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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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Acme Piling Co. at your service. The big machine pushes the poles into the ground.  PG photo

Acme Piling Co. at your service. The big machine pushes the poles into the ground. PG photo

–By Paul Goldfinger

Friday March 15, 2013. Ocean Grove:    It was freezing this afternoon down at the soon-to-be Southside boardwalk near the pier.  A crew of pilings experts had materialized with a giant piece of equipment which said, “Look Ma, no pile-driver.”  They were driving 25 foot pressure-treated poles into the sand by pushing the piles rather than pounding the  piles.  Amazingly, it was a silent process that took less than a minute for each pile.

Now what?  We will follow the process to see how it's done.

Now what? We will follow the process to see how it’s done.

This was the beginning of the new boardwalk down by where the new beach offices will be.  Once the piles have been driven, the next step will be to attach the wooden “stringers” which are 2×12 and 2×16 boards.  (i.e. the “superstructure.”)  The CMA wanted the construction to be very strong and resistant to subsequent storms.  As a result, the piles will all be driven deeper than ever before.

The attaching of the boards to the piles is called “strapping” and will be done with very strong metal joist hangers.   This support system will be finished by next week.   The final surface  (that we walk on) will be placed last, and a composite material will be used instead of wood.  This splinterless approach may upset some purists, but it is the most practical for safety, endurance and strength.

THE DRIFTERS  (How could we not play this—so please don’t groan):

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