BLOGFINGER is an award winning eclectic blog about photography, music, medicine, opinions and Ocean Grove, New Jersey.
Paul Goldfinger, MD, is the editor-in-chief. Our website is http://blogfinger.net
Our motto is: “There are two ways of spreading light…to be a candle or the mirror that reflects it” (from a poem by Edith Wharton, American author, 1862-1937).
In 2011, at the 16th Annual Beersheba Awards Dinner, sponsored by the Historical Society of Ocean Grove, Blogfinger received a Civic Award for its innovative contribution to the cultural and intellectual life of Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Here is a link to the article about this event :
Anyone who wants to offer an opinion piece on Ocean Grove or other subjects is welcome to send us a post. We encourage citizen reporters to send us news. You can also send tips,photographs, facts, ideas for stories and letters to the editor. To be successful, this blog needs to be an information sharing website.
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About PAUL GOLDFINGER, MD, FACC ( Blogfinger founding finger. editor-in-chief).
Paul is a retired cardiologist who now lives in Ocean Grove, NJ. He was a biology major at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ where he received his degree magna cum laude and was accepted to med school after three years of college. His MD is from The George Washington University School of Medicine in D.C. where he graduated “with distinction”— first in his class.
He then spent five years at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York training in internal medicine and cardiology. While there, he co-founded the first exercise stress testing lab at that hospital and he has published 12 articles in the medical literature. He was on the faculty of three medical schools at various times during his career.
Before entering private practice, Paul served as cardiologist (LCDR,USNR) at the US Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia. Following military service, he founded a cardiology group in Morris County, was President of the Morris-Sussex Heart Association and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Dover General Medical Center. He was the founder of the Cardiology Dept. at that hospital.
He was one of the leaders of a community coalition to save that hospital in the late 1990’s, when its existence was threatened by corporate raiders. His testimony to Congress (http://www.dcwatch.com/issues/pbc010322f.htm) about hospital closures can be found on-line.
He and Eileen (scroll down) are the authors of: Prevention Does Work. A Guide to a Healthy Heart. The fourth edition was published in 2011 and is available on-line at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com, and Universe.com.
As a photographer, his work has been exhibited and published in a variety of venues. Several years ago, one of his black and white photographs was chosen for an art show at the Monmouth Museum. His color photograph of the Ocean Grove tents was chosen for the book “New Jersey 24/7”. His black and white photo of Grammy winner Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks is featured in the Oct. 2013 issue of MIX, an international magazine for audio visual professionals in the recording, TV and movie businesses. Another photo appeared in an ad campaign in Spain.
His work has also appeared in the Pfizer Labs international calendar contest, New England Journal of Medicine, Hospital Physician, Daily Record newspaper, Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine, Salisbury State University Art Gallery, Chester Public Library, and Internal Medicine News, and the west wall of the Ocean Grove Bakery.
One of his Paris black and white images is on permanent exhibit at Cheese on Main. Other prints hang in the office of Richard Hogan, lawyer extraordinaire on Main Avenue, and yet another is at the Woman’s Club of OG. Numerous images can be seen in the digital gallery of Blogfinger.net—Ocean Grove, N.J.
Prior to starting Blogfinger in 2009, Paul was a regular contributor to the Ocean Grove Record, online newspaper, founded by Ocean Grover Steven Froias.
Paul is the founder of the OG Townwide Yard Sale, The Blogfinger Film Festival and the OG People’s Garden Tour. After Sandy, Blogfinger published more articles about the Ocean Grove quest for FEMA funding than any other media outlet.
Blogfinger Theme Song (When you press the doorbell of the Blogfinger headquarters in the Grove, you will hear this, featuring Shirley Bassey: )
About EILEEN GOLDFINGER : Dining and food editor, proof reader, photographer, and house and garden editor.
Eileen is the co-author of “Prevention Does Work: A Guide to a Healthy Heart“, with Dr. Goldfinger. The new fourth edition (2011) is now available at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com and iUniverse.com. She did the section on evidence based, heart healthy eating, creating 35 original recipes that were designed to be easy to prepare and delicious. She has lectured on the subject of heart healthy food preparation, with an emphasis on seafood.
Eileen is an expert gardener and an avid photographer, especially of flowers. We sometimes display her photographs on Blogfinger. She recently wrote a piece for us on the Asbury Park Farmers’ Market, so we have made her the Dining and Food editor. We also posted her recipe for homemade cranberry sauce using fruit from the Jersey Cranberry Festival. She and Dr. Goldfinger lecture on preventing heart disease.
Eileen is a graduate of the George Washington University, with a BA in Education. She has been a school teacher and a bookkeeper and she is Mom to two big boys.
About PEGI COSTANTINO. Gardening columnist at Blogfinger (Writing under the name of Miss Pegi)
Pegi Costantino AKA Pegi Ballister-Howells is an avid gardener inspired by Grandpa Ballister, gardener extraordinaire. She received an MS in Horticulture along the way, but playing in the dirt is the real source of knowledge. A gardening author, radio personality and 25 years on local access TV all came about as a result of her enthusiasm and outgoing personality.
She is wife to Tom Costantino, mother to Teejay and Kira, and person to 4 dogs, a cat, 2 donkeys, a goat and assorted chickens. Great food makes everything better, so Pegi enjoys growing, cooking and sharing the wonderful food from her Italian heritage and many new things discovered along the way.
In OG Pegi is a gardening columnist for Blogfinger, writing as Miss Pegi, and she recently took over the reigns of the People’s Annual Garden Tour which was started this year by Blogfinger.
She is perhaps best known as the Grand Pooba of the newly resurrected Ocean Grove Woman’s Club. You can often see her toodling around her gardens on the corner of Pennsylvania and Mount Carmel with er faithful companion, Becky, the mostly chocolate lab, always at her side.
Her radio show can be heard on-line every Sunday from 8-10 AM at WCTCAM.com.Feel free to call in with any gardening questions. You can reach her at Pegi@comcast.net
About MOE DEMBY: reporter/photographer
Moe is an Ocean Grover who is a retired photojournalist. His photographs have been published in several major newspapers and, lately on Blogfinger. He is a college graduate with a degree in journalism. He is shy about revealing much information about himself. Even his assistant”Cheeks” (above) uses a pseudonym. He will be making videos and writing for BF and will continue with his personal style photojournalism. Lately we have been posting his unique series of black and white images of the Cole Brothers circus.
About RICH AMOLE: history reporter and researcher.
We are pleased to announce that Rich Amole has joined the Blogfinger staff as History Reporter and Researcher. We first met him in 2011 when he was completing a totally original work regarding the Shawmont Hotel (that link is below). That project resulted in a 70 page document. You can view it at the Shawmont Hotel or at the Ocean Grove Historical Society.
Since then Rich has made quite a few fascinating contributions to Blogfinger regarding Ocean Grove history. He has found old photographs, postcards, books and even an old license plate topper and a current aerial photo of the Greek Temple rooftop pool. On January 17, we will post a hygroscopic card from Ocean Grove which Rich has located.
Although Rich has no formal background as a historian, he has developed unusual skills at Internet research. His background is in electronics. He says, “I enjoy the research.” Finding historical treasures on the Internet is a field that is new, and we are thrilled to have him pursue his interest and to share his discoveries with those who enjoy OG history. We will also encourage him to utilize the resources of the HSOG.
Rich hails from Philadelphia and is a four year Vietnam veteran of the Navy. He has been coming to Ocean Grove since 2003 and stays at the Shawmont Hotel on Ocean Ave. in addition to seasonal day trips. The historical material he researched for the “Shawmont Project” which also included Ocean Grove came from the Library in Manalapan, Hall of Records in Freehold, OGHS, those wonderful flea markets in the Grove and of course the world wide web. He knows that once the mystique of this sea side town gets a hold on you it’s hard not to keep coming back and hopes that everyone will enjoy his postings
About Ted Aanensen, Blogfinger staff photographer
Ted is a lifelong resident of Ocean Grove. He is a graduate of Upsala College and he has lived in Ocean Grove full time since 2000. His career has been in the family business.
Regarding Ted’s participation with Blogfinger, he says, “Glad to be able to share a passion of photographing a life-long favorite place to be. I hope it will bring some joy and understanding to friends and neighbors.”
About Ocean Grove:
OCEAN GROVE, New Jersey, is a unique town, on the National Historic Register. It is best known for its Victorian architecture, religious heritage and rich history. For a small town, the population is very diverse, and the demographics continue to evolve.
“The Grove” is a year-round community, but it really comes to life during the warm weather, when tourists visit the beaches and stay at inns and B&B’s. Visitors enjoy the activities, including those sponsored by the Camp Meeting Association, the Historical Society and the Chamber of Commerce. There is an impressive musical program throughout the summer, with many events at the famous 6,500-seat Great Auditorium, where the concerts vary from classical to pop and where the extraordinary Hope-Jones organ resounds with its 11,000 magnificent pipes, played by a variety of renowned musicians. The Historical Society Museum, on Pitman Avenue near the Great Auditorium, is open in season, and you can sign up for town tours there.
Downtown Ocean Grove attracts the crowds in summer, with restaurants, shops, sidewalk cafes, ice cream parlors, galleries, exhibits, flea markets, porch sales, antique shows and live music outdoors. The town feels as if it has been transported from 140 years ago.
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* This photograph was featured in the January 2011 First Anniversary Collector’s Issue of the magazine Maine Ahead as part of the cover article they published about Ocean Grove pollster Scott Rasmussen.