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Linda Dousis of Ocean Grove with April Cornell,  head to toe. Paul Goldfinger photograph © 6/19/19

 

KATHRYN GRAYSON.  Original Cast Album of the movie Kiss Me Kate.

 

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This storm sewer in AP faces Wesley Lake. On it the inscription says "Drains to Lake."

This storm sewer in AP faces Wesley Lake*. On it (see below) the inscription  says “Drains to Lake.”     Note the existing condos, the condos under construction, and the field waiting for more condos.   Blogfinger photo.  11/11/16  © Click to enlarge.

 

Storm sewer in Asbury Park opposite Wesley Lake. Such drains are found all around that southern AP area including the commercial district at Cookman Avenue. Blogfinger photo. 11/11/16 ©

Storm sewer in Asbury Park opposite Wesley Lake. There is a relief of a fish.  How ironic!     Such drains are found all around that southern AP area including the commercial districts at Cookman Avenue and on Main Street where the sewers say, “Drains to Waterways.”   “Waterways” can only mean Wesley Lake—and then to the ocean.     Blogfinger photo. 11/11/16 ©

 

View from Lake Avenue in A. Park. Blogfinger photo. 11/11/16 ©

View towards OG  from A. Park’s  Lake Avenue. Blogfinger photo. 11/11/16 ©   Click to park your car;  or go to Ocean Grove and park for free.

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger and Jack Bredin, Reporter and Researcher @Blogfinger’’

Question: What have we learned since Part 1?

Answer: There may be some hope to save Wesley Lake as long as there are dedicated citizens like Patricia (Tee) Lesinski, a member of the Wesley Lake Commission, and Keith Fiori, a Board member of “Friends and Citizens for Wesley Lake.”

But Tee and Keith, along with the other committed volunteers working towards the rehabilitation of the Lake, are in an uphill battle, until fish start making campaign contributions to environmentally interested political candidates.

Or when more concerned citizens start showing up at meetings as suggested by Tee and Keith.  The world is run by people who attend meetings and share their concerns on the record.  While most of us were at home watching “Dancing With the Stars,” the politicians were “Dancing With the Developers,” and giving away Wesley Lake.

What can be done short of an investigation by the NJ State Attorney General?

Official Neptune Tax Map. Read the name of the body of water north of the Grove.

Official Neptune Tax Map. The new name of Wesley Lake is “Wesley Detention/Retention Basin.”     Click to read the name.

First, we must insist that the Neptune Township Committee explain the Wesley Lake name change as seen on the current Tax Map (above.)  That change was made without a formal resolution at the Committee. That new name suggests that the Lake is to become a municipal facility with some sort of mechanism to clean Lake water and deal with the runoff from the OG North End Redevelopment.   Or is the name change a hoax or smokescreen to deceive those who would approve the NERP?

The Tax Map is the official map, and all other Municipal, Commission, County, State DEP and Green Acre maps that identify the Lake must be consistent with the Neptune Township Tax Map, or the Committee must change the name back from “Wesley Detention/Retention Basin” to “Wesley Lake”—a name which it has had for nearly 150 years.

Then, as a start, Blogfinger has suggested that the Master Plans and Redevelopment Plans in both Asbury Park and Ocean Grove be revisited and reviewed to address the street-water run-off that flows into Wesley Lake. The dirty-water run-off into the Lake, mostly from AP, is the main source of pollution in the Lake.

In the photograph on top*, you can see a large empty lot where rainwater simply soaks into the ground, not into the Lake.   But that property will be developed, and all that water run-off will be added to the flow into the Lake.  The southern area of AP is replete with condominiums, high rises, paved parking lots, roads, and curbs which guide water to sewers.    This drainage area includes the dense commercial blocks around Cookman Avenue and on Main Street.   And the development of AP is still active with new and planned construction which creates additional  run-off into the Lake.

Treating the Lake pollution with chemicals and having periodic dredging and cleanups is just “kicking the cans down the road.” If the amount of dirty water keeps running into the Lake in increasing amounts with each new development, then the situation will keep getting worse.   And that spotlight will shine on Ocean Grove if the North End plan gets going as currently designed.

Clearly, dealing with the dirty water before it reaches the Lake and restoring the estuary are two significant ways  to solve much of the problem and will greatly reduce the need for Lake chemicals, cleanups and dredging.  And it will bring back natural life to Wesley Lake and reduce pouring dirty water into the Ocean.

Maybe Ocean Grove could once again have Illumination Night on the Lake along with boating, fishing and other recreational activities which can improve life styles in town and bring back the historic waterway that we had over 100 years ago.

JOHN WILLIAMS  and the BOSTON POPS ORCHESTRA:

 

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Gas leak on Main Avenue. 7/21/16. Paul Goldfinger photo © Click to enlarge.

Gas leak on Main Avenue. 10:45 pm. 7/21/16. Paul Goldfinger photo © Click to enlarge.

 

Residents are evacuated. Paul Goldfinger photograph. © 7/21/16

Residents are evacuated. Paul Goldfinger photograph. © 7/21/16  Click to enlarge.

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger:

Ocean Grove. 10:45 pm on Thursday night, July 21, 2016.  A full moon lit up the downtown. It was a warm and humid night. The quiet was broken by the sound of sirens, as emergency units and personnell roared into town from Ocean Grove and Neptune Township.

A resident of the Wyndrift Apartments at 54 Main Avenue smelled gas and called 911.   Firemen arrived and evacuated the building.   The tenants sat in front of their building as the firemen milled about. Finally someone suggested that they cross the street. The gas company was on the scene, investigating.

Even though it was a warm night, the tenants clumped together on the sidewalk. They weren’t’ panicky or in any danger, but they seemed to feel safest together. There were adults, children, a baby and some dogs. They were all right, and that was the best news.

The problem was getting solved, some emergency vehicles drove away, and calm prevailed—a welcome feeling for a town that has known some awful fires in recent years.

I spoke to a few firemen. They were chatting softly among themselves. They saw my press pass and my camera, so they answered a few questions, but they were not feeling talkative. However  it made no difference; you could see that once again the town was protected by volunteers who are always ready to do their duty.

DON APIAZU and the Havana Casino Orchestra  “Amor Sincere”  (True Love)

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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

LOUIS PRIMA:

 

 

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In front of Pathway Market in Ocean Grove.. I think this is back in style now. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Blogfinger.net

In front of Pathway Market in Ocean Grove.. I think this is back in style now. Paul Goldfinger photo © Blogfinger.net

THE KLEZMONAUTS  “Deck your socks with boughs of holly”

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Delaware Avenue, Ocean Grove.  Sept 17, 2015

Delaware Avenue, Ocean Grove. Sept 17, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

ANITA O”DAY with MARTY PAICH and his  orchestra:  “Early Autumn”

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By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor @Blogfinger

There was a hot time in the old town tonight as classical music fans came to the Great Auditorium, despite humid heat and a rain storm, to hear the conclusion of the 2015 Classical Music Series “Summer Stars” in Ocean Grove, New Jersey, USA.

Before the event began, a small flotilla of umbrellas showed up, but right before the concert, the rain stopped and we got a brief video.

This series, known for its excellence, is the universe’s biggest concert bargain at $16.00 a ticket. And you get to hear the program in the amazing Great Auditorium, a vast wooden hall with astounding acoustics, admired by musicians from all over the world. They call it “great” for good reasons including the fact that you could drive a locomotive on its roof, if you were so inclined. Just ask Wayne “Ted” Bell, Cindy Bell, and Darryl Dufresne, authors of the definitive book about the Great Auditorium, for sale at the OG Historical Society.

It was an organ extravaganza presided over by Maestro Jason Tramm and organ Master Gordon Turk—both men in residence in Ocean Grove for the summer. They appeared tonight with the Hope Jones Organ which is in permanent residence in the Grove and with the Grand Orchestra, aka the MidAtlantic Opera Orchestra , which flew in for the event, travelling up and down the Garden State Parkway to reach exit 100.

Although I have been known to whine about the sound amplification in the GA, this ensemble was heard clear as a bell (it didn’t need amplification,) and when the Grand Orchestra and the Great Organ joined in together, it was auditory magnificence–almost orgasmic if you are an oboe player. Every hearing aid in the room had to be dialed down, and the hairs on the back of some necks stood straight up during the St. Saëns.

The concert featured a delicate and lovely rendition of Alexandre Guilmant’s Symphony No. 1 in D Minor, opus 42. And we enjoyed the familiar Pavanne (below) by Gabriel Fauré.   It was so hot in the room that some people got a Fauré look in their eyes, but later they were wide awake during the Organ Symphony.

Eileen had the good saëns to bring a fan. It is a Sousa fan for fans of Sousa.  And, speaking of Sousa’s Marine Band, what was missing?–it was the Star Spangled Banner.

Camille Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3 in C Minor is called the Organ Symphony for good reason. Gordon Turk got everyone’s attention when he let loose with 11,000 pipes of vacillating hot air. That sound would make anybody’s pancreas vibrate, and it is so beautiful in the hands (and feet) of Gordon Turk

Below are some St.Saëns video segments.   The whole concert was being video’d by professionals up in the rafters. I, on the other hand, was making movies from my seat with an iPhone, so you have to excuse the sudden stops, the backs of the heads that were in my way which absorbed some of the sound.

If you are the sort of music fan who likes some parts of symphonies, but you can’t wait to get to the end, I have saved the end for you; it’s like the tush on a roast chicken—very yummy and satisfying at the end. See the last video below.

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Nov. 1, 2008.  Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Nov. 1, 2008. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to enlarge

FRANKIE LYMON  and the Teenagers.     From the film American Graffiti.

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Great Auditorium. May 19, 2015.  Paul Goldfinger photograph.

Great Auditorium. May 19, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photograph.

MAROON FIVE

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Oh say can you see Jean Bredin catching the light through the flag from her upper porch on Heck Avenue.   Blogfinger staff photograph. ©

Oh say can you see Jean Bredin catching the light through the flag from her upper porch on Heck Avenue. Blogfinger staff photograph. ©

JOHNNY CASH:  The Gettysburg Address

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