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This is the cover of the Together Campaign 2015 booklet. This painting was made by Sue Anderson Gioulis, artist of Ocean Grove. ©

This is the cover of the Together Campaign appreciation 2015 booklet. The painting was created  by Sue Anderson Gioulis, Ocean Grove artist. © Re-post in Blogfinger from 2015.  The Together Campaign raised over $1,500,000.

 

Sign on the Great Auditorium before Sandy hit. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

 

August, 2015:      “May what we do and how we do it strengthen and rebuild Ocean Grove.”

“These words introduce the booklet just distributed at the Together Campaign dedication of the newly renovated Cupola in Auditorium Square Park on Sunday, August 2, 2015.  The booklet lists all the contributors, volunteers, organizations, fund raiser events, citizens, businesses, Together Campaign workers, and others who deserve recognition for their contributions to achieve the Campaign’s goals. Over 2,000 people contributed money, large and small amounts.”

“The recognition list of all these groups and people is huge and will make great bedtime reading.    The booklet contains a history of the Sandy super-storm in OG along with many photographs.  It will become a treasured memento.”

“Dale Whilden, President of the OGCMA said  (August 2, 2015) , ‘The great and overwhelming success of the TOGETHER Campaign was achieved by the generosity of dedicated donors, valuable volunteers, extraordinary organizations, and commitment of the Campaign Steering Committee, each of which worked hand-in-hand to accomplish a virtually miraculous outcome’ ”

 

Editor’s Note, April, 2019:  The OG Camp Meeting Association accomplished quite a few projects with this fund including boardwalk repairs, Great Auditorium roof reconstruction, and Thornley Chapel project, among others.

The Blogfinger Film Festival is mentioned among that large list of contributors.  We brought  film students from  6 universities in the area.  The event was held in the Youth Temple with the help of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts and the OGCMA.  All profits went to the Fund.

Soon the CMA will embark on another fund raising drive which will have multiple goals including restoring the Pier.  We will report on the details.

–Paul Goldfinger,   Editor@Blogfinger.net

ALICIA MORTON and VICTOR GARBER  from Annie—-“Leaping lizards, together at last, together forever”

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Digging out. Pilgrim Pathway Ocean Grove. 12/29/10. Paul Goldfinger portrait. ©.  Click to enlarge.

 

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Pilgrim Pathway, OG. 12/29/10. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

 

MADELEINE:   From Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.

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A rainy May day in Ocean Grove. Photograph of parrot tulips  by Eileen Goldfinger and Paul Goldfinger © 5/5/17 Blogfinger.net  Click for the “Jack and the Beanstalk” effect. Title lyric quote from “April Showers.” *

“Trade them for a package of sunshine and flowers
If you want the things you love
You must have showers
So when you hear it thunder
Don’t run under a tree
There’ll be pennies from heaven
For you and me”

BILLIE HOLIDAY    From the album:  Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia. “Pennies from Heaven” is from the 1936 movie of the same name. Music by Arthur Johnston; words by Johnny Burke. First performed in the film by Bing Crosby.

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Ocean Grove. 9/4/16. 7:30 pm. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Ocean Grove. 9/4/16. 7:30 pm. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to enlarge.

Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

The crime scene yellow tape was still stretched across every entrance to the beach, and all the lifeguards were gone.  There was no police presence. There was a lifeguard truck sitting near the temporary dunes designed to protect the boardwalk and Ocean Avenue.     Someone at the beach office told me that the tape was to serve as a deterrent, but no one would stop anybody who wanted to be on the beach.  There were some people who went under the tape and were enjoying a lovely evening.  The surf was still rough, but not enough to be terrifying unless you decided to jump in the water; but no one did.

The decision about Monday would be made that morning.

9/4/16 7:30 pm Paul Goldfinger photo ©

9/4/16 7:30 pm Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to enlarge.

 

OGF 9/4/16 7:15 pm. Blogfinger photo. ©

OGF 9/4/16 7:15 pm. Blogfinger photo. ©

 

This is probably more dangerous than the beach. OG. 8/4/16. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

This is probably more dangerous than the beach. OG. 8/4/16. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

 

Safe on the pier? Blogfinger photo 9/4/16 ©

Safe on the pier? Blogfinger photo 9/4/16 ©

 

AMY WINEHOUSE    (I’m a big fan.  I like this song—that’s why it’s here, but if you have delicate ears, skip it because it is R or X rated; Apple says it’s “explicit.”    But it’s too good to skip.)

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"Grey skies are gonna clear up; put on a happy face." Deal Lake on the Asbury side. Paul Goldfinger photo. Undated. ©

“Grey skies are gonna clear up; put on a happy face.” Deal Lake on the Asbury side. Paul Goldfinger photo. Undated. ©

CAST OF GLEE:

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Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff; Chico Blogfinger mascot and the snowman (created by the Holmes family)  Jan 24 2016. Blogfinger photo ç

Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff; Chico, Blogfinger mascot, and O.G. Snowman (created by the Holmes family.) Jan 24 2016. Blogfinger photo ©

FIONA APPLE:

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Snow blower---so who's the blower--man or machine?  By Jean Bredin. Jan 24 2016

Snow blower—so who’s the blower–man or machine? By Jean Bredin. Blogfinger staff.  Jan 24, 2016

CYRILLE AIME´E

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Heading home. By Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff ©. Ocean Grove, NJ Jan. 23, 2016.

Heading home. By Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff ©. Ocean Grove, NJ.  Jan. 23, 2016.

 

Delaware Avenue. Twinkle twinkle blizzard. Ocean Grove. January 23, 2016. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Twinkle twinkle blizzard. Delaware Avenue, Ocean Grove. January 23, 2016. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

 

Firemen's Park. Ocean Grove. Jan 23, 2015 © Paul Goldfinger photo

Firemen’s Park. Ocean Grove. Jan 23, 2015 © Paul Goldfinger photo

 

Walking along our merry way. Ocean Grove. Jan 23, 2016. by Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff ©

Walking along our merry way. Ocean Grove. Jan 23, 2016. by Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff ©

 

Anne Murray:

 

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Delaware and Mt. Hermon. Ocean Grove. 8:30 am Saturday, Jan 23, 2016. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Delaware and Mt. Hermon. Ocean Grove. 8:30 am Saturday, Jan 23, 2016. Paul Goldfinger photo ©   25 degrees, zero visibility, high winds: look out your window. Note:  We do not post anonymous photos.

 

Saturday 8 am:  25 degrees; visibility zero; high winds;  up to 60 mph gusts.    5 inches snow  as of 4 am.   Time for storm surge.  Another high tide around 7 pm

(Sunday will be 36 degrees and partly sunny).

No power outages so far in Monmouth County, but strong winds can change that.  JCP&L has crews ready to respond.  If your power goes out, use your cell phone and call 1 888 544 4877    or 1 800 662 3115.

JCP&L had done tree trimming during the warm weather to help prevent downed power lines at times like this–preventive medicine

www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2016/01/blizzard_begins_to_zap_power_lines_as_it_makes_its.html#incart_river_index

9:30 am.  Governor says that flooding will be mild. Awaiting flood reports from the OG southside.  Bands of snow will create waxing and waning snow fall all day into the evening.

9:39 am  Report from Rick Cuttrell:

Snow:  Severe blizzard continues into tonight with heavy snow through this morning and then snow at varying intensities this afternoon and evening.

There is still the likelihood that sleet will mix with the snow over coastal sections of Monmouth and Ocean Counties for a period later this morning and early afternoon.  Any sleet will change back to snow this afternoon.

Snow will taper off and end between 9pm and midnight tonight.

Coastal Monmouth/coastal northern Ocean, including the Neptune area:  18-24 inches (will mix with sleet for a period Saturday morning)

Flooding:     No flooding reported from OG Southside.  Sunday morning will be  1/2 to 2 feet above normal and will produce minor to moderate street flooding in the usual flood prone areas.

Winds:   Along the coast, Northeast winds of 25mph to 40mph, with gusts to 60mph today.  Winds will slowly decrease after midnight tonight and Sunday.

10:30 am. Ocean Grove. Blogfinger.net photo

10:30 am. Ocean Grove. Blogfinger.net photo

11 am:   While you are waiting for the storm to pass, find something to do, but be careful—in 9 months there will be a surge of births.

JAMIROQUAI

11:30 am.  From Neptune Mothership, land of good and evil—-:    PLEASE stay off the roads.

As of 8:30 AM, 10.5″ of snow has fallen in Neptune.  It is possible that we will receive another foot of snow between 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM with snow falling at a rate of 3″ per hour at times.

Snow plowing continues, however our efforts are being hampered by flooding along the Shark River and dozens of vehicles stuck in the roadways.

4 pm:  from Megan Williamson on Asbury Avenue:    “The winds have been relentless blowing up from green way. But credit should be given to Neptune Township. They have run a plow down the street a couple of times an hour since about 2 am.”

 

Back porch on Asbury Avenue. Phot oby Megan Williamson. Jan 23, 2016 © Blogfinger guest photographer.

Back porch on Asbury Avenue. Photo by Megan Williamson. Jan 23, 2016 © Blogfinger guest photographer.

Jan 23, 2016  NJ. com photo one hour after high tide:

High tide at Manasquan Inlet. Andrew Mills for NJ.com Jan 23, 2016

High tide at Manasquan Inlet. Andrew Mills for NJ.com Jan 23, 2016. Serious flooding in Cape May.

 

CHRISTINE EBERSOLE AND MARY LOUISE WILSON  “Another Winter in a Summer Town.” from Grey Gardens

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Screenshot from JOH.

Screenshot from JOH.  Fishing clubhouse disappears into the deluge.

1992 nor'easter along the east coast. National Weather Service depiction.

1992 nor’easter along the east coast. National Weather Service depiction.

JOH of Ocean Grove sent us a video link showing the fishing pier coming down during the 1992 nor’easter—-see below:

It is good to remember important events in our town’s history, because we all can learn from history and it gives us the opportunity to talk about the OG fishing pier  (currently the non-fishing pier as its remnant remains land bound on the OG beach.   See comments linked below) —–Paul Goldfinger, editor @Blogfinger December, 2015.

News story from Newswork:

An intense nor’easter struck New Jersey 23 years ago today, generating some of the worst damage since the Ash Wednesday storm of 1962

Dubbed “The Great Nor’easter” by the National Weather Service, the storm, which forced the evacuation in at least 20 Jersey Shore municipalities, destroyed sections of the Bradley Beach and Belmar boardwalks and swept away a significant chunk of the Ocean Grove fishing pier, according to a New York Times report.

As the storm surge peaked and wind gusts increased during the morning hours, small private boats were called to rescue some from houses along the Manasquan River, as drawbridges ceased to function due to power outages and Coast Guard boats could not access the area, the report said.

According to the report, some residents in low-lying areas in Monmouth, Ocean, and Atlantic counties were evacuated by police boats and National Guard trucks.

The  National Weather Service found that the storm “resulted in unprecedented flooding and coastal erosion, which may have permanently changed the coastline.”

The flooding lasted for days. The National Weather Service report stated that the hardest hit coastal areas included Union Beach, Atlantic Highlands, Sea Bright, Monmouth Beach, Sea Girt, Long Beach Island, and Longport.

“As a result of the full moon on December 9 and an unusually long storm duration that affected several tide cycles, the resulting tide caused the most severe flooding along the New Jersey coast in nearly 30 years,” a U.S. Geological Survey study found.

In Union Beach, 300 cars were destroyed by sea water and 690 houses were damaged, according to the National Weather Service report.

The highest wind gusts of the storm was recorded in Cape May, peaking at 80 miles per hour. The storm killed two in New Jersey, damaged 3,200 homes, and caused $750 million (1992 dollars) in damage.

Portions of the state were declared a federal disaster area.

 

SURVIVOR  “The Eye of the Tiger.”

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