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k.d. lang   from her album Recollection:



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“Night Patrol” Paul Goldfinger © Click in the dark. Nov. 22, 2017 ©


NICKI MINAJ  from her album  The Pinkprint   “The Night is Still Young.”


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Angels-By-The-sea. By Rich Despins, a neighbor from the north country--Bradley Beach. Undated. ©

Nagles-by-the-sea. Ocean Grove, NJ. By Rich Despins, a neighbor from the south country–Bradley Beach. Undated. © Special to Blogfinger

WARREN VACHE´  “”Something to Remember You by.” by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz (1930)

“Oh, give me something to remember you by
When you are far away from me
Just a little something, meaning love cannot die
No matter where you chance to be..”

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Don't be a turkey; celebrate this wonderful holiday. Paul Goldfinger photo

Don’t be a turkey; celebrate Thanksgiving, a wonderful holiday. Paul Goldfinger photo in Ocean Grove, NJ (July 4 parade)  ©  Reposted from 2014 on Blogfinger.

On Thanksgiving morning, the Rutherford High School marching band would arrive at Passaic High School stadium for the oldest high school football rivalry in New Jersey.  We played the Thunderer for most of our half time shows.  I was in the sax section where I kept one eye on the flute players and the other on the fringed Indians—the Passaic cheerleaders.  What’s better on Thanksgiving than beautiful girls in leather.

Then, after the inevitable loss on the field, we consoled ourselves with the knowledge that our band was better; then it was back across the river and home for turkey.

JOHN PHILLIP SOUSA with the Thunderer March.


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Ocean Grove South End. Viewed from the east end of the Lake.  November 5, 2017. Paul Goldfinger © Blogfinger.net. Click to enlarge.




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Portrait of Tom. He’s about to make his first cast at the OG shore. 4:30 pm, Sunday, November 5, 2017.  We changed the clocks today—darker sooner. Click to see the face of a happy man.   Paul Goldfinger photo ©

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor@Blogfinger.

Late afternoon on a cloudy day at the Ocean Grove South Beach.  There were kids with dads, and guys playing with their dogs in the sand, but overall, the beach was sparsely populated.  Several surf fishermen were out. One was sitting at the edge of the surf talking on his cell phone while watching his line. Can you be in the zone while talking on your cell?  The vibe at the beach was very mellow as the clouds began to darken, and the waves were a bit rambunctious.

Tom Wik lives on Heck Avenue almost close enough to cast from his porch. But he was not keeping his distance as he readied his gear. To fishermen, it is the being there that’s most important.  Catching a fish is secondary.

Tom chose to wait till the end of the day to go surf fishing.  The temperature was about 60 degrees, and given the misty moment, it seemed like Tom picked the perfect time.  Being alone out there might set your mind to wonder why things are as they are.

ART GARFUNKEL:  “I Wonder Why”

“I wonder why it is the sea’s so calm tonight,
The sands are ghostly white
Beneath the moon.
It seems strange to me to stand in endless space,
And know that in this place
I’m held within its timeless sway.”


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Ocean Grove foggy morning. Nov. 2, 2017. © By Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff.

KARI LOVAAS with the BERLINER SYMPHONIKER.  “Romances Op. 15”  (Margret’s Cradle Song)


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Ocean Grove PIer. By Bob Bowne

Ocean Grove Pier. By Bob Bowné.  October 29, 2013

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.  Reposted from 2013.

On October 29, 2012, when Super Storm Sandy hit Ocean Grove, Bob Bowné  climbed to the top of the Windamer Hotel and went out on a small balcony at the left side.  The wind was ferocious, but he managed to remain there while he gathered his photo gear.  Bob is a professional photographer, so when he saw the furor of the ocean and the beginning of flooding, he knew that he had to document this huge event.

The Windamer Hotel on Ocean Avenue facing the pier, in Ocean Grove near Embury Ave. Bob was on a small balcony--upper left. Blogfinger photo.

The Windamer Hotel on Ocean Avenue facing the pier, in Ocean Grove near Embury Ave. 10/29/12.  Bob was on a small balcony–upper left.   Photo by Paul Goldfinger @Blogfinger.net   ©

It was about 4:00 p.m., and the peak of the storm had not yet hit, but the sight of that tumultous ocean was awesome.  That is when he obtained the photograph that would become an iconic image of the storm. He said that he preferred making the image while the pier was intact, so that it would document what was, rather than what would be after.

The full strength of Sandy came to bear at about 9:00 pm. after the winds shifted and roared in from the south.    Bob was the only person in his building and he watched as the devastation evolved including the loss of most of the fishing pier and the boardwalk.    He went downstairs to check his apartment which was in the basement and he came face to face with a large piece of the Hotel’s roof. Water was pouring in over the boardwalk area and onto Ocean Avenue, heading west.

Sandy: Ocean Avenue. By Bob Bowné

Sandy: Ocean Avenue. By Bob Bowné. ©  Special to Blogfinger.

Bob Bowné is a life long Grover and he currently works as a carpenter.  In the past he was a commercial photographer who specialized in product imagery. He also was a surfer for many years and he used to photograph for surfing publications.

Ocean Avenue. by Bob Bowné

Ocean Avenue. by Bob Bowné. ©  Special to Blogfinger.

In preparation for a major exhibit about the storm at the Museum of the City of New York, 10,000 photographs were evaluated.  Bob’s spectacular shot of the ocean boiling over the OG pier was judged one of the most dramatic images.

The pier picture is the only one of his in the exhibit, but he has allowed us to publish a few more from that storm day. These gorgeous images are now exhibited  publicly for the first time.   Bob said that the light was unusual and transient, enabling him to obtain the photographs that we are now showing, without any software manipulation.

Opening of "Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy. Bob used a fisheye lens for this shot.

Opening of “Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy.” Bob used a fisheye lens for this shot.

The exhibit opened on October 29, 2013.  Bob was there, and people asked for him to sign his photo.  The  exhibit is called “Rising Waters: Photographs of Sandy”

Bob Bowne, Photographer. Ocean Grove Pier (October 30, 2013. By Paul Goldfinger @Blogfinger ©

Bob Bowné, Photographer. Ocean Grove Pier, October 30, 2013,  © Photo by Paul Goldfinger  @Blogfinger.net   © One year and a day after Sandy.


For anyone interested in purchasing one of Bob’s Sandy prints, here is his email:    bownephoto@optimum.net

BOB DYLAN  “Blowin’ in the Wind”

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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.


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