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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.




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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.




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Auditorium Park. Ocean Grove. 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Auditorium Park. Ocean Grove. 2014. By Paul Goldfinger © Click to enlarge


BOB MARLEY  from his Legend album:



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Summer tents. Ocean Grove, NJ. By Paul Goldfinger © Summer tents. Ocean Grove, NJ. By Paul Goldfinger ©  2013  Ocean Grove



These tents are the most photographed of any structures in town.  They captivate visitors who love to hear the story of the tents. They are amazed that the tents are still in use and that you have to wait for years to rent one.

Photographing them is a challenge if you want something unique other than the tired snapshots that people acquire with their phones.  Nevertheless, those photos are the ones that get disseminated all over the world.  They are patriotic images because so many tenters fly the American flag.

—Paul Goldfinger, editor @Blogfinger


VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS  “Stardust” from the film The Aviator.

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Night lite on the beach. By Paul Goldfinger © Click left Night lite on the beach, between Ocean Grove and Bradley Beach.   By Paul Goldfinger © Click to enlarge.


We’re walking on the beach when we notice lights in the sky. It’s foggy, and the lights seem mysterious. We get closer and find  people near the water launching delicate floating lanterns constructed of special paper and  balsam wood.  A tiny device is set afire inside causing it to glow brightly and heat the interior.  Then the lantern is  gently released. There is no string–it is free as a gull.

The paper lantern is pinkish white as it quickly floats up and out over the ocean,  getting smaller and smaller in the night sky.  It continues to be illuminated until it vanishes into the dark universe.





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Vest pocket park with antique urn near Mt. Carmel Way in the OG mountains. Paul Goldfinger photo ©.

Vest pocket park with antique urn near Mt. Carmel Way in the OG mountains. November, 2014.   Paul Goldfinger photo ©.  Click to enlarge.


Beverly Kenney

Beverly Kenney

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Ocean Grove. October 29, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Ocean Grove. October 29, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger, MD, Editor. ©   Re-post.



I heard a talk by a National Geographic photographer, a famous guy, who was discussing how he makes his photos come alive. He was referring to the fact that when he found a photogenic scene, it usually wasn’t enough.

He needed life–he needed “magic,” usually involving the addition of a person or people. So he would wait, sometimes for quite awhile until something happened, and then he would trip the shutter.

Today I was photographing the “White House” owned by Charlotte and Tom Pritchard at 93 Main, where Charlotte had created a fun Halloween display.  I was looking for magic and I found some in the form of inquisitive squirrels as well as tweeting birds   (real tweets—not the digital kind).

So I made a couple of video clips to catch the sounds, but suddenly I was aware that a couple was approaching, walking towards my location from the east. Magic perhaps?

I was standing in the street, next to the curb, so they didn’t see me at first.  As they came by, I fired my iPhone a few times. But the best was when the young woman turned my way, saw me with my camera, and reacted instantly. The photo above was the only frame that captured this “decisive moment.”

I told her that she would be on Blogfinger, and she was happy to hear that. As for me, magic and a pretty girl—that’s the best!


–By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger





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