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Bud Miller, West Point grad, leaps to his feet at 6:10 pm when the big game ended. Paul Goldfinger photo. Robbinsville, NJ. 12/8/18 ©

Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

This is a rare sighting:  a Blogfinger sports report.

We were out with friends from my high school class, among which was Bud Miller, who was the Rutherford High School quarterback when I was blowing my horn with the Marching Bulldogs.  During dinner I learned why Bud was checking his phone—-the Army-Navy saga was in progress. Navy had won 14 times in a row until Army won the last two;  and this could be the third in a row for the Cadets.

As the game progressed, Bud was gaining confidence.  The moment it ended, he leapt to his feet, almost sending his chicken cacciatore flying. He urgently pulled up his sweater, and underneath was…this:  Definitely not regulation suspenders.

He was so excited that we later had the following “true conversation:”

Bud:  I met my wife Joan when I was in college and she was still in high school.

Me. What a coincidence.   I met Eileen when she was still in high school.

Bud: I guess we were both grave robbers.  

Me: Uh..I won’t be telling Eileen about this…

Bud;  Oh, yes, we were robbing the cradle.

Me: (changing the subject)  Bud–Do you remember when the Rutherford Freshman football team played the State Champ  JV squad from Montclair? (A game I actually was involved in—for one memorable play)

Bud: We got squashed. I’d like to know who arranged that match. 

Me:  Do you remember when we were the host band at the Clifton Band Festival  (Bud played trumpet; I sax). We marched up the field ready for a left flank when the beautiful, tall, blond, buxom, drum Majorette Karen  mistakenly pointed right with her long baton.

Bud: I do, and half the band went left and the other half right.

Me: I turned left; what did you do?

Bud: I turned left also and I collided with another bandsman turning right.  A loud groan came out of the stands.

Bud also banged the bell of his horn on a goal post, denting it; how the Heck Avenue did that happen?–He’s the only quarterback in history to find playing in the band more dangerous than playing football.

So, after all these years, we were still discussing girls, sports, and music.

THE RHS MARCHING BAND played “Across the Field” as we marched across the field.  We also played the Minnesota Rouser, but back then we didn’t need a marching band to get aroused.

Here is the Ohio State marching band with their version of “Across the Field.”  (It’s their fight song:)

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If you were there this year, please make a comment and email us a photo if you have a good one. Paul

Submitted by Rich Amole. Live Nativity in the Great Auditorium. Dec. 8, 2018. ©

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The Great Auditorium.  Paul Goldfinger photo. 12/13/14. © The Great Auditorium. Paul Goldfinger photo. 12/13/14. ©

SHE and HIM     “The Christmas Waltz.”   From the album A very She and Him Christmas.   “In three quarter time.”

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Santacon in Asbury Park in 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo.©,  Today, December 8, 2018, is the latest edition. Drinking and partying all day is the theme.

Blogfinger Santacon post 2015

Krampus character in A. Park. (Internet source.)

Paul Goldfinger, Editor BLOGFINGER.net

I saw a bumper sticker yesterday.  It’s not the first time for this particular promotion.  It says, “London, Paris, Asbury Park.” Whom are they kidding?

Last weekend they had a celebration of Krampus.  That is an event where people get dressed up as mythical folklore figures.  Krampus is associated with the “start of Yuletide.”  (APP)

Santacon is this weekend.  Young partygoers spend Saturday, December 8, 2018, dressed as Santa.  Aside from hanging out in bars and drinking, there is not much culture evident.

Santacon 5K Run. A. Park, Dec. 8, 2018 Asbury Park Press photo.©

Despite their inflated self-opinion in Asbury, the place really is dead in Jan. Feb. and March.  And speaking of the dead, A. Park will also have their annual Zombie reunion in October as they try to keep autumn alive.

Zombie Walk. A. Park 2014 Paul Goldfinger photo

An evolving theme for promoting the new Asbury Park seems to be casting the human spirit in a strange light.  But these superficial costume events, although fun for the twenties crowd, will run out of steam eventually since they are always the same.

A city with multi-million dollar condos will have to up the culture level to match the price tags.


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Paul Goldfinger © Heck Avenue. December 2018.


ELLIS MARSALIS   from his album A New Orleans Christmas Carol

“Christmas Time is Here.”

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It is time to think about checking your “stuff”to sell in May.  Make it part of your spring clean-up.  We will be posting all participating addresses and the items for sale.  We will ask you to email us starting in March.  Watch for our reminders.  We can use some volunteers to photograph the event, monitor the sites that day, pass out flyers, report on the sale for Blogfinger, and offer suggestions and help with promotions.


Paul Goldfinger, Editor  Blogfinger.net

Vincent Cannavo, Yard Sale Manager


KENNY VANCE  (his latest album; he is back –performing with his son Lance. Hopefully the CMA will include him if they do a Doo Wop concert in 2019)

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The concerns about quality in our healthcare system have deepened, especially in the area of “doctor-patient” relations. Re-post from 2015. Click on “Blogfinger” below


Mt. Sinai Hospital 1985. Upper East Side. Mt. Sinai Hospital early 1900’s. Upper East Side.

By Paul Goldfinger, MD, FACC  (This is being posted one year after its debut.)

Charles K. Friedberg was Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Mt. Sinai Hospital and School of Medicine in New York City during the 1960’s until his death in a car accident in 1972. He was also the most famous cardiologist in the world, being the sole author of Diseases of the Heart, the “bible” of cardiology—–a textbook of over 1,000 pages that was translated into 6 languages.

Charles K. Friedberg, MD Charles K. Friedberg, MD

He was the Chief of the Cardiology Department at “Sinai” when I took my cardiology residency there. Dr. Friedberg was famous not only as an author, scholar, editor, researcher and teacher, but also as a brilliant clinician, so it was a great privilege to make rounds with him at the hospital.  In 1985, Nanette Wenger, MD, from…

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Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC. Internet photo.

There isn’t much Hanukkah music out there that I am not familiar with, but Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff, came up with this You Tube treat for the Festival of Lights by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC.  It is quite superb, and the hand clapping, although not unusual in pop music, is less common in choral pieces.

So here is the Hanukkah music that I never heard before, but it is a fine addition to a limited repertoire.

Paul Goldfinger, Editor @blogfinger

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Count on me

Pearl Harbor event 11 am at the pier. Dec. 7 is Pearl Harbor Day. Click on Blogfinger below to hear the music.


Friends. Pearl Harbor Day. December 11, 2011. Ocean Grove Fishing Pier. Paul Goldfinger photo © Friends. Pearl Harbor Day. December 11, 2011. Ocean Grove Fishing Pier. Paul Goldfinger photo ©   Click to enlarge

BRUNO MARS    Singer and songwriter  2010.

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Jersey Shore Gallery. Photo by Paul Goldfinger. Oct. 2014

Interlaken, New Jersey.  Oct. 2014  This incredible house has echoes of history going back to  c. 1920’s or ’30’s.  (It calls to me–I want it!)  Paul Goldfinger photograph © Re-post.

CINDY SCOTT from her album Major to Minor.

Cindy Scott

Cindy Scott

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Paul Goldfinger, Editor  Blogfinger.net   (This post from 2016 but still relevant)

Headline below on the NJ News Commons Local Beat which is put out by Montclair State University as a “weekly roundup of the best reporting by community news sources.”   It links to our latest article about the Warrington, and it is not the first time.


Sometimes I wonder whether posting articles looking at land use law aberrations in Ocean Grove is little more than merely spinning our wheels. It seems that what we do has no impact on events in the Grove.  But, two days ago we had 1200 visits to the Blogfinger.net site, and then that gets multiplied as links are shared and  when other sources, such as the “Local Beat” also puts out our stories.

We believe that these articles are read by local players (lawyers, CMA trustees, engineers, Township politicians, Neptune bureaucrats, planners, etc.) and we think that they may be worried about our revelations.  This includes influential organizations such as the Home Groaners and the Chamber of Commercials.

Maybe we can slow down some plans that are wrong for the town.  And maybe officials at the County or State level will look at what we are revealing.

As for the Grovers who care, and there are many, they may not say much, but knowledge is power, and we are providing information to them unavailable elsewhere; and they’ve got heart:

From “Damn Yankees.”

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