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Curbside sale (sort of) in OG 2019. No porches or yards.   Paul Goldfinger photo ©

A touch device pushes a button  Going overboard?  Must clean the device too.

How face touching can spread the virus. Don’t forget sanitizers and hand washing and don’t touch your face while at our sale. U. of Utah.

Whether you would be on the shoppers side or the sellers side, you might be worried about participating at our Oct 3 Curbside Sales. Both sellers and shoppers would be touching objects.   But, if the objects are displayed well, you can mostly visually shop.  However  if you touch sale items, are you at risk of catching the virus?

If you are a seller, there is no risk when you place your sales items,  but at the end of the sale, you may be concerned about the remaining items which will have been touched by others.

And shoppers may be concerned about touching items that were handled by others.   But it is the same sort of risk as when shopping for groceries.

Here are some basic facts that may help you decide:

a. Being  outdoors with distancing is less risky than being indoors.  That’s why so many people were safely eating out on Cookman Avenue over the holiday weekend or at Seagrass on Main Avenue in OG.   And that’s why so many were comfortable at the Sunset Saturday Farmers Market.

b.  So far I have not heard of anyone catching the virus from eating in a restaurant, either inside or out.   And I have not heard of anyone catching the virus while shopping at careful stores such as Wegmans or the Apple Stores.

c. Shopping at curbside sales such as ours should not be risky if masks are worn on both sides of the table and if shoppers can look around and then move on soon so others can see.    We want our sellers to set up at or near curbside and encourage shoppers to be at the street side or nearby.

We are not promoting this as a big time event, so there should not be any crowding.  A few weekends ago there was a yard sale in OG which went on without a hitch.  I think it was at the corner of Abbot and Costello.–Uh..it was one block from the St Paul’s Bazaar which also went off without problems.

d. Regarding catching the COVID-19 by touching objects, read this;

“The surfaces are not really the problem,” says Emanuel Goldman, a microbiology professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Sanitizing surfaces has “been done to excess. And that excess actually gives people a false sense of security. And what they really should be doing is focusing on the main routes of transmission of this disease, which is breathing.”


“Six months into the pandemic, Americans seem determined to Clorox their way to absolution. They’re wiping down soccer balls, Lysoling beach chairs, touching PIN pads with “touch tools” and gloves, and cleaning bags of Tostitos with diluted bleach.

“Which seems harmless enough, provided they’re using their cleaning products safely, but remember the most important things that will help them avoid catching the virus:  Wearing masks, staying more than six feet apart, avoiding enclosed spaces.”

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has told Americans in no uncertain terms that the virus is primarily transmitted person-to-person, through breathing, speaking, shouting and singing.

“While it may be possible to catch the coronavirus from a doorknob or a package, it’s a long shot, and ‘not thought to be the main way the virus spreads,’ says the agency. (It still recommends disinfecting high-touch surfaces.)”

From the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute:  “The concept of washing your hands is something we always should have been doing all along, Maybe the silver lining for this pandemic is we’re going to raise a generation of children who grow up knowing that this is the norm.”

So, use your best judgement , but don’t  make yourself crazy by going overboard.  Loosen up a bit and start carefully enjoying life, such as attending a down-home, small town masked curbside sale.  Keep your distances and when finished use sanitizer and then wash with soap and water when you can.   Don’t touch your face.

Last year we made $200 at the Town Wide Yard Sale, but that’s not enough money to take a chance on catching a disease.  So our motive now in OG is to add a small dose of “fun lifestyle” to our town.

And stop by 13 Mt. Hermon Way for a free souvenir.  Remember “the best things in life are free.”

JO STAFFORD from “The Great Ladies of Song” album



–Paul Goldfinger, MD    Editor@Blogfinger

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September 2020 came into town with heat and beach crowds.  It came in, not like a lion, but more like a giraffe with residents and guests sticking out their necks looking for something safe to do.

Labor Day was mostly a dud. Most people were home avoiding the virus. There was confusion:  to mask or not to mask—that was the question.

As for Ocean Grove news, the local media has nothing to report, which is only a small bit less than usual.

But now it is the 30th of the month, and the September train has left the station.  Blogfinger was there as it roared through town, heading north,  behind West Grove strip mall.   What will October bring us on its train?

The usual practice of yard sales has begun with baby steps on Oct. 3, and the Chamber of Commercials will have a Harvest Festival on Oct. 10 with the same old musicians.  There will be many vendors and visitors.  Will we be sure that the October train will not derail?




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Angie, Ken and Sally in Firemen’s Park. Sally is the dog. Blogfinger.net photo. 0/29/20. ©

By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor @Blogfinger.net

Angie and Ken rent a house on Main Avenue every September, which is a good idea because it is the best time of the year at the Shore. They are from Philadelphia, and being in Ocean Grove is a treat, but now it has a special allure given the COVID situation.

They say that the Grove is a unique  place and they enjoy daily walks to Firemen’s Park with their black dog Sally. The three of them play Frisbee, but the focus is on Sally who diligently works at her flying craft.

Every transplant from NYC or Philly that we talk to love also to walk to Asbury Park, primarily for the food, but part of that allure is the music. All summer there was free live music in Sunset Park near Bradley’s statue, and the programs changed weekly.  And now there is live music at St. John’s Island on Sundays through October.

Asbury and OG offer contrasting life-styles and gifts, but this just adds to the appeal of Ocean Grove where real estate has continued to increase in value, and that is not just related to the virus.

Some new buyers are coming here just because they are within a short round trip to A. Park and back, and real estate ads reflect that marketing feature.

OG is still a better buy than A. Park, but the challenge for OG is to maintain its historic charm while Asbury is fulfilling its dream of being “hipster city.”  The North End Development, as currently planned,  will be a commercial urban entree into A. Park while diminishing the look, spirit, and neighborhood appeal of small town Ocean Grove.

Clearly, the idea that OG and A. Park are sister cities, going back to the 19th century, has now come true as A. Park has become a destination for visitors including Grovers who can easily get over there by foot or by bike, unlike the out-of-town interlopers who park for free in our neighborhoods and then vanish into the Wesley Lake mist while crossing the bridge.

Destination  Asbury Park, through OG on Delaware Avenue near Wesley Lake.    Blogfinger photo on Saturday, 9/27/20.


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A rose by any other name……

Saturday, October 3, 2020   9 am to 3 pm   Please wear masks.

113 Mt. Hermon Way

128 Heck Avenue

106 Clark Avenue.

The “go-to” location for information about the sales is found at the top of this home page–there is a “Curbside Sales” tab.

That is where the lists of items to sell are shown.

If anyone wants to be included in our publicity for the sales, just contact us at Blogfinger@verizon.net.

If you want to tell someone about it, just tell them to go to Blogfinger.net and click on the Curbside Sale tab on top.

There will be announcements in the Coaster and Next Door.  Tell your friends  (word-of-mouth.)


We’re hoping for one fine day:


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Can Dad recover from such brainwashing?


Scene:  Wegmans coffee bar. A mom is placing her one year old into a shopping cart. She is annoyed.

Baby:  Goo la la

Mom:  The seat belt is broken. Your father found us a defective cart.

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The Great Auditorium. By Paul Goldfinger ©

The great doors at the Great Auditorium  (1894).  By Paul Goldfinger © 2013.  Click to enlarge; Posted on Blogfinger in 2014.


Ticket to Rossini's Stabat Mater 1903.

Ticket to Rossini’s Stabat Mater 1903.



STANLEY TURRENTINE (tenor sax:)     “Then I’ll be Tired of You.”    By Arthur Schwartz and Yip Harburg.   Harburg, the lyricist, also wrote the words to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”


“You look at me and wonder, you look at me and doubt,
Darling your eyes are asking, “Will the flame burn out?”
Well, no one is sure of sun shine, no one is sure of dawn,
But I am sure my love will live on and on.…”


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Saturday night Sept. 26, 2020. Blogfinger.net photo. ©  Cookman Avenue is closed off to traffic.



CHICAGO:  “Saturday in the Park.”


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By Paul Goldfinger, Editor@Blogfinger.net

On Saturday, September 26, the OG Home Owners Association held a Zoom meeting.  About 45 people attended on-line.

The meeting introduced candidates for Freeholder in Monmouth County along with the two candidates running for a 5 year term as County Clerk.

The part that was most interesting was about voting, and that information came from the current Clerk, running for another term, Christine Hanlon,  and from Grover Luisa Paster from the nonpartisan League of Women Voters.  Also we found some information at NJ Spotlight.com.

Ms. Hanlon told the audience that voters are “angry” that there will be no voting machines (except for the disabled.)  She said that election officials all over the state have been upset that the machines will not be used.

She said that the current changes introduced by the governor were “drastic,” and there will be pitfalls including the possibility of delayed results or rejected mail-in ballots. She would have preferred that voters have a choice.  Many voters are “confused” by the paper ballots, and over 6 million are being sent out in NJ.

Most of you are familiar with the basics:  Most votes will be placed using  a mail-in ballot which will be sent out by Oct 5 to New Jersey registered voters. The deadline to register is October 13. You can register online. Any questions call the Clerk’s office at 732 409 7566.

When you get your ballot, sent out by the Monmouth County Clerk, you will find a card inside from Ms. Hanlon which explains the process in a readily understandable way.  Both Clerk Hanlon and Luisa Paster encouraged everyone to return their ballots early.

You can mail it using the pre-paid envelope, or, even better, you can drop it off at the “secure” drop-box in the back of the Municipal Building towards the library entrance.

Those boxes are picked up and counted under the supervision of Democrats and Republicans.  And videos are recording the process. There may be more rulings from Trenton about drop-box security.

Another good way to submit your paper ballot is to take it to the post office so that it gets a postmark.

You can go to the voting site on November 3 and drop off your ballot there, but there may be a line, and you must distance.   If you go there without a ballot you will get a  “provisional ballot,” but those get counted last.  The mail-in ballots are counted first.

A provisional ballot will not be counted until the authorities are sure that such a voter has not already voted by mail, and a provisional ballot may wind up not being counted at all, even though, supposedly, “every vote is counted..”

There are those who think that the provisional ballot process is not secure and vulnerable to voting fraud.

There is concern about fraud, but Ms. Paster encouraged everyone to follow the instructions to keep their vote secure.  You can go online to Monmouth County votes.

A special mailing will tell every voter where their polling place is and how to figure out the mail-in ballot which also comes with instructions.  With the ballot there will be a certification envelope  (don’t detach the perforated flap,)  and an outer mailing envelope.  Make sure that the address shows through the glassine window.

If a written ballot is rejected, you will get a notice as to how to “cure the ballot.” Miss Paster said that a reason for rejection might be a detached flap “or something like that.”  She said that the paper process is slow and that we must be “patient.”

I thought she should have been more specific in explaining how a mail-in ballot might be rejected.  Don’t forget to use a pen –blue or black for the scanning machine to read.

The Monmouth County Board of Election is where Ms. Hanlon’s Clerk office is:  300 Halls Mill Road in Freehold.  Any questions, call them.

Both Ms. Hanlon and Ms. Paster did a fine job in presenting the voting facts at the Zoom meeting.

As for the Zoom, the new HOA President Richard Williams did a good job moderating, but my attempt to ask a question on the chat line was a failure, and I don’t know why.   I don’t think the Zoom process was well explained and may be part of the reason so few attended.


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Northville Cemetery, Adirondack Park, New York State. Jean Bredin photo. © September, 2020.

From Jean:  “There’s something about an old cemetery that I like to walk through.

“Some tombstones date back to 1799. Some inscriptions have worn off with time.

“I say a little blessing and then go on my way.”

Giampaolo Pasquile     “Twin Peaks.”   from the Greatest Movie soundtracks.

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Paul Goldfinger. Tent Village #1. Ocean Grove, N.J. June, 2017. ©


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