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There is a transparency problem at Neptune’s Mother Ship; especially where OG is concerned.


Vito Gadaleta, the Neptune Business Administrator, participated in the HOA ZOOM session on May 30.   72 attendees  heard his presentation.  He was introduced before the CMA, but his participation was minimal because there were few questions for him.

He started out by patting his team on the back.  “We have done a great job in providing services,” he said.

The Municipal Building will be closed through June, but the staff will be back on June 8.

The next Township Committee meeting will be on June 15, also by the virtual method.  They want to modify the process  of receiving  questions from the public.  You will be able to text questions during the meeting.  They had been accepting emails before the last meeting, but they prefer to simulate the usual way where questions come from those who attend; in this case via electronics.

There is a lot of interest in  how the Township will handle short term rentals.  He suggested you read  guidelines available at the Neptune web site: Neptunetownship.org.   There was no mention about a growing situation:  Airbnb rentals in the Grove.

As far as “keeping tabs ” on those short term rentals, the Township will hire a “seasonal code enforcement” official who will visit sites on weekends to verify compliance.  He said that if there are problems with the guidelines, the Township could implement a ban as needed.

Gadaleta was also asked about contact tracing in town, but he said that they are not getting involved in that.

No one asked him why Grovers have not been provided with the numbers for our town:  COVID-19  cases and deaths.

And no one asked him about the DEP rejection of the North End underground garage plan.

Mayor Robert Lane was present, but he had little to say.

The Coaster usually provides verbatim coverage of these HOA meetings.  If you want to read all the bits and pieces, pick up the Coaster.


JAMES TAYLOR.  from his album American Standard recommended by Deb. of Mt. Hermon Way.  “Old Man River” is from Show Boat.


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Missing is the Mayor who is out in the audience berating a citizen.

By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor@Blogfinger.


In a bizarre example of what passes for journalism at the Quoaster, the paper filled 3/4 of a page on an assessment of 4 candidates for 2 seats on the Neptune Committee in November.

It is bizarre because the report does not explain how the information was obtained.  It is written as if all the candidates were together for a forum/ debate  interview session with the Quoaster.  But is that how it was done, or did the reporter conduct interviews with the 4 individually, by phone or in person, or maybe 2 at a time by party, by phone or in person.?

Or were the quotes obtained by sending each candidate a list of questions and then receiving the answers by email and then writing the report as if it were a sort of conversation.

I expect it was the latter, because the “reporter” did not report on any questions which he asked the candidates and then had a conversation with followup questions. At no time were the answers challenged  by the reporter. This is not journalism.

Regardless of how the information was gathered, there is one bottom line which should interest us:  at no time was Ocean Grove or its issues mentioned.

What were mentioned were: taxes, bond ratings, safety, quality of life, attracting new businesses, fighting crime, police resources, crime stats, empty storefronts, Midtown development, and candidates credentials.

If you want to read the report, pick up the Coaster.  Note that the candidates  barely mentioned political party in this report.  Maybe they all want to pretend that political affiliation has no bearing locally, but these days it does, and having 5 Dems run the town does not allow for bipartisan thinking, representation, and philosophy.

Qoaster quote:   ” Rizzo said she thinks the committee operates  in a bipartisan manner when it comes to important issues.”     Really?

The two Democratic incumbents are Robert Lane and Carol Rizzo , and two Republican challengers are Kendra Hogan and Gary Moll.

All 4 candidates will appear together at the Ocean Grove HOA meeting on Saturday, October 26.   Who knows if there will be sanity at that meeting after the last session where OGNED was allowed to skirt relevant questions from the audience.

Hopefully citizens will ask  pointed questions about OG issues including permit parking, DEP permission for the recent Lake Avenue easement, North End Redevelopment Plan which snatched the proper zoning away from the people, and lack of transparency by the current crew which has shown little concern for the people of Ocean Grove.

I have little hope that the challengers  will know anything about OG’s problems, unless they surprise us later, but this report doesn’t raise any hope.

However,  the challengers should be elected just to have some opposing voices on the Committee.  But their chances seem slim. However, a strong OG vote for them would send a message if not provoke a wake up call for the Neptune Committee.




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Ocean Grove beach. October 14, 2019. Paul Goldfinger photographs. ©


Ocean Grove boards. 10/14/19. Where is Mom’s helmet? Blogfinger.net ©


OG boards. 10/14/19 Blogfinger.net photo. ©




10/14/19 Blogfinger photo. Change sign to bikes and dogs welcome!



“The Ballad of Easy Rider”  soundtrack


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The October meeting of the Ocean Grove Home Owners Association will be held on Saturday, October 26 at the

Community Room, adjacent to the Pathway Market, at 10:00 a.m.
  All candidates for election to the Neptune Township Committee and the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders have been invited to participate.
The candidates for Neptune Township Committee are:
Kendra Hogan(R)                Robert Lane (D)*
Gary Moll (R)                      Carol Rizzo (D)*
The candidates for Monmouth County Board of Freeholders are:
Thomas Arnone (R)*            Dominick DiRocco (R)
Moira Nelson (D)                  Michael Penna (D)

COLE PORTER      Show the Committee that anything doesn’t go:

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These incumbents have done nothing for Ocean Grove. They should not be re-elected. Blogfinger photo. © This photo was obtained at the North End near the Wesley Detention-Retention Basin. Oct 10,  2019. Thank them for ignoring Wesley Lake, supporting the North End Plan and failing to help the residents with parking.


By the Blogfinger Editorial Board:

“Everybody knows that’s how it goes.”   Everybody knows that the current Township Committee has no interest in the problems of those who live in the Grove.   These two candidates have failed us, and we do not have representative local government in OG.

Vote for anybody new who is running and is not affiliated with this crew.  In case you do not know, these two are part of the one-party rule currently running the Township of Neptune.


RUFUS WAINWRIGHT:   By Leonard Cohen from the movie soundtrack   I’m Your Man.


“Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That’s how it goes
Everybody knows”   Leonard Cohen.


permit parking



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