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Water color of Ocean Grove coffee shop on Main Avenue (destroyed  in 2015 fire).
From a series OG picture card scenes by Grover artist Sue Anderson Gioulis.

JULIE ANDREWS:  From Camelot:   Are we feeling lusty yet?

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Rich Lepore stands in front of his Smuggler's Cove.That shop was destroyed in the Feb.9, 2015 fire. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Rich Lepore stands in front of his Smuggler’s Cove. That shop was destroyed in the Feb.9, 2015 fire. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

 

The site at #50 Main Avenue remains a foundation in progress. Moe Demby photo 4/3/16. Blogfinger staff photo ©

The site at #50 Main Avenue remains a foundation in progress. Moe Demby photo 4/3/16. Blogfinger staff photo ©

Maybe they will finish this job before Santa Claus comes to town.  FRANK SINATRA AND CYNDI LAUPER

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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.

https://blogfinger.net/2015/10/22/blogfinger-breaking-news-law-suit-filed-over-new-main-avenue-building/

LONDON THEATER ORCHESTRA AND SINGERS

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48 Main Avenue survived the fire with some damage.  Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  March 23, 2015.

48 Main Avenue survived the fire with some damage. Barbaric Bean to reopen this spring, perhaps in May.     Paul Goldfinger photo. © March 23, 2015.  Click to enlarge.

PATTY SMITH  and  FRIENDS:   “Something Old, Something New”

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Bringing dirt in to the site.  Later crushed stone will arrive to support adjacent foundation. Paul Goldfinger photo. March 24, 2015. ©

Bringing dirt in to the site. Later crushed stone will arrive to support adjacent foundation. Paul Goldfinger photo. March 24, 2015. ©

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48 Main Avenue.  Ocean Grove.  Photo by Bob Bowné, special to Blogfinger  ©

48 Main Avenue. Ocean Grove. Photo by Bob Bowné, special to Blogfinger ©   Feb. 26, 2015.

48 Main Ave.  by Bob Bowné.  Special to Blogfinger.  Feb 26, 2015  ©

48 Main Ave. by Bob Bowné. Special to Blogfinger. Feb 26, 2015 ©

By Bob Bowné  reporting for Blogfinger

The Barbaric Bean suffered serious damage from smoke, water, and  heat.   If you look on the west side of the building you can see where the windows were destroyed during the fire and smoke freely ran into the building causing a lot of smoke damage.  The upper part of the wall and roof were singed on the west side of the building. 

I think that the front awning was singed on the right corner as well from all of the heat!  Standing there and looking at the carnage…I believe that the firemen did an incredible job isolating the fire to the one area and making the effort to save the whole block from burning to the ground. My hat’s off to them! 

 There  is currently a demolition crew gutting all floors of the building with a yard dumpster out on Main Street for the debris removal.  I could get no real info from the demo crew as they just have the demolition part of the job, so I could get no timeframe for the total of the repairs.  

For right now we can be grateful that the building is still standing and it will be a process to bring it back online.

 

Editor’s note:  The owner hopes that the building at 48 Main Avenue might be ready to re-open in May.

 JOHN BARRY

“Somewhere in Time.” 

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Main Avenue, Ocean Grove, c. 2004.  Paul Goldfinger photo  ©

Main Avenue, Ocean Grove, c. 2004. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

We had received a report about the plans for rebuilding at the site of the fire.  A detailed presentation was made by the building’s owner, Kurt Cavano, at the Chamber of Commerce meeting on Feb.24.  Since  the presentation was not said to be confidential, someone in the audience sent us a nice news report with the details which we posted this morning.

However, that citizen reporter received some heat about it and asked that we take it down.  Although it is not our policy to do so, we agreed to that request, even though all who were at the meeting have been free to share the information with anyone.

Up until the time we deleted the post, it had received over 1,300 hits, so it is “out there.”   In brief, a new building will replace the old.  It will be 3 stories tall and will be designed by an OG architect. The builder will be Jack Green Co.

If more details are made public, we will post them.  If someone else who was at the meeting, or if the owner wants to share the details, we will post it again.

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50 Main Avenue fire site.   Ocean Grove, NJ.  By Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff. ©

50 Main Avenue fire site. Ocean Grove, NJ. Feb. 25, 2015.  By Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff. ©

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Today, the Manchester was rocking with all the old Beatle's songs.  Musicians came from all over to jam. Pictured here are Dan Baker,John Cogelia, Craig Shore, Mike Meyers and Angelo Cogelia.  Photo by Jean Bredin, citizen photographer.  Feb 22, 2015.

Today, the Majestic was rocking with all the old Beatles’  songs.  Musicians came from all over to jam.
Here are Dan Baker, John Cogelia, Craig Shore, Mike Meyers and Angelo Cogelia.
Photo by Jean Bredin, citizen photographer. Feb 22, 2015.

Here is a real Beatles’ recording:

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This historic building was destroyed in an early morning fire in Naples,  Florida.   A 32 year old man died.   News-Press ©

This historic building was destroyed in an early morning fire in Naples, Florida. A 32 year old man died. News-Press ©

 

Why are we reporting this story from Florida?   Because all Grovers should know about this story.  Our source is the News-Press of Southwest Florida.

The fire began in an outside overhang, so it was able to move undetected for awhile. An electrical source is suspected. The insulation in the roof was a rapidly burning kind that gives off fumes of carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide, both gases tend to deaden the senses.

The building, the 1920’s era Eagle Eye Building on Fifth Avenue South, a major shopping thoroughfare, contained four businesses and one second floor apartment where the victim lived alone. The 911 calls came in late, at about 6:00 am, after the fire had a chance to progress. It was a very cold morning, so few people were out and about.

The man who died of fumes was an actor names Steven Ray Leonard. He was the only male cast member of the TV show “Paradise Coast Housewives.”

Firemen found that the apartment had two smoke alarms, both hard wired. One was not connected to power and it had a dead battery. The other seemed to be connected, but the battery said “2006.”

Does any of this sound familiar? In Ocean Grove we recently had a major loss on Main Avenue, and we also suffered huge fires in 2010 and 2011. I don’t know if any of those fires were thought to be suspicious, but it depends on the definintion of “suspicious.”   Carelessness seemed involved in the Manchester fire, someone must have done something to ignite that tent recently, and who knows about Surf Avenue.

But, in every case, SOMETHING went wrong.   So PLEASE listen to the OGFD and replace your smoke alarm batteries every 6 months. Also install carbon monoxide detectors on each floor. If you are a renter, PLEASE check them. Even if you are staying for just a week, please check them. If you are unsure, just change the batteries.  You can use the changing of the clocks as a reminder, and write the dates on your batteries.

This guy in Naples should be alive today.

–Paul Goldfinger,  Editor @Blogfinger

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