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Ocean Grove, August 2017. By Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff. ©


THE TEMPOS  from the film American Graffiti:

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Bob and Caroll of Mt. Hermon Way heading over to the Osteria on a balmy OG evening. Paul Goldfinger portrait 9/22/19 ©  M10. Click to enlarge.





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NJ Marathon. Ocean Pathway, where it was a two way street.  Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photo © Click on all photos to enlarge.







NJ Marathon on Ocean Pathway.  Ephesians 3:20 is from the New Testament. Paul Goldfinger photo. 4/28/19 © Blogfinger.net


NJ Marathon. 4/28/19 Ocean Pathway, Ocean Grove. It was chilly and cloudy, but the rain held out.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net.

In high school the Rutherford H. S. cross country coach said to me, “Goldfinger, you’ve got a good stride. How about joining the cross country team?”

I hated long distance running.  My muscle cells were more adapted to short spurts.

“Uh, no thanks Mr. Belding, but I’m playing soccer this fall.”

He was my social studies teacher, so I had to tread carefully, but I am sympathetic towards marathoners, because the Greek soldier who was the first to win a marathon, dropped dead at the finish line.

You can bet the farm that I would never, ever, ever attempt a marathon. These (mostly) young people running through the Grove today have to love this sport, because it is grueling.  But you get free Gatorade or water and then you get to drop the cup on the ground or spill half of it on the guy who handed it to you.

The trip through the Grove for these runners consisted of coming through the Casino from A. Park and then heading south on Ocean Avenue.  Upon arrival at the Pathway they made a right turn which was a bit hazardous  (one runner nearly took a header.)

Then they ran west to Central Avenue and then back down the Pathway towards the ocean.  Upon arrival again at Ocean Avenue, they turned right and ran where (?) only to return on Ocean Avenue and head north to make their second tour of the Casino.  I’m exhausted just describing the OG journey.  And by the time they came into the Grove, they had 8 more miles remaining.

It was a cold cloudy day, but the runners didn’t seem cold.  Hardly any of them smiled, except for one woman who looked at me with my camera, smiled, and waved.  I enjoyed the wave, but missed the shot.

GLEE CAST: “Don’t Rain On My Parade.”  From the Broadway show  Funny Girl

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Great Auditorium. Music of the Spirit concert. August 26, 2018. Paul Goldfinger photograph ©  Click to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net


The video below is from the final part of this 6 part composition—Songs of Faith.   It is called “Where Moses Stood.” This section includes choir, organ, brass and percussion.  The words from the last two stanzas are:

“Oh, Mary, oh Mary, oh Mary. No! No! No! No! No! No!

“Don’t you weep and don’t you mourn.

“If I could, I surely would stand on the rock where Moses stood.

“Pharaoh’s army got drownded, oh, Mary, don’t you weep, don’t you mourn.”




August 26, 2018.  Ocean Grove, New Jersey.

The Songs of Faith is like an exciting 6 chapter short-story book that unfolds with beauty, grace, emotions, unexpected plot twists, and wonderful melodies.  Each part captures your mind  in a way that as each one draws to a close, you wish it would stay a bit longer but you also anticipate the next surprise.

Composer Gwyneth Walker borrows from time-worn hymns and gospel tunes while punctuating them with lively and modern hooks and tempos.

It is a great privilege for the audience last night that this piece was performed in the Great Auditorium of Ocean Grove, and the OG Camp Meeting Association deserves high praise for their willingness to sponsor such an original commission, in association with the Summit Music Festival in Summit, New Jersey.  And to present this production at no cost is remarkable indeed.

The presentation included the 120 voice OG Choir, the MidAtlantic Brass Ensemble with percussion, Gordon Turk on the Hope-Jones Organ, and soloists including Monica Ziglar (soprano) Katherine Pracht (Mezzo-Soprano,) Justin Beck (Baritone Soloist) and Ronald Naldi  (Tenor Soloist.)

Jason Tramm conducting.

They were all marvelous, and JoAnnn Lamolino (trumpet soloist in Part 4) was so good with her rendition of “Were You There” performed with Gordon Turk that she received an expansive round of applause–well worth the acclaim.

After the concert, I bumped into soloists Ronald Naldi and Justin Beck walking briskly outside, on the dark tent side of the Auditorium.  Beck was already in shorts, while Naldi had loosened his tie.  They were chatting amiably and smiling as they downed some well-earned soft drinks.

As they breezed by I  told them that their concert was terrific, but their smiles and pace indicated that they knew the event was a success—and so it was.

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Dec. 31, 2017.  By James Calder © Special to Blogfinger. Ocean Grove, NJ.

From  James:   “Here is a shot of my wife Melissa Calder and daughter Maisie Calder on the O.G. Pier, New Years Eve. I love starting and ending every year in Ocean Grove.”





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


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OG 1903. Mrs. Wilhelm named her summer cottage (shown in photo) "Martha." Now you know where Muriel's manure pile came from. Photo from Wayne T. Bell's Images of America: Ocean Grove. ©

OG 1903. Mrs. M. Wilhelm (in the buggy) named her summer cottage (shown in photo) “Martha.” Now you know where Muriel’s smokey icy manure pile came from, although some years later. Photo from Wayne T. Bell’s Images of America: Ocean Grove. ©

By Muriel Wilson:

I was born in 1928 at the southwest end of Ocean Grove. A block away there were two billboards on the very end of Inskip Avenue. The favorite playground in the area was behind the billboards – piles of large discarded blocks of street curbing which had been haphazardly thrown there – wonderful climbing opportunities.

My question is, does anyone remember what the billboards advertised?

In addition to our “mountains” to explore, there was often a pond there where apparently Fletcher Lake once extended. It was unfortunately also the spot where the horse manure was stored. When iced over in the winter, it was a great place to “slide”, if you were not so unfortunate as to fall through the thin ice.

One block over, there was a mound of ashes to ascend,which ruined any leather shoes completely and was off limits.

Editor’s note:   Thanks to Muriel  for sharing her memory with Blogfinger.  As for the billboard, perhaps it advertised shovels.  —PG

PAUL SIMON   “Slip Sliding Away”

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