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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-is she 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.

Recently we heard from a surfer dude who wants red flags to be posted in October 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 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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Asbury Park, Main Street. October 2015. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Asbury Park, Main Street. October 2015. By Paul Goldfinger ©


HOT SARDINES:  It’s cold!  Let’s gas up and get outta town.


“Life here in town
Has gone and worn us down
It’s time we bought ourselves
A ticket out of Frownsville”


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Ocean Grove pier. August 24, 2015. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Ocean Grove pier.  You can ride this bike from 3 am to 10 am.  Then anytime after October 1.    August 24, 2015. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge


THE GRASCALS from the album Dance Till Your Stockings Are Hot and Raveling’.

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Navesink River 2. Rumson, NJ Paul Goldfinger photo ©.

Navesink River 2. Rumson, NJ.    Paul Goldfinger photo ©.




Sarah McLachlan

Sarah McLachlan

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Halloween. Ocean Grove 2019. Paul Goldfinger photograph. © Click to enlarge.



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Sandy Hook, 2015. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Sandy Hook, 2015. By Paul Goldfinger ©



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Ocean Grove beach. Summer 2020. Paul Goldfinger photo.


THOMAS HAMPSON  with the London Symphony Orchestra:  Stephen Foster’s  “Jeanie With the Light Brown Hair.”   From the album

Ashokan Farewell.






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Spring Lake boardwalk . Bob Bowné took a right turn and wound up in Spring Lake. Nov. 21, 2015.

By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor Blogfinger.net

Spring Lake is an exquisitely beautiful and classy town.  There is no comparison to be made with Ocean Grove, but we can perhaps profit from seeing why they are so highly regarded.

For one thing, their governance is all about the residents.  There is an active business district, but it is a residential community.  The stores attract some tourism, but very little.

The shops are great.  They even have April Cornell which was driven out of the Grove by a developer (Sackman) who had no interest in the nature of our town, and no one in the Grove fought for them.   Spring Lake eagerly offered that beautiful shop a home.

S.L. does not have a single mega-event to force its people indoors to hide.

Parking is not a problem—ever.   And they have found a simple measure to help their downtown:  see the sign below—no meters.



3rd Avenue, downtown Spring Lake. Blogfinger.net photo. Nov. 7, 2020. 3 hour parking and then move….


They don’t lock their parks in Spring Lake. It is a welcoming place.  In the center of downtown is a lovely park where kids, moms, dogs and others like to meet and greet.  Look Ma—-no locks!         Blogfinger.net photo 11/7/20.


This is OG’s Fireman’s Park. It is a disgusting disgrace! The barriers should be removed and the lock discarded. “Liberate Our Park!”    Blogfinger photo. 11/7/20.


In S.L they love to have art around town. It celebrates beauty and lifts one’s spirits. They have a juried art show every spring. In recent years S.L. has exhibited Seward Johnson’s life-like citizens down town.   Blogfinger.net. 11/7/20


Here’s a link to our coverage of the Seward Johnson exhibit there in 2016.

Seward Johnson in Spring Lake by BF


Here’s a song dedicated to those entrenched Grover big shots  and little shots who insist on locking Firemen’s Park:

“…..we talked about some old times
And we drank ourselves some beers
Still crazy after all these years
Still crazy after all these years.”


PAUL SIMON   “Still Crazy After All These Years.”


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Morning. O. Grove. October 23, 2020. Paul Goldfinger photo © Click to enlarge.  With permission.



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Asbury Park, January 17, 2016. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Trinity Church.  Asbury Park, January 17, 2016. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  Click to further illuminate.


LOUDON WAINRIGHT III   (From HBO’s Boardwalk Empire)  “Carrickfergus”



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