“Looking Back” as seen from the end of the fishing pier in May, 2008

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"Looking Back" at Ocean Grove, New Jersey. As seen from the OG fishing pier. May 8, 2008. Paul Goldfinger photo. Copyright. Click left for large view. “Looking Back” at Ocean Grove, New Jersey. As seen from the OG fishing pier. May 8, 2008. Paul Goldfinger photo. Copyright. Please do not reproduce.  Click left for large view.

This image is permanently exhibited on Blogfinger in the “about” section above. It appeared in Maine Ahead, a magazine which featured it in their January 2011 anniversary collectors edition. It is no longer possible to re-create this view — at least until they rebuild the pier. Note that this special uncropped commemorative “print” of it includes a piece of the OG fishing pier in the lower left hand corner.

SOUNDTRACK: Here’s Bruce Springsteen — a musical hero here at the Jersey Shore. He appeared in the 12/12/12 benefit concert in NYC  with the E Street Band — raising money for the hurricane victims. Below is a live recording of “Girls in Their Summer Clothes” — from the 2008 album…

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Honeysuckle and Roses

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Honeysuckle.  It needs sun, but this one has done well in partly sunny area.  Fragrant.  Eileen Goldfinger photo in her garden.  2013 Honeysuckle. It needs sun, but this one has done well in partly sunny area. Fragrant. Photo by Eileen Goldfinger in her OG garden. 2013

HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO WITH ISABELLE FONTAINE.  Perhaps you were expecting Honeysuckle Rose, a jazz favorite. Instead though, we have a different kind of rose for you.  It is Roses of Picardy sung in French by Isabelle Fontaine. Picardy is in northern France, and the song is vintage WWI.

“Roses are shining in Picardy,
In the hush of the silver dew,
Roses are flow’ring in Picardy,
But there’s never a rose like you!
And the roses will die with the summertime,
And our roads may be far apart,
But there’s one rose that dies not in Picardy,
‘Tis the rose that I keep in my heart”

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Jersey Shore Gallery: The Carnegie Library on Main Street in downtown Freehold, near the Courthouse.

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Photograph by Paul Goldfinger.  ©September, 2014. Click image to enlarge. Photograph by Paul Goldfinger. ©September, 2014. Click image to enlarge.

Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish-American, built 2,509 libraries around the world, including 1,689 in the United States.  These beautiful buildings can be found near here in Avon, Freehold, Belmar and Long Branch.  The total in New Jersey is 36.

The winner of our “Name That Town” contest is Sue who was the first to guess Freehold.  Thanks to our other guessers (to be distinguished from fressers.)

DUO GADJO and THEIR HOT FRIENDS    From the album ‘Meet Me in Paris.”

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San Gimignano, Italy

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Tuscany.  By Paul Goldfinger. © Tuscany. By Paul Goldfinger. ©   Left click

San Gimignano began as an Etruscan village in the 3rd century BC.  Later it received its current name as it evolved into a medieval Tuscan town known for its towers.

RONALD NALDI.      Mr. Naldi, of the Metropolitan Opera company is also of Ocean Grove and can be heard this summer in the Great Auditorium.

This is “O Paese d’ ‘o Sole”

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