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Small town America---Ocean Grove, New Jersey 2013. Independence Day and proud of it. Click left to enlarge Blogfinger photo ©

Small town America—Ocean Grove, New Jersey 2013. Independence Day and proud of it. Click left to enlarge Blogfinger photo ©

Paul Goldfinger photographs:  Blogfinger.net

Click on the music and then click on any one photo and then follow the arrows.   All photos by Paul Goldfinger ©.  Reproduce with permission only.

These are scenes from the famous Ocean Grove Independence Day Parade sponsored by the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association. The Grand Marshalls were the Calvary Chapel organization honored for their selfless volunteer effort in town after the super-storm Sandy hit on October 29, 2012.

THE BEATLES:

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Auditorium Square. Ocean Grove, New Jersey. by Paul Goldfinger. Copyright. Left click to make it bigger.

Photograph: Silver gelatin print. Paul Goldfinger photo. Click left to enlarge. Copyright 2005

 

SOUNDTRACK:  “The Christmas Waltz.”  Sir George Shearing (1919-2011) and his quintet in three-quarter time :

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By Paul Goldfinger ©

By Paul Goldfinger ©

 

 

BILL WITHERS.  “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone.”

 

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Tent Walker. Ocean Grove, NJ. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Tent Walker. Ocean Grove, NJ. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Blogfinger.net

 

THE DRIFTERS

 

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Auditorium Park. September 1, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger © Auditorium Park. September 1, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©   Click to enlarge

 

RAY CHARLES AND NORA JONES:

 

Wouldn’t you love to hear that organ part in the Great Auditorium?  

Bring back the secular concerts–they are missed. We saw Ray Charles,play the GA, also Tony Bennett, Paul Anka, Neil Sedaka, Johnny Mathis, ABBA, Beach-boys, Doo Wops, and so many more.

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Fletcher Lake, Ocean Grove. January 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Fletcher Lake, Ocean Grove. Rain and fog.  January 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge.

 

ACADEMY OF ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS.  BACH:    Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings and Continuo #5 in F minor

 

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Dawn Walk in Ocean Grove. By Bob Bowné. © Special to Blogfinger.

Dawn Walk. Ocean Grove.   August 7, 2015.  By Bob Bowné. © Special to Blogfinger.  Click to enlarge

 

Bob says, “Summertime and perfect for a pre-dawn stroll along the O.G. Boardwalk…..Don’t forget the bush hat!”

 

 

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN   “Hello Sunshine.”   from his Western Stars album

 

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Ocean Grove. Thornley Chapel. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Ocean Grove. Thornley Chapel. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge.

 

RITCHIE VALENS:

 

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Lifeguards in action on the Ocean Grove beach. 2014/ © Paul Goldfinger photo

Lifeguards in action on the Ocean Grove beach. 2014/ © Paul Goldfinger photo Click to make bigger.   Re-post. 2016.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

A mailing was sent out today for those who want to obtain their beach “tags” now.  If you order by mail, there will be a $7.00 mailing fee. The cost for 2016 will be the same as 2015. You have to sign and return the enclosed card which promises that you will “follow all of the beach rules and regulations.”

Is this unique, or do other towns require that you sign a pledge to follow the rules?  Do you think these rules are stated clearly?   I wonder how many of you have actually read the rules.   If you haven’t, here are a few that are of particular interest.

  1. You may not swim at the North End beach because it is reserved as the “primary surfing beach.”
  2. You must “obey lifeguards.”  So if you are a sweet young thing in a bikini, you may not want to agree to this rule.
  3. Use of electronic devices such as radios are only permitted if you wear a headset.
  4. Children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  Will you parents with precocious, brilliant kids restrain them from going to the beach alone?
  5. No disrobing or changing clothes on the beach.  Heck, that is a popular spectator sport.
  6. No burying persons below grade or in standing position.  Does this mean that both the buryer and the buryee cannot be standing?  Do the same rules apply if you are burying a dead person?
  7. Sports fishing is allowed in “locations not being used for bathing or surfing.”  This could use some clarification.
  8. No flying kites over beach or boardwalk.  Is that 24/7 or only while the lifeguards are there?
  9. Only service dogs are allowed on the beach or boardwalk.  Do they mean year-round?
  10.  No bikes, skateboards or skates except between 3 am to 10 am  (Neptune ordinance)   Why is Neptune Township writing this rule?   (Thanks I.M. Radar.)  The CMA is empowered to make rules for the beach and boardwalk.  The CMA has jurisdiction over those areas.
  11.  No smoking on the beach.  CMA allows smoking in their parks, but they probably made this specific area smoke-free because people pay to get on; they don’t pay to visit the parks, including Auditorium Square Park which, strangely, allows smoking despite the big wooden structure next door.
  12. Ball playing, Frisbees,  sports activities permitted “as conditions allow.”

Well,  you get the idea.  There are 45 such rules and regulations;  you have to decide which ones you want to obey fully, which ones you will gracefully ignore, and which ones you will obey selectively.

Oh, and who gets to enforce all these rules, especially if they are 24/7?  And how does the CMA insure equal justice under the law?

JOHNNY DEPP and HELENA BONHAM CARTER  “By the Sea” from Sweeney Todd-the Demon Barber of Fleet Street.  Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics 1979)

“By the sea, Mr. Todd, that’s the life I covet
By the sea, Mr. Todd, ooh, I know you’d love it
You and me, Mr. T, we could be alone
In a house what we’d almost own

“Down by the sea, anything you say
Wouldn’t that be smashing?

“With the sea at our gate, we’ll have kippered herring
What have swum to us straight from the Straits of Bering
Every night in the kip, when we’re through our kippers
I’ll be there slipping off your slippers”

 

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Ocean Grove. By Paul Goldfinger ©. 2014.

Ocean Grove. By Paul Goldfinger ©. 2014.

 

BUDDY HOLLY

 

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