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Finally, Construction Action at 80 Main Ave and New York Avenue. By Prosper Bellizia, Blogfinger staff © February 16, 2016.

Finally, construction action at 80 Main Ave and New York Avenue. By Prosper Bellizia, Blogfinger staff © February 16, 2016.

Editor’s note:  There is a Jack Green Co. truck seen around the corner in our photo, but that company is not involved in this project according to his office.

STEPHEN SONDHEIM:  “Move On”  From Sunday in the Park with George.



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February 5, 2015 fire on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove, NJ destroys a building at #50 Main Ave. TV News Report

February 5, 2015 fire on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove, NJ destroys a building at #50 Main Ave. CBS TV News Report

One year ago a rapidly progressive fire destroyed #50 Main Avenue and took with it some apartments and a few stores including Yvonne’s Restaurant, Smuggler’s Cove and Fusion. There was also some adjacent damage that ruined  the coffee shop, The Barbaric Bean.

The plan was to rebuild by next summer, but things have slowed considerably. The foundation seems to be close to completion, but a shadow has been cast over the plans due to a law suit which challenges the project on a number of grounds including illegal density, violations of  the State RSIS parking regulations, violations of the Federal Disability Act  (including not providing handicapped parking)  and a number of zoning complaints. With regard to the latter, if you look at the current foundation, it seems to extend beyond the legal setback, up to the sidewalk.

Another issue includes allegations that the lawyer for the Neptune Township Board of Adjustment illegally  stopped the  meeting in mid-stream for an intermission, allowing time for potential collusion.

The preliminary hearing will take place at Monmouth County Superior Court on February 24, 2016.  The defendant is Kurt Cavano, the property’s owner, together with the Neptune Township Board of Adjustment.  The plaintiff is Kevin Chambers of Ocean Grove, NJ.

If you want to attend you might have to call ahead to see if the hearing is open to the public.

Here is a link to the BF article from last October regarding this topic.   If you go to that link you will find some additional new comments.



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December 3, 2015. Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. By Jay Cortese.

December 3, 2015. Central Ave. at Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. By Jay Cortese.


Hey...It's Mickey. Maybe someone will send us a photo of the completed window. The first amazing photo will be posted and seen around the world. Jay Cortese photo.

Hey…It’s Mickey.  Jay Cortese photo.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor@Blogfinger

We received a note today from a distinguished  Ocean Grove art critic, musician and designer—- Jay Cortese.  Jay said that he was walking to the hardware store along Main Avenue when he saw this group of Neptune High School artists painting Nagle’s windows.  I hope Jay found the hardware store since he is heading the wrong way, but Jay got excited to see these 8 Scarlet Flyers creating window art downtown.

This is a marvelous sight. It takes me all the way back to Park Avenue in Rutherford where every December a small army of art students from RHS would paint the town red, indigo, yellow, green and blue.   Do you think Van Gogh painted windows in Paris when he got sick of sunflowers?

If any of you Neptuners contact us  (Blogfinger @verizon.net) with the names of these young artists, we will post them.  Who knows, maybe there is a budding Modigliani among them;  one of his paintings sold recently for $170 million.

This song has nothing to do with art, but it is fun.  From the movie Ratatouille.




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