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Summer Saturday night in the Grove. Paul Goldfinger photograph © c.2015

Summer Saturday night in the Grove—-at Nagle’s.  Paul Goldfinger photograph © c.2015



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Main Avenue. Starting from far left:  Pet Boutique, April Cornell, DJ’s Market, and  DJ’s Delights  (a restaurant.)  Blogfinger photo. Dec 4, 2017

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

A few weeks ago we heard that the Pet Boutique on Main Avenue would close, but that is all the facts which were then available. But now, some reliable sources have provided more information about three adjacent stores which will close.

The  common thread for all these stores has to do with the landlord who owns #60 Main Avenue, the location of all three businesses: Pet Boutique, April Cornell, and DJ’s Market (groceries.)

Evidently the rents are being raised   “significantly.” In addition, some months ago, there was flooding in the building damaging the ceilings of these shops, resulting in temporary interior  framing being installed to prevent collapse.  And the owner is evidently expecting the tenants to help pay for repairs.

The owner of #60 Main is Sackman Enterprises, aka Linus Holding Co. This is an established real estate company based in NYC and surrounding states including 6 properties in Asbury Park

One year ago we wrote about the owner’s plans for this building. The links are below:

Main Avenue project June 2016


58-60 Main Avenue plans 2016 BF post


In the case of the Pet Boutique,”there are some other elements including the desire of the shop owner to retire. That store  will close on Dec. 31 and it will be missed by the pet owners in town.

DJ,s will close its grocery store, but the adjacent DJ,s restaurant on the corner  (pizza, sandwiches, etc.) will stay open.

April Cornell, probably the most famous and unique shop in town, is reluctantly planning to leave the Grove and move to larger quarters in Spring Lake. Evidently they were unable to find a suitable replacement location in town.

The manager of April Cornell asked that we make it clear that the business is not closing—-just changing its location, and that won’t happen until April, 2018.

The new white building at #50-54 Main Avenue may not have any store vacancies.   We do know that a high-end pizza business will open there next year, but right now there is a perfume store and a Christmas shop.  And the Comfort Zone has temporary quarters in that  building pending renovation of their space eastward down the block.

The Emporium’s Beach shop is currently closed pending renovations.

There is a for sale sign outside “Favorite Things,” but they are open for business.

We have reported in the past on the theme of the Main Avenue shops:  Are they to be for tourists or for residents?  Some businesses serve both constituencies.  We have already lost a doctor, a pharmacy, a barber shop, a dry cleaners/tailors, a fine grocery store, a news stand, a flower shop, a toy store, a newspaper printing shop, a butcher shop, a popular restaurant (Moonstruck), and a video store.

We have had increased parking and tourist congestion downtown as well as in other parts of the Grove, and that speaks to the fundamental question of what kind of town will we have here?  What is the town’s future and what will happen to its historic theme?

Who will win:  residents who make this their home or the commercial interests?

Here is a link discussing the business community on Main Avenue:


BERNADETTE PETERS AND MANDY PATINKIN   from Sunday in the Park with George  by Stephen Sondheim:

“Stop worrying if your vision
Is new
Let others make that decision-
They usually do
You keep moving on…”

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Carol Dunleavy announces her grand opening. She says that her office is “non-neon!”


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Saturday 8/5/17. 6 pm . In front of DJ’s on Main Avenue. A jazz duo does a nice job with acoustic guitar and bass. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to enlarge.


BUCKY PIZZARELLI AND FRANK VIGNOLA  “Prelude to a Kiss.”  A Duke Ellington composition (1938)


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Ivory of Ocean Grove is a member of a designer breed “Goldendoodle.”   (Golden Retriever and a Standard Poodle) Paul Goldfinger photo 5/29/17 at the Memorial Day parade heading east on Main.


In front of Firemen’s Park. The Memorial Day Parade, consisting of a band, some veterans, and a long procession of official vehicles sufficient for a small invasion, was a fascinating sight for the kids along the way.  Paul Goldfinger  photo 5/29/17 ©


Procession of vehicles. Blogfinger photo.


Remember this—two years ago. Caylee (L) and Mom Rachel. Firemen’s Park. May 25, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo. © Click to enlarge

Next year science may deliver a humandoodle. Sort of a combination of a person who is curious, frisky and wants to talk and a poodle which is friendly and likes to smell things and eat doggy treats.

You can train this breed to take its own poop bag to the park where it will use it, tie it, and toss it out.  Since the Goldendoodle is part French, it will enjoy a hamburger served on a brioche washed down with a little red wine and then a Gauloises cigarette on the porch.


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Auditorium Square Park, one summer night. Ocean Grove. c 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo. Click to enlarge


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Nagle’s in Ocean Grove. An 80 degree spring day. Chartreuse is the new black. By Jean Bredin. 4/29/17. Blogfinger staff ©

Jean says,

“Happy days are here again,
The skies above are clear again,
Nagle’s’ line is really long again
Happy days are here again.”

GLEE CAST channels Streisand:

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Main Avenue Ocean Grove. The people want to preserve our lifestyle

Main Avenue Ocean Grove. The people want to preserve our lifestyle. Blogfinger photo. Eileen Goldfinger shot the video clip below: “Keep Ocean Grove historic and uncluttered.” ©


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

Here is a link and a quote taken from our December 6 post about the Pizza Building (#58-60 Main Avenue) and its application for variances.

In that  article we say, “It seems that the owners want to finesse this project by having it sail through the calm waters of the Planning Board on Wednesday, December 14, 7 pm, in the Municipal Building.”


Report from the Planning Board meeting.  Dec 14, 2016 in Neptune Township:

In June, when the lawyer for Sackman Co., the owner of the Pizza Building (#50-60 Main Ave,) first wanted to get a variance to add a third floor and use it to create five 2-bedroom condos, the Administrative Officer for the Neptune Twp. Planning and Zoning boards, Kristie Armour, decided that the lawyer, Andrew Karis, Esq,  should bring his application to the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA.)  The application was marked “ZBA.”  But Karas  disagreed with her, insisting that the Planning Board was where he should be. It was not clear why he would not take her advice.

Then someone at Neptune Twp. reversed her decision, and the application was placed on the agenda for tonight’s Planning Board meeting. We don’t know who changed the Board selection , exactly how it got changed, or why, but the Mayor should look into the process. Sackman has every right to improve his property, but procedures should be followed to protect the best interests of the community of Ocean Grove.

So tonight, at the Planning Board regular meeting, the Sackman lawyer, dressed in a nice suit and carrying a large briefcase, showed up with a small entourage, confident that the Planning Board would hand him an easy variance for what he wanted.  He even said that he expected to sail right through.

But he ran into resistance. The Board wanted to know why he wouldn’t go to the obvious place, the ZBA, but his answer was unclear.

Karas’ confidence was shaken when he tried to debate the Board’s Planner Jennifer Beahm.  She told the Board’s Chair, Sharon Davis,  that “the applicant was before the wrong board.”    Ms. Beahm was not forgiving when Mr. Karas tried to persuade her to ignore the Township’s clear ordinance which said that adding 5 extra bedrooms and sharply increasing the density of that site would be illegal, so the  application must go to the ZBA for a D variance.

Karas cited some prior case as a precedent, but  Mark Kitrick, the Board’s attorney, was not impressed.

So Ms. Davis  rejected the application saying, “The Board would not accept the jurisdiction.”  But the Pizza attorney, rattled by the turn of events, continued to insist  that he was before the correct board.

For some reason, Kitrick  left the door open for Karas to return with a better prepared argument next month.  Why is Karas so afraid of the Board of Adjustment?

At the end of  the meeting, during the Public Portion, Jack Bredin went to the microphone to make some points regarding the procedures at play in cases like this one. The Board’s lawyer gave Jack a hard time over technicalities, and  Jack was  harassed and interrupted when he went to the microphone.  Yet Jack managed to make a few points before he had to sit down.

He said that the Sackman lawyer, who disagreed with the June ZBA decision, should have appealed to the ZBA within 20 days.  But somehow the applicant was able to go before the Planning Board without filing that appeal——What’s wrong with this picture?

JIMMY BUFFETT with “Stars Fell on Alabama.”  Do you have a few minutes to meditate on a hopeful turn of events last night?

“We lived our little drama
We kissed in a field of white
And stars fell on Alabama
Last night..”


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45 Main Avenue, new home of Re/Max realtors in Ocean Grove, NJ Blogfinger photo. ©

45 Main Avenue, new home of Re/Max realtors in Ocean Grove, NJ Blogfinger photo. ©


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

Some of you may remember Arlene Fox who ran the Re/Max office at 45 Main Avenue in Ocean Grove at the turn of this century. That business was closed, and Diane Turton moved in.  Now three local realtors have reopened Re/Max at this address once again. The will have their official opening in early December, but they are now open and operating,  as you can see from the sign above.

There are about 50 homes for sale in the Grove ranging in price from $299,000 to $2.2 million. Some local realtors say that there isn’t much available in town, but this sounds like quite a few.  Mortgage rates have been climbing rapidly lately, rising to about 4.3%, with the risk of going higher looming in the future. The feds are talking about raising rates. Also, there have been concerns expressed in the Times regarding the potential for falling prices in coastal communities, especially in flood prone shore towns. Some owners are thinking about selling.

Realtors have to apprise shoppers of environmental risks.

EDDY DAVIS AND CONAL FOWKES  “Hannah and her Sisters.”  from the album Live at the Hotel Casa Fuster Barcelona: Selections from Woody Allens motion pictures.

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Nagles. July, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photograph. ©

Nagles. July, 2014.  Nighttime in Ocean Grove. Bewitched and bewildered. Paul Goldfinger photograph. © Click to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.

A little girl in a long red t -shirt is standing in front of Nagle’s clutching an ice cream. She seems a little bewildered by all the people, especially in a nighttime setting when she might normally be in bed; and then Mom leans over and scoops her up to safety. Another magic moment in Ocean Grove.


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