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By Rich Amole, Blogfinger staff historian/researcher.


This  is a postcard image of a tall sail schooner with a bit of a breeze hitting its sails off the Grove’s beach—- 108 years ago in 1906.

Not much on text back then— just a simple “Greetings from Ocean Grove” which still holds up today, not so much for that schooner………..


COLEMAN HAWKINS    (tenor sax)   From a jazz planet far, far away–contemplates the passage of time with “What a Difference a Day Makes”

What a difference a day makes
There’s a rainbow before me
Skies above can’t be stormy
Since that moment of bliss, that thrilling kiss
It’s heaven when you find romance on your menu
What a difference a day makes
And the difference is you


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By Bob Bowné. September, 2014. ©

By Bob Bowné. September, 2014. ©  Special to Blogfinger.


….ahhhhh….the tourists are finally gone!!!!!!   🙂



DICK HYMAN (piano) and Ken Peplowski  (tenor sax)   “Gone with the Wind.”  Live at the Kitano, a fine New York restaurant with a jazz club.  Currently closed due to COVID.

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Photo by Eileen Goldfinger. Ocean Grove, NJ. August, 2013

Photo by Eileen Goldfinger. Ocean Grove, NJ.


By Eileen Goldfinger, Food and Garden Editor  @Blogfinger   Re-post.

2 cups seeded watermelon, 1 inch cubed (I used half red and half yellow watermelon)

1 large beefsteak tomato, 1 inch cubes

1 small red onion cut in half and sliced thinly on an angle from the side

3 ounces of baby arugula

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

1/4 teaspoon freshly grated sea salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly grated black pepper

1/4 teaspoon ground garlic (dry not fresh)

2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar

4-5 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

Place watermelon, tomatoes, onion and arugula in a large bowl and stir.

Add salt, pepper and garlic to the salad.  Drizzle balsamic vinegar and olive

oil on salad and stir all ingredients together. Sprinkle feta cheese over the salad and serve.

Serves 2

Editors note: This salad was inspired in 2013 by Laurie Price at Laurie’s Farm Market **on Atkins Avenue in Neptune Township.

I purchased the yellow watermelon, tomatoes and arugula from her. All other ingredients were from Wegmans with the exception of the traditional barrel aged Italian balsamic vinegar which was purchased at Carter & Cavero in Sea Girt*.

* Carter and Cavero are at 2100 Rt. 35 in Sea Girt.   They also have a store in Red Bank.

** Lauri’s  Farm Market is no longer in business


GERRY MULLIGAN   “Home (When Shadows Fall’)    from his album Dream a Little Dream


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Summer, 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Ocean Grove.  Summer, 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©

LEA SALONGA:  “Sun and Moon”  From Miss Saigon

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band. New Orleans. By Paul Goldfinger ©

New Orleans. By Paul Goldfinger ©



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Three Graces. Roman 2nd century. Florence, Italy. By Paul Goldfinger © Silver gelatin print.

Three Graces. Roman 2nd century, from the Greek.  Florence, Italy. Silver gelatin darkroom print by Paul Goldfinger ©

CACHAO  (the great Cuban bassist) : The title or lyrics  are not important. We need a  special musical reflection to provide a soundtrack for these “Three Graces” who somehow still seem alive, 2,000 years after they were frozen in time by an unknown artist. It seems appropriate that they stand above everyone in a magnificent  setting in Florence.

Reposted from 2014.  Too beautiful to ignore for long. 

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Ocean Grove. November 12, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Ocean Grove. November 12, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to enlarge.


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Ocean Grove flea market. May 31, 2014.  Moe Demby photo. Blogfinger staff. ©

Ocean Grove flea market. May 31, 2014. Moe Demby photo. Blogfinger staff. ©


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5th Avenue at 60th Street by Central Park. By Paul Goldfinger. May, 2014

The Doris C. Freedman Plaza.  5th Avenue at 60th Street by Central Park. By Paul Goldfinger out a  taxi window. May, 2014.  ©Click to enlarge

JOHN COLTRANE   “Central Park West”


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Treme is the story of New Orleans after Katrina.  On Dec 1, 2013 it returned for its fourth and final season.  We’ll hate to see it end.  It has brought the wonder of New Orleans jazz to HBO along with stories of musicians, chefs, fishermen, Mardi Gras, and the struggle to recover from the storm. Episode one, last Sunday, had a lot of music and it was great.

One of the highlights was to hear the Ellis Marsalis quintet. Here is a song, not from the Treme soundtrack, but from Ellis Marsalis’ album “A New Orleans Christmas Carol.'”—Deluxe Edition.  The song is called “Christmas Time is Here.” This is a beautiful tune–not often heard.

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