Snow time in the Grove.

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Main Avenue.  Sunday morning By Moe Demby, Blogfinger staff. © Dec. 10. 2017.



Saturday night, Dec. 9, 2017 By Moe Demby. “No one was around on Main Avenue.” © Blogfinger staff photograph.


NANCY LAMOTT:  “All Those Christmas Clichés”




Jean Bredin fogs Santa’s left eye. Dec. 9, 2017. Ocean Grove, NJ

Jean Bredin attended the tree lighting ceremony tonight where Santa either harassed her or she sat on his lap willingly.  We suspect the latter because Jean says that there is a Santa Claus.

According to Jean,    “I believe in him because…..

“I attended tonight’s events at the Great Auditorium.
The Live Nativity, tree lighting, caroling, and last but not least, Santa.
This is what Christmas means to me.”

Santa attends the tree lighting. He was observed to say, “Ho,ho, ho.” Santa is a man of few words. Jean Bredin photographs at Auditorium Square Park.


Santa charms a little girl. Someday Santa will be a woman—



The boys in the band provide accompaniment for the carolers.





WASSUP? Ocean Grove


“Are moo looking at me?” The Blogfinger cow staff is alert for Wassup news in Ocean Grove.

a.  In January, Bernadette Peters will replace Bette Midler in the hit revival of Hello Dolly.  That should be terrific.  Peters is best known for her Sondheim work.  Jerry Hermon wrote Dolly.

DAVID HYDE PIERCE   and the Broadway Cast,  from the 2017 version off Hello Dolly:  “It Takes a Woman”


b.    Photograph of the week:

Skateboarding by the tents. Down Santa Claus Lane. Paul Goldfinger ©. Summer, 2017.



c.   Be uplifted and watch this  (submitted by Eileen, our Food Editor)

d.  Two rental stores on Main Avenue were listed by an internet realtor as of a few days ago for the pizza building #58-60 Main Ave..   It was the Pet Boutique and the DJ grocery advertised for $2,500 per month rental two days ago, but today  12/10/17, those ads had been removed.

The ads mentioned that there were luxury apartments upstairs.  Evidently, the NYC owner (Sackman) sees OG as a high end town deserving of high rental prices.   This seems like the Asbury Park upscale syndrome spreading across the Lake.  The stores will be vacated as of the New Year due to those high rent increases and other factors.

Years ago we saw that happen in Manhattan on Madison Avenue (uptown) and in SoHo.






William Heatley was taking a ride in a banner plane over the beach in OG. It was August, 1981, and he took this photo. Note the extent to which OG was built-up even in 1981. © Special to Blogfinger.net

By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor @Blogfinger.net

Wesley Lake is to the right. The North End Hotel had been torn down, but the salt water swimming pool remains.  You can see the outlines of the North End area which will be “re-developed” according to the current (as of 2017) Township Plan, and imagine where the condos will be along Lake Avenue, Spray Avenue, and the Ocean. Then imagine a hotel there which probably will actually become condos.  Oh, and don’t forget the parking garage underground, stores, and new North End boardwalk.

The process is currently dead in the water, but we are keeping an eye on it along with the OGHOA, although the latter has been a champion of the plan, and we have not. The NERP is an example of Neptune Township taking the side of developers.

The question is why does the Township choose to support developers over the best interests of the people who live in Ocean Grove?  That is an old problem which has continued in the recent past, and that is why we have over 300 condo units in town, without parking  (except for Embury Arms), and why we are suspicious of activities such as will determine the future of the Warrington site.

Some will say that the reason is simple: the Township wants more ratables.  20 condos bring in more money than one Victorian single  family house.  But the blatant targeting of Ocean Grove will continue to cause increasing congestion and result in the town’s  losing its character and its history.  And if that happens, the value of homes in the Grove will decline, and that would reduce the “cash cow” profits.—a counterintuitive result for the tax-hungry Neptune administration.  So the tax angle doesn’t seem convincing enough as an explanation.

Others who are more cynical say, “Follow the money.”  A member of the Township Committee went to jail some time ago as did some officials in A. Park and elsewhere in Monmouth County.

So it is not outside the realm of reality that there may be some shenanigans going on here. We have been watching the methodology of how things are done in the Grove, such as the manipulation of zoning by the Land Use Department in Neptune and the lack of transparency on the part of elected Neptune officials.

Endless one party rule is not good for our town regardless of which party is in charge. It is un-American.


THE CAST OF FIORELLO  (Broadway show)

Around town with Jean Bredin, Blogfinger staff. 12/9/17 ©


Jean Bredin says,  “There were lots of photo ops in this beautiful Christmas setting…”   It was the day of the Christmas House Tours in historic Ocean Grove, NJ

FRANK SINATRA:   From his album Concepts.  “By gosh by golly, it’s time for mistletoe and  holly.”



By Paul Goldfinger, Photography editor @Blogfinger.net

Tina Brown is the former editor of Vanity Fair and the New Yorker magazines.  Her new book, the  (edited) Vanity Fair Diaries (1983-1992) has been released to great acclaim.  She has lots of stories to tell about her 8 years at the helm of the often controversial Vanity Fair.  (Remember the naked and pregnant Demi Moore on the cover in August 1991 by photographer Annie Leibovitz)

Regarding the June, 1985 Reagan cover, Tina preferred an image of the Reagans kissing.  She though it was wonderful because, despite achieving great heights, the couple remained deeply in love.  But Nancy Reagan insisted on this photo of them dancing.  Tina Brown discussed the cover during a radio interview today with the book editor at The New York Post.

The photographer, Harry Benson, is a  Scottish photographer who is most famous for his images of celebrities. Remember the Beatles’ pillow fight—that’s by Harry.


THE CAST OF HELLO DOLLY STARRING BETTE MIDLER:  “Put On Your Sunday Clothes.”  —or your birthday suit.


Coney Island. Undated. By Paul Goldfinger. Blogfinger.net. ©

Coney Island. My lucky star.  Undated. By Paul Goldfinger. Blogfinger.net. ©  Reposted from 2015.

THE EXCELLENTS  (They were in the GA in June, 2015)

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor  and Jack Bredin, research/reporter @Blogfinger

The Neptune Township Committee will present Resolution #17-469 at their next meeting on December 11, 2017. It is about a law suit that has been filed by the Warrington property owner against the Township.

The Township has said that the fire on March 3, 2017, which totally destroyed the derelict hotel, has resulted in the owner’s losing his prior construction approvals.  But the resolution makes reference to plans for a basement innkeeper’s apartment. At no time does Resolution #17-469 make it clear that the approvals for a remodeled boutique hotel are now null and void because the building was totally destroyed in the fire of March 3, 2017.

The Neptune Committee will be authorizing a special counsel to defend the suit.  They have authorized legal fees up to $5,000.00 .

Below is the Resolution from the Committee agenda for December 11.

It gives the impression, by focusing on that basement apartment, that perhaps the Township and the owner are trying to create a diversionary strategy that would, in the end, allow that hotel (or condominiums) to be built, using a plan that would seek relief from a judge.

But unlike the Surf Avenue Hotel situation where the zoning change for condos was granted before that fire, the Warrington never received a variance to put up a NEW hotel or condominiums. So Neptune should insist on single family homes.  And, there are also a basketful of violations that would have to be overcome and which were listed in our article on Dec. 7 on the “Worrisome Warrington,”  Blogfinger.net.

We challenge Mayor Brantley to acknowledge that since the Warrington was destroyed in the fire, no prior approvals are valid now and that Neptune Township will not allow a hotel or a condominium to be built at that site.

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From the agenda for Neptune Township Committee meeting on Dec. 11, 2017. Blogfinger photo © CLICK FOR EASY READING.


Jan 21, 2014 in Ocean Grove; in case you forgot what snow lookalike. Carol Livingstone photo. © FOB (Friend of Blogfinger)

This photo in Ocean Grove is by Carol Livingstone, FOB (friend of Blogfinger) on Jan 21, 2014, in case you all forgot what snow looks like.  1-3 inches is the forecast as of 6 pm Friday night.  It should begin at about 1 am this coming Saturday morning.

Oh, I guess permit parking will be turned off in the future in case of snow; but it probably won’t get passed anyhow despite the Frequent Flyers around town.

And, shovel your walks or else the Ken Buckley Ordinance will get you a tidy fine.

Citizen photographers, send us photos and news of the massive snow storm tomorrow.

SNOW UPDATE  DEC 9, 10 am:  What snow?  Oh, it’s coming.  Sorry for the snow emergency announcement—I got my info. from a source deep in the NTPD; but the OEM bulletin never came, nor did the forecast from weatherman Rick.

Meanwhile, half the town is doing its snow duty, while the other half woke up, looked out, and said, “What the hey?”   then they rolled over and went back to sleep


Popcorn popper

Key West, Fla. At the daily worship of the setting sun.  Is she Madeleine? Paul Goldfinger ©.  c. 1996.  Click to enlarge.   Tri-X collection.


MADELEINE:  The cast of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris.