Posts Tagged ‘Wassup in Ocean Grove’





Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton Township. You can picnic there, but there is one catch.


From Anita Meeks of OG:    “Perfect Day Trip! ART! SCULPTURE! HORTICULTURE!

“Friends of Neptune Library sponsoring bus trip to Grounds for Sculpture.  Tuesday, September 19.

“Trip leaves Neptune Senior Center @ 10 AM (parking there).   1 hr. docent led walking tour there/ lunch on your own.
“Trip returns @ 5PM.  $50 pp  payable to Neptune Library.More info  and reservations call Anita 732-775-1186 “

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YO-YO MA, ENNIO MORRICONE:   “Gabriel’s Oboe” from the album Essential Yo-Yo Ma.   This movie music from The Mission, was composed by world famous Italian composer Ennio Morricone.

The Mission is a  1986 film about 18th century Jesuit priests who try to protect an Indian tribe in a remote region of South America.   Roland Joffé was the director, and the stars were Robert DeNiro, Liam Neeson, and Jeremy Irons.

Morricone’s  music for this film won the Golden Globe for Best Original Score, and the film was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.





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The Wassup? cow turns the other cheek when told to moove over.

The Wassup? cow turns the other cheek and mooves when noise from AP drifts across the Lake.  Paul Goldfinger cow photo   ©

Conversation from the Township Committee meeting on May 24:  (From our reporter on the scene)

Q. A member of the Public asked “Have you heard anything from WAVE?”    (WAVE is the secretive group of investors that would develop the North End.)

A.   Gene Anthony  (Township  lawyer) : “No. It’s strange.”

A. Randy Bishop : “Very strange.”

Note: About a year ago, Dr. Michael Brantley  (Committeeman)  said: “It’s time we take a look at all our redevelopment zones to see what we really want to do”


–The jailbird panhandler has returned to the North End near Main Avenue. Last week BF received two complaints.  The mo is the same:  tall, well dressed black man shows up out of nowhere and says he just got out of jail and wants to work.  Or course, he really wants money.   This has been going on for several years with the same guy.  He uses a subtle form of  intimidation, and Grovers should not have to put up with that.  NTPD says do not give him money; instead call them.   732 988 8000.

Song of the week:    DJ Sam Feelgood  “Up All Night Long.”


Beach roses in bloom adjacent to the OG boardwalk, Blogfinger photo 5/23/16 ©

Beach roses in bloom adjacent to the OG boardwalk, Blogfinger photo 5/23/16 ©


Wake up and smell the roses:     The beach roses are in full bloom.  Go down there and take a whiff.  (When I was a kid, a whiff was a strikeout, but now it’s a different aroma altogether.)

PATTI LUPONE  from Gypsy (2008)




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Moo Goo Guy is our WAssup Cow. He thinks a Chinese restaurant should open in the Grove.

Moo Goo Guy is our Wassup?  cow. She  thinks a Chinese restaurant should open in the Grove.  She loves hot and sour soup. She always orders takeout and she is a big tipper.   Yummy, Yummy.

  1.  Wassup song of the week.  For the departing Randy Bishop.  By Groucho Marx

2.   Neptune offices closed Monday Jan 18.  MLK birthday.

3. Blogfinger stats:  On January 11, 2016, Blogfinger received 1,309 visits. The most  linked posts were the poll about dissolving the NERP, editorial on scuttling the NERP, Randy Bishop, and Park View Inn subdivision.  Visitors from 11 foreign countries showed up among which were Sri Lanka, Russia, Australia, and Norway.

4.  From the CMA  (JP Gradone):    “I am happy to announce that the work on the North Boardwalk commenced this week. The contractor, Bird Construction, estimates the construction time to be 2-3 month, weather permitting. There is a temporary walkway around the construction site to allow pedestrians to move between Asbury Park and Ocean Grove.”

5.  Planning Board met on Jan 13.  New members were sworn in. Committeeman Brantley was sworn in as the new liaison to the Board.  The Mayor is also on the Planning Board, but he was not present.

There was no action to pass a resolution to finalize the approval for the Park View site subdivision.   At the last meeting there was a vote to approve the 4 lot subdivision, but it is not a done deal without a resolution, and before that happens, more votes could be taken.  The neighbors on Seaview and Lake Avenues could still lobby the Planning Board to reduce the density over there.

6. According to the Coaster, Randy Bishop has been appointed Deputy Commissioner for Administration of Elections for Monmouth County. He will step down as Committeeman in Neptune in February, so his replacement will be announced in March.

Bishop is quoted in the Coaster as saying, “I will miss the constant interaction with people, listening to not only their concerns but also their triumphs.”  The Coaster article does not explain who appointed Bishop to this job, where he will be based, what his job description will be, and to whom he will report. The article says that his job is with “county government.”

In the article, the Township Attorney says that the “Monmouth County Democratic Party” will pick three candidates each for the Houghtaling and Bishop Committee seats, and then the Committee will make the choices.


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WASSUP THREE Bulletin:   Liz Ogden, President of the Historical Society of Ocean Grove has resigned, effective immediately.  No other information is available at this time

Steve Mandeville of the Comfort Zone sends this request:

“Im trying to get a group together to spend maybe half hour to forty five minutes this Friday Caroling at Francis Asbury Manor meeting at about 5:45 PM. I have song sheets. We all know he music and it would give a lot of pleasure to the residents there many of whom have no family. Please let me know. Just being there would give a lot of people joy.            Thanks, Steve ”    Phone: 732 869 9990.

Wassup song of the week.   From the Grammy nominated score of Hamilton:  “Dear Theodosia.”


The Planning Board will meet on December 23.    On the agenda is Connieann Acquisitions, the company which owns the Park View Inn on Sea View Avenue.  They are asking to demolish the Inn and then to be permitted to subdivide the property ino 4 residential lots.  The owner has told the neighbors that he will put up single family houses.  Hooray for Connie Ann!





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The Wassup? bug says,

The Wassup? bug says, “We are not no-see-ums. We are see-ums and we report the news.”


1.  Mosquito control.  Patrol your property after every rain to get rid of collections of water  (garbage can lids, wrappers, containers) or standing water (as in bird baths.)   You can get information from the Monmouth County Mosquito Commission

2.  July 17, Friday. 47th Annual House Tour. Contact HSOG.   http://oceangrovehistory.org

3. Breakfast  (and lunch):  Don’t forget the Buttered Biscuit on 700 Main Street in Bradley Beach. The place is light and airy having been redone last fall.  They have first rate food including flap jacks, egg dishes, corned beef hash, Manhattan chowder, cornbread, blueberry pancakes, famous grilled crumb cake, eggs Benedict and many more great items.  Strangely, the biscuits do not come with butter;  well, they come with a cinnamon and honey butter, but if you want some actual butter, you have to ask.  But it’s all good. Inside and outside seating.  Weekends there are lines to go in. Go during the week.  They also have installed a counter for quick but tight service.

4.  Tuesday July 14.  Fish and Chip dinner Ladies Aux.s 5-7:30 pm;; Audit. Pav.

5. the 5th Annual Axelrod Israel Film Fesitival will be held from Sunday July 12 to Sunday July 19.  It is held  at three locations: (Deal, Freehold,  and Monroe Township.)  For more information:  732 858 8106   Axelrod link

6. Asbury Park Jazz weekend will be on August 7,8,9.   Link: http://jazzasbury.com

7.  Join the Ocean Grove Citizens Patrol.  Minimum requirement is 2 hours, once per month.  Contact 732 774 6582.  Link: http://ogcp.org

8. Excellent job with Tally’s Folly at the new Herbst Theatre on the third floor of the JSAC.  It’s a love story with just two characters.  It’s engaging, fascinating, funny, intense.  Well done JSAC.  This song seems to me to fit for Tally’s Folly.


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1. Ocean Grove Woman’s Club:

The  2nd Annual People’s Garden Tour committee has had their first meeting.  They are off to a great start in planning for this unique event.  If any of you want to join the planning or offer your garden for the June 20 tour, please call Pegi at 609 575 5585  or go to pegi@comcast.net.


2.   Townwide yard sale  planned for May 9.

In 2014 we had nearly 70 addresses participating. It should get bigger this year.  We hope to break 100 addresses to surpass most town wide sales in nearby towns.   It will be Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Early in the spring we will start collecting addresses for this year.

3. Township offices and library will be closed on Jan 19 for Martin Luther King’s birthday.  Check out the movie Selma which is receiving high praise.

Image courtesy of Roberta Grace at Neptune Township mother ship.

Image courtesy of Roberta Grace at Neptune Township mother ship.

4. Saturday, Jan 17.   Ralph watch report:  He’s back today!  Blogfinger scoop thanks to an alert citizen reporter.  Thank you.

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1.  HPC meeting October 28 at 7 pm.   They will be discussing a demolition request  (initial hearing) for Broadway #5 1/2


2.   Gardening advice from Miss Pegi :   Good Morning Clubbers,

What a gorgeous fall weekend we just had! Remember to keep your eye on the weather forecasts.  Plants you want to keep over the winter need to come in before a frost.  Balancing the lower light conditions of many OG homes with the onset of frost can be tricky.  Leaving them in happy outdoor light is not worth losing them with one drop in temps below 32.  On the other hand, the longer they can stay out, the less time they will have to endure winter indoor low light and the better their chances of making it through until spring.  It is a fine line so tread carefully.

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