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




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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






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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. 

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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David Bates in Ocean Grove. Retired New York actor. By Paul Goldfinger©


Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net.

We knew David Bates of Ocean Grove.  He was often seen riding his bike around town, and he also had a residence in Greenwich Village. He did not have a car.

One time he pedaled by our house and he stopped to chat.  It was the summer of 2012.  I took his picture and posted it on Blogfinger. Recently he biked by my house again, waving as he went.

In recent days I noticed quite a few “hits”on that 2012 post, especially yesterday and today, totaling over 100 visits.   A Google search revealed nothing, but a comment today indicates that he has passed.

We do not do obits on Blogfinger, but re-posting a portrait falls under the “by popular demand” category.

THE FANTASTICKS  ran for years at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in Greenwich Village, New York City.   Here is “Try to Remember” by Jerry Orbach.


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Spring is soon. Ocean Grove , NJ. Stephen is a Grover .  April, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo ©


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Main Ave. Ocean Grove. c. 2004. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Main Ave. Ocean Grove. c. 2004. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Silver gelatin darkroom print.


SARAH VAUGHAN  From the album After Hours at the London House.


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Moe Demby portrait © Chico (L) and Abby. Ocean Grove. Blogfinger.net.


PACHALBEL’S CANON  by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra:





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Donna Fox, Jersey Girl,  2015 at Nagle’s.  Portrait by Paul Goldfinger. “Down the shore everything’s all right.” *


Donna Fox author

–*Song  performed by Bruce Springsteen from Tom Wait’s composition “Jersey Girl.” It plays if you click on the link above.

KELLI O’HARA   from the 2015  Broadway cast album  of  The King and I.

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