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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.

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.

 

BILL CHARLAP   “Dream.”

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Paul Goldfinger ©. Ocean Grove, New Jersey. April, 2019. ©

Ocean Grove is a dog town.  It is a marvelous place to have a dog. People and their pets meet and socialize in our parks. We suspect that there are more dogs per square mile than in any other town in New Jersey.

Yesterday a neighbor stopped to chat with me in front of my house. Just then a man with a Weimaraner strolled by—the large dog was beautiful and elegant with a silver gray coat. The dog moved slowly towards the young lady. She looked at the dog and then engaged the dog owner about his pet.

I don’t have a dog, but Grovers are familiar with the importance of dogs in our community.

Social interactions like this happen often in Ocean Grove.

It’s a shame that the CMA could not understand this phenomenon when they precipitously rejected a public petition to have a dog park or a dog beach in the Grove. They said that it didn’t fit with their mission.

 

HARRY NILSSON   from the movie  You’ve Got Mail soundtrack.

 

–Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

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Ocean Grove. June, 2015. Paul Goldfinger ©


EMMY ROSSUM  “Things”    From her album Sentimental Journey.


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Ocean Grove playground near Fletcher Lake. March 24, 2019 © Blogfinger photo

 

OG playground  Blogfinger photo. ©

 

BLOSSOM DEARIE:

 

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Blogfinger report March 24, 2019

Ladies  boutique to open. Just what we need, another tourist business. This store will be in the vacant pizza building, next to the former April Cornell shop. April and others were forced out by rents. Is this business going to pay more than April?  Is the landlord waiting for legal weed in NJ?  The vote is today in Trenton.    (note:  the vote was cancelled—not enough votes)

“The good life.?” What does the “good life” mean to the Chamber of Commercials? See Oceangrovenj.com. Their schedule does not include one of OG’s unique events designed for the residents: The Townwide Yard Sale on May 11, but they do include Cinco de Mayo.

 

Blah, Blah, Blah perform “Fifties”

 

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Paul Goldfinger photograph © Undated.

 

CHRISTINA PERRI   “A Thousand Years”  from the film soundtrack  The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.

 

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Ocean Avenue, Ocean Grove. By Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff. © Feb. 16, 2016.

Ocean Avenue, Ocean Grove. By Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff. ©    Re-post.  Feb. 16, 2016.   Click to enlarge.

“…..and the rain subsided, the cold snap ended, so it was great for taking a walk. The sky was a panorama of dark gray clouds….it was a dramatic sight…as sometimes it is after rainstorms.”

Jean

THE STORYVILLE JASSBAND    “I Get the Blues When It Rains.”

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July 4, 2015. Days Kazoo Band. Paul Goldfinger photograph ©. Blogfinger.net. Ocean Grove lifestyles.


CONNIE EVINGSON AND THE JOHN JORGENSON QUINTET:

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“A blustery day” by Bob Bowné. “Man impersonates a sea gull.”  October 4, 2015. The non-fishing pier in Ocean Grove, NJ. Special to Blogfinger. ©  Click image to enlarge.

TONY BENNETT:

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