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Ocean Grove Main Avenue near Nagle's. July 26, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©.

Ocean Grove Main Avenue.  July 26, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©.  Re-post 2016.

I remember the first time I ever visited this town, as if it were just yesterday. My spouse and I had the perfect day at the beach, enjoyed a fantastic dinner al fresco at the Sea Grass, then took a walk to the Boardwalk to smell that ocean breeze, hear those summer night’s crickets at work and then to walk back along the magically lit Main Avenue’s  trees to guide us to the Nagle’s line for an ice cream cone.

While waiting in line, our smiles widened as our spirits were in cloud nine listening to an older man singing songs to music played by a keyboardist, while in front of Nagles. People crowded around in their beach chairs, intently listening and appreciating this special slice of Ocean Grove heaven. We reached the window to retrieve our ice cream, and I made eye contact with the gentleman singing, as he sang to me–we both smiled at each other and I danced to his tune.

It was at that very moment…that soul to soul connected special moment that I blurted out to my spouse — that we were going to move into this town by the Spring.

On the first day of Spring, we bought our home and we continue to live happily ever after in this charming town.

I can’t exactly relive that most perfect simple day again, but we will try to create similar memories like those again and again.


KENNY VANCE and the PLANOTONES soundtrack of Looking For an Echo:


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Ocean Grove Summer Band in the Boardwalk Pavilion. 7/5/15. By Jean Bredin, Blogfinger.net staff. ©

Ocean Grove Summer Band in the Boardwalk Pavilion. 8/5/15. By Jean Bredin, Blogfinger.net staff. ©    Click to enlarge

Re-post from 2015.   “Around Town With Jean:”

“Harry Eichhorn’s Summer Band is a treasure. It is reminiscent of days gone by.
Where else can you hear a rousing song, feel the ocean breezes, then stroll for ice cream?”

–Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff.

Here is a link to a 2013 article which we posted about Harry :     Wild about Harry


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Ocean Grove August 5, 2019. Paul Goldfinger photograph.  Blogfinger.net© With permission.




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



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


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Relaxing at the front window of Odyssey. This is what coffee man Joey Lipp hoped for. Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff photo. ©  Ocean Grove, Jan. 18, 2019.

By Jean Bredin.  Reporter at Blogfinger.net

“A cold dank day in Ocean Grove.  Thought I’d head to Odyssey for a cup of brew.

“This coffee house is already morphing into a destination:  Cool music in the background, chatter from customers having their coffee, students reading…

“I was lucky to be sitting in the front window, by the door, watching the world go by.

“People coming and going greeting me with a smile, and then saying,  “Have a nice day” when they were leaving.

“How did I get so lucky?”

CAST OF ON THE TOWN.  Leonard Bernstein:

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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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Founders’ Park. August 25, 2018 © Blogfinger photo.  Click to enlarge.


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor@Blogfinger.net

It’s a peaceful Saturday afternoon—a perfect summer day with temperatures in the 70’s. Founders’  Park in Ocean Grove is my favorite park because of the open spaces with walkways, trees and scenic views. It is surrounded by historic homes, reminding me of another beautiful park——the Place des Vosges in Paris

There are benches, some in the shade and others in the sun. It’s a great place to sit or lie under a tree to nap or read a book.  And the nighttime photography there can be very dramatic.  It is a place that is historic, sweet, safe and comforting.

At Founder’s Park, some soft rock music could be heard floating over from the A. side. Probably coming from the outdoor stage of the Stone Pony.  Some folks were on the water in swan boats.  Despite the parking overload in town, and the Asburians walking to cross the bridge, this park never seems crowded.  It will get a bit  busier and noisier  as Saturday night approaches.

Meanwhile, a small group of  twenty-something’s had rigged up a tightrope between two trees, but none of them could complete the entire trip.  A couple walking along Lake Avenue stopped to kiss while standing,   Something inspired them at that moment.  They were heading toward the ocean when they decided to stop short and get hot.  Another couple heading east on bikes also had to stop;  she stood by while he fixed a flat.

In the middle of the park is  the site of the famous fountain which is currently in Alabama for a restoration for which  the OG Historical Society  and historian Ted Bell have raised over $100,000 and still counting.  That fountain will be returned and ready to go in time for the town’s 150th anniversary in 2019.

If  you have never visited Founder’s Park, you should go there.   Bring a picnic, a Wiffle Ball game, a dog, a book, a date, a bike,  or a blanket.

Or you can bring a pad and a pen—nobody writes letters any more.  Does anybody  still write love letters?—It’s got to be more romantic and meaningful than a text.





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Enthusiastic patriots down the row from Eileen and me.     Summer Stars 7/5/18. All photos and videos by Paul Goldfinger.

By Paul Goldfinger, MD, Editor at Blogfinger.net

Another season of Summer Stars unfolded with the Imperial Brass, a world-class group of 30 musicians who traveled to Ocean Grove to present a marvelous concert to 425 enthusiastic folks in the Great Auditorium on a hot summer July evening.

This was a special occasion for the group, because joining them was Phil Smith of Ocean Grove and the World.  Phil has a summer cottage in the Grove and he has played here before.   For  40 years he was principal trumpet with the NY Philharmonic.  And sometimes he plays during Sunday services in the Great Auditorium

In addition, our own Gordon Turk participated on the Hope-Jones organ, and there was another special guest:  Warren Vaché, jazz cornettist.

Probably the most impressive part of the concert was when Gordon Turk conducted an ensemble of 10 brass players to do a brilliant piece called “Grand Choeur Dialogué”  I was mesmerized.

The three soloists were amazing  with gorgeous tones and technique, so we have some video clips.—turn up your volume.     And the Imperial Brass were absolutely the best. To hear such an accomplished group perform within the acoustics of the GA was a great privilege.





I cannot express how wonderful this concert was. Our tickets cost $29.00 for two. Sitting near me was Congressman Frank Pallone.  We talked music for  about 30 seconds after the concert ended—he stayed for every note.  I’ve seen him there before.   Don’t miss all the Thursday Summer Stars  concerts coming up. The seats are not reserved.

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