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

 

TONY BENNETT AND BILL EVANS:   “Waltz for Debby.”

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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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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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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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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.

JOHN DENVER:

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Ocean Grove. January 21, 2016. Blogfinger.net photo ©

Ocean Grove. January 21, 2016. Blogfinger.net photo ©

LEON REDBONE   “Steal Away Blues.”

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Nagle's in Ocean Grove, NJ. 2015. By Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff. ©

Nagle’s in Ocean Grove, NJ. 2015. By Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff. © Do you want to keep our town or lose it??

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

 

For several years Jack Bredin has been following the goings on at the Township Committee meetings regarding the North End Redevelopment Plan. He would get up at the meetings and challenge the situation, but, except for being annoying, he was disregarded. But evidently, his concerns were noted, and on 3 or 4 occasions he was approached by Committeemen who said, “Jack, you’re the only one who cares about this thing.”

Jack was also approached by members of the OG Homeowner’s Ass. who told him that he didn’t know what he was talking about.

But Jack does know due to his vast experiences with Land Use Law fighting developers along the Palisades who wanted to put high rises up overlooking the Hudson River, destroying the views of those who had been there for ages.

Jack Bredin speaks up for Ocean Grove at a past HOA meeting. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Jack Bredin speaks up for Ocean Grove at a past HOA meeting. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Now Blogfinger has joined forces with Jack, Kevin and others who are outraged over the abuses of Neptune Township Committeemen and expert advisors.

We have an opportunity now for our citizens to show the  new Committee that Jack isn’t the only one “who cares.”

We would like all of our readers to share the Blogfinger articles about the North End and the Park View Inn and other matters that you might agree with. At the bottom of each post on BF is a button that says “Email’   Just send hundreds or thousands of emails to each Committeeman and please put your real names..

You can also send your personal views to them in the form of letters and emails.

Go to Neptunetownship.org and click on “contact us” to find the email addresses of the 4 known Committeemen. We will soon learn the identities of the other two.

JACK TEAGARDEN   “Stars Fell on Alabama.”

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Ocean Grove colors. December 1, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Ocean Grove garden with a colorful display of nandina.  December 1, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©   Click to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.

The gardens in Ocean Grove are still showing color even though most of the leaves have fallen from the trees.   Many shrubs in towns are now resplendent with berries and autumn leaves of reds, yellows, purples and gold.   A multi-color display prevailed  in a lush garden hugging the sidewalk and  shown above  on Main Avenue near New Jersey Avenue.

While we chatted with the gardener, a squirrel scurried over via  a low tree branch.  The creature practically came nose to nose with her, as if they were partners in experiencing the lingering  display of colors.

Inside our house, buds were forming on Eileen’s Christmas cactus which has the promise of deep pink flowers very soon.

EVA CASSIDY:

 

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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 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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