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Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff ©. 5/27/19.  Vicki, Rachel, Hayley, Morgan and friends.  Watch for more.

 

DUKES OF DIXIELAND  (NEW ORLEANS)

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“On my journey to Fort Lee, I have a stopover in Hoboken….It was nice
to see that the Circle Line is still circling New York.” Jean Bredin © 4/26/19 ©

 

CHRISTOPHER CROSS:

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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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OG beach front on November 17, 2018. By Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff ©

 

Editor’s note– ( PG)    After the Fishing Club was wiped out by Sandy in 2012,  there was talk that the Club would shift gears and engage in surf fishing.  It initially sounded like a good idea, allowing the members to teach kids how to fish, as they did before.    But that plan never materialized, supposedly because of liability concerns, but it would seem that there must have been similar issues when a large group of kids would assemble on the pier for the very popular event.

So now, 6 years after Sandy, the Fishing Club remains dormant.

Seeing surf fisherman on the OG beach, as in Jean’s photograph, is a fairly unusual sight, perhaps because such fishermen tend to show up very early in the morning. OG, with its jetties, would seem like a good spot for such sport.

Jean made this image at 2 pm.

Her silhouette black and white image is quite dramatic, so we are pleased to exhibit it on Blogfinger.net.

 

THE RAYS:

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Jean Bredin. October 4, 2018. ©

The little gull in the turquoise dress  attracts the interest of the big white gull who hopes to find a snack.

 

THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS:   “Ebb Tide.”

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The little tent houses are lined up, waiting for Springtime and for their canvas front ends.  By Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff ©. March, 2018

 

Boardwalk benches sit at attention at the North End, Ocean Grove. By Jean Bredin, Blogfinger Staff. ©  March, 2018.  Protect the environment and save this property for the children—Build a seaside park for the residents and visitors to the Grove.  Take the land for eminent domain. 

ANITA O’DAY:

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Auditorium Park on a warm February afternoon. Plenty of empty benches,;  67 degrees.  Everyone is in Florida.  Rain is coming
By Jean Bredin 2/20/18 © Blogfinger.net

 

MARTH REEVES AND THE VANDELLAS   (Motown 50th anniversary)

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Debris was being loaded into a dump truck this morning. Jean Bredin photo Blogfinger staff. © Jan 31, 2018.

 

PAOLO NUTINI AND THE PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND

 

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New Victorian on north side of Ocean Pathway, Manchester site. Jean Bredin photo for Blogfinger.net. 1/31/18. ©

 

Paul Goldfinger, MD, Editor @Blogfinger.

Amateur historical architects are already raving about this home under construction on Ocean Avenue—a work in progress. Our consultant has a one word review of this project so far, “WOW!”

Johnny on the spot evokes the old days when there were outhouses.  We assume that there will eventually be indoor plumbing.

Besides the welcoming sight of this  single family home going up where condominiums were once proposed—at the Manchester Inn location before it was destroyed by fire, other new Victorians (four of them) are actively under construction at the Whitfield Hotel site  (Bath and Surf Avenues.)   Recently #19 Bath Avenue reached the market at $1.25 million.   #17 was similarly priced.  As far as we can tell, no condos are presently in the works.

Link to the Whitfield construction site:

Whitfield single family houses

The owner of the Warrington who is suing the Township because he wants a hotel  (? or condos) on his Lake Avenue property, the site of a huge fire last March which destroyed that hotel,  might take notice of what happened to the Manchester and the Whitfield, and back off—choosing instead to put up one or two single family homes over there as well.

It would be good if the OGCMA  (who owns all the land in town) would pay attention to the Master Plan and support the Single Family Homes in the Grove Movement–to join with the citizens of Ocean Grove who are solidly behind that concept.

The CMA might begin by pressuring the Warrington owner to change his vision for that site and then top it off by withdrawing their support for the aggressive and destructive  North End Redevelopment Plan.

ROSEMARY CLOONEY:

 

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Jean Bredin © Asbury Park. 2014 . Blogfinger staff.

THE HARPTONES:   Wolfman Jack sends this out to Blogfinger fan Perry Young up in the New Hampshire North Country.

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