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Power to the people of Ocean Grove. Blogfinger photo taken in Ocean Grove, NJ ©

Power to the people of Ocean Grove. Blogfinger photo taken in Ocean Grove, NJ  by Jean Bredin.©  Reposted from Jan. 2016. ©

 

FRANK SINATRA    Just substitute Ocean Grove for Chicago.

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PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND “The Bucket’s Got a Hole in It.”

“Yeah, my bucket’s got a hole in it
Yeah, my bucket’s got a hole in it
Yeah, my bucket’s got a hole in it
I can’t buy no beer.”

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BF tax poll 2015

 

When we did our poll in July  (see link above) we found out that 80% of respondents reported an increase in property tax, 14% had a decrease, and 6% were unchanged. But we had no information regarding a breakdown.   In reviewing my own final tax bill for 2015, I find that the overall  tax rate had gone down from 2.66 in 2014 to 2.19 now.  In looking more closely, I have a 38% increase in the land appraisal, but an 11% decrease in the improvements  (i.e. the house) appraisal.

We would be interested in knowing if any of you tried to get your tax bill decreased  (I assume nobody asked for an increase,) and if you did, were you successful?   Anecdotes about this would be of interest on Blogfinger.

Do any of you have information that your fellow Grovers might find of interest regarding the property tax issue?

LEE WILEY

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BLOSSOM DEARIE:

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CAST OF “70, GIRLS 70”

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At the September 22, 2014 meeting of the Township Committee an Ocean Grover suggested that garbage pickups be reduced from two per week to one.  The idea is that the recycling program is so effective that money could be saved by changing the pick up frequency.  What do you think?

 

LITTLE APPLE BAND.  From Sesame Street:

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By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

We posed the question:  Should construction work be banned during the summer months  in Ocean Grove?   LINK:   Original post with the poll

215  votes came in.   118 (55%) said NO;    93 (43%) said YES, and 4 voters (2%)  were hard of hearing.  The poll is now closed.    There are comments to read at the link above.

What this vote tells us is that an appreciable number of our neighbors would be willing to have such an ordinance.  Right now there is no actual movement in that direction, but it does tell us that construction noise in the summer bothers a lot of people .  It’s also probable that some of those who voted “no” also are disturbed by the noise, but not enough to want a law enforced over it.

Noise pollution is a real problem in some communities, especially those where people are living in tight conditions.  It is more than just mere annoyance. It can cause stress, cardiovascular effects such as increased blood pressure, anxiety, mood changes, and decreased productivity.  Even the World Health Organization has weighed in on this problem.   You can just Google the health affects of noise pollution to see how important this topic is.

In any case, no one can argue that there are those, perhaps many, people in Ocean Grove who are sensitive to this problem, so the best conclusion we can come to now is to hope that our neighbors are considerate  enough to use common sense to minimize construction noise—at least during July and August.

FLEETWOODS:

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Photo shoot in the Grove.  Looking for peace and quiet in our bucolic town.  Blogfinger file photo ©

Photo shoot in the Grove. Looking for peace and quiet in our bucolic town. Blogfinger file photo ©

BLOGFINGER POLL:

Certain shore towns such as Allenhurst, Toms River, Ocean Beach  and Deal  opt for quiet and calmness by banning all construction work in their resort towns during the summer months.  Many visitors to the Grove during the summer, especially those who are renting houses, don’t savor the sound of hammering and power tools.   Some towns even ban inside work, such as plumbing or electric, where there is little or no noise.

Would Grovers like a quality-of-life  rule of this sort?   Let’s find out:

Editor’s note;  We will continue polling for a couple more days or until the comments dwindle.  —PG

 

 

“C’mon home, let’s light the oven……oowee baby, you’re my honey pie”

Oh, and let’s keep the music and other sorts of noise down too.  Do you hear that Lavay Smith?

LAVAY SMITH AND HER RED HOT SKILLET LICKERS  with  “Honey Pie.”

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