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Wesley Lake (Retention/Detention basin) Paul Goldfinger © Ocean Grove, New Jersey

ROLLING STONES WITH MICK JAGGER: “Far Away Eyes.”

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Jean Bredin ©. Ocean Grove Beach. November 17, 2018. Blogfinger.net

 

a. Blogfinger has 173 bloggers who follow us through WordPress.  600 visits on March 6.  That day we had 10 foreign countries including Antigua and Barbuda, China, Norway. and Spain.  I would like to visit Barbuda where the Barbudians like to go caving.  And, they have a sanctuary for frigate birds.  

b. Bartender of the Week in Ocean Grove. We will accept nominations once the new North End Hotel opens.

c. Wesley Lake update

—The Wesley Lake Commission last met in October 2018. Their last set of posted minutes is from then. We received an email copy yesterday that seems to indicate that some members of the Commission may be finally waking up to a few new concepts and realities about the Lake, some of which we have been hammering at Blogfinger for some time.

In that email from Douglas McQueen to the Wesley Lake Commission Chair Gail Rosewater, he made a few points which interested us at Blogfinger: The entire email is not reproduced here; just portions.

——“If we allow mismanaged lakes to consequently pollute our beaches, we would have killed our golden goose.”

—–“When formulating recommendations for the long term management of the coastal lakes and ponds of Monmouth County, emphasis has to be given to the control of stormwater runoff. This is the key to the sustainable improvement of the County’s lakes.”

No kidding!

—— He also repeated something which we have emphasized for some time on Blogfinger.  He said,”Many of these lakes are indeed riparian waters.

d. on March 5, Neptune Twp. organized a “Tidelands Presentation”. This was a sort of infomercial where two OG lawyers (the Beekman Law Firm) and a title company presented information at the Shark River Marina regarding title issues having to do with riparian land rights. 

It’s interesting that the focus was on homeowners at the Shark River area. But what about our homeowners, two lakes and the ocean?

We had a reporter present and we will have more to say about this subject next week.

Here is a link to an article which we posted in May, 2016 regarding the ecology and history of Wesley Lake:

Wesley Lake devious plans

d. Note that the new Governor and his DEP are taking an interest in the New Jersey Coastal waterways. Monmouth University has an Urban Coastal Institute. They are having a “summit” this month, but we have no details. Evidently the Wesley Lake Commission Chair will address that meeting on March 15. 

e. Township approves fireworks on the beach at 9 pm on July 6.

f.  The Township has not seen a street closure that it doesn’t like.  They have approved multiple dates, and the closures are often granted all day, 9 to 10. on Saturdays  In addition to the usual closures, such as for dancing in the streets at Chamber events,  three extra dates were added on Saturdays July 6, July 27,  and August 10, for all day, 9am 10 pm.  (150th  anniversary events.)  Those extra street closures will multiply the chaos of summer Saturdays this season. And this doesn’t even take into consideration the beach activities which are the norm in all Jersey Shore towns.

If you want to get a feel for the summer activities sponsored by the CMA alone, go to Oceangrove.org and click on “events.”  Between the extra congestion due to Asbury Park and the congestion in the Grove, we will have gridlock on just about every Saturday in the summer.  This situation often becomes unbearable for residents of the Grove.  

No other shore town has the volume of gridlocked special events that we do. I doubt that even Bourbon Street has nearly as many.  Why should the people who live here have to endure such tourist crowds and chaos during prime season.

From Woody’s movie Everyone Says I Love You:

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Ocean Grove beach. Undated. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Ocean Grove beach. Undated. By Paul Goldfinger ©

 

YO YO MA.  The Mission–“The Falls” composed by Ennio Morricone

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Ocean Grove, NJ. Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net.  Click to enlarge

 

ENNIO MORRICONE   “Deborah’s Theme” from Once Upon a Time in America.

 

 

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“A blustery day” by Bob Bowné. “Man impersonates a sea gull.”  October 4, 2015. The non-fishing pier in Ocean Grove, NJ. Special to Blogfinger. ©  Click image to enlarge.

TONY BENNETT:

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September, 2011. 7:00 am. Ocean Grove beach. Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net.  Click to enlarge.

ACT II FINALE:  Show Boat:  World Premiere Cast Recording

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Auditorium Square Park. Ocean Grove, NJ. October, 2018. Paul Goldfinger photograph. ©

 

FRANK SINATRA     (First heard in the 1946 film “Three Little Girls in Blue.”)

 

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Ocean Grove, NJ. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Ocean Grove, NJ. By Paul Goldfinger ©  2014.

 

THE SAVOY CAJUN BAND:

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By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.

This was originally posted in June, 2015 on BF.  But each year we  pay attention to girls in their summer clothes. It is a tradition for our seashore community.

Ocean Grove beach, late 1800's. Courtesy of Ted Bell's book: Images of America---Ocean Grove. © 2000.

Ocean Grove beach, late 1800’s.     Courtesy of Ted Bell author of: Images of America—Ocean Grove. © 2000.

Source: hanging at the HSOG museum. Blogfinger photo

Source: hanging at the HSOG museum. Blogfinger photo

By contrast, here is a photograph taken in summer, 2018  on the OG boards.  What a difference 140 years can make in beach fashions:

Coup de foudre: (“Love at first sight.)    Paul Goldfinger photo. Summer, 2018. OG boards. ©

The June day in 2015   (below) started out rainy and chilly, but later in the day it became Sunny and Cher;  it warmed up a bit, but it was still windy.

I went on the boardwalk and saw lifeguards at their stations. A green flag was flying along with “Old Glory.” But no one was swimming. In fact no one was in the water.

OG lifeguards. 6/6/15 Blogfinger photo ©

OG lifeguards. 6/6/15 Blogfinger photo © All photographs  by Paul Goldfinger, Editor @ Blogfinger.   (except for the one by Ted Bell dated 1880.)   Click to enlarge all photos.

I walked up to one of the lifeguard stands and joked with the guards who stayed at their post, like soldiers guarding a “no-man’s land.” An older guard, “Cowboy Dave” was sitting in the rescue boat, 10 gallon hat on and blue sunglasses, but he was facing the water. He is either the first or the last in the lifeboat.  He said that he is from OG and that this is his 16th summer as a lifeguard. He reminds me of Robert Duvall smelling napalm in the morning. (Apocalypse Now)

Cowboy Dave. 6/06/15. Blogfinger photo ©

Cowboy Dave. 6/06/15. Blogfinger photo ©

I asked him if he saw any bathing beauties go by, because all that was out there was the surf. He pointed to some young ladies about 100 yards away who were the only ones on the beach, to the north. Clearly this was not a “no-woman’s land.”

They wore some pretty small bathing suits, so it seemed like a good public interest news photo- op for Blogfinger.

OG bathers. (Left to right) Hannah, Tui, Danielle, and Amelia. 6/6/15. Blogfinger photo ©

OG bathers. (Left to right) Hannah, Tui, Danielle, and Amelia. 6/6/15. Blogfinger photo ©  Click image to enlarge the bathing  suits.

When I walked to their location, it seemed like I should ask them why they are in Ocean Grove on such a bleak day. I was thinking that they looked like they should be in Asbury Park. I did not comment on their attire, but you can’t help but notice that this is much different than 1880.

As it turns out, they are coeds who are camping at Allaire State Park where they are renting a yurt. They were having a great time just being together and laughing and talking and telling yurt jokes. They said that they preferred Ocean Grove’s beach to any others. One of them had come to OG as a child.

They especially singled out Days Ice Cream and the summer tents as favorite spots. I only had one BF card which I gave them to photograph and share.

I said goodbye and walked back to the lifeguards offering to sell them the names of the young ladies. They seemed interested, but ultimately I suggested that they get the names themselves.

So who says that we live in Ocean Grave? It’s time to bury that nickname.

Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

Saturday, June 6, 2015, Ocean Grove beach.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN     (live)

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Ocean Grove boardwalk. Paul Goldfinger © 2018. Blogfinger.net

 

GETZ/GILBERTO   Live at Carnegie Hall 1964.  “Rosa Morena.”

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