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Paul Goldfinger ©. July 4 parade in Ocean Grove.  Wesley Lake swan boats.  Main Avenue. 2016. Blogfinger.net



BRIAN WILSON:  From  Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin


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Rev. Dr. Tony Campolo about to step onto the stage of the Great Auditorium. By Paul Goldfinger © 8/16/15. Blogfinger.net photo.

Rev. Dr. Tony Campolo about to step onto the stage of the Great Auditorium. He called the GA  “A spiritual, renewal place” and he said that “having love is most important….”     Photo by Paul Goldfinger, Blogfinger.net ©. 8/16/15. Ocean Grove, NJ



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Ocean Grove. Undated. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Ocean Grove. Undated. By Paul Goldfinger ©  


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Ocean Grove Fall Flea Market. Sept. 10, 2016. All photos by Paul Goldfinger. Blogfinger.net ©

Ocean Grove Fall Flea Market. Sept. 10, 2016. All photos by Paul Goldfinger. Blogfinger.net ©


By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor@Blogfinger.net

September 10. 2016.  Ocean Pathway, Ocean Grove, New Jersey.

The ad said “rain or shine,” but today at the OG Giant Fall Flea Market, there was a bit too much shine. It was hot—nearly 90 degrees, but nevertheless, a large crowd showed up, and there were sea breezes.

The Boardwalk Pavilion was crowded as a group had assembled to enjoy the simple pleasures of the shade along with cool air from the ocean.

I like the ambience of flea and farmers markets, while Eileen is more of a shopper. I, on the other hand, could visit every one of the 385 vendors here today and I would find absolutely nothing that I would want. But the photo ops—that’s another story.

If you are a photographer you can sympathize with me. At noon, with the light changing at every step and with my automatic meter being unreliable, I had to figure out exposures from moment to moment, and it was annoying to manually keep changing the settings.

Noon is the worst time of day to get good photos due to the harsh high-contrast light. I much prefer to shoot in the shade whenever possible. And then there are the flea market throngs, with a giant person stepping in the way just as a Jennifer Lawrence look-alike enters my field of vision.

Some people ask me why I photograph women.   The answer is quite obvious—what is more beautiful?  Even women enjoy looking at pictures of women, especially those unique types whose dress and manner are so graceful, interesting, and enticing.

And especially at the famous flea market on Ocean Pathway in the Grove, by-the-sea, where a photographer cannot deny girls in their summer clothes.

Flea Market  Gallery: First turn on the music.  Then  click on one then follow the large arrows.   To return to this page, click on the small X on the left.

WILLIE NELSON AND LEON RUSSELL  From the album One For the Road

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Dave Shotwell emerges from the Atlantic after a Thanbksgiving dip. Ocean Grove, 2015. Blogfinger photo. © Click to enlarge and look for goosebumps.

Dave Shotwell emerges from the Atlantic after a Thanksgiving dip. Ocean Grove, 2015. Blogfinger photo. © Click to enlarge and look for goosebumps.

Chico and the man, Grover Moe Demby, enjoy some Thanksgiving games. © Blogfinger photo ©

Chico and the man, Grover Moe Demby, enjoy some Thanksgiving games. © Blogfinger photo ©

Quite a few folks in Ocean Grove were out today for a sunny nearly 70 degree Thanksgiving  day in the Grove.  This morning  there were a few people downtown on Main Avenue, walking around or having a coffee at the OG Bakery.

Two workers were operating heavy machinery at the 50 Main Avenue building site. That was an insensitive and disrespectful thing to do, especially when people were already downtown early on Thanksgiving, trying to enjoy small town America in the historic seaside village of Ocean Grove, a community with a unique personality and style that doesn’t normally include construction work on Thanksgiving morning.  Fortunately the workers  didn’t stay very long.

Downtown the OG Bakery was serving coffee and…..outside their tables were still set up.  Some people were on their feet watching the workers. The flower shop was open.

At the beachfront, folks were playing with their dogs by the water’s edge, and Dave Shotwell, a Grover, was taking a swim in the 50 degree frigid water. He didn’t spend much time in the surf, but he emerged refreshed, and he wasn’t even shivering. Evidently he has done this ritual in the past.  The boardwalkers were active, and we met some who were from out of town.

In Firemen’s Park, a spirited game of Wiffle ball was going on. (see below.)


ELLA FITZGERALD  with a big band:

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You can get a sticker like this at the recycling dump on Heck Avenue in Neptune, near the cemetery and the Middle School.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

Grovers have small gardens, but somehow they produce sizable amounts of yard waste which is defined as leaves, garden plants, and weeds. And if you are pruning or picking up branches, those would also be picked up, unless the branches are too large for the containers.  In that case, you have “brush,” and that is collected once per month.

The yard waste is collected twice per month and must be put out in reusable containers from June -October.  No grass clippings are allowed. And no waste in plastic or biodegradable bags will be accepted.

There are 4 zones in Neptune.  Two are in Ocean Grove:   Zone B (north of Main Avenue) and Zone C (south of Main Avenue.)  Zone B pickup occurs on the 2nd and 4th full weeks of the month.  Zone C is the 1st and 3rd full week of the month.

You put the waste at the curb on Sunday night for collection by Friday of your collection week.  Extra pails and stickers are available at the recycling center.

If you are as flabbergasted as I am, then don’t despair, even though these instructions are more complicated than some medical procedures.

So the Neptune DPW has a solution to help us Grovers cope with the yard waste pick-up schedule. But you really should get a calendar girl:


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Cruising along the western edge of Founders’ Park. Summer, 2018. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©



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The Monmouth County Historical Association presents a major exhibition to mark the 5th  anniversary of the Storm in 2017.  Those involved in the exhibit spent much of the year collecting photographs and artifacts and conducting oral history interviews in order to allow all interested parties from our average Monmouth county  citizen, to scientists, to the Country Freeholeders, to recall the storm in their own words.  The exhibit will run through 2018. 

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Six contributing photographers listed at the bottom of the announcement include Paul Goldfinger of Blogfinger.net


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Paul Goldfinger ©. Ocean Grove boardwalk.  November 7, noon. 2012.  Volunteers at work.

TOOTS THIELEMANS:  “Manha de Carnaval.”  (Theme from Black Orpheus)

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Ocean Grove North End. 6/4/16. Photo by Prosper Bellizia, Blogfinger staff. ©


6/4/17 OG North End. By Prosper Bellizia. ©


6/4/17 Blogfinger photo.

One of our roving reporters, Prosper Bellizia was at the North End today, Sunday, June 4, when he observed some used cars for sale.

He said, “Paul, these two cars are on exhibit for sale by a used car sales company  Team Princeton  at the North End parking lot on Sunday June 4 at 10:45 am.   This could be the start of something big!”

Do you think the Zoning board would award a use variance for this?  Anything’s possible when it comes to special favors from the big shots in Neptune Township.

But is it historic to sell cars in our historic town? Well, it could be argued that there is a precedent when a 19th century buggy man sold a horse and carriage in the same neighborhood.  Maybe the HPC would allow it?  The historical society wouldn’t object, and the Committee could declare it a zone in need of some businesses.

Maybe Steve Vita could put a showroom in the White Whale.  Have a lobster roll and take a test drive on the Ocean Pathway.

And guys, if you get the right car, you too could have the Boswell Sisters sing this song to you in the morning , but don’t forget the wedding ring.


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All photos at the NJ Law Enforcement Memorial Service. 5/24/16. © by Paul Goldfinger, Blogfinger..net ©

All photos at the NJ Law Enforcement Memorial Service.  View from inside the GA as the officers were filing in.    5/24/16. © by Paul Goldfinger, Blogfinger..net ©  Click to enlarge any of these images.


Outside the GA befoe the service. ©

Police  Color guards assemble on Ocean Pathway in front of  the GA.©


At the Youth Temple before the service ©

At the Youth Temple before the service ©


West Windsor choir members before their performance ©

Members of the West Windsor-Plainsboro High School choir before their performance ©


Eric J. Houghtaling. NJ Assemblyman, 11th District. Carol Rizzo (r) Neptune Township Committee ©

Eric J. Houghtaling. NJ Assemblyman, 11th District. Carol Rizzo (r) Neptune Township Committee ©


Editor’s Note:  The annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service is to honor all N.J. police officers killed in the line of duty.  This year, three officers who died last year were added to the list of nearly 500 names. On stage were representatives of 22 major law enforcement agencies and associations.


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