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Re-posted from 2014. Neptune High School has a proud patriotic tradition. Look for them in the OG Memorial Day Parade. Tuesday May 29  at 10 am.  (Memorial Day is Monday May 28, 2018)

The NJ Law Enforcement Memorial Service will be held in Ocean Grove at 11 am Tuesday, May 22. Great Auditorium.


Ocean Grove. December 7, 2013.  By Paul Goldfinger © Ocean Grove. December 7, 2013.  Neptune High School honor guard.   Photo by Paul Goldfinger ©  left click

NORMAN BLAKE   (From O Brother Where Art Thou?)

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Banner on the pink La Pierre, facing Asbury Park,  says “Now Renting.” Blogfinger photograph May 21, 2018. © As seen from the A. Park side.  Click to enlarge.


La Pierre as seen after the March 2017 fire. The empty area at the site of the Warrington Hotel remains undeveloped due to a zoning dispute with Neptune Township.  Photo by Gary Colyer.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

The La Pierre condominiums (16 Lake Avenue—-with no parking) had severe damage during the Warrington conflagration of  March 3, 2017.  The La Pierre is located between the Ocean and Founder’s Park.

Their rental banner suggests that they have completed restoration of that building.  The work began quickly after the fire. The La Pierre has condominiums  for sale and rent.  It used to be a historic hotel with 100 rooms; the condo conversion took place in 1988 with 36 units.

You can see the excellent retaining wall there, but the wall uglifies on either side.  The wall particularly needs to be restored at the east side of Lake Avenue, near the boardwalk. That presumably will be paid for by the North End redevelopers.

The banner facing Asbury Park is consistent with the recent recognition that Ocean Grove real estate will be marketed  to those whose eyes are on A. Park.  We have seen ads that essentially say, “Live in Ocean Grove because it is cheaper, but leave your heart in Asbury Park.”

This is not good for the evolution of OG as a historic district with its own objectives, values, and culture. Those who set their sites on A. Park will likely not care much about the historic small town vision for the Grove.

And the North End Redevelopment Plan will create an appendage to A. Park, ie South Asbury Park in O. Grove.  Whatever housing is eventually placed there will be all about the proximity to A.P. not the proximity to O.G. proper.

BLOSSOM DEARIE  from her album  May I Come In?    “Corcovado.”  1998.


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Bridge to somewhere. Ocean Grove.  Paul Goldfinger ©  Blogfinger.net  Click image to make the New Jersey Avenue crossing bigger.


RUFUS WAINWRIGHT  from (live)  Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall:  “If Love Were All.”


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Asbury Lanes. Derelict building in 2015 before the restoration. Blogfinger.net photo. ©  Click image to enlarge.


The new Asbury Lanes. Reopened on May 18, 2018. APP photo. This historic building was not turned into condos as would happen in Ocean Grove.

Asbury Lanes is a historic iconic venue on 4th Avenue in A. Park; It will have live entertainment as it did in its hey-day.  The night club opens with an impressive music guest list.

Asbury Lanes was once known as a center for the 1970’s punk rock movement.  But this new version is not a throwback to that era; it is a sleek modern concert venue.  Some punk fans hoped for a resurrection of the old days, but that’s not happening.

And, for you fressers out there, there also will be a 24 hour diner  (all night in the summer.)

Here is a link to the APP article on this topic:

Asbury Lanes restoration APP article

In 2015 Blogfinger wrote about this famous derelict building.  Here is that link:

Asbury Lanes restoration


WILD CHILD:  This group will appear on June 7.  Here they are with “Crazy Bird”  It isn’t punk rock, but it sure sounds great.

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Paul Goldfinger ©.c. 2015. Ocean Grove Auditorium Pavilion. Blogfinger.net



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Thousand Islands, Canada. By Paul Goldfinger, Kodachrome film. Undated. © Blogfinger.net

Thousand Islands, Canada. By Paul Goldfinger, Kodachrome film. Undated. © Blogfinger.net. Click to enlarge. Reposted from 2015.


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If they tow your car, this is where they take it. Or maybe they’ll tow it to Ocean Grove’s north end dirt lot.   Internet photo.


By Paul Goldfinger

This is a common problem in the Grove, especially when someone parks a vehicle in front of your house and doesn’t move it.

The township passed an ordinance last October called #17-40.  Below is the main part, and if you read it, you will see that the procedure for handling the situation is a bit murky. So what is the reality of the situation?   Click on the image to read it easier.

The correct terminology is an “abandoned vehicle.”  If someone is parked on an OG street with an invalid registration, then it can be immediately towed away (“impounded.”)  If it is “a junk vehicle”  (eg  all the tires are flat and the windows are busted) it can be towed immediately.

But if a car is just parked and not moved, technically it has to be stationery for 30 days to be towed.  But it is difficult to document the 30 days.  The police have to use their best judgement because the ordinance doesn’t spell it out. It reminds me of the current  proposed ordinance regarding the new 3 hour parking rules on Main Avenue.

If you see a car that appears to be “abandoned”  (ie not moving for days or weeks) then call the NTPD.  You don’t have to wait for 30 days.   They will come down and investigate. At the very least, they will initiate a paper trail. Sometimes the officer will try to call the owner to find out what’s what.  He will “run the plates” and check the registration. Police can check a car’s registration using a special scanner.     Out of date inspection stickers don’t count, because that is a “moving violation.”  (That’s what they used to call a “date” in my frat house.)

If you have any questions, direct them to the NTPD.    732 988 8000.



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I had a Kodak box camera then. There were some light leaks.  Probably a Brownie, made in England for Kodak. Paul Goldfinger ©



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Paul Goldfinger ©. Bunche Beach.  Click to enlarge



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This is Tillie, the symbol of funny business in A. Park. But who is looking after the interests of Grovers who live on this side of the Retention /Detention Basin?


Let’s get rid of the gang who can’t shoot straight and elect this woman and her friends to the HOA board. Photo by Brassai. ©


The Ocean Grove Home Groaners Ass. is really digging its heels into all the Grovarian issues that affect the lives of those who live in our town:  At their next meeting they will discuss “the history of the Midtown area of Neptune as a destination for African American tourism, and how that history informs redevelopment plans for Midtown…”

Gee whiz!  Do you think the Midtowners will soon have a program discussing OG history and how that informs our tourism and redevelopment plans?

Is this meeting supposed to reassure Grovers and Midtowners that we care about the redevelopment of Midtown?  Nobody in Midtown will buy it, and nobody in OG will care, except perhaps for some concerned citizens on the HOA Board.

It’s time for the Groaners to get busy and find out something about our own town and its concerns.  Maybe they will determine what they can do to make some real progress for their own constituency right here in River City with a capital O.

ROBERT PRESTON   From the Music Man:


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