By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

As many of you know, Rev. John DiGiamberardino, COO of the CMA made a statement at the Neptune Twp. Committee meeting last night regarding  permit parking for residents.

Since we do not accept press releases, what will appear below are excerpts from what he presented at the meeting, sent to us by the Reverend.

It seems that Committeewoman Rizzo shared some details of a permit plan with him, but no one from the HOA or the Committee shared such information with the public. We don’t know what he was shown.   It is premature for Rev. John to draw conclusions regarding a plan which doesn’t officially exist. There is no specific plan on the table at this time.

We did allow some of his comments below because it is so unusual to hear from the CMA in this manner,  but most of his conclusions  seem to us to be bizarre and much too premature to merit debate at this time.  And his threat below, based on such fake news, is wildly inappropriate.

If he wants all of his speech released, he will have to send a letter, as he did regarding  ground rents and post it himself.  Or those of you who want to see the press release in its entirety might be able to get it from the CMA on Pitman Avenue. Or the Coaster may have it Thursday.


Parking Permits in Ocean Grove” by John DiGiamberardino:  (an edited version on Blogfinger)

“Tonight I speak to you as a resident of Ocean Grove.  I oversee the day to day operation as Executive Director of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association and I own a home in Ocean Grove.

“I am against any form of permit parking in Ocean Grove. I also speak for the Board of Trustees of the Camp Meeting who discussed this matter at their recent Board Meeting and expressed their deep concern for permit parking in Ocean Grove.

“Permit parking will have a huge impact on the welcoming spirit of Ocean Grove, on the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, and I believe also will negatively affect property values.  Such an action would detrimentally impact tourism in general and our many constituents attending worship services, concerts and special events as well.

“Reduced beach income could affect our ability to maintain the beach at the highest level.   Allowing parking permits would make us an unfriendly, unwelcoming place for visitors.   Parking permits will create bigger problems that have far reaching implications.

“I also should let you know that our CMA Board will be reserving the option to pursue legal remedies, if necessary, to protect its property rights and those of its constituents.”




By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

We have seen the beginnings of what may be a  trend, and that is homeowners in Ocean Grove who have left or are thinking about leaving because they are dissatisfied with the town.

We personally know  11 families who fall in that category and we wonder how many of you have observed a similar phenomenon.

In the last 15 years or so, there have been positive indicators and negative indicators.  On the positive side we have the impressive improvement in the historical architectural stock due largely to the confident investing by homeowners. This beautification is the most obvious variable that makes the Grove special.  The Ocean doesn’t count because every shore town has that.

And second, there has been a visible change for the better in terms of demographics and diversity. We have seen more young families move here, often as second homers, and they inject a dimension of energy and new ideas. Along with them comes rising home values as OG has been discovered by urban dwellers who want to get away to the beach in about 1 1/2 hours. We also are attracting many young single people who are finding the town to be attractive for them. No more “Ocean Grave.”

I guess we can classify A. Park as a good thing overall, because it offers an opportunity for Grovers to enjoy more lifestyle options next door.

But, on the negative side, we see that the Grove has become more and more popular for tourists resulting in unprecedented congestion, beach crowding and parking issues.

The town has been developing in a disorderly way, without a clear vision for the future.  This is largely due to the inbred agendas of various players including the Township Committee, CMA, developers,, and organizations that  show insufficient regard for the lifestyles and best interests of those who actually live here.

The Township itself seems to have little interest in those who live in Ocean Grove, except for their fascination with our tax money and their tendency to do favors for certain privileged citizens.

Now we have this disturbing emergence of the CMA as an entitled  bully, acting as if it still can steer the future of OG in a direction that suits their “mission”  without mentioning a word about the needs of those who live in town.  They have gone backward in the area of secular entertainment in the Auditorium and they have increased their efforts to bring more visitors and crowding into town, including plans to have more year-round religious programming.

But the CMA  cannot avoid blow-back over this. Their good will in town may become eroded. Much of their income comes from Grovers. 

So what is the net effect of all this?  Any ideas?

KERMIT RUFFINS  from New Orleans, a town that knows who it is.


What parking problems? Blogfinger photo at the North End. ©

August 17, 2017:

In today’s Coaster, they reported that Ann Horan, former president of the Home Groaners, said that “many trustees of the OGCMA do not even know Ocean Grove’s parking problems since few actually live in the historic district.”

Way to go Ann—do you really think that you have to live here to appreciate our parking problems? Those trustees are well aware of our parking issues, especially as it pertains to the concerns expressed in the CMA press release regarding permit parking.

Anyhow, in the absence of investigative reporting by the Coaster, they reported that Rev. DiGiamberardino “did some research and said that two-thirds of the trustees live in OG, either year-round or seasonally.”

Uh oh Ann….you better thoroughly do your homework next time.




A perfect potential Ocean Groovy Airbnb rental–all the charm of our special town. Blogfinger photo. ©  (This is not actually an Airbnb rental; just an illustration)

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

In a recent “just wondering” segment, we began to consider the facts surrounding the new rental phenomenon where people in town can turn their homes into impromptu hotels, making fast money by renting living spaces for short visits—even just one night, but usually defined as less than 30 days.

Or course, there have been rentals, especially summertime, in Ocean Grove, going back to the town’s founding when there was a huge religious tourism industry along with many rooming houses and hotels.

But now, all over the world, homeowners are accepting tenants who connect with others on the Internet—Airbnb has an app.

According to one Grover*, this has become a problem because these Airbnbers ride into town and expect hotel amenities.  They don’t know our rules and customs and they bring parties with them.

But, regarding the rules of the road, Neptune Township has control, and I have spoken to Code Enforcement this morning.

The fact is that Airbnb rentals in Ocean Grove are  no different than any other short term rentals in town.

You may not rent a room.  You may rent an apartment or a house, but with each rental, a CI  (Certificate of Inspection) is required.  If you are doing rapid turnovers, such as one night at at a time, you must renew the CI with each rental.

—-*Airbnb on Blogfinger August 10 post

JOE WILLIAMS imagining a rental in quaint OG:



Our Lady of Mercy Mission. Boca Grande, Gasparilla Island, Fla. 2013. Paul Goldfinger photo. Copyright.

Our Lady of Mercy Mission. Boca Grande, Gasparilla Island, Fla. Paul Goldfinger photo. © Click image for full view.  Reposted on Blogfinger.net from February, 2013,

Katherine Hepburn liked to rent a beach house on this island. Maybe she sat on the porch fretting about Bogie and Bacall.

Ave Maria (after J.S. Bach) incredible–with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir:



See Jane Run…..

Paul Goldfinger ©. Central Park, August, 2014. Blogfinger.net. click to enlarge.





A nice array of local produce including blackberries, blueberries, broccoli,mushrooms, and radishes. Ocean Grove display. Blogfinger photo © 7/15/17  Click  book cover to enlarge the text.


By Eileen and Paul Goldfinger at  @Blogfinger.net.

Most major prevention trials have concluded that fresh fruits and vegetables will help the process due to their nutritional content of  fiber and micronutrients including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.  This dietary approach is one of the major reasons why the Mediterranean Diet has been found to be so beneficial.

There is a reason why New Jersey is called the Garden State.  Local farms are turning out a great crop for 2017 including big, beautiful beefsteak tomatoes and a record breaking peach crop.

This is the first generation in America where we can look forward to fresh produce all year round, instead of only in season, thanks to advances in packaging and shipping.  And that includes fresh seafood.

So take advantage of using these healthful Garden State ingredients over the next couple of months.  (Hint: Point Pleasant scallops–Here is a link to Eileen’s Pt. Pleasant scallops with tomato and scallion sauce)

Pt. Pleasant scallop recipe by Eileen


Carol Dunleavy announces her grand opening. She says that her office is “non-neon!”


DEA and ATF federal officers at a surprise raid to capture an alleged drug dealer. 8/16/17. APP photograph.   Manchester, NJ  is in Ocean County, near Toms River.  APP.com has more photos and an action video.

By Paul Goldfinger, MD.  Editor @Blogfinger.net


This drug trafficking ring has been supplying death dealing poisons to citizens of Monmouth and Ocean Counties where opiate related mortalities have been going up sharply.

From NJ.com in March 2017:

“Authorities are working with the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Medical Examiner’s Office and other health officials to figure out why the northeast coastal communities are “disproportionately impacted” when compared to the rest of the state. ”

Below is the official document dated Tuesday, August 15, 2017 by the United States Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York, by the Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim.   Special to Blogfinger from official sources, August 15, 2017.


“Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Carl J. Kotowski, the Special Agent in Charge of the New Jersey Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”), today announced the unsealing of an indictment charging 12 defendants with participating in a drug trafficking organization that distributed large quantities of heroin in and around Monmouth and Ocean Counties, New Jersey, and obtained the heroin from Washington Heights and the Bronx, among other places. In conjunction with the unsealing of the Indictment, search warrants were executed at several locations in New Jersey.

“Acting U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim stated: “As alleged, this organization transported large quantities of heroin from Washington Heights and the Bronx across the Hudson to Monmouth and Ocean Counties in New Jersey, helping to fuel the opioid epidemic plaguing our nation. Today’s arrests of twelve alleged members of this heroin distribution organization is part our sustained commitment, along with our partners at the DEA, to stop the flow of heroin into and out of New York.”

“DEA Special Agent in Charge Carl J. Kotowski said: “Today’s arrests should send a clear message to the drug traffickers that DEA and our partners are committed to keeping our neighborhoods safe. Those arrested are facing significant time in prison and will no longer be pushing their poison.”

“Mr. Kim thanked the DEA Monmouth Ocean HIDTA Task Force for their outstanding work on the investigation. The Monmouth Ocean HIDTA Task Force comprises representatives from the DEA, the ATF, the New Jersey State Police, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, Toms River Police Department, and the Neptune Township Police Department. Mr. Kim also thanked the Howell Police Department, the Freehold Township Police Department, the Lakewood Police Department, the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office, the Union County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey for their assistance in this investigation. He added that the investigation is continuing.

“This matter is being handled by the Office’s Narcotics Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys Elizabeth A. Hanft and Michael D. Neff are in charge of the prosecution.

“The charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


(note: italics are ours at BF)


New shop on Main Avenue. Note neon sign in window which sometimes blinks. Blogfinger photo © 8/15/17

From Neon Leon:  I don’t think that neon signage is appropriate  in the historic district.  There are at least 3 businesses that have it.

Is there any regulation that forbids neon signs?

BROOKS AND DUNN:  “Neon Moon.”