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August 1, 2019. During intermission of the Summer Stars Finale., as the sun began to set.   Music floats out there.  Paul Goldfinger photo©  Click to enlarge.


warming up

Warming up. The MidAtlantic Symphony Orchestra was superb, Paul Goldfinger ©


Mr and Mrs. Ronald Naldi made their way to the GA where he performed music from Carmen.; a sample is below. Paul Goldfinger photo. 8/1/19 ©


By Eileen and Paul Goldfinger,  Editors at Blogfinger.net

The finale of Summer Stars was held on August 1 in the Great Auditorium. It was a magnificent concert.  The music floated out from the open doors to be heard by passersby in the park.

The program had to be changed with just a few days of lead time, but Maestro Jason Tramm was able to put together a lovely and seamless musical event.

The four movements of Scheherazade by Rimsky- Korsakov, a difficult piece, was wonderful with soloist Byung Kook Kwak on violin. It was the story of “A Thousand and One Nights,  and there even was a storm at sea and a ship going to pieces on a rock. There is a taste of that below with Part III  ” The Young Prince and the Young Princess.”

And the Tannhauser Overture, by Wagner, was thrilling with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra reverberating through the wooden acoustics of the Great Auditorium with no sound enhancement in this program.

Ronald Naldi’s solo was gorgeous as always. He performed a piece from Carmen, and you can get an idea from Eileen’s video clip below.  There is a brief glitch, but then it goes on. The iPhone XS does a respectable job with the sound.




THE PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA RECORDING:  Scheherazade  part 3, The Young Prince and the Princess.:


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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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