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Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photograph. ©  September, 2019.

 

Helen Forrest with the Artie Shaw Orchestra:

 

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Lou Parisi, Ocean Grove musician. September 28, 2019. Paul Goldfinger, Blogfinger. ©

 

FRANK SINATRA:

 

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Maeve had just returned to the Grove after participating in a “PorchFest” in A. Park. 9/28/19

 

It’s not exactly “girls in their summer clothes” because Fall is just  5 days old, but it did hit 80 today in the Grove.  We spotted Maeve down one of the streets off Main, on her cell phone.  I asked her if I could photograph her for our “Portraits in the Grove” series when a car pulled up.   It was her parents—just in time.   I gave them a Blogfinger card, and they were pleased for the photo shoot   (I took 3 frames and was done.)  Maeve is 20 years old and a natural model.

And, by the way, the idea of a PorchFest is terrific.  They had small musical groups performing all afternoon on porches throughout  A. Park.   That would be a good idea for us to emulate as another musical event aimed mostly towards the residents of the Grove.

 

JOHNNY HARTMAN

 

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Ocean Grove. September 9, 2015. Portrait by Moe Demby, © Blogfinger.net staff.

Ocean Grove. September 9, 2015. Portrait by Moe Demby, © Blogfinger.net staff.

 

FRANK SINATRA JR.

 

 

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Mindy Shapiro from OG, and, in the foreground is Aviva Minkoff of Philadelphia. They were exploring Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. Blogfinger photo 6/29/13

Mindy Shapiro from OG, and, in the foreground, is Aviva Minkoff of Philadelphia. They were exploring Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. Blogfinger photo 6/29/13

 

2019: Aviva is probably a teenager by now.   Is she now wearing tie-dye shirts like Mindy?  Such shirts are still available, but you need a time-machine from Amazon to order them.

 

THE PUPPINI SISTERS:

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Luck Chance. Ocean Grove portrait. Paul Goldfinger. 7/11/19©  Click to enlarge.

 

CÉCILE McLORIN SALVANT AND THE JEAN-FRANCOIS BONNEL PARIS QUINTET

 

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Moe Demby. OG portrait. Blogfinger.net. ©

 

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN  “Erie Canal”  from the Seeger Sessions

 

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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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Frank and Anne at the OG Independence Day Parade. Paul Goldfinger photo © Blogfinger.net

 

DORIS DAY AND DANNY THOMAS:

 

 

 

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Jim Carrano. In case you have never seen a GA usher in a full dress uniform, this is it. Blogfinger photo,with permission of Jim, the most respected usher in the Mountains of Ocean Grove.

Jim Carrano. In case you have never seen a Great Auditorium usher in a full dress uniform, here he is.    Blogfinger photo, with permission of Jim, the most respected usher in the Mountains of Ocean Grove.  Repost from August, 2014.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.

In order to read this post, you need to start the music first:

I went to photograph Jim—to ask him for help with Blogfinger,  but he looked at me through his sunglasses, he stared for short while, and then he said, “Paul, we’ve known each other many years, but this is the first time you came to me for counsel, for help. I can’t remember the last time that you invited me to your house for a cup of coffee, even though my wife is godmother to your only child. But let’s be frank here: you never wanted my friendship. And uh, you were afraid to be in my debt. 
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But it was Sunday morning, and Jim was wearing his Great Auditorium suit, complete with a white flower. So I offered him my respect, and he felt compassion and he let me photograph him. I didn’t dare position him on the hatched yellow lines—-no way.  I took only two frames for fear that he would make me an offer that I couldn’t refuse.

Finally he said, “Paul, some day, and that day may never come, I’ll call upon you to do a service for me. But uh, until that day — accept this photograph  as a gift on this fine Ocean Grove Sunday and you will photograph the flowers in front of my house…….won’t you?  And you will put that photograph on Blobfinger!”  (sic)

(Editor’s note–from Paulie G: and we did! )

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