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The statement below is from John DiGiamberardino, Executive Director (COO)  Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association.:

“The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA) is excited to announce the commencement of a greater than $ one million reconstruction project for the North End boardwalk area from McClintock Street to Seaview Avenue. The project will begin in early January, 2018, and completion is targeted for May 2018. This represents the next phase of the Camp Meeting Association’s ongoing efforts to improve our boardwalk for residents and visitors alike.

“The Camp Meeting’s goal is to match the new decking material with that of the most recent renovations to the other sections which were installed since Superstorm Sandy.

“For your safety and awareness, there are certain things you should be informed of as the project gets underway. The electricity for boardwalk lighting to the area has been turned off, and the existing sections of boardwalk will be removed. For safety reasons, the entire section under construction will be closed to the public.

“You can expect construction traffic and construction noise, with the most significant noise taking place when pilings are being driven. A number of Ocean Avenue parking spots on the east side of Ocean Avenue will be closed from public parking in order to provide a temporary walkway for pedestrians.

“Together we can look forward to a beautiful new section of boardwalk in spring 2018!   Watch our Facebook page or sign up to receive our newsletter on our website (www.oceangrove.org) for updates on the project.”

Editor’s note:  The CMA announcement on January 10 did not include these details regarding safety and construction, so we appreciate this update from Rev. John.

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Ocean Grove boards on Oct. 1, 2017: bikes and dogs allowed whenever. Dogs can also go on the beach.   A woman with blue hair—am I blue?    Paul Goldfinger photo. ©  Click image to enlarge the picture.

By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor @Blogfinger

Notice the sign. In big letters it says WARNING!!!  NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY.  Isn’t that enough warning for those who might consider swimming?  So why do we need 3 exclamation points?  We don’t need even one. There is a limit to how effective that sign will be.  Recently we heard from a surfer dude who wants red flags to be posted when the water is dangerous.   But maybe this sign is more than enough to try and discourage dopey daredevils.

And the sign says “No Diving!”  Is there any way  anyone could dive down at this beach.  I suppose someone might walk over to the pier and dive in, but if anyone is so inclined, the little message on the bottom of this sign is not likely to be influential. And besides, it’s all sand under there. Maybe the sign should also say, “Don’t stick your head in the sand!!!”

The lady with blue hair smiled at us as she went by, but she was moving fast, and we don’t know why she smiled or why she has blue hair in Ocean Grove.   This is a rare sighting here, but maybe she was going to Asbury to attend a meeting of the Blue Hair Society.

And the girl on the bike?  She was on the beach and came up to get her bike—seemingly caught between the seasons.

BARBARA ROSENE WITH VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS.  “Am I Blue?”

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Flying high on the new Ocean Grove Boardwalk. (or checking his diaper.)  Paul Goldfinger photo © June 2014.      Click to enlarge

NANCY LAMOTT

 

 

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Ocean Grove. By Paul Goldfinger. © Blogfinger.net

Ocean Grove. By Paul Goldfinger. © Blogfinger.net  Click to enlarge

FRANÇOIS PARISI    “Le Parc de Plaisir”  (Pleasure Park) From Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen

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Dawn Walk in Ocean Grove. By Bob Bowné.  ©  Special to Blogfinger.

Dawn Walk.  August 7, 2015.  By Bob Bowné. © Special to Blogfinger.  Click to enlarge

Bob says, “Summertime and perfect for a pre-dawn stroll along the O.G. Boardwalk…..Don’t forget the bush hat!”

Kate and Anna McGarrigle with Rufus Wainwright.

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Ocean Grove.  2009.  By Paul Goldfinger ©

Ocean Grove. 2009. By Paul Goldfinger ©   

STAN GETZ  and JOAO GILBERTO

 

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Saturday afternoon. OG boards.  Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Saturday afternoon. OG boards. All photos are from July 12, 2014.  All photos are  by  Paul Goldfinger except as noted ©   Click on the image to enlarge.

 

OG boards.  Saturday afternoon.  Can you suggest a caption?  Paul Goldfinger photo.

OG boards.  Can you suggest a caption?   ©

 

Birds of a feather. OG boards. Saturday afternoon. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Birds of a feather. OG boards.   ©

 

Biking in front of the Great Auditorium.  Saturday afternoon ©

Biking in front of the Great Auditorium.  ©

 

Ocean  Pathway. Yes, the Aux. Bazaar is on July 26.

Ocean Pathway. Yes, the Aux. Bazaar is on July 26.

 

ABBA  in the Great Auditorium.  By Rich Amole, Blogfinger reporter and historian. ©

ABBA in the Great Auditorium. Saturday night.  By Rich Amole, Blogfinger reporter and historian. ©  July 12, 2014

EMAIL FROM RICH AMOLE:

Paul:

I just finished  a 12 hour day trip to the Grove with a pair of photos you may wish to put up.

One of the photos is from the Abba “Tribute Band” Concert in the GA last night.  (It was my first event of any kind there.) 

This Band has 10 members, with the portrayal of the original 4 band members nicely replicated, especially the two leading lady singers.

They said that it was the 12th time to the Grove and they love performing here.  Favorites like SOS, Mama Mia & Fernando brought back memories of those original ABBA days.  So it was a time for all who attended and enjoyed the 55 minute performances;   and should expect to see them return next year. 

After the concert I took a nocturnal walk up to the new middle boards and got a nice nighttime photo. (below)

The evening was topped off with a full moon.   A wonderful day was had by this staff writer who even found a parking space on my early arrival.

Rich

FROM ABBA:

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"Nightboards" by Rich Amole  ©

“Nightboards” by Rich Amole ©

 

5:30 am. July 13, 2014. OG boards.   ©

5:30 am. Sunday, July 13, 2014. OG boards. ©

Sunday morning at sunrise:  A few people were out and about.—walkers, dog walkers, joggers and bikers.   A large bulldozer was rolling along the beach, straightening out the  castles, the foxholes and picking up debris.  The sound of the machine was all you heard.  Downtown, a couple was sipping coffee on the porch of the Henry Richard Inn.  A baker stepped onto the sidewalk in front of “Daily Bread.”

The sound of a garbage truck broke the trance, heading down Main, stopping to pick up the detritus from Saturday’s crowd.  There was a mountain of black bags  waiting in front of Nagle’s.  Those garbage men must be the guys who took down every flier that I hung downtown on the day of the town-wide yard sale.

Why was I there at 5:30 am?   Yes, that’s a little nuts, but I was on a photo assignment that required early morning light. But it was hazy, and the light was flat, yet, nevertheless, the light was still special, as it usually is at that time. Everyone should go down by the beach at sunrise—at least once in your life.

—Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger     (and thanks Rich Amole for your special reporting Sat. night)

Dave’s True Story.  From the movie soundtrack of “Jack Goes Boating.”

 

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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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Postcard.  Courtesy of Rich Amole, Shawmont Hotel historian.

Postcard. Courtesy of Rich Amole, Shawmont Hotel historian.

Notice that there were no lights on the OG Boardwalk in 1890. Edison invented the lightbulb in 1870. But, that summer in Ocean Grove, you could walk the boards at night, shuffle off to the beach, spread a blanket and count every star. And while you are at it, you could also count every firefly.

THE RIVIERAS

EDITOR’S NOTE:  We have had some debate in the comments section about the pier in this postcard.  We are told that the scene is from 1890, but that is not certain.   We know from history that the North End pier came after the South End pier (constructed in 1891), so if this is the North End pier, where is the South End pier?

We also have a photo (below) from Rich Amole which shows both piers, and that image is dated 1904. It shows a large pavilion (? the Ross Pavilion) at the North End which isn’t visible in the postcard above.  It seems like the North End pier was built between 1891 and 1904.

1904

1904

Both piers were built in relationship to boardwalk pavilions:  the Ross at the North End, and the Lillegard at the South End. The photo below shows the relationship of the north Pavilion to the north pier .  It is looking south, and you can see the Embury Ave. pier in the distance.

pier-north-end

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The Ocean Grove beachfront, Monday morning. It should look different by summer. Photo by Mary Walton

The Ocean Grove beachfront, Monday morning. It should look different by summer. Photo by Mary Walton

By Charles Layton

In response to increasingly urgent questions about Ocean Grove’s beachfront, the Camp Meeting Association announced Monday that the beach and a large portion of the boardwalk will be open on schedule for the 2013 summer season.

In a press release, the association’s president, Dale C. Whilden, was quoted as saying, “We’re on track to implement a comprehensive beach and boardwalk restoration plan… Our beach will be open on Memorial Day weekend.”

While many towns along our section of the Jersey Shore — Asbury Park, Belmar, Avon and others — have been confidently announcing the commencement of boardwalk repairs, Ocean Grove has until now remained publicly silent about its plans.

Part of Ocean Grove’s reticence has been related to its peculiar ownership situation. While other towns’ beaches are owned by municipalities, Ocean Grove’s is probably the only one in New Jersey that is owned by a private non-profit entity, the Camp Meeting. This places Ocean Grove in a different category for FEMA funding. Indeed, as of this writing it is unclear whether the Camp Meeting will receive any FEMA funding at all for the Ocean Grove boardwalk.

Even so, the Camp Meeting’s Monday announcement said beachgoers can expect the following this summer:

  • At the south end, the boardwalk will be fully repaired and operational from Bradley Beach to Ocean Grove’s beachfront office/bathhouse complex at the foot of Embury Avenue.
  • From the office/bathhouse complex to the boardwalk pavilion, damaged boardwalk sections will be removed and temporary beach access points will be created.
  • Extending from the pavilion to Seaview Avenue, the boardwalk will be fully functional. This area sustained minimal hurricane damage because it was protected by dunes that were reinforced by an underground rubble wall.
  • At the North End, from Seaview to Asbury Park, the announcement said, “the potential for a temporary walkway is being evaluated.”

The Camp Meeting statement said that although it considers the rebuilding of the destroyed fishing pier to be important, “greater emphasis is being placed on re-establishing the boardwalk first.”

As other towns made visible progress in fund-raising and boardwalk repair preparations, many in the Ocean Grove community have been concerned that Ocean Grove was lagging behind, to the possible detriment of the town’s summer tourist economy.  Camp Meeting officials had said earlier than they did not expect to have the boardwalk repaired by the 2013 summer, although the beach would be open.

Last Thursday representatives from most of the major civic organizations in Ocean Grove held a meeting to discuss ways to foster more communication and cooperation between themselves and the Camp Meeting. That meeting, organized by the Home Owners Association and Ocean Grove United, included representatives from those two groups and also from the Chamber of Commerce, the Historical Society and the Fishing Club. Attendees at that meeting said the Camp Meeting came in for criticism, in part for its failure to explain to merchants and to the general public about its plans and its prospects for receiving FEMA funding.

Monday’s press release made some effort to answer those concerns. Since the storm, it said, the Camp Meeting “has actively engaged professionals, technical consultants and engineers with expertise in boardwalk and beach reconstruction to develop a three-phased restoration plan. The Camp Meeting has also drawn on a vast array of local expertise, including individuals involved in past rebuildings of the boardwalk, specialists in beachfront maintenance, and an authority on beach dunes who was instrumental in developing the original emplacements.”

The press release shed no new light on prospects for FEMA funding, without which the Camp Meeting presumably will face daunting financial questions.

The question of FEMA funding remains up in the air. Officials of Neptune Township and the Camp Meeting met with state officials in Trenton last week to try to make the case that the Camp Meeting should be declared eligible for FEMA funding for the boardwalk and dunes.

A major problem peculiar to Ocean Grove is the fact that the boardwalk’s owner is the Camp Meeting rather than a municipality. Under FEMA’s rules, as a private non-profit the Camp Meeting is not entitled to funding to restore “recreational” facilities, which is how FEMA classifies the boardwalk. Boardwalks owned by municipalities do not face this obstacle. Neptune and Camp Meeting officials have been trying to offer arguments that would get around this problem. Because the boardwalk is so important to the town’s business interests, “We feel it should fit under an economic category,” Neptune’s CFO, Michael Bascom, told Blogfinger on Monday.

“The cost to rebuild will be extensive,” the Camp Meeting press release said, “and the Camp Meeting will be counting on assistance from FEMA and from the community. Anyone wishing to make a donation to the designated fund to assist with boardwalk rebuilding efforts should make their check payable to OGCMA with ‘Boardwalk & Beach Front’ in the memo line.”

This was the first time the Camp Meeting had mentioned a special “designated fund” for beachfront repairs. Previously, the Camp Meeting had said contributions for storm repairs would go into its “Now and Forever” account, which is a fund for a wide variety of Camp Meeting activities, including religious activities. However, some Ocean Grove individuals and organizations had complained that they were not comfortable contributing to that fund, but would contribute to a fund especially designated for storm damage repairs. Leaders of both the Home Owners and Ocean Grove United had expressed that concern to the Camp Meeting.

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