We have heard from a number of citizens in the Grove that their home assessments have gone up substantially, beyond what would reasonably be expected. They fear that the result will be an increase in property taxes above the State mandated cap of 2%.

Some believe that substantial tax increases could occur in Ocean Grove if taxes elsewhere in Neptune were lowered yielding extra funds for schools and maintenance of the cap overall in the city (at the expense of OG.)

In Trenton, the legislature has been wanting to allow increases above the caps, but the Governor is looking for other answers. Where are Assemblymen Houghtaling and Downey on this issue?  Is there any level of government where our elected officials will communicate with OG citizens?

Some OG residents have engaged an attorney to fight what they see are unfair  and  illegal tax increases.

If the OG Home Groaners had any sense of doing their job, they would have somebody on their board who is knowledgeable and who is aggressively looking into property taxes on behalf of the homeowners and then communicating with the citizens.  But their priorities are elsewhere.



Leaving town

tax man









Blogfinger keeps one eye out for announcements from Trenton that might impact us in Ocean Grove.  We periodically hear from the Division of Codes and Standards in Trenton.

They know of our interest in RSIS parking standards and they know that Blogfinger and other citizens might show up at a pertinent meeting of the Site Improvement Advisory Board (SIAB,) and that is something that the Neptuners would not enjoy.

We just received an announcement  of the SIAB’s meeting schedule for 2020.

The letter says “Proposed 2020 changes to the Residential Site Improvement Standards (RSIS) are now at the Governor’s office for review. The following changes were approved and recommended by the Site Improvement Advisory Board (SIAB).”


a.  ” Assisted Living facilities (as defined by the NJ Department of Health) are considered residential uses subject to RSIS.”

We don’t know if Allegria might be “grandfathered” in, but this new regulation may cause them trouble in terms of parking in the Grove for residents, visitors and staff.  Typically the parking situation over at the south side is not bad.


b.  “Large parking lots to multifamily, residential development with 100 or more spaces must have divided or secondary entrance for emergency access.  Designers may extend use of secondary access to residents and guests, but only with reviewer approval.”

We assume that these “changes” would apply to the proposed 140 space underground parking facility at the North End.  The main access is supposed to receive cars from Ocean Avenue.  Then there is an egress on Beach, but perhaps that can also be used for ingress.

FYI–around town in the Grove.



Critics’ consensus. “Hard-hitting, and an impressive technical achievement, 1917 captures the trench warfare of World War I with raw, startling immediacy.”



Forbes review:

1917 is the most immersive experience I’ve had at the cinema for some time; many movies are equally as enjoyable in the living room as they are in the theater, but 1917 simply demands to be experienced on a grand scale, on an oversized screen, boasting powerful speakers. 

The film follows two unremarkable British corporals on a mission, to make their way through enemy territory and deliver an important message to their comrades. The Germans have set a trap, seemingly making a strategic withdrawal, but are secretly waiting, armed and ready to slaughter the incoming British soldiers. 

Schofield and Blake (George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman) are in a race against time, struggling to remain alive in the apocalyptic fever dream of WWI.


Blogfinger:    I have always enjoyed war movies, especially those about WWII.  But now we have an amazing film about the “great war,”  WWI, the era of trench warfare. Oscar nominated for “Best Picture.”

Seeing this film on the big screen is amazing as the audience is brought into the experience as if they were along for the dangerous ride.   The movie gives the illusion that it was all shot in one span of time.

I was so glued to my seat that I forgot to eat my Snow Caps.

The story is one of great risk, adventure, heroism and long odds for success.   The cinematography, directing, scenics and acting were so good that you want to grab a gun and help them out.  The  tension heats up as the movie progresses, and there are some uproarious combat scenes near the end when the suspense becomes almost unbearable.  There was music, but I barely noticed it, and that is likely the intention.

As I have done in the past, starting with the Apollo landing on TV, I did some photography of the screen.  Click to enlarge.  All images credit to Universal and Dreamworks©


All screen shots by Paul Goldfinger, Blogfinger.net.


All images by Universal and Dreamworks.


Universal and Dreamworks.
Universal and Dreamworks




THOMAS NEWMAN.   Composer of the movie soundtrack (1917).  “Come Back To Us.”  (Oscar nominee for best original music score)





Over the river…..

Delaware Memorial Bridge. Eileen Goldfinger photo. 2019. ©




Sophia’s at the Hotel Edison in midtown. Paul Goldfinger photograph 2013.©



LEONARD COHEN, live,  from his album the Essential Leonard Cohen.


Original work by Cara Van Leuven. Special to Blogfinger.©. January, 2020. ©

From Cara’s website:  http://www.caraVL.com

“When she’s not in the saddle competitively jumping or busy creating, Cara can be found in the agility ring with her two border collies. She and her fiance share their recently renovated 1861 farmhouse in Grantfork, Illinois with the borders, two warmblood mares, Henry the cat, three ducks and three really unpleasant geese.”


BOB DYLAN. (…”dreamin of a song.”).  From his album Triplicate.


This could be Jack and Jean Bredin in their little OG cottage. 


VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS From the HBO hit series Boardwalk Empire. “Margie.”


Flying starfish….

Cape Coral, Fla Art and Music Festival. Paul Goldfinger ©. Jan. 11. 2020.


LIANNE LA HAVAS.  From the soundtrack of Loving Vincent.


Where there’s smoke there’s fire. White Whale will soon be rubble.  4/14/19.    Paul Goldfinger photograph.  Blogfinger.net ©. Click to enlarge.


“The scandal, dubbed ‘Bridgegate’ derailed Christie’s 2016 presidential bid, led to criminal convictions for two of his top aides, damaged the credibility of the Port Authority, and reinforced New Jersey’s reputation as a cesspool of political corruption. It also left state taxpayers on the hook for more than $15 million in legal fees.

“Now, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide if prosecutors misapplied the law at the outset.”   (ABC News*)

You may recall that we had our own Bridgegate in Ocean Grove when some microcephalics from A. Park decided to complain about our bridge locks.  Despite predictions by others to the contrary, Blogfinger was right in dismissing that baloney festival.

A. Park has enough nonsense going on over there. They would be better off cleaning Wesley Lake and keeping a close eye on their developers.

And as for the quote that refers to “New Jersey’s reputation as a cesspool of political corruption,”*  there have been A. Park politicians and one from Neptune who have gone to jail  not too long ago because of corruption.

Where there’s smoke there’s fire—we saw that when the White Whale burned to the ground. And that story is not over. Do you suppose the Home Groaners are keeping their eyes out for more smoke in the Grove?




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