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Harvest festival on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove, NJ. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Harvest festival on Main Avenue in Ocean Grove, NJ. Paul Goldfinger photo ©

I know some contemporaries of mine who have moved from New Jersey because the property taxes are lower out of state.  Other complaints about Jersey include our taxing pensions and our higher cost of living, including the cost of housing.

In the case of Ocean Grove, Grovarians sometimes say that our property taxes are higher than the rest of Neptune and that the discrepancy is unfair.  They say that we are a “cash cow” and that we would have lower taxes if we were separate from Neptune.

But an independent Ocean Grove is not in the cards, and our homes have higher appraised values, in many cases, because we live at the seashore and not inland. As  the realtors say, “Location, location, location.”

There is a high level of demand for our houses because this town is unique and has a fine quality of life including walks on the beach, a swim in the Atlantic, the safety of our children, the peaceful/spiritual/ quietude of the town, the Victorian beauty of our homes, the porch culture, the friendly neighbors, the conversations on Main, the quaint shops downtown, a burger at Nagles, an ice-cream at Days, sidewalk entertainment in summer, a bus into New York, a walk to the GA at twilight on a Saturday night for a big-time show, a train station a few blocks away, a flea market on the Pathway, an ice cream social at the Pavilion,  summer band concerts on our new boardwalk,  a walk to the GA on Sundays to hear amazing preachers,  a stroll to another world in  Asbury Park via the Casino, etc, etc.

It seems reasonable to believe that one’s lifestyle in a community is part of what we pay for in our property taxes and our rentals.  Isn’t that true?  Ain’t cha glad?

Oh, we’re not moving.  No way!

Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger

DAVID JOHANSEN    from the film The Aviator

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Carl at the Ocean Grove Town-wide yard sale.   Paul Goldfinger photo.  2013 ©

Carl at the Ocean Grove Town-wide yard sale. Paul Goldfinger photo. 2013 ©

To the Editor:

Hi Paul,

Your remark  in the Wassup section of Blogfinger  “…and the porch culture which exists for those who live here full time or part time.  Why is it that so many people want to live in this town and why so many  say “I love Ocean Grove ?” caught my eye and struck home because I just wrote a post in my own blog in which I quoted a slogan of sorts from Roadside Magazine.  I think you’ll find it speaks to the wonderful quality of life here in Ocean Grove. This is the excerpt:


“…So we were pretty surprised to see the For Sale sign out in front and two young people sitting on the front porch.

I have to lapse into an aside here because I believe front porches are one of the best means to meet and greet your neighbors, make new friends and visit with old friends. Porches are welcoming and beckon to passerby’s. There is a quote, actually more like a slogan that used to be published in every issue of ROADSIDE MAGAZINE that sums up an America we used to know, a place that I want to live and in fact I do when I’m in Ocean Grove. ROADSIDE refers to this slogan as a recipe for an American Renaissance: “Eat in diners, ride trains, shop on Main Street, put a porch on your house and live in a walk able community”. Sounds real good to me! And by the way, the stoops of Brooklyn and other boroughs of New York City offer the same way of life”…


Ocean Grove, N.J. August 19, 2014

The writer is a resident of Ocean Grove


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