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Founders' Park, Ocean Grove, NJ. Paul Goldfinger photograph. ©

Founders’ Park, Ocean Grove, NJ. Paul Goldfinger photograph. © 2017

 

 

PEGGY LEE:    “September in the Rain”   from the album  Ladies of the Great American Songbook.

 

 

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colts neck

Photograph:  Paul Goldfinger. ©  Colts Neck, New Jersey.

 

 

SHE AND HIM  Album Classics

 

 

 

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Asbury Park Saturday farmers market (Sunset Ave) 8/15/15. Paul Goldfinger photo. © Blogfinger.net

Asbury Park Saturday farmers market (Sunset Ave) 8/15/15. Paul Goldfinger photo. © Blogfinger.net  Click to enlarge.

 

 

THE FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE     “Today’s Teardrops.”

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Colts Neck, October, 2013. Paul Goldinger photograph. ©

Colts Neck, October, 2013. Paul Goldfinger photograph. ©

 

BOB DYLAN:

“Where are you?

“Where have you gone without me?”

 

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Note:  This church was purchased by  the Borough of Bradley Beach  last year from the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association for $1.3 million.

Now there is a controversy as to whether the property should be sold to a developer or renovated into a community center.

This week’s Coaster ran a front page piece on this topic.    Blogfinger post below is from 2016.

 

The First United Methodist Church (1886) at the corner of Lareine and Madison Avenues in Bradley Beach. Paul Goldfinger photograph. October, 2015. © The wing shown below is visible along the right edge of the building.

The First United Methodist Church (1886) at the corner of Lareine and Madison Avenues in Bradley Beach. There is no sign outside.  Paul Goldfinger photograph. October, 2015. © The wing shown below is visible along the right edge of the building.

 

Paul Goldfinger photo. October 4, 2015. © Blogfinger.net

This is a wing of the church on Madison Avenue.  We don’t know what its function is, but now you almost know the rest of the story.  Paul Goldfinger photos. 2015 ©

 

James Bradley, the founder of Asbury Park who was also a pioneer in OG and Bradley Beach. Paul Goldfinger photo Feb 7, 2016.

This is James Bradley, the founder of Asbury Park, who was also a pioneer in OG and Bradley Beach. Paul Goldfinger photo Feb 7, 2016. This is at the foot of Sunset Park, with James facing the Paramount Theatre in A. Park.   ©

 

By Paul Goldfinger,   Editor Blogfinger.net. Ocean Grove, NJ. 2015.

James Bradley, a wealthy businessman from New York, founded Asbury Park. He was an admirer of Ocean Grove and bought the first lot from the Camp Meeting in 1870. He liked the area so much that he purchased 500 acres south of Fletcher Lake along the ocean.  That land became Bradley Beach.

In 1886 he dismantled an Asbury Park Dutch Reformed church and somehow brought it to Bradley Beach and created the First United Methodist Church.

As many of you Grovers know, if you bike or walk in this area, you can discover many neat things.  Stephen Goldfinger came upon this landmark during a walk last week. He was following Pennsylvania Avenue into BB where it became Madison Ave.    We went over to check it out and “found” this beautiful historic church.

—Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

 

HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO.  “It’s Not Exactly a Sonata—-For Renata.”

From their album Claire de Lune:

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Deal Lake. Taken from the Elberon side looking toward A. Park. Paul Goldfinger photo. July12, 2016 ©

Deal Lake. Taken from the Loch Arbour side looking west.   Paul Goldfinger photo. July 12, 2016 ©  Click for maximum glitter.

 

DEXTER GORDON.   Recorded July 7, 1970 in New York City   “The Christmas Song.”

 

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Monmouth Battlefield State Park. By Paul Goldfinger 2014. ©

Monmouth Battlefield State Park. Atop Combs Hill.  By Paul Goldfinger 2014. ©. Click once to enlarge.

 

Paul Goldfinger, MD, Editor Blogfinger.net

The Battle of Monmouth took place in the vicinity of Monmouth Courthouse in Freehold.

On a blistering hot day on June 28, 1778 the land that is now Monmouth Battlefield State Park was the site of one of the longest battles of the American Revolutionary War.

From the State Parks information:   “Here at Monmouth, Washington restored a reputation battered by defeats in 1777.   In the day-long battle in the hills, wood lots, farm fields and meadows, the main Continental Army, retrained at Valley Forge, repulsed attacks by the main British Army.

 By the end, over 600 men were dead, dying or wounded and the Continental Army held the field.”

The vista above is from Combs Hill where the Continental Army had placed their artillery.

The park is a beautiful place where you can visit, picnic, ride horses or sleighs.  The visitor center is near where I was standing to make this photograph. The address is 16 Rt 33  Business in Manalapan.

I enjoy photographing battlefields, although this is only my second.  The first is Gettysburg which we have visited quite a few times.  Battlefields are evocative of so many qualities of man including bravery, fighting for right and freedom, loyalty and sacrifice.

It seems as if you can time- travel back in such a place as this, and that is an emotional experience.

I tried to capture that mood in this photograph which is much better felt in black and white than with color.  —

 

Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

 

BAND OF HM ROYAL MARINES:  “Main Theme from Saving Private Ryan”  (2006)  Written by John Williams.

 

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Fletcher Lake in Ocean Grove. By Rich Despins. © Special to Blogfinger.net

Fletcher Lake in Ocean Grove. By Rich Despins. © Special to Blogfinger.net click to enlarge.

 

BEBO VALDES and CHUCHO VALDES   “Tres Palabras”

 

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Ocean Grove. October 25, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Local colors.  Ocean Grove autumn. . October 25, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  Click to enlarge

 

BILLIE HOLIDAY. “Did I Remember”   From the Woody Allen movie Celebrity

 

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Asbury Park. September, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Asbury Park. September, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

 

TONY BENNETT  from his album  “From Now On.”

 

 

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