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Ocean Grove dune. By Paul Goldfinger, Blogfinger.net. July 2021.
From deep within
this hollow
the sea whispers
along a tight
passing its secrets
through my ear
CALYPSO MUSIC .  The London Symphony   From the film score of The Rake

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The McConnell family is visiting from San Francisco. Photos and story by Lee Morgan. 7/24/21


Summer vacationers from points North.  One helper mixes work with fun. ATTENTION FLYING SAND!   It’s a shame these kids cannot enjoy that “Surfers’ Beach” swimming.



THE URI CAINE ENSEMBLE  with “The Castle Walk.”  The Castle Walk was a ragtime dance popular in the early 20thcentury.


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Chicken peppadew. Eileen Goldfinger photo. 2016. Blogfinger.net

Chicken peppadew. Eileen Goldfinger photo. 2016. Blogfinger.net


By Eileen Goldfinger, Food Editor @Blogfinger.


3 skinless and boneless chicken breasts

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

15 small black pitted olives, sliced

15 peppadews, sliced

1/2 cup unsalted chicken broth

1/4 cup  marinara sauce

1/4 cup searing flour

2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

10 basil leaves

2 tablespoons of butter or margarine

1/2 lemon juiced

1/4 cup white wine


Cut chicken into 1 1/2 inch pieces and sprinkle with searing flour.

Heat oil in a 12 inch nonstick fry pan.

Add chicken pieces and brown on both sides.

Remove chicken from pan and set aside.

Slowly add chicken broth to pan and scrape up any brown bits stuck to bottom of pan.

Add margarine and wine; then stir. Sauce should be getting thicker and developing a creamy consistency.

Add peppadews, 5 basil leaves, olives, marinara sauce, and black pepper.

Cook for 10 minutes and stir.

Add chicken pieces and lemon juice, and stir, covering chicken pieces with sauce.

Add remaining basil leaves.

Simmer until chicken is heated and cooked through. (Approximately 10 minutes.)  If sauce is too thick, add a little more broth.

If the sauce is too thin, cook uncovered until sauce thickens

Serve over fettuccine or linguini (1/2 pound.)

Serves 2.


* Peppadew  is a sweet mildly spicy form of pepper from South Africa.  It gives a sense of “mild heat.”  Buy it in a jar or at the Wegmans olive bar.











ELAINE STRITCH:   From Sondheim’s Company.    ‘Here’s to the Ladies Who Lunch.”


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NEW ORLEANS — Good news, men: you may be able to decrease your risk for prostate cancer by ejaculating — frequently, according to research presented here at American Urological Association 2015 Annual Meeting.

The frothy advice is not new but is now backed up by the “strongest evidence to date” on the subject, according to lead author Jennifer Rider, ScD, MPH, an epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.

Medscape link


Blogfinger medical commentary:   By Paul Goldfinger, MD.

This is a bit out of range for my professional credentials.  But, finally medical science may have found a pleasant way to prevent cancer.  All the other ways require some sacrifice like avoiding ice cream and hot pastrami.  I would love to get a Blogfinger interview with Jennifer Rider.


THE MOUND CITY BLUE BLOWERS   (no, not blue ballers)  It sounds like there is a kazoo solo there.  Kazoos are  historic instruments in OG.

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Central Park. Paul Goldfinger © Tri-X Collection.


Despite the efforts of New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio, the horse drawn carriages remain a nostalgic icon of Old New York, still clop clop clopping around town.


Ocean Grove had it for awhile a few years ago, but that treat has vanished.


CAST OF GUYS AND DOLLS, 1992 EDITION.   “Fugue For Tinhorns.”


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Paul Goldfinger photograph. ©. Ocean Grove. One day in May,  2018.  Click to enlarge.







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Great blue–in Wesley Lake. Stephen Goldfinger saved the duckling. Photo by Stephen.


Here is a post from my Florida blog.  It is about a baby great blue. Click on “continue reading.”


Lullaby of birdland: baby great blue heron

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Lambertville. This shop is on the Delaware River. Paul Goldfinger photo. Click to enlarge.


Bridge Street. Quaint shopping, restaurants, biking on paths.  Drive over bridge  to New Hope, Penn . Visit Washington’s Crossing Park on both sides of the river.   1 hour, 15 min from OG.   Click to enlarge.     P.G.




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Wow on Webb…OG. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  click to enlarge



BIG JOE TURNER:    “Sweet Sue.”


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The Groaners Board sits and faces the audience. This image is from the ZOOM display. 7/24/21


This is the in-person audience at the HGA meeting. 7/24/21  ZOOM image.


Blogfinger team coverage of the HOA membership meeting:

There were about 30 people in the Community Room. There were also about 30 signed on via ZOOM.

Back when Herb Herbst ran an activist Home Owners Association, they had about 1000 members. That edition of the HOA from the 1990’s shook up the town and brought it back from the abyss.

This edition?  What has it accomplished?


This meeting was supposed to be a “Membership Forum” They hoped it would be a free-for-all where anyone can take the mike. They wanted to know, “What’s Bugging You?

Evidently there were others who, like me, had low expectations for the meeting.  I caught the second half, and it was pretty dull.  Robert Lane, Neptune Comedy member, took the floor and asked for volunteers to joint the Fletcher Lake Commission whose main function these days is to deal with wayward fowl and their excrement.   “Chicks and ducks and geese better scurry…” when this crew gets serious.

Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling stood up to say “hello ” and he defended the job he did with the Neptune Comedy to solve Broadway drainage problems.  He will have more to say at the August meeting.

The President of the Groaners Richard Williams called Main Avenue “Main Street.”  He said that if a food truck appears in town, the citizens should demand to see their permit.   And, you can call the police, as someone did at the sight of a “lobster truck.”

It seems to me that they should have let the lobster truck stay.  In fact they should have one night a week when food trucks could assemble on Ocean Avenue.  It would be a huge hit.  But it would compete with the CMA’s multiple and congested events over there. It’s the sort of out-of-the-box idea that the HGA cannot produce.

Joyce Klein, trustee, spoke about how to get approvals for rental units.  She said that single night rentals were legal in the Grove. But what she failed to provide was some data as to how common Airbnb and other similar rentals are in the Grove. It is an important trend here and elsewhere, but how much of a problem is it in this town?    Don’t expect the Groaners to tell you.

A member of the Groaners board stood to tell us that he needs more volunteers for the “Green Committee.”  Their goal is to improve the “carbon footprint” of Ocean Grove.   I can’t tell you how exciting that prospect is. What a joke!

The most marvelous agenda item that I saw was about nothing emanating from the HOA.   Instead a ballsy Grovarian woman went to the microphone to describe her accomplishments in doing battle with useless power and cable lines around town.  There are some rental homes that have up to 10 lines going to the house.  She calls herself “Erin the Cable Lady.”

Who in their right mind would like to tangle with with Verizon and Optimum, but she has done it and has made some progress.  “Erin the Cable Lady” is dedicated to her idea.

She will help any of you who have such a problem.  Unfortunately, her description of her email address fell flat.  But I bet you could contact the Groaners for her address, or she can send us her email  to  Blogfinger@verizon.net, and we will help publicize her crusade.

What does Erin look like? Well, look at the photo above.  She is in the audience, on the left side, in a pink top, raising her right hand.

Erin—you are roll model for all Grovarians.  You deserve a medal or at least a round of (digital) applause.

Here’s for Erin:   

If you want to know all the details of this meeting, you can read the Coaster next Thursday or maybe the HGA will actually post some minutes on their web site.  The last time they did that was October 2020.

They announced that they have planted a memorial tree in Auditorium Park for a former member.  There will be a memorial plaque. Will it look like a tombstone as do some of the Firemen’s Park memorials? When will Neptune ban the use of our public spaces for memorials to the dead?  What other shore towns do that?

Blogfinger receives 500-600 hits per day on average.   So if you have an issue that you want to air out, send it to us and we will consider posting it.  You can send us an email or a letter to the editor or a ” just wondering”segment.  You will get more exposure than at events such as today’s.   Blogfinger@verizon.net

Have you noticed that the Groaners never respond to our readers about the important issues which we raise.  Preserving  the trustee’s private club is a greater priority than actually becoming activists and doing something.

It’s  time to bring in some young people whose future in this town is being fiddled with by this crew.


And this is for the Fletcher Lake Commission.     BEVERLY KENNEY   from Oklahoma.




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