May 31, 2014. Flea Market Day. Paul Goldfinger photo. Blogfinger.net ©. Ocean Grove lifestyles.


JOHN PHILLIP SOUSA.  “The Washington Post.”  Patriotism is part of Ocean Grove’s history. Sousa often played in the Great Auditorium, and the  American flag flies around the town of OG.

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy. This photo was published in the Pfizer Labs calendar for December, 1989. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Florence, Italy. This photo was published in the Pfizer Labs calendar for December, 1989. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Re-posted from 2017 Blogfinger. Christmas Day. Blogfinger.net.


ELLIS MARSALIS  (From his album A New Orleans Christmas)



By Eileen Goldfinger, Food Editor  @Blogfinger

Preheat cast iron skillet on medium heat.  It needs to be very hot.

8 large sea scallops

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon chili powder


1/2 mango peeled and diced

1/4 red bell pepper, minced

1 tablespoon jalapeno pepper, minced

3 scallions, minced including part of the green section

1/4 teaspoon ground garlic

1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated

pinch of salt and freshly grated black pepper

2 tablespoons Ponzu (or 1 tbs. orange juice and 1 tbs. soy sauce)

Mix all the salsa ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.


Sprinkle a small amount of salt, pepper and chili powder on both sides of the scallops.

Put the olive oil in the cast iron skillet and brush the oil to cover the pan surface.

Place the scallops in the pan and don’t move them until they form a brown crust on the bottoms. This should take about 3 minutes.  Turn them over and repeat the process on the other side, cook another 3 minutes.

Cut into one of the scallops, if the inside is still translucent, continue to cook scallops for another 1 or 2 minutes.

Remove scallops from  pan, plate them and dress them with the salsa.

Serves 2

Photo by Paul Goldfinger

MUSIC:  By Celia Cruz (The Queen of Salsa): “La Vida es un Carnival.” (Life is a Carnival).

Ocean Grove by Paul Goldfinger ©. October, 2018.  Click to enlarge


MEN’S CHOIR  from Sex and the City movie soundtrack.



Peek-a-boo. Sunset farmers market in Asbury Park. 8/8/20. All photos by Paul Goldfinger, Blogfinger.net ©



Jersey corn: the best. Blogfinger.net



Preserves and piri-piri sauce. And smart talk by women with a truck.  Blogfinger.net.



Girls in their summer clothes. Asbury market— squeezing the goods. Where’s his mask?   Blogfinger.net



Editor’s note:   Despite all the rulings by the Governor, human instincts bubble to the surface and spill over.   The lively attendance at this farmers market shows that folks want to get out.

The idea to  wear  masks and to distance  when outdoors is a problem for many;  some seem to think that one or the other is sufficient, and sometimes they are right, but not always.

Distancing on the streets of the Grove is easy,  but not so much as  when walking downtown.  The boardwalk and the beach are iffy, depending on the congestion.  I drove through Belmar yesterday, and distancing seemed quite good, but their beach is huge. However at sidewalk cafes, it isn’t very good among teenagers.

Here at the  Asbury Sunset Avenue farmers market, masked compliance is exceptional, but the intermingling of people is sort of unavoidable as when someone steps next to you to reach for a zucchini or leans over to find you a good tomato.   But such brief encounters don’t seem to be so risky, especially if the parties are wearing masks.

However being at this market feels good because it reproduces the  impression of normalcy, and the people there seem happy. They are relaxed with their kids, their dogs, their friends and good Jersey produce.

It reminds us that the good will of citizens sharing their worlds with others must be accomplished in our country where we are used to freedom.

And how to balance the times of our lives while protecting health remains a challenge, but the people will help decide, not just politicians.

—Paul Goldfinger, MD.   Editor Blogfinger.net    8/8/20.


PAUL ANKA:  “Times of Your Life”

A good sized crowd attended today’s Sunset Market. Most wore masks, and the displays were a cornucopia. Paul Goldfinger photo. August 8, 2020 ©

A Jersey tomato. Blogfinger photo. 8/8/20

They will open Saturdays from 8-1.  Three farmers had fresh picked Jersey produce including tempting tomatoes  which are good, but don’t buy them too soft.    And there was a tableful of wonderful Jersey corn.

Also the Italian baker was there with his home-grown gabfest and his wonderful aged Italian cheese, breads, and pastries as well.

The pickle man and a table featuring  preserves and piri-piri sauce were there also. Beautiful sunflowers were on display.

I picked up a few items just to get an idea:

Notice the fig bar, green squash, yellow squash,  roasted peppers and the aforementioned Italian cheese–a special sort of provolone.  We also got Jersey peaches.  Blogfinger photo. August 8.

JUDY GARLAND invites us to the fair in St. Louis.  Unlike Ocean Grove, you can dance the hoochie coochie to live music there.  This is “Meet Me in St. Louis” original cast.

For a rainy day….

Fletcher Lake, Ocean Grove. January 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Fletcher Lake, Ocean Grove. January 2014. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Click to enlarge.


ACADEMY OF ST. MARTIN IN THE FIELDS.  BACH:    Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings and Continuo #5 in F minor

Belmar Freedman's

Belmar Freedman’s. Internet photo. Re-post from 2018.


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor Blogfinger.net

Freedman’s use to have many stores in this area, but their flagship in Belmar is all that’s left. The link below tells the story.  We had announced this in “Wassup” but some Grovers wanted to talk about it, so  we have moved it here.

The nostalgia at the shore never ends. People have so many associations. Freedman’s had the best challah breads and babkas  (yeast cakes from Eastern Europe. The Freedman’s style was Jewish and made with chocolate or cinnamon. We have one in the freezer.)

During the recent Jewish New Year  (It is 5774, but who’s counting?) we called Freedman’s to order a babka.  They said we are not making them this year, but we have rugelach  (another little Polish cake.)  We were disappointed, so I ordered the rugelach.

When I got to Freedman’s to pick up the order (which included two challahs with raisins), there on the counter, right in front of me, were 2 babkas.  I said, “I thought you weren’t baking these.”  The young lady behind the counter smiled, shrugged and said,  “I guess the baker changed his mind.”  I loved the answer as I pointed to one of two that remained.


From JW:

Rats! the closing of the last Freedman’s Bakery is like the final nail in the coffin of the old Jersey Shore . Hope someone saves the classic 1950′s-60′s sign.

So where am I gonna get salt sticks–at Wegman’s? Don’t think so.


From Frank S:

Yep unfortunately JW is correct in that more & more “old” Jersey Shore places are disappearing. In no particular order I suggest we all patronize before they are gone : Vic’s in Bradley Beach, Vesuvios in Belmar, Hincks in Wall, The Circus in Wall, Franks in Asbury, Freddies in Long Branch, Original Windmill in Long Branch, Brothers in Red Bank, etc., etc. I probably forgot some.


THE JIVE FIVE:  “My True Story.”   A blast from the past from Gus Gossert’s 25 Favorite New York Doo-Wop Songs.



Greenleaf Park is at the confluence of Mt. Tabor Way, Mt.Carmel Way, and New York Avenue,.  Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photograph on Aug. 6, 2020, 7 pm. ©


THE BEATLES:  “Penny Lane.”    2015 Stereo Mix..





Paul  (“Paulie D”)  Devine of Heck Avenue gets his hair cut by daughter Megan, visiting from the Windy City. August 7, 2020. Jean Bredin photograph.


In Chicago, sitting in a barber chair could be a worrisome experience. But recently in the Grove it is a rare experience.  So many of us have been walking around with bushy hair styles, but now the barber shops are open again.

Paulie D. has the best of all worlds; he is getting a haircut without moving his car.  Nice job Megan—Paulie D. is looking human again—planet of the apes no more.


ASTRUD GILBERTO:    “Summer Samba—-So Nice.”    From the motion picture  soundtrack of Something’s Gotta Give.


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