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NJ Marathon in Ocean Grove 2011. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

NJ Marathon heading south  in Ocean Grove 2011. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

 

MATTHEW WILDER   “Break My Stride.”

“Ain’t nothin’ gonna break my stride
Nobody’s gonna slow me down, oh-no
I got to keep on movin’
Ain’t nothin’ gonna break my stride
I’m running and I won’t touch ground
Oh-no, I got to keep on moving'”

 

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July 4 parade on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove. Running the swan show is Proprietor Linda Occhipinti.. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

July 4 parade on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove. Running the swan show is proprietor Linda Occhipinti. Paul Goldfinger photo. ©

 

 

MEL TILLIS:

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OG Beach. June 2015. School's out, and these coeds chose the Grove. Ocean Grave? No way! Paul goldfinger photograph. ©

OG Beach. June 2015.  School’s out, and these coeds chose the Grove.   Paul Goldfinger photograph. ©

MADDIE AND TAE   “Fly”:

“So keep on climbing, though the ground might shake
Just keep on reaching though the limb might break
We’ve come this far, don’t you be scared now
‘Cause you can learn to fly on the way down”

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Summer, 2014. Ocean Grove, NJ. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Summer, 2014. Ocean Grove, NJ. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to Seymour.

THE ANDREW SISTERS   “The Three Caballeros.”

 

 

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Victor and Tiffany on Mt. Hermon Way. Sept. 2010. Paul Goldfinger photograph ©

Victor and Tiffany on Mt. Hermon Way. Sept. 2010. Paul Goldfinger photograph ©

BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB   “Veinte Anos”

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Ocean Grove 2005. We need more events like this. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Ocean Grove 2005. We need more events like this. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

BEVERLY KENNEY:

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Ocean Grove at the Spring fling.  Pilgrim Pathway.  5/15/16.  Blogfinger photo ©

Ocean Grove at the Spring fling. Pilgrim Pathway. 5/15/16. Blogfinger photo ©

Of course, when the Jersey girls in their summer clothes make their debut on the OG Boardwalk, this will seem modest.  Blogfinger will be covering that story from the culture/lifestyles viewpoint.

BUDDY HOLLY and the CRICKETS from the soundtrack of American Graffiti.:

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Spring fling, May 14. Neptune township closed a large part of Main Avenue. Blogfinger photo. ©

Spring fling, May 14. Neptune township closed a large part of Main Avenue. Blogfinger photo. ©

 

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

Saturday, May 14, 2016.       Today at 10:30 am I returned from the bank and found the town to be overrun with a large crowd of tourists who were here for a “Spring Fling” sponsored by the OG Chamber of Commerce.    Parking was very difficult.  Main Avenue was closed along the entire commercial district and down near the beach. Pilgrim Pathway was clogged shut, and a loud rock band was shaking the rafters.

Who exactly benefits from this Spring Fling? Of course the CC does, and so do the many vendors who have set up booths, almost all of them from out of town. The tourists love it, while the locals ignore it and groan.

Pilgrim Pathway for the Spring Fling. Is this Seaside Heights? Blogfinger photo. ©

Pilgrim Pathway closed for the Spring Fling. Should we be Seaside Heights or Rhinebeck?  Blogfinger photo. ©

 

This is not the only such happening. How about the CC’s Spring Giant Flea Market which will involve nearly 300 vendors on June 4. Then there is the British car fling, the vintage car fling, the giant fall flea fling market and the fall autumn fling festival—– all town clogging events produced by the Chamber.

And don’t forget the large gatherings sponsored by the Camp Meeting Association, including their giant craft show in mid June.

How much of this sort of event is good for the town? How much is enough? When does the Chamber, the CMA, and the Township start to think about nurturing this town, its history, its culture, and its residents. It seems like OG is merely a stage set for those who want to commercialize it.

People say that the parking issues are only during July and August, but this town has congested events of this sort for  6 months of the year, hardly a trivial amount of time. We do need relief for resident parking.

We are a lovely artistic and historic town, and it is wonderful to have events outdoors here, but how about small themed programs that improve the quality of life of those who actually live in Ocean Grove. I’m thinking chamber music, art shows, collectors events, film festivals, historic reenactments, food truck nights, farmers markets, plays in the parks, poetry readings, focused  literary festivals, etc.

Two summers ago we had an Illumination Night for the townspeople. It was a beautiful small historic event with overtones of OG’s past.   It was held by Auditorium Park adjacent to the bookstore—sponsored by the CMA. Lights were twinkling, kids were skateboarding and biking, a guitarist played, and the rest of us chatted and had refreshments. We need more of that.

Illumination Night August 20, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Illumination Night near the Great Auditorium. August 20, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

What exactly does the Chamber do for the Township itself? When was the last time they spoke out regarding OG issues such as historic preservation, land use controversies, or parking?     How about elevating the cultural experiences here instead of just promoting commercialism?

Why should we who live here be thrilled with the Chamber’s  “flings?”   Do they care about the tranquility, spirit, quality of life and comfort of Ocean Grove’s citizens? Do they care about the future of this town? They want our business, but what do they do in exchange besides show up. And as for the town, this is just another example of Neptune Township ignoring the  tax paying “townies” in favor of other interests.

So, if OG continues on a path where there are takers but few givers, then it will decline into something less, and residents will leave.  Too pessimistic?  If we want to be unique instead of similar to other shore towns, then committed citizens need to pay attention.

NEKO CASE  with the Nighthawks in Boardwalk Empire

 

 

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Stop! New Jersey Ave. and Mt. Hermon Way meet at the northeast corner of Firemen's Park. Paul Goldfinger photograph © 4/25/16

Stop! New Jersey Ave. and Mt. Hermon Way meet at the northeast corner of Firemen’s Park. Paul Goldfinger photograph © 4/25/16  Click to enlarge.

By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

Kids on bikes love to zoom around those park cement paths, over and over.  Dog walkers socialize while their pups socialize. Of course the people are more refined, but there is no way to look elegant when the poop bag takes center stage in the park rituals.

There is a big cherry tree in the park where kids love to climb, preferably while hanging upside down like vampires. Girls practice cartwheels, and families organize Wiffle Ball games. Boys pitch hardballs to their dads who pose as Yogi Berra. Adults like to sit on the benches or relax under a tree to read a book or have a talk.

On Choir Festival day, singers like to picnic here between rehearsals and show time.

 

Open up the center of Firemen's Park. Do it for the kids. One of them could fall into those dangerous spikes. Blogfinger photo.4/24/16 ©

Open up the center of Firemen’s Park. Do it for the kids. One of them could fall into those dangerous spikes. Blogfinger photo.4/24/16 ©

On the other hand, in the center of the park is an unwelcoming circular black metal fence with black spikes on top surrounding the bell—a memorial to departed firemen. The fence is locked shut so that no child could enter and touch the bell.

Around the black fence is a ring of horrible bushes with long dangerous sharp needles.

Firemen’s Park is actually under the control of Neptune Twp.   They really should make the bell accessible to the kids.  No part of that park should be private.

DAVID JOHANSON with VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS, from HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.

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Ocean Pathway. 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Ocean Pathway. May, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo ©  Click to enlarge

DAVID JOHANSEN    From the movie The Aviator 

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