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Firemen’s Park, Ocean Grove, NJ.. September 23, 2020. Paul Goldfinger photograph.


Paul Goldfinger, Editor  Blogfinger.net

The Camp Meeting Association, the Neptune Township Committee, and the OG Fire Department are responsible for this very public symbol of our town: concentration camp decor for our most visible public park. This place is the face of the Grove especially now when we have so many new people staying in town and with many visiting Firemen’s Park.

We live near the park and we have seen people park their cars just to spend a few minutes walking their dogs.  We have seen kids climb that dangerous fence to retrieve an errant ball.  While the fence was accidentally left open in recent weeks, people were drawn into the center to read the bell’s inscription, to sit down and relax, or just stand there for a chat.  Children like to run around in there and touch the bell.

A picture when freedom temporarily rang at  the bell a couple of weeks ago. Paul Goldfinger photo.  Click to enlarge.  Re-post 9/20.  Note that this photo was not a set-up.  They were in there when I approached and asked them to look at the camera.


Paul Goldfinger,MD.  Editor, Blogfinger.net

This locked fencing is a horrid symbol of ugly restriction in a free country where, in this case, we are willing to indicate indifference to the idea of freedom in such a glaring way.

Is this how we want to welcome visitors?  And, ironically, right next to this lock-up, the American flag flies.

Where is the Historical Society of Ocean Grove?  Where are the Home Groaners?   What do they stand for?  And how about the American Flag which flies at the foot of Main Avenue overlooking the ocean?  And the people of Ocean Grove: what do they stand for?

Can we ever play “America the Beautiful” in this town?  Is there any other public park in America where the people are locked out?

Mr. Badger, tear down that fence!




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Angie, Ken and Sally in Firemen’s Park. Sally is the dog. Blogfinger.net photo. 0/29/20. ©

By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor @Blogfinger.net

Angie and Ken rent a house on Main Avenue every September, which is a good idea because it is the best time of the year at the Shore. They are from Philadelphia, and being in Ocean Grove is a treat, but now it has a special allure given the COVID situation.

They say that the Grove is a unique  place and they enjoy daily walks to Firemen’s Park with their black dog Sally. The three of them play Frisbee, but the focus is on Sally who diligently works at her flying craft.

Every transplant from NYC or Philly that we talk to love also to walk to Asbury Park, primarily for the food, but part of that allure is the music. All summer there was free live music in Sunset Park near Bradley’s statue, and the programs changed weekly.  And now there is live music at St. John’s Island on Sundays through October.

Asbury and OG offer contrasting life-styles and gifts, but this just adds to the appeal of Ocean Grove where real estate has continued to increase in value, and that is not just related to the virus.

Some new buyers are coming here just because they are within a short round trip to A. Park and back, and real estate ads reflect that marketing feature.

OG is still a better buy than A. Park, but the challenge for OG is to maintain its historic charm while Asbury is fulfilling its dream of being “hipster city.”  The North End Development, as currently planned,  will be a commercial urban entree into A. Park while diminishing the look, spirit, and neighborhood appeal of small town Ocean Grove.

Clearly, the idea that OG and A. Park are sister cities, going back to the 19th century, has now come true as A. Park has become a destination for visitors including Grovers who can easily get over there by foot or by bike, unlike the out-of-town interlopers who park for free in our neighborhoods and then vanish into the Wesley Lake mist while crossing the bridge.

Destination  Asbury Park, through OG on Delaware Avenue near Wesley Lake.    Blogfinger photo on Saturday, 9/27/20.


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Firemen's Park. Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Firemen’s Park. Ocean Grove. Paul Goldfinger photo ©. Click to enlarge.



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Ocean Grove. November 12, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Ocean Grove. November 12, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to enlarge.


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