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Live Nativity in the Great Auditorium December, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo © Live Nativity in the Great Auditorium December, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©


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Ocean Grove teammates at the Lifeguard Tournament at the OG Beach in 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Boys in their summer clothes.  This 2014 post is among the most requested from BF archive.



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Pegi Costantino, President of the OG Woman’s Club by Paul Goldfinger © at the Club’s vast living room. June, 2019.


STEPHEN DeROSA    From HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.


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Photo by Jean Bredin at the Giant Flea Market in Ocean Grove. Gridlock in town.   The show went on despite a cloudy, rainy day. Sept. 8, 2018.  © Blogfinger.net



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Spring is soon. Ocean Grove , NJ. Stephen is a Grover .  April, 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo ©


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Donna Fox, Jersey Girl,  2015 at Nagle’s.  Portrait by Paul Goldfinger. “Down the shore everything’s all right.” *


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–*Song  performed by Bruce Springsteen from Tom Wait’s composition “Jersey Girl.” It plays if you click on the link above.

KELLI O’HARA   from the 2015  Broadway cast album  of  The King and I.

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Portrait of Tom. He’s about to make his first cast at the OG shore. 4:30 pm, Sunday, November 5, 2017.  We changed the clocks today—darker sooner. Click to see the face of a happy man.   Paul Goldfinger photo ©

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor@Blogfinger.

Late afternoon on a cloudy day at the Ocean Grove South Beach.  There were kids with dads, and guys playing with their dogs in the sand, but overall, the beach was sparsely populated.  Several surf fishermen were out. One was sitting at the edge of the surf talking on his cell phone while watching his line. Can you be in the zone while talking on your cell?  The vibe at the beach was very mellow as the clouds began to darken, and the waves were a bit rambunctious.

Tom Wik lives on Heck Avenue almost close enough to cast from his porch. But he was not keeping his distance as he readied his gear. To fishermen, it is the being there that’s most important.  Catching a fish is secondary.

Tom chose to wait till the end of the day to go surf fishing.  The temperature was about 60 degrees, and given the misty moment, it seemed like Tom picked the perfect time.  Being alone out there might set your mind to wonder why things are as they are.

ART GARFUNKEL:  “I Wonder Why”

“I wonder why it is the sea’s so calm tonight,
The sands are ghostly white
Beneath the moon.
It seems strange to me to stand in endless space,
And know that in this place
I’m held within its timeless sway.”


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All photos from today’s Ocean Grove Yard Sales. This is at Asbury Avenue—Vicki’s house; always a winner for yard sales, and a beautiful location besides. All photos by Paul Goldfinger. Blogfinger.net © Click to enlarge all photos.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

For the third year in a row, the weather posed a threat to the Town-Wide Yard Sale. Last week we postponed the May 13th setting because of horrible rain.  Today, May 20, we expected sunshine, but when we woke up we heard wind gusts, and then, looking out the window, we saw clouds.   It was chilly at 60 degrees, and there were a few little showers late in the morning, causing sellers to open up, cover up, and then start again, often  moving to the porch briefly.  One out-of-towner was cold, so he bought a hoodie from us.

A little rain moved the action onto porches, but only for a few minutes. Blogfinger photo Mt. Hermon Way. ©

We estimate that the Grove had about 60 yard sale sites.  We signed up 49, and there were a number of others that joined in without signing up–I met 3 of those without having to look very hard.   Asbury Park also had a town sale today but they were expecting only 25, and that is over an area larger than the Grove.   Our yard sale manager Vincent  Cannavo said that the density of yard sales in our small town makes for a perfect location for an annual town-wide sale.   Last year we outnumbered Bradley Beach.  There is no data as to how many of our sellers failed to open up because of the weather, but I don’t think there were more than a few.

It’s impossible to know the number of attendees at our yard sales,  Yard sailors told me that they had a fairly successful day  with a steady stream of shoppers despite the lack of sunshine.

As usual, the best thing about the TWYS  is the social component.  We met Grovers whom we never met before and we saw others whom we see only occasionally,  as well as visitors some of whom are regulars in town and who love the yard sales.  They come, often stay over,  eat out, and patronize our merchants.

Eileen and I met a multi-lingual visitor (4 languages) who bought bowls from us and did a fine impression of a Parisian waiter.  A women from Staten Island gave me a lecture as to why rubbing lemongrass oil over your liver was better than Lipitor for cholesterol.   Exchanging stories and observations about our town is always fun, especially with strangers who give us some “out-of-the bubble” points of view.

A couple of out-of towners won the fashion award on Mt. Hermon Way.  He bought a record “Stand  By Me” but she already was.    Blogfinger photo. 5/20/17.

Many Grovers and visitors stopped by our place to talk about Blogfinger, and, without exception, they were supportive. Some commenters came out of the closet to help me match the face with the pseudonym. Aggravated Curmudgeon’s wife told me  that Curmudgeon is actually a nice guy and isn’t always aggravated. He was home selling stuff.

Conversations are always part of the action and are very entertaining and informative. 5/20/17.   Paul Goldfinger photo on Delaware Avenue.

We met visitors  from the outer reaches of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Cincinnati,  and New York—Staten Island, Brooklyn and Manhattan.  Some of the Grovers we spoke to are new residents  in town including Lucy and Reena (both of whom had sales today.)

This crew on Delaware Avenue put their sale on hold for a pizza break in their side yard.  They are candidates for our OG lifestyles award. Blogfinger photo. © 5/20/17.

Several early visitors at our sale were looking for vinyl, but what interested me was that one was a young man.  It turns out young music lovers are taking a keen interest in collecting and playing vinyl.  An antique dealer from a neighboring town told me that sales of “old’ antiques were down because young couples aren’t interested, but there is enhanced interest in vintage stuff such as from the forties and the fifties.

So thanks to all of you Grovers who participated.   It actually can be fairly stressful and difficult to prepare for a yard sale, and when it’s over, you’re still not done working.  But despite that, it is fun.


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July 4 parade on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove. Running the swan show is Proprietor Linda Occhipinti.. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

July 4 parade on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove. Running the swan show is proprietor Linda Occhipinti. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©




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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




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