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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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OG beachfront. July, 2020. Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge



DAVE BRUBECK   “La Paloma Azul.”      (Paul Desmond on alto sax)



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Lifeguard instructions on the OG beach. July 22, 2020. By Jean Bredin. Blogfinger.net.  Click to enlarge.

Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff:   “Several years ago my husband Jack was pulled out in a rip tide.  He was going down for the third time when a lifeguard (John) appeared before him,  pushing his board for Jack to hang onto.

“You got caught in a rip tide” were his words.

“To this day, we will be forever grateful for the life guards”

Editor’s note:
  When they pulled Jack onto the shore, he lay there gasping for air and coughing up salt water.  His life had been saved.

Jean ran over and said to the lifeguard, “He had a hat!”

Every year there is a lifeguard tournament, but it will not be held this year.

This Blogfinger image is from the 2013 Lifeguard Tournament. Paul Goldfinger photograph © Click to enlarge.

FONTELLA BASS  (re-recorded)

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Ocean Grove beach morning. By Jean Bredin. Blogfinger.net. © 6/24/20




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