little full of himself?”   I found his request to be vaguely annoying.  Surely we can all choose our personal method of showing respect to the flag and the anthem.  And did he have to request that we all stand?   Won’t everyone stand without being so directed?

I have noticed  in the past  that people sometimes covered their hearts with their hands at the GA, but I never heard of  any rules about it, nor did I ever feel compelled to do it.   It struck me as being unnecessary as a way to show respect to the national anthem and the flag.  After all we were standing for the playing, facing the flag, and singing the words.

And, by the way, the singing of the national anthem, sometimes by thousands  in the GA,  is one of the most patriotic experiences one could have, and I know that new visitors to the GA are often moved by the sound and sight of it.

Recently President Obama was criticized for not covering his heart with his hand when he stood for the national anthem at a baseball game.  He said, “I was taught to cover my heart during the Pledge of Allegiance and to sing during the anthem.”

From a Huffington Post writer,  “I don’t remember that gesture when we sang the Star Spangled Banner—or tried to—during my K-12 years.”

A recent fuss was made when a US Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas stood with her teammates for the Star Spangled Banner with her hands at her side.  She tweeted that she was excited and meant no disrespect.

Note that the hand over the heart gesture was first introduced in 1942.  It was not necessary during the first nearly 200 years of this nation.   Not placing your hand over your heart seems to be optional in practice,  but I bet that more than usual did it last night because of the request by the announcer.

Here is the official rule from the U.S. Code:

Conduct During Playing.—During a rendition of the national anthem:
(1) When the flag is displayed during the national anthem:
(a) individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note;
(b) members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute in the manner provided for individuals in uniform; and
(c) all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and
(2) when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.

(3.)  In addition, if you are wearing a non-religious hat, you should remove it and hold it over your heart.  Perhaps the CMA might want to hand out the lyrics to the SSB.  It would be good if those who want to sing had the words.   After all, how often does one get the chance to sing along with a full band or orchestra.  Unfortunately, our national anthem is tough to sing.


Incidentally,  you do capitalize the name “Star Spangled Banner,” but not the words “national anthem.”


PAT DONOHUE   on solo guitar with the national anthem:



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