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Jean Bredin © Asbury Park. 2014 . Blogfinger staff. New  Years Day.


THE HARPTONES:   Wolfman Jack sends this out to Blogfinger fan Perry Young up in the New Hampshire North Country.


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Flower delivery for the Beautification Project, Ocean Grove. Photo by Jean Bredin. May 20, 2016 Flower delivery for the Beautification Project, Ocean Grove. Photo by Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff.   May 20, 2016

The Beautification Project receives flower funding via donations made by the OG Historical Society, Chamber of Commerce, OG Ladies Auxiliary, and a Neptune Township grant of $500;   but the bulk of the money comes from donors .  The flowers are planted in urns, plots, boardwalk containers, and public gardens.

Many of the  volunteers signed up at the Spring Fling.

Planting begins each year in time for the Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the Great Auditorium.



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Jean Bredin spotted this merman going for a quick dip in that cold, unruly Atlantic on the first day of spring in Ocean Grove.  3/20/18,  Blogfinger.net ©


3/20/18:    A huge flock of robins showed up in Firemen’s Park today.  “Get the flock out of here,” said Old Father Time, so they flew away.

Today the water temperature is 41 degrees, while the air is 35 degrees.

Jean found a crazy man going swimming.  “It’s the first day of spring, and I guess he just can’t wait to take the first dip of the season.  Unfortunately there’s a nor’easter brewing for tomorrow.”

This guy ran in and soon discovered the shock of cold water in early spring.   He was quick, because he was back out of the surf by the time Jean zeroed in with her camera.


Editor’s note on April 18, 2022.    This morning  it was 35 degrees in the Grove.  The weather in April is too undependable to plant annuals for your gardens.  But you can plant some perennials now.

Check with your nursery expert as to which perennials can be safely planted this month.

Eileen, our house and garden editor, advises to be patient.  The end of May through June is safer for annuals.


CANTWELL AND QUILLEN–It may be April, but snow is still possible.



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Paul Goldfinger ©. 2012. Ushers March in the Great Auditorium during Choir Festival.

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Ocean Grove. Sept. 4, 2015. By Jean Bredin. Blogfinger staff. ©

Ocean Grove Schwinn. Sept. 4, 2015. By Jean Bredin. Blogfinger staff. ©   Click to raise the seat.


From Jean Bredin:   “One of my favorite movies is Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.  The plot revolves around Pee-wee’s customized vintage bicycle which was stolen.

His bike had doodads, gizmos, whistles, horns, and could fly! Well, this bike has no doodads or gizmos, but it is beautiful nonetheless…and fits right into Ocean Grove’s charm.”




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Ocean Grove 3/26/21. By Jean Bredin. Blogfinger staff. ©


Jean says, “It was windy today. How windy was it?

I went out by the ocean, and the gusts were very strong.

I sat on the pier, and felt it shaking.”







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Coffee shop in Secaucus Junction train station. By Jean Bredin. Blogfinger staff © Jan. 12, 2021 ©


Jean Bredin was heading back to Ocean Grove from Fort Lee. She had to take a train in Hoboken, which was 3 minutes late in Secaucus, so she had to sit here for two hours waiting for the next train to Long Branch, and then on to Asbury Park .

This sad looking coffee shop was doing a slow business.  Jean said, “The owner said that he went from over 2,000 customers daily to maybe 6.”

She spent the time sipping coffee and taking a few pictures. “Happy to get warm and have coffee while waiting for my train. ”

But the tragedy isn’t Jean’s missed train, it is the sobering reality of this dreary coffee shop with its sad looking customers–a place usually bustling with commuters going and coming, hurrying, quick chats—even with strangers, munching on bagels, sipping a cup of Joe, offering a seat to a lady, grabbing a newspaper, glancing at a watch, checking a phone–talking  or texting or laughing, or just spending time, like Jean, people-watching and enjoying it all—feeling alive.

But then Jean—faces reality and  COVID-19.  She wonders why those guys aren’t wearing masks; and out comes the camera. Soon she’ll be home in the Grove.

Let’s hope that this year will allow all of us to rejoin life again—before the parade passes by.

–Paul Goldfinger,  Editor  Blogfinger.net


BETTE MIDLER   from Hello Dolly.



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Tent Village. Ocean Grove, November 27, 2020. By Jean Bredin. Blogfinger.net staff ©


Around town with Jean:  She says, “Tent village is quiet for the holiday season, but some joy lingers on.”


THE KLEZMONAUTS  from their album Oy To The World–A Klezmer Christmas.


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Jean:   August 18, 2020, Main Avenue.

“There’s nothing like live music to draw a crowd.  The Band of Strays was just right for Ocean Grove.

It was nice to see people get up and dance.. Great atmosphere.”




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Three Dog Night. By Jean Bredin. Blogfinger.net staff. 5/21/20


Sitting in Fireman’s Park today was a change of pace from sitting in the house during this pandemic.  Fresh air, sunshine, and three non-social distancing pups made my day.


TREVOR PEACOCK from the film “Quartet.”   We recommend this movie streaming on Netflix. Original motion picture soundtrack.

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