Ocean Grove vicinity 1873. Blogfinger photo.  Click on map to study it closer. And check out the historic North End of OG—just a blank slate with tents.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  Blogfinger.net

When this map was made, OG was 4 years old.  It had been made part of Ocean Township, and the map was titled “Portions of Shrewsbury and Ocean Townships.”

Asbury is shown because it was incorporated in 1871.  Neptune Township did not exist until 1879, and then OG was excised from Ocean Township and, unfortunately, moved to the new Neptune.  Why did that happen? Probably politics.

Of great interest is Wesley Lake, which has no name on this map, but you can see that it was fed by a large stream coming from Whitesville and it opens directly into the Atlantic Ocean.   it is a natural resource, governed by tidal flows.   Its original name was “Long Pond.”

At Blogfinger we have written about the death of Wesley Lake.

Over the years the streams that brought beautiful clear water to the Lake became covered over due to development, and other old maps showed such streams.

History books tell of the vibrant ecology of the Lake, with wild life including shore birds, fish and other creatures. Ferries and boats plied the lake, and during Illumination Night hundreds of boats were part of a wonderful nautical celebration with thousands of participants along the shores. Over the years the late historian Ted Bell took an interest in Wesley Lake and also Jack Bredin, an activist member of our staff.

In previous posts, we reported about the Public Trust Doctrine where we find that tidal waterways are to be protected and also include “filled lands formerly flowed by the tide.” Wesley Lake qualifies.

These resources are owned by the people of New Jersey under the watch of the State of New Jersey.



Photo by Paul Goldfinger. Blogfinger.net. December, 2015. ©

Photo by Paul Goldfinger. Blogfinger.net. December, 2015. ©  Click for a larger shopping cart.  I love the design on this ShopRite, especially on a bright, sunny day with brilliant colors.  It seems very nostalgic and comfortable. Re-post.

The ShopRite of Belmar is located in zip code 07719, which is the same for Wall and Belmar.  It seems that the store is known by both town names. Even their customer service department is not sure which is the official town.

Therefore, as with King Solomon, I will split the baby and award a prize to either chosen town.   (We had a contest to name the town in 2015.)

JUNE CARTER CASH:  From the album Wildwood Flower.

Why re-post this 2013 movie review: because the music is so beautiful. Paul @Blogfinger.net   Click on the word Blogfinger below this sentence:


Once Upon a Time in America (1984) Directed by Sergio Leone.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger

This movie was made in 1984 by the great Italian director Sergio Leone.  It owes a lot to the 1972 film The Godfather, but it is wonderful in its own right.   The soundtrack is by Ennio Morricone whose association with Leone is well known.  (As in “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly”)

The video below shows the wonder of moviemaking as done by a master, even if viewed as still images.  The acting is great, especially with Elizabeth McGovern (the adult Deborah), DiNiro (Noodles)  and James Woods (Max.)

“Deborah’s Theme” is magical and plays in the background of this video and, during the movie, when the beautiful Deborah glides across the screen.

Jennifer Connelly as Deborah Jennifer Connelly as Deborah

There is an early scene where the teenaged Deborah (played by Jennifer Connelly) is practicing her ballet moves while wearing a tutu…

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“The Arvelee” in downtown Fort Myers, across from the Caloosahatchee River. There are quite a few old Florida buildings in that neighborhood. Click left for full screen view. By Paul Goldfinger ©


SOUNDTRACK:  This photo reminds me of Miami, and when I think Miami, I think Cuba and mambo.   From the movie Mambo Kings, here is Antonio Banderas with “Beautiful Maria of My Soul.”


By Paul Goldfinger ©

By Paul Goldfinger ©        c.1990.

REBECCA LUKER:  “Summer With You.”

Rebecca Luker

Rebecca Luker

Daiquiri anyone?

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Paul Goldfinger photo. c.2010. ©

St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Paul Goldfinger photo. c.2010. ©   Click to enlarge.

Columbus discovered this place in 1493. Supposedly he wasn’t impressed, and pirates took over. But now cruise ships bring tourists wearing Bermuda shorts and lots of jewelry.

Yet, there are moments like the above to be found if you know where to look.  — –PG


OG flea market. 2017.  This is the only way Led Zeppelin will get to OG. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Paul Goldfinger.   Editor at Blogfinger.net.   August, 2020.

For many years, the Chester Lions Club ran a weekly flea market.  It was held in an out-of-the-way dirt lot and its size was modest.  It was a fund raiser by the Lions whose main interest was helping those with visual impairments.  It was a treasure for the community and it caused no parking or traffic problems or crowding in the Borough.

In Ocean Grove we have a Chamber of Commerce that will sponsor a “giant” flea market on September 12 which will have over 300 vendors and lure thousands of visitors, if the usual attendance happens again.

A great deal of money will be generated for vendors, the Chamber of Commercials, and the land owner—OGCMA. We don’t know if the Township also will be feeding at the trough.   What does the Chamber do with the money they get?  Why does the Chamber need to make money?    And why are we Grovers the hosts of their fund raising and promotions?

What do they do for the community?  The answer is nothing.

We have suggested that this year’s mob scene would not be in the best interest of our town due to real COVID-19 concerns.  This is on top of the usual crowds and parking glut.

But looking at this topic in a broader sense, we ask the question:  How is this event a benefit for our town?  There are thousands of citizens who make Ocean Grove their home, and other than creating a spectacle, the event is totally unnecessary—a detriment from the point of view of OG’s citizens and community.

It is one of many events held in the Grove that are popular because this is a beautiful town on the ocean, and if it weren’t for the care of our historic homes and the warmth of our citizens, these events would be a lot less popular.

Why can’t the Chamber and the CMA host their mega events at some park, race track lots, school parking, mall parking, or other venues where the local citizens can avoid being overrun by tourists?  No other shore town has nearly as many giant events.  Their citizens get to enjoy their summer towns more than we.

The answer is that they profit from the our Victorian architecture and gardens, along with our porch culture which is so inviting to tourists.  Who says that OG should be a commercial magnet when it is actually a small, residential shore town with a historic and a religious flavor?

Neptune should protect us from exploitation, but it doesn’t care–it is part of the  “Historic District” band wagon and feeding frenzy coupled with an ancient “one hand washes the other” relationship with the CMA.

The presence of the OGCMA is another related topic because of their many summer-long religious events creating crowds that no other Jersey Shore town has to deal with.   They may own the land, but they don’t own the town.

Some have told Blogfinger that anyone who doesn’t like what goes on here should not have moved here, but that assumes that  Chamber and CMA events are set in stone and must be continued into the future;  but most towns evolve in ways that satisfy the needs of their tax paying citizens. Witness what has happened and still happens in Bradley Beach where they no longer have mega-events.

The idea that OG is a historic place is belied by the presence of such happenings as giant flea markets.  Where is the dedication to OG as a recipient of historic designations?


August is the right time for the Jerseys. We got these at Matt’s in Belmar. $$3.00 per pound on Aug. 10, 2020. Blogfinger photo.  We also got some fine specimens at the Saturday  Sunset Avenue market in A. Park


By Eileen Goldfinger, food editor @Blogfinger.net and Paul Goldfinger (right hand man)

We had family over for a chicken dinner last night, but the stars of the show were the Jersey tomatoes done up by Eileen who prepared her Caprese (Capri style) salad  with slices of tomato alternating with sliced  fresh mozzarella;  See the actual recipe below.

The chicken thighs and wings were prepared with a dry rub and then finished with Wegmans’ Organic Sweet Chili sauce.

In addition we served fresh white Jersey corn and fresh green beans.

Almost all the tomatoes were gone because they were so delicious.   Go out now and buy some.   Remember to look for the fruits where the red reaches the stem and don’t buy if they are too mushy to the touch.

They should have a slight give when gently squeezed, as my friends. (PG) and I discovered in high school.


Here is Eileen’s Caprese salad recipe:


August 10, 2020. Eileen’s photo in her kitchen.




NJ beefsteak tomatoes

Handmade mozzarella*

Fresh basil

Fig flavored balsamic vinegar

Tuscan extra virgin olive oil


Assembling the salad:

Cut four quarter inch slices of beefsteak tomato

Place the slices on a plate and sprinkle with salt

Place a slice of mozzarella on top of each tomato slice and place one or two large basil leaves on each slice of cheese.

Drizzle a small amount of balsamic vinegar over each stack and then drizzle a small amount of extra virgin olive oil over each stack.

Repeat the above steps creating four stacks of 2-layers each.

Use smaller basil leaves as garnish on the plate.

Serves two.

*The wonderful homemade mozzarella came from Antonio’s Gourmet at 2201 Sunset Avenue, Wanamassa, in the same strip as the liquor store.


Fill the night with song…    Music, family and good food—-a fine recipe for a family gathering:


PINK MARTINI:  “Hang on Little Tomato.”


And here is FRANK SINATRA regarding a tomato he found in Italy:

Ocean Grove boards. A cool 7 am on August 11, 2020. Paul Goldfinger photo.


KATHERINE HO:  From the soundtrack of Crazy Rich Asians. “Yellow”


Daniel near the pier could be the centerfold for the Book of Daniel. Blogfinger photograph. August 11, 2020. 7 am.



NANCY WILSON:   From her album The Essence of Nancy Wilson.     “Do It Again.”


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