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New Jersey Marathon in Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photo © 2015.

On August 23, 2017, Newsmax published its top 50 religious landmarks in America.   They began their coverage with this:

“Christian pastors and Jewish rabbis and leaders have initiated nearly every significant sociopolitical event in America. Their churches and synagogues were catalysts and hubs that made possible the American War of Independence, the abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage, and civil rights. They founded schools and hospitals, created architectural wonders, and emphasized the preservation of nature.

“Religious landmarks in most of the original 13 states could easily fill their own top 50 lists, especially the cities of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. However, these sites exemplify the diversity of America’s Judeo-Christian heritage and commitment to religious freedom — the hallmark of American exceptionalism.”

This statement is extraordinary and it is true. Below is what they said about Ocean Grove:

1. “God’s Square Mile;” Ocean Grove, New Jersey; 1869 This popular seaside retreat, concert, and vacation destination for millions is a lasting testament to the Victorian-era revivalist movement that followed the Second Great Awakening.

Methodist ministers founded Ocean Grove believing “religion and recreation should go hand in hand.” Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this quaint town is crammed with picturesque Victorian homes, antiques, a historic Auditorium, chapel, and tent community, and offers numerous tours and activities on land, sea, and air. Methodists still gather here regularly as well as other Christian groups

 

Editor’s Note:

This designation is huge, at least in the eyes of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association. It  is a great honor for the CMA, but it perpetuates the myth that Ocean Grove is still a religious community and not a small town with multiple factions including the CMA.

The CMA is a powerful presence here, but the most salient emblem of the community are the Victorian homes which are maintained and paid for by a largely secular and diverse community of residents.

This award will have practical consequences, and perhaps our readers would like to speculate as to what these consequences will consist of.

Here is a link to the Newsmax presentation:

www.newsmax.com/BestLists/top-religious-landmarks-america/2017/08/23/id/809233/

Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger,net

BEN WEBSTER:

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Flea Market. May 30, 2015. Paul Goldfinger ©.

Flea Market. May 30, 2015. Paul Goldfinger ©.  Click to see more stuff.

What to do at night after the  OG flea market? It’s the same 2015 or now, 2018.

It’s the MELLOW KINGS:

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Ocean Grove lifestyles. By “Northender” 3/23/18 Special to Blogfinger ©

We welcome brief articles, poems, and photographs illustrating OG lifestyles.  We wrote about this ongoing series in November–please click on the link:

OG lifestyles–a new series

KENNY CHESNEY:

Paul Goldfinger, Editor

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Founders Park. Ocean Grove. This is an authentic Civil War canon , and it’s aimed at Asbury Park. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

You can get a smile out of Ted Bell when you point out the direction of our canon. The young lady, an intern from the Historical Society of OG,  helps warm up a cold day and a cold canon.

Founders Park, the best park in Ocean Grove, is next to the Wesley Retention/Detention Basin and is just west of the corpse of the Warrington Hotel, and then a little more east we come to the site of the North End Redevelopment Plan which will be located next to the Boardwalk and a short distance away from where the dirty storm water will flow into the Basin and then into the Ocean.   We wrote about the history of this Union canon; just do a search at the top of this page.

ART GARFUNKEL

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Ocean Grove United demonstrating in the Grove. Mary Walton photograph. 2012

Editorial by Paul Goldfinger, Blogfinger.net

This past Mischief Night, some individuals “vandalized cars with swastikas and racial slurs in Ocean Grove.” (APP 11/7/18)  The Neptune Police Department said that they were not viewing the incident as a bias crime or anything “politically motivated.”

Deputy Mayor Carol Rizzo   (a Grover) said  (APP), “The community should view this as simply ‘something that happened during Mischief Night. I don’t think we should give it anymore credence than that. ‘”

The descriptions of the event in the news did not include any anti-Semitic language, and swastikas are not necessarily anti-Semitic symbols.  Some kids, like punk rockers, may draw a swastika without thinking of Jews.    The “N word” was also found, according to the APP.

A representative, Joshua Cohen, of the NJ Regional Office of ADL said, “The swastika has become a ubiquitous symbol in graffiti, but it does not always carry “anti-Semitic intent.”

He also said, “A random swastika appearing in a neutral location is an entirely different proposition than compared to one on a synagogue.”

“Incidents involving the image found with no accompanying anti-Semitic imagery or writing on, say, a dumpster at a 7-Eleven or an overpass on the Garden State Parkway, fall into a category that the ADL has stopped including in its annual audit of anti-Jewish hate crimes. There is no indication that such cases specifically target Jews.”

Cohen concluded by saying, “Regardless of the specific intent, it would be a mistake to minimize the swastika. It shocks the conscience, and we all know what it is. It’s a hate symbol.”

The NTPD was going to investigate the possibility of a “hate crime,” but they have so far come up with nothing.

OGU is joining forces with the OGHOA to fan the flames of controversy when other such incidents did not occur before or since that night.

But, the OGU/HOA combined complainers consortium (CCC) have invited the Anti-Defamation League  (ADL), an international organization that fights anti-Semitism world-wide,  to come here in January to “speak on this issue.”

Is this what the members of the Home Groaners want their organization to get involved with?  And why is the HOA having any sort of joint activity with the highly partisan group ironically called Ocean Grove United.

It is almost laughable for the OGU and its ally the Home Groaners to jump on this bandwagon. Jews have been subject to all sorts of murder and mayhem since the times of the Romans, so the Jewish people have largely developed a thick skin over minor incidents such as what the OGU and HOA are jumping up and down over in Ocean Grove.

The ADL says, “Anti-Semitism is the belief or behavior hostile toward Jews just because they are Jewish.”

Is that what’s going on in the Grove?  Doesn’t the ADL have some terrorism, synagogue shootings, or murders of civilians to spend their time with?

The truth is that anti-Semitism does not “have a home” in the Grove, and many Jewish people live here without such concerns.

Most popular sentiment in the Grove is to assume the Halloween vandalism to be the work of ignorant out-of-towners, probably kids looking for trouble.  Most think that the incident should have been dropped as an indicator of bias in this town, and as a news story, it lasted about 24 hours, with no noise coming out of the Grove.

OGU, a group that seems to be in a deep sleep most of the time, reappears, like Brigadoon,  whenever they find an excuse to complain about bias in the Grove.  They say that the ADL meeting in January is “in response to the concerns of Ocean Grove residents.”

Perhaps they should tell us how many OG residents would like to see the big guns  (ADL) brought into the Grove to satisfy those “concerns?”

In our recent piece about the “hate has no home here” signs, we had a flurry of opinions in the Comments, but hardly any concern about the Mischief Night event.

In America we live in a free society, one which is not perfect and where hate is sometimes expressed and where such hate needs to be opposed, but Ocean Grove is not such a place.

Addendum:  This Blogfinger article below says a lot about Ocean Grove United:

OGU slams the Camp Meeting Association 2016

NICOLAI RIMSKY-KORSAKOV:  “The Flight of the Bumblebee”

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Greenleaf Park: At Mt. Tabor, New York and Mt. Carmel Avenues. Paul Goldfinger photo. Blogfinger.net©   2017.    Click to enlarge.

THE BEATLES

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Ocean Grove. Dec. 12, 2018. Jean Bredin ©

LADY ANTEBELLUM:

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Quiet tents. Winter in Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Quiet tents. Winter in Ocean Grove. 2014.  Paul Goldfinger photo ©

 

DISTURBED:   “The Sound of Silence.”

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It is time to think about checking your “stuff”to sell in May.  Make it part of your spring clean-up.  We will be posting all participating addresses and the items for sale.  We will ask you to email us starting in March.  Watch for our reminders.  We can use some volunteers to photograph the event, monitor the sites that day, pass out flyers, report on the sale for Blogfinger, and offer suggestions and help with promotions.

 

Paul Goldfinger, Editor  Blogfinger.net

Vincent Cannavo, Yard Sale Manager

 

KENNY VANCE  (his latest album; he is back –performing with his son Lance. Hopefully the CMA will include him if they do a Doo Wop concert in 2019)

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December 5, 2018. Ocean Grove, N.J.   In honor of Pres. George Herbert Walker Bush. 41st US President. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  Click to enlarge

BILL FRISELL:  “Across the Universe.”

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