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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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Victorian Grill. All photos by Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff.


This restaurant is where the old corner pizza place was.   Months ago I met the guy who was going to convert it into a burger joint.  But now it will be a Victorian Grill.  What did the Victorians eat back in the day?  We have no idea what will be on this menu. Judging from their sign, the specialty of the house will be exclamation marks.

Jean Bredin says, ” A new restaurant is coming to town. The owner was cordial happy and enthusiastic about the Grill.  He said it would be opening in about 3 weeks, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.

“I look forward to getting my favorite: a hamburger and fries! ”

And they will have “friendly servers.”

So, if you get a job there, better put on a happy face:





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Passing by the Via 57 West building. Jean Bredin photo. Jan 9, 2020 © Blogfinger staff.


KAT EDMONSON  from her album: Old Fashioned Gal



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December 12, 2019, by Jean Bredin. Around town with Jean. ©




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Ocean Grove: decorating a tent for the house tour. Dec. 6i, 2019. Jean Bredin ©


The tent was decorated inside and out for Saturday’s  (Dec. 7)  tour of Christmas houses in Ocean Grove.
The Christmas tree inside had vintage bangles, baubles, and balls, in addition to Teddy Bears, and Dolls, a 100 plus year old Victorian print of Christmas.


ELLIS MARSALIS    “Christmas Joy”  From A New Orleans Christmas Carol.


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