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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Only in San Francisco...

...we can but hope as news that the city which gave us Carol Doda, the Symbionese Liberation Army, and the Twinky Defense, has exceeded its absurdness this time around!

Funding for Golden Gate Bridge suicide barrier approved

"San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge Board of Directors unanimously approved $76 million in funding to erect a 20-foot-wide steel net -- extending out from each side of the 1.7-mile span -- to deter would-be jumpers." More...

Monday, July 21, 2014

Did he or didn't he?

That was the question occupying the sports talk shows and baseball blogs last week: did National League starting pitcher Adam Wainwright "groove one" as a "going away present" to Derek Jeter to start the New York Yankees Captain's final All-Star game?

Jeter, leading off the first inning Tuesday evening, wacked a solid double into right field and moments later scored the game's first run when Yasiel Puig mis-played Mike Trout's blast into an RBI triple. More...

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Are they kidding?

There's a brief amusing scene in Season Two of HBO's brilli­ant "The Wire" involving Detectives Herc and Carver and one of the indigenous population...

The corner kid is a little unsure whether the white cop is screwing with him, and the thing is, after watching Herc screw up in any number of ways in just a season and one-half, we're not sure if he's serious either. More...

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Helluva Day!

What a start to Wednesday:

Missile downs Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine, killing 298; Kiev blames rebels

(Those whose first thought was that this has not been a banner year for Malaysia Airlines, may be forgiven.)

And the more we learn of this horrific action, the more it seems that Russia's hands are not clean either.

And here we thought that Ronald Reagan had ripped the barely-beating heart from the chest of The Evil Empire 23 years ago come December! More...

Angelo disgusted

Angelo De La Fuente, as he signs his name in this week's Western Edition (and all these decades I thought it was "dela Fuente") has taken up pen to castigate The Southampton Press for running with last week's front page headline, which he characterized as:

Starting Salary Could Double

Calling it "inflammatory," Señor De La Fuente thought the headline "negative" despite its accuracy.

And that seems to be the problem... its accuracy. More...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

July Village Board Work Session

An easy Work Session for Mayor Maria Z. Moore this evening, and while some of her supporters... husband Tom, Joan Levan, Angelo De La Fuente, scofflaw Elyse Richman, and sundry real estaters (including "realistic" from 27East)... were in attendance, no significant changes to the Village of Westhampton Beach Code were discussed.

What was abstracted was the elimination of the "incarcera­tion penalty" from §96 and §197 of the Code, so Ms. Rich­man won't be facing jail anytime soon, only an increase in fines if she persists in her flouting of local laws. More...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Jack was back...

Title art

...but now he's gone again, vol­un­tarily surrendering to the revenge-minded Russians in exchange for safe conduct and the life of his best friend, Chloe O'Brian.

Not that Jack and Ms. O'Brian didn't have their rough patches this truncated season... she fell for a wrong guy, naturally, and it looked like she was going to betray our Promethean protagonist. More...

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Good TV Commercial

Updated Monday, 07/14/2014 – 07:32 pm

Unless they were the ones from last year's Super Bowl ('cause I am a well-known sap for a certain type of senti­ment), I'm the guy pitching a bitch about various television advertising... "Big Pharma" has been in my sights of late.

"Empty Chair" is a 60-second institutional spot for Guiness which debuted during half-time of this afternoon's nail-biter World Cup Final between Germany and Argentina on net­work ABC, and caught my eye in a most positive way.

(The 90-second version:) More...

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Less than a week...

Updated Saturday, July 12, 2014 – 02:37 pm

...following the swearing in of the Mayoral candidate whose election she successfully engineered, the Dowager Empress of Oneck is back at it, deeming herself to be such a force within the Village of Westhampton Beach that she is above the law.

Waldbaum's Parking Lot

That she deems it to be "for a good cause1," likely trumps anything else in Joan Levan's imperious mind. More...

Friday, July 11, 2014

The 'word'

Remember The Trashmen's wildly improbably 1963 hit (#4 on the charts), "Surfin' Bird?"

"A-well-a, everybody's heard about the bird
Bird, bird, bird, b-bird's the word...."

No, "bird" isn't it, but say the secret word and a duck will come down and give us a unified police force.

(And the secret word this month is: "consolidation.")


Wednesday, July 09, 2014

"And as my second official act...

...I wanna double my annual salary, never mind that I've been in office for less than two days!"

– Mayor Maria V. Moore, Westhampton Beach

New Westhampton Beach Mayor Seeks Pay Increase

This can certainly be termed an inauspicious start to Mayorette Moore's start in office, and has some residents wondering how this reconciles with her campaign platform.

(A review of that platform is no longer possible as that part of the Progress4WHB website has been deleted.) More...

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte shocker

No one... and I mean no one... saw this coming, or even imagined something as one-sided as Germany's 7-1 defeat of host country Brazil in the 2014 FIFA World Cup semi-final match just concluded.

"Defeat?" How about a complete and utter depantsing in front of a world-wide television audience!

(Only a brilliant solo effort by Brazil's Oscar with two seconds left in regular time prevented the shut-out.)

Even with the finality of the mounting score throughout, it was an exciting match due to Germany's More...

Monday, July 07, 2014

July Village Board Meeting

...which by tradition and Village Law is Westhampton Beach's annual organizational meeting where the recently elected officials are administered their oaths of office, ap­pointments are made, financial institutions and media are given official designations, etc.

Or not, as newly elected Mayor Maria V. Moore made her running mate, Junior Palmer, the Deputy Mayor and, per­haps wisely, held off all other appointments until the August 7th Village Board meeting.

But ye Gawds and Ben Larsen, the meeting room More...

Saturday, July 05, 2014

I can barely wait...

...'til this one opens August 22nd:

Postter for "Sin City: A Dame to Kill for"

The 2005 original "Sin City" caught me completely More...

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The Press gets it wrong... very wrong!

It's good that it wasn't a factual news story, but still! This morning's lead editorial, "Trial By Fire," a mish-mosh of conjecture and uninformed opinion, was w-a-a-a-y off-base when it wrote:

"...it is ludicrous1 for Chief Dean to think that the board would even consider rubber-stamping his second-in-command, Lieutenant Trevor Gonce, as his successor based solely on the chief's recommendation."

Several things become abundantly clear from that passage: More...

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

My World Cup Watch...

...by all rights should have ended now that the United States has fallen to Belgium, 2-1, in an exciting extra-time contest.

But no! The World Cup may be over for USA, but there's still another ten games to go before it's over for another four years when the countdown starts anew in Russia.

I've seen parts or large chunks of about six of the games played in Brazil so far, and not only are they eminently watchable, but several have been really exciting and I'm sorry columnist/pundit Ann Coulter doesn't "get" it. More...

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Dinner and Big Pharma don't mix

TV's national news hour (6:30-7:00pm) is loaded with Big Pharma advertising, a distressing preponderance of which seem to be for the type of feminine products which only used to be discussed between a woman and her gynecol­ogist in the privacy of her doctor's inner office!

Now it's too frequently served with my evening meal, and it's, um, off-putting.

"Intercourse that is painful due to menopausal changes."

But that's not the really off-putting part! More...

Monday, June 30, 2014

Dean and done...

...to salutes and applause and well-deserved approbation.

It's called a "Walk Out Ceremony," and while it may have it's roots with the Native Canadian Cree Nation, it's been loosely adopted by police and fire departments to honor retiring Chiefs.

Westhampton Beach's own Ray Dean got his this morning, a surprise event informally organized by his sisters More...

Sarah Clifton Rankin (1979-2014)

Sarah Rankin, dancing with her dad Rick Clifton at her 2004 wedding.

Sarah, elder daughter of former Westhampton Beach residents Rick and Jane Clifton, passed away last evening, surrounded by family members at her home in Portsmouth, New Hampshire after a cou­ra­geous eight year battle with stage 4 breast cancer. She was 34 years young.

She is survived by her Coast Guardsman husband Colin, son Cameron, 9, daughter Annabelle Jane, 8, as well as her brother Gorham and sister Erica Clifton Keay, her parents of Brooklin, Maine, maternal grandparents Pete and Nancy Cuthbert of Moriches Island, and numerous uncles and aunts including Lynne Jones of Westhampton. More...

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Local boy making good

If you don't remember Randy King, here's a quick refresher:

Randy, always keen on traditions, is a graduate of West­hampton Beach High School, Class of 1967.

Friday, June 27, 2014

It used to freak me out...

...now it just pisses me off, getting telephone calls which, when I try to return them, am met with the recorded mes­sage that I've reached a non-working number!

(How does that happen? How can that happen?)

That's not supposed to happen, but if I've learned anything over the past 15-20 years, telemarketers don't play by the rules, and do so with impunity!

Please attend to this, Fred Thiele and Ken LaValle.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Cringe-worthy, I tell you!

During the course of what we who serve of Suffolk County Board of Elections think of as "the longest day1," the poll workers look around for a diversion, any diversion, to help pass the interminable hours.

(In the grand ol' days of polling at the firehouse, by 1:00pm we'd all read every year old FireRescue Magazine, thumbed-through the current firematic equipment catalogue, and glanced at Big Jugs in Bunker Gear! Yeah, that kind of boredom!)

But now the local polling place is the LGI2 Room at West­hampton Beach High School where one would think More...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The dirtiest primary I can recall is over

And now that Lee Zeldin is the last man standing for the GOP, and for the successive third cycle George Demos has been counted out, incumbent Democratic Congressman Tim Bishop must be having a good chuckle!

(Unofficial Suffolk County Board of Elections 1stCD Results show Zeldin finishing with 9,641 to Demos' 5,870, roughly 62% to 38%.)

No matter who won today's Republican Primary race in the First Congressional District, the mud-slinging opponents have done a great deal of the Bishop campaign's work for them!

It was the worst campaign for a primary, special or general election I've every suffered through, bar none. It was increasingly ugly, mostly on Demos' side, but Zeldin got sucked into it and did himself no favors.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Ray Dean to step down

Having successfully navigated the Scylla and Charybdis of an at times hostile Village Board and the anonymous venom of ignorant commenters on 27East, Westhampton Beach Chief of Police Ray Dean last month put in his 30 year retirement papers, effective June 30.

With eleven months remaining on his often controversial contract, Chief Dean felt that now was the perfect time to leave the position in which he has served for the past 15 years.

In finalizing his decision, the Police Chief said: More...

Friday, June 20, 2014

A change at the top...

Updated Saturday, 06/21/2014 – 05:41 pm

...as political newcomer Maria Moore easily bested four term incumbent Conrad Teller to become the first woman Mayor of Westhampton Beach in its 86 year history.

In winning the election, Mrs. Moore garnered 284 votes to Mayor Teller's 187 as 457 residents showed up at Village Hall to vote in person between Noon and 9:00 pm.

Running unopposed, Trustees Ralph Urban totaled 265 votes while Charlie Palmer, who shared line C with Mrs. Moore, finished with 301 votes. More...

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Someone at The Press...

...has been paying close attention, and it's there for all to view when you open this morning's Western Edition and read the Editorial endorsement ("The Village Ballot," p.A8) for incumbent Mayor Conrad Teller.

That "someone" almost certainly is Editor Frank Costanza, and the part which most clearly demonstrates his under­standing of what Friday's Westhampton Beach mayoral election is all about is... More...

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

They're b-a-a-a-c-c-k!

...the same gutless forces of slime and misrepresentation as came after me three years ago with an anonymous mailing attacking Connie Teller.

Headlined "Voter Fact Sheet," it's all negative and heavily slanted to cast Teller's administration in the worst possible light.

Every single "issue" cited, if anyone had raised it in an open forum or debate would have been addressed. More...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Gwynn death at 54 a caution

One of the top five pure hitters in Major League Baseball over the past 30 years, Tony Gwynn, passed away ye­sterday morning in Poway, California.

An eight-time National League Batting Champion during his 20 year career, he was a master student of the art of hitting... but had an unfortunate personal habit.

"Gwynn had undergone surgery for cancer of the mouth and salivary glands in recent years.... He attributed the cancer to having dipped tobacco throughout his career."

I just never got the "pleasure" or "satisfaction" in that.

Tony Gwynn

His brother Chris played for the Dodgers, his son, Tony Jr. now with the Phillies, played with the Dodgers, but Tony was a San Diego Padre from debut 'til retirement.

Monday, June 16, 2014

World Cup... stop the flop!

The ABC/ESPN televised FIFA World Cup matches have been interesting, often exciting and on occasion thrilling to watch, fútbol fan or not.

But one thing caught my attention over the weekend, that being the number of "flops" and drops like they've just been poleaxed, and Sunday afternoon's Group E match between France and Honduras displayed the perfect example. More...

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Images, sounds, smells...

...I'm at an age when all manner of unanticipated things evoke a brief flash of memory, an association of something usually from the distant past.

What did it this week was an awwwwwwwwwwww-inspiring E-mail, forwarded by my wife, with 23 photos of infants and toddlers in the company of dogs that's currently making the rounds at the speed of the Internet:


Summer 1960 I lent Andy Vennard $2.00 drinking More...

Friday, June 13, 2014

Better get with it, Mrs. Moore...

...'cause time's running out with the 2104 Westhampton Beach Village elections just a week away.

From last evening's Newsday:

"Moore said she would push the village's small police department to achieve state accreditation...."

In process for over a year now... why don't you know that?

(Or are you suggesting that you can call an uncle in Al­bany who'll snap his fingers and make it happen before the week is out?) More...