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Today Blogfinger received an email from Rev. John DiGiamberadino, the Executive Director/COO of the OGCMA.  He sent us a press release regarding a law suit being brought against the Jersey Shore Arts Center. He says,  “The Camp Meeting tries to resolve long-standing dispute with Jersey Shore Arts Center:”

The press release is posted below.

This is the second news story where the JSAC is embroiled in a law suit. The first has to do with a discrimination charge brought against the JSAC  by the Q Spot.

May 1, 2017 – The Ocean Grove Camp Association (OGCMA) has filed a civil law suit seeking to resolve a long-standing dispute with the Jersey Shore Arts Center (JSAC). The goal of the suit is to consummate a ground lease for the property. This is an effort that has been ongoing for approximately 18 years, following the return of the property to the OGCMA by the Neptune Board of Education:

 

“The OGCMA appreciates the many contributions the JSAC has made and continues to make in our shared community,” says John DiGiamberardino, COO.  “The Camp Meeting has been extremely reasonable and respectful in trying to reach an agreement that is mutually acceptable. The JSAC lack of response has been disappointing and frustrating given that all property in Ocean Grove is subject to land lease agreements.

“The OGCMA has no desire to involve itself in the ongoing operations of the JSAC or any of its programs. Rather, our intentions are simple and straightforward. In order to meet our fiduciary responsibilities, we must finally bring this issue to closure. 

“In conclusion we stand ready and available to meet with the JSAC at any time to discuss this matter of mutual importance.”

 

 

 

 

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Ocean Grove Tent City. Photo by Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff ©. 5/11/17.

Jean says, “The little paths between the rows of tents are quaint.
You walk down, and there’s the Great Auditorium in all her splendor.

“They soon will be occupied, and personal touches will embellish each tent.
It won’t be long now.”

RICKY NELSON    from the movie soundtrack of Pulp Fiction.  Tent City is a lonesome town until the occupiers begin to show up on May 15.   Then it springs to life—it is a community within a community having its own rhythms and even its own customs. Kids love it there. By June 1, it is  no longer a lonesome town.  —-PG

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Can you talk without moving your lips?  Taylor Mason can. Go to the show and see if you think the dummy on his lap is talking.

Regarding the summer secular schedule in OG, Mike Love of the Beach Boys told APP.com, regarding the Great Auditorium, “I love that place, it’s great, it’s one of the classic venues that we perform at,” Love said of the Great Auditorium in a 2014 interview.”

And, he added with a laugh, “One of the great things about Ocean Grove is the proximity to some fantastic ice cream parlors. We find a lot of pleasure in coming there.”

And he is just one of many GA Saturday night performers who have praised that fabulous music venue as they stood on the stage of the GA  including Tony Bennett who liked to try and sing acapella there. I have heard quite a few musicians and singers express how awed they felt being inside that giant cello of a building.

CAST OF GYPSY   (2008 Broadway revival:)

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Re:  Dispute regarding ground rents for condo owners.   The item below this sentence appeared recently  in the Wassup? section of Blogfinger.net:

Condominium associations lose their suit regarding ground rents.  The two condo units are on Ocean Pathway.  The ruling allows the Camp Meeting to change ground rent charges according to the sale price of the unit.

Here are links to two of our three Blogfinger February, 2017 posts  about this subject. This court ruling can have major implications regarding the condo market in OG.  The lawyer for the condo owners has recommended an appeal.

Blogfinger article Feb. 17, 2017 on ground rents

History of ground rents in OG

 

To the Editor:

I am Gorton Wood and  I live at 40 Ocean Pathway;  I am one of the litigants in the ground rent lawsuit.

In 2007 when I purchased my 1,090 square foot condo (two bedrooms and one bath,) I was given a ground rent spreadsheet schedule by OGCMA. It was titled “New Condo/Townhouse Ground Rent.” It covered a period of 12 years. The first three years I paid 1% of the sale price of my condo or $475.00 per year. The second three years it went to 1.5% of my sales price or $712.50 per year. The third three years it went to 2% of my sales price or $950.00 per year. The final three years it grew to 2.5% of my sales price or 1,187.50 per year. Then beginning year 13 and going on forever [hold your hat], it was going to be tied to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) which could be 3%, 4%, 5% annually, who knows. I could end up having to pay an annual ground rent of $3,000 or more annually.

On two occasions I went to the OGCMA and demanded to have someone explain  who cooked this up (Jack Green—I learned from another source) and  when did they cook this up?  No one would speak to me. Then in 2014 I wrote out my ground rent check and sent a message to the OGCMA saying that when they gave me a meeting I would bring my check. They never responded. In 2015 I did they same thing and again they refused to grant me a meeting. Then I received a letter from their law firm in Freehold saying if I did not pay immediately, they would prosecute me.

I am willing to go to any length, even alone, to have this situation corrected. I don’t believe any of the owners, myself included, expect to not pay ground rent, but for God’s sake make it fair. I actually wrote the OGCMA and their law firm a letter saying I was confident I could get every owner at 40 Ocean Pathway and 30 Ocean Pathway to agree to $200.00 a year. They wrote back basically telling me to take a hike.

GORTON WOOD

Ocean Grove, NJ, April 10, 2017

The writer is a resident of a condominium at #40 Ocean Pathway.

 

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Auditorium Square Park. July, 2016.  Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Auditorium Square Park. July, 2016. Paul Goldfinger photo ©   Click image to enlarge. 

NORAH JONES  “Carnival Town”      From her album Feels Like Home.

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The Great Auditorium.  Paul Goldfinger photo. 12/13/14. ©

The Great Auditorium. Paul Goldfinger photo. 12/13/14. ©

SHE and HIM     “The Christmas Waltz.”   From the album A very She and Him Christmas.   “In three quarter time.”

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Just before the start of the Summer Band concert at 8 pm, August 24, 2016.  Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Just before the start of the Summer Band concert at 8 pm, August 24, 2016. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Scene:  The crowd was entering the great Auditorium prior to the Summer Band concert celebrating their 64th anniversary. Among the visitors to the free concert were some out-of-towners.  We sat down on an aisle.

 

Man overheard speaking to his wife:   “Look Betty, they got an organ!”

 

Another out of towner behind us speaking to his wife:

She:  How many seats in this building?

He:  About 600

She:  Wow

Me:   (turning around) the Auditorium seats 6,500.

He:  Oh…I just left out a zero.

 

Another conversation:

We:  Let’s sit here on the aisle  (behind us is a couple—they discuss our presence in muffled tones.  Then they get up and move to different seats)

Another couple sits in those seats behind us:

She:  These are wonderful seats!

VINCE GIORDANO and  THE NIGHTHAWKS   from the movie The Aviator     “Stardust”

 

 

 

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Illumination Night. Auditorium Square Park. 7/22/16. Paul Goldfinger photos ©. Click any photo to enlarge.

Illumination Night. Auditorium Square Park. 7/22/16. Paul Goldfinger photos ©. Click to enlarge.

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

Last night we had an Illumination Night celebration in Ocean Grove at Auditorium Square Park.  It was a festive occasion, with live music, food, conversation, and lights all over.

Unlike the 2014 first modern edition, this was larger —attended by about 200 people.  The event was sponsored by the Camp Meeting Association and implemented by the Hub management. It had been publicized by a Facebook campaign through the CMA.

It was a pleasant warm evening, and people were sitting about, eating and listening to music, or they were milling about socializing.  There were quite a few children present. The theme of illumination was evident, and it seemed like a good time was had by most.

At one point, a sermon was delivered. This had not been advertised as a religious event.

When we helped Debby Cuddhy promote the first modern revival of Illumination Night  (8/4/14)  we wrote about the history of the event and its potential value as a community tradition of the sort that would offer a cozy  get-together among OG neighbors.  Deb produced such a happening at the Hub in 2014.

It was hoped that Illumination Night would join other traditional town-wide events that would appeal to everyone who lives here including the Fish and Chips dinner, July 4 parade, People’s Garden Tour, Woman’s Club projects, Auxiliary Bazaar, Town picnic, Ice Cream social, etc.  The goal was to strengthen community bonds.

Our  2014 article on the subject spoke about a “festival of lights” and the idea  that this would be a secular event to reflect the historic feel of the original 19th century versions, and Deb succeeded with that theme in 2014.  Yesterday’s  edition seems to have changed that vision somewhat.

Here is a 2014 link which reviews that history:

https://blogfinger.net/2014/08/08/illumination-night-a-festival-of-lights-in-ocean-grove/

 

THE PUPPINI SISTERS:   Christmas in July.   Turn on the music and then go to the photos.

 

ILLUMINATION NIGHT GALLERY  click on one and then follow the arrows.  Then click the X at the upper left corner to get back home.

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Girls in summer clothes, looking for more summer clothes at the Bargain Basement. Photo by Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff. ©

Girls in summer clothes, looking for more summer clothes at the Bargain Basement. Photo by Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff. ©

BARBRA STREISAND:

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Setting up on Friday morning. Auditorium Square Park, Ocean Grove. 6/24/16. Paul Goldfinger photo ©.

Setting up on Friday morning. Auditorium Square Park, Ocean Grove. 6/24/16. Paul Goldfinger photo ©. Click to enlarge.

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Bridgefest. Paul Goldfinger photo ©. 6/24/16

Bridgefest. Paul Goldfinger photo ©. 6/24/16

Bridgefest was already creating traffic jams and crowds on Friday morning near the Great Auditorium. I drove by and met gridlock; fortunately it was temporary.    Parking was  becoming difficult.   This two day beach event will be held on Friday and Saturday, 6/24 and 6/25.

Over at the Auditorium Square Park many booths were set up or in the process,  selling souvenirs  and offering inspiration.

ART GARFUNKEL

 

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