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The Tibet Exhibit at the Newark Museum. Photograph by Paul Goldfinger ©

The Tibet Exhibit at the Newark Museum. Photograph by Paul Goldfinger 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger. 2013.

The Newark Museum is a rich respite among the urban confusion of downtown Newark.  You can drive past Penn Station, past the vibrant Ironbound District and past the city of large office buildings including the Prudential tower, Seton Hall Law School, glass office buildings  and the magnificent New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

As you go down McCarter Highway, along the Passaic River towards Center Street, you pass old buildings, body shops,  and one of my favorite restaurants— Don Pepe.  You do a little zig zag near NJPAC and you arrive at the museum on Washington Street.


Wheel of Buddhist rules. Paul Goldfinger photo

Wheel of Buddhist rules. Paul Goldfinger photo

The beautiful  modern museum is the largest in New Jersey. It has been built around the John Ballentine mansion and has a variety of areas to explore.  The Tibet collection is one of the best in the world, having been purchased from Christian missionaries in the early 20th century.

We went primarily for the George Tice exhibit. I may refer to him as  George because I took a black and white printing workshop with him in 1995 in Maine.  He is one of America’s best known photographers.  He also is famous as a “master printer” having taught the darkroom craft for years at the Maine Photo Workshops, at the New School,  and elsewhere. He is a wonderful teacher.

His photographs are sold and exhibited world wide, and this year, on his 75th birthday, there are special exhibits in multiple locations in the US and Europe.  George is also known in Jersey because his family settled here in the 17th century.  Perhaps you know of Ticetown  or Tices Lane in East Brunswick. He is known for photographing historic buildings in the Paterson area. He said that he sees beyond the image–he thinks about subject matter which will someday disappear. His book Paterson is one of his most famous.

George Tice  photographs using film and large format cameras–the kind where you stick your head under a cloth. His approach to photography is meticulous and thoughtful. He helped re-introduce the technique of platinum printing; a method that produces rich, high quality images. Some of his platinum work is shown at the show.

"Two Amish Boys" From George Tice's book "Fields of Peace." ©

“Two Amish Boys” From George Tice’s book “Fields of Peace.”


The exhibit in Newark is small and somewhat unusual given its variety of themes, but I found it to be fascinating.   It only has  26 works but there is a wide variation of subjects and artists.   In addition to George’s own work, they are showing prints by a number of famous photographers including Edward Weston and Edward Steichen whose images  were printed by Tice. In addition the museum is exhibiting some wonderful prints from the 150 photograph collection which George has donated to the museum over the years including images by Cole Weston, Paul Caponigro, Edward Curtis and even a rare albumin print  of a kitchen table  by the  English inventor  Edward Fox Talbot who was a pioneer in the development of photography in the mid 1800’s.  (Editor’s note:  When photography was first invented, they photographed apples and tables, etc.  Next were naked ladies—aka nude models; the practice continues to this day.—PG)


"Buckstones, Scammonden Moor" From Tice's book "Stone Walls--Grey Skies: A Vision of Yorkshire." ©

“Buckstones, Scammonden Moor” From Tice’s book “Stone Walls–Grey Skies: A Vision of Yorkshire.” 

George Tice is still working and teaching.  The gift shop at the museum carries some of his books, but also a new video in which he revisits places where he captured his most famous shots and he discusses his work and philosophy. The Newark Museum is definitely worth a visit.

The garden at the Newark Museum. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

The garden at the Newark Museum. Paul Goldfinger photo  2013. Left click


THE LONDON PHILHARMONIC  ORCHESTRA:  “Canon in D Major” By Johann Pachelbel

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Princeton University Art Museum. 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Princeton University Art Museum. 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Xerxes I was King of Persia around 480 BC.    He was admitted to Princeton because he ruled an empire, was nice to the Jews, had great SAT’s, an impressive essay, and he played bassoon in the band.



SLOVENIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.    “Xerxes, Act 1”   The selection is Ombra mai fu  George Frederic Handel.


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Bradley Beach. November 2013. By Paul Goldfinger

The other side of Bradley Beach. November 2013. By Paul Goldfinger. ©   Click to enlarge


LES PAUL  AND MARY FORD.  “The Moon of Manakoora”  from the soundtrack of Silver Linings Playbook.

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Pine Barrens in New Jersey. 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo. © Pine Barrens in New Jersey. During the Cranberry Festival.  2013. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©   Click on photo.  Re-post BF.


2018 Chatsworth Festival. Kettle Korn.  Paul Goldfinger photo. ©


On  October, 19 and 20, the 36th annual Chatsworth Cranberry Festival will be held in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey.  Check the web site and mark your calendar.  It’s fun!   It runs on Saturday and Sunday, but we suggest Sunday morning before the crowds show up.  It opens at 9 am.

There are a wide variety of edibles made with cranberries, but also arts and crafts, and plenty of local color. There is a huge section with stuff for dogs. And there is a food truck section with tables, bathrooms, and live country music accompanying the munching.

Spend an hour or two, buy some cranberries  (to use with Eileen’s recipe) and then hit the road.


By Eileen @Blogfinger.net


By Eileen and Paul Goldfinger @Blogfinger.net

Set your gps to Chatsworth, and as you come into town, get near to the congested center and park in one of the lots, such as the Pinewood Antlers Club on the left. Then it’s a short walk to the Festival, and the exit is easy when you leave.

Recipe for homemade cranberry sauce by by Eileen Goldfinger, Food Editor @Blogfinger.   She uses berries purchased at the festival and frozen until needed, as for Thanksgiving.  Wegmans also carries fresh cranberries around Thanksgiving time.  Eileen usually shares a 7 pound box with her sister Hope who comes every year for our annual visit to Appalachia in the Garden State.

1 cup of water

1 cup sugar

2 cups fresh cranberries

1 orange, peeled and diced

1 tablespoon orange zest

1/8 cup Grand Marnier (optional)



Mix sugar and water in a medium sauce pan.

Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve sugar.

Add cranberries and bring to a boil; then reduce the heat and gently boil for ten minutes, stirring occasionally.

Remove from heat.

Cool to room temperature.

Add diced orange and zest and Grand Marnier.


Makes approx. 2 cups of cranberry sauce. In general, if used as a condiment, it will serve about 4 people.




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NJ Marathon. Ocean Pathway, where it was a two way street.  Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photo © Click on all photos to enlarge.







NJ Marathon on Ocean Pathway.  Ephesians 3:20 is from the New Testament. Paul Goldfinger photo. 4/28/19 © Blogfinger.net


NJ Marathon. 4/28/19 Ocean Pathway, Ocean Grove. It was chilly and cloudy, but the rain held out.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net.

In high school the Rutherford H. S. cross country coach said to me, “Goldfinger, you’ve got a good stride. How about joining the cross country team?”

I hated long distance running.  My muscle cells were more adapted to short spurts.

“Uh, no thanks Mr. Belding, but I’m playing soccer this fall.”

He was my social studies teacher, so I had to tread carefully, but I am sympathetic towards marathoners, because the Greek soldier who was the first to win a marathon, dropped dead at the finish line.

You can bet the farm that I would never, ever, ever attempt a marathon. These (mostly) young people running through the Grove today have to love this sport, because it is grueling.  But you get free Gatorade or water and then you get to drop the cup on the ground or spill half of it on the guy who handed it to you.

The trip through the Grove for these runners consisted of coming through the Casino from A. Park and then heading south on Ocean Avenue.  Upon arrival at the Pathway they made a right turn which was a bit hazardous  (one runner nearly took a header.)

Then they ran west to Central Avenue and then back down the Pathway towards the ocean.  Upon arrival again at Ocean Avenue, they turned right and ran where (?) only to return on Ocean Avenue and head north to make their second tour of the Casino.  I’m exhausted just describing the OG journey.  And by the time they came into the Grove, they had 8 more miles remaining.

It was a cold cloudy day, but the runners didn’t seem cold.  Hardly any of them smiled, except for one woman who looked at me with my camera, smiled, and waved.  I enjoyed the wave, but missed the shot.

GLEE CAST: “Don’t Rain On My Parade.”  From the Broadway show  Funny Girl

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Morning, Ocean Grove. Friday,  August 31, 2018. All photos by Paul Goldfinger ©


Friday, Labor Day weekend. Life guards huddle on boardwalk, waiting in case the weather clears. 8/31/18 Blogfinger photo ©


Kids from Summer Surfing School run along water’s edge. Red flags are flying.     8/31/18 morning. Ocean Grove. Blogfinger.net ©


It’s after hours for bikes on the boards, but who cares? 8/31/18 morning. Blogfnger.net ©


BURT BACHARACH   from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.   Movie soundtrack:






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The Pinewood Antler Club. Chatsworth, NJ. Oct 2013. Pine Barrens series. Paul Goldfinger photo © Reposted from 2013 BF

At the New Jersey Cranberry Festival, you would think that you were in Appalachia.  On the porch of the Chatsworth General Store was a small combo playing bluegrass.

Farm stands were selling all things cranberry including the fresh picked berries themselves plus muffins, cakes, jellies, pies, breads and salsa. The locals call themselves Pineys and their web site is Pineypower.com.  There were huge crowds, and not a Docksider or Prius in sight. A bandstand featured a fine southern rock band while the audience sat around eating fried food.

STONEY MOUNTAIN BOYS with some Appalachian Mountain bluegrass:  “Home Across the Blue Ridge Mountains.”

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Jersey City Police in the Great Auditorium for the 2015 Memorial Service. Paul Goldfinger photo © May 19, 2015

Jersey City Police in the Great Auditorium for the 2015 Memorial Service. Paul Goldfinger photo © May 19, 2015


 gov Chris Christie at the 2015 Great Auditorium service. Paul Goldfinger photo © 5/19/15 ©

Gov. Chris Christie at the 2015 Great Auditorium service. Paul Goldfinger photo © 5/19/15 ©

This event is always memorable.  Try to come.


BAND OF HER MAJESTY’S ROYAL MARINES.  “Band of Brothers” theme.


Blogfinger post from the 2015 Memorial Service .


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Long Valley, New Jersey. September, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©. Blogfinger.net

Long Valley, New Jersey. September, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©. Blogfinger.net  Click to enlarge


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Wyeth country in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.   Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Wyeth country in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

HAYDN  Die Schopfung sung byGundula Janowitz

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Ghosts emerge series 2014.  All taken in Waretown, New Jersey by Paul Goldfinger ©

Ghosts emerge series 2014. All taken in Waretown, New Jersey by Paul Goldfinger ©  Click image to enlarge

SANTANA “Black Magic Woman.”  (Fleetwood Mac had the first hit, but Santana prevailed in 1970)

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Selling boxes of cranberries at the Chatsworth festival. We bought 7 1/2 pounds.  By Paul Goldfinger 2014. ©

Selling boxes of cranberries at the Chatsworth festival. We bought 7 1/2 pounds.  (one box as shown.)    By Paul Goldfinger 2014. ©

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

As always, huge crowds showed up early today to celebrate the 3rd largest cranberry harvest in America.  The bogs are practically down the block from this south Jersey country town where the festival is held each year.  Thousands of people were scarfing up foods made with the local berries including wine, muffins, breads, bagels, jellies, and jams. Country music was playing, and dogs and kids were all over the place.  Parking was available in front yards, clubhouse lawns, and townies’ driveways.  One guy was offering a free hot dog if you parked on his lawn.   We paid $5.00, but as you got closer, the price went up to $10.00.

Friendly locals selling "award winning" hot dogs. We took the photo and passed on the dogs.  Paul Goldfinger 2014 ©

Friendly locals selling “award winning” hot dogs. We took the photo and passed on the dogs. Paul Goldfinger 2014 ©

The most popular display was the big tent where free wine tastings were occurring. It seemed like every other display was for something to eat or drink, so everybody was munching on something.

We stopped for a bagel with a cream cheese schmeer and coffee by the Bagel Bums from Columbus, NJ.  What attracted us to their stand were their bright pink bagels  Oy vey!  Although they were made from cranberries and were quite photogenic, we opted for sesame, and actually, they were quite good, and we are fairly critical bagel mavens. And surprisingly, this crowd, which seemed like they just got off the boat from the heart of Appalachia, actually were going for the bagels.  Maryanne waited on us, and she gladly posed for a photo with her sous chef Ivan and one of their pink specialties. I promised to post her photo on Blogfinger, and she became the first person to get one of our new business cards.

Maryanne and Ivan, two Bagel Bums, with their totally unique pink bagel; definitely not from Minsk. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Maryanne and Ivan, two Bagel Bums, with their totally unique pink bagel; definitely not from Minsk. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

We bought our annual 7 1/2 pound box of cranberries and had the farmers hold them for us till we were ready to leave. Then we trudged back to our car parked at the Pinewood  Antler Club where the members, evidently all men, were directing traffic.  No guns or deer in sight. Just a bunch of good old boys who couldn’t be more helpful and cheerful. They even complimented my car —the Blogmobile.

Here’s a link to my 2013 photo of the Pinewood Antlers Club.   BF link

And we’re sending this song out to Maryanne and Ivan. It’s some genuine bagel eating music from the KLEZMER CONSERVATORY BAND  who, I’m certain, have never performed in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey.  This song is called “Mazeltov Dances:”


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US Attorney for New Jersey Paul Fishman speaking at the press conference Oct.  16, 2014.   N.J.com photo

US Attorney for New Jersey Paul Fishman speaking at the Asbury Park press conference Oct. 16, 2014.  At the far right is Neptune Township Chief of Police James H. Hunt, Jr.     N.J.com photo

A great  deal of planning and coordination among local, state and federal agencies resulted in a large early morning raid at multiple locations on a major drug trafficking ring that supplied heroin and cocaine to dealers  throughout Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex Counties.  The operation was scheduled based on evidence gathered  over the course of a year.  The drug ring was conducting most of its deals in Asbury Park and Neptune Township. The arrest this morning of 14 individuals, with others still at large, included the booking of two organization leaders, one of whom is from Neptune.

At a press conference in Asbury Park this afternoon, Paul Fishman, U.S, Attorney said,  “It is no secret that heroin abuse is at an all time high.” Fishman said, “With the heroin epidemic in this area reaching extraordinary heights, those of us in federal law enforcement believe that it was critical to target those who share a hefty portion of the blame and to do that in close cooperation with our county partners.”  (Quotes from NJ.com reporting *)

Fishman said, “The more than a year investigation included wiretaps, surveillance operations and undercover buys. In the wiretaps, there were discussions about quality control, consumer satisfaction and branding – all topics a savvy businessman might discuss.”

The New Jersey agent in charge of DEA said that heroin related deaths numbered 350 from Monmouth County over the last 5 years.  Note that another major drug bust had been conducted last March in Monmouth County.


Drug bust article nj.com   *





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