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Paul Goldfinger photo 2018.   Main Avenue looking east, near Firemen’s Park.

 

Retired:   And what about the drivers who don’t stop/slow down at the pedestrian walkways on Main Avenue?    They act like they don’t see you – although I know they hear the choice words I give them when they drive by.

 

Note two prior posts on this topic on Blogfinger:

Speeding in the Grove

 

Danger crossing Main 

 

Editor’s Note  (Paul Goldfinger@Blogfinger:)

This is a serious problem because of the marked increase in traffic volume now that we are in the midst of prime season. I have yelled and pointed at the sign to drivers speeding merrily along Main Avenue while I stand visibly waiting to cross.  A pedestrian can only stand in the crosswalk, easily seen, on the side, and hope that some driver will stop.  More than half will not, and many are exceeding the speed limit. So don’t assume anything.

The effort last year to set up a police unit to educate scofflaws did not work—very few learned anything from that effort.   But the danger is real.  The police should set up cameras and send summonses to those who do not stop for pedestrians–no more warnings.

Or else, station police along the way to stop and ticket cars that defy the law, and those signs should be placed at every corner where people cross.  As it is, there is inadequate or unequal enforcement of a variety of ordinances in Ocean Grove, but this one is not merely about a parking space.  This is about someone’s life. All we need is one pedestrian looking at his phone, and a disaster can occur.

TAYLOR SWIFT  “Fearless”   But don’t be fearless when crossing Main–be watchful and careful, and no dancing in the street!

“There’s somethin’ bout the way
The street looks when it’s just rained
There’s a glow off the pavement
Walk me to the car
And you know I wanna ask you to dance right there….”

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Enthusiastic patriots down the row from Eileen and me.     Summer Stars 7/5/18. All photos and videos by Paul Goldfinger.

By Paul Goldfinger, MD, Editor at Blogfinger.net

Another season of Summer Stars unfolded with the Imperial Brass, a world-class group of 30 musicians who traveled to Ocean Grove to present a marvelous concert to 425 enthusiastic folks in the Great Auditorium on a hot summer July evening.

This was a special occasion for the group, because joining them was Phil Smith of Ocean Grove and the World.  Phil has a summer cottage in the Grove and he has played here before.   For  40 years he was principal trumpet with the NY Philharmonic.  And sometimes he plays during Sunday services in the Great Auditorium

In addition, our own Gordon Turk participated on the Hope-Jones organ, and there was another special guest:  Warren Vaché, jazz cornettist.

Probably the most impressive part of the concert was when Gordon Turk conducted an ensemble of 10 brass players to do a brilliant piece called “Grand Choeur Dialogué”  I was mesmerized.

The three soloists were amazing  with gorgeous tones and technique, so we have some video clips.—turn up your volume.     And the Imperial Brass were absolutely the best. To hear such an accomplished group perform within the acoustics of the GA was a great privilege.

 

 

 

 

I cannot express how wonderful this concert was. Our tickets cost $29.00 for two. Sitting near me was Congressman Frank Pallone.  We talked music for  about 30 seconds after the concert ended—he stayed for every note.  I’ve seen him there before.   Don’t miss all the Thursday Summer Stars  concerts coming up. The seats are not reserved.

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Around town with Jean Bredin. Ocean Grove. 7/4/18 ©   Click to enlarge.  Staff, Blogfinger.net

 

BF John Phillip Sousa festival 2018   El Capitan

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Porch life. OG July 1, 2018. ©   Click to enlarge.  Paul Goldfinger photograph ©

Blogfinger marching band festival:

US MARINE BAND   with John Phillip Sousa an Ocean Grove hero

 

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Andrew Robertson, the animated uke teacher in motion has an out-of-body experience  while singing and naming the chords. 6/27/18  Paul Goldfinger photograph ©

Daniel Hickman, on the left in the video, proprietor of “Don’t Fret Music” at the Jersey Shore Arts Center in Ocean Grove, is known for his technical work including repairing and support for all sorts of stringed instruments.   He is officially known as a luthier.   But he also offers lessons in his shop including his popular BYO uke classes.

He held such a class on June 27, attended by about 10 students.  Dan lives in Ocean Grove as does the instructor for the class Andrew Robinson.  Andrew is a professional musician who seems to get a kick out of teaching uke players of all ages and with all degrees of experience including beginners, like me and Jean from the Blogfinger staff.

Andrew was determined to entertain the class, so he taught the chords for a Queen song “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” and he sang while he called out chord changes.  Most of the class seemed to have no problem keeping up with Andrew, although at least two of us were having trouble finding the right strings and fingers.    There were more laughs than gaffes.

Dan served some  snacks, and  you can see the group in action in the video above.

For more information, call Dan at 732 361 5060

Here is a link to our 2017 article about Daniel:

Dan the luthier

Here is a link to his site:

www.dontfretnj.com/

And here is Queen * with their song “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”

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Ocean Grove.  June 26, 2018. Jetty or not, here they come. Click image to enlarge. Paul Goldfinger ©

 

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Winding up the rescue boat drills. 6/26/18 Blogfinger photo ©

 

BOBBY DARIN:

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5/22/198 Jean Bredin photos © Blogfinger.net. Ocean Grove, NJ  “Blue lives matter.”

 

 

Auditorium Square Park. 5/22/18 Jean Bredin ©

 

 

Police dog Leo. Jean Bredin video. 5/22/18 Blogfinger.net ©

CHRISTINA PERRI   “A Thousand Years.”

 

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Ocean Grove, NJ. May visuals. Paul Goldfinger © c. 2016.

 

 

KARRIN ALLYSON from her album Round Midnight

 

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By 6:30 pm there was a long line waiting to get in at the Auditorium Pavilion on Ocean Pathway in Ocean Grove. © Click to enlarge the photos

By 6:30 pm there was a long line waiting to get in at the Auditorium Pavilion on Ocean Pathway in Ocean Grove. © Click to enlarge the photos. Blogfinger.net   Reposted from July 2016.

 

The assembly line was well oiled. This was the tartar sauce station. All photos by Paul Goldfinger of Blogfinger.net

The assembly line was well oiled. This was the tartar sauce station. All photos by Paul Goldfinger of Blogfinger.net

 

You needed to be a red head to work here. It all smelled so good. Nothing like fried fish and chips right out of the fryer. ©

You needed to be a red head to work here. It all smelled so good. Nothing like fried fish and chips right out of the oil. ©  The cooks were professionals from Kearny, NJ, fish and chip mecca.

 

This is the sort of community event that breathes life into a town like OG.

FRED MOLLIN AND THE BLUE SEA BAND  from the movie Ratatouille 

 

 

 

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OG Saturday Giant Flea Market June 2016. Gridlock. Blogfinger photo. ©  Where else can you find this?  Click once to make the crowd bigger.

 

OG mega Flea Market. Blogfinger photo 2016 ©

 

By  Paul Goldfinger, MD.  Editor@Blogfinger.net

May 5   Spring Fling  Chamber of Commerce closes down Main Avenue:   gridlock

May 19  Vintage Car Show  CC  closes down Main Avenue:  gridlock

June 2   Giant Spring Flea Market  CC floods Ocean Pathway with thousands of junksters:   gridlock

June 16 OGCMA  Giant Craft Show —-300 artisans:   Gridlock all over town

June 23   OGCMA Huge Christian festival:  Bridgefest:  Gridlock all over town.

August 4  OGCMA    Saturday of the Camp Meeting Week:   Gridlock all over town.

August 18  OGCMA   Beach boys:  Gridlock evening.

Sept 1 Doo /wop:   Gridlock evening

Sept. 8  Giant Fall flea Market:   CC floods Ocean Pathway —gridlock

Sept 16  British Car Show  CC closes down Main Avenue:   gridlock

October 6 Fall Harvest Festival CC  closes down Main Avenue: gridlock

Note: Every Saturday during the summer season is a gridlock day due to beach attendance and when residents and their guests crowd the town during all those weekends. But that is to be expected. This is a beach town.

But now we are addressing mega Saturday tourist events such as the Giant Craft Show on the Pathway which make the town hopelessly paralyzed.

So what other Jersey Shore towns have so many gridlock Saturday special events geared towards tourists and oppressively imposed  on the residents?

Consider Bradley Beach:  Just one–The Lobster Festival.  Holiday celebrations such as Memorial Day weekend don’t count because they are automatically part of summer.      The rest are things like line dancing, music on the boards, opera by the sea, Italian Festival, Bradley Beach Day etc. which are primarily for the residents and don’t cause gridlock.

Here is a link to our recent piece about the struggle in Bradley Beach over one such mega event.  It’s very interesting:

Bf reports on Bradley Beach struggle with mega-event

Consider Belmar mega:  Just a car show and the NJ Seafood  Festival.

Consider Avon mega:  no mega events

Consider Asbury mega:  Oyster Festival.  They have many activities including music, shows, farmers markets, fine restaurants, bars and boardwalk events like the Zombies,  but these enhance the image of A. Park and are not merely mega events to suck in huge numbers of tourists like we have. They have crowds and parking issues, but those crowds are drawn to the vibe of A. Park not to giant marketplaces where you can just buy stuff.

Consider Seaside Heights:  Nothing mega.   Jersey Shore Festival;  otherwise arts and crafts, boardwalk fun/food, and soccer tourney.

Consider Spring Lake:  Nothing mega.  Just sensible small events for residents and guests:    House tour, art in the park, garden tour, art walk, sidewalk sale, etc.

 

Only OG has huge  events that overwhelm the town.    What good does any of this do for the people of Ocean Grove?  The CMA mostly attracts crowds from outside the Grove.  All of the Shore  towns have events, but they are primarily for the residents, such as ballroom dancing, concerts on the boardwalk, competitions for kids, etc.

Of the towns listed, we are the smallest and the most paralyzed by contrived tourist events.  There is no reason to continue these overwhelming Saturday gridlocks—the Township needs to reduce the numbers to be in line with other Jersey  Shore towns.  But will they?  No.   These other communities make sure that their citizens enjoy the summer season in their home towns.  Tourism, yes, but sensibly done.

Do the people of Ocean Grove want their town to be a circus every Saturday in season?  Here is a march from Barnum and Bailey:

 

 

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