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Video by Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff.

JOHN RUTTER.  MAGNIFICAT: ESURIENTES.   With Patricia Forbes and the Cambridge Singers. Close your eyes and listen

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Surf fishing in Ocean Grove. Around town with Jean Bredin. June 12 2018.


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Shopping for ladies’ tops. The rest of the story is open to interpretation. By Jean Bredin © 6/2/18. Blogfinger staff.


Girls in their summer hair, by Jean Bredin on Ocean Pathway at the Giant Flea Market.  6/2/18 ©



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By Jean Bredin,Blogfinger staff ©, 4/13/18. Paul Eichlin usually plays inside the Casino, but today he ventures outside.

Says Jean:   “Daffodils, crocuses, and Paul Eichorn.
Spring is officially here.
There he was, catching a little sun on the Ocean Grove Boardwalk,
playing all the carousel tunes he can remember.”


Link to the most recent  Blogfinger post about this intrepid musician—a man for all seasons:


HELEN BONHAM CARTER AND JOHNNY DEPP from  Sweeny Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

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K Main Avenue in Ocean Grove. March 22, 2018. Jean Bredin © Blogfinger staff

Editor’s Note:   Jean came upon this scene early this morning. No police or others were around, but clearly a large branch had broken off a Bradford Pear.  This tree species has soft  branches which often break off.  They require proper pruning.

The heavy snow probably contributed, and we saw some wires hanging low due to snow collection—in A. Park.

Who is responsible for making the Grove’s trees safe?  In Firemen’s Park, managed by Neptune Township,  there is an old giant tree near the gazebo where kids wait for the school bus. Some years ago a large branch fell there, but luckily, no one was around.  The big branch over the gazebo should be removed.  Why don’t the parents speak up?

THE VEILS:  “Under the Falling Branches.”     This song by the Veils, an Indie rock group from London, mentions falling branches and a canopy of snow. Listen for the cello.

It is a love song where the branches provide comfort and security.  Not in the case of the damaged car.

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Auditorium Park on a warm February afternoon. Plenty of empty benches,;  67 degrees.  Everyone is in Florida.  Rain is coming
By Jean Bredin 2/20/18 © Blogfinger.net


MARTH REEVES AND THE VANDELLAS   (Motown 50th anniversary)

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Debris was being loaded into a dump truck this morning. Jean Bredin photo Blogfinger staff. © Jan 31, 2018.




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New Victorian on north side of Ocean Pathway, Manchester site. Jean Bredin photo for Blogfinger.net. 1/31/18. ©


Paul Goldfinger, MD, Editor @Blogfinger.

Amateur historical architects are already raving about this home under construction on Ocean Avenue—a work in progress. Our consultant has a one word review of this project so far, “WOW!”

Johnny on the spot evokes the old days when there were outhouses.  We assume that there will eventually be indoor plumbing.

Besides the welcoming sight of this  single family home going up where condominiums were once proposed—at the Manchester Inn location before it was destroyed by fire, other new Victorians (four of them) are actively under construction at the Whitfield Hotel site  (Bath and Surf Avenues.)   Recently #19 Bath Avenue reached the market at $1.25 million.   #17 was similarly priced.  As far as we can tell, no condos are presently in the works.

Link to the Whitfield construction site:

Whitfield single family houses

The owner of the Warrington who is suing the Township because he wants a hotel  (? or condos) on his Lake Avenue property, the site of a huge fire last March which destroyed that hotel,  might take notice of what happened to the Manchester and the Whitfield, and back off—choosing instead to put up one or two single family homes over there as well.

It would be good if the OGCMA  (who owns all the land in town) would pay attention to the Master Plan and support the Single Family Homes in the Grove Movement–to join with the citizens of Ocean Grove who are solidly behind that concept.

The CMA might begin by pressuring the Warrington owner to change his vision for that site and then top it off by withdrawing their support for the aggressive and destructive  North End Redevelopment Plan.



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Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff. Jan. 16, 2018. Ocean Grove. ©


Great Blue Heron hunkers down in the cold at Wesley Lake. Jan 16, 2018. By Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff ©


Jean says,

“Hi Paul,
“Today I thought I would take a walk by Wesley Lake.
It was mostly frozen, in fact this person thought he’d venture
onto the ice.

“In the distance, I spotted a huge bird, sitting all alone in the middle of the Lake.
I was able to get a close up photo before it flew away.
I was told by a passerby, that it was a Great Blue Heron.

“She said, , it is ‘Good Fortune’ to see one!
Hopefully it will bring good luck to the Lake.”


Here are two BF post  links regarding the Great Blue in Florida:

Great Blue Heron video from BF. Taken in Ft. Myers, Fla.

Great blue in flight. Florida. BF post 2016



Ann-Margret, Dick Van Dyke, Janet Leigh and Bobby Rydell with “Bye Bye Birdie”   (Reprise) from the film:

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Jean Bredin. Ocean Grove.  December 18, 2017. Fishing boat heads south towards Belmar marina. ©


STEVIE NICKS   “Landslide”   (Live orchestra version)


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