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This is where Lake Avenue meets the continuation of Beach Avenue in the foreground.  That continuation is actually a private lot owned by the CMA. The biker is on the part of Lake Avenue which Google maps calls  “Beach Avenue.” Paul Goldfinger photo. August 27, 2016. ©

By Jack Bredin, Blogfinger reporter/researcher.

 

The Lake Avenue walkway  (AKA “Waterfront Promenade” by OGNED) is located on the south bank of Wesley Lake.  According to NJDEP Division of Land Use Regulations, Wesley Lake was, and still is, and will always be classified as an estuary.

As such, both the Lake and its banks are “held in trust” by the State of New Jersey as public open space that is reserved for the public’s enjoyment for recreation and conservation, in perpetuity. The Lake Avenue walkway is part of the public right-of-way sidewalk system, providing public access to and around the Lake.  The walkway may be made from grass, cement, sand, gravel, but regardless of the material used, there must be public access around the Lake.

After 11 years, there is still no NJDEP approval for the North End Redevelopment Plan.

Both the Township and/or the DEP do not have the authority to take or transfer ownership of the Lake or its banks, or change the permitted use of the land.

In 2008, when the Township adopted the North End Redevelopment Plan, part of the plan was to place the front-yards, for the condo buildings, over the Lake Avenue walkway. This portion of Lake Avenue was then improperly used to prepare the footprint of the project.  The walkway was incorporated into the site plan as a 30 foot front yard setback.  This encroachment is improper.

In addition, as part of the plan, the Lake Avenue walkway would be used as a “service road”and a fire-lane for the condo and pavilion (White Whale) buildings without providing a turnaround for emergency vehicles.

In 2015 the Township also tried to change the State’s permitted use of the Lake from recreation to a “municipal facility” by changing the Lake’s name on the Tax Map from Wesley Lake to “Wesley Detention/Retention Basin.”

A new unofficial Township map shows this portion of Lake Avenue as an extension of Beach Avenue running down to the boardwalk.  (see link below)

Now, according to the latest Township ordinance on this matter (hot off the presses,) the new North End Redevelopers, OGNED  LLC, are the owner of the “Lake Avenue/Beach Avenue property.” The property will become one big easement. This easement will be granted to Neptune Township from OGNED for one dollar ($1.00,) to become effective when the project is completed in an estimated 6 1/2 years from now.

According to that ordinance, at that time a condo association will own the easement, and they may close off the easement from dusk till dawn and permanently close part of the  space during the summer months.

A legitimate land-swindler would blush at what goes on in Neptune Township

 

Here is a link to a Blogfinger article about Lake Avenue and what is planned for it:

BF post about plans for Lake Avenue

 

LINDA RONSTADT; WITH THE NELSON RIDDLE ORCHESTRA   (From her album ‘Round Midnight):

 

 

…and I love you so…

Deal, NJ Paul Goldfinger photo. © Blogfinger.net

 

DON McLEAN:

 

Helen Demby of Bayonne, NJ 1945. Posing with Martin Litinger her grandson and my cousin. From the Goldfinger family album.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.

Helen Demby (my grandmother)  came to the United States after being persecuted as a Jew in Poland.  She came around 1915 with my grandfather, a few kids and then more children born here (total 9 including my mother.)  She had 3 daughters and 6 sons.  I have her citizenship papers.

My grandfather Chaim was a tailor (he sewed uniforms for the Czar). They lived in a row house on the Boulevard in Bayonne NJ with one bathroom, a tiny kitchen, and a few bedrooms.  4 sons served in WWII, and this photo was obtained by the family photographer Jean Litinger (my aunt.)  Marty was being welcomed home after serving with the Coast Guard on  a ship in convoys traveling  the North Atlantic with supplies for England and Russia. He told me that he stood on deck during horrid storms when the bow would rise up high into the air along with the waves.

The East European Jews  (Ashkenazi) spoke a language specific to their group called Yiddish. It was a blend of Hebrew, English, German and a few other languages. Yiddish matured into a vehicle for music, literature and everyday conversation.  The family spoke Yiddish in the house, but everywhere else  they all spoke perfect English unless they met a “landsman” on the street.

Grandma Helen was a sweet, kind woman. My mother was the songstress in the family, so we had lots of  Yiddish and American music.

Yiddish music can be very sentimental.  This song “Mamaleh” is a tribute to mothers.  It is sung by Yaacov Shapiro and is very beautiful:

 

 

“The All Blacks” rugby team by Peter Bush of New Zealand. From Photograph Magazine.

 

Peter Bush

By Paul Goldfinger, multi-media editor @Blogfinger.

Peter Bush, of New Zealand, is a most unusual professional photographer having spent his entire career photographing one sport and one team, the All Blacks, a legendary rugby team.  His photographs, taken on and off the field document a sport that makes our professional football teams appear puny.

He is now 88 years old.  Most of his work was done in black and white, a style that is so dramatic and full of emotion, that his own color work is ordinary by comparison.  I know nothing about rugby, a sport that barely has made a showing in the US, but Bush’s images speak for themselves in all their powerful grandeur.

A gallery showing of Bush’s All Black work is now in progress at Anastasia Photo. 143 Ludlow Street, NYC.  9/19-11/23/19

 

ROYAL ARTILLERY AND PARACHUTE REGIMENT, BANDS, AND CHOIRS:

 

 

 

This is why they call us the Garden State. Tabernacle, NJ. Burlington County.  Russo’s Farm Market.  Oct 21, 2019. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge.

 

VLADIMIR ASHKENAZY   From Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons.  OK, it’s not October; it’s June  (Barcarolle), but I like it best.

Younger than springtime

Chester, New Jersey. 2000. By Paul Goldfinger. ©

Chester, New Jersey. 2000. By Paul Goldfinger. © Silver gelatin dark room print. ©

FRANK SINATRA:

Who can we trust to do what’s best for Ocean Grove?   Paul Goldfinger photograph. 2018 ©.

By Paul Goldfinger, MD, Editor @Blogfinger.

On October 10, 2019. The Neptune Township Committee passed ordinance 19-34. Below is the “explanatory statement:”

This ordinance authorizes the execution of a Public Access Easement Agreement with OG North End Development, LLC to set forth the terms and conditions for public access to open space, such as the waterfront promenade, pedestrian plaza and view corridors within the North End Redevelopment Project.” 

It also includes Wesley Lake which is mentioned elsewhere.

So, OGNED is granting Neptune Township an easement, but because the project is a public Redevelopment plan, Neptune has to pass that easement granted to itself.

You can read the entire ordinance, including the Public Access Easement Agreement by going to the Neptune web site and click on minutes and agendas.  (Neptunetownship.org)

The easement is ostensibly designed to allow the developer OGNED  (who is leasing the land from the CMA)  to make sure there are places where the public can go  (see Attachment A in the document.)  But what is not stressed is that there are some exceptions.  You may recall that one of the two buildings which will be built will be against the boardwalk and consists of a “boutique hotel”and “condominiums and “retail.”

They plan an area called the “Pedestrian Plaza” which is spelled out in their “Open Space Plan.”  The Plaza is “an area in front of the grand entryway to the Hotel, running south from the Hotel entryway to Spray Avenue for the purposes of providing the public with certain open air gathering space.”

Regarding the “Waterfront  Promenade”, ie Lake Avenue (called Beach Avenue by some) and Wesley Lake, it will be “dedicated public open space to which the public shall have continuous, uninterrupted access twenty four hours per, every day.”   But the other “Public Access Areas” may be closed during (up to ) dusk to dawn daily.

And  the “Pedestrian Plaza” access may not be treated like the other “public” areas;  its access may be limited, and the Hotel can “impose reasonable restrictions upon public access.”   Also, the Hotel may elect to “close the Pedestrian Plaza to the public on occasion for certain periods of time for purposes of hosting private events, such as, by way of example, weddings”

And there is more:  Although they say that the public will be granted “regular  and meaningful” access to the “Pedestrian Plaza” during the off-season (Fall, Winter an Spring,) it seems that they can (or will)  close it to the public during the prime season.

The wording here is confused, but it seems to say, in so many words, that summer is off limits to the public at the Pedestrian Plaza.

Note there are no illustrations that we have seen which show these “public” areas.

 

BILL FRISELL   From his album When You Wish Upon a Star.

 

 

OG beach, Oct. 19, 2019. Paul Goldfinger ©

 

 

JONI MITCHELL:    “The Circle Game”  from her album Ladies of the Canyon.

 

“And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and dawn
We’re captive on the carousel of time
We can’t return we can only look behind
From where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game.”   Joni Mitchell

 

N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida southwest. Paul Goldfinger photograph ©    c. 1990.

 

DON JULIAN AND THE MEADOWLARKS:

 

October, 2019. Seaside Heights. Moe Demby© Blogfinger staff.  17 mos. old Noah is half her size.

 

 

NILSSON:   “Remember” by Irving Berlin.  The magic of photography will preserve this memory.

 

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