WWI memorial in Belmar, New Jersey. Nov. 2013, Paul Goldfinger photo ©

WWI memorial in Belmar, New Jersey. Nov. 2013, Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Korean War vets march in Middletown parade. Nov. 10, 2013. Asbury Park Press photo. Nov. 11.

Korean War vets march in Middletown parade. Nov. 10, 2013. Asbury Park Press photo. Nov. 11.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

In WWI, the US mobilized over 4 million people.  We had 323,000 casualties. Now is the 100th anniversary of the conclusion to that war.

In WWII we mobilized 16 million and had over 1 million casualties.   Of course we lost people in many other conflicts as well.  Below is a link that shows all the numbers.


Bayonne, NJ 1945. upper left clockwise: Al Demby, Marty Litinger, Ben Demby, Duke (Samuel) Demby.

Goldfinger family album.  Bayonne, NJ, 1945. Upper left clockwise: Al Demby, Marty Litinger, Duke (Samuel) Demby, Ben Demby.  Not shown is Bernard Harkavy, Eileen’s Dad who served in Europe.

Marty was in the Coast Guard and traveled with the convoys going to Britain and Russia via the North Atlantic.  Ben was in the Army and won a Bronze Star for valor.  Duke was in the submarine service, while Al was a Sea Bee. They were children of immigrants who were always grateful for what America offered our family.

These four uncles served in WWII.  They were my mom’s  4 brothers, and they all came back to the family home on the Boulevard in Bayonne. We were so lucky.   As a young boy, I was proud of them—-my heroes.  

They resumed their lives and had families.  One was an electrician, one ran an ice cream business, one was  a postal worker and one opened a hat store.  They’re all gone now. 

My cousin Harold Demby was an infantryman in Vietnam, and he did see combat. He is a retired draftsman.  Harold will join us for Thanksgiving this year.  And my cousin Ernie Bergman was an officer in Vietnam.  He’s a retired Middlesex County prosecutor  (“Ernie the Attorney”) now playing a lot of golf in Florida.

I served in the US Navy Medical Corps for 2 years during Vietnam, but I stayed in Portsmouth, Virginia as a cardiologist in a 1,400 bed  Navy hospital. Although I have a sword (mandatory and ceremonial) from that time,  which is in my bedroom in Ocean Grove in case a Barbary pirate shows up, I never saw combat.  We took care of the returning prisoners of war.  I am a proud member of Jersey Shore Post 125, Jewish War Veterans.

It was an honor to follow my uncles’  and cousin’s leads and take part in the heroic traditions of our military and to represent our family in thanking this great nation.


Noah and Max the beagle. Handmade quilt designed and sewn by Margaret Miller of Bradley Beach and Christine Wheeler of Brick (formerly of Ocean Grove.)   Photo by Mom.  Click to enlarge.


ALICIA MORTON AND VICTOR GARBER from the Disney made-for-TV movie of Annie  (1999.)  Alicia won the part over 3000 other little girls.


Alicia Morton as Annie.







At the Met.

Moe Demby, Blofinger staff. November, 2018. Metropolitan Museum of Art. NYC.


Original Broadway Cast Recording of The Light in the Piazza.  “Statues and Stories”  by Adam Guettel.  Set in Florence, Italy.

“On a central square, in a city of the sun rose a palace.
It was high and handsome gleaming like the crown of a king.”
“There were princes, painters, noblemen of logic and art.”



Someone ran out of peddling room at the North End of A. Park, so they locked the bike and maybe they are flying a kite or body surfing on the beach.. Asbury Park Boards. Paul Goldfinger photograph  © 2015.  Blogfinger.net.


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

There are citizens in Asbury Park who have formed a group to protest plans for their north end.  The details don’t interest us much, but it involves implementing a plan from 2004, that the protest group feels is wrong for their city.  It relates to a private beach being developed there, boardwalk design, and concerns about access for everyone, not just a privileged minority.

But what strikes us at Blogfinger is that when worrisome plans for their north end beachfront surfaced now, activists have sprung into action with meetings, petitions and protests. As a result a meeting was held tonight, and the City Council will review the situation.  . And one of the requests by the people is for “transparency,” and their developer, iStar, will be having a public presentation open for review and discussion.  In addition, the Asbury Park Press and Channel 12 picked up on the story today.

Unlike the relationship of the Neptune Committee to the citizens of Ocean Grove, the Asbury Mayor and Council are supportive of the people’s concerns.

But Ocean Grove is much different, with creeping inertia on the part of the public,  and it will get whatever the big-shots want at our North End.





On the Jersey side….

Delaware River near Lambertville. November, 2018. Paul Goldfinger ©


BILL FRISELL from his album When You Wish Upon a Star.   “Moon Riveris one of the all-time best wedding songs. The vocalist is Petra Haden. It was written by Henry Mancini (music) and Johnny Mercer (lyrics.) Audrey Hepburn sang it in 1961 for the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  It won a Grammy in 1962.

It was new to me, on my father’s car radio, when I suggested it for our wedding song.  The band leader never heard of it and he had to do some research in order to play it for our special dance.  Now, who can forget it.


Petra Haden, vocalist.

A dumpster raises the specter of  “progress” at the Aurora.   November 6, 2018. © Blogfinger undercover staff photo.


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

As you may know the Neptune Township Board of Absurdities granted a use variance to the new owner of the Aurora Hotel. He was given permission to turn that building into two structures separated by a wall.  He wants to have two single family units on each side, equaling 4.

We have written about some of the problems we have seen regarding this planned outrage at one of our town’s most important historic structures  (per Ted Bell, OG historian.)

The Aurora project cannot proceed legally until:  the developer receives approvals for a legal subdivision, a site plan is approved, bulk variances are received, and the HPC issues a Certificate of Appropriateness.  Then, after all approvals are given, the developer can apply to the Building Department for permits to stick in the window of the building.

Here are a few factoids relating to this matter:

a. No work can be done inside without an approved site plan.

b. A subdivision has to occur, turning this single lot into two, but there is not enough room for such multifamily housing on that single lot which is only about 4,700 square feet.  More like 120,000 sq ft. would be needed.

The single lot was once a double lot in 1879, but that is no longer true, no matter what Mr. Haney says about reverting to historic zoning maps.

c. The bulk variances have to do with eliminating the requirement that a rear yard separate the two lots, since both buildings will be attached.

d.  There is a lawsuit pending regarding the Board of Adjustment’s awarding a use variance.

So, what is the dumpster doing there?   Well, there are no restrictions regarding bringing junk out of the house and into the dumpster. But if there is work being planned inside and/or outside, that would have to wait for the various approvals.  Hopefully the Township won’t allow that dumpster to remain without progress being made to fill it up.

Blogfinger will be having a film crew at the site to document all the ways that local laws are to be ignored. We expect to see the usual Neptune “turn a blind eye” syndrome while a developer defies the laws. A noted OG observer observes, “They do whatever they want.”

Watch for us streaming on Netflix with “The Case of the Aurora Dumpster.”





Paul Goldfinger ©. November 6, 2018. Wickapecko Drive, Wanamassa,NJ.


I have been photographing the Faith Baptist Church for quite a few years, in all seasons.  Here is a link to one of those posts, but you can write Faith Baptist Church into our search box at the top right corner of our home page.

Faith Church link. 2015


PALAST ORCHESTER.   “As Time Goes By.”

Election results from Ocean Grove—districts 1,2, and 3 in Neptune Township, NJ.



—HUGIN:  480



—WELLE:  770

—SMITH:  458










% of registered voters who voted:  52%



Early morning rain..

Ocean Township, NJ.. Paul Goldfinger © Nov. 6, 2018



EVA CASSIDY:  “Early Morning Rain.”  From her album Imagine.

Sign on Wickipecko Road. Ocean.  Blogfinger photo. Nov. 6, 2018. ©

A sign of the times.  It says we have corruption in Monmouth County. Anybody know about this?  If we can have hate in the Grove, then corruption might also show up.  Let’s get the Freeholders to come into town and reassure the public.

Corruption has no home here!   Really?



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