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This is the view of the Park View Inn facing Lake Avenue and Wesley Lake  before it was demolished. Note how narrow that property is. The Warrington is to the right.  The La Pierre condos are on the left.   Blogfinger photo. 2016. ©

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor@Blogfinger.

After the Park View Inn was demolished in the summer of 2016, Blogfinger wrote some articles regarding the fate of that property. The Planning Board approved a subdivision that would allow the site to be turned into 4 lots for single family homes.  But Blogfinger questioned the legality of that subdivision, because the 2 lots on Lake Avenue would not face any street—Lake Avenue is not a street.

On the other hand, after years of trying to get rid of that derelict property, it was accomplished, and the neighbors were thrilled. They did not question the legality of what occurred next.

Here is a link to our last post on that subject:

Is the Park View Inn subdivision legal?

Now, one of the 4 houses has been built, at #21 Seaview Avenue, and the developer has the other 3 properties, including #18 and #20 Lake Avenue and #23 Seaview Avenue up for sale.   The homes will cost over $ 1 million. They will have 5-6 bedrooms and  3-4 bathrooms.  They are 2 1/2 to 3  stories high and they will have views of Wesley Lake and the Ocean.  The subdivision, which is one block to the beach is called “Seaview by the Lake.”

One house on this subdivision is built (#21 Seaview Ave.) Note how narrow it is with 5 bedrooms. The lot is 25 x 72.  (1,800 ft2.) The Warrington foundation is in the foreground. Paul Goldfinger photo Dec. 2017. ©

The marketing by realtors is of interest, because it is revealing the attitude of this developer toward Ocean Grove.  And will this sort of promotion become the norm?   We have been worried that the community of Ocean Grove will be left behind to collect sand in its shorts as the developers promote the town of OG as basically a gateway to Asbury and other areas, as they turn out very expensive homes as is the norm now in Asbury Park.

The Internet promotion of these 4 homes refers to “landmarks” that are accessible, and this list includes only one in OG—the beach. The rest of the list includes sites in Asbury Park, Belmar, Pt. Pleasant Beach, Long Branch, and Spring Lake beach. There is no mention of Ocean Grove’s historic nature or its fabulous places to visit—not even the Great Auditorium is featured.  And there is no mention of the community of Ocean Grove, its life styles, its diversity, or its friendly and neighborly porch culture.

In addition, there is no talk about parking. As with other projects in town, the Township allows defiance of State mandated regulations, so these 4 houses provide no off-street parking—just further congestion at that North End part of town.  And who knows what will happen at the Warrington site?

THE HEAD AND THE HEART:  “Rivers and Roads.”

“A year from now we’ll all be gone
All our friends will move away
And they’re going to better places
But our friends will be gone away”

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Monmouth County Historical Association presents their Sandy exhibit. A lifeguard stand sits outside. Eileen Goldfinger photo for Blogfinger. ©


Photo from the “Tracking Sandy: Monmouth County Remembers exhibit.”

The photograph above is the Driftwood Cabana Club in Sea Bright, by Mike McLaughlin. ©

The public is invited to view this Sandy exhibit at the Monmouth County Historical Association at 70 Court Street in Freehold, NJ.  They are open from Tuesday through Saturday 10-4 until October, 2018. Parking is easy.

The exhibit is impressive, with slide shows, videos, oral history recordings, scientific explanations, and special displays.  About 15 Blogfinger images  by Paul Goldfinger were chosen largely because of our work in Ocean Grove.  Most were seen in a slide show organized by towns. Another feature used 6 of our photos of volunteers at the OG beachfront. (see below)

One of our images was used large,  (see below) depicting a Neptune Comitteeman, Randy Bishop, comforting a resident of Shark River who had to put out most of her  first floor furniture and belongings to the curb. The residents were upset in large part because scavengers were showing up to take some of their curbside belongings. We will show some of our Shark River images from November 1, 2012.



This Blogfinger photograph was from  the exhibit:   Shark River. Committeeman Randy Bishop comforts a victim of the flooding. By Paul Goldfinger © Nov. 1, 2012.


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Exhibit features 6 color photos of OG volunteers by Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net

From the exhibit:  Volunteers came from near and far. Nov. 3, 2012. Ocean Grove. By Paul Goldfinger  Blogfinger.net©  Click to enlarge.

CHRIS MARTIN  (Coldplay)  live from the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief—“Us Against the World”


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Asbury Park boardwalk, entering the Casino. OG is on the other side of no man’s land. Paul Goldfinger photograph © Blogfinger.net. 2017. Click for the details



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Teenagers–summer fun and games on Ocean Pathway in the Grove.  Click to enlarge. Paul Goldfinger photo. © c 2015.

Ocean Grove Peoples Garden tour–a community event. 2015. Blogfinger photo ©

From the NJ Chapter of the American Planning Association:

Launched in 2012, Great Places in New Jersey recognizes unique and exemplary downtowns, streets, neighborhoods and public spaces – four essential components of exceptional communities.  These places thrive as testaments to forward-thinking planning that promotes community involvement, showcases unique natural features and diverse architectural styles, fosters economic opportunity and a vision for tomorrow.”  —

Ocean Grove Great Neighborhood award.  When you go to this link look at the top menu and click on “neighborhoods.”  You will see that OG is lumped in with Pier Village.

Quotes below are excerpts from the NJ Chapter of the APA post about their 2017  “Great Places in New Jersey” awards.   They mention two “designees” for “Great Neighborhoods”—Ocean Grove and Pier Village.

“Founded in 1869, Ocean Grove is a unique, historic and vibrant shore community that is noted for its pristine beaches, abundant Victorian architecture and old-fashioned charm that has drawn visitors for generations. Its strong Christian roots date back to the late 19th Century’s “camp meeting” movement, when a group of Methodist ministers formed the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association to develop and operate a summer camp meeting at the Jersey shore.”

“Today, the Camp Meeting Association, the Ocean Grove Chamber of Commerce, and the many other community groups continue to provide opportunities for spiritual growth and renewal through worship as well as educational, cultural and recreational events and programs for all ages in a seaside setting.”

“The site of Ocean Grove was chosen in part because of its exceptional natural features, specifically the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Wesley Lake to the north and Fletcher Lake to the south.”

“The Ocean Grove Chamber of Commerce and Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association sponsor public activities that encourage social activity and create an overall sense of community.”

There will be an awards reception on October 30 to be held at the South Orange Performing Arts Center. Supposedly Rev. John DiBerardino will represent the CMA while a Neptune official will represent the town of Neptune.





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Annual Blogfinger OG town-wide yard sale sponsored by the residents of Ocean Grove.. Paul Goldfinger photograph ©


Heck Avenue block party–an authentic neighborhood event. Click to see what they’re eating. Jean Bredin photo© Blogfinger.net

Blogfinger Commentary:   

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

In my opinion, once again, the media, made up of outsiders, miscasts the town of Ocean Grove as a predominantly religious destination.  There is much in the way of Camp Meeting events and tourism in OG  which should be mentioned in that APA write-up, but there is little recognition of the widely diverse citizen population which, through its investment in historic homes and the continually evolving lifestyles of the townspeople, make Ocean Grove the desirable “neighborhood” that it is. The APA doesn’t seem to understand the words “community” and “neighborhood.”

However, this neighborhood award is well deserved, even if the “spin” is lopsided.

The specific mention of our two lakes as “exceptional natural features” emphasizes the importance of those bodies of water and should light a fire under the Wesley Lake Commission to do something significant about the dirty street water flowing into the Lake and ultimately into the ocean off our shores.

As for the idea that the Chamber of Commerce and the OGCMA deserve special mention for “creating an overall sense of community,”  that is simply not true.  The write-up indicates that the APA failed to do its homework in evaluating our town.

Those two groups are interested predominantly  in their individual agendas, and along with Neptune Township, fail utterly to help the citizens who live in the Grove develop a stronger sense of community identity, rewarding lifestyles, and fine neighborhoods.

And finally, Neptune Township cannot take credit for the planning and evolution of our town.  The planning began with the CMA  during the 19th century, and it was the citizens who pushed for the historic designations in the late 20th.  It is the residents of this town and not tourists or Neptuners who can claim credit for our lifestyles and desirability as a community.

Blogfinger  demands that only Ocean Grovers attend the award ceremony.  Neptune Township—sit down and stay home!



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Paul Goldfinger ©. Heck Avenue in Ocean Grove. 10/19/17.


ANDY GRAMMER  “Keep Your Head Up.”


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….”the kid will have an everything bagel, toasted, with a schmear.” Paul Goldfinger photo at Pops. 10/19/17 ©



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Portrait by Paul Goldfinger, Blogfinger.net © And we do know how to spell that A. word. Can you without peeking.?  Click to enlarge the image. July, 2016. Ocean Grove, NJ



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Days, Ocean Grove. 10/6/17 Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click



By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor@Blogfinger.net

Three of us went to Days for dessert last night—Friday,  October 6.. We were ambivalent  because this would be the last day we would have a Days ice cream until 2018.

We like to go for the night shift and to join the other enthusiastic fressers sitting in that historic venue downing some frozen delights.  Just having it there makes the experience even better. Our friends used to skip lunch to go to Days—“We’re having ice cream for lunch,” they would say.

The actual last day at Days is Sunday, October 8.

We were going to take a sundae home for our son.  We knew that our scooper, a young woman, was a pro.  She had to deal with a complicated, albeit bizarre, order without writing anything down. She didn’t even frown or wince when I asked her for:  a large hot fudge sundae, moose tracks ice cream, caramel and butterscotch syrups, chocolate sprinkles, whipped cream and a cherry.

My favorite flavors are chocolate chip  (vanilla ice cream) and chocolate chip mint which might be a turn-off because it’s green and tastes a bit like mouthwash, but it goes great with hot fudge.

What are  your favorite Days ice cream stories or flavors or special requests?   Let’s share—stories, not ice cream.

If you do a Blogfinger search on Days, you will find about 20 articles.

Here is a link to our BF post about Days history (2014):

Days history on Blogfinger




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Jean Bredin © Ocean Grove Tent Village. September 4, 2017. Blogfinger staff.

Jean Bredin says:    “Today many  tent village people were celebrating Labor Day by emptying out their tents and removing decorative lights getting ready for their departure.
“Chatting with the folks was interesting.  Many  have been tenters since they were children, some staying in their Grandmothers’ tent.
It’s sad to see them leave, but I was told they have until Sept 15.”

ALY AND AJ:   Looking ahead…..

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