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May 19, 2015. Ocean Grove Beach. Blogfinger photo ©

May 19, 2015. Ocean Grove Beach. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to enlarge the ladies who lunch.




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Dawn Walk in Ocean Grove. By Bob Bowné. © Special to Blogfinger.

Dawn Walk. Ocean Grove.   August 7, 2015.  By Bob Bowné. © Special to Blogfinger.  Click to enlarge


Bob says, “Summertime and perfect for a pre-dawn stroll along the O.G. Boardwalk…..Don’t forget the bush hat!”



BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN   “Hello Sunshine.”   from his Western Stars album


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Lifeguards in action on the Ocean Grove beach. 2014/ © Paul Goldfinger photo

Lifeguards in action on the Ocean Grove beach. 2014/ © Paul Goldfinger photo Click to make bigger.   Re-post. 2016.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

A mailing was sent out today for those who want to obtain their beach “tags” now.  If you order by mail, there will be a $7.00 mailing fee. The cost for 2016 will be the same as 2015. You have to sign and return the enclosed card which promises that you will “follow all of the beach rules and regulations.”

Is this unique, or do other towns require that you sign a pledge to follow the rules?  Do you think these rules are stated clearly?   I wonder how many of you have actually read the rules.   If you haven’t, here are a few that are of particular interest.

  1. You may not swim at the North End beach because it is reserved as the “primary surfing beach.”
  2. You must “obey lifeguards.”  So if you are a sweet young thing in a bikini, you may not want to agree to this rule.
  3. Use of electronic devices such as radios are only permitted if you wear a headset.
  4. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  Will you parents with precocious, brilliant kids restrain them from going to the beach alone?
  5. No disrobing or changing clothes on the beach.  Heck, that is a popular spectator sport.
  6. No burying persons below grade or in standing position.  Does this mean that both the buryer and the buryee cannot be standing?  Do the same rules apply if you are burying a dead person?
  7. Sports fishing is allowed in “locations not being used for bathing or surfing.”  This could use some clarification.
  8. No flying kites over beach or boardwalk.  Is that 24/7 or only while the lifeguards are there?
  9. Only service dogs are allowed on the beach or boardwalk.  Do they mean year-round?
  10.  No bikes, skateboards or skates except between 3 am to 10 am  (Neptune ordinance)   Why is Neptune Township writing this rule?   (Thanks I.M. Radar.)  The CMA is empowered to make rules for the beach and boardwalk.  The CMA has jurisdiction over those areas.
  11.  No smoking on the beach.  CMA allows smoking in their parks, but they probably made this specific area smoke-free because people pay to get on; they don’t pay to visit the parks, including Auditorium Square Park which, strangely, allows smoking despite the big wooden structure next door.
  12. Ball playing, Frisbees,  sports activities permitted “as conditions allow.”

Well,  you get the idea.  There are 45 such rules and regulations;  you have to decide which ones you want to obey fully, which ones you will gracefully ignore, and which ones you will obey selectively.

Oh, and who gets to enforce all these rules, especially if they are 24/7?  And how does the CMA insure equal justice under the law?

JOHNNY DEPP and HELENA BONHAM CARTER  “By the Sea” from Sweeney Todd-the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.  Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics 1979)

“By the sea, Mr. Todd, that’s the life I covet
By the sea, Mr. Todd, ooh, I know you’d love it
You and me, Mr. T, we could be alone
In a house what we’d almost own

“Down by the sea, anything you say
Wouldn’t that be smashing?

“With the sea at our gate, we’ll have kippered herring
What have swum to us straight from the Straits of Bering
Every night in the kip, when we’re through our kippers
I’ll be there slipping off your slippers”


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Ocean Grove. Undated. By Paul Goldfinger. Blogfinger.net ©

Ocean Grove. Undated. By Paul Goldfinger. Blogfinger.net © Click to enlarge. Reposted from 2017.




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Flying high on the new Ocean Grove Boardwalk. (or checking his diaper.)  Paul Goldfinger photo © June 2015.      Click to enlarge.





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Ocean Grove boards on Oct. 1, 2017: bikes and dogs allowed whenever. Dogs can also go on the beach.   A woman with blue hair-is she blue?    Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  Click image to enlarge the picture.

By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor @Blogfinger

Notice the sign. In big letters it says WARNING!!!  NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY.  Isn’t that enough warning for those who might consider swimming?  So why do we need 3 exclamation points?  We don’t need even one.

Recently we heard from a surfer dude who wants red flags to be posted in October when the water is dangerous.   But maybe this sign is more than enough to try and discourage dopey daredevils.

And the sign says “No Diving!”  Is there any way  anyone could dive at this beach?  I suppose someone might walk over to the pier and dive in, but if anyone is so inclined, the little message on the bottom of this sign is not likely to be influential. And besides, it’s all sand under there. Maybe the sign should also say, “Don’t stick your head in the sand!!!”

The lady with blue hair smiled at us as she went by, but she was moving fast, and we don’t know why she smiled or why she has blue hair in Ocean Grove.   This is a rare sighting here, but maybe she was going to Asbury to attend a meeting of the Blue Hair Society.

And the girl on the bike?  She was on the beach and came up to get her bike—seemingly caught between the seasons.


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2 1/2 year old approaches bathing beauty and introduces himself.  Ocean Grove.  October, 2020.


This young man was visiting the OG beach. He can say some words, so he ran around introducing himself to bathing beauties and kids digging holes.  He is a true Hi De Ho Man.  His Mom was nearby taking pictures and wondering “What the hey?”




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Cleanup after Sandy. 2012. Paul Goldfinger portrait. © Blogfinger.net

Cleanup after Sandy. Ocean Grove middle beach.   2012. Paul Goldfinger portrait. © Blogfinger.net  Click to enlarge


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Yoga class with Fran the Man. OG boards. 9/3/20.  8:45 am.  Paul Goldfinger photo ©

9/3/20.   9:17 am. Lifeguards begin their shift. Wonderful weather as beach-goers begin to arrive.  Click on image. Paul Goldfinger photo. Blogfinger.net.

Under the pier. 9/3/20 morning. Paul Goldfinger photo. Click to enlarge.  Blogfinger.net

LISA ONO:     From her album Look To the Rainbow

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OG lifeguards get ready. June, 2019. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©


Sept. 1, 2020, OG boards, but at 8 am before the lifeguards officially take charge at 9 am.    I noticed no one in the water at the time of this photo.    Paul Goldfinger image. Blogfinger.net ©


Paul Goldfinger, Editor@Blogfinger.net

The beach season with lifeguard coverage was supposed to be completed on September 7 (Labor Day, 2020.)

But since many visitors are renting, or staying, or visiting in the Grove through September, lifeguard staffing will be extended two more weekends after Labor Day.

The beach will now be covered on Saturday, Sept. 12 and  Sunday Sept. 13 .  Then there will be coverage on Saturday Sept 19 and Sunday Sept 20.

On those two extra weekends, badges will be required, but not on weekdays.

On weekdays, there will be no lifeguards after Monday, September 7.  The “no lifeguard on duty sign” will be up.    It would seem best if no one swims during the week, but people may do that at their own peril.

The Office of Emergency Management has ready procedures if someone gets into  trouble in the water, but that sequence cannot be activated if no one is around to dial 911.  So, if someone plans to swim during the week or after hours on weekends, they should at least have someone with a phone tagging along.

Interestingly, a water distress call to 911 will contact the usual emergency groups including police, EMS and fire, but a water emergency will also produce a response from the “Answer Team” which is  a network of experienced lifeguards who can provide specially trained assistance in an emergency.

If the 911 call is for a “swimmer in distress,” then members of that Answer Team team from OG will respond and bring their TORP with them—–  that  is the red flotation device which is a lifeguard’s best friend.


JAN HOWARD.   “Sunshine On My Shoulder.”

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