Moe Demby. Blogfinger photo. Rain in the Grove. Can you hear the plinking? ©




By Charles Pierre:


The boatyard rain

splashes each link

of this anchor chain,


a plinking of keys,

like fingers across

makeshift ivories—-


the drops silent

until striking

their instrument.





The” Glad to See You Tower.”    Photo by Marlo Montanaro.

This gorgeous photo of shmutz is actually  the interior of the steam power plant at the end of the OG boardwalk—in Asbury Park.

Here is a link to our 2015 article about that historic phallic symbol—let all who are interested come and look and give it a round of applause.

The Monolith of Asbury Park





Why is this woman smiling? Could it be about the dubious drivel from the Neptuners up on the dais?


On November 7, a meeting of the Neptune Township Committee was held for which minutes are complete.  This quote is from those minutes.

“Mr. Anthony stated that he researched the Hotel/Motel Municipal Occupancy Tax and found that state statute amended the law in 2018 and earlier this year to allow for the tax to apply to transient accommodation. He will take the draft version of the ordinance prepared in 2009 (which was not adopted) and update it with new language for the Committee’s consideration.

“Mayor Rizzo stated that the Township would realize about $300,000 in annual revenue if this hospitality tax were imposed. The ordinance would include hotels, motels, and transient (Airbnb’s).

“Mr. Anthony added that the building owner or operator collects the tax and sends it to the State. The tax amount is 6%, the State sends the Township half of that amount and state retains the other half. Mr. Anthony will get sample ordinances from other municipalities that include Airbnb’s.

“Mayor Rizzo recommended Asbury Park and Belmar.

“The Committee asked that this be added to the next workshop meeting for further discussion.”


This matter is still hovering over the Mother Ship like a visitor from outer space.

Anybody want to talk about Airbnb’s?  Blogfinger is the place.


This should be the theme song for OG residents where the Neptuners are concerned:


LEON REDBONE:  From his album Red to Blue:



Buying radishes in Florida with her Wegmans bag.   Paul Goldfinger portrait. ©  c. 2017.


PAMELA LUSS.  From her album Magnet.  “Moon River” was written by Henry Mancini (music) and Johnny Mercer (lyrics) for the 1961 movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s starring Audrey Hepburn. The song won “best song” at the Grammy’s.





“It’s easier to fly than to find parking in this town.” *


Since October 25, Blogfinger has posted 4 articles about the BPA–Better Parking Alliance. We have celebrated the grass roots that this group represents, but we have not been enthused with what we have heard so far.

Despite the hoopla and confidence contained in the BPA pronouncements, the parking problems in OG  still seem insoluble.

Our approach to this story is to remain available to report the news to our readers, because parking issues in the Grove remain vital, and to give Andy Levine and his band of brothers and sisters some breathing room to move their plan forward.

However,  the BPA itself has already made their plan’s details public, leaving themselves open to preemptive criticism and room for some debate now, perhaps before they are ready.

To quote Andy Levine, “The stated goal  (of the plan) is to pinpoint and implement a parking solution that balances the needs of Ocean Grove’s diverse constituencies.”    But for those who have been here for many years, this sounds less like a doable goal, and more like a fatal flaw.

Our skepticism comes from a variety of sources. In our October 25th post, we said,

“If they had read the Blogfinger articles they would have found our discussions about a very important variable which they don’t mention, and that is the recurrent town-clogging, tourist-multiplying events which occur much too often for such a small town.

“They need to look at other Shore towns and compare our tourist burdens with theirs. And they should look at the CMA’s religious tourism as well in terms of parking impact, because they are increasing their year round programs.

“And not to mention these mega-events is a major defect, because it is on those weekends where we suffer the most parking trauma. Just imagine a summer Saturday without a mega-event, and Ocean Grove gets transformed into real small town America with parking.”

Also we wonder why they aren’t pushing for a current parking study by an expert. This BPA group consists of well-intentioned amateurs who are sticking their necks far out, and they will have their hair mussed over at the Mother Ship.

And this proposal contains some wishful thinking that somehow Grovarians would offer to bring less cars into town.  Really?

Another puzzling claim by the BPA is that “the program will maintain day-long access for visitors. This is important for the character of the community, to local businesses, and the the Camp Meeting Association.”

They make that claim because they are proposing a trial permit parking plan at the North End only, and only after 6 pm. This seems to be because they want to satisfy the Camp Meeting and the business community. How that helps the “character of the community” is murky at best.

If you are going to represent the citizens, then you can’t be all things to all factions in town.  And,  if relief is only after 6 pm, then the locals will have very little relief.  This plan may prove to be all smoke and mirrors.

Of the various stated objectives, the one that seems to have the most promise is to deprive spaces for the night crawlers going to Asbury who park on the north side of town, but if I were an Asburian invader, typically 20 something, than I would park on the south side of Main and walk or bike the rest of the way. The parking virus will spread across town.

So these are just a few issues which already have surfaced, but for now, the Better (but not best so far) Parking Alliance, will present a specific “pilot proposal” to the Neptune Committee Workshop on December 9 at 6 pm.  The public may go but not say anything.  For that they must wait hours for the Public Portion of the open session that begins at 7 PM.  And then, a speaker only gets 5 minutes.

We are purposely not posting the pilot program details before the BPA gets a chance to run it by the Neptuners next week, but their own leaks have opened some critical doors.   And  don’t hold your breath for a joyous reception at the Municipal Building to any idea that would help OG with its parking.

It’s amazing the CMA isn’t filing suit already, but perhaps certain promises have been made to mollify them.

When there’s more news on this, we will let you know.

Contact the BPA by email:  betterparkingalliance@gmail.com


Paul Goldfinger, Editor.

Jack Bredin, researcher/reporter.

* Cartoon by Sue Gioulis for Blogfinger.net


PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND   “The Bucket’s Got a Hole in It.”





Dec 3, 2019. Jean Bredin photo. Blogfinger staff ©.


This is a complex train station. You have to go to the upper level to get to the lower level.
Anyone who has had to transfer here, knows what I mean.


GLENN MILLER AND HIS ORCHESTRA.    From the film  “Sun Valley Serenade”



Village people

Paul Goldfinger photograph ©. Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. Undated. Click to enlarge. Silver gelatin darkroom print.


ENNIO MORRICONE   (Solisti e Orchestra del Cinema Italiano)  from the film “Once Upon a Time in America”


Make room (6 min. 34 sec) for this swinging disco number from 1976 by a group of brothers from New Bedford,Massachusetts.

Sloppy Joe's (ext. 1933). Corner of Greene and Duval in Key West. Paul Golfinger photo © Click left for larger view.

Sloppy Joe’s Bar (est. 1933). Corner of Greene and Duval in Key West. Paul Goldfinger photo © Click left for larger view.


EMMY ROSSUM    (This is from her album  Sentimental Journey;  She also is the star of Showtime’s Shameless)

Hemingway would have liked Emmy.

“The winds of march that made my heart a dancer
A telephone that rings but who’s to answer
Oh, how the ghost of you clings

These foolish things remind me of you.”



Emmy Rossum

Ohio State vs Michigan. There is a reason why the OSU quarterback is #1. Internet photo.


By Paul Goldfinger, Sports Editor at Blogfinger.net

Scene:   Produce department at Wegmans on a December 2 morning.  A man about my age is shopping.  He is wearing an orange sweatshirt that says CLEMSON.  I’m not much of a sports fan, but I do get interested when the hoopla starts surrounding college championships.   I enjoy the spectacle.

I know that Clemson is undefeated in football, so that stat got my attention. I also know that Clemson is in South Carolina.

This past weekend I watched half of the Ohio State-Michigan extravaganza with over 100,00 people in the stands. Usually I can last for one quarter at most.    Did all those students come back early from Thanksgiving break to see THE GAME?  Well, most who were there weren’t students, but the uproar was more interesting to me than the game. I would have liked more of the band and more of the cheerleaders.

It was obvious early in the event that Ohio State is a monster football team, and the sportscasters agreed.  OSU won by a wide margin.

And the announcers did mention undefeated Clemson in passing because undefeated OSU might meet them in the championship game. And then, in the era of slanted news reporting, I learned that Clemson might not be so hot—their schedule is weak. They are overrated.

Anyhow, I decided to strike up a sports conversation with the Wegmans Clemson guy.

Me:  Did you see the Ohio State game?

He:  You mean against Michigan?

Me: Yes.  Ohio State looked great. Do you thing Clemson could beat them?

He: Yes.  They have a strong defense and a great quarterback.

Me  (Having said all I am capable of saying on this subject),  “Well—good luck.”

He:  Thanks, so long.


So I will watch Ohio State in the championship game. If Clemson is there, it will probably be a blowout, and I will turn it off after the half time show.  Maybe some frat boys with no shirts will kidnap the announcers so I can watch the half time band display.

But, actually, sports fans, I wish I had seen the Asbury Park vs Neptune game which was a barn burner on Thanksgiving Day, with the Scarlet Fliers pulling out  a 21-20 nail biter.  Missed the game?  APP has posted video highlights.  Barn burner?  What does that mean?

And,   below is a video bonus:  the Ohio State Band performs their pre-game shtick…..what a thrill!  Watch a tuba player dot the i at the end.   And then listen  to the tuba soloist during the singing.  MARVELOUS!




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