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Ocean Grove emergency. July, 2016. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Ocean Grove emergency. July, 2016. By Paul Goldfinger © Click to see and wonder.

PEGGY LEE

August 23, 2016. Ocean Grove Beach. It's a traditional beach activity---sit in a chair and read a book. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

August 23, 2016. Ocean Grove Beach. It’s a traditional beach activity—sit in a chair and read a book. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

 

This song, by a jazz cornetist from the 1930’s—Bix Beiderbecke, is called “I’ll be a Friend With Pleasure.”  It is a lovely tune which is occasionally recorded, mostly by Dixieland players. This group of fine NY musicians is led by Randy Sandke using the Bix arrangement with the double trumpet solos.

 

She will greet you when you enter Johnson's Restaurant;t Supply on Rt 33, one block outside of Broadway exit. Blogfinger photo. ©

She will greet you when you enter Johnson’s Restaurant Supply on Rt 33, one block outside of OG’s Broadway exit. Blogfinger photo. ©  8/22/16.

She reminds me of Mrs. Lovett, the accomplice  to the demon barber of Fleet Street from the show Sweeney Todd.  She also was the owner of the meat pie store where most of the show centers.

JOHNNY DEPP AND HELEN BONHAM CARTER with “By the Sea.”   Maybe they’ll open a shop on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove.  We could use some unusual cuisine.

1740 Rt 71. W. Belmar. Pick up 71 by the Belmar Marina and go a short distance south. Internet photo.

1740 Rt 71. W. Belmar. Pick up 71 by the Belmar Marina and go a short distance south. Internet photo.

 

Flavorwise, Matt's tomatoes were very good at 8/10 compared to Wegmans 10/10 from two days ago. Blogfinger photo in OG

Flavorwise, Matt’s tomatoes were very good at 8/10 compared to Wegmans 10/10 from two days ago. Blogfinger photo in OG

Matt’s market is a very excellent source of produce.  Today, when Wegmans did not have a supply of those desirable Jersey beefsteaks, Matt had a tableful of beauties including extra large ones that were ready to eat plus smaller versions.  The large one were $2.29 per pound, but lower priced tomatoes looked fine as well.

The staff at Matt’s is very friendly and helpful.  They have a wide variety of exotic melons, grapes, plums, nectarines and other fruits and veggies.  There also was a tableful of Jersey corn.

Matt's 8/22/16. Blogfinger photo. ©

Matt’s 8/22/16. Blogfinger photo. ©

 

Matt's fruits.  Blogfinger photo

Matt’s fruits. Blogfinger photo

 

BILLY J. KRAMER AND THE DAKOTAS:

 

 

 

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Photo from the LA Times.

Photo from the LA Times.

Bloomberg News (8/17/16,) reports the four largest health insurers in the US have posted hundreds of millions of dollars in losses on their Affordable Care Act exchange businesses. Data show UnitedHealth is predicting a loss of $850 million this year, while Aetna, Anthem, and Humana are each expected to lose about $300 million. As a result of these losses, the insurers are exiting ACA marketplaces.
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times (8/17, Petersen, Sisson) reports Aetna’s decision to pull out of the ACA exchanges in 11 of 15 states where it is currently operating, as with other insurers’ moves out of certain markets, “could make this fall’s enrollment period crucial” to the Affordable Care Act. Experts “disagree on whether the latest pullbacks and price hikes, floating in a sea of election-year politics, signal that the nation’s health insurance exchanges have reached a terrible tipping point — or whether they are simply seeking a new state of equilibrium.”

Sarah Collins, the Commonwealth Fund Vice President for Healthcare Coverage and Access, “said she believes the Obamacare markets are maturing rather than dying,” noting that “major carriers including Blue Cross, Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente have not pulled out of the Obamacare exchanges.”

 

Bloomberg News:    “While Obamacare can compel individuals to buy insurance—a mandate upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012—the law has no authority to force insurance companies to offer plans through its exchanges.”

Obamacare advocates had hoped that big government subsidies to consumers would persuade healthy people to sign up for the ACA plans. But the policies have largely been taken out by older, less healthy people who are more expensive to insure. “What we are left with … is a highly subsidized program for relatively low-income people,” says Dan Mendelson, the CEO of consulting firm Avalere Health. “We’re not getting to the broader vision of a robust private market structure that enables a broad swath of Americans to purchase their insurance.”

The fate of the exchanges rides, in part, on the November election. While Donald Trump has said he’ll repeal Obamacare, he hasn’t said exactly what would replace it. Hillary Clinton has backed the creation of a public insurance plan, as well as offering people 55 and older the option of buying Medicare coverage.

Blogfinger Medical Commentary.  Paul Goldfinger, MD.

In 2013 I began to express concern over the real possibility that quality of care would decline in some ways under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Some of those concerns are now being borne out, and many of you have been experiencing deterioration in quality. Below is a sample from the Kaiser Health News:

“Kaiser Health News (8/16/16) reports that a new study conducted by researchers at the National Women’s Law Center found that many health plans offered through Affordable Care Act marketplaces include ‘language that allows them to refuse to cover a range of services, many of which disproportionately affect women.’”

I know little about medical economics, but I will continue to follow quality care issues which are presently being studied in many research trials.

Click on one image and then follow the large arrows in either direction. Suggestion:  please turn on the music before you look at the pictures.

THE HOT SARDINES   “Let’s Go.”

No curbcut - no driveway - no garage - NO PROBLEM. Just jump the curb and park in your yard - also know as the historic setback!! Bear

#1      Says Bear

, “No curb-cut – no driveway – no garage – NO PROBLEM. Just jump the curb and park in your yard – also know as the historic setback!!”   Bath Avenue at Ocean Avenue,  OG.     8/19/16  ©  Neptune PD traffic vehicle spotted around town.

Gail Morrell photo 8/20/16 ©

#2      Gail Morrell photo 8/20/16 ©    Says Gail: 

“Mr. Henry parks here most days when, we assume,  he is working in town. In fact,the truck remains overnight as well as now spending the weekends. He has clued in the owner of the next truck, who also remains all weekend. These guys commute from elsewhere to these vehicles. One sign says Manchester.  They are at Central between Surf and Atlantic facing Founders Park.”  A new piece added to the parking puzzle.

#3      From the front lines of the parking wars in Ocean Grove we hear from Paul Devine:

“Blogman- Upon returning to the Grove at 7:30 pm, parking proved to be elusive. After driving up many streets we saw someone getting into at van on Abbott near Pilgrim. We politely waited for the space when a passenger placed two cones on the street as he was pulling out. I asked him why he did that, he ignored my query and drove away.

The people sitting on the porch in front of the “coned” space informed me that it was their next door neighbor and not them who encumbered the space. The cones even had a house number on them, which corresponded with the house next door.

I removed the cones, placed them on the sidewalk in front of the house matching the number and parked in the space.

Hopefully, the car will not be vandalized by the illegal “coner”.

Talk about chutzpah!”

Editor’s note:

Here is a link to a 2013 BF post on this subject with over 30 comments:

Letter to editor: Blocking Parking Spaces.

 

GEORGE STRAIT

 

Anyuone knowo the meaning of these yellow lines along the edge of Firemen s Park?  Blogfinger photo .

Anyone know the meaning of these yellow lines along the edge of Firemen s Park? Blogfinger photo .

August 20, 2016. Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

August 20, 2016. Ocean Grove. Mt. Carmel Way at Asbury Avenue.   Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  Click to enlarge.

The hills are alive with the sound of music.  Thanks to barricades from Neptune Township, the block party at Mt. Carmel Way came alive with food, fun and friends.    It began in daylight at about 6 pm and continued into the night.  The celebrants seem to be ignoring the ordinance which says you can’t eat between the  yellow lines.

These events occur around town towards the end of summer.   The most famous is the concert version on the beach block of Embury Avenue.  Hopefully that tradition will continue this year after Labor Day.

SHIRLEY AND LEE:

“Hey Mr. landlord, lock up all the doors
When the police comes around
Just tell ’em that the joint is closed
Let the good times roll, let the good times roll
I don’t care if you’re young or old
Get together, let the good times roll.”

A day at the beach…

Saturday, August 20, 2016. By Prosper Bellizia, Blogfinger staff. ©

Saturday, August 20, 2016. Ocean Grove, NJ.  By Prosper Bellizia, Blogfinger staff. ©

KARRIN ALLLYSON      “Many a New Day”  from Oklahoma by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

“Many a light lad may kiss and fly
A kiss gone by is bygone
Never have I asked an August sky
Where has last July gone?”

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