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A new fashion in town. Butt what would Stoke's say? What would the  Ladies Aux. say?   Ocean Pathway, Ocean Grove.  C'mon boys and girls----sing along with Brucie.       7/25/15  ©   Paul Goldfinger action photo on Blogfinger.net.  Click to enlarge.

A new fashion in town. Butt what would Stokes say? What would the  Ladies Auxiliary say?   Ocean Pathway, Ocean Grove.  C’mon boys and girls—-sing along with Brucie.    7/25/15  ©   Paul Goldfinger action photo on Blogfinger.net.  Click to enlarge.









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Ocean Grove Beach. Paul Goldfinger ©. Undated.





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Nagles Saturday Night. Main Avenue.  August 2012. Paul Goldfinger photograph ©  Click to enlarge.


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Although chilly tonite, Moongazers were out on the benches watching the moonrise. 3/23/16. By Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff. © OG boards…..Although chilly tonite, moongazers were out on the benches watching the moonrise. 3/23/16. Ocean Grove.  By Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff. ©   Click to enlarge the moon.





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Don’t get lost—-get a house number. Blogfinger photo in the Grove.

This will help: deliveries, lost visitors including relatives,  prospective house hunters, emergency services,  mail men, yard sail browsers, and exploring  tourists. It also can help those parkers who need a landmark for finding their cars, but they also have to memorize or write down the street name.

In our case, our house is now called “The Beagle House” if you are on the self-guided  walking tour which you can get at the Historical Society.   Incidentally, Rev. Beagle was one of the early residents of the Grove.  But you still need to see the number if you want to visit it.

People used to have “lawn signs” for the front of their house.   I grew up in garden apartments where there were no lawn signs.  So when our 7th grade shop teacher asked us do some carpentry, we had to choose between a lawn sign or a cutting board in the shape of a pig. (But your honor, I’m Jewish—what will Mom say?) I was on the horns of a dilemma: lawn sign or pig?

I chose the pig, and Mom loved it! But we never ate pork in our house.    It is currently hanging in our Grovarian kitchen.


Paul’s pig in Eileen’s not-so-Kosher kitchen; but no pork allowed.   Dec. 4, 2020. Blogfinger photo. ©


But the house numbers won’t help if you are lost in the fifties.   Ronnie Milsap:

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Wet, windy Monday in OG. The cottage is blue too.  Blogfinger photo.  November 30, 2020. Beware of the…




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Basic Blogfinger breakfast. Peasant style. See below.

By Eileen and Paul Goldfinger, Cookery Editors at Blogfinger.net

Having Italian bread, soft boiled egg, cheese and coffee is not actually a “heart healthy” breakfast, since it contains saturated fats, carbs, eggs, and caffeine.  But it is delicious, and respect must be paid to those courageous immigrants who came to America. (home of Shepherd’s Pies) and gave us this.

The health aspects of this sort of breakfast are controversial. Eggs, perhaps 3-4 per week, are considered to be fine, cheese has fat  (? good fats) and protein, and bread is, as my father used to say, “The staff of life.”  Some Irish butter is great with the bread.

My mother liked to have a cigarette after her coffee, but that’s another story.

So if you would like this breakfast, you could, in my opinion, fall off the wagon and do it on occasion, with the proviso that you get the best of all components.

The Italian bread comes from a source that is the finest near OG, and that is Antonio’s Gourmet Salumeria at 2201 Sunset Avenue in Ocean Township.   It is a terrific place to get a wide variety of Italian food “to go.” And they are 10 minutes from the Grove. It is a family business just as it probably was in Italy.

We were there today, and I asked if they have Thanksgiving in Italia. “No” was the answer, but with food as it is from that part of the world, every day is thanksgiving.

The cheeses are pecorino. (Italian—sheep’s milk  12 o’clock;)  provolone   (Italian-cow’s milk at 9 o’clock);   and brie (French at six o’clock.)  What’s missing is my favorite—Stilton. (English.)   Susan at Cheese on Main in Ocean Grove is a fine source, and her Stilton is the best.

I liked to get the pecorino which the Italian baker at the Sunset Farmers Market  (Asbury) would bring every Saturday in season, but the market closed this past Saturday.  He also has good breads as does Cheese on Main. (French).

As for eggs, here is a link to our article about the health benefits of eggs called,  “Eggs–bad for you or not?  An over-easy review from the Blogfinger Off-shore School of Medicine in Ocean Grove”.

Eileen makes a perfect soft boiled egg by bringing the water to a boil and then dropping the egg in for 4 1/2 minutes.

Eggs for your health……

Coffee isn’t worth drinking unless it tastes great and opens your eyes.  Caffeine is the most popular addictive substance on Earth. Its pharmacologic effects are short acting, but it gets the job done.

If you are unhappy with your coffee at home, start with freshly roasted beans. You will need a coffee grinder and a drip machine such as the Bunn home model with filters. Grind the coffee right before using.

It isn’t easy to choose a coffee bean, and taste is a matter of taste.

We use Kenya AA beans shipped  freshly roasted from Greene Brothers in Hackettstown, NJ.  It’s a little pricey, but very good.  Ask for Gizelle or Brian.  They even have the Bunn machines.

Our formula is one heaping tablespoon per cup and then one more for the “pot.”  You may need to experiment on all the steps just discussed.  I make the coffee in our house and I always get rave reviews; and now you know my secret.

And another secret to enjoying wonderful food:  Don’t eat alone and turn on some music.

KRISTIN CHENOWETH from the  Broadway Cast Album of Promises Promises

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Greenleaf Park is at the  corner of New York Avenue, Mt. Tabor Way and Mt. Carmel Way.   Paul Goldfinger photograph © 7/17/17. Ocean Grove, NJ.    Click to enlarge the magic.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.   Re-post from July, 2017.

In a prior Blogfinger post  I said this about the park above:

“Another park which has puzzled me is the one bounded by New York Avenue, Mt. Carmel Way and Mt. Tabor Way.  I like to walk through it on the way past the tents to arrive by the Beersheba Fountain, near the Great Auditorium. It’s a beautiful shady place, but what’s its name?  It turns out that it is “Greenleaf Park.”

I went there today  at 5:30 pm during a warm Monday twilight in July.  The light was dappled as it trickled through the leaves, moving with the breezes.

Monday early evening is quiet and peaceful. There  is little traffic and plenty of parking.  If you walk past the tents, as I did on the way through this park, I could hear Gordon Turk playing the Hope Jones organ.  The music carried from the Great Auditorium and was soft and sweet.

In the park I was attracted to a Victorian house with blue siding. The color was lovely in that light, but there was no magic. A National Geographic photographer once told me that he would stay still in a beautiful location hoping that something would happen to add “magic” to the image. Usually that would be the arrival of a person.

Just then a woman came by with her dog. She was walking quickly, but there was something about her presence.  All I got was one exposure.

As she came by I said to her, “I just took your picture.”

She was pleased by that news.  She commented on how lovely the park was just then. It seems that she is a new Grover who came here to start a new life.

She said, “It’s magical here. I love this town. It saved me.”

I said, “You have to actually live here or spend some time to understand that there are moments like this here that are alive and wonderful.”

I gave her a BF card hoping that one exposure would be good, and it was.

But, if our town is at its most magical when it is quiet and dreamy and inspirational and beautiful, then why in the world would we allow the Neptuners to encourage us to be overrun with tourists and crowds and cars and condominiums and commercialism?


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It was a warm and pleasant Thursday mid-afternoon on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove. We try to pay attention to the lineup of businesses in the Grove.  Parking was tight, but, strangely as the Christmas shopping season begins, not everything was open.

The All Star bagel shop had closed at 2 pm. The Dapper Dog Spa  grooming shop was closed; by appointment only.  The New Dawn Hair Company was closed. This is a new hair salon.

Susan stays open in Cheese on Main. This is not a comprehensive list of businesses.


Cottage Home Interiors, a marvelous shop, has just opened at 49 Main Ave. All photos by Paul Goldfinger of Blogfinger.net.  Nov. 5, 2020. © Click all photos to enlarge.


This was a wonderful surprise.  Susan and Brian Schulte had closed their Favorite Things store and opened this lovely venue for home interiors.  They are very happy in their new location, and it is definitely worth a visit since Susan is known for her impeccable taste.  This shop raises all boats on Main.  Their current hours are M-W-Fri- (11-5) and Sat. (10-5).  They even have a bench outside for the comfort of visitors.


Balzac and Co. Yarn Shop remains the most colorful shop in town.  Click to enlarge.


The Emporium beach shop adjacent to Comfort Zone.

Steve and Victor operate two of the classiest shops in town. The Emporium, Jr. beach shop has the best selection of high quality Ocean Grove clothing.  During the Labor Day holiday, while walking on the boards,  I only saw one OG T shirt. Where’s the town pride?  And the Comfort Zone has wonderful skin creams, soaps, fragrances, etc, plus there is a book shop.


Ocean Grove Hardware is open, but they do not allow customers into the store. Blogfinger photo.



JESSICA MOLASKEY   from her album Pentimento


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A new bride clutching a bouquet as the sun comes up during a 35 degree Saturday morning photo-shoot in the Grove. 10/31/20 Paul Goldfinger photo ©.


ANDREA BOCELLI  from his album Cinema.

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