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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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By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.  Originally posted in June, 2015 on BF.  But spring is here, so we must 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

The June day started out rainy and chilly, but later in the day it became Sonny 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  from here down by Paul Goldfinger, Editor @ Blogfinger.  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-womans land.” They wore some pretty small bathing suits, and one wore a thong—the first such sighting this season.   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 1895.

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. Hannah offered to photograph it with her phone and give me back the original . Great idea, but I insisted that they keep the valuable souvenir.

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

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June, 2007. This image was featured in Bell, Bell and DuFresne's book on the Great Auditorium. By Paul Goldfinger ©

June, 2007. This Ocean Grove image taken from inside the GA, was featured in Bell, Bell and DuFresne’s book on the Great Auditorium—–available in the Historical Society Museum. Photo by Paul Goldfinger

 

BOB DYLAN with “But Beautiful.” From his new album Triplicate.

“Love is funny, or it’s sad
Or it’s quiet, or it’s mad
It’s a good thing or it’s bad
But beautiful…
Beautiful to take a chance and if you fall you fall
And I’m thinking I wouldn’t mind at all

 

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Chico (L) and Max, the Blogfinger dogs–Chico is an investigative reporter who often sniffs out stories for us.  Max is in training.  They live with Moe Demby in OG, BF staff reporter.  Portrait by Eileen Goldfinger using her iPhone 6. 4/22/17 ©

BILL MAXWELL  “Meeting in the Park” from the soundtrack of Woody’s film Fading Gigolo.

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Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. September 2012. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Street musician.  Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. September 2012. Paul Goldfinger photo © The building behind burned down on Feb 6, 2015. Note the original setbacks. Reposted from September, 2015.

BLOSSOM DEARIE  “It Might as well be Spring”  (performed in French)

“I’m as busy as a spider spinning daydreams
I’m as giddy as a baby on a swing
I haven’t seen a crocus or a rosebud
Or a robin on the wing”

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Mt. Hermon Way. 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo. © Blogfinger.net. Click to enlarge.

 

THE TWO OF US:

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