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Paul Goldfinger portrait. © Everglades City, Fla.


DORIS DAY  from 16 Most Requested Songs of the 1940’s. Vol. 1.  “Again” by Newman and Cochran was first heard in a 1948 movie called Road House.  Doris Day recorded it in Feb. 1949, and it zoomed to #2 in the charts.

“What matters, dear, for when
This doesn’t happen again
We’ll have this moment forever
But never, never, again.”


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Ocean Grove beach. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©


Kenny VANCE:

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CMA employees on June 24 at the OG beach. ? knuckleheads.  Jean Bredin photo. Click to enlarge.
OG friends. ? knuckleheads.   July 10. Blogfinger photo.
Ocean Grove boards. knuckleheads? July, 2020. Blogfinger photo.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.

Since June 28, the CMA has been holding Sunday services in the Great Auditorium, but President Badger thinks the limit for attendees at 100 is too few.

Now Badger has decided that there is plenty of room in the Great Auditorium for more people to safely distance, so he has requested a special dispensation from the Governor.

The APP headline says, “Ocean Grove asks Murphy to waive worship restrictions, says we aren’t like the ‘wilder beach towns.'”

Badger said to the Gov., “You have rightly warned the people of NJ to avoid being knuckleheads. In contrast to the wilder beach towns of Asbury Park and Belmar, Ocean Grove contains some of the most careful people anywhere who are following COVID-19 avoidance protocols,” Badger writes.   (APP July 10.)

It seems that Badger thinks that Asbury Park and Belmar are “wild beach towns” inhabited by unrestrained knuckleheads, implying that those towns should not qualify for an exemption because they are not “careful.”

Of course he has no data to back up his opinion that his “careful people” are more careful and deserving of an exemption than those “wild” things who go to church in A. Park and Belmar.

However, the official NJ web site for virus information says today,  “While services can resume, houses of worship must comply with the limits on indoor gatherings. Indoor gatherings must be limited to 100 people or 25% of a room’s capacity — whichever number is lower.

So regardless of the size of the GA, even if it were the size of Giants Stadium, only 100 would be allowed according to current executive orders. 

“All attendees at indoor gatherings must wear face coverings and stay six feet apart.” 

And maybe, at the GA, they would take everyone’s temperature and conduct a thorough knucklehead screening procedure at the entrances if Badger gets his wish just in case a Grover knucklehead tries to slip in.

The CMA has yet to receive a verdict from the high command.

We passed a huge mega-church on the GSP which appeared to be totally closed. Will the Gov. let them reopen even if there are no reassurances about how many knuckleheads pray there.

So Pres. Badger, instead of mounting feeble stereotypes against our  neighbors’ behaviors, should have merely focused on the known viral risks of assembly and sent the Gov. a photo of the GA.

CMA photo borrowed from the Asbury Park Press on July 10.

Of course, Badger misses the point by a mile when he asserts  that one is less likely to transmit the virus in OG due to our people’s angelic behaviors–an unproven contention.

He is correct that distancing could be easily handled in the Great Auditorium with more attendees, and just that geographic argument would have been sufficient.

Whether the Governor will take on this can of worms remains to be seen.

The APP headline once again confirms my conviction that the press can’t seem to distinguish between “Ocean Grove” and the “Camp Meeting Association. ” The headline says,. “Ocean Grove asks Murphy to waive worship restrictions….”

And, as we have said, the CMA makes no effort to correct the intentional confusion over nomenclature.

Also, this APP reporter who is supposed to be their expert on OG said, “The Camp Meeting Association owns all the property in Ocean Grove.”   He should have said “all the land.”   Real estate property includes land and buildings.

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Snowstorm March, 2015.  8 inches blanketed the city. Patrick Cashin. Photo from the New York Times. July 10, 2020.

For 20 years Mr. Cashin was a photographer for the M.T.A. His images focused on subways, bridges and all sorts of infrastructure and captured the strength and beauty of these man made objects.

New Yorkers love their subway despite recurrent problems.  One viewer said that it was much better than being stuck in traffic.  I was mesmerized by the city after a snowfall–the parks, the streets and the people. But few  photographers were so drawn to these sights as Pat Cashin.

This photo is of the B train which kept running during the blizzard.  The July 10  NY Times shows a number of his images.

He recently retired, and a book is probably next.


“This Time the Dream’s on  Me.”   From Portrait of Harold Arlen. For years Ralph Sharon was Tony Bennett‘s pianist.

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It’s a big rainstorm in Ocean Grove, so what to do?  How about dancing around the living room with Carl Perkins:




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Dusk. Ocean Grove beach. July 8, 2020. By Paul Goldfinger © Click to enlarge.


MICHELE GARRUTI  theme music from the movie Life Is Beautiful.


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Black Lives Matter  demonstration.   Asbury Park near Wesley Lake., June 1, 2020. Paul Goldfinger photograph. © Click to enlarge.

A view of AP near the New Jersey Avenue bridge; taken from the Ocean Grove side. The demonstrators passed the entrance to the OG bridge and continued eastward.   June 1, 2020.©. Blogfinger.net. Click to enlarge.

Protesting can be a messy matter, but it is in the best traditions of our American origins. On December 16, 1773, the Boston Tea Party was held:


Photograph by P. Goldfinger from a computer display.

From the History Channel:

The Boston Tea Party was a political protest that occurred on December 16, 1773, at Griffin’s Wharf in Boston, Massachusetts. American colonists, frustrated and angry at Britain for imposing “taxation without representation,” dumped 342 chests of tea, imported by the British East India Company into the harbor. The event was the first major act of defiance to British rule over the colonists. It showed Great Britain that Americans wouldn’t take taxation and tyranny sitting down, and rallied American patriots across the 13 colonies to fight for independence.

It took nearly three hours for more than 100 colonists dressed as Indians to empty the tea into Boston Harbor. The chests held more than 90,000 lbs. (45 tons) of tea, which would cost nearly $1,000,000 dollars today.

Many American leaders were against this event including George Washington.

But this was about more than taxes.  In 1770, the Boston Massacre occurred causing the deaths of 5 colonists, and the American people were still furious.

Below is a link regarding the Boston Tea Party.


The Asbury event was fairly tame as such demonstrations go.  Most Americans understand and tolerate protests.

I am reminded of this because we all need to recognize the importance of protesting, but we also need to encourage our local governments to make sure that there is no violence and/or destruction of our neighborhoods.

Just because a cause makes sense shouldn’t mean that the cost should be unlimited and unsafe.

–Paul Goldfinger, Editor at Blogfinger.net

JUDY COLLINS    “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” was written in 1969 by Paul Simon.

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Ocean Grove beach. Dusk. July 8, 2020. Paul Goldfinger ©. Click to enlarge.

ANNIE:   Original Broadway Cast

“Hey, hobo man
Hey, Dapper Dan
You’ve both got your style
But brother
You’re never fully dressed
Without a smile!”


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Paul Goldfinger. NYC Street Series. Undated. © Click to enlarge.


CHARLIE PARKER AND DIZZY GILLESPIE—-from Louis Armstrong and Friends

“All the Things You Are.”  Music by Jerome Kern.  Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II.  1939.

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Firemen’s Park in Ocean Grove. July, 2020. Blogfinger photo. ©


A fence at Dachau. It means “Work makes you free.”



In Philadelphia, children can get closer to the Liberty Bell than those in Firemen’s Park can. Internet photo


We live in an age of being offended.  If someone is offended by anything in the public sphere, then authorities often have to fix it.  An example is taking down a statue of a Confederate hero because it might offend someone who doesn’t want to be reminded of slavery 150 years ago.

Or changing the name of a city such as New York, because York was an Englishman who had slaves.   And Stokes, who would not allow blacks, Jews and Catholics into town, could be viewed as being biased, and thus some might be offended by his statue on Ocean Pathway.

Sometimes responding to such a complaint seems justified, while others seem unreasonable and even harmful.

In OG’s Firemen’s Park is a symbol of liberty: It is a bell with an eagle on top. For some in the Grove it is a symbol of departed firemen. But whichever definition is embraced by Grovers,  neither meaning would likely offend anyone, and the bell would remain.

But the placement of the bell imprisoned  by an ominous black fence with sharp points facing upward and dangerous shrubs with needles protruding might remind some of being in captivity. It might even intimidate and frighten children.

The Nazis imprisoned innocent people  behind ominous black fences, and that included gypsies, Jews, gays, Adventists, mentally ill, Soviet POW’s and sick Poles. Those prisoners wound up being murdered.

So I find that fence to be offensive.  We should not celebrate public displays that might remind some of our friends and neighbors of such horrors.

Please Mr. Mayor—take it and those horrid bushes away, and open access to that liberty bell for all to enjoy and interpret in a positive way.  And surround it with flowers turning it into a welcoming happy  setting —an inoffensive symbol of liberty.

Paul Goldfinger, MD,  Editor@Blogfinger.net


BIRDY  “Not About Angels”  From a movie  The Fault in Our Stars

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