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Jean Bredin ©. Ocean Grove Beach. November 17, 2018. Blogfinger.net


a. Blogfinger has 173 bloggers who follow us through WordPress.  600 visits on March 6.  That day we had 10 foreign countries including Antigua and Barbuda, China, Norway. and Spain.  I would like to visit Barbuda where the Barbudians like to go caving.  And, they have a sanctuary for frigate birds.  

b. Bartender of the Week in Ocean Grove. We will accept nominations once the new North End Hotel opens.

c. Wesley Lake update

—The Wesley Lake Commission last met in October 2018. Their last set of posted minutes is from then. We received an email copy yesterday that seems to indicate that some members of the Commission may be finally waking up to a few new concepts and realities about the Lake, some of which we have been hammering at Blogfinger for some time.

In that email from Douglas McQueen to the Wesley Lake Commission Chair Gail Rosewater, he made a few points which interested us at Blogfinger: The entire email is not reproduced here; just portions.

——“If we allow mismanaged lakes to consequently pollute our beaches, we would have killed our golden goose.”

—–“When formulating recommendations for the long term management of the coastal lakes and ponds of Monmouth County, emphasis has to be given to the control of stormwater runoff. This is the key to the sustainable improvement of the County’s lakes.”

No kidding!

—— He also repeated something which we have emphasized for some time on Blogfinger.  He said,”Many of these lakes are indeed riparian waters.

d. on March 5, Neptune Twp. organized a “Tidelands Presentation”. This was a sort of infomercial where two OG lawyers (the Beekman Law Firm) and a title company presented information at the Shark River Marina regarding title issues having to do with riparian land rights. 

It’s interesting that the focus was on homeowners at the Shark River area. But what about our homeowners, two lakes and the ocean?

We had a reporter present and we will have more to say about this subject next week.

Here is a link to an article which we posted in May, 2016 regarding the ecology and history of Wesley Lake:

Wesley Lake devious plans

d. Note that the new Governor and his DEP are taking an interest in the New Jersey Coastal waterways. Monmouth University has an Urban Coastal Institute. They are having a “summit” this month, but we have no details. Evidently the Wesley Lake Commission Chair will address that meeting on March 15. 

e. Township approves fireworks on the beach at 9 pm on July 6.

f.  The Township has not seen a street closure that it doesn’t like.  They have approved multiple dates, and the closures are often granted all day, 9 to 10. on Saturdays  In addition to the usual closures, such as for dancing in the streets at Chamber events,  three extra dates were added on Saturdays July 6, July 27,  and August 10, for all day, 9am 10 pm.  (150th  anniversary events.)  Those extra street closures will multiply the chaos of summer Saturdays this season. And this doesn’t even take into consideration the beach activities which are the norm in all Jersey Shore towns.

If you want to get a feel for the summer activities sponsored by the CMA alone, go to Oceangrove.org and click on “events.”  Between the extra congestion due to Asbury Park and the congestion in the Grove, we will have gridlock on just about every Saturday in the summer.  This situation often becomes unbearable for residents of the Grove.  

No other shore town has the volume of gridlocked special events that we do. I doubt that even Bourbon Street has nearly as many.  Why should the people who live here have to endure such tourist crowds and chaos during prime season.

From Woody’s movie Everyone Says I Love You:

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a.  Main Avenue:  The new coffee shop Odyssey has a sign in the window.  Glass is blocked by brown paper.  Word is that the opening is held up by delays at the Mother Ship having to do with zoning and mercantile licensing. Mary got her Place’s zoning designation very quickly.

10/26/18 Blogfinger photo. It’s good we can read Greek.


b. The former surf shop, where the news stand used to be has a sign in the window:    “Coming soon—‘Serenity by the Sea’  (formerly from Belmar——Weird and Wacky and always Zenfully wonderful!”

Editor’s note:   “The word ‘Zen‘ is the Japanese attempt at pronouncing the Chinese word ‘Chan’, which in turn is the Chinese attempt at pronouncing the Sanskrit word ‘Dhyana’, which translates as ‘meditation’. And indeed, the word Zen conjures up an image of motionless Buddhist monks lost in deep meditation.”  (Dictionary note)

Perhaps “Serenity by the Sea”  will bring us motionless Buddhist monks lost in deep meditation.  But that would be superfluous given the state of motion on Main Avenue in the winter.

c. Signs of the times:

Sign on Sunset Avenue at the Wickipecko Fire Dept: “Change your smoke alarms every 10 years.”   Hopefully no wacky wicko confuses this warning with smoke alarm battery changes due when the clocks change.

Sign seen on Rt. 287:  “Go to University of Maine for the in-state cost of Rutgers.”   Editor’s note:  Not if you factor in room and board in Maine vs. commuting to New Brunswick. Commuting to Maine might be a hardship from NJ.   But you must admit that this is a clever ad—an unusual approach to recruiting paying customers.

Sign on Rt. 287:   “Robert Wood Johnson—help us beat cancer.”   How can I, driving by in my car help beat cancer?   Beats me!


d.  Song of the week:  “A Star is Born” with Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper brings a few wonderful duets  to this fine film which has received glittering reviews.

The music is terrific including her solo rendition of “La Vie en Rose” in the very first scene in the film–a scene where she sings to a barful of gays enjoying the transvestite nightclub  scene (except for Gaga.)

This duet is particularly wonderful:  “Music to My Eyes.”


e.  The Clueless Coaster creates a case of mish-mash out of their report about redevelopment as discussed at the 10/22 Committee meeting.  Read Blogfinger for the scoop.

f.  BF stats for 10/25:  700 visits.  Most popular are the redevelopment piece, Jack’s paintings, and the Granelli candidacy.  11 foreign countries visited including China, Russia, and Australia.






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a.  From Helen Stocum:     “Stopped in to the new Yarn shop. Lovely assortment of yarns. Sadly, I am not a knitter or crocheter (is that a word?).  They even have alpaca yarn that is so soft.”

Coffee shop coming soon. We must support these small businesses if we want a viable village.”


Paul Goldfinger © portrait of Maggie at the alpaca farm, 2014. Link below.
Dee, the alpaca rancher, says that Maggie’s behavior indicates that she is “in the mood for love”©

Blogfinger reports on alpaca farm in Wall


Editor’s note—PG:  Thanks Helen.   Eileen is a crocheter  (she verifies the word) and she belongs to a knitting/crocheting  group called Happy Fingers.

We’ll check out the new shop.  The idea of a yarn shop seems attractive, because knitting and crocheting are creative arts resulting in unique hand-made items that are practical and warm.  It’s the sort of business we need in the Grove.  Locals should support the arts in town.

I like your reference to a “viable village.”  It’s too bad the Chamber of Commercials hasn’t tried to define  a vision for our downtown.

I also am looking forward to an authentic coffee shop–much overdue since the February 2015 fire on Main Avenue.  At that time it seemed that the Bean would re-open, but it never did.   Here is a link:

Fire damages Barbaric Bean


b.  WASSUP?  song of the week:  

HARRY NILSSON from Midnight Cowboy:



Blogfinger is the only media source which is devoted primarily to OG.  There had been a newspaper in town until the end of the last century.    BF was supposed to be an information sharing project—- a new digital idea for small towns where local newspapers have been dying like an epidemic.   But that idea hasn’t worked out very well. So here is Helen Stocum helping us out today with some news.

It would be a public service if more of you did the same.  Just write to Blogfinger@verizon.net.  You can even provide anonymous information. But no fake news, tall tales or yarns (except in Helen’s case.)

Thanks, Paul @Blogfinger.net


Caprese salad by Eileen Goldfinger in Ocean Grove. October,2018. ©

c.  Eileen makes a caprese salad in October.  The tomato crop is about over for the Jerseys.  Eileen used small Campari’s  (from Mexico)  for this salad.

Usually the Caprese salad contains only tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and basil with a vinaigrette dressing, but this time she was inspired to add a bed of romaine lettuce and some avocado slices.  Below is a link to her original  (2015)  recipe including the dressing:

Caprese salad by Eileen


d.  Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Assoc. has hired a new Executive Director.  His name is James “Jamie” Jackson.  He comes from Virginia where he has been the Chief Operating Officer of a combined fitness complex and Christian congregation with a 100+ member staff.

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WASSUP? Ocean Grove




a.  Gas tax up again; this time 4.6% to match a decline in gas sales.

b.  From Grover Diddly Squat:

Received official mail-in ballot. For Township Committee, we vote for two. Choice is Democrats Brantley and Williams or Republican Granelli and “No nomination made.”  So, we can write in personal choice.
I suggest JOHN LYON. This local boy is better known as Southside Johnny.  There also would be an amusing distinction if we had a Lyon politician.
c.  It may be October, but flowers are still in bloom in OG.  Here is a garden in a pot, found at New York Ave. and Mt. Hermon Way:

Blogfinger photo. © 10/1/18©

d.  Sign of the times—-noted in Asbury  Park. Click to enlarge

e.  Site Stats:   On October 1, Blogfinger had 1,213 visits.  The most popular sites were the two regarding the Asbury music festival. Then the Victorian paints and rising real estate prices.

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