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By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Kaufmann residence in 1935 for a family from Philadelphia.  It is a marvelous place to visit. Located in a woodsy location  in southwest Pennsylvania, it has recently undergone restoration. Read about it. See link below.

When we went there, there were many photographers. It is considered one of the most important works of American architecture. We learned that Wright designed all the furniture inside and he even wanted to design the clothes for the lady of the house.    Wikipedia on Falling Water

Falling Water. Photo by Paul Goldfinger. © Click left for bigger view.

Fallingwater. Photo by Paul Goldfinger. © Click left for bigger view. Reposted from 2013.

AL JOLSON.  He might as well be singing about Fallingwater in the morning. Butterflies, morning dew , buttercups and morning glories–they’re there too.

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Boardwalk Casino, Asbury Park, as seen from the Ocean Grove side, c. 2011. By Paul Goldfinger. ©

Boardwalk Casino, Asbury Park, as seen from the Ocean Grove side, c. 2011. By Paul Goldfinger. ©

The name Casino conjures up life in 1950’s Havana.  This song is from the Casino Life album featuring  Don Azplazo and the Havana Casino Orchestra with “Amor Sincero”  (true love)

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Tuscany, Italy. 1996. By Paul Goldfinger.

Tuscany, Italy. 1996. By Paul Goldfinger. ©  (re-posted from April 2013)

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger

LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.  This is a pas de deux from Act III of Swan Lake.  It is very difficult for one swan to do a pas de deux,  but this Italian swan is capable.  After all, he (or she?) is the only component in this photo which is in sharp focus.   Recently we posted a photograph of a seagull in a boat, misidentified as a duck. But a swan?—–never mistaken for a duck.

Has professional ballet ever been presented  in Ocean Grove?  I’ve never seen it mentioned in the OG history books. We certainly had a lot of opera and choral music, but vocalizing was always emphasized here thanks to Tali Essen Morgan who’s buddy was Caruso.  There is no mention of Tali hanging out in the Grove with prima ballerinas.

Swan Lake made its debut in Moscow in 1877 by the Bolshoi. Tchaikovsky wrote it, and it  has been almost constantly on tour ever since. Maybe someday we will have Swan Lake on the stage in the magnificent Great Auditorium of Ocean Grove, New Jersey.

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Camp Ground c. 1870. Rev. Stokes is in black. Rev. Cookman is in white. Why is no street named after Stokes? Photo courtesy of W. T. Bell*

Camp Ground c. 1870. Rev. Stokes is in black. Rev. Cookman is in white. Why is no street named after Stokes?    Photo courtesy of W. T. Bell*   Reposted from June, 2013 on Blogfinger.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

In an article in the New York Times, published on July 12, 1873, their “special correspondent” said,” On the eastern coast of New Jersey, from Sandy Hook to Cape May, there is not a more lovely spot, nor one better adapted for a Summer’s resort than Ocean Grove. The grove proper is situated six miles south of Long Branch, and contains 300 acres of forest land, bounded on the north by Wesley Lake, on the south by Fletcher Lake, on the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and on the west by the turnpike road to Long Branch.”

Even though Ocean Grove was only four years old then, there were already 300 cottages built or under construction. That week of July 11, 1873, there was a beehive of activity getting ready for the week long “Union Seaside Convention” which was being held for the dedication of the Tabernacle, which was a “monmouth tent” open on the sides and able to seat thousands. The event was not only for Methodists. It was clearly for Christians, but a variety of sects were welcomed and were in attendance including Presbyterians, Baptists, Congregationalists, Episcopalians, Friends and Methodists.

“Crowds” were pouring into the Grove from Philadelphia and New York by train. “By noon the place was fairly overrun.” The tourists had to be resourceful in finding a place to stay. There were to be 250 tents erected, and workmen were rushing about trying to get them finished.

The article mentioned that 1,500 people lived in OG for the summer season, and 600 of those lived in tents. The tents were set up all over town—there were no special tent places. It was noted that there was a “bare strip of grassland” running near the beach, and many tents were erected there. Setting up was a family affair, and the process was considered great “fun” as people were moving furnishings and supplies around all over town.

In the Grove were a few boarding houses and “several very good hotels.” You could stay for a week in an “excellent” place for $10.00. The “season” extended from June through September, but the huge camp meeting week was held in August. People would come from the train and go to the post office to find out where they could get a room.

The Times observed that “there is no hurry about anything. Everybody takes his time.” No intoxicating beverages could be sold in the Grove or for 3 miles around. The main activities were “boating, bathing and fishing.” Some of the “boys” played baseball. Others played croquet, although it’s not clear if girls could join in.

Most visitors and townies showed up for the dedication of the Tabernacle where there were prayers and speeches. Note that the Bishop Janes Tabernacle was constructed in 1877.

A couple of interesting items were mentioned in the article. One stated that homeowners received a 99 year lease, but at the end of that term, the family heirs could “buy the lot unconditionally.” That sounds like something to look into.

Finally, a very special event was to happen that week. Rev. Osborn, the founder of OG, was to be presented with a $3,000.00 cottage on Wesley Lake.

It sounds like Ocean Grove became quite famous very quickly after the Founders first got together in a park over by Long Pond (later, Wesley Lake) in 1869.

JOAN MORRIS:

CREDIT: Photo from Images of America: Ocean Grove.* Thanks for permission from Wayne T. Bell, author.

See the Blogfinger article about the birth of Ocean Grove: ” Who’s Your Daddy?”   The true story of the founding of Ocean Grove. (Scroll down a short distance)    link:

Who’s Your Daddy?

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DEA and ATF federal officers at a surprise raid to capture an alleged drug dealer. 8/16/17. APP photograph.   Manchester, NJ  is in Ocean County, near Toms River.  APP.com has more photos and an action video.

By Paul Goldfinger, MD.  Editor @Blogfinger.net

 

This drug trafficking ring has been supplying death dealing poisons to citizens of Monmouth and Ocean Counties where opiate related mortalities have been going up sharply.

From NJ.com in March 2017:

“Authorities are working with the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Medical Examiner’s Office and other health officials to figure out why the northeast coastal communities are “disproportionately impacted” when compared to the rest of the state. ”

Below is the official document dated Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by the United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York, by the Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim.   Special to Blogfinger from official sources, August 15, 2017.

 

“Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Carl J. Kotowski, the Special Agent in Charge of the New Jersey Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), today announced the unsealing of an indictment charging 12 defendants with participating in a drug trafficking organization that distributed large quantities of heroin in and around Monmouth and Ocean Counties, New Jersey, and obtained the heroin from Washington Heights and the Bronx, among other places. In conjunction with the unsealing of the Indictment, search warrants were executed at several locations in New Jersey.

“Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim stated: “As alleged, this organization transported large quantities of heroin from Washington Heights and the Bronx across the Hudson to Monmouth and Ocean Counties in New Jersey, helping to fuel the opioid epidemic plaguing our nation. Today’s arrests of twelve alleged members of this heroin distribution organization is part our sustained commitment, along with our partners at the DEA, to stop the flow of heroin into and out of New York.”

“DEA Special Agent in Charge Carl J. Kotowski said: “Today’s arrests should send a clear message to the drug traffickers that DEA and our partners are committed to keeping our neighborhoods safe. Those arrested are facing significant time in prison and will no longer be pushing their poison.”

“Mr. Kim thanked the DEA Monmouth Ocean HIDTA Task Force for their outstanding work on the investigation. The Monmouth Ocean HIDTA Task Force comprises representatives from the DEA, the ATF, the New Jersey State Police, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Toms River Police Department, and the Neptune Township Police Department. Mr. Kim also thanked the Howell Police Department, the Freehold Township Police Department, the Lakewood Police Department, the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office, the Union County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey for their assistance in this investigation. He added that the investigation is continuing.

“This matter is being handled by the Office’s Narcotics Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys Elizabeth A. Hanft and Michael D. Neff are in charge of the prosecution.

“The charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

(note: italics are ours at BF)

 

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Swimwear from Victorians’ Secrets. Reposted from November, 2012. Maybe it’s fake news.

By Paul Goldfinger, history editor @Blogfinger

In 1869, the Founding Fathers founded Ocean Grove in Larry’s Park (later, the name was changed to Founders’ Park). Soon thereafter, many visitors came to this popular resort. Some people wanted to live here, but sleeping in tents began to wear thin, so a building boom began, and along with that came realtors in 1872.

They opened an office on Main Avenue and called it Century 19. Many of the realtors were young ladies who wore billowing dresses with hoops and crinolines that made them extra wide. It was fun watching 2 or 3 of them squeeze inside a tent. They drove their clients around in shiny buggies that said “20% down” on the back.

The sales pitch for selling houses here must have been a challenge because of all the limitations: no horses in town on Sunday, no alcoholic drinks, no tossing pie pans on Sunday, no carousing on Saturday night, and no hanky panky. (Well, that last one was quickly tossed out due to overwhelming opposition by the folks in the choir, especially the basses and the sopranos. Besides, Grovers did need something else to do on Sunday.)

Another reason why there was no “blue law” for sex is that a baby was born in the tent colony,  and that is where the term “Founding Father” was born.

One of the problems was that Rev. Stokes had organized a lot sale. People came from New York City and Philadelphia to buy land in this unique town. Then, somehow, it turned out that they had purchased a lease. “What the heck avenue,” they complained. But even today, no one knows why their house is sitting on somebody else’s land. Luckily, lawyers followed the realtors into town and they made it all official.

It should be noted that you couldn’t go to Asbury Park for fun back then, because it was a sedate place having just been founded in 1871. The Asburians tried to emulate the example of Ocean Grove, but good luck with that idea.

Watch for our next installment of OG Historical Snapshots when we will tell the story of Jewish Grovers and how they introduced bagels with cream cheese to God’s Square Mile.

And here is Dinah Washington, who knows what to do on Sunday:

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By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger    (Reposted from July 28, 2013 and 2015. )

Ocean Grove is known for its music programs. We have live music on the beach, in the parks, in the Auditorium, and on Main Avenue, but here’s something you may not know about. The Emburys are a group of shore guys who love to get together on a street corner or in an echo chamber like the Casino and bring back that authentic acapella doo-wop sound. This is how that early form of rock and roll developed, especially in the inner cities of New York and Philly. Boogie is the guy who sings bass and is one Grover whom many of us know. The bass always stands out in these groups.*

We found them on a Sunday afternoon performing an old tune by “Shep and the Limelites” in front of the Pathway Market at the corner of Mt. Hermon Way and Pilgrim Pathway in the shadows of the Great Auditorium where, just the night before, the Beach Boys were doing the surfing thing. But today, it was doo wops, and the guys hit the harmonies and the high/low notes with no backup instruments. This music is not easy to do. A small crowd had gathered to give them some deserved applause.

*Boogie,” Robert Napolitano, passed on April 27.

KENNY VANCE AND THE PLANOTONES: “Looking for an Echo”

And this is the full monty version by SHEP AND THE LIMELITES of “Daddy’s Home” (“ratta-tat”)

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Captiva Island, Florida. 2012. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Captiva Island, Florida. 2012. By Paul Goldfinger © Click left for full view.

ART FARMER (1928-1999)  made an album in 1958 with the great pianist Bill Evans. It is called “Modern Art.” The group consists of Art Farmer on trumpet,  Bill Evans on piano, Benny Golson on tenor sax, Addison Farmer on bass and Dave Bailey on drums.  

The song “Like Someone in Love” was written in 1944 for a film called “Belle of the Yukon.”  Jimmy Van Heusen wrote the music, and Johnny Burke—the lyrics. This is one of the great love songs of all time, but you won’t hear the lyrics on this version.    Being an old saxman, I love the interplay between the sax and the trumpet early in the song. Listen for it.

—-Paul Goldfinger  (reposted from August 2013 on Blogfinger)

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Ever since we began Blogfinger in 2009 we avoided commercialization. But we have always run “in the red.”   Now we are permitting some advertising on a trial basis , in cooperation with WordPress’ “WordAds” program, to help pay blog bills and to make some profit for our efforts.  If a video shows up, putting your cursor on the video will bring up the audio.

Blogfinger is viewed all over the world, and although we might not be as busy as a Kardashian butt-blog, quite a few readers enjoy our style of  communicating, so what the Heck Avenue?

We don’t know if this effort will be fruitful (and I don’t mean rotten fruits tossed in our direction), but we are looking at other options as well as this one, including publishing an e- book from the BF archives about Ocean Grove.

Meanwhile, Blogfinger will continue posting news, shtick, photographs, music,  and the rest of our smorgasbord of e-stuff. So don’t worry if you find a commercial while you are perusing our site.  Or maybe you won’t, but just be aware.

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Thanks,  Paul

THE BEACH BOYS:

 

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Tammy Scheffer

This Disney song is on everybody’s favorite list. When the Disney cruise ship comes into port, it is playing this song.  But Tammy Scheffer, a young jazz singer, provides a new twist.  Tammy was raised in Israel, but now she lives in Brooklyn, NY where she composes, teaches and performs a style of music which she calls “contemporary jazz.” She works with musicians who share her interest in finding new sounds and musical techniques. Our featured selection is from her first CD (2010) : “Wake Up, Fall Asleep.”

This song, “When You Wish Upon a Star,” starts out with the melody, but then heads off into the starry night with an instrumental section featuring an alto sax and Tammy’s vocal interpretations.  Then, at the end, it returns to earth with a soft landing.

Reposted from August 21, 2012  —By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

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