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By Paul Goldfinger © 2012

Ocean Grove, NJ.   Fletcher Lake, by Paul Goldfinger ©   Posted on November 1, 2012. Click all photos to enlarge.

Ocean Grove , the morning after Sandy hit on the evening of Oct. 29. 2012. By Bob Bowné; special to Blogfinger ©

Volunteers arrive at the OG boards to help. Oct. 30, 2012. Blogfinger.net photo.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

The huge storm of October 29, 2012, has been such an iconic event for the Jersey Shore that photographs of  Superstorm Sandy in Ocean Grove/Neptune  and its aftermath will become a genre of its own, as occurred with Bob Bowné’s now famous image of the surf  thundering into shore, demolishing the OG Fishing Pier.    (here is a BF link regarding Bob’s photo:   Bob Bowné iconic Sandy photo Oct. 29, 2012. )

You can use our search box  (top right) to see some of our Sandy photographs of OG which have been published on Blogfinger.

Sandy was a turning point for our town—a momentous event which continues to influence how Ocean Grove has been evolving recently. This town has become more popular as city-folk and North Jersey people have heard about us.  Now, they seek protection from the virus, and the town continues to change dramatically with many second-homers replacing year-round residents.

The storm showed us our physical vulnerability. Luckily, we were not hit nearly as hard as other places at the Shore.

Sandy  revealed the potential of OG to come together as a community and it showed how much this town means to people all over the world.  As some of you may recall, the day after Sandy hit, Blogfinger received 25,000 hits. Ocean Grove is a very special place.

Volunteers from all over, including New England, arrived and went to work. The Camp Meeting set up facilities for them, and in the Community Room they offered Wi-Fi access and information about assistance for victims.

Ordinary citizens drove into town and found ways to help at the beach front.

Neptune Township failed to help at the Ocean Avenue-boardwalk-beach.  They did not show over a technicality, ie that they have no jurisdiction over those privately owned locations.

Unfortunately, the Camp Meeting Association, which welcomed the help, financial and physical from the residential community in town has now become more self centered and oblivious to those who actually live here.  Evidently they learned nothing of the potential “community ” of Ocean Grove which could have evolved out of Sandy. Their idea of “community” is those outsiders who are religious tourists.

Other towns along the Jersey Shore have also been changing since Sandy, but this town, with its definition as a historic residential community should have grabbed that momentum and run with it.  But no, as we see with the North End situation, we are still failing to define ourselves as a special small town community with everyone caring about the town’s future.  Factions continue to divide the Grove.

STUART MATTHEWMAN.  From the original movie soundtrack of the film  Twin Falls, Idaho–“Amapola”

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012, the day after Sandy hit. By Paul Goldfinger. ©

Ocean Grove.  Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 8:00 am,  the day after Sandy hit. By Paul Goldfinger. ©  From the Memories of Sandy series.

KIRI TE KANAWA.  Album Kiri Sings Kern.

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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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This sleek Deal home had minimal damage after Sandy. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

This sleek Deal home had minimal damage after Sandy. Paul Goldfinger photo ©. Click to enlarge.

JOHN DENVER:

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Near the Great Auditorium on Oct. 30, 2012. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Near the Great Auditorium on Oct. 30, 2012. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  Click to enlarge.  Blogfinger.net

THE MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR:

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The Windamer.  Ocean Avenue in Ocean Grove. July, 2015. Blogfinger.net photograph. ©

The Windamer. Ocean Avenue in Ocean Grove.  It used to be red.    July, 2015. Blogfinger.net photograph. ©  Click to enlarge.

On October 29, 2012, Bob Bowné, photographer, was at the Windamer during Sandy.  It was from a high balcony on the left where he shot the iconic image which has been seen around the world.  Here is a link:

Bowné photo of Sandy Nov. 2013 link on Blogfinger

JAMES TAYLOR and YO-YO MA:    From the album Songs of Joy and Peace.

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Urns and benches at theNorth End waiting for a new boardwalk. November 4, 2012 post Sandy.  By Paul Goldfinger ©

Urns and benches at the North End waiting for a new boardwalk. November 4, 2012 post Sandy. By Paul Goldfinger ©

ANITA O’DAY

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Nov. 3, 2012.  Ocean Grove beach.  Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to enlarge

OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW  (A tribute to John Denver)

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October 30, 2012, 7:45 am. Rear of Great Auditorium.  Paul Goldfinger photo ©.

October 30, 2012, 7:45 am. Rear of Great Auditorium. Paul Goldfinger photo ©.

GA roof on the morning of  Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

Great Auditorium  roof on the morning of Tuesday, October 30, 2012, one day after Sandy hit. The photo does not show the front side damage.  This portion of the roof is on the north side.     Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

BF roof story Nov. 5, 2012

BF roof story Jan 14, 2014

The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association is ready to complete work on the Great Auditorium roof, but they have had daunting problems deciding about which material to use.  Their plan had been to obtain zinc coated stainless steel material, but manufacturing challenges have prevented that.  JP Gradone, COO of the OGCMA, sent us the comment below in response to a Blogfinger inquiry yesterday.

“Our insurance company has recently agreed to pay for the installation of a temporary EPDM rubber roof on the damaged area while we continue to work closely with the insurance company to find a permanent solution to resolvethe situation with the roofing material.  The temporary roof was completed this week  and gives the Great Auditorium an excellent short-term solution while we carefully determine the best material for the permanent roof.”

EPDM rubber roofing on the south side.  Blogfinger photos

EPDM rubber roofing on the south side. Blogfinger photos

EPDM rubber roofing on the north side.

EPDM rubber roofing on the north side.

 

One year ago we wrote about the Woody Allen movie “Stardust Memories.”  Here is a link to that article because it shows the Great Auditorium decked out as the Stardust Hotel for that 1980 film which Allen considers one of his best.

https://blogfinger.net/2013/12/28/remembering-stardust-memories/

And for this article about the GA roof, here is a version of “Stardust,” a song by Hoagy Carmichael,  that was performed by Louis Armstrong in the movie.

But now, in 2015, we present a contemporary jazz version of “Stardust,” an instrumental, by Warren Vaché on trumpet  (a Jersey boy,)  Derek Watkins, and the Brian Lemon Quartet.

 

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Shark River Hills.  November 1, 2012.  Comitteeman Randy Bishop comforts a resident after scavengers try buy her furniture drying outside.   By Paul Goldfinger

Shark River Hills. November 1, 2012—two days after Sandy hit.   Committeeman Randy Bishop comforts a tearful resident after scavengers try to buy her furniture drying outside. By Paul Goldfinger  @Blogfinger.net ©

MAUDE MAGGART  sings Irving Berlin:

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