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Are you going to snap that photo, or what?  Paul Goldfinger photo on the new OG boards. July, 2014. ©

Are you going to snap that photo, or what? Paul Goldfinger photo on the new OG boards. July, 2014. ©  click to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

Life at the shore has been energized by our new boardwalk in Ocean Grove. Compared to the summer of 2013, this one is amazing.  There is so much going on there. You should all go onto the boardwalk and walk there, if you haven’t done so already.   You can run around and act goofy, you can walk or jog, or. like the young lady above, you can merely stand still and stare at me, or, like the guy on the bench, you can snooze.  But the thing is, like Jack, the boards are back!

I’m trying to document that theme, and  if you do, send us the photographs by email to blogfinger@verizon.net

CAROL WEISMAN.   From a tribute to Benny Goodman:

 

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Steppin' out on the new Ocean Grove boardwalk.  Photos by Paul Goldfinger @Blogfinger.  Click on images to enlarge.

Steppin’ out on the new Ocean Grove boardwalk. Photos by Paul Goldfinger @Blogfinger. Click on images to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net

 

Once the ribbon was cut, the public was allowed onto the new boardwalk. Most were milling about watching Chris Christie mingle with the crowd. A few set out to be the first to walk the boards.

 

We met two people who were standing on the Trex, not wondering at all what material had been used under foot.

 

Nina Koridek (L), Danielle Kimelstein, Cooper Pickren    Photos by Paul Goldfinger  @Blogfinger ©

Nina Koridek (L), Danielle Kimelstein, Cooper Pickren Photos by Paul Goldfinger @Blogfinger ©

Nina Koridek is a “summer resident” from Stirling, New Jersey. Her family has been coming to Ocean Grove for seven generations. She was watching the governor carefully because she is “a fan.” Nina was carrying an American flag and wearing a broad rim hat in fashionable black. She said that she wasn’t confident that FEMA would help the Grove, but now she and her family were happy to be on the new boardwalk for this ceremony. She and her son Cooper Pickren reached Governor Christie and posed for a photo with him. Cooper, a law student, got to talk a little politics with the Gov. Then they were ready to pose for a Blogfinger photo on the new boards.

 

Patience M. Osborn Chalmers from Spring Lake.  ©

Patience M. Osborn Chalmers from Spring Lake. ©

 

Patience M. Osborn Chalmers is from Spring Lake, but she loves to ride her 10 speed Schwinn into Ocean Grove and sometimes beyond to Pier Village. She confessed that she would like to ride her bike on the OG boardwalk during the day, and if a policeman stopped her, she would say, “But officer, isn’t it 3:00 am?”

Patience’s family has been in the area for numerous generations going back to around the Mayflower. (My family goes back to the Staten Island Ferry.)  She likes to volunteer with the OG Ladies Auxiliary, and her current project is to help with their book sale which will occur on the weekend of July 10. I asked her how she liked the new boardwalk, and she exclaimed, “It’s fantastic.” She said that now all the elements of our shore area boardwalks have come together, and she is thrilled to be at our opening.

NAT KING COLE:

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Testing, testing, testing. July 2, 2014. 7:00 pm Blogfinger photo ©

Testing, testing, testing. July 2, 2014. 7:00 pm Blogfinger photo ©

 

Finished!  July 2, 2014.  Ribbon cutting tomorrow July 3.

Finished! July 2, 2014. Ribbon cutting tomorrow July 3. 11:00 am

JP Gradone, COO of the OGCMA, has provided us with some detailed information regarding the home stretch to the finishing line for the Middle Beach Boardwalk.

If you have any questions, you can contact him at the CMA office on Pitman Avenue and Pilgrim Pathway:

 

“The Middle Boardwalk will officially open Thursday morning.  The beach access at Main Ave. and Ocean Pathway will be open with step guards as well.

 

“There are a few items that will be completed in the next few weeks, but will not hold up the operation of the boardwalk.  The first is a small area to the southeast of the Boardwalk Pavilion that is missing some Trex decking.  Due to some modifications that were made during construction, the contractor was short about a pallet of Trex decking.  It should arrive within a couple of weeks.  This area will be secured for safety to pedestrians.  Secondly, the railings for the east side of the boardwalk will not be in for a couple of weeks. The existing snow fence will remain in place at the eastern portion of the boardwalk to prevent access to the beach and provide a safe thoroughfare on the boardwalk.

 

“The area between Ocean Ave. and the Boardwalk has been hydro-seeded and fertilized to provide the proper ground stabilization for this area.  These areas have been secured by snow fence to prevent any pedestrian access.  We are asking everyone to help us by not walking in these areas over the next few months.  This will allow the seed to properly germinate and create a good stable ground covering. 

 

“Beginning on July 7, our contractor will be making some minor repairs to three sections in the boardwalk north of the Boardwalk Pavilion.  The first repair will be in the area immediately adjacent to the north benches of the Boardwalk Pavilion.  This area will be closed during the repair process.  This will be the case for the other two areas of repair as well.  We do not expect this repair to take very long.”

LILLIAN ROTH

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