The Great Auditorium.  Paul Goldfinger photo. 12/13/14. ©

The Great Auditorium. Paul Goldfinger photo. 12/13/14. ©

SHE and HIM     “The Christmas Waltz.”   From the album A very She and Him Christmas.   “In three quarter time.”

RAMIN DJAWADI     theme from HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Fairleigh Dickinson Jazz Band on the beach at Myrtle Beach, sometime in the last century, on a planet far far away. Photographer unknown,

Fairleigh Dickinson  University Jazz Band on the beach at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, sometime in the last century, on a planet far far away. Photographer unknown.  Right after this photo was taken, the whole thing collapsed, and everybody jumped into the ocean.

This is hard because many of you probably don’t know what I look like now much less back when.  But the Band had been invited to a Fun in the Sun event which included a beauty pageant.  They paid all our expenses,, and we were housed in a hotel  on the beach.  The pageant contestants in their summer clothes looked great, but we couldn’t get near them. So we had our own fun in the sun.

Musically we were a hit except for Dixie, a tune they wanted but we didn’t know.  But it all worked out.  Anyhow, I am one of the cool guys in the photo.   It is ironic, because my ancestors built a pyramid a few thousand years ago, and here I am doing the same in the sands of South Carolina.  Hint: I’m not the chubby tenor sax player holding up the structure.

So, whoever is the first to identify me in the photo wins a black and white signed photo print mounted on art board.

Addendum:  Pat George wins.  See comments.  That’s me, lopsided, about to cave in, with that cute guy touching my shoulder. We were both in the sax section, so it’s all in the family.


This vegetable sits in a bed of cranberries at Delicious Orchards in Colts Neck. I placed the mysterious black creature there. Blogfinger photo ©

This vegetable sits in a bed of cranberries at Delicious Orchards in Colts Neck on Rt 34, off  rt 18.  I placed the mysterious black creature there, and yes, I have eaten it many times—always raw.        Blogfinger photo ©

Delicious Orchards has an amazing selection of produce along with fabulous baked goods  (espec. their famous pies,) coffee, chocolates, soups,  and first class meats and fish.  In some cases their prices are better than Wegmans, as with scallions:  one bunch for $1.29 at Wegmans; two bunches for $1.25 at D.O.  But the green beans were much more expensive at D.O.

The first reader who correctly identifies the vegetable above wins a signed black and white print by me.  These prints are mounted on an art board and can be displayed without a frame—just sit it on a shelf.  A selection of these prints is available for sale.  Contact me if interested for more information.

Paul Goldfinger,   Editor @Blogfinger.

AIMEE MANN  from Season II of the HBO series Girls.  “How Am I Different?”

What instrument has stood the test of time as the most romantic musical instrument? No, it’s not the organ. And no, Mr. Wiseguy, it’s not the bass drum or the electrified flute. Now I suppose, if you want to stretch the definition of a musical instrument, you might say the human voice. Frank Sinatra comes to mind.

But Stradivarius  knew the answer — it is the violin.  So here we have the sine qua non of romantic music: Frank Sinatra singing “Close to You” with a lovely violin solo.

Am I right about this? Any other ideas?  But please, no exotic instruments from Asia and forget about the ocarina and the French horn. If you tried to get romantic with a French horn, you could hurt yourself.    —Paul Goldfinger  (re-posted from 2012 on Blogfinger)

Ladies and germs: Here’s Frankie:

Autumn colors

Paradise, Pennsylvania.  October, 2016  © Blogfinger photo.

Paradise, Pennsylvania. October, 2016 © Blogfinger photo.

BARRY MANILOW from his album Paradise Café

You think you have problems?

A wise Ocean Grover named Radar recently said that the Grove had too little space and too much of everything else.  He really did condense the situation down to the lowest common denominator. Most of the quality of life issues that are being raised on this blog boil down to Radar’s Law of Physics.

Regarding summers in the Grove, folks say that  we have too many cars, too many buses, too many huge events,  too many fumes, too much noise, too many beachgoers, too many tourists,  too much “junk” on the sidewalks, too many cones in the streets, too much taxes,  too much garbage,  and too much kvetching.

It looks like the ultimate solution is to get more space.   Perhaps we can get the Homeowner’s Association to invade Bradley Beach. But if we are stuck with Radar’s Law, then the best we can do is for all concerned to continue a civil discourse, maintain an upbeat attitude  and work towards some satisfying solutions. 

Blogfinger will try to help.  At least we, in cyberspace,  are taking up no space in town and we create no fumes  (except perhaps for some hot air).

Paul Goldfinger  (in the clouds @Blogfinger)

Cheer up Mary—Radar is still correct 6 years later.  It’s Cousin Brucie below:


Nocturnal Fletcher Lake

Fletcher Lake. Ocean Grove as seen from the Bradley Beach side. By Stephen Goldfinger, Blogfinger staff. ©

Fletcher Lake. Ocean Grove as seen from the Bradley Beach side. By Stephen Goldfinger, Blogfinger staff. © Oct. 24, 2016

BOB DYLAN:  From the album  Shadows in the Night.


By Rich Amole, Blogfinger staff. October 23, 2016. ©

By Rich Amole, Blogfinger staff. October 23, 2016. ©


In town yesterday and came across the Reverend enjoying the breeze. Hope all is going well.



Editor’s note:

It’s fitting that Rev. Elwood H. Stokes  is residing permanently outside the Great Auditorium in Ocean Grove, NJ.   Stokes was a native of New Jersey who began as a bookbinder and wound up as one of the Founders of OG.  Then he became the  first president of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association  (1869-1897).

This summary is from Rutgers University core-Libraries:

Dr. Elwood H. Stokes was the first president of the “Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association”, holding that post from 1869 until his death in 1897. Known as “The Father of Ocean Grove” Dr. Stokes led many projects which contributed to the success of the town. These included drilling fresh water wells, constructing a sewage system, planning the town’s layout, ensuring roads and railroads were in place to transport people and installing electric lights. His most significant accomplishment was overseeing the construction of the Grand Auditorium. This statue in his memory was sculpted by Paul W. Morris and unveiled in 1905. It sits on the Ocean Pathway in front of the Great Auditorium.

The first central place of worship in the Grove was an octagon-shaped preacher’s stand.  But the summer-oriented Methodist campground became popular fairly quickly, and there were three auditoriums built during the first 25 years.  Eventually Rev. Stokes saw the need for something really big, and he was a big thinker.  He was the prime mover in planning for a huge auditorium to hold up to 10,000 worshippers.   This project was achieved late in his life.  On July 1, 1894 the Great Auditorium was officially opened, and Rev. Stokes gave the first sermon.

Stokes was a man of letters:  poet, composer of hymns and an author. He was beloved by the people of Ocean Grove.

The best source of information about the Great Auditorium is the excellent 2012 book by Wayne T. Bell, Cindy L. Bell and Darrell A. Dufresene.  “The Great Auditorium: Ocean Grove’s Architectural Treasure.”  It is available through the Historical Society of Ocean Grove and at Amazon.com.  —–Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger




This year, Monmouth County has had over 110 drug overdose deaths by mid-September. The number has been rising, mostly due to heroin and the prescription drug fentanyl. Across the country, 2.4 million Americans are addicted to pain meds or heroin. Overdose deaths now exceed the number due to motor vehicle accidents.

A team of federal agents is lead by DEA and falls under the leadership of DEA NJ Division.  The team consists of members from DEA, FBI, ATF, Monmouth County Prosecutors Office, Ocean County Prosecutors Office, Neptune Township PD, and NJ State Police.

They have received a Federal grant of $125,000 for investigative work including undercover operations, surveillance equipment and drug buys. Money will also be sent for overtime pay and undercover vehicles. More detailed information is not available, but it is expected that there will be some major crackdowns in this area.

The effort has been propelled by the recent designation of Monmouth County as a High Density Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA.) The White House Office of Drug Control Policy named this county because of the “big problem” identified here .

The local drug fighting team is part of the New York/New Jersey HIDTA Region that includes Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Mercer, Passaic and Union Counties.

Police and EMS units have been saving lives now that they are permitted to use the opiate blocker naloxone HCL (Narcan) in life threatening overdose situations. The drug is administered by a nasal spray.

* Sources: Asbury Park Press, October 17, 2016, and government sources.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger


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