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Seaside Heights, 2010

By Paul Goldfinger 2010

By Paul Goldfinger 2010  © Seaside Heights.

Note: One of two carousels were destroyed in the 2013 fire at the Seasides. I think this one survived.  The photograph is from 2010.—PG

EYDIE GORME.  Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns.”

OG Flower Shop. By Paul Goldfinger ©

OG Flower Shop. By Paul Goldfinger ©  Re-post from 2013.  This business closed a few years ago.

JACK NICHOLSON (He has retired from the movies.)  This is Jack singing, from the soundtrack of

Something’s Gotta Give.  Jack was born in Neptune City.

 

2nd Life Bikes. April 2004. Photos by Paul Goldfinger ©

2nd Life Bikes. April 2014. Photos by Paul Goldfinger ©. Left click  Re-post from 2014.

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @Blogfinger

Kerri Martin, the Director of Second Life Bikes” at 21 Main Street, right outside the OG gates and a little to the right, presides over an ocean of used bicycles within a cavernous space that looks like it could house a brewery or an armory. Kerri founded this “community organization” in 2006 when she ran it out of a garage as a sort of bike church.

 

Kerri Martin. Director. By Paul Goldfinger ©

Kerri Martin. Director. By Paul Goldfinger ©

The idea is to help the community and promote solid values through the “resurrection” of bicycles and secondarily of endangered poor kids. She says the program “changes the destiny of people and bikes.”

 

People donate old bicycles to the group, and they are fixed up by a team of 3 experts: Kerri, Pete and Terry. Then the bicycles can be purchased from $60.00 up or given to kids free through the “Youth Earn a Bike” program. Kids ages 12-18 must work 15 hours to get a bike. They learn how to use tools and restore life to damaged cycles.

By Paul Goldfinger ©

By Paul Goldfinger ©

 

Kerri is quite famous around these parts for her witticisms which she writes by hand on a blackboard outside the shop. She says that she is giving vent to her “inner comedian.” The program has been covered by national media, but now Blogfinger gets a shot.

 

I brought over my son’s Huffy which had been ridden twice before the brakes failed. Pete, a bike repairman and raconteur found that the bike was fine, but it had been assembled wrong. So much for the great deal at Walmart. Pete is originally from Jersey City and he used to do darkroom photography, so we had a few things to talk about. Pete has a short graying pony tail; maybe I should get one of those.

 

Kerri isn’t sure what this building was used for in the past, but it stood empty for many years before Kerri and her biker gang took over four years ago. I felt like Bob Bowné at the silk mill when I roamed around taking photos. But unlike the silk mill, this strange building has humans and cats roaming around still.

 

Kerri said that another blogger was due in for an interview and photoshoot, but, at least for today, Blogfinger got the scoop.

 

2nd life cat has 7 more. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

2nd life cat has 7 more. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

The crew at the 2nd Hand Bikeland also consists of volunteers, and visitors are welcome. You Grovers should walk over there and step inside. It is a fascinating and unique treat. You might even be inspired to make a donation—the 2nd Hand biker gang wants to buy the building and continue the good deeds at that very special location

BARBRA STREISAND from her greatest hits album:

Captiva Island, Fla. Paul Goldfinger © March, 2019.

ORIGINAL CAST OF EVITA: “On This Night of a Thousand Stars.”

 

 

Chicken Road #1. Paul Goldfinger ©. March 17, 2019.

 

ALEXANDRE DESPLAT. Original movie soundtrack: The Twilight Saga. “New Moon (The Meadow)”

 

 

On the beach….

“It’s just the nearness of you.” Ocean Grove, NJ. Paul Goldfinger ©.

NORAH JONES    from her album Come Away With Me.

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.

In a letter to prospective members, The Groaners President presented the Annual Report in which the group bragged about all that they have accomplished during the “year just ended.” (This is gibberish for 2018.)

The Groaners would have us believe that they actually accomplished something as they wrestled with a variety of issues:

a. Parking. The Groaners Parking Committee “worked hard” to “resolve the problem.” But, by December 31, 2018, they had accomplished nothing.

b. The North End Redevelopment. The Groaners “continued to monitor the negotiations and to report on its progress.” And, in an outrageous example of fake news, they sought to milk a cow that ran out of gas years ago.

They took credit for “being instrumental in persuading the Township to reduce the density of the project by scaling back the number of condominiums and hotel rooms. and requiring the inclusion of single family homes…”

But that change in the NERP was just talk–it never happened. The only plan still current is the original one from 2007.

The Groaners have supported the commercial development at the North End from day one. They should have opposed the illegal zoning changes and violations of the Master Plan. They still are on the wrong side of this issue.

What did they accomplish in 2018 regarding the North End Redevelopment? Absolutely nothing!

c. They keep busy by going to Township meetings, praying for Certified Local Government preservation grants, having parties, and entertaining political figures who barely know anything about our problems

The Groaners say that they “enjoy and are proud of our work” but what tangible results did they accomplish in 2018? Nothing to write home about or to write a report about.

The Ocean Grove Homeowners Ass. may be well intentioned, but they are not helping the home owners in the Grove with their main problems.

They need to stop worrying about Neptune mid-town, fake antisemitism, and the approval of one-party Committeemen and developers.

Where are they on Airbnb issues, Wesley Lake pollution, condo conversions, lifestyles of residents, excess mega-events, tourism choking the town, excessive street closures, dog beach,  ignoring the Master Plan, rising property taxes, relations with the Camp Meeting, downtown business strategies focused on residents, and changing demographics. 

And members, don’t forget—-send them money. They may use it to pay lawyers whose opinions have never been released to the public regarding ground rents.  

 

MONKS CHANT:  From Monty Python’s Spamalot:

Target sunset

Florence, South Carolina. Paul Goldfinger © 2019.

CONAL FOWKES AND EDDY DAVIS.   From the Woody movie Hannah and Her Sisters.









She’s quite pretty and she is accompanied by a young man. She orders a cocktail and then another. Her tattoo is on the right arm but not the left. Does this art work enhance her allure? Paul Goldfinger candid photograph. Florence, South Carolina. March, 2019. ©

I guess the answer to the question depends on who is responding: age, sex, socioeconomic class. education, other variables?

What do you think?   Comment below.

GROUCHO MARX:



By Paul Goldfinger in September, 2014. ©

Jersey Shore.  “Is it yes, or is it no?”     By Paul Goldfinger in September, 2014. ©  Blogfinger.net.    Click to enlarge

THE ELDORADOS     “I’ll be Forever Loving You.”

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