Archive for the ‘WAssup in Ocean Grove’ Category

This place is for the birds. I’m following Charlie to the Stone Pony!

Cartoon by Sue Gioulis, special to Blogfinger.net


New boardwalk under construction. CMA photo © April 27, 2018.

a.  The CMA announces that there is “great progress” with the northern boardwalk.  Completion of the boards and the Pavilion are “on target” for Memorial Day weekend.  Demolition is done, and the latest work involves “continuation of the bracing and supports from the Pavilion to Seaview Avenue. ”

“The pilings, there are over 280 of them, have been set 20 feet below ground level,” according to Karen Beachy of the CMA.  She says that a team has been at work six days each week. Then the Trex boards will match the area south of the current project.

Regarding financing, Karen says that the project “is 100% funded by the Camp Meeting Association.”  We thought that FEMA was paying for the boardwalk.  Anybody know the story?

b. Blogfinger site stats for April 26, 2018:  1,165 visits.  Most popular subjects include CMA press release about the North End, Gibberish storm in the Grove, Seniorgate Part IV, and Town-Wide Yard Sale for 2018.  Our latest article today on the Aurora is already attracting attention today.  12 foreign countries visited including United Kingdom, Slovenia, Peru and China.

c.  To read about the Town-Wide Yard Sale on May 12, click on the yard sale tab at the top of this page.    So far we have 30 sellers, with more to sign up.  To sign up, send us an email Blogfinger@verizon.net.

Our Yard Sale manager Vincent Cannavo has informed us that our Asbury Park Press ad will run in the “Datebook Section” for 10 days:  May 3-May 12.  Thanks Vince.

Please see Sue and pick up a flier at Cheese on Main-–free for  you to hang in a good location;  even on the front of your house one week before.  People notice.


c.  Song of the week:  Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash:


d.  Noah Michael Goldfinger. 10 days old. He’s got my big feet.

Noah. He needs a Blogfinger hat.




3.  Free Rabies Clinic for cats and dogs at Neptune Public Works, 2201 Heck Avenue, Neptune.   Dog license renewals will be accepted. Bring renewal letter and payment.   Saturday May 5, 2018  9 am to 11 am.


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Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton Township. You can picnic there, but there is one catch.


From Anita Meeks of OG:    “Perfect Day Trip! ART! SCULPTURE! HORTICULTURE!

“Friends of Neptune Library sponsoring bus trip to Grounds for Sculpture.  Tuesday, September 19.

“Trip leaves Neptune Senior Center @ 10 AM (parking there).   1 hr. docent led walking tour there/ lunch on your own.
“Trip returns @ 5PM.  $50 pp  payable to Neptune Library.More info  and reservations call Anita 732-775-1186 “

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YO-YO MA, ENNIO MORRICONE:   “Gabriel’s Oboe” from the album Essential Yo-Yo Ma.   This movie music from The Mission, was composed by world famous Italian composer Ennio Morricone.

The Mission is a  1986 film about 18th century Jesuit priests who try to protect an Indian tribe in a remote region of South America.   Roland Joffé was the director, and the stars were Robert DeNiro, Liam Neeson, and Jeremy Irons.

Morricone’s  music for this film won the Golden Globe for Best Original Score, and the film was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.





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1.  There are 4 candidates for Township Committee.  Two are Republican while 2 are Democrats—-already seated  (one elected and one appointed (Rizzo).  The Repubs. claim that they will  unveil a parking plan for town.  Shouldn’t the Dems bring their emails?  Will any of the four dare to discuss the North End, the Warrington, or Mary’s Place zoning?   Or RSIS violations or more condominiums without parking?

Those candidates will appear at a forum on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 10 am in the Community Room.

Sponsored by the OGHOA.

2. Halloween parade. Target will not sell clown masks, and the Township Committee won’t wear their’s either.



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Moo Goo Guy is our WAssup Cow. He thinks a Chinese restaurant should open in the Grove.

Moo Goo Guy is our Wassup?  cow. She  thinks a Chinese restaurant should open in the Grove.  She loves hot and sour soup. She always orders takeout and she is a big tipper.   Yummy, Yummy.

  1.  Wassup song of the week.  For the departing Randy Bishop.  By Groucho Marx

2.   Neptune offices closed Monday Jan 18.  MLK birthday.

3. Blogfinger stats:  On January 11, 2016, Blogfinger received 1,309 visits. The most  linked posts were the poll about dissolving the NERP, editorial on scuttling the NERP, Randy Bishop, and Park View Inn subdivision.  Visitors from 11 foreign countries showed up among which were Sri Lanka, Russia, Australia, and Norway.

4.  From the CMA  (JP Gradone):    “I am happy to announce that the work on the North Boardwalk commenced this week. The contractor, Bird Construction, estimates the construction time to be 2-3 month, weather permitting. There is a temporary walkway around the construction site to allow pedestrians to move between Asbury Park and Ocean Grove.”

5.  Planning Board met on Jan 13.  New members were sworn in. Committeeman Brantley was sworn in as the new liaison to the Board.  The Mayor is also on the Planning Board, but he was not present.

There was no action to pass a resolution to finalize the approval for the Park View site subdivision.   At the last meeting there was a vote to approve the 4 lot subdivision, but it is not a done deal without a resolution, and before that happens, more votes could be taken.  The neighbors on Seaview and Lake Avenues could still lobby the Planning Board to reduce the density over there.

6. According to the Coaster, Randy Bishop has been appointed Deputy Commissioner for Administration of Elections for Monmouth County. He will step down as Committeeman in Neptune in February, so his replacement will be announced in March.

Bishop is quoted in the Coaster as saying, “I will miss the constant interaction with people, listening to not only their concerns but also their triumphs.”  The Coaster article does not explain who appointed Bishop to this job, where he will be based, what his job description will be, and to whom he will report. The article says that his job is with “county government.”

In the article, the Township Attorney says that the “Monmouth County Democratic Party” will pick three candidates each for the Houghtaling and Bishop Committee seats, and then the Committee will make the choices.


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