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Harvest Festival, 2010, in Ocean Grove.  Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Harvest Festival, 2010, in Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Ocean Grove’s Chamber of Commerce welcomes all to attend its Fall Harvest Festival and Craft Show on Saturday, October 12 from 10am to 4pm on Main Avenue (rain or shine).

This all-day street fair will feature over 100 arts and crafts vendors displaying and selling their wares just in time for the holidays.  There will also be the live music of Jo Wymer from 11-1 and Chuck Lambert’s Blues Band from 1-4; a variety of food offerings; side-walk sales by our merchants,  as well as pumpkin painting from 11-3 and a close-up view of a fire truck and ambulance for the children.

Come experience autumn in a small town – – open to the public and FREE admission

For further information or directions, call 732-774-1391 or see www.oceangrovenj.com.

OG Harvest Festival, 2012.  Main Avenue.

OG Harvest Festival, 2012. Main Avenue. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

TAYLOR SWIFT: “Today Was a Fairy Tale.”

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After receiving advice from experts in the field, the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA), which has twice been denied FEMA funding because of its non-profit status, has announced that it will file a third appeal with the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) to obtain funding for boardwalk and beach reconstruction in Ocean Grove, NJ.

The announcement was made just as the community’s “Together” Campaign surpassed its half-way goal to rebuild and repair Ocean Grove’s boardwalk/beachfront and the Great Auditorium, both severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy; and finance long-needed architectural/ structural repairs and improvements to restore historic Thornley Chapel.

“Ocean Grove is the only community on the entire Jersey Shore that has not received FEMA funding, and we believe that the right decision will still be made and funding will ultimately be obtained from FEMA, said OGCMA Interim COO Ralph Del Campo.  “As we have stated in the past, OGCMA operates and maintains the beach in Neptune Township and provides the same related municipal services on behalf of Neptune that every other shore community does: life-saving emergency benefits including lifeguards; complete public beach access; and a public thoroughfare that supports emergency services and enables connections to other communities.”

OGCMA President Dr. Dale C. Whilden said: “In 1908, the State of New Jersey declared the boardwalk in Ocean Grove to be a public thoroughfare, and it is also part of the interconnectivity of the economic engine of the Jersey Shore.  The boardwalk is an absolutely critical asset to the viability of the Ocean Grove business community and our community residents.”

Faced with the financial challenges of rebuilding, the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association launched its “Together Campaign” on April 6, 2013 with a fund-raising goal of $1.5 million. Together Campaign Committee Chair Rev. David Cotton noted that even with the achievement of the capital campaign goals, federal or state funds will be required to complete the restoration.

The campaign, which enjoys wide community support, has raised donations totaling $784,263 as of July 1st, including $576,481 in unrestricted gifts; $93,116 for the Great Auditorium repairs; $105,854 for the beachfront; and $8,812 for Thornley Chapel.  For more information about the Together Campaign, visit www.togetherog.com.


OGCMA has continued to receive strong support from all local, state and federal officials, including Neptune Committeeman Randy Bishop, Neptune Township Mayor Eric Houghtaling, NJ State Senator Jennifer Beck, US Senator Robert Menendez, US Congressman Chris Smith, and Governor Chris Christie.

“We believe that at the end of this lengthy and frustrating appeal process, FEMA will understand the critical challenges and needs we face, and ultimately make the right decision to fund the boardwalk/beach reconstruction,”  said OGCMA President Dr. Dale C. Whilden.

President Whilden added: “Hundreds of individual volunteers, community groups, religious organizations, businesses and other supporters stepped forward to enable OGCMA to open our beachfront this season.   Now that we’re half-way through the summer, we expect FEMA to reconsider its previous decisions.”


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