WASSUP? Ocean Grove



Wassup? Stirring the pot makes for better sauce.


a.  Summer Stars on Thursday July 19 at 7:30 pm.  Young musicians  Anthony Trionfo and Albert Cano Smit.   Flute and piano.  (oceangrove.org/duo)


Wegmans July 16. Eileen photo.

c.   Saturday noon organ recital  7/21/128.  with Dr. Gordon Turk.. Wonderful!   One hour with the Hope-Jones organ.

Warrington fire site  March, 2016 site.

Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

We recently learned that the lawsuit brought by the Warrington Hotel lawyer, aimed at forcing the Township to give back the pre-fire permissions for a boutique hotel, had been dismissed.

The judge evidently ruled that the Township was correct in  insisting on only a single family house at that location.

Since then, no work has been done at the Warrington Hotel site–now just a foundation.  (see below)

Here is a report of what is happening now  after the fire, spreading voraciously along Seaview Avenue, destroyed several homes.

One of the cottages that vanished at the western edge of the fire, adjacent to the historic yellow house  at Founder’s Park, will not be rebuilt because the lot has been purchased by the yellow house owner who wants the location as a buffer.

Continuing to move eastward along Seaview Avenue, there is construction underway at one lot.

One of the cottages that was consumed in the conflagration, fronting on Seaview Avenue, is now being built from scratch, with framing now to two stories.  The previous Warrington Hotel had a 3 foot easement there out to Seaview Ave., but that easement is now gone and  unavailable.

That leaves the  most eastward cottage on Seaview Ave. that was destroyed.  Evidently, the owner of the Warrington wants to buy that property which would give him an easement from the Warrington location out to Seaview.   Evidently the owner refused to sell, but we’re not sure where that story is now.

As for the hotel site itself, even though the zoning allows a single family home, land use law says that nothing can be built there without access to Seaview Ave., because you can’t build on a land-locked lot.  Lake Avenue is not a street.

These circumstances suggests that the owner of the Warrington property may not even be allowed to go single family, in which case the lot may now be useless.

And, by the way, we still don’t know if the feds finished the arson investigation or if the Warrington owner has appealed the court case.



“On a Clear Day.”



Delaware Ave. in OG. 7/14, 2018 Blogfinger photo.  Two huge vehicles.


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

The parking math is fairly simple:  The two variables are parking spaces and cars.   And when there is gridlock, the number of cars exceeds the number of spaces.

One sub-variable is that  so many people are now driving huge cars, SUV’s and vans  (as in the photo above);  the effect is to reduce the number of spaces.  If we all bought little cars, as they do in Europe, parking spaces would be more plentiful and easier to navigate.

Far and away, the major variable is the number of cars in town.  And unlike other shore towns with parking issues, we have the Camp Meeting Association, which has considerable programming designed for out-of-towners.  And we have a Chamber of Commercials which finds it necessary to have large events and to close our downtown streets intermittently.  Who does that benefit?   So we have  more grid-lock events than other shore towns, and we are the smallest.

Part of the calculation is that many times, especially in the “off season,” there are plenty of spaces available for residents, but that doesn’t lessen the problems in-season which is now a minimum of 4 months each year. During that time-span, parking often creates problems for those who live in town, including many folks who pay taxes and others who pay rents to help pay taxes.  Why are tourists considered to be more important than residents?

Hey Mayor:  What do you say about that??   The mayor of Belmar says that his residents are the most important.

And then there are the games people play which affect the number of spaces.   We’ve been reporting on that.

We recently mentioned  handicap spaces which are plentiful in the Grove and reduce the number of  available (not total) space, and which may be used  inappropriately .  For example,  if a handicapped person has two cars, and has stickers for two cars, his wife may be seen parking one of those cars in the handicap space, but she has no handicap, only the car does. That is wrong!

There are those who say that the parking issues in the Grove are insoluble.  And that is definitely true if no one tries to solve  the problem.  Someone pointed out that less shoppers come into town  in season because people hate the “find a parking spot”   quest.  If so, there should be less cars and perhaps more spaces.  Such a dynamic would hurt the downtown shops, but not one of the businesses in town or the Chamber of Commercials has concerned itself with resident parking.

Similarly, less big-time Saturday night shows will result in less cars on those Saturday evenings.

And every time the Township approves a multi-unit building, as will probably happen with the single-family Aurora  (applying to become a 4 family site contrary to zoning and the Master Plan) and as happened many times in the past with condo conversions/no parking provided, the number of cars keeps growing while the numbers of spaces pretty much stands still.

Or if the township ignores zoning and allows the North End to become a redevelopment area with a “get-out-of-jail” card to do whatever they want, such as 165 condos and a hotel,  there will be fewer spaces available and more cars, even if there is a garage for hotel guests and homeowners.

Imagine what the effect of a hotel alone would be.  How about a wedding on a Saturday night?  Or the opening of Hooters inside the hotel.

The parking issue is not just that; parking creates a ripple affect that can affect other variables—-such as quality of life for residents—-something which the Township and the local organizations such as the Groaners routinely ignore.

So, if you can’t get a parking space, we wish you shelter from the storm, lemonade in July, and love.


Sunset and Main, A. Park 7/14/18. Paul Goldfinger  all photos ©  click image to enlarge.


The beefsteaks are from Tinton Falls–greenhouse grown. Soon the South Jersey crop will appear. ©  We bought some—good, not great.


Nice Jersey melons. ©


Jersey flowers ©


The onions are sweet. The sunflowers were for sale there. Cheese is 4 year aged Italian sold by the baker at the market.  Arrangement by Eileen. Blogfinger photo. ©


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger reporting from A. Park 7/14/18

The market has sprung back to life, with a nice mix of farmers.   They had corn, sweet onions, crusty Italian breads  (I tore off a hunk for immediate consumption) and cheeses  (aged for 4 years) from Paterson (excellent)–take home and eat or freeze, and many other items.   Parking is plentiful along the curb;  good to get there early.  Dogs are allowed.

Regarding the bread, we like the braided with sesame.  You can go across to the park, and like Omar Khayyam’s Rubaiyat   (11th century Persia), you can enjoy the wilderness known as Asbury Park:

“Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough,
A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse—and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness—
And Wilderness is Paradise enow.”

Well, enow awreddy.   Time to drive back to the Grove and find parking.

THE CHARTS; “Desirie”

CJUC on the Asbury Circle. All photos by Paul Goldfinger.©


By Paul Goldfinger, MD, FACC, Editor @Blogfinger.net

Four years ago I wrote a piece about the increasing successes of urgent care centers, and, specifically, the Central Jersey Urgent Care at the Asbury Circle  (731 Rt. 35, Ocean Twp).  I was impressed with their focus on convenience and quality care and their determination to improve the possibilities for patients who are acutely ill. No one likes to go to an ER, and this is an excellent option for many kinds of situations.

Here two links to articles we have posted on this subject


Urgent care assessment 2014


Blogfinger 2015 post on walk-in health clinics


In 2014,  I spoke enthusiastically about the urgicenter concept and about the CJUC.    Now, the CJUC doctors are operating a total of six centers in this area.  Recently the Ocean unit expanded by 1,700 square feet and they have modernized that spacious location and have updated their procedures. Their main goals remain convenience and quality, and I continue to be impressed by the success of their operation.  As for convenience, they are about 10-15 minutes from Ocean Grove, and their records indicate that many Grovers go there.  You just walk-in; no appointment is needed.   All members of my immediate family including myself have received fine care at the CJUC.

Part of the waiting area at CJUC. 7/13/18 ©


Vikram Varma, MD,  collaborates with one of his advanced practice colleagues. He is the Medical Director of the Ocean facility.    Paul Goldfinger, MD photo. 7/13/18 © Blogfinger.net

Today I interviewed their Practice Manager Anthony Orzo and two of their physicians  and I learned of the progress they have made in the last 4 years.

The main theme for the physician directors of the CJUC  is to address many of the problems that patients now face in accessing healthcare, particularly urgent care, and then finding solutions to make the experience as excellent as possible. Here is a summary of what I learned:

a.  All their doctors are board certified ER physicians who work part time in hospital ER’s to maintain their acute care skills.  Today I met Chiraq Patel, MD and Vikram Varma MD. We spoke doctor to doctor, and  I was impressed with their desire to operate the finest urgicenter in the area and with their intense emphasis on quality. I found that they have examined their operation top to bottom to insure the best results.

b. The doctors now work with physician extenders, ie nurse practitioners and/or physician assistants.   When a patient enters their facility, a triage decision based on the complaint determines whether he will be initially evaluated by an “advanced practitioner” or by an MD. This team of two is always present and often collaborate on patient care. Generally the most worrisome cases go right to the doctor, but their advanced practitioners are instructed to consult with the physician if there is any concern.  If you wish, you can request an MD regardless of your complaint.

c. The facility is open from 8-8 every day of the year. Parking is easy. Leaving can be a bit of a challenge on the circle.   The staff is welcoming. The waiting area is divided so that potentially infectious patients are placed in one location. They will offer a mask if it is desired. If someone looks worrisome in the waiting area, they will bring them inside immediately. They try to expedite waiting times.

The recent renovation has produced 5 new examining rooms including one where they can offer treatments such as IV’s.  There is a welcoming pediatrics area with a colorful hand painted seashore scene on the wall  and a very efficient central operations station for personnel to interact and monitor care. It looks like one that you might find in a hospital.

d. The doctor enters a patient’s room with a “scribe” which enables him to focus totally on the patient instead of on a computer. The scribe deals with the computer and the written documentation of the visit.

e.  The staff is able to perform a variety of blood tests and other diagnostics such as a Strep throat and  HIV testing. They give vaccinations such as flu shots and they  do Xrays and ECG’s. The Xrays  are over-read within 2 hours by outside radiologists. You can get a physical exam, travel medical counseling, and pediatric care for 6 months and up.

f.  Although the CJUC doctors will not function as  your primary physician, you can go there for followup of issues that they initially saw you for.

g. The experience is much better than going to an ER, but if necessary, they will arrange to have a patient transported to the hospital. If you need a referral to a specialist, they will help you make that contact.

h.  The CJUC offers a phone app which lets you check on waiting times.  They also have a brilliant “membership plan” which offers a number of guaranteed visits outside of your insurance. As for the latter, they accept most insurance plans including Medicaid.  Their goal is to turn no one away.

On Sunday July 15, they will have an open house from noon to 4 pm, and the public is invited. There will be tours, food, face painting and giveaways. You can see the facility and meet the staff.  You will be impressed.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.  Re-posted and updated from 2015.

July, 2018.  Ocean Grove, NJ.

I guess fashions have to begin somewhere. Let’s call the 2015 photograph below  “The Beginning of the End.”    That fashion trend  is now, in 2018, commonplace in Ocean Grove, and who’s complaining?

Last week a young woman walked her dog right past Days Ice Cream parlor and on past the Camp Meeting Association headquarters.  She was wearing one of those butt-crazy thong two piece bathing suits–no cover up.

I took her candid  photo for our “girls in their summer clothes” series, and she yelled at me. The paparazzi get caught again. But we had no plan to post it.  It wasn’t attractive for a variety of reasons.    It’s not only what you wear but what you don’t wear, and how and where you wear it.

The 2015 girl with the bike? I still like that one.   Click on the word “Blogfinger” below:




A new fashion in town. Butt what would Stoke's say? What would the A new fashion in town. Butt what would Stoke’s say? What would the Ladies Aux. say? Ocean Pathway, Ocean Grove. C’mon boys and girls—-sing along with Brucie. 7/25/15 © Paul Goldfinger action photo on Blogfinger.net. Click to enlarge. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN:

A. Man requests this song from A Chorus Line. It’s called “Dance ten, Looks three.” This version features Jessica Lee Goldyn from the 2006 new Broadway cast album

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Baby Come Back.

Sanibel Island. Paul Goldfinger photograph ©.





Video by Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff.

JOHN RUTTER.  MAGNIFICAT: ESURIENTES.   With Patricia Forbes and the Cambridge Singers. Close your eyes and listen

So far we don’t have an actual medal, only this drawing of one which we have been authorized to post.

Best NJ Blogs list

Some of these blogs on the list seem impressive such as NJ Monthly Magazine, NJ Biz, NJPAC, Save Jersey, NJ TECH weekly.  But so far there is no invitation to go to Oslo, Norway for an award ceremony with the King;   or even the Queen.    I was notified by email, so we haven’t yet scheduled a black tie dinner dance to celebrate.

Learned about the honor from the founder of  Feedspot.com   Anuj Agarwal

And here’s a photo of Eileen and myself, a few years ago, wondering when we would make this list.    Don’t know where we were, but it looks like we have been institutionalized.

And we just found out that love is strange:

EILEEN AND PAUL. PG is on the right.



MICKEY AND SYLVIA:  (I think they sang this at our wedding)



Paul Goldfinger photograph. 2015. Ocean Grove near the pier. ©


Paul Goldfinger, MD, Editor @Blogfinger.net, Ocean Grove, NJ

It was around 9:30 pm, Monday night, July 9, 2018. at the Ocean Grove, NJ,  beachfront.     Carlos Bedoya, one of the managers of the “House By the Sea,” a B &B at 14 Ocean Avenue, was relaxing on the porch.

When someone came off the beach to tell him that a cry for help was heard,  he ran down to the water’s edge with his iPhone flashlight on.  At first he saw no one and heard nothing. But as he searched by the jetty, he noticed something in the water.

Carlos went into the water, to his knees, and came upon a person in the surf by the rocks.   The man was dressed in shorts and a polo shirt. He dragged the heavy-set victim to shore, as someone came out to help.  Carlos thought the victim was still alive, and as they got him onto the beach while starting CPR, first responders showed up to continue resuscitation.

We have no medical details, but the victim died at Jersey Shore Medical Center ER.

Gabriel D’Abruzzo, age 42,  was an acclaimed classical pianist/organist/choir director  from Pittsburgh, Pa.   We don’t know why he decided to go to such a risky location.  He was not wearing a bathing suit, so Carlos thinks he may have slipped while on the rocks.  We don’t know where he was staying or whom he was with.  At first, authorities were searching the area looking for a second swimmer, but it appears that the victim was alone.

We have no other information.  Clearly, Grover Carlos Bedoya acted heroically in entering rough waters at night to try and help a man in trouble.

There have been worrisome riptides in the area in recent days and they are particularly risky near the jetty.  Also, to go into the ocean at night at an unguarded beach is always considered to be unwise.

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