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Kathy Bray formerly of the US Army Military Police. December 7, 2015. Ocean Grove, NJ. Paul Goldfinger portrait. ©

Kathy Bray formerly of the US Army Military Police. December 7, 2015. Pearl Harbor Day. Ocean Grove, NJ. Paul Goldfinger portrait. ©

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger

Kathy is a member of the Neptune Township Post #2639 Veterans of Foreign Wars.

In the past she was an active duty member of the Army Military Police for nine years, stationed in Korea, Germany, Texas and Alaska—she was in a special investigations unit.

Today she joined her friends and comrades, men and women who came to the Grove to honor the 2,400 military victims of the surprise attack by Japan that resulted in our entering World War II.

 

VERA LYNN with a nostalgic song from WWII

 

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Seaside Heights. October 12, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo.  Click to grab the brass ring. © Seaside Heights. October 12, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo.  Click to grab the brass ring. ©

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger  (Re-posted from October 2015)

 

This carousel horse, photographed after the season in Seaside Heights, reminds me of Broadway—sometimes happy and sometimes sad.   I’m thinking of the show Carousel which proclaims, “June is busting out all over.”

The Fantasticks has a song called “Round and Round” which begins as a gorgeous fantasy—-“Life is a colorful carousel,”  but later the song becomes dark, sad, and scary.

However,  for the most part, Broadway brings us joy as in “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” from Oklahoma.

I see this carousel, devoid of riders and seemingly sad because the season is over, and yet the scene, like a Broadway set, is bursting with vivid colors and, in a way, with memories of life itself.

So, in wondering about this photograph and how to see it, I decided that it is joyful and not sad, and if the horse could talk he would say, ” Please sir, I want more oats”  (sorry for the Oliver  joke, such as it is.)   I wonder how a child would view it.

And certainly now, in 2021, with Broadway (and even the London stage) mostly dark for an indefinite period of time, we will have to wait to experience the joy of the musical stage.

Of course, we can still hear the music.  We try to keep that music alive on Blogfinger.  It’s easy to forget, but we won’t. (Thanks Mom!)

And, the Seaside Heights boards have come alive this  summer (2021) so you probably can find the carousel going round and round, We’ll have to go there and find out.

 

Here is MIMI HINES from a show called “The Roar of the Greasepaint—the Smell of the Crowd.” It is a happy song full of the sort of vivid optimism that we often find in Broadway musicals and, sometimes, in life.

 

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Summer tents. August 22, 2015. ©

Summer tents. August 22, 2015. ©  By Paul Goldfinger.  Click to enlarge.

Paul Goldfinger,  Editor, Blogfinger.net

The OG summer tents are sought after by painters, photographers, tourists, renters, historians, strollers, bikers,  and others. Our tents are unique.   From a photographer’s point of view, we look for new ways of seeing the tents;  we try to be creative with lighting and composition.  It’s not easy to come up with something different, but that is what we require at this Ocean Grove website where photography is used more than words to describe our town.

When I submitted a “plain vanilla” portrait of the tents for the book “New Jersey 24/7” I was surprised that the image was one of the winners, but then I realized that those of us who live here are a bit jaded, like New Yorkers who take the Empire State Building for granted.

But for you OG photographers, Blogfinger will continue looking for fresh ways of seeing our historic and beautiful tents.

ADAM LEVINE   “No One Else Like You .”  From the film Begin Again

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Founders' Park. Ocean Grove. Silver gelatin print. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Ocean Grove. Silver gelatin print. By Paul Goldfinger ©  2016. This is the Fitzgerald Fountain before it was refurbished in 2019.  Click to enlarge.

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger   Re-post from 2016.

 

The Story of Ocean Grove, 1869-1919 by Morris S Daniels.  Published in 1919 by the Methodist Book Concern in New York City:

“In a little old dingy tent, one of ten erected on the sand drifts of what was later to be known in Ocean Grove as Thompson Park but now called Founders’ Park, there occurred on the night of July 31, 1869 an event of immense significance.

“What happened was not unusual of itself, and the surroundings were not such as to impress one that history was making within the confines of the poor little tent, illumined, as it was, by a few tallow candles; but ‘Great oaks from little acorns grow.'”

Morris Daniels tells us that about 12 people gathered in the tent which belonged to Mrs. Joseph Thornley.  They all had arrived the day before and pitched their tents there.  There were no chairs, so they all sat on rough pine boards.

Daniels says, “The night was dark, save for the stars which twinkled brightly from overhead, while the few candles within cast a weird shadow upon the scene.

“Some had come directly from their own tents while others had preferred to wander over the yielding sands to the edge of the dune overlooking the sea to watch the moon rise from her briny bed.

“But shortly after nine o’clock all had gathered in the little dimly lighted tent for Ocean Grove’s  first religious service—–a prayer meeting.”

 

WARREN VACHE´    “Stardust”

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Morning light. By Paul Goldfinger © November 2015.

Morning light. By Paul Goldfinger © November 2015.

 

PETER FRAMPTON

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Paul Goldfinger, MD, Editor  Blogfinger.net 

 2020 re-post  (The original question posited in the headline is still valid.)

There are multiple factions in the small town of Ocean Grove (pop  3,700,) and these organized groups are largely isolated from each other. Woven into the fabric are homeowners and renters who live here but do not belong to any organizations, thus becoming, by default, a faction of their own.

According to social scientist Steve Valk, whose family has lived here for several generations, it would be important for these factions to find ways to appreciate and cooperate with each other. For example he cites the religious groups and the secular groups which ought to find common ground for the benefit of the town. One example of such cooperation is the recent interaction, since Sandy, between Ocean Grove United (OGU) and the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association  (CMA); however we have recently seen how tenuous that relationship is when we recall the  recent clash about Sunday sermons.

The CMA ran the town from 1869 to 1980 as a tax paying part of Neptune Twp.—-111 years.

Neptune Township  treated OG as a sort of gated community.  The CMA made the rules and imposed blue laws until the N.J. Supreme Court put a stop to that in 1980 when Neptune  took over active governance in the Grove  (although the Neptuners were technically the governing body almost since the town’s founding.)  Since 1980, the CMA has continued its mission and  it has largely kept out of the way of Neptune Township.

But we now see the CMA and the Township working together on the North End Redevelopment Project, but suspicious elements have been revealed, and that project does not seem to be designed primarily with the town’s best interest at heart.  By 2021, the CMA, OGNED, and the Neptunites seem to be on the verge of going ahead with the NERP.

As for the Neptune Township governance, you have seen the results of our recent poll which shows that 80% of respondents mistrust  the Neptune Township Committee. Interestingly, over the years, there were times when the citizens rose up against Neptune control resulting in law suits and even a failed referendum to allow the Grove to become a separate town which it did for one year in 1925.

The other organizations here also tend to have their own agendas and to be run like private clubs. Such groups include the Homeowners Association, the Historical Society, Ocean Grove United, and the Chamber of Commerce.

They don’t work together very much for the good of the town.  They are busy with their own agendas.  For example, the Chamber of Commerce runs big events to try and drum up business for the merchants.  But what do they do for the benefit of those who live here?  We asked them to take over sponsorship of the Town-wide Yard Sale, but they refused.

 When we introduced a new idea for the town—the Blogfinger Film Festival—a benefit for the boardwalk—-only a few of the members would be sponsors for the program, and hardly any attended the event.

When we think of factions in town, we can see the visible ones, but how about the invisible ones such as families that have lived here for generations and are part of networks that act in concert with each other, with the CMA,  and with the Township governance, especially where land use, zoning,  and parking are concerned.  Let’s call that “the OG network of special interests.”

For them the town of Ocean Grove seems like a gift that keeps on giving. This network never speaks publicly, shows its face, or identifies itself, but what it does and has done will impact all of us and will determine what the town will be in the future.  Take a look at all the Grovers who are involved with OGNED and will gain financially from that North  End project; to the detriment of those of us who live here and pay taxes.

We have seen the results of favoritism for those special interests in the Greek Temple and Mary’s Place.  The North End Redevelopment Project is a good example to keep an eye on.  Who will be the winners, and who will be the losers?

Because of indifference by the public, organizations, and special interests, Ocean Grove may become an at-risk town which could end up a failed historic  place without focus and character, such as is seen in other shore towns—unless the public pays attention and the organizations here begin to work together for the overall benefit of the town and not just on their narrow pet projects, like the Homeowners Association which is currently circulating a simple-minded parking survey while ignoring the improprieties and illegalities around town regarding land use issues.  The HOA has teamed up with the Neptune Committee ever since 2008 when it supported 165 residential units, mostly condos, at the North End.

In 2002, a professor* at Monmouth University published an academic paper about OG history, emphasizing the powerful way that the activist HOA of 25-30 years ago  fought for the town and saved its life.  Below  is a quote**  from that research about that era.

Contrast the conclusion below with the current HOA which now is failing Ocean Grove through impotence, inaction, and lack of focus towards the issues which currently threaten our town the most.

The Home Groaners need to step up and save the town once again,  but this version appears to so far be hopeless in that regard.

** 2002:   “The HOA has maintained or reconstructed the carefully planned infrastructure of the founders, and even as Ocean Grove is being reborn as a contemporary tourist site, the HOA has worked with the CMA to preserve its sacred foundations. Just like the CMA, the HOA has been outstanding in its ability to secure what it wants and what it believes the community needs. Property values have risen, the community is again a safe place, tourism has been revived, an enormous amount of social capital has been generated, and the Victorian charm of the town has been restored.”

By Karen Schmelzkopf*  in the Journal of Historical Geography, 2002

 

BLOSSOM DEARIE:

 

 

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Fuji blimp heading south over Wesley Lake and Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

 

FRANK SINATRA: “…..and don’t tell mama!”

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Cleanup after Sandy. 2012. Paul Goldfinger portrait. © Blogfinger.net

Cleanup after Sandy. Ocean Grove middle beach.   2012. Paul Goldfinger portrait. © Blogfinger.net  Click to enlarge

PINK MARTINI

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January. 2016. Jersey Shore town. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Looking towards Sunset Ave.—-one of the most beautiful places in A. Park.  Feb 1, 2016.  Paul Goldfinger photo ©

 

 

WE did a “name that town” contest in 2016. That explains the comments.

GAL COSTA and CAETANO VELOSO   “Que Pena”

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7/17/17., Re-post.   Photo by Moe Demby,  Blogfinger staff © Seaside Heights, NJ

Blogfinger posted an article with this Moe Demby image regarding the recovery of Seaside Heights after Sandy. The piece also has an iconic image after Sandy:

Seaside Heights recovery

MILLS BROTHER    from the movie soundtrack  The War

 

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