Posts Tagged ‘Ocean Grove life styles’

OG beach. August 24, 2020. Blogfinger photo.




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Ocean Grove boards. A cool 7 am on August 11, 2020. Paul Goldfinger photo.


KATHERINE HO:  From the soundtrack of Crazy Rich Asians. “Yellow”


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Photo by Linda Burke. Asbury side Lake Ave. July 12, 2020.


Lake Avenue. OG side. Paul Goldfinger photo. © Click to enlage.


From Linda Burke:

Lake Ave in Ocean Grove is walking path that is constantly used by bicycle riders making it treacherous. Why are bikes allowed on this path?

Asbury Park forbids bikes on their Lake Ave side (see attachment of sidewalks stamped with no bicycles allowed).

Can you explain why are bikes allowed on Lake Ave?

From the Green Book:

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Unmasked group. Yoga class behind, with masks and distancing.   Paul Goldfinger photo. 6/7/20, Sunday 9 am.  Click to enlarge.

Read sign. It only protects the employees. For the rest of us on the boardwalk and beach it says to maintain distancing. Blogfinger photo Sunday 6/7/20

It was 9:30 am on Sunday June 7.  The boardwalk was busy with bikers, joggers, walkers, and kids.   It seems like the practice of masking is in freefall, with an estimated 10-15% on the boards being masked.

A few Neptune police were standing together, observing  near the beach office.  I didn’t see them berating anyone about masking or distancing.

As before, the contrast between the boards and the empty beach was startling. We have mentioned this before, but never got an answer as to why the active boardwalk on Sunday morning was acceptable, but not an active beach?

Until a lucid explanation is offered by the dictatorial CMA, people will continue to be baffled, and how can they be supportive without an explanation that makes sense?   If this is religious based, then it makes even less sense because even though the CMA is in charge, they are given that charge in trust by the State of New Jersey on behalf of all citizens, and there is no other shore town with that peculiar practice.

I know that some longtime OG families point to the town’s history, but that doesn’t mean that the history of the Sunday closure must be continued.   After all, there were quite a few historical practices, like the gates on Main Avenue, which were abolished suddenly with one ruling by the State Supreme Court in 1980.

However, putting that aside, one had to be struck by the happiness evident up and down the OG boardwalk on this Sunday morning.   It was actually thrilling, after all the isolation,  sickness, and now class warfare and violence right in our backyard.

The sooner the governor can open up our society safely, the better.  Meanwhile, the “folks” have seemingly tossed out the masking rules, and even the CMA, judging by its signage, and the NTPD  are not taking it too seriously either.

In Ocean Grove there are many areas in our town’s culture and practices which should be changed, and Blogfinger has written about all of them, with very little opposition to those opinions.

We need a “Grovers’ Lifestyles  Matter” movement in this town.

SAM BROVERMAN:  from the album Dream Maker, Heartbreaker…Sam Broverman sings Johnny Mercer.

Paul Goldfinger, MD   Editor Blogfinger.net

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Will the future of OG come into focus?  Paul Goldfinger photo.OG.  Summer 2019.



The giant “fall” flea market is over.  Soon to occur:  Another craft show, dog parade, trolley tours, Cabaret on Main, Harvest Festival–close down Main Avenue on October 5, Victorian house tours, and then Commercial Christmas will reappear, done large.

The Chamber of Commercials  is currently driving the bus, promoting down-town businesses.  They don’t care about residential OG.  CMA is taking a break, but not for long. The Home Groaners don’t wonder about these things, but they don’t wonder much about anything having to do with lifestyles in the Grove. And the elected officials don’t care.

So what will define Ocean Grove in the future?  Will it be behaving like a historic village in small town America.?  It looks like it will appear as a sort of junior Disneyland where bored outsiders can come and do this or that, and investors can exploit the real estate market with rentals and condos.

The events and crowds keep multiplying,  and, in addition,  we are becoming a bedroom community, an appendage,  for Asbury Park where they know who they are.   And the CMA infrastructure will continue to enlarge its mostly religious calendar.

The beach scene is welcome and expected and is a given–not part of this conversation.

Next summer the CMA-sponsored classical music will be great again—with tiny audiences.  And the town will be burgeoning with religious events and tourists. Maybe the CMA will get its wish to restore the old predominant religious focus here,  even though the town’s residents are largely secular.  The residents don’t exactly know who they are.

At the end of this month, Red Bank will have an Oyster Festival on one day, September  29, from 12 to 6 .  Otherwise they have no large events. And what they have through the summer are for the residents, such as jazz and movies in the park.  They have a large downtown and a bigger town, but they keep the spirit of the place for the sake of their residents.

And Neptune is soon having a concert at the Shark River for the River area residents. When did Neptune offer a musical program for Grover residents? Why do they ignore us?

So, again, what is the point of this constant barrage of tourists in Ocean Grove–a town with an identity challenge?

–Paul Goldfinger


GUY LOMBARDO AND HIS ROYAL CANADIANS   From the soundtrack of Woody’s movie Zelig.


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Ocean Grove friends. By Bob Bowné. Special to Blogfinger 2014. ©

Ocean Grove friends. By Bob Bowné. Special to Blogfinger 2014. ©


DAFT PUNK:   “Get Lucky”


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