Archive for the ‘Just Wondering’ Category

Ocean Grove beachfront. By Prosper Bellizia.  July, 2016 ©

Ocean Grove beachfront. By Prosper Bellizia. July, 2016 ©

From Prosper Bellizia (Blogfinger staff):       These signs appeared at each of the former locations of beach drinking fountains. The fountains were here for years.
The questions are: When did the potable water fountains become “non-potable”?
Who determined the water was not drinkable?


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The Warrington ready for its close-up. March 19, 2015.  Blogfinger photo ©

The Warrington ready for its close-up. March 19, 2015. Blogfinger photo ©  I wonder if the “life is beautiful” artist was here too.  (was Kilroy here?)

From Warrington Wary:

I have gone to every meeting and I cannot understand the owners of the Warrington. They stated that as a hotel that all recyclables are going to be picked up by Neptune or a private company. This is in the minutes of the Zoning Board. This is JUST one of the misunderstandings. At the last meeting they intended to place all the garbage and recyclables at the front of Seaview Ave, blocking the sidewalk because there is no place to accomadate all the garbage, not to mention what impact it will have on the people who live in front of the Warrington or whom are vacationing.

They think a 4 foot easement means that they own the property and have the right to interrupt their neighbors’ privacy.They would like a 5 x 5 foot sign on Seaview Ave, but they said a 3 x 3 sign would be OK.

My question to all is would you like to enter a hotel in the back of it or enter from the front? The owners have no consideration for anyone who lives there. After all, did they ever pay for the 47 violations that closed them down in the first place as a rest home.

I would like to know what my fellow Ocean Grovers THINK?

Editor’s note: One year ago we posted our last article regarding the Warrington. As many of you will recall, this former “rest home” was closed by the State in 2012. If you click on the link below, you can read the status of the situation as of March, 2014.  

BF Warrington article March, 2014

To see other articles on Blogfinger about this subject, use the search engine on top of our home page and type in “Warrington.”  If any of you have any more information or opinions about the Warrington, please comment below. —Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

CAST OF FOLLIES BY STEPHEN SONDHEIM:  “Loveland”  (“where everybody loves to live.”)

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Ocean Grove Fishing Pier, Oct. 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo. Click to enlarge. ©

Ocean Grove Fishing Pier, Oct. 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo. Click to enlarge. ©

From “Go Fish:”

I thought this subject was six feet under.
The fishing shack went with that Hurricane.
The few that patronized the fishing shack are now all resigned to it’s memories. Fishing still can be had from sea level to please the masses.
That pier out to the surf is a sightseeing platform now. Probably the worst on the east coast. It’s not safe at the end for anyone except Ralph.
Unfortunately the town has no money to do anything. So that’s that. Go Fish!

Editor’s Note  (Paul Goldfinger, Editor–Blogfinger.net)  The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association has said in the past that it wants to restore the fishing pier to its historic dimensions. But it has made no commitment to allowing the OG Fishing Club to participate in the rebuilding and/or to bring back the fishing shack.  You might recall that the original pier at the Embury Ave. location was not for fishing at all.

The OGCMA has done some work at the pier, as noted above, but it is doing post-Sandy restorations in stages. The project for 2015 is the North End of the boardwalk.  The Great Auditorium roof will also be done, and work is planned on Thornley Chapel. The pier has a low priority. Last year FEMA funding for the pier was denied, and the OGCMA decided not to appeal that decision.

Some have suggested that a reconstructed Pier in OG should have a gazebo at the end.  Rich Amole, Blogfinger staff, found this image to suggest how a gazebo might look over there.

Submitted by Rich Amole who was "gazeboing" on Google.

Submitted by Rich Amole who was “gazeboing” on Google.

Here is our last post on this subject:    July 2014 pier article on BF


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Ocean Grove Post Office. Is it the JV, but it is no longer the varsity?   Blogfinger file photo ©

Ocean Grove Post Office. Is it the JV, because it is no longer the varsity? Blogfinger file photo ©

I’m wondering if anyone else in O.G. has had problems with mail delivery.  We have experienced issues on two different occasions in the past month and a half.  I know of someone else who has also had an issue.  Maybe someone has an idea where to go for answers – or satisfaction.

Phone calls and a trip to the Neptune post office just resulted in excuses.

Thank you,

F. Levine

O.G. letter carriers are now based in Neptune.  Pictured here is a drive-by delivery.   Blogfinger file photo ©

O.G. letter carriers are now based in Neptune. Pictured here is a drive-by delivery. Blogfinger file photo ©



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On Blogfinger we are open to new ideas.

On Blogfinger we are open to new ideas.

September 7, 2014.  (Attention is called to the many comments which have been posted since this article first appeared on Sept 7.)   Just look down and click on “comments” to read them.

What do you all  think of this idea:

Each property tax payer in Ocean Grove is given only one  windshield sticker  allowing only those stickered  vehicles to be parked on the north side or west side of the streets in Ocean Grove from June 1st of the year until  September,  the day after the flea market?

This would require an ordinance allowing property tax payers to receive  Ocean Grove parking.

Joel T. Scranton

Ocean Grove, New Jersey

TEDDY THOMPSON  from the movie Brokeback Mountain

Should we allow this man of means to park his trailer in the Grove? 

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Rose:  Kamikaze boogie boarders coming your way.

Boogie boards coming your way.

David Beckham, soccer star, coming at you with his boogie board

David Beckham, soccer star, coming at you with his boogie board

This is a copy of a letter sent today, June 28, 2014, to the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association which owns and runs the beaches of Ocean Grove.

June 28, 2014


To Whom It May Concern:

I am an active woman in her seventies and a resident of Ocean Grove since 1998.  I like to swim in the ocean, but as another season begins my safety is at risk once again by the uncontrolled plethora of boogie boards approaching me from all directions.

There was a time when a roped area controlled this situation, but for several years this has not been in place, nor do the lifeguards assign an area for this activity. I have complained directly to the lifeguards, once when a young man was riding a large boogie board like a surfer.  I was told that he knew what he was doing.  Thank  you.

On the Beach Regulations posted by the Camp Meeting Association under section D: Flotation Devices it states: “Users of these implements must be kept segregated from casual bathers and are therefore not permitted within the central area on the bathing beaches that are delineated by parallel bathing ropes extending seaward.”

Also under B: Prohibited Activities it states: Activity which directly or indirectly endangers the safety of others. That would be me, attempting to enter the ocean by diving under a wave as a boogie board(s) head straight toward my head.

This has got to be corrected. If the ropes are not an option please have the lifeguards just wave or whistle to herd the boogie boarders to a separate area.

If there are other swimmers who feel this way, please contact the Camp Meeting Association.


Yours truly,

Rosaleen Rooney Myers



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How is it that the apartment building facing Wesley Lake at Founders Park has been largely vacant for years, yet seems to have part time renters?

Have there been inspections by Neptune as are required of the rest of us if we seasonally rent?

While everyone seems concerned about derelict properties, this one has avoided scrutiny.

Does anyone know what’s up with this property?

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Diesel (L) and Chico (now a Grover dog) relax at the Channelside Dog Park in Tampa, Fla.  Photo by Moe Demby

Diesel (L) and Chico (now a Grover dog) relax at the Channelside Dog Park in Tampa, Fla. Photo by Moe Demby

By Moe Demby of Ocean Grove and Blogfinger staff:

Winter time in the Grove is very quite and peaceful. The streets are mostly empty and the only sound heard throughout the town is the chime of the church bells.

If you travel east, the scenery changes, and despite cold wind, snow, and rain,  life fills the beach. It’s the sub-community of Ocean Grove dog owners. The winter allows residents to let their four legged friends stretch their legs, run in the sand, dive in the waves and socialize with their doggy neighbors. It’s a unique social scene where Grovers meet everyday to share laughs, while their dogs wrestle and play in the sand.

As May approaches, this little puppy paradise will come to an end; the beach and boardwalk will be closed to all our furry friends. So dog owners in the Grove are left asking the question: with so many dogs in this town and so many little parks- why isn’t there one area in town that’s fenced off and designated for our four-legged  friends?

A dog park serves a unique purpose for both dog owners and those who don’t own dogs. Having a dog park in town will drastically cut down on dog traffic in the towns other parks –  Dog owners police themselves and will always say something if another dog owner doesn’t pick up.

A dog park is a special place which allows locals to socialize and exercise their pets. There are plenty of grassy spots in town which could serve this purpose- so why don’t we have one?


Thank you,    Moe




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From Pat Reid:

I was just wondering why fences are permitted on the flared setback (the land in front of the houses on the first two blocks from the ocean.)  I was told this land is designated as open space and is tax free.  So if it is supposed to be open, how can people fence it in?

Here is a link to a Blogfinger article dated January 2012 regarding the flared setback.    BF link

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Whitfield.  Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Whitfield. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

From Mike on Surf:

“Speaking of “serious conditions affecting the health, safety and welfare of residents.” has anyone heard any updates on the Whitfield Hotel? The last I heard the final meeting was held to confirm that the Whitfield is not of historic significance and that its demolition is approved”

Editor’s Note:  Our article about the Whitfield, dated August 30, 2013, drew 37 comments.  Here is the link:    BF Whitfield article link

It is an excellent review of the Whitfield’s history  (if I do say so myself, and I do say so) including the 2013 HPC meeting that found no historic significance to the property.  The next step would be to give permission for demolition. They were waiting to see if some nutty person comes along to save the big box. I believe they were going to allow 90 days before a demolition permit could be issued.

Does anyone know where that demo permission stands at this time?

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