Archive for the ‘WASSUP?’ Category

a. Food continues to be found on the ground at the Auditorium Square Park.   People want to feed the homeless, but the squirrels devoured and wrecked what was in the plastic bags.  The CMA would like it to stop.  One observer said, “Why don’t they just take it to the Food Bank?”

b. Another full dumpster reported from the Aurora.  They must be gutting the place. Where is the building permit?

c.  Site stats:  11/19 we had 1000 visits;  11/26 1,200;   Most popular topics: Gobbledygook at the Township Comedy; 2 Grovers remember Nov. 1962 in Washington DC;  broken promises over Wesley Lake and Jack’s letter to Green Acres in Trenton.  Visitors from foreign countries include Norway, Australia, Kuwait and India.

d.  Song of the week, dedicated to our dermatologist:


e.  Blogfinger 101.  Please do not send us comments or photographs from Facebook. Use our email address  (Blogfinger@verizon.net) or use the comment button under every BF post.

Note that we have almost 200 individuals, many are bloggers, who subscribe to our site.  That’s done by going to Blogfinger.net and clicking on the subscribe button.  You will get a notice every time we post something.  This is offered by WordPress, not by us.

But I do enjoy the ‘like” comments by the many bloggers who show up at our site Blogfinger.net.  And I thank them for that.

In addition you can ask to be on our email blast list which comes out every 2-3 weeks with BF Highlights and a link to go to our site.  email us at Blogfinger@verizon.net—–PG



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Parking Task Force comes up empty.  At the recent Township Committee meeting, the Parking Task Force reported that they had some really good talks, but nothing concrete so far.

When were the most recent Township Committee meeting minutes posted on line?  As of Sept. 17, it was June 27.  Since then there have been 8 meetings.

Blogfinger stats:  On  September 15, 2016,  Blogfinger received 1,933  views. The most interest was in our article about the body on the beach.   Among the 14 foreign countries we heard from were UK, Philippines, Norway and Poland.

For our visitors from the United Kingdom, here are Peter Land, Michael Sadler, Peter Fleetwood and Placido Domingo with Alan Jay Lerner’s My Fair Lady:



QUEEN:  “Bohemian Rhapsody.”


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The Wassup? cow turns the other cheek when told to moove over.

The Wassup? cow turns the other cheek and mooves when noise from AP drifts across the Lake.  Paul Goldfinger cow photo   ©

Conversation from the Township Committee meeting on May 24:  (From our reporter on the scene)

Q. A member of the Public asked “Have you heard anything from WAVE?”    (WAVE is the secretive group of investors that would develop the North End.)

A.   Gene Anthony  (Township  lawyer) : “No. It’s strange.”

A. Randy Bishop : “Very strange.”

Note: About a year ago, Dr. Michael Brantley  (Committeeman)  said: “It’s time we take a look at all our redevelopment zones to see what we really want to do”


–The jailbird panhandler has returned to the North End near Main Avenue. Last week BF received two complaints.  The mo is the same:  tall, well dressed black man shows up out of nowhere and says he just got out of jail and wants to work.  Or course, he really wants money.   This has been going on for several years with the same guy.  He uses a subtle form of  intimidation, and Grovers should not have to put up with that.  NTPD says do not give him money; instead call them.   732 988 8000.

Song of the week:    DJ Sam Feelgood  “Up All Night Long.”


Beach roses in bloom adjacent to the OG boardwalk, Blogfinger photo 5/23/16 ©

Beach roses in bloom adjacent to the OG boardwalk, Blogfinger photo 5/23/16 ©


Wake up and smell the roses:     The beach roses are in full bloom.  Go down there and take a whiff.  (When I was a kid, a whiff was a strikeout, but now it’s a different aroma altogether.)

PATTI LUPONE  from Gypsy (2008)




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"WASSUP IN THE GROVE?"    Send some news to the boys in the band.  blogfinger@verizon.net

“WASSUP IN THE GROVE?”   Cartoon by Sue Gioulis.


1.  OCEAN GROVE TOWN-WIDE YARD SALE on May 10:  For information click on “yard sale” tab at the top of this page.    This is where the LIST OF YARD SALE ADDRESSES  can be found.  We are breaking the record.   47 families as of May 3      You can still join through May 9   (Blogfinger@verizon.net)

Craig’s List ad for the Jersey Shore was posted May 2.  Asbury Park ad will appear on May 9 and May 10.  Coaster ad will appear on May 8.  All will refer the reader to Blogfinger for the list of addresses.

To be fair to those who paid their $5.00, any who didn’t pay will be removed from the list as of Thursday when the ads kick in.

We have have extra posters.  If any of you have an idea as to where to place them, please volunteer to help.  We even have one Grover who is placing posters in the Guatemalan and Mexican shops in Asbury.  She says that they like yard sales, so brush up on your Spanish.

Wanted: A couple of volunteers to ride around on bikes and monitor the sales.  We can communicate by cell phones. You will be deputized as Blogfinger interns.

2 .  Blogfinger 101  WordPress has provided us with a new music player. You may have to click the start arrow more than once to get it going.

3. Gov Christy once again visited the Seasides’ boardwalks a few days ago to see how construction was going.  He was quoted by an APP reporter ,

Christie noted that with construction just beginning on Ocean Grove’s boardwalk, all 33 of the state’s boardwalks that were damaged by Sandy will have been rebuilt by this summer.”

Isn’t it curious that he has never visited the OG boardwalk since Sandy. This is the first time that he actually has publicly uttered the words “Ocean Grove.”   It seems to me that he doesn’t want to associate himself with our issues in the Grove. He is lacking in courage–not a desirable trait for a possible presidential candidate, or even for a governor.

4. There was a short work stoppage at the Boardwalk project.  JP Gradone  (COO, CMA) said that it was a minor bureaucratic  glitch:

He said, “It was initially our understanding that FEMA had everything from State Historical Preservation, but they were missing some paperwork so they asked us to stop construction for a few days until everything was in order.”

However, are things ever minor with any bureaucracy, especially one so huge?   It’s interesting that FEMA is watching so closely. I’d like to think that all government agencies are so careful when spending the taxpayer’s money.  REALLY???   NOT!!!

In addition, we like to post small news items like this because in Ocean Grove  (and I guess as in other small towns,)  small talk is like big talk.   —PG

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1.  January 14, 2014:    Wesley Lake retaining wall progress note:

Even though this is not their project, the OGCMA has been taking an interest in the Wesley Lake retaining wall situation .  At the community leaders meeting tonight, Mr. Gradone of the OGCMA  presented this update:

” This is a Township of Neptune project that  will begin on or about January 27, weather permitting. This project consists of approximately 400 linear feet of new wall, a new drainage system, new sidewalk behind the wall and restoration and repairs. The 400 linear feet will be from the collapsed wall, west towards the pedestrian bridge, but not to the pedestrian bridge.  The de-silting will be done around the same time as the wall repair and restoration.

“The de-silting of Fletcher Lake will be done sometime after the completion of Wesley Lake.   The de-silting will occur on the western and eastern ends.”

At the meeting we learned that the wall will be rebuilt from the Ocean end to just before Founders’Park.  Silt removal  is just for the Ocean Grove side, since Neptune got the grant.  We don’t know what the AP DPW has in mind for its side.   —–PG

2.   From Michael Louis:      “Hello, I am a homeowner on Mt Carmel Way and my house has been broken into twice.  Dec 28th & Jan and there was someone at home both times.  Other homes around me were vacant and not disturbed.  This is frightening and escalating in OG and surrounding towns.  What can we do?”

3.   Neighborhood Watch report Jan 17, 2014.

There have been several houses entered by unknown actors. The actors have removed various personal items from inside the homes.   Keep your windows and doors locked. Do not leave valuables in plain view inside your home. Overnight keep exterior lights on. As always be aware of suspicious behavior in your neighborhood. If you see something suspicious, say something immediately. Contact the police via 9-1-1.

Michael Adam  (NTPD)

4.  Municipal offices closed Jan 20 for MLK Day

5.  Heads up:      Blogfinger will be sponsoring the 3rd Annual Blogfinger Town-wide Yard Sale on Saturday, May 10.  As before, that is the Mother’s Day weekend, so plan to invite Mom to the Grove and take her shopping all over town.  It will be great fun, and we plan some marketing improvements and more participants.  More details to follow in March.

So plan to organize your stuff this winter and mark your calendar.  The more people who join, the better for all sellers and for the whole town including Main Avenue.  If you have any ideas as to how to make it better, please contact Eileen Goldfinger, our yard sale point-person.  Email to Blogfinger@verizon.net.

OG town wide yard sale 2012. Blogfinger photo

OG town wide yard sale 2012. Blogfinger photo

ps  If you know a marching band who will play around town, let us know.  Or maybe the Days kazoo band will volunteer to come out of hiding and rehearse for July 4.   Or maybe the Chamber will think of something to help us liven up the town.  I’ll talk to Rich the Smuggler.

6.  An inquiry from Prosper Bellizia:

Dear Blogfinger:   I walk around ocean Grove a lot and I’ve noticed these electrical somethings mounted on pipes or poles on different corners throughout town with the covers missing.  I suspect are no longer in use, but what were they?

Photo by Prosper Bellizia

Photo by Prosper Bellizia

7. Significant snowstorm to begin Tuesday afternoon.

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1. Yesterday Blogfinger had 14 hits from Australia. Maybe they got lost on the www circuit while heading for OG Australia, but hang on to your didgeridoo, here is the Aussie Bush Band:     

2. From David Lurie. “ Most Federal Storm Aid Still Undistributed in New Jersey
The numbers come on top of complaints about bureaucracy and a lack of transparency in Gov. Chris Christie’s recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy.”

3. Stripers reported  off the beaches as near as Asbury Park     Asbury Park Press link:     

Stripers have arrived   (Oh..I did say stripers, not strippers, so grab your rods and get down to the OG breach)

4.  We have been featuring the music of Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, who are the Grammy winning band that performs on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Recently Vince was interviewed on NPR, and Lee Morgan of OG has sent us the link to enjoy this excellent feature:        Vince Giordano radio interview

Here is a sample from The Boardwalk Empire soundtrack Vol II (recently released)

NEKO CASE  “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out.”:

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Main Street, just south of the Jersey Shore Arts Center.

South Main Street, just south of the Jersey Shore Arts Center. Banner says “Jersey Shore LGBT Community Center Project.” Left click to read it.  Blogfinger photo

We saw this banner today opposite the UPS store in the strip mall.  I asked a gay friend about it, but she never heard of it. Consulting Google, I learned that this is a social group, founded in Asbury Park in December 2012.  It will now be meeting in the lower level of the Jersey Shore Arts Center and its first  open house was held last Sunday. It has about 100 members.

If any of the members of this new Ocean Grove organization want to tell us about the Project, please comment below.

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1. Town-wide yard sale:  MAY 11, SATURDAY.     We are now up to 38 addresses—   a new record!   (Asbury had 39 for their sale this past weekend.)   Join the fun and send us your address, email, and what you are selling.  You can start with just your address and add your stuff list later.  Others will also probably tag along, but if they sign up, they will be part of our advertising.

Click on the yard sale tab by looking at the top of this page.   You will see the current list.  You can still sign up until May 10.  On May 7 we will post the entire list at the top of  Blogfinger where it will remain until Saturday night.     When neighbors join in together, we get a mini-marketplace at each location.

CONTACT:     email:  blogfinger@verizon.net.  It’s free—sponsored by the Blogfinger Foundation for the Arts and Yard Sales.  Bring Mom to shmooze with the Grovers.

You should get a permit at town hall for $10.00. We don’t know if they punish those who have no permit. In the 19th century they banished you to Asbury Park where you had to sit through one of their town council meetings and complain about pot holes and jay walkers on Main Street. Today you might be chained to a Wesley Lake bridge where you can join those Asbury Parkers who are trapped there by evil Grovers.

2.   In the spirit of the Memorial Day holiday, Ocean Grove will kick off its 2013 summer season with a FREE concert by the Atlantic Wind Ensemble and Festival Chorus entitled “We, The People – A Concert of Patriotic Music” on Saturday, May 25, 2013.  Showtime is 8 PM at the Great Auditorium.

3. Could an even bigger storm devastate the Jersey Shore?  A “scary” scenario is explained in this APP article.  Some shore residents want to move away.

Scary scenario due to rising sea levels

4.  Huge beach replenishment project planned for the Shore. Here is an APP article about it:    Beach replenishment APP article

5.  Stephen D’Amato, artist who specializes in Jersey Shore including Ocean Grove  is having an exhibit.  “My series, ‘Paintings Of The Jersey Shore’, is currently displayed  at the Ramsey Public Library. There are eighteen paintings including some
new ones that I’ve painted this year. The show will be displayed until June 2nd.  There are two OG paintings in this show.

“The paintings are available for purchase by contacting me; the library
 does not handle any payment transactions”

From an email today from Steve:  “Ocean Grove is one of my favorite towns and I’m looking forward to doing more painting there. Hopefully this Friday.”—SD   (contact info from Blogfinger)

"The Tent Homes", by Stephen D'Amato.

“The Tent Homes”, by Stephen D’Amato.

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