Michelle Williams in a scene from “My Week With Marilyn.”  Re-posted from 2012 on Blogfinger.


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger


Marilyn Monroe, the voluptuous pin-up girl of the 1950’s and the star of every boy’s dreams, is the subject of the movie “My Week With Marilyn.” The film depicts a slice of her life when, at the peak of her fame, she goes to England to make a movie with Sir Laurence Olivier. She is depicted wonderfully by the gorgeous Michelle Williams, who re-creates all the Marilyn moves complete with shimmies, winks, bouncing curves and breathy voice.

She is depicted as she was: part vulnerable woman and part petulant child.  Huge success and tragedy accompany her. In the film she is on her honeymoon with Arthur Miller, but he leaves for a week, and she gets to spend time with the 23 year old “third director” who becomes her pal. The story is taken from a book published in 2000.

Michelle Williams with her usual hairstyle

Michelle Williams, age 31, received an Academy Award nomination for her acting. If you are a Marilyn fan, you will love this movie. It has just been released on “pay per view.”

There’s a fine soundtrack which includes the pianist Lang Lang. Also, Nat King Cole, from the same era as Marilyn, performs one song, but it is perfect as a musical background for Marilyn Monroe as we like to remember her.



This is the  link to the Blogfinger article from last year with the photograph of the couple dancing.

BF post about Marilyn Monroe


And here is our post showing Eve Arnold, the Magnum photographer with Marilyn:


Photography on the set of “The Misfits.” 1961

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Postcard. Gates were opened permanently in 1980.

Postcard. Gates were opened permanently in 1980.

This sign hangs in the Historical Society museum on Pitman Ave.

This sign hangs in the Historical Society museum on Pitman Ave.  Blogfinger photo.

A ruling by the NJ Supreme Court in 1979 declared this and other blue laws to be unconstitutional as administered by the Camp Meeting Association.  The official governance turnover to Neptune Township took place in 1980 after the US Supreme Court refused to hear the case.

As you can see, the “gates” were not actually gates.   There was a chain.  The police officer was an Ocean Grove policeman.  Now you can even get a bus in OG  on Sunday into New York City.



Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger.   (this post is from 2014, but history is always timely, and the comments with this post are very stimulating.)   If you have any comments now, please send them by email or by using the comments button below.

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At the far reaches of Heck Ave. a successful sale was underway. Left to right: Mike, Nadine, Rosa and Tony. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

At the far reaches of Heck Ave. a successful sale was underway. Left to right: Mike, Nadine, Rosa and Tony. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  5/9/15


Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger   This is what success looks like at the Blogfinger OG Town-Wide Yard sale; even with some rain.       Join us on June 18, 2022 for the 11th Annual.

May 9, 2015. Ocean Grove, New Jersey:

The weather man let us down for the 4th Annual Blogfinger Town-wide Yard Sale.  After reports of fine weather for Saturday, fog and chilly temperatures rolled in this morning.  The sales all over town quickly burst into a hive of activity.  Out-of-towners and Grovers used the Sale maps and  address lists which we provided in addition to the Internet post and made the rounds rather quickly.

A lot of goods were sold within the first couple of hours. As predicted, most of the sellers and buyers enjoyed the social interactions as they found all sorts of goodies to buy.  We met a man who was buying gold and silver.  He told us that he paid one Grover over $2,000.00 for jewelry.


Grovers catch up. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Grovers catch up. Paul Goldfinger photo ©


People drove, walked and biked to the sale locations.  At around 10:30 am it began to rain.  Although the rain didn’t last long, it did put a damper on the situation.  Some sellers folded their tents, while others battened the hatches  (thank goodness for porches) and then resumed the marketplace later.

I rode around on my bike after the rain and found almost everyone I came in contact with to be happy and excited  about the event.  By 2:00 pm, it began to drizzle and fizzle. But I have noticed that our yard sales tend to poop out by early to mid afternoon.

Not enough room? No problem. Blogfinger photo.

Not enough room? No problem. Blogfinger photo.

I met several sellers who live in Manhattan and Ocean Grove, and they love it in the Grove and they were getting a kick out of interacting with the folks.  All said they wished they could spend more time here.   Parking was no problem for this weekend, so many buyers drove around town, although I did meet some who walked or biked everywhere, from neighborhood to neighborhood.


Conversations. The heck with sale---on Heck.

Conversations. The heck with the sale—on Heck.

At our sale, Eileen and I had all sorts of interesting conversations about our for sale items, but others had to do with seeing Grovers who had returned from their winters away as well as other topics such as the guy who recommended the new Asbury beer garden as a place to hear first rate live music.   He said that he was just there to hear a Grammy nominee perform on guitar, doing jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt.

A woman even had something to say about the music we were playing.  She said that she was “acoustically sensitive.”  She was liking Nora Jones—–someone worth being distracted by. We were selling some vinyl 33 1/3 records, mostly of Broadway shows.

A Grover showed up who used to perform in Broadway shows, and we had a great discussion about Jerry Orbach’s career, the best songs in Guys and Dolls, and his life as an actor in The Fantasticks at the Sullivan Street Playhouse in The Village. (He played one of the fathers, and he sang “Plant a Radish.”)  He told us that the  show always began early, so a young performer, getting out of work at 9:30 pm in Greenwich Village, had all sorts of opportunities for good times.   His name?   Carl Swenson  (“Cards by Carl”  in Ocean Grove.)

I visited a number of our sites. Someone sold a bicycle for $150.00. Another couple quickly sold a bedroom set.

Several people approached me with a variety of  “scoops” for Blogfinger—in the spirit of the citizen reporter.  We received enough compliments and words of encouragement for BF to last quite a while.




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Emilia smiling in the take-out area at Del Ponte Bros. Creamery and Café. 600 Main Street in Bradley Beach.    6/16/20. Paul Goldfinger photos. Blogfinger.net . Click to look at her eyes–she is smiling.


Del Ponte’s Creamery and Café. Blogfinger photo. 6/16/20 ©


By Paul Goldfinger, coffee editor @Blogfinger.net  June 16, 2020.


The Del Ponte Creamery and Café just opened one week ago. It is next to Del Ponte’s Italian Bakery across from the Bradley Beach train station.

Because I am forever searching for a convincing cup of coffee around here, that is what I tried first, and their coffee was amazing.

The last time I had such good coffee was at the French Café in Ft. Myers, Florida, or else in Italy.   (Not little Italy, but big Italy–in Tuscany.)

The place is spotless and beautifully set up, with a selection of gelatos which is the best I have seen outside of Île Saint-Louis in Paris.

The menu contains a tempting array of desserts, but this time I tried only the coffee.

My preference today was to take my coffee and go next door to Del Ponte’s Bakery for one of their remarkable cinnamon raisin buns with icing on top—none better, but get there early for that item.  They are big, so I bought one and brought half home to Eileen.

The Creamery does not sell baked goods.  We must try the gelato.

If you love coffee, go there just for that.


2022 note:  You will notice the glass opening to the street pictured above.  It reminds me of the soda shops in New York and New Jersey where, years ago, you could get ice cream, egg creams, sodas and malts while ordering from the street.

The glass structure that opens and closes is made by a Virginia company called ActivWall.  They will be using the Blogfinger photo above for their marketing campaigns.

The Del Ponte family is from Little Italy in New York, so that might explain the use of the street approach in Bradley Beach.

A few years ago, our black and white image of the Eiffel Tower was used in an ad campaign in Spain.  And it is not uncommon for Internet photo thieves to post our pictures without our consent or payment.  ActivWall contacted us for permission.


LOUIS PRIMA:   from the soundtrack of HBO’s wonderful show Tremé


“Buona Sera.”



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Paris. 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo.©


By Paul Goldfinger, Music Editor @Blogfinger   2013.


BOB DYLAN:  This is from his new album Triplicate, just released a couple of days ago.   We knew from his last album Shadows in the Night, that Bob Dylan could apply his immense talent to popular music from the Great American Songbook.  He just won the Nobel Prize in Literature, so we know that his choice of such songs would always stress the words as well as  the phrasing and the arrangements.

That is how Sinatra viewed the music that he performed.  Now Dylan has come out with an album where he presents songs that Sinatra had recorded. And he brings a wonderful and touching emotion, style and meaning to these 30 compositions.

Jonathan Schwartz, the guru of the Great American Songbook, said that Dylan loves Sinatra’s work (who could have known?), and Dylan pays homage here by his meticulous choice of  songs done with unassailable attention to detail.

From Triplicate, here is “Once Upon a Time”, a 1962 piece from the musical All American.  Dylan’s version is beautiful.


“Once upon a time
The world was sweeter than we knew
Everything was ours
How happy we were then
But somehow once upon a time
Never comes again.”




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Bill Carroll with (L to R) Tessa (10, ) Olivia (13,)  Emma (5) Sophia (15), and Bill (46).  Photo by Mrs. Carroll.   Ocean Grove lifestyles. ©


Paul Goldfinger, Editor Blogfinger.net


We often post  portraits of Grovers, so we are delighted to publish this family rendezvous.   If  you send us portraits, please send quality images and include a story to go with it.

Hi Paul,

I was just cleaning out my photos on my wife’s phone.  We have a summer house on Mt. Tabor and have been coming to Ocean Grove since the year my oldest daughter Sophia was born 1998.  We like to get egg sandwiches in AP at that small news stand and then go to the beach.  

The girls love the time we can spend in OG and we can’t wait to come back this summer.  We purchased our home when we were living in Jersey City and are now back in Cazenovia, NY near family.

It reminded me of some of the pictures you post, so feel free to share!

Thanks for keeping us updated all year and I thoroughly appreciate your blog!  It is a great service for the Grove!!

Bill Carroll


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Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Paul Goldfinger photograph. Blogfinger.net © Undated

Ocean Grove, New Jersey. Paul Goldfinger photograph. Blogfinger.net © Undated


By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor @Blogfinger.   Be sure to read the comments below from 2015.  Others can be added now (2022)

Ocean Grove United foolishly bowed out of the ceremonies in Auditorium Square Park today. The event was to thank everyone who participated in the Together Campaign. The word Together in the title was chosen for a reason—–all components of the Ocean Grove community joined together to work towards a complete Sandy recovery, and that included the OGU membership and leadership.

Now, because one man said certain things in a religious service seven days ago, this group was willing to cast aside a relationship that has been three years in the making. Why is that a good idea? Do you OGU members really want to divorce yourselves from your town over this? Do you really believe that Ocean Grove is a place that is anti-gay?   Is that your message to a town that has embraced the gay community?

I know more gay people in this town than I ever knew in my entire life. I have learned so much about that community and I am happy to be in a place that is exemplary in its tolerance.

OGU members: How about finding a different way to deal with the current situation, one that will continue to bring everyone together and to focus on what’s right and good in this very special town.


CHRIS MARTIN   (Coldplay)   “Us Against the World.”

“The tightrope that I’m walking just sways and ties
The devil as he’s talking with those angel’s eyes
And I just want to be there when the lightning strikes
And the saints go marching in..”


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Marilyn Monroe, no longer in the dark. Marilyn Monroe, no longer in the dark.  Photographer George Barris made Marilyn smile.  I always imagined that she was smiling at me.





By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger  (re-posted from November, 2014)


Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jean Mortenson in Los Angeles on June 1,  1926.  She tragically died at the age of 36. She was the pin-up girl for most of the guys from my generation.  Marilyn was not only a movie star, but she also was a singer.  Remember “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes?

Many years ago I found this photo  (above)  of MM in a shop on Thompson Street in  Greenwich Village where they sold images of Hollywood stars.  I loved her smile, her hair, and her towel. The picture was provocative even though it is rated P.G. (my initials)

Marilyn has been on the wall of my dark room for many years, so she was always smiling at me, keeping me company, while I was engaged in that solitary activity. Now, as I take down that old technology, the photo of Marilyn will remain, as the dark room takes on new digital form.

There were many photographers who were known for their images of her—tens of thousands of photos of Marilyn exist.

Those who were privileged to photograph her included many great names such as  Avedon, Bachrach, Eisenstadt and Newman.

We recently wrote a post about the photographers on the movie set of The Misfits, where MM was photographed with Clark Gable, Montgomery Clift, Arthur Miller, and Eli Wallach.   BF about The Misfits

She was a passionate and vulnerable  person who, like a beautiful butterfly,  flitted from one to another without landing happily.  Here is a quote from Marilyn herself, “I knew I belonged to the public and to the world, not because I was talented or even beautiful but because I had never belonged to anything or anyone else.
” –From the Unfinished Biography of Marilyn Monroe

Her singing was wispy and sexy. Recently Barry Manilow decided to make an album of “Dream Duets” using technology to bring him together in song with his departed musical heroes.  One of the songs was with Marilyn.


MARILYN MONROE  Gentlemen Prefer Blonds




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Surfer and trawler. Bob Bowné. Special to Blogfinger. ©   Click to see the surf rider.  Re-post.  Check the prior comments.


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net


When the subject of a dog beach at the North End was proposed and denied, attention was called to a special area of the OG beach, at the North End, which has been set aside for surfers.

Was this another example of favoritism in the Grove?  Surfers in this town are like a fraternity, similar to the lifeguards and the firemen. They are protective of their privilege at the North End even though surfing around here isn’t as glorious as some places.

Once the public gets a whiff of favoritism (as in Mary’s Place zoning) the bar gets lowered for suspicion of more of the same.

We made some inquiries and learned that the decision to establish a surfers beach came from a desire to improve water safety. Some swimmers had been knocked over by surfers, and the surfers beach restricts surfers to that location while banning swimmers at the same place.    Despite the lack of swimmers, a life guard station is posted there anyhow.

Ocean Grove’s  beach popularity has been growing, and it gets pretty crowded at peak summer season.  Some wonder if surf safety could be improved while making the north beach open for swimmers.

Once the lifeguards leave the OG beach, however, all bets are off for swimmers and surfers.  Swim and ride the waves at your own risk from north to south.


BRIAN STOKES MITCHELL.  From his album Simply Broadway.  “The Impossible Dream” is from Don Quixote.  The song is dedicated to the surfers who go out alone to challenge the ocean and dream  the impossible wave.

Bob Bowné, whose photograph is shown above, is a Grover who used to make a profession of photographing surfers for magazines.


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By Eve Arnold during the rehearsals for The Misfits. Marilyn Monroe dances with her husband Arthur Miller. By Eve Arnold during the rehearsals for The Misfits. Marilyn Monroe dances with her husband Arthur Miller.


By Paul Goldfinger, Photography Editor @Blogfinger.net


Eve Arnold was a photojournalist who was often featured on the pages of Look and Life magazines in the 1950’s.  She was known for her photo essays featuring world famous individuals such as Joseph McCarthy, Malcolm X, and many celebrities.  She was the first woman to be accepted to the famed photo agency Magnum. Eve Arnold said that she wanted to be known as a photographer and not as a female photographer.

In 1960, Eve Arnold spent two months on the Nevada movie set for the John Huston film The Misfits.  She had a special relationship with Marilyn Monroe. Arthur Miller wrote the screenplay especially for his wife.   They had married in 1956, and they broke up in 1961 after the filming.

In an interview, he said, “I would not have written it except for Marilyn. I wrote it for her. It was the only time I did write anything for an actor and, had I not known her, I would not have begun such a thing. She had lost a child in early pregnancy, which really upset her a lot, so it was a kind of a gift. It was also the expression of a kind of belief in her as an actress.”



“This Time the Dream’s On Me” by Harold Arlen (music) and Johnny Mercer (lyrics)

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