March 2015 Updates on Previous Posts

March 14, 2015

I have been spending some time going through my blog archives. When I started this blog in 2009, I more or less intended just to mention certain interesting New Jersey stories I read about either online or elsewhere. 

I was totally clueless about blogging at that time. I learned that just about anyone can see what you've written, no matter how obscure your blog is. 

In December 2012, I asked “Can the Atwood-Blauvelt Mansion Be Saved?”

Atwood-Blauvelt Mansion, Oradell, New Jersey

Update: apparently the fight is still on to save the mansion. 

On a very, very sad note: 

In 2011, I posted some photos I took in delightful Ocean Grove, down the shore

Two of the photos I posted were of local businesses: The Village Kloset and Smuggler’s Cove

Village Kloset
Smuggler's Cove

Heartbreakingly, both of these businesses plus several others were destroyed in a fire in February, and the buildings were torn down. 

You can read more about it at Blogfinger, a fine blog that is based in Ocean Grove.

A relief fund has been set up for the victims of this fire.


  1. I recognized the Oradell mansion right away. I grew up in Westwood and we drove past that place many times. I always wondered who the rich people were that lived there. I hate to think what the taxes must be on the place. Sad if it gets torn down.

  2. Oooh how come I didn't know you were headed to Ocean Grove?! Would have loved a meet and greet. So many of my blogs are about my enchanted little cottage La Vie en Rose in Ocean Grove and the life there at the Jersey Shore. So awful about the fire! LOVE all your photos, old and new and none are "bad". :) pbenjay

    1. Thank you so much! We actually decided to go to Ocean Grove since we were in the area, it wasn't a planned trip! It's such a pretty area.