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Will the future of OG come into focus?  Paul Goldfinger photo.OG.  Summer 2019.



The giant “fall” flea market is over.  Soon to occur:  Another craft show, dog parade, trolley tours, Cabaret on Main, Harvest Festival–close down Main Avenue on October 5, Victorian house tours, and then Commercial Christmas will reappear, done large.

The Chamber of Commercials  is currently driving the bus, promoting down-town businesses.  They don’t care about residential OG.  CMA is taking a break, but not for long. The Home Groaners don’t wonder about these things, but they don’t wonder much about anything having to do with lifestyles in the Grove. And the elected officials don’t care.

So what will define Ocean Grove in the future?  Will it be behaving like a historic village in small town America.?  It looks like it will appear as a sort of junior Disneyland where bored outsiders can come and do this or that, and investors can exploit the real estate market with rentals and condos.

The events and crowds keep multiplying,  and, in addition,  we are becoming a bedroom community, an appendage,  for Asbury Park where they know who they are.   And the CMA infrastructure will continue to enlarge its mostly religious calendar.

The beach scene is welcome and expected and is a given–not part of this conversation.

Next summer the CMA-sponsored classical music will be great again—with tiny audiences.  And the town will be burgeoning with religious events and tourists. Maybe the CMA will get its wish to restore the old predominant religious focus here,  even though the town’s residents are largely secular.  The residents don’t exactly know who they are.

At the end of this month, Red Bank will have an Oyster Festival on one day, September  29, from 12 to 6 .  Otherwise they have no large events. And what they have through the summer are for the residents, such as jazz and movies in the park.  They have a large downtown and a bigger town, but they keep the spirit of the place for the sake of their residents.

And Neptune is soon having a concert at the Shark River for the River area residents. When did Neptune offer a musical program for Grover residents? Why do they ignore us?

So, again, what is the point of this constant barrage of tourists in Ocean Grove–a town with an identity challenge?

–Paul Goldfinger


GUY LOMBARDO AND HIS ROYAL CANADIANS   From the soundtrack of Woody’s movie Zelig.


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Paul Goldfinger photo © Sept 15, 2019. Ocean Grove boardwalk.



SOUL VENDORS   “Surfing Medicine.”


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Mindy Shapiro from OG, and, in the foreground is Aviva Minkoff of Philadelphia. They were exploring Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. Blogfinger photo 6/29/13

Mindy Shapiro from OG, and, in the foreground, is Aviva Minkoff of Philadelphia. They were exploring Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. Blogfinger photo 6/29/13


2019: Aviva is probably a teenager by now.   Is she now wearing tie-dye shirts like Mindy?  Such shirts are still available, but you need a time-machine from Amazon to order them.



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Paul Goldfinger © September, 2016. Ocean Grove beach.  Click to enlarge.


BOB DYLAN  “September of My Years”  From his album Triplicate.

“One day you turn around and it’s summer
Next day you turn around and it’s fall
And all the springs and the winters of a lifetime
Whatever happened to them all?”

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Ocean Grove Beach. Paul Goldfinger ©. Undated.





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OG lifestyles: a youthful emphasis of late. Paul Goldfinger photo. Undated. Blogfinger .net ©


THE VILLAGERS  from the soundtrack of HBO’s  Big Little Lies:





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This neighborhood yard sale was nearby, on the way to the Giant Flea Mkt. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to enlarge.


STUFFY SHMITT   from his album Other People’s Stuff:


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In 1878, there were no parking problems, but after the automobile arrived, Neptune removed the stables but did not provide parking garages. There are photos of parking gridlock in OG after the Model T came off the assembly lines.


By Jack Bredin, Blogfinger reporter and researcher and a resident of Ocean Grove with one car.

August 29, 2019.

This post is in response to the BF post on 8/28/19:  “When you don’t know what to do, form a committee.”   (just scroll down)


New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the United States, and this fact causes known problems:

a. Traffic congestion costs millions in wasted fuel, lost time, wages, and air pollution.

b. And we should not have to drive in circles when we reach our destination.


So, the NJ State Legislature put two “Planning Rules” in place over 40 years ago:

Rule 1:  A municipality cannot approve a site plan application for development that creates traffic congestion or adds to any existing traffic congestion.

Rule 2:  Every site plan application must provide all the parking spaces required by State parking standards, including handicapped parking.  The basic idea is that any site plan must provide enough parking.

To insure that these two basic traffic and parking rules are followed:

1.   A licensed professional must prepare a site plan for the applicant  (developer) pursuant to State Law, and the plan must include a plan for parking. The site plan is signed, sealed and dated by the professional, certifying that the plan provides adequate parking.

2.  When the plan is filed with the town, a copy is sent to both the town’s planning consultant and engineer, and they will also determine, on behalf of the town, that the plan provides adequate parking.

Their written reports are made part of the application, and under oath the professionals present the plan, which could be bogus, to the members of the boards  (zoning and/or planning.)

After approval, board members can say, “We rely on our experts.”  But those experts may not be in compliance with State laws.

So, to correct the “culture of corruption” which exists in Neptune Township, the Ocean Grove Home Owners Association is acting as a traffic engineer as they pursue a parking solution, but they don’t have a clue about  New Jersey Land Use procedures.

They did the “Parking Study” that led to a “Parking Task Force” that recommended a few dozen diagonal spaces in the Grove, making the Town of Ocean Grove more dangerous to drive in.

From day one, Neptune did not enforce New Jersey Land Use laws in OG until the Court ordered them “to obey the Law” in 1980.

After 1980, the Township has disregarded the Court order and continues to violate Land Use Law in OG.

The Township has been consistent in ignoring the minimum amount of parking that the State requires, and State Law supersedes local Municipal Law.  As a result, hundreds of projects have been approved by the Township Committee without providing enough parking, either off street or on street.

So all those approvals have been illegal, and that failure to enforce the laws is the main cause of our parking problems today.

Kevin Chambers has been telling us that for years, and I agree with Kevin.  And Blogfinger is the only media outlet reporting this nonsense.

Does the Neptune Twp. governance fit Lincoln’s* description “of the people, for the people and by the people?” Are they what the Continental Army fought for?   There’s Jack, standing guard in the rear.


* From Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address:…. “...this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, and for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

And for a musical metaphor, let’s hope the townsfolk keep trying to solve the parking problems—–a new group has formed and will continue the effort. To them we say, “Keep on dancing.”





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An OG artist decorated this Main Avenue home for a wedding later that day. The image was obtained shortly after sunrise. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

An OG artist decorated this #10 Main Avenue home with metallic strips  for a wedding later that day. The image was obtained shortly after sunrise near the beach to catch the light and the breezes. Paul Goldfinger photo ©


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Auditorium Square Park, Ocean Grove. 8/10/19 Paul Goldfinger photograph ©.   Click to make the smiles bigger.



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