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Sanibel Island Farmers Market: The best!  Paul Goldfinger photograph © Feb. 11, 2018. © Click to enlarge.

FATS WALLER “The Sheik of Araby”

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Princeton University Art Museum. By Paul Goldfinger © 2013

Princeton University Art Museum. By Paul Goldfinger © 2013

Princeton University campus. 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Princeton University campus. 2013. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge and apply for admission..  Re-posted from January, 2015.

 

Two years ago BF reviewed a film about college acapella singing groups.  It is called “Pitch Perfect.” We gave it a high score   Here is a link   ( Pitch Perfect link  )

Here are the Princeton University Nassoons with a song called “Time.”

Princeton University Nassoons (internet photo)

Princeton University Nassoons (internet photo)

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“Nu Couché” by Modigliani was painted in 1917. It just sold for $170.4 million and is considered to be a great masterpiece.  NY Times 11/10/15

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.

Re-posted and slightly edited from the original 2015  BF post.     This topic reminds me of recent (2017) debates about the definition of “harassment” of women.

Definition of objectifying women:   ” Female sexual objectification by a male involves a woman being viewed primarily as an object of male sexual desire, rather than as a whole person.”   (Wikipedia )

But the definition of objectification includes more than just that.  It also includes a  broader statement as  “treating anyone or any idea as a physical  object.”

The  painting   “Nu Couché” by Amedeo Modigliani  (above)  sold yesterday  (2015) at Christie’s for  $170.4 million and  made headline news all over the world, but the reporting did not raise the issue of Modigliani’s objectifying women.  After all, ever since man could draw a picture on a cave wall he would draw a naked woman. When photography was invented in the early 19th century, what do you think was first photographed?  And, of course naked women have captured the creative juices of many male and female artists over the years, and the images are not always complimentary of the female form.

There are some female photographers who have achieved fame by photographing women, sometimes in a highly sexualized way. I wonder how many of those critics who attacked Blogfinger would have criticized Ruth Bernhard, a famous artist known for her erotic black and white images of the female nude.  Her work was compared to that of Ansel Adams, and in 2014,  a retrospective of her photographs was shown in New York City at the Peter Fetterman Gallery.  The exhibit was called “The Eternal Nude.”  She also has published a number of books of her work and she has won many awards.   Can anyone seriously claim that only men can be accused of “objectification?”

Picasso is a good example of an artist who loved to paint and sculpt  women, often  with bulging eyes and multiple breasts   (see below.)  That painting  (“Les Femmes d’Alger”  1955) sold for $179.4 million in 2015.   Would any of  you feminists accuse him of objectification?  And how about Georgia O’Keefe whose paintings of flowers were often likened to female genitalia?

Picasso. $179.4 million. NY Times. Nov 10, 2015.

 

The sale of the Nu Couché  reminded me of  two incidents this past summer when Ocean Grovers, two women and one man, accused me of “objectifying” women in our series “Girls in Their Summer Clothes.” You can search above to see some of those photographs from that series, but you will find that none of the women are naked, disrespected,  or even objectified.

On one occasion we posted a photo of a  female OG lifeguard in a bikini munching on a Weezer ice.  The image was taken by a woman on our staff. Would she be accused of objectification?   Here is a link to Jean Bredin’s  photo;

2017 lifeguard photo

This 2017 photo on Ocean Pathway is from our “Girls in Their Summer Clothes” series. It was accompanied by a discussion of her visit to Ocean Grove.  Paul Goldfinger photograph. ©

There are incidences when the phrase  “objectification of women” might fairly fit, as when a woman’s body is used to sell a product, but our photographs do not fit  by any reasonable standard, and I believe the accusation has been overdone in our society.

Sometimes political correctness results in nonsensical allegations, such as when feminists say that photographing or looking  at a woman in a mini-skirt is objectifying her.  The attacks on Blogfinger fall into that category.

Women have been making great strides in the US  in an effort to be appreciated as whole individuals and not the sum of their parts.  Attacking responsible segments of our society such as Blogfinger for objectification of  women is to be small minded, to distort reality, to divert attention from the important goals of women, and to turn them into victims when just the opposite is necessary.

TONY BENNETT:

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Ocean Grove as seen from inside the GA. 2013.  By Paul Goldfinger

MICHAEL PENN. “On Your Way,”        From the soundtrack of HBO’s  series Girls

 

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Ocean Grove beach. 9:30 am on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. Blogfinger photo ©

Ocean Grove beach. 9:30 am on Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. Blogfinger photo ©  Click to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor. @Blogfinger

This morning, a gorgeous 60 degree sunny, breezy day at the Shore, about 30 fishing boats could be seen close in at Ocean Grove and Asbury Park.  Right off our beach was a party boat with about 20 people with poles hanging over the side.  A few surf fishermen were busy including the guy on the jetty.  I spoke to him.

He said that the armada was stretching from Allenhurst to OG and was heading south towards Belmar.  It seems that one of life’s cyclic events was occurring:  bait fish were attracting blues and stripers, and they, in turn, were followed by humans  (ie fishermen and perhaps fisherwomen.)  And they were followed by a Blogfinger photographer fishing for a news story.  The jetty fisherman did not get a bite. He said that the fish were “just out of reach.”

It’s amazing how the word got out–probably via social media.   It’s also probable that most of those fishermen could afford to go fishing  (as I do) over at Wegmans where, by the way, they will fillet a beautiful fluke for you—you get about half the weight as fillet. But today’s fisherpeople  are there for the sport of it, and the fish do taste better if you actually catch it yourself.

I’d also recommend the “fruit-de-mer” (as the Wegwoman behind the counter insisted I refer to the sea food salad.).  It is delicious. Just buy about 1/2 pound  ($5.00) and mix it with your salad at home.  It is good!

Also, we will soon be posting our review of Bonney Read, the sea food restaurant in Asbury Park.  It is very good.

HARRY ALLEN and his combo with “A Slow Boat to China”    It is live at Birdland, and it is nearly 11 minutes long, but it is so tasty!

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Tent City in Ocean Grove, NJ. September 30, 2016. By Paul Goldfinger

Tent City in Ocean Grove, NJ. September 30, 2016. By Paul Goldfinger   ©

The tents are now all empty.  A cold rainy end-of-September breeze is wafting  along Asbury Avenue.  Some of the tents are open to the elements, and this one has white canvas that is catching the breezes and flapping about, making soft sounds as the material seems alive.   Inside there is a yellow color that contrasts with the gray day.  A bit of light shows through and makes the interior glow.   Dusk is upon us, and soon it will all turn dark.

It won’t be long before the Camp Meeting crew gets here and buttons it all down.  But meanwhile, while the day seems sad, there still is a spark of life evident here on this desolate Grovarian street.

BOB DYLAN    from his album Shadows in the Night

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Bring your dog to the show---34th Annual Craft Show in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. All photographs by Paul Goldfinger, Blogfinger.net ©

Bring your dog to the show—34th Annual Craft Show in Ocean Grove, New Jersey. All photographs by Paul Goldfinger, Blogfinger.net © Click all images to enlarge.

This year the craft show was sold out, with over 300 crafters, the largest number ever, happily showing their wares on Ocean Pathway.  The Camp Meeting Association was fortunate to have picture-perfect weather, and the aisles were wider than for the flea market, making it a more pleasant and less congested  experience for strollers, shoppers, and even for photographers.

For the second year, Alison and Mark Mitchell, two tenters, were organizing the event.  They were buzzing around the venue in their bright green shirts making sure that all was well and that no phony-baloneys were lurking about such as anyone importing Chinese-made stuff.

Alison and Mark were on the scene at 5:30 with the traffic crew, bringing them hot coffee and donuts. Crafters received 30 minutes to unload their displays.  We caught up with the dynamic duo  at 10:00 am, as they flitted around the show looking to plug leaks, fix cracks and calm nerves.

Alison Mitchell organized the show with husband Mark. This mother of 3 lives in an OG tent, and she was totally calm amidst the event. ©

Alison Mitchell organized the show with husband Mark. This mother of 3 lives in an OG tent and she was totally calm amidst the tumult.  Mark has been coming to the Grove all his life, and Alison said that they are doing this volunteer job because they “love the Grove..” ©

Only  home crafters were admitted to the show and all of those exhibitors had to be vetted by Mark and Alison.  They had to submit photographs of themselves busy in their workshops.  One artist who worked with steel had the burns on his arms to prove his credentials.

Since all of you are familiar with scenes of craft shows on the Pathway, we concentrated on portraits of some of the artists.

This lovely crafter was demonstrating her collapsible hula-hoop Blogfinger.net ©l

This lovely crafter was demonstrating her collapsible hula-hoop. Her technique was poetry-in-motion, to say the least. Blogfinger.net ©  6/18/16

Contemplative amidst the clatter. © Blogfinger.net

Contemplative amidst the clatter. © Blogfinger.net  6/18/16

Color scheming in turquoise. © Blogfinger.net 6/19/16

Color scheming in turquoise. A Miami vice design?  © Blogfinger.net 6/18/16

The Hoffman sisters from Atlantic Highlands were selling "vintage china with a new purpose." Nancy, (L to R), Cindy, Penny and Sally. © Blogfinger.net.

The Hofman sisters from Atlantic Highlands were selling “Vintage china with a new purpose.” Nancy, (L to R), Cindy, Penny and Sally. TeaTimeTiers@aol.com.© Eileen bought one for her garden.    Blogfinger.net. 6/18/16.

Pretty in blue. © 6/18/16. Blogfinger.net

Pretty in blue. Love the models.  © 6/18/16. Blogfinger.net

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Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff; Chico Blogfinger mascot and the snowman (created by the Holmes family)  Jan 24 2016. Blogfinger photo ç

Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff; Chico, Blogfinger mascot, and O.G. Snowman (created by the Holmes family.) Jan 24 2016. Blogfinger photo ©

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Used to be our town, too. Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Used to be our town, too. Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor@Blogfinger   (NOTE:  This was originally posted on Dec  31, 2015, but needless to say, many of you missed it . However, in view of the signs of life emerging out of the NERP resting place, here is another chance to read selected quotes by your neighbors and a few others regarding governance in this town and about the North End plan.):

 

Why is it that our local institutions never seem to place the interests of OG’s citizens first?  Representative government here has failed.  The Neptune Committee makes you wait for 3 hours before you get 5 minutes to speak and they show essentially no interest in what the citizens of Ocean Grove think.

Here is a collection of comments, mostly from 2015, but some from 2011 and 2012, repeated now to show the extent of discourse, mostly on the critical side,  and to offer a sense of clamor for change leading up to 2016.  Note that this is just a mere sprinkling of quotes, chosen arbitrarily from the nearly 17,000 comments made on Blogfinger  (except for A.O. Scott) since 2009.

A.O. Scott of the New York Times, 2015,  talks about “how power operates in the absence of accountability. When institutions convinced of their own greatness work together, what usually happens is that the truth is buried and the innocent suffer. Breaking that pattern of collaboration is not easy. Challenging deeply entrenched, widely respected authority can be very scary.”  (This quote of A.O. Scott comes from his N.Y.Times movie review of “Spotlight” but it rings true for Neptune Township.)

Jack (Bredin) :  The proposed subdivision (on Sea View)  will result in 4 illegal lots. Whoever purchases them could have big problems in the future, and the Neptune Township Planning Board doesn’t give a flying fig*.

Devo:  Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

Jack: You would increase your chances of getting a subdivision if you hire a politically connected attorney who can trot out a professional planner who is willing to lie to the Board under oath.  You must first make a campaign contribution.

Kevin (Chambers) : As a service to the people of Ocean Grove it would be nice to have that Committee oath of office  printed on your site to remind each of the Committee people that their duty is to uphold the laws of the State and to enforce those laws, and that includes zoning laws—–for the protection of all the people in Neptune equally.

Kevin: The attorneys and the planners have the obligation to the public to make sure that testimony is factual, consistent and truthful. In one of these two cases it is anything but that.

Doubting Thomas:  The people of Ocean Grove are being plundered, just as if the Vikings returned from Iceland and landed on the shores of Ocean Grove.

Jack:

What we do know is :
-The Township Committee has no heart.
-The Planning Board has no brain and,
-the OGHOA have no courage.

They all just “go along” with the “Flat Earth Society” opinions from the Township’s professional planners and engineers who most likely were referred to Neptune by the Great Wizard.

The fact is, we have no idea who is running (ruining) our town.

Blogfinger:   The Home Groaners Board has taken the Kool Aid and has jumped on the bandwagon which says that RSIS parking standards are no good for Ocean Grove

Rev Janeba:  Although I am a Brooklynite, my heart is in Ocean Grove – the Ocean Grove I KNOW, not the cartoon theme park version that so many misguided persons are trying to bring about. Thank you so much for looking out for MY best interests, too.

Radar:  I can’t remember any recent meeting that a vote was taken on the Homeowners’ position.

Bythe sea:   Who does the OGHOA think they serve? Why do they not test their positions with their own membership? I am a member and I can attest to the fact that OGHOA members were never offered an opportunity to review the RSIS issue, vote on or even discuss it.

From the Neptune Application to SIAB:      “This application…seeks relief from RSIS standards in an overall effort to balance the needs of residents, visitors and public safety with the unique challenges of maintaining a Federal and State Historic Designation coupled with the unique and historic patterns of development that comprise Ocean Grove as a whole.”

“It is estimated that there are approximately 1.38 potential on-street parking spaces per occupied unit (ie house or condo). This potential inventory adequately addresses the parking need, given that the average number of vehicles per household in the 2010 census is 1.5 vehicles.
Neptune Township has worked in concert with the OGCMA to continue to ameliorate parking issues within Ocean Grove.”

Blogfinger  (re: RISS:)   Let’s face it, this has nothing to do with history or even parking, and everything to do with greed.

Blogfinger:   The $64,000.00 question: Even if the State turns down the application and leaves the RSIS rules in place, who is going to enforce the law?  After all, even today, the RSIS rules are in effect in Ocean Grove and they haven’t prevented condos without parking from being built— single family homes should have been constructed  instead.

New Kid in Town  Has any thought been given to forming a citizen’s group to formally object to Neptune Township’s dishonest efforts to destroy our historical town for greed and profit? I for one, would be happy to join such a group and support it in anyway I could. I know many others who would do the same.

Upset taxpayer    I invite anyone on the Township Committee that thinks we already have adequate parking, to sit on my porch on any Friday, Saturday or Sunday all spring, summer and fall, and watch the frustration among all visitors to Ocean Grove.

Michael Grover (2011)     I believe the language in the proposed Master Plan is intended to further develop ratables for the Township in Ocean Grove at the expense of its residents. The Board is attempting to set up a structure that will permit replacement of B and B’s with condominiums and development of larger structures, further adding to our density.

Don’t count on the HPC to protect us, using historic preservation as grounds to prevent conversions. Recent decisions and the North End project demonstrate their weakness against the Planning Board.

As for the Township Committee, don’t look to them for much help either. The town needs money, and this is New Jersey, enough said. We will need to protect ourselves.

Mary Beth Jahn:     (2011)    I am the sole member of the Township Committee to vote against the North End plan, and I still believe that single-family homes and not condos should be built on that site.

OGrover:  2011    The recent high density project with it’s proposed underground parking is not supposed to add to the parking issues but will do nothing to alleviate them either. (Underground parking next to the ocean and a lake? The Titanic was unsinkable, too!)

Frank: (2011)  New Jersey Site Improvement Advisory Board knows the situation of our not owning the property, and their recommendation for parking is that Neptune follow the Municipal Land Use Law’s standards that are used throughout the state. I have a copy of the letter addressed to Neptune from the Sites Board that states that the Township is to follow the standards for parking

Joan C (2012)    I was rather surprised to read that Mr. Williams stated so emphatically that he would never read nor respond on blogfinger. Is Mr. Williams “too good” for the blog? Is he choosing to remain unaware of the concerns of our residents? I frankly had hoped that all members of both parties read blogfinger, which is the least divisive, non-political posting of relevant information for those of us living in Ocean Grove and Neptune Township

Devo (2012)  The North end project, in its current form, will not benefit the Grove. It will generate significant additional traffic, create additional parking issues (despite what they say they are planning), will depress home/condo prices for the existing housing stock, and will add out of character buildings. I wasn’t here when all this went down, but I can’t imagine why folks in OG think this is a good idea.

The longer it is delayed, the better.

Michael Grover (2012)  Those of us concerned about noise and congestion, not to mention density and over-development, need to look no farther than the North End project. Want a problem that really happens and lasts forever? Why was this project approved, and where was the HPC to protect the integrity of our beloved historic district? It’s a lot easier to enforce the rules when the issue is the color of a house and other minor cosmetic concerns, or when you have the authority to impose a decision no matter how unjustified on a weak, defenseless homeowner. Take on the town and the developers, that’s another story.

Devo (2012)    Scuttle the redevelopment plan now, or forever be sorry you did not.

Bythesea (2012)  Developing the North End under a State sanctioned redevelopment designation is a terrible idea. I can tell you right now that, based on what has happened most other places in NJ, OG will lose all control and hate the outcome. OG should seek to bring about the collapse of this redevelopment plan. The land and location is valuable/desirable enough that the CMA should be able to manage its own redevelopment.

Despite Mary Beth Jahn’s best intent and all of our wishful thinking, redevelopment areas take on a life of their own and they always gravitate to higher than expected density and insensitivity to quality of life concerns of the town they are occurring in (e.g., traffic impact, parking, etc.).

Gosh: (2012) I have to say for the last time, the approval of the redevelopment of the North End was never legal.

Mary Beth Jahn   (2012)   Those who are sucking sour lemons and trying to run a smear campaign wouldn’t know or care, because they have no respect for the Grove’s historic designation and would have no problem turning the Grove into Condo City.

Wisher:  (2012)  There will be no distinguishing OG or Asbury Park in the future. No grand vistas, or public places for shoppers and beach-goers. People won’t come here any more than they will go to any of the myriad of other shore towns. No distinguishing characteristics. Just everything shoved up against the shoreline while developers walk about with their boatload of cash.

Gosh (2012)   Condos have been motivated by GREED and REVENUE that they bring into Neptune. There is absolutely no interest in keeping O.G. historic with single family homes; just look at the new Master Plan— there are so many gray areas for interpretation.

Bythesea:    (2012)  Where is the OGHOA on the North End Development? What stand have they taken relative to the abomination of a plan that now exists for the “redevelopment” of the North End? It is they who should be the champions in the fight against poor planning that will hurt the town. Do they just play a reactive game, or do they try to lead? Where is their position paper? Seems to me that this is by far the biggest issue on their plates for the next year.

Jack    The first and only comment from our new year (2016):

OhGee, the reason this special town exists, is to the credit of the OGCMA.

The Township Committee has the exclusive authority to adopt our zoning ordinance.
We cannot blame any property owner for developing what they are permitted to develop under the zoning ordinance adopted by the Committee.   With zoning, the buck stops with the Township Committee.

The problem is that the Committee, Planning Board and Board of Adjustment use Municipal Land Use Law in ways that were never intended by the NJ State Legislature.

JAMES TAYLOR

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Double double, toil and trouble.  Mostly the latter. No cauldron in sight. Paul Goldfinger photo © Oct. 31, 2015

Double double, toil and trouble. Mostly the latter. No cauldron in sight. Paul Goldfinger photo © Oct. 31, 2015  Click to make bigger trouble.

THE FEELING.  Maybe she doesn’t call because she flew away with the witches.

 

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