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In the July 18, 2019 issue of the Qoaster, there is this “news” item on the front page:

“Officials are cracking down in Ocean Grove on those who try to save parking spaces by placing orange cones in front of their homes.   Although there is not an ordinance regulating cones, there is a policy in place prohibiting obstruction of parking spaces.”

Blogfinger has checked with a high ranking Neptune PD official who tells us that police are enforcing their rules on this in the same way that they always have—there is no “crackdown.”

Also the rule is enforced even if the violation is not in front of one’s house.

The rule says that no objects may be left at the curb other than a parked vehicle. If someone does try to save a parking space with a cone, a garbage pail, or anything else, a passing police officer will issue a ticket.

A garbage pail may be left at the curb only on the day of garbage pickup.   In a marginal case, the officer will decide.

As with Bridgegate, the Qoaster has decided to act as if this is a unique news story, but in  both instances, Blogfinger has covered these matters on quite a few occasion  over the years.

In July 2017, we posted a piece on this very subject.   It gives quite a bit of information:

2017 Blogfinger article on saving spaces

Another BF 2017 piece on this topic looks at the ethics.


Within that top 2017 post, there is a 2013 link, and that post had 35 comments!   So saving spaces is a hot (intermittently) topic.

Recently I spoke to two neighbors about the common practice of arranging cars creatively so that a space could materialize when a friend, relative, spouse shows up.

In both cases, these Grovers think that is unethical.

But I have consistently believed that the Township should do something  (permit parking) to give the residents a leg up in the quest for parking spaces. In the absence of such legislation, then I see nothing wrong for residents to give themselves a slight edge in the parking wars.

Shouldn’t a resident have a better chance for a space than some out-of-towner who is coming to take pictures of our houses  or visiting the shlock-market on the Pathway while parking for free and adding to the congestion?

But, to be clear, I don’t usually do it, but if a neighbor offers to move his car to make room for mine, I will accept.


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July 4, 2014, on Main Avenue along the Ocean Grove parade route. Paul Goldfinger photograph ©

July 4, 2014, on Main Avenue along the Ocean Grove parade route. Paul Goldfinger photograph.  We’ll be back with 2019 photos tomorrow, July 6, 2019.©



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Mt. Hermon Way at Delaware Ave.. Ocean Grove.   Betsy Ross Flag. July 4, 2019.©


JOHN WILLIAMS AND THE BOSTON POPS ORCHESTRA     Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

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July 4 parade in Ocean Grove, NJ. 2009 photograph by Paul Goldfinger ©  click to enlarge.

July 4 parade in Ocean Grove, NJ. 2009 photograph by Paul Goldfinger ©  click to enlarge.


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OG Main Avenue. June 15, 2019. Paul Goldfinger photo ©.  Click images to enlarge.


Odyssey Coffee Shop. Ice coffee $4.25. . Blogfinger.net   6/15/19.


Love, Positano. Main Avenue OG. Paul Goldfinger ©. 6/15/19


Craft Show on the Pathway. 6/15/19 A fine kettle of fish. Blogfinger photo. ©  Not as crazy as the flea market.


Whereas the craft show was deja vu all over again, an interesting and varied crowd was enjoying the variety of treats on Main Avenue, especially on the south side.  The al fresco dining up and down the street added charm, and many young people were popping in and out of the shops, especially the Comfort Zone, artisan pizza shop, Positano boutique, and Odyssey coffee.  Music was softly playing.

The atmosphere was quite alive, and there was just enough congestion, but not too much.  This part of town needs to breathe.  Huge crowds don’t help, and you can see that on the Pathway where a different flavor was on display—-rocky road.




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Mary Lou Armiger, Norm Goldman and son Glenn. Undated.

Mary Lou Armiger, Norm Goldman and son Glenn.  Jerusalem, Israel. Re-post from 2015.  ©

Glenn was studying in Israel, and the family rendezvoused in Jerusalem.  The  Dome of the Rock is the golden top Islamic shrine in the photo  at the Temple Mount in the old city of Jerusalem. —–PG

THE EFFI NETZER SINGERS  “Hine Ma Tov.” Its lyrics are the first verse of Psalm 133 which reads, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”

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Stephen Goldfinger, Blogfinger.net ©. Delaware Avenue. OG by night.




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Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff ©. 5/27/19.  Vicki, Rachel, Hayley, Morgan and friends.  Watch for more.



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Run, don’t walk for a cone at Days. I had rocky road: marvelous. Eileen had mocha (coffee) with chunks of dark chocolate–excellent.  Paul Goldfinger photographs. 5/19/19. ©  Blogfinger.net


By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor @Blogfinger.net

Remember the Coneheads?  Jane Curtin and Dan Aycroyd.  Well, that name has taken on new meaning, because ice cream fans in the Grove, not having Nagles to stand in line for, will now find Days open every day through the season.

We went there today and were behind a family from France who were ordering ice cream and coffee.

How ironic, because when they asked the Coneheads on Saturday Night Live where they were from,  they said, “France.”

Bonjour. Visitors from France order at Days.   Paul Goldfinger photo. Dave is behind the counter.


SARAH McLACHLAN    “Ice Cream.”

“Your love
Is better than ice cream.
Better than anything else that I’ve tried
And your love
Is better than ice cream…”


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The Great Auditorium, Ocean Grove, NJ.  Does this look like a town that needed an Area in Need of Redevelopment?     Paul Goldfinger ©.. Undated.


Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

“Redevelopment is a tool which may be used by municipalities to turnaround stagnating, deteriorating, underutilized, or “undeveloped” properties which are not being properly maintained or invested in through the instrumentality of private capital.”  (From the NJ Redevelopment Law)


In 2007, the CMA and WAVE persuaded Neptune Township to declare the North End of Ocean Grove as an “Area In Need of Redevelopment.” The Planning Board agreed, and the deed was done, giving developers the green light to dump the existing single family home zoning  recommended by the Master Plan in favor of a mixed use that would allow the commercialized NERP which we have all heard about.

But that designation was inappropriate for the North End of Ocean Grove where there was no shortage of investors to develop that property.  This was a decision that appeared to be illegal and was done to enrich investors at the expense of our historic town and its citizens.

Now the latest group of developers plan to implement that same designation when the best interests of the community would be better served by the Township’s cancelling that 12 year old plan and reverting to the original single family zoning.



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