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Ocean Grove beach. by Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff ©

Ocean Grove beach. Winter.  By Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff ©  Click to enlarge.



A.R. RAHMAN    From the film The Hundred Foot Journey.   “You Complete Me.”


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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. 2021.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

A mailing was sent out today (2021)  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.

Note that Ocean Grove CMA controls most of these rules, not the Neptuners, even though the beach, boards, and parks are considered “public thoroughfares”

  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. April, 2014. By Paul Goldfinger © click left Ocean Grove. April, 2014. Jean Bredin photograph  © click on photo to enlarge.


VALERIE MASTERSON:   Soundtrack of the movie  “QUARTET”:    “The Flowers That Bloom in the Spring.”

Gilbert, W.S.



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Ocean Grove. October 25, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Local colors.  Ocean Grove autumn. . October 25, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  Click to enlarge


BILLIE HOLIDAY. “Did I Remember”   From the Woody Allen movie Celebrity


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Over the rainbow. Ocean Grove by Moe Demby. February 5, 2016. © Blogfinger staff.

Over the rainbow.  Ocean Grove by Moe Demby.  Blogfinger staff.  February 5, 2016.




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Ocean Grove. September 4, 2019. Paul Goldfinger near Founders Park.. ©




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Photo from the Asbury Park Sun: "A crowd dances on the beach during a "Sandblast" weekend event, a collection of parties and events held in Asbury Park geared toward the LGBT community."

Photo from the Asbury Park Sun: “A crowd dances on the beach during a “Sandblast” weekend event, a collection of parties and events held in Asbury Park geared toward the LGBT community.”


Ocean Grove Main Avenue. Paul Goldfinger photo.

Ocean Grove, Main Avenue. Blogfinger photo.  ©


Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger


In an article from  the Asbury Park Sun, Jill Bartlett reports the result of rankings by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) which surveys cities across the country. OG came in second along with New Brunswick. Jersey City was first out  of the eight cities that were ranked in New Jersey.

Asbury  Park ranked low.

To see the details, click on this link:   APS link

Ocean Grove has a substantial gay population, and many of them live full time in the Grove.  Some of them own businesses here.  Except for a few notable clashes with the Camp Meeting Association, most gays in town like living here. Some of them are active and have leadership positions  in local organizations.  Ocean Grove United has participated in town meetings with the OGCMA and other groups to form a united front in seeking aid for our demolished boardwalk.

I recently asked a gay Grover what the difference is between the gays in the Grove and those who live in Asbury Park.  His reply was, “In Asbury they’re younger and have better parties.”  But he didn’t say that he wanted to live there.

The OG gay community and Ocean Grove received some national publicity in relation to the Pavilion controversy in 2007.  Last week the subject came up in a national magazine regarding FEMA’s denial of OG for disaster funds.

It’s good now to get some positive publicity about a relationship that is positive in a town that takes pride in its diversity.



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By Paul Goldfinger. © July 2013

Blogfinger swimsuit edition.   By Paul Goldfinger. ©   Cick left to see the jelly fish.


By Paul Goldfinger 2013. ©

By Paul Goldfinger 2013. ©   Ocean Grove, NJ  Blogfinger.net







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Christmas Eve, 2007. Main Avenue. Ocean Grove, NJ. Paul Goldfinger photo ©.

Christmas Eve, 2007. Mt. Hermon Way. Ocean Grove, NJ. Paul Goldfinger photo ©.



JIM BRYANT FROM WEST SIDE STORY—-Jim, it’s Santa who’s coming.


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Ocean Grove, New Jersey. By Ted Aanensen, Blogfinger staff photographer. August, 2013.

Ocean Grove, New Jersey. By Ted Aanensen, Blogfinger staff photographer. August, 2013.  Click  for more parking spaces.


THEME FROM A BRIDGE TOO FAR.  By the Band of the H.M. Royal Marines


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