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Paul Goldfinger ©. Ocean Grove, New Jersey. April, 2019. ©

Ocean Grove is a dog town.  It is a marvelous place to have a dog. People and their pets meet and socialize in our parks. We suspect that there are more dogs per square mile than in any other town in New Jersey.

Yesterday a neighbor stopped to chat with me in front of my house. Just then a man with a Weimaraner strolled by—the large dog was beautiful and elegant with a silver gray coat. The dog moved slowly towards the young lady. She looked at the dog and then engaged the dog owner about his pet.

I don’t have a dog, but Grovers are familiar with the importance of dogs in our community.

Social interactions like this happen often in Ocean Grove.

It’s a shame that the CMA could not understand this phenomenon when they precipitously rejected a public petition to have a dog park or a dog beach in the Grove. They said that it didn’t fit with their mission.


HARRY NILSSON   from the movie  You’ve Got Mail soundtrack.


–Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

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Come to the Town-Wide Sale and meet our hospitable Grovarian neighbors. Paul Goldfinger ©

OG Town-Wide Yard Sale. Blogfinger photograph.


Note:  The true number of sellers will be larger, because some will set up on our coat-tails without actually signing onto the list.  And some addresses contain more than one family.

Bring Mom to Ocean Grove for the sale.  She will love shopping and chatting with those friendly Grovers.

Items for sale will be added starting May 5.  Send us an email with your list, but PLEASE include your address and be concise.     Send to  Blogfinger@verizon.net

Visitors can access the list on their mobile devices by going to WWW.Blogfinger.net  and clicking on the yard sale tab at the top of the page.    Visit our sale sites on foot, by bike, or by automobile.  OG map is found by clicking on the yard sale tab above.   Any questions, call our Sale Manager Vincent Cannavo  732 735 0409.

Camp Meeting Association bathrooms will be open on May 12, across from the Great Auditorium.

SELLERS:    You can help us promote the event by picking up a flyer and tacking it somewhere  (for example under one of those pink ribbons.)  Flyers are available at Cheese on Main or at 113 Mt. Hermon Way (Blogfinger headquarters.)

YARD SALE MUSIC.    JOE BROWN hoping for nice weather:


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Teenagers–summer fun and games on Ocean Pathway in the Grove.  Click to enlarge. Paul Goldfinger photo. © c 2015.

Ocean Grove Peoples Garden tour–a community event. 2015. Blogfinger photo ©

From the NJ Chapter of the American Planning Association:

Launched in 2012, Great Places in New Jersey recognizes unique and exemplary downtowns, streets, neighborhoods and public spaces – four essential components of exceptional communities.  These places thrive as testaments to forward-thinking planning that promotes community involvement, showcases unique natural features and diverse architectural styles, fosters economic opportunity and a vision for tomorrow.”  —

Ocean Grove Great Neighborhood award.  When you go to this link look at the top menu and click on “neighborhoods.”  You will see that OG is lumped in with Pier Village.

Quotes below are excerpts from the NJ Chapter of the APA post about their 2017  “Great Places in New Jersey” awards.   They mention two “designees” for “Great Neighborhoods”—Ocean Grove and Pier Village.

“Founded in 1869, Ocean Grove is a unique, historic and vibrant shore community that is noted for its pristine beaches, abundant Victorian architecture and old-fashioned charm that has drawn visitors for generations. Its strong Christian roots date back to the late 19th Century’s “camp meeting” movement, when a group of Methodist ministers formed the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association to develop and operate a summer camp meeting at the Jersey shore.”

“Today, the Camp Meeting Association, the Ocean Grove Chamber of Commerce, and the many other community groups continue to provide opportunities for spiritual growth and renewal through worship as well as educational, cultural and recreational events and programs for all ages in a seaside setting.”

“The site of Ocean Grove was chosen in part because of its exceptional natural features, specifically the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Wesley Lake to the north and Fletcher Lake to the south.”

“The Ocean Grove Chamber of Commerce and Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association sponsor public activities that encourage social activity and create an overall sense of community.”

There will be an awards reception on October 30 to be held at the South Orange Performing Arts Center. Supposedly Rev. John DiBerardino will represent the CMA while a Neptune official will represent the town of Neptune.





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Days, Ocean Grove. 10/6/17 Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click



By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor@Blogfinger.net

Three of us went to Days for dessert last night—Friday,  October 6.. We were ambivalent  because this would be the last day we would have a Days ice cream until 2018.

We like to go for the night shift and to join the other enthusiastic fressers sitting in that historic venue downing some frozen delights.  Just having it there makes the experience even better. Our friends used to skip lunch to go to Days—“We’re having ice cream for lunch,” they would say.

The actual last day at Days is Sunday, October 8.

We were going to take a sundae home for our son.  We knew that our scooper, a young woman, was a pro.  She had to deal with a complicated, albeit bizarre, order without writing anything down. She didn’t even frown or wince when I asked her for:  a large hot fudge sundae, moose tracks ice cream, caramel and butterscotch syrups, chocolate sprinkles, whipped cream and a cherry.

My favorite flavors are chocolate chip  (vanilla ice cream) and chocolate chip mint which might be a turn-off because it’s green and tastes a bit like mouthwash, but it goes great with hot fudge.

What are  your favorite Days ice cream stories or flavors or special requests?   Let’s share—stories, not ice cream.

If you do a Blogfinger search on Days, you will find about 20 articles.

Here is a link to our BF post about Days history (2014):

Days history on Blogfinger




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Mt. Hermon Way. 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo. © Blogfinger.net. Click to enlarge.



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End of the day, August 27, 2016. Ocean Grove © Paul Goldfinger photo ©

End of the day, August 27, 2016. Ocean Grove © Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click and stand at attention, hand over your heart. 


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Ocean Grove porchmanship. February 11, 2016 By Paul Goldfinger ©.

Ocean Grove porchmanship. February 11, 2016 By Paul Goldfinger ©.

ALICIA KEYS  (live in Seattle)   Song usually credited to The Doors.

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