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Wassup cow. It is blue because of global warming.  She emits no methane gas–she is organic.

a.  Blog stats:  On N0v 8 we had 905 visits.   The most popular topics included the Aurora dumpster mystery, Camp Meeting abandons secular shows at the GA, Trenton shines a light on Wesley Lake pollution and  BF Veterans Day post.

b.  Evidently there is a homeless problem in the Grove. Certain individuals have been seen in parks and under the boardwalk.   Some citizens are hanging food from a tree near the Great Auditorium.   What to do?  The police are aware.  We know that A. Park has a considerable homeless issue, but we have no idea of the magnitude in OG.  Some say that it is significant, while others say that it is infrequent.


Main Avenue, OG. Veterans Day. 11/12/18. Blogfinger photo. Where is the Chamber of Commercials?


OG man calls out to the trash  truck, “Am I too late for the garbage?”
“No” says the trash man, “Jump right in.” Blogfinger photo. 11/18


e.  Song of the week.   Joe Brown from the Concert for George.  By George Harrison:

f.  Do you remember carving teeth out of a pumpkin?   Well, Drs. Brevit and Whilden have found new pumpkin inspiration. See their window display below:

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Christmas Eve, 2017 in Ocean Grove, NJ. Paul Coldfinger @Blogfinger.



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The $1.50 Costco hot dog–1/4 pound, all beef at $1.50 and a 20 oz soda included. They sell 100 million each year.


Re-post from Blogfinger.

Some things never change, and this is still a useful post. Recently the NY Times wrote about the seductive $1.50 hot dogs at Costco.   They are the best, and the company purposefully keeps the price low. It helps them retain customers, and some go there just for the hot dogs. It is hard to resist, even for those with the best will power. The company has been selling these at this price since 1985.  Hebrew National used to make the Costco dogs, but now the Kirkland plant in California produces 285 million hot dogs each year

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By Paul Goldfinger, MD, FACC.   Editor   @Blogfinger

I was leaving BJ’s with a four month supply of batteries, paper towels and water. I almost made it out the door when I spotted the hot dogs. They looked tempting, so I had one with mustard and sour kraut. It was excellent, and it went down fast.  I forgot that it was 4 pm and dinner was just around the corner.  When I got to my car, I came to my senses and realized that I should not have eaten that hot dog.

I began to wonder about unnecessary eating in our society. As a cardiologist, I am very aware of the fact that overweight is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and that obesity and overweight are  getting worse in the US.  I recalled a line from the new HBO show “Hung” (a story about a paper hanger). The…

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Jack Bredin reviews his Wesley Lake notes. Blogfinger is determined to get  State  officials involved in the matter of WL pollution.   Blogfinger photograph. 11/9/18 ©


By Paul Goldfinger, MD,  Editor @Blogfinger.net

When Jack Bredin and I attended the last meeting of the State Site Improvement Advisory Board, Jack was allowed to make a statement regarding a variety of concerns about the pollution of Wesley Lake.   Here is a link about that visit:

Blogfinger visits Trenton about Wesley Lake 10/18/18

On November 8, 2018, we received a letter from Mr. John R. Lago of the NJ Department of Community Affairs, Division of Codes and Standards.  He is representing Mr. Joseph E. Doyle, Chairman of the SIAB who was interested in responding in a meaningful way to Jack’s statement last month where help was requested in doing something about Wesley Lake pollution.

Mr. Lago said that “Mr. Bredin accurately described the Wesley Lake problem.”   He noted that two Ocean Grove residents had attended the meeting and he verified that the lake “historically functions as a runoff basin for roads”  and that the lake is on the Green Acres ROSI list (Recreational Open Space Inventory.)

Mr. Lago personally contacted the Monmouth County engineering and planning departments and he discovered that neither department has cleanup of the lake on a “to do” list.

He also reached out to the Neptune Township engineer and planner, Ms. Leanne Hoffman, who pointed to the Wesley Lake Commission as an entity that was designated to “improve conditions” in the lake.  She has received a copy of today’s letter, so there is no way for her to avoid this spotlight.

Mr. Lago then formally contacted  a DEP administrator with the Bureau of Nonpoint Pollution Control, Mr. James  Murphy, Engineer, Stormwater Management Unit, Division of Water Quality regarding state programs  “that might be helpful.” Mr. Lago wondered if the DEP might get involved.

We have a copy of Mr. Murphy’s letter of response in which he  “suggested several initiatives.”

In addition, there was mention of “an inspection by our regional enforcement people.”

Jack and I plan to contact a number of the people/agencies which were formally mentioned to us.  We have no idea whether Ms. Hoffman plans to do anything useful, but at least she knows that the Trenton gaze is now on Wesley Lake.   Certainly Neptune Township should follow-up on all these recommendations.

For those that we contact, we will include links to every Blogfinger article in our archives about Wesley Lake.  There are a number of issues that worry us.

It is encouraging to note that there are some State-level officials who care about citizen concerns and who would like to help us restore our lake to its historic functions of clean water, recreation and preservation.

WYNTON MARSALIS   “How Are Things in Glocca Morra?”    From Finians Rainbow:

“How are things in Glocca Morra?
Is that little brook still leaping there?
Does it still run down to Donny cove?
Through Killybegs, Kilkerry and Kildare?
How are things in Glocca Morra?
Is that willow tree still weeping there?”


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WWI memorial in Belmar, New Jersey. Nov. 2013, Paul Goldfinger photo ©

WWI memorial in Belmar, New Jersey. Nov. 2013, Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Korean War vets march in Middletown parade. Nov. 10, 2013. Asbury Park Press photo. Nov. 11.

Korean War vets march in Middletown parade. Nov. 10, 2013. Asbury Park Press photo. Nov. 11.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

In WWI, the US mobilized over 4 million people.  We had 323,000 casualties. Now is the 100th anniversary of the conclusion to that war.

In WWII we mobilized 16 million and had over 1 million casualties.   Of course we lost people in many other conflicts as well.  Below is a link that shows all the numbers.


Bayonne, NJ 1945. upper left clockwise: Al Demby, Marty Litinger, Ben Demby, Duke (Samuel) Demby.

Goldfinger family album.  Bayonne, NJ, 1945. Upper left clockwise: Al Demby, Marty Litinger, Duke (Samuel) Demby, Ben Demby.  Not shown is Bernard Harkavy, Eileen’s Dad who served in Europe.

Marty was in the Coast Guard and traveled with the convoys going to Britain and Russia via the North Atlantic.  Ben was in the Army and won a Bronze Star for valor.  Duke was in the submarine service, while Al was a Sea Bee. They were children of immigrants who were always grateful for what America offered our family.

These four uncles served in WWII.  They were my mom’s  4 brothers, and they all came back to the family home on the Boulevard in Bayonne. We were so lucky.   As a young boy, I was proud of them—-my heroes.  

They resumed their lives and had families.  One was an electrician, one ran an ice cream business, one was  a postal worker and one opened a hat store.  They’re all gone now. 

My cousin Harold Demby was an infantryman in Vietnam, and he did see combat. He is a retired draftsman.  Harold will join us for Thanksgiving this year.  And my cousin Ernie Bergman was an officer in Vietnam.  He’s a retired Middlesex County prosecutor  (“Ernie the Attorney”) now playing a lot of golf in Florida.

I served in the US Navy Medical Corps for 2 years during Vietnam, but I stayed in Portsmouth, Virginia as a cardiologist in a 1,400 bed  Navy hospital. Although I have a sword (mandatory and ceremonial) from that time,  which is in my bedroom in Ocean Grove in case a Barbary pirate shows up, I never saw combat.  We took care of the returning prisoners of war.  I am a proud member of Jersey Shore Post 125, Jewish War Veterans.

It was an honor to follow my uncles’  and cousin’s leads and take part in the heroic traditions of our military and to represent our family in thanking this great nation.


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Noah and Max the beagle. Handmade quilt designed and sewn by Margaret Miller of Bradley Beach and Christine Wheeler of Brick (formerly of Ocean Grove.)   Photo by Mom.  Click to enlarge.


ALICIA MORTON AND VICTOR GARBER from the Disney made-for-TV movie of Annie  (1999.)  Alicia won the part over 3000 other little girls.


Alicia Morton as Annie.







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At the Met.

Moe Demby, Blofinger staff. November, 2018. Metropolitan Museum of Art. NYC.


Original Broadway Cast Recording of The Light in the Piazza.  “Statues and Stories”  by Adam Guettel.  Set in Florence, Italy.

“On a central square, in a city of the sun rose a palace.
It was high and handsome gleaming like the crown of a king.”
“There were princes, painters, noblemen of logic and art.”



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Someone ran out of peddling room at the North End of A. Park, so they locked the bike and maybe they are flying a kite or body surfing on the beach.. Asbury Park Boards. Paul Goldfinger photograph  © 2015.  Blogfinger.net.


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

There are citizens in Asbury Park who have formed a group to protest plans for their north end.  The details don’t interest us much, but it involves implementing a plan from 2004, that the protest group feels is wrong for their city.  It relates to a private beach being developed there, boardwalk design, and concerns about access for everyone, not just a privileged minority.

But what strikes us at Blogfinger is that when worrisome plans for their north end beachfront surfaced now, activists have sprung into action with meetings, petitions and protests. As a result a meeting was held tonight, and the City Council will review the situation.  . And one of the requests by the people is for “transparency,” and their developer, iStar, will be having a public presentation open for review and discussion.  In addition, the Asbury Park Press and Channel 12 picked up on the story today.

Unlike the relationship of the Neptune Committee to the citizens of Ocean Grove, the Asbury Mayor and Council are supportive of the people’s concerns.

But Ocean Grove is much different, with creeping inertia on the part of the public,  and it will get whatever the big-shots want at our North End.





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Delaware River near Lambertville. November, 2018. Paul Goldfinger ©


BILL FRISELL from his album When You Wish Upon a Star.   “Moon Riveris one of the all-time best wedding songs. The vocalist is Petra Haden. It was written by Henry Mancini (music) and Johnny Mercer (lyrics.) Audrey Hepburn sang it in 1961 for the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  It won a Grammy in 1962.

It was new to me, on my father’s car radio, when I suggested it for our wedding song.  The band leader never heard of it and he had to do some research in order to play it for our special dance.  Now, who can forget it.


Petra Haden, vocalist.

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