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Portrait of Tom. He’s about to make his first cast at the OG shore. 4:30 pm, Sunday, November 5, 2017.  We changed the clocks today—darker sooner. Click to see the face of a happy man.   Paul Goldfinger photo ©

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor@Blogfinger.

Late afternoon on a cloudy day at the Ocean Grove South Beach.  There were kids with dads, and guys playing with their dogs in the sand, but overall, the beach was sparsely populated.  Several surf fishermen were out. One was sitting at the edge of the surf talking on his cell phone while watching his line. Can you be in the zone while talking on your cell?  The vibe at the beach was very mellow as the clouds began to darken, and the waves were a bit rambunctious.

Tom Wik lives on Heck Avenue almost close enough to cast from his porch. But he was not keeping his distance as he readied his gear. To fishermen, it is the being there that’s most important.  Catching a fish is secondary.

Tom chose to wait till the end of the day to go surf fishing.  The temperature was about 60 degrees, and given the misty moment, it seemed like Tom picked the perfect time.  Being alone out there might set your mind to wonder why things are as they are.

ART GARFUNKEL:  “I Wonder Why”

“I wonder why it is the sea’s so calm tonight,
The sands are ghostly white
Beneath the moon.
It seems strange to me to stand in endless space,
And know that in this place
I’m held within its timeless sway.”


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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—am I 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. There is a limit to how effective that sign will be.  Recently we heard from a surfer dude who wants red flags to be posted 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 down 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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Jean Bredin ©. 8/17/17. Ocean Grove, NJ. Click to enlarge.


August 17, 2017.  Ocean Grove beach:     “It’s 7 pm, the sun is setting, mostly everyone has gone home, but there’s always an assemblage of beach lovers clustered together, who don’t want to call it a day.

“Life is a Beach,” and they know it.”

BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB  “Amor De Loca Juventud”




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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 September, 2015.



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Flying high on the new Ocean Grove Boardwalk. (or checking his diaper.)  Paul Goldfinger photo © June 2014.      Click to enlarge




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By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.  Originally posted in June, 2015 on BF.  But spring is here, so we must pay attention to girls in their summer clothes. It is a tradition for our seashore community:

Ocean Grove beach, late 1800's. Courtesy of Ted Bell's book: Images of America---Ocean Grove. © 2000.

Ocean Grove beach, late 1800’s. Courtesy of Ted Bell author of: Images of America—Ocean Grove. © 2000.

Source: hanging at the HSOG museum. Blogfinger photo

Source: hanging at the HSOG museum. Blogfinger photo

The June day started out rainy and chilly, but later in the day it became Sonny and Cher;  it warmed up a bit, but it was still windy.

I went on the boardwalk and saw lifeguards at their stations. A green flag was flying along with “Old Glory.” But no one was swimming. In fact no one was in the water.

OG lifeguards. 6/6/15 Blogfinger photo ©

OG lifeguards. 6/6/15 Blogfinger photo © All photographs  from here down by Paul Goldfinger, Editor @ Blogfinger.  Click to enlarge all photos.

I walked up to one of the lifeguard stands and joked with the guards who stayed at their post, like soldiers guarding a “no-man’s land.” An older guard, “Cowboy Dave” was sitting in the rescue boat, 10 gallon hat on and blue sunglasses, but he was facing the water. He is either the first or the last in the lifeboat.  He said that he is from OG and that this is his 16th summer as a lifeguard. He reminds me of Robert Duvall smelling napalm in the morning. (Apocalypse Now)

Cowboy Dave. 6/06/15. Blogfinger photo ©

Cowboy Dave. 6/06/15. Blogfinger photo ©

I asked him if he saw any bathing beauties go by, because all that was out there was the surf. He pointed to some young ladies about 100 yards away who were the only ones on the beach, to the north. Clearly this was not a “no-womans land.” They wore some pretty small bathing suits, and one wore a thong—the first such sighting this season.   So it seemed like a good public interest news photo op for Blogfinger.

OG bathers. (Left to right) Hannah, Tui, Danielle, and Amelia. 6/6/15. Blogfinger photo ©

OG bathers. (Left to right) Hannah, Tui, Danielle, and Amelia. 6/6/15. Blogfinger photo ©  Click image to enlarge the bathing  suits.

When I walked to their location, it seemed like I should ask them why they are in Ocean Grove on such a bleak day. I was thinking that they looked like they should be in Asbury Park. I did not comment on their attire, but you can’t help but notice that this is much different than 1895.

As it turns out, they are coeds who are camping at Allaire State Park where they are renting a yurt. They were having a great time just being together and laughing and talking and telling yurt jokes. They said that they preferred Ocean Grove’s beach to any others. One of them had come to OG as a child.

They especially singled out Days Ice Cream and the summer tents as favorite spots. I only had one BF card which I gave them. Hannah offered to photograph it with her phone and give me back the original . Great idea, but I insisted that they keep the valuable souvenir.

I said goodbye and walked back to the lifeguards offering to sell them the names of the young ladies. They seemed interested, but ultimately I suggested that they get the names themselves.

So who says that we live in Ocean Grave? It’s time to bury that nickname.

Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

Saturday, June 6, 2015, Ocean Grove beach.


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Ocean Grove fishing pier. December 26, 2015. Record breaking high temperatures. By Prosper Bellizia, Blogfinger staff. ©

Ocean Grove fishing pier. December 26, 2015.  Originally  posted last year.   Record breaking high temperatures.  Late afternoon long shadows.   By Prosper Bellizia, Blogfinger staff. ©   Click to enlarge.

CYRILLE AIME´E     Written in 1953, Frank Sinatra was the first to record this song.  It has been featured in a number of movies.


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Ocean Grove 11/13---one year after Sandy. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Ocean Grove 11/13—one year after Sandy. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

SARAH BRIGHTMAN   “Bailero.”  From the Chants D’Auvergne

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October 7, 2016.  Ocean Grove beach. Photos by Paul Goldfinger.©

October 7, 2016. Ocean Grove beach. Photos by Paul Goldfinger.©

It does seem like monsoon time today in our little town, but we have also had some wonderful sunny days at the beach.  Here are a few shots from October 7, 2016.

OG.  10/7/16 ©

OG. 10/7/16 ©


10/7/16  OG  ©

10/7/16 OG ©


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Ocean Grove Beach. 2015. Paul Goldfinger. Blogfinger net. ©

Ocean Grove Beach. 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo. Blogfinger net. ©  Girls in their summer clothes. Click to enlarge.


LEANN RIMES:  “Lovesick Blues”–a Patsy Cline song.

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