Black Lives Matter  demonstration.   Asbury Park near Wesley Lake., June 1, 2020. Paul Goldfinger photograph. © Click to enlarge.


A view of AP near the New Jersey Avenue bridge; taken from the Ocean Grove side. The demonstrators passed the entrance to the OG bridge and continued eastward.   June 1, 2020.©. Blogfinger.net. Click to enlarge.

Protesting can be a messy matter, but it is in the best traditions of our American origins. On December 16, 1773, the Boston Tea Party was held:


Photograph by P. Goldfinger from a computer display.

From the History Channel:

The Boston Tea Party was a political protest that occurred on December 16, 1773, at Griffin’s Wharf in Boston, Massachusetts. American colonists, frustrated and angry at Britain for imposing “taxation without representation,” dumped 342 chests of tea, imported by the British East India Company into the harbor. The event was the first major act of defiance to British rule over the colonists. It showed Great Britain that Americans wouldn’t take taxation and tyranny sitting down, and rallied American patriots across the 13 colonies to fight for independence.

It took nearly three hours for more than 100 colonists dressed as Indians to empty the tea into Boston Harbor. The chests held more than 90,000 lbs. (45 tons) of tea, which would cost nearly $1,000,000 dollars today.

Many American leaders were against this event including George Washington.

But this was about more than taxes.  In 1770, the Boston Massacre occurred causing the deaths of 5 colonists, and the American people were still furious.

Below is a link regarding the Boston Tea Party.


The Asbury event was fairly tame as such demonstrations go.  Most Americans understand and tolerate protests.

I am reminded of this because we all need to recognize the importance of protesting, but we also need to encourage our local governments to make sure that there is no violence and/or destruction of our neighborhoods.

Just because a cause makes sense shouldn’t mean that the cost should be unlimited and unsafe.

–Paul Goldfinger, Editor at Blogfinger.net

JUDY COLLINS    “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” was written in 1969 by Paul Simon.

Mohini (Enchantment)


Princeton University Art Museum. 2013. by Paul Goldfinger ©

Princeton University Art Museum. 2013. by Paul Goldfinger © Click to enlarge.



“Mahini  (Enchantment”)   by Yo-Yo Ma with the Silk Road Ensemble from the album  The Essential Yo-Yo Ma:




Bishop Jane’s Tabernacle, a religious historic icon in Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photo. April 17, 2021. ©


By Paul Goldfinger, MD,  Editor, Blogfinger.net

Here is a link to an excellent account of OG’s history by a Grover author, Perdita Buchan.  If you read it, I guarantee that you will find out information about our town that you did not know.

What I like about this article is the accurate recognition that we are not only a religious community, something which we have been talking about on Blogfinger and which has been ignored by the travel media such as National Geographic.

Here is a sample paragraph from Perdita’s 2015 review, and below that is a link. The last sentence is most critical.

“Certainly one can’t regret the town’s revival, a vibrant return from its late twentieth century decline. And if the neo-Victorians often miss the mark, no one would want a high rise.

“Still, architectural change marks social change. Just as tents became cottages and cottages grew into houses, so the focus of the town shifted from rustic retreat to “The Queen Of Christian Resorts.” Initially, that change happened as part of the plan of the Camp Meeting’s leaders, so that a certain communal sensibility was maintained.

“There is much less now to link the town to its Methodist roots.”





And here is a link to Perdita’s 2019 novel  the Carousel Carver which we reviewed on Blogfinger.… Click on “Continue reading…”

Ocean Grove author presents her latest novel: “The Carousel Carver” by Perdita Buchan


THE NUTMEGS:     “Story Untold.”



Ocean Grove water tower near the border with B. Beach on Main Street. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to enlarge.


By Paul Goldfinger, MD, Editor  Blogfinger.net


Water towers are found up and down the Jersey Shore.  They often are the first structures visible as one enters a shore town.  Does anyone know why this one does not have the town’s name on it?



“STATUES AND STORIES:”   From the original cast recording of the Light in the Piazza by Adam Guettel.


Main Street. Neptune/Ocean Grove near Bradley Beach. Paul Goldfinger photograph ©  Click to enlarge



“S’Rothe-Zauerli”    From the soundtrack of the Grand Budapest Hotel

Paul Goldfinger portrait of a BMW  in Deal, New Jersey.


This is a BMW  Z-4– 2009.   It is one of the best looking sport cars on the road today.   It wasn’t  even broken in until it reached 30,000 miles.  It has a high performance engine and is a stick shift.  It was first introduced in 2009 when BMW redesigned the Z-4 for that model year.   It has a retractable hard top. The interior is red.


Joni Mitchell   (live):   “In France They Kiss on Main Street.”    Note that Joni sings about kissing in the back seat, but not in this car.


US and Afghan troops in country .  A U.S. soldier runs near a special forces unit of the Afghan National Army during a morning training session last year on a base near Kabul. (Lorenzo Tugnoli for The Washington Post)

This letter’s request was also sent to Neptune Township re: “creating an event.”    Troops should be home by Sept. 11.
Not inanimate objects or “boots on the ground.”   RATHER, human beings!
Someone’s brother, sister, mother, father  cousin, uncle, aunt,  or someone’s friend!
“Paul: I hope Neptune Township officially creates an event  (with pandemic safe-guards in mind) in recognition of the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan;  a home-coming honoring our returning soldiers, those who died or were injured, and their families.”
Tim Scranton
Ocean Grove.
April 17, 2021
Wesley Lake. Ocean Grove side. Paul Goldfinger photo ©


By Paul Goldfinger.  Blogfinger.net    RE-POST FROM 2019.


This is what Blogfinger said on Nov. 15, 2019,  when we reported on that infamous and incomplete Planning Board meeting of November 13, 2019 regarding the new North End Redevelopment Plan:

“What about the ground water pipe from Wesley Lake that discharges into the ocean? The new development will dump its dirty ground water into the Lake. Who has promised that the system will work and be maintained? That should be in writing.

“The developers’ engineer said that dumping that dirty water into the ocean is  ‘good thing’ because  ‘you can’t flood the ocean.’   He also claimed that the pipe contains a ‘water quality device,’ but nobody knows if it actually works or how it works. Should we trust this developer to care about the environment?”


Now  (11/19)  we have learned that the Wesley Lake Commission, particularly the Asbury Park contingent, is interested in this subject.  We heard from Doug McQueen, an involved and knowledgeable member of the the Commission.   He has expressed his concern in writing about a “potential negative impact” which the proposed North End Plan might cause due to increased dirty ground water dumping into the Lake.

He has contacted the NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection and the Green Acres program.

His information to us indicates that Jersey Shore towns, including our two towns, have been dumping ground water into their lakes for many years, and any township can give permission to a developer to do so.

But, since Wesley Lake is part of Green Acres, the two towns are “encumbered” by regulations that should forbid such increased pollution without going through a complex procedure with the Green Acres program.

McQueen is concerned that the developers and the towns  might seek  loopholes which would permit the OGNED North End  development to dirty the lake  (and secondarily the ocean) even more.

It is encouraging that at least one official body is taking an interest in protecting Wesley Lake.  As you all know, Wesley Lake is shared by A. Park and Neptune  (the town , not the planet.).  So finally, the folks on the A. Park side are appropriately worried about the Lake as it relates to what is planned on the other side.

We will look forward to learning more about the WLC’s efforts.


DON SHIRLEY  from the soundtrack of the movie Green Book.  “The Lonesome Road.”


Editor’s note:

Here is a link to a 2019 article on this topic by Jack Bredin:

About Wesley Lake pollution


And, if you think that concern about the Lake is something new, this Letter to the Editor appeared in April  4, 1901 in the Shore Press--based in Asbury Park, headlined    ”

“Complain to Ocean Grove officials”–a letter to the editor:

“The practice of the Ocean Grove  authorities  in dumping refuse taken from the bottom of Wesley Lake on the lots and streets in close proximity to residences in Ocean Grove is reprehensible and deserving of the severest censure.   This vile smelling refuse will certainly not be conducive to good health.

“There are many poor people in Ocean Grove who miss the money they are obliged to pay for having the ashes carted away, and I think I am right when I say that no germs or diseases are found in ashes.

“But this vile, rank smelling refuse must be filled with disease germs when the hot, dry winds of spring and summer scatter them all through town. How can it be otherwise? 

“Can’t some action be taken to stop this nuisance?

Indignant Ocean Grover.


EDITOR’S NOTE  APRIL 2021.   We need an update from the Wesley Lake Commission to tell the public if they have reviewed the NJDEP reports regarding the OGNED  (North End Plan)  CAFRA application as it pertains to  Wesley Lake ground water issues.

In reviewing their minutes on line from Jan, Feb and March 2021, there is no indication that they are paying any attention to the OGNED plans to keep Wesley Lake clean.  OGNED should have included such plans in their CAFRA application.

Where is the WLC on this?

-Blogfinger.net  April 2021.




This photograph of the Asbury Park boardwalk by Paul Goldfinger is from 2014 when Ocean Grove’s boardwalk was out of commission due to Sandy. The young lady in the middle is Rose of Washington Square.


JAZZMEN TOO NUMEROUS TO COUNT:  Warren Vaché, Randy Sandke, Wyclif Gordon, Ken Peplowski, Joe Temperley, Howard Alden,  Eric Reed, Rodney Whitaker, Joe Ascione and Scott Robinson at the JVC Jazz Festival.


“Rose of Washington Square.”


Paul Goldfinger,  Editor. Blogfinger.net

If you attend an organ recital at the Great Auditorium or one of the more complicated classical performances such as the Verdi Requiem, you realize that there are hundreds and sometimes thousands of people who will enjoy this type of music in Ocean Grove. Classical music seems to go well with Sunday mornings; maybe because it has been performed so often in churches over the centuries.

This piece is from 17th century Italy. The echo parts remind me of the rear organ register in the Great Auditorium.

The performance is by a group that plays period instruments. Giovanni Fontana (1571-1630) was a composer of Baroque works. He wrote 18 sonatas and he died during a plague in Padua.   —Paul Goldfinger


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