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Paul Goldfinger © Ocean Avenue at Main Avenue. Ocean Grove, NJ.  October 5, 2017

 

MICHELE GARRUTI    “Life is Beautiful” from the movie of that name.

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Ocean Grove boards on Oct. 1, 2017: bikes and dogs allowed whenever. Dogs can also go on the beach.   A woman with blue hair—am I blue?    Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  Click image to enlarge the picture.

By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor @Blogfinger

Notice the sign. In big letters it says WARNING!!!  NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY.  Isn’t that enough warning for those who might consider swimming?  So why do we need 3 exclamation points?  We don’t need even one. There is a limit to how effective that sign will be.  Recently we heard from a surfer dude who wants red flags to be posted when the water is dangerous.   But maybe this sign is more than enough to try and discourage dopey daredevils.

And the sign says “No Diving!”  Is there any way  anyone could dive down at this beach.  I suppose someone might walk over to the pier and dive in, but if anyone is so inclined, the little message on the bottom of this sign is not likely to be influential. And besides, it’s all sand under there. Maybe the sign should also say, “Don’t stick your head in the sand!!!”

The lady with blue hair smiled at us as she went by, but she was moving fast, and we don’t know why she smiled or why she has blue hair in Ocean Grove.   This is a rare sighting here, but maybe she was going to Asbury to attend a meeting of the Blue Hair Society.

And the girl on the bike?  She was on the beach and came up to get her bike—seemingly caught between the seasons.

BARBARA ROSENE WITH VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS.  “Am I Blue?”

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Asbury Avenue.  Ocean Grove. September 23, 2017.    Paul Goldfinger© #1 in a series.  Click to enlarge.

STACEY KENT   from her album “The Boy Next Door.”

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Friends let friends enjoy the Grove when they’re away. August 28, 2017. Paul Goldfinger photo. Blogfinger.net ©

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

As I passed this young woman, she was watering the flowers along the edge of Tent Village in Ocean Grove, NJ, taking her time while her two small children played nearby. She and her family are here, occupying her best friend’s tent, during one of the loveliest times in the Grove—the end of August.  They are from Pennsylvania, and they seemed so happy to be here. Sometimes we have to look around through the eyes of visitors, especially those who get to stay here for awhile.

The temperate weather now is so pleasant:  the light is soft, the breezes gentle, and there is no humidity.  As we have pointed out, there is something ethereal about the Tent Village when it is occupied by soft spoken people, children, flowers, and, oftentimes, by the sweet sounds of the Hope-Jones organ or the voices lifted high coming from inside the Great Auditorium with glorious choral harmonies sometimes accompanied by  symphonic ensembles.

But the effect is sustained mostly by the voices of those who are chatting on porches, kids on skateboards or parents relaxing within the protective safe-zone of the Village.

Abraham visits our backyard pond. He loves to see the fish. Paul Goldfinger portrait. 8/30/17. ©

When I went home and stood in my own garden, a tiny boy, 3 years old, approached me and said hello. His name was Abraham, and as he stood there with me, his mom caught up.  I invited them in to see our pond fish.

Abraham and his family are from Yonkers, NY, and he has been visiting the Grove for the last 3 years, while his parents have been coming for the last 7.  His Mom is originally  from Sweden, and aside from Abraham’s enthusiasm and a three year old’s natural cuteness, he is bilingual.  He pointed to a flying insect and said, “Dragonfly.” He was correct, and his mom took it all in stride.  Abraham and I conversed in Swedish for awhile, and then he went home to sleep.

So, a couple more visitors caught up in OG’s gentle end of summer.

THE BAND PERRY: “Gentle on My Mind”  this version won a 2015 Grammy nomination. It also won Grammies in 1968 for the composer and for Glen Campbell.

“Ever smilin’ ever gentle on my mind
Gentle on my mind
You’re gentle on my mind.”

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Ocean Grove, undated. By Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff. ©

THE TEMPOS  from the film American Graffiti:

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Rainbow. Warrington Hotel  fire site as seen across Wesley Lake. Photo by “Suffering Surfer.” © Special to Blogfinger. 7/1/17.  Click to enlarge.

Rain + Sun = Rainbow.

8 pm 7/1/17: over Warrington fire site.
Is this a positive omen?

Suffering Surfer

Editor’s note:  Another good omen would be if the town demands single family houses at that Warrington site.  After all, that is what is happening next door at the Park View site and it is what the Master Plan asks for.

And look at the yellow/red roof beauty down the block on Seaview Avenue—the anchor for a lovely residential neighborhood?

Music for a good omen by Emilio de Benito (guitarist).

It is “Granada” from Woody’s film Vicky Cristina Barcelona:

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Ocean Grove Non-fishing pier.  Re-posted from September 13, 2015. By Bob Bowné.  OG Lifestyles.  Click to enlarge.  Special to Blogfinger.

DAN LEVINSON’S ROOF GARDEN JASS BAND:

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The Ocean Grove North End development should be about the lifestyles of the residents, respect for the Master Plan, commitment to the law, improvement of the environment, and defense of the Shore’s beauty.  Paul Goldfinger photo c. 2013. © Blogfinger.net.

 

Looking north from OG. Our North End should contrast with the brightly lit hipster theme  of AP—we should be a believable historic place that emphasizes family life and community. The vacant North End must not become Asbury Park South.. Paul Goldfinger photograph. ©

 

Summer in Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photograph. Defend our lifestyles. ©

 

 

IRIS DeMENT

 

 

 

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Christmas Eve, Firemen’s Park, Ocean Grove, 2015.  Paul Goldfinger photograph. ©

TAYLOR SWIFT:

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Ocean Grove Tent City. Photo by Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff ©. 5/11/17.

Jean says, “The little paths between the rows of tents are quaint.
You walk down, and there’s the Great Auditorium in all her splendor.

“They soon will be occupied, and personal touches will embellish each tent.
It won’t be long now.”

RICKY NELSON    from the movie soundtrack of Pulp Fiction.  Tent City is a lonesome town until the occupiers begin to show up on May 15.   Then it springs to life—it is a community within a community having its own rhythms and even its own customs. Kids love it there. By June 1, it is  no longer a lonesome town.  —-PG

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