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This photo taken at the east end of the Lake, confirms that water still flows from the Ocean to the Lake whenever a high high tide brings the level above the Lake’s. Wesley Lake was and is still an estuary. Jack Bredin photo. Oct. 2017. We will have more on the anatomy of the Lake/Ocean relationship subsequently .

 

Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger and Jack Bredin, Reporter/researcher at Blogfinger.net.

The Wesley Lake Commission met on October 17, 2017, a meeting punctuated by many question marks, ignorance of the facts, volume turned to soft, and stifling of  public opinion.

Once again the Commissioners revealed that they have no knowledge of their jurisdiction since they have no watershed map as mandated by their charter.  In fact, when the charter was written in 2015, the engineer Peter Avakian promised a map, but he is gone, and the map is nonexistent.

An engineer was supposed to show up at this meeting to address the lack of a watershed map, but he never appeared, and no one knew why.  The Commission didn’t even know who hired him.

In fact, no licensed engineer who has ever been involved with Wesley Lake discussions, such as the Neptune engineer LeeAnne Hoffman, has been willing to put their signature on a water shed map for this lake.

So without a map of their jurisdiction, this Commission is unable to function properly, and the Commission should be dissolved since they have no mission, no jurisdiction, no methods, no knowledge of the facts,  and nothing meaningful to do regarding pollution.

In fact, some members of the Phony Baloney Commission have revealed that they are in favor of the continued pollution of Wesley Lake by dirty street drainage from both sides of the divide.  They do not oppose the unexplained re-designation of the Lake as a “man-made body of water” which is now called, since 2014,  a “retention/detention basin” on the Neptune Twp. tax map.  They don’t even know how that re-naming occurred or who was responsible.

Do they support the illegal name change or do they not? Do they accept their mandate to protect the Lake, or do they not?   And they do not seem to want to address the divisions within their own group.

Is it possible that some members of the Commission are sympathetic to developers who plan a large project at the North End where Wesley Lake is vulnerable to increased street water pollution?

Recently a member of the Commission said that Wesley Lake is “not protected by Green Acres,” but Mayor Brantley disagreed.  The Lake is on the Neptune ROSI list of Green Acres properties in town, and that designation means that the Lake is to be protected for recreation and conservation only, and the Township already gets grant money for that protection

It also didn’t seem to bother the Chair Gail Rosewater that there were no functioning microphones at the meeting held in the large Neptune Committee Room, so it was hard for the public to hear anything, particularly since there was some whispering going on between commissioners.   Also, they do not record their meetings for review at a later date, and their minutes are inadequate. The last set posted is from July 18 and it is less than one page long.

Here are some quotes emanating from the Phony Baloney Commission, as documented by Jack Bredin who heard them in person:

“The Lake is man-made.”

“The Lake’s filthy conditions are naturally occurring.”

“The Lake is a detention basin used to treat street run-off.”

“The State allows Lake pollution by street water draining into the Lake”

“The Lake is not a lake, it is a pond.”

Finally, the WLC is fearful of public opinions at their meetings, so they announced at this meeting that from now on, the public portion will be held at the beginning of the meeting rather than at the end, so whatever they say at a meeting is not open for public comments at that time.   The Chairwoman also wanted to reduce public comments to 3 minutes instead of 5.  Even though there was no resolution regarding the public portion, these decisions will begin at the next meeting, although she initially wanted to begin immediately without a vote.

Isn’t it pathetic that this group wants to stifle public comment when their meetings are so useless that only one or two citizens actually  show up and want to speak, and two meetings ago, Jack and I wanted to speak but were shouted down?

If we had a citizen activist group in Ocean Grove we could picket the meetings, demand action, and shout them down, unless the Mayors shut them down first.

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By Paul Goldfinger, music editor @Blogfinger

“Something Wonderful” is from The King and I.  Carly Simon has a YouTube video where she addresses the women in the audience and asks them to think of these lyrics when they are upset with their man.  Carly says this song is one of the most beautiful ever written.   It was composed by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.

This version is performed by Peggy Lee. She is a popular singer who is not particularly known for this song, but her repertoire has been wide ranging. Listen for the strong bass parts towards the end which add drama and are probably by the trombone section . Also there is a soft oriental gong at the very end–a tip of the hat to The King and I.

Peggy Lee

Peggy Lee

Peggy Lee also was a lyricist for many hit songs, and, as a doctor, I always enjoyed her rendition of “Fever.”  And as a man, I always enjoyed her rendition of “Fever.”

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Carly Brown is a student at the Culinary Institute of America  (CIA)  in Hyde Park, NY.  Photo and text  by Paul Goldfinger © 10/15/17.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

We met Carly today when we visited the Rhinebeck, NY,  Sunday morning Farmers Market.  She is in her second year at the famous school of culinary arts located at a 170 acre campus on the east bank of the Hudson River.  She is working towards a 2 year associates degree in  Baking and Pastry Arts.

Today Carly is representing the Tousey Winery of Clermont, New York.  We were surprised to find out that Tousey made a pinot noir.  We bought a bottle to try.   Of course, NY State is famous for its wineries. I recommend the dry Riesling by Dr. Konstantin Frank of the Finger Lakes.

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Rhinebeck Farmers Market. October 16,2017. Blogfinger photo © Click to enlarge.

We enjoy this farmers market because it provides a look at the wide variety of products originating in the Hudson Valley where they have many farms producing some unusual crops and products.  After November the market moves indoors, but it does continue year round. It is about 3 hours from Ocean Grove, but they have some wonderful B and B’s up there.

The restaurateurs in that region  follow the “farm to table” idea of serving all regional ingredients, and we saw some excellent examples of that today including goat feta cheese, fine baked goods including  excellent Danish and baguettes,  chicken liver mousse, terrific scalion sausages served on a stick with a piece of crunchy bread, fingerling potatoes, long red radishes like we had in France, baby kale served raw in salads or sauteed as a side dish,  local beers, wool from sheep farms, yarn from alpaca farms, and even a local distillery selling apple jack and single malt whiskey among other selections. 

The meat farmers were offering foi gras,  venison,  chickens, pork, duck, and turkey sausages.   Of course there was a huge selection of fresh picked apples and pears. 

This was a real farmers market selling very little besides food.  I got a T-shirt celebrating the market, and the designer was there. She told me to get the XL.  Wouldn’t it be great if you went to buy clothes, and the designer was there?       They had two alpacas , and Eileen got some yarn to crochet a tiny hat for our new grandson who is now into his second  trimester.  But he won’t get his hat until he is born.  Yet it would be fun if he popped out wearing a hat

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Alpaca fleece is warm, comfy and hypoallergenic. It comes in a variety of colors. It is related to camels. Blogfinger photo. Rhinebeck, NY.

The market is only open for 4 hours, and it is primarily for the locals. They don’t have flea markets, car shows and other large dopey events to paralyze their town.   There was a parking lot for the market-goers.  It there is a large event, like the annual NY State sheep shearing festival, it is held at the Duchess County Fair Grounds nearby.

Rhinebeck is a small historic town (pop 7,500)  in the Hudson River Valley dating back to the 1600’s. It now is a fabulous place with art, culture, music, fashion, great eateries and no shlock.    It could be a roll model for Ocean Grove.

The downtown is successful with businesses like galleries, yarn shops,  fine coffee shops, a fabulous  book store,  a shoe store, and an art house movie theater.   A restaurant “Terrapin,” is in a converted Baptist church. It was just voted two Best in the Hudson Valley awards, and the owner/chef Josh Kroner is from New Jersey.  We ate there. The oyster shooters are addictive.

GEORGE HEARN AND ELIZABETH PARRISH   from La Cage aux Folles;

 

 

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Peter Tallman, Union Army soldier, 1861. Submitted by Peter Stunz of Ocean Grove.

We received this photograph from Peter Stunz of Ocean Grove.   His email offers this explanation:

Just a side note: This is my great grandfather Peter Tallman (I was named after him, my mother’s maiden name is Tallman). He was a volunteer with the 127th Volunteer Infantry.  He never saw a battlefield. He was severely injured when a tree limb fell on him while they were clearing a path somewhere unknown.

His past was one of many reasons that lead me to be a student of history.  I would also like to add as a side note that the Tallmans have been living in Ocean Grove (renting) since nearly the beginning and we have had our summer home here since 1955. We love reading your blog and have been loyal readers since Sandy.

Editor’s note:  Thanks to Peter for sharing.  I love to hear  anecdotes from those who have lived here and know the history of Ocean Grove.  Of course, OG was founded after the Civil War  (1861-1865.)  But, the Methodist antecedents that ultimately led to the founding of the Grove, had their origins much earlier.

There were many Civil War soldiers from New Jersey and New York, and Peter’s great grandfather was a member of a volunteer regiment that was mustered in 1862 in Staten Island for 3 years service  (until 1865).   It was, as he points out, the 127th Volunteer New York Infantry Regiment.

That outfit did see some action, but I was interested, from a medical point of view, to learn that they lost 130 men—35 killed and 94 dead of “disease.”  Conditions tended to be awful for soldiers on both sides, with malnutrition, poor water, bad hygiene and of course many communicable diseases before the age of antibiotics.  The most common medical procedure was amputation of legs—a horrible chapter in American medical history, but combat medicine/surgery is so much better now.  However, like all military preparations, we hope that the techniques will never be needed.

The photograph Peter sent is a daguerreotype, a process that was invented around 1840 by Louis Daguerre and used mostly for portraits.  It was an expensive and fragile method using silvered   (light sensitive) copper plates. These images are  very collectible these days, especially ones that are of Civil War soldiers.

Below is a link on BF that discusses photography during the Civil War  (the last part of a piece about a historic photograph from Ocean Grove):

Fred’s Last Summer

By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor @Blogfinger

JAQUELINE SCHWAB  “The Battle Cry of Freedom”  from Ken Burns documentary “The Civil War.”

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A high definition recording of speech showing vocal fry at the end.

A high definition recording of speech showing vocal fry at the end.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger.net

Did you ever notice the bizarre manner of speech adopted by young women and girls lately?   It actually is a speech pattern that has evolved from what used to be called “valley girl speech” in the 1980’s. That pattern mostly consisted of “uptalk” where the voice rises at the end of a sentence, making a statement into a sort of question.

In 2013, this phenomenon has evolved to consist of several components, but the most annoying is “vocal fry” where the pitch drops and growls, mostly at the end of sentences.  The other variations include the use of “like” punctuating every few words, but guys do that too.  Here is a video that discusses vocal fry on the Today show.

www.today.com/video/new-speech-pattern-of-young-women-vocal-fry-44540995528

Some say that only “old guys” find this sort of speech to be ridiculous, but there are women who dislike it as well. I began to notice it a couple of years ago and, for some reason, found it obnoxious and irritating. At first it seemed like a way of talking used only by dopey teenage girls, but recently I have noticed it being paraded on TV and radio by otherwise intelligent and accomplished women.

At first I thought, “She needs to see a speech coach, because it is so distracting.”  And then I would wonder, “Is she going to talk like this for the rest of her life?”    “Did she actually go on a job interview speaking like that?”

But then I thought, “I’m just too sensitive as to how people speak—-get over it.”

However it turns out that many people have noticed this trend in female vocalizing, and some experts have written about it and some have found some redeeming value to this style of speech.

Most observers have a negative view , while some talk about how anyone’s speech can be changed, for example by moving to the south and then saying, “Y’all.”  So girls hear their friends talking this way, or hear Brittney Spears sing this way or hear women on TV such as the Kardashians  (whoever they are.)  

By the way, starting sentences with the word “so” is also getting to be a common speech technique to give the impression that the speaker is merely continuing a conversation that has already begun or introducing a new topic.  So I do it myself and find it to be a useful communication method, but now I have to stop it because it is becoming omnipresent and sloppily used.

A related manner of speech is to start a sentence with “and.”   Below is a  song by Barry Manilow (“When October Goes”)   It starts with “…and when October goes..”   The lyrics are by Johnny Mercer, one of the best lyricists ever.   And, you know, starting that song with “and” really does work—I like it that way.  OK OK, saying “you know” is also obnoxious…ya know what I’m saying?  And so is “like” as in “this article is like getting boring already.”

So I guess it’s good that language changes, otherwise we all would be speaking like Willie Shakespeare.  (What? You don’t think they had nicknames in the 16th century?   Getouttahere.!)

Here are some related links:

2011 Journal of Voice:

www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0892199711000701

2012 NY Times article on female speech

Vocal fry in the NY Times 2012

2015  NPR  on female speech patterns:

www.npr.org/2015/07/23/425608745/from-upspeak-to-vocal-fry-are-we-policing-young-womens-voices

MUSICAL ADD-ONS:

So, here is a Johnny Mercer song which begins with the word “And”

“When October Goes”  by Barry Manilow (music) and Johnny Mercer  (lyrics)

And here is Harry Nilsson who knows something about people talking at him. So you may recall that this music is from Midnight Cowboy, which is on the Blogfinger Unforgettable Movie list.

2017 update:   Yesterday, October 9,  the  Wall Street Journal ran a piece on this subject, but this time a female linguist had a somewhat different take.  She finds that women who talk like this are victimized at work because of their speech pattern. She says that men also speak that way, so the idea that such speech is specific to women is a form of oppression.

I think this “linguist” has an agenda that is political and is not really about the speech patterns that we reported on in 2013.  She says that the pattern was only first observed in 2015, but our article shows otherwise.  In addition she only mentions vocal fry and not the other components mentioned in our article above.

Her interview is fake news because women are in fact the ones that use such speech predominantly. Men may sometimes have a sort of vocal fry, but it is indiginous to their maleness and not a form of speech meme acquired by women almost exclusively.

And, by the way, Blogfinger struck a nerve in 2013 with our post (above). It has become the most viewed article of ours compared to our roughly 7,000 posts in our archive. It shows that few experts are reporting on this and also that lots of people are interested and find us through Google searches and links sent from BF.

Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.  Here is the link to the WSJ:

WSJ on vocal fry October, 2017

LITTLE WILLIE JOHN with “Talk to Me.”

“Talk to me, talk to me
Um-mm, I love the things you say
Talk to me, talk to me
In your own sweet gentle way”

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Confederate cannon on Seminary Ridge. Gettysburg National Military Park.  Paul Goldfinger photograph © Click to enlarge the photo.   Tri-X collection.

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net.

At the battle of Gettysburg,  there were nearly 200 cannon lined up along Seminary Ridge from where 15,000 Confederate troops under Gen. James Longstreet planned to launch an attack on the Union army—–Pickett’s Charge.

The battle lasted from July 1-July 3 in 1863. The North was victorious, but there were heavy losses on both sides.

This cannon was on Seminary Ridge, Confederate lines, where I photographed it during our tour of the Battlefield.

Gettysburg was one of the most  bloody battles of the Civil War, and being at Gettysburg is a very emotional experience. You must visit if you never have.

I look at this cannon, sitting in that position and try to imagine the role, the relatively small role, that it played amidst the smoke, the fire, the heat and the storm of shells and bullets that day resulting in carnage on both sides.   This cannon must have killed or wounded men that day, but now it is silenced and stands as an icon to tell a story.

There are so many monuments in the Park representing all the states that participated in the battle and all the men who fought there.  Should the gray side be torn down now?   Looking at this canon provides the answer for me.  I am drawn to it and cannot stop staring at it. I had to photograph it.

Lincoln concluded his brief address with:   “It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Lincoln included nothing in his speech referencing specifically the North or the South. It seems that “a new birth of freedom” was his main priority looking into the future.   He was standing astride a time and place in our history which marked a significant  turning point as he visualized a new beginning of bringing the entire nation together again under the guidance of our Declaration of Independence.*

I suspect Lincoln would be horrified at the idea that we should today be destroying symbols of our history. Gettysburg National Military Park and other such monumental places must be preserved even if the memory is painful for some.

And, by the way, that is why Auschwitz still stands and was not torn apart nail by nail by the Jewish people. In fact huge numbers of Jews go to Europe to visit such places, and it would have been tragic if that evil death camp had been vaporized .

——*From the Declaration of Independence:   “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

ASHOKAN FAREWELL.   From the soundtrack of Ken Burn’s Civil War.

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Mt. Tabor Way. October, 2017. By Surfer. Special to Blogfinger.

From Suffering Surfer:    During the summer, I occasionally drove high up (to the summit) of Mt. Tabor and saw a reserved spot. It’s not near my home or I would talk to the person about his/her selfishness. If the person is physically handicapped, then he/she should apply for a special place. I took this picture Tuesday at 1030 am. Apparently, the person still reserves a spot on weekdays in October.
This is what I call a VIP: Very Inconsiderate Parker.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Surfer, as Mickey and Sylvia say, “Love is Strange.”   Our parking problems will never be solved with perfection until the number of cars allowed into town are less than the number of parking spaces.  There are solutions, but none that have been welcomed  with enthusiasm.

The only passable possible solution is to give some preference to those of us who live here (full, part-time and renters) using a system of permit parking.  Since all of us who live here are currently using a certain number of spaces,  giving a preferential nod to us will not decrease the number of spaces for others as has been alleged by naysayers.

But we are done entertaining solutions here. Let the Groaners continue to flail around —getting nowhere.

And by the way, for those who allege that we don’t have parking problems here  (Jack Green said on Facebook that there are only about 18 days at peak season when there is trouble parking), the season extends from May through October  (a full 6 months.)

Just last Saturday, October 7, 2017, there was parking gridlock due to the thousands in Asbury for Zombie Day and the Harvest Festival crowd in the Grove.  Even Zombies and pumpkin sellers are on an equal footing with Grovers in seeking parking spaces.

Anyhow, we have been collecting photos from the “parking wars,” so keep them coming, just for the Heck Avenue of it.

—Paul @Blogfinger

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MICKEY AND SYLVIA:

 

 

 

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True Conversations.  By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger   (Former sports editor of the R-Hi newspaper)

Scene:  Fairlawn High School soccer field—- too many years ago to count.  It’s half time, and the Rutherford High School varsity is playing Fairlawn.  I’m wearing my sweaty navy blue and white RHS uniform, hanging around waiting for the game to resume.

Somebody:   There’s a Fairlawn cheerleader who’s name is Goldfinger.

Me: You’re kidding, right?

Somebody:  No.  She’s a good looker, too.

I grab a buddy, and we walk around the field to the opposite side.  A group of FHS cheerleaders  wearing red and white are standing in a clump talking and giggling. I’ve always had a curiosity about cheerleaders, especially how they do those splits, but I cautiously approached the group and asked, “Do you have a cheerleader named Goldfinger?”

Mildly hostile FHS cheerleader:   “Yes, she is the dark haired one over there.”  She looks promising.

Me to my friend,  “I’ll be right back.”

So I walk up to her.  She is in fact quite appealing in her uniform.

Me:  Hello,  my name is Goldfinger.  Is your name really Goldfinger?

She: Yes.  She doesn’t  seem to be in the mood  to exchange pleasantries with moi.  (I was taking French that year.)

Me:   You know, if we got married, you wouldn’t have to change your name.    (This was an all-time great opening line–or, at least I thought so.)

She: Rolling her eyes, turns and walks away.  Maybe she has no sense of humor, in which case I would not ask her to marry me anyhow.

Me:  I shrug and walk back to our side as the whistle blows.

To be honest, I can’t recall who won the game, but it’s a good thing it wasn’t baseball, because I did strike  out that day.

JIMMY BUFFETT:

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OG North End . No parking. Really?   c 2015. Paul Goldfinger photo.©

 

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This is a monument to double standards, favoritism, failure to follow State laws (e.g. RSIS) and callous disregard for the people of this town. Do you want that repeated at the North End?   Be aware!  Blogfinger photo on Ocean Avenue ©. 2016

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger and Jack Bredin, Blogfinger reporter/researcher.

At every Township Committee meeting, someone from the OGHOA stands up and asks the Neptune  Township attorney whether WAVE finances have been settled in order to allow a Redevelopers Agreement to be signed.  And each time  they are told that no progress has been made.

However, those financial negotiations are only one item that needs to be addressed before a contract between WAVE and the Township is signed, and the Township and the Groaners need to read the North End Redevelopment Plan (NERP)   which was signed in 2008 and which still remains in effect.

There is a North End Redevelopment Subcommittee which has been supposedly following the entire project since 2008, but they don’t seem to be meeting.

The following is a partial list of separate items that the Redevelopment Subcommittee and the OGHOA should have been following, because these issues need to be addressed before the Committee and a redeveloper sign a Redevelopers Agreement to develop the North End project.

Page 23 of the NERP:    “The redevelopment agreement (s) shall contain provisions to ensure the timely construction of the redevelopment project, the qualifications, financial capability, and financial guarantees of the developers (s) and any other provisions necessary to assure the successful completion of the project.”

–Qualifications means, what has WAVE ever built?

–Financial capability means, do they have the money?

–Financial guarantees would require a letter of credit from a bank, payable to Neptune Township if the project is not completed on time pursuant to the Redevelopers Agreement.

–Timely construction of the project means a schedule of dates for when each phase of the project will be completed. The Subcommittee must prepare this schedule

Page 24 of the NERP:  “A redeveloper shall be required to pay their proportional share of the cost of any studies, plans, reports, or analysis prepared by the Township or its designated redevelopment entity as part of the Ocean Grove North End Redevelopment Plan. Any such payments required to reimburse the Township shall be specified in the Redeveloper Agreement.”

–The total could exceed $800,000.00, but according to an OPRA request, many financial records have been destroyed. They must be recovered by the Subcommittee.

Page 19 of the NERP—-under “property to be acquired:”

–“Neptune Township will limit its use of eminent domain to instances where there is a clear public purpose, such as roadway improvements.”

Page 8 and Page 13 of the NERP show a redevelopment map and minimum front yard setback requirements. These pages when viewed together, identify:

–The last block of Beach Avenue to the west.

–The boardwalk to the east.

–The Wesley Lake walkway to the north.

–These 3  are shown as existing municipal streets according to the plan, but they are not; and they need to be acquired through the process of eminent domain before the Redevelopment Contract is signed.    We cannot rely on a fraudulent map.

Page 14 of the NERP—–  Required offsite improvements: “The redeveloper shall reconstruct the structural retaining wall/bulkhead along the site’s frontage on Wesley Lake”

–What is the estimated cost of reconstructing the bulkhead?

Page 6 of the NERP:—-Boardwalk:  “The site is bisected by the boardwalk which provides pedestrian access to Asbury Park to the north and to the Ocean Grove beachfront. The designated developer will be required to create a gateway design feature at the north end of the boardwalk”

–A gateway design feature has not been selected. It is now up to the Subcommittee to select this design feature such as a statue or monument for that location, along with the estimated cost.

Page 14 of the NERP:  What is the estimated cost of “site improvements for streets, water supply, sanitary sewers, and storm water management facilities?”

Page 19 of the NERP—-Easements: “Provisions should be made for an easement to allow access to the eastern parcel (the Pavilion Building) for services, garbage collection, and deliveries.”

Several other major issues related to the NERP must be addressed:

–What is the estimated cost to prepare a plan for the underground parking garage?  Currently there is no plan for a parking garage, and what is the estimated cost to build the parking garage?

–What is the estimated cost to excavate and remove the soil from the site?

–What are the estimated costs to drive the pilings and to construct the hotel? There also is no plan for pilings.

–What are the estimated costs to build the single-family houses and multi-family condominiums and townhouses?

–What are the estimated costs of rebuilding the North End Pavilion (ie the White Whale?)

–What are the estimated costs to rebuild the boardwalk to 60 feet, pursuant to the redevelopment plan, and at what elevation?

–What are the estimated costs to build a waterfront promenade along Wesley Lake?

–What are the estimated costs to build the proposed boat docks? And, can you have a boat dock in a detention basin?

–What are the estimated costs to build the pedestrian bridge over the boardwalk connecting the hotel and the pavilion.

 

Note:  The Committee must be mindful that there will be only one (!) monolithic structure on Block (1).  The pilings, parking garage, hotel and residential units are all attached.

Reporters’ Note:  Before signing a contract with WAVE, the Township must have an estimated total cost of the project along with security bonds from WAVE in that total amount payable to the Township if the project is not completed on time.

So far, after 8 years, the Township Committee has nothing.

We do not need another Esperanza in Ocean Grove.

There are no OG songs, so try this one on for size:

 

 

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By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Kaufmann residence in 1935 for a family from Philadelphia.  It is a marvelous place to visit. Located in a woodsy location  in southwest Pennsylvania, it has recently undergone restoration. Read about it. See link below.

When we went there, there were many photographers. It is considered one of the most important works of American architecture. We learned that Wright designed all the furniture inside and he even wanted to design the clothes for the lady of the house.    Wikipedia on Falling Water

Falling Water. Photo by Paul Goldfinger. © Click left for bigger view.

Fallingwater. Photo by Paul Goldfinger. © Click left for bigger view. Reposted from 2013.

AL JOLSON.  He might as well be singing about Fallingwater in the morning. Butterflies, morning dew , buttercups and morning glories–they’re there too.

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