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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

V or V: a Clarification

Yesterday's OtBB entry contained the following:

"When Ms. Richman finally did show up in court, Justice Robert A. Kelly Jr. dismissed the charge because, well, that's what Gus does...."

While the "that's what Gus does" part is accurate, he does not seem to have done it in the cited instance, having recused himself from any cases involving Elyse Richman to avoid any perception of "a conflict of interest." More...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Vindication or Validation?

Playing on a neutral field for the first time, the Village of Westhampton Beach obtained the legal decision it had sought in the polarizing Shock Ice Cream sign case.

The Appellate Term of the New York State Supreme Court of the Ninth and Tenth Judicial Districts, by a unanimous decision of the Panel, decided the question of "Did the municipality get a fair shake in its own Justice Court?"

And Shock's proprietrix Elyse Richman is going to have to live with the answer: "No, it didn't!" More...

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Greetings...

"You idiot!" thanks to my daughter

Saturday, April 19, 2014

It's Stanley Cup time...

The Joe Louis Arena Octopus

...and if I had a nice, hand-rolled Arturo Fuente Opus X Ciudad Perdida, I'd still be relaxing here six hours after the Detroits took the measure of the Bostons, savoring a superior smoke and raising a small ice-cold tumbler of 15-year-old Oval Swarovski Crystal Vodka.

I celebrate the improbable 1-0 victory of the rebuilding Red Wings over the President's Cup winning Bruins, and the artistry on ice of one Pavel Valerievich Datsyuk.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Congratulations to the Dicks...

...of Mill Road on the litter of eight sired by their Champion Sandcastle Yankee Legend (a/k/a "Mickey1") of Westhamp­ton Beach.

The best of Breed's brood of nine

Mickey's dam for the occasion was "Aislin," listed in Irish Set­ter Club of America records as Champion Sandcastle New Kid on the Block of Litchfield, Connecticut.

Puppies! Yea!

Note
  1. Think #7.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

GOT IV, 2(a): Big Spoiler redux

"The pellet with the poison's in the flagon with the dragon!
The vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true!"
Danny Kaye, "The Court Jester"

The King is dead! Long live the poisoner of boy King Joffrey Baratheon, first... and by the Old Gods and New... hopefully the last of his name!

There's been speculation among the Brotherhood without Banners as to just who that poisoner might be.

Actually, there should be no mystery if one watches the peripheral activity during the Purple Wedding.

Re-watch that sequence... if you can tear your attention away from the vicious humiliation Joffrey is inflicting upon his uncle, Tyrion Lannister... and all should be revealed.

Monday, April 14, 2014

GOT IV, 2: Big Spoiler!

The King is dead! Long Live the King... I don't think so!

Diminutive but determined Arya Stark crossed the first name from her prayer kill list a week ago, while last evening I, and I daresay several million more of the Brotherhood without Banners, removed the name of King Joffrey Baratheon from our own lists of those who must die! More...

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Not a feint...

...it's official, or at least it's two-thirds of the way there as Lilac Avenue resident Maria Moore has picked up a candidate's petition and is presently circulating it around the Village!

Her intention is to stand for Mayor of West­hampton Beach this June, a position held for the past eight years by Conrad Teller.

An attorney by training, Mrs. Moore succeeded the deposed Hank Tucker as Treasurer on the West­hamp­ton Free Library Board of Trustees. Her current term ends July 15, 2015.

Election Day is Friday, June 20, 2014 at Village Hall.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

So endeth me 'n' 'Elementary!'

I don't consider myself a preeminent "Sherlockian," but for more than 60 years I've been an admirer of the celebrated consulting detective since my father would read to us from Arthur Conan Doyle's canon.

Despite the re-imagining of the character as an expatriate Londoner in contemporary New York City as a recovering heroin addict, and Dr. (Joan) Watson as his live-in "sober companion," I fell into the habit of watching CBS' Thursday evening "Elementary" series. More...

Friday, April 11, 2014

The day they tore ol' Casey's down...

blue note

...there were no bells ringing or people singing "Na, la, na, la, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na...."

Born around 1962 as the new "Bridle Path," in 1974 Tony Galgano, Skip Schmedes and Richie Murphy formed the first of their many partnerships in the retail liquor trade and re-opened the place as Wilson's Garage, a name which had caught Richie's attention in the then contemporary Robert Redford version of "The Great Gatsby." More...

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wait for it...

...'cause you know it's going to happen again when a hor­rifying incident like this captures international headlines!

Student Stabs 21 People at a High School Outside Pittsburgh

It's a syndrome known as "copycatting," and is especially prevalent among the young and impressionable.

The likelihood of it recurring is directly proportional More...

Monday, April 07, 2014

GOT - IV, 1...

Arya Stark

...was splendid, a triumph of a season debut in which young Arya Stark was re­united with "Needle." the sword her bastard half-brother Jon Snow had custom-made for her before he left to join the Night's Watch.

Remembering the words of her Braavosi fencing master, Syrio Forel, when she came across Polliver, the arrogant lout who claimed it from her in the Riverlands two years ago, she relieved him of her weapon and used "the pointy end" to dispatch him, thus removing Polliver's name from her prayer kill list without having to rely on the sinister offices of Jaqen H'ghar. More...

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Everybody up for GOT!

It is on!

Game of Thrones title card

O, boy, is it ever! More...

Peter Matthiessen (1927-2014)

A most unusual man of letters, born in Manhattan at the height of the "Roaring '20s" and who several times circum­nav­i­gated the globe before settling on the East End, died of leukemia yesterday at that home in Sagaponack.

I never met Peter Matthiessen, but I knew his second wife, Deborah, and his step-daughter Rue. The latter, who shared a birthday with my own daughter, was the issue of Deborah's prior marriage to my neighbor Clem Pollack who lived in my great uncle George Griffing's house on the corner of Main Street and Griffing Avenue. More...

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Bustin' Cheering Chops!

What an evolution has taken place over over the past four-five decades at 214 Mill Road right here in the Village!

I don't recall what was at that location before Eddie Dean struck out on his own... he'd been butchering for Mickey Thompson in Hampton Bays... and opened Dean's Country Market. More...

Thursday, April 03, 2014

April Village Board Meeting

Tonight's Westhampton Beach Village Board meeting saw the annual unveiling of the Tentative Budget where the 13-pages of spreadsheet figures were first made available for inspection and Public Comment, then adopted by a vote of theTrustees and the Mayor.

Considering that the routine business of the Village was also conducted, plus myriad seasonal personnel appointments made... all in well under an hour... not a lot of time was devoted to 2014-2015's $9,667,168 budget. More...

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Aw, for the love of Edward R....

...Morrow and Walter Cronkite! I knew that NBC faked reports like this, but CBS, too?

CBS Apologizes For "Audio Error" Of A Loud Car Engine Dubbed Over Tesla Footage

"CBS issued an apology today for footage of Tesla car that had been dubbed over with the sound of a tradi­tional engine...."

So the "60 Minutes" was faked... why? To what purpose?

My distrust of all things NBC News is well-known and thor­oughly documented, from the faked footage of the ex­plod­ing gas tank in a GM truck to the fraudulently edited tape of the George Zimmerman 9-1-1 call, the broadcaster is out-and-out dishonest and none of its information is to be trusted.

I had higher hopes for CBS, but I just don't understand why the News Division thought that the footage of the Tesla re­quired any sort of "enhancement."

The whole concept of "news footage" is that it is what it is, the unvarnished truth, so to speak!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Coming (back) and going...

Hampton Arts Twins

...to it's new home just down the highway.

Once again there's move­ment on the marquee at Six Corners as the projector lamps (actually pulsed xenon bulbs) will soon be lit at the Hampton Arts Twin Cinemas.

Let movie-goers' joy reign unconfined!

Westhampton True Value Hardware

And on Tuesday of this week, Westhampton True Value Hardware left its Petty quarters to the West and opened its doors where Ronny Avalone once operated his photography shop.

I just went into the brand new store for a simple little pur­chase and all I could say was "Wow!"

"We've been getting that a lot this week," one of the staff told me.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Just how sleazy is George Demos?

In Monday's (updated) OtBB entry, "Demos outed as a 'rat'" examining the perennial Congressional wannabe's un­scrupulous dealings with whistle-blower Peter Sivere, the ques­tion of "Why?" was raised... and speculated on:

"Who knows? Perhaps Sivere's approach and motiva­tion offended Demos's personal sense of propriety."

Perhaps more important is why SEC Attorney Demos told Sivere that, according to Bloomberg News' investigative report of the matter: More...

Monday, March 24, 2014

Demos outed as a 'rat'

Updated 03/25/2014 – 01:51 pm

Part of Conservative-Republican George Demos' curriculum vitae which hasn't gotten enough scrutiny was his career as a United States Securities and Exchange Commission En­forcement Attorney from 2002 through 2009, focusing on pros­ecuting corporate fraudsters.

Demos the rat

As with any enforcement agent's investigation efforts, a major aid in tracking wrong-doing in the form of misconduct or illegal ac­tivity occurring in an organiza­tion, is the whistle-blower, an insider more intimately involved with the workings and personnel than any outsider... no matter how good a detective he or she maybe, without the help of a whistle-blower, the investigation is often stillborn. More...

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Awww, for cryin' out loud!

Earlier this week when I saw the hysterical Chinese woman being forcibly carried from a news conference, one she and a swarm of other relatives of the missing Malay­sia Airlines passengers has literally crashed into, I was incredulous!

"Exactly what does she think she was going to accom­plish? Wailing and screaming and carrying on like that?"

"I think it's a cultural thing," my wife suggested. More...

Friday, March 21, 2014

Hoops Notes

Unlike Barack Obama and a large number of the rest of the country, I have little or no interest in "March Madness," "bracketology" or the games of the NCAA Tournament.

Still, when I turned on the television set this afternoon and found basketball behemoth Duke (#3) tied with 14th seed Mercer (who?) at 68 all, I got interested.

As with any David v. Goliath tale, this was very watchable!

By this time as the interested part of the world is More...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Anyone else catch 'Loredana, Esq.?'

One place I never expected Donald MacPherson and George Guldi to show up was on The Sundance Channel (cable channel 192) in a show about a former Los Angeles Police Officer-turned-lawyer!

"Loredana, Esq.," launched Monday evening, is an LA-based "reality show" featuring criminal defense attorney Loredana Nesci who, aside from her quick legal accumen, has upper arms that would make female Michelle Obama admirers take notice.

One of the cases featured concerned Lorri Moore, a big-eyed, long-haired bottle blonde of a certain age who, for reasons not quite clear, gave MacPherson More...

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Giuliani Conservative? My aunt fanny!

Which is as polite a way as I know to say in an OtBB header, "My ass!"

This past week's most offensive effront to my U.S.P.S. mailbox has to be the giant postcard from the George Demos campaign featuring that Leroy Lockhorn-looking, Republican-in-name-only Rudy Giuliani attesting to Demos' Conservative credentials when he cannot even attest to his own. More...

Monday, March 17, 2014

Appearing on Shaw TV this week...

...my darling daughter, the St. Patrick's Day birthday girl!

Frostbites is the syrups and cordials business Pegs and her husband Martyn started two years ago.

Shaw TV is a major provider throughout Western Canada.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Preview of an upcoming tabloid story...

...and while in this age, that could mean print, television or digital, this definitely has the feel of front page 96 point black letters:

FLIGHT 370 TAKEN BY ALIENS

This will be accompanied by the traditional graphic of a dome-headed, oblong-eyed extra-terrestial and some fanciful text slightly less assertive than the headline.

A source from some official-sounding non-governmental organization, i.e., the Center for Outer-Space Observation and Studies [coos] will provide a quote that can be inter­preted as supportive of the notion that the missing Malaysian Airways flight didn't crash in the Indian Ocean, it was sucked through the ozone and into an enormous intergalactic craft for the purposes of studying Oriental homo-sapiens.

(Phew!)

But not to worry, another source from a competing NGO will dispute that one and counter that all indications are that Flight 370 was drawn into what Steve Jenkins has theorized is a Sagittarius Black Hole.

And yet a third egghead from an outfit centered high in the Himalayas will postulate that the Boeing 777-200ER was caught in a Geomagnetic Reversal of Timewave Zero.

Yeah, really! Look how long tabloid writers made hay with the likes of Judge Crater, Amelia Earhart and Jimmy Hoffa... and they haven't quite pleaded out the last one yet!

And those were just individuals! With Flight 370 we're talking 277 people!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

What the hell happened...

...to the grand tradition of Saint Patrick's Parade Weekend in Westhampton Beach? It used to be... upon personal recollection... a blast!

Schoolyard scene from "The Birds"

I would start celebrating... now-a-days it's called "party­ing..." Friday evenings at 111-113 Main Street where, like that celebrated scene in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" as the flock steadily gathered onto the pipes of the jungle gym, the warmer weather regulars would straggle into Magic's and The Dodger to belly up to the bars.

Firm grips and manly abrazos were exchanged, tales told and in the background Maddog Harry Maddox thundered on his 12-string as adult beverages freely flowed. More...

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Erratum

In last week's report on the Westhampton Beach Village Board meeting, OtBB incorrectly asserted that Village Police Officer Joeseph Pesapane's suspension continued but with pay.

This was inaccurate.

In this morning's Southampton Press Western Edition, mirrored on 27East, correspondent Carol Moran does her best to explain why Officer Pesapane's unpaid suspension remains in force. More...

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Can you say 'pandering?'

What else would the National Basketball Association's league-wide promotion, Éne•bé•a Noche Latina, observed earlier this month when the Knicks visited Chicago?

Special Noche Latina jerseys

(But shouldn't the home team's jerseys more properly have read "Los Toros?")

Certainly Major League basabool (per Chico Escuela) has been dominated over the past three decades by More...

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Spring Forward?

Really? I don't think so... not after what I saw heading for the Quogue Canal Friday!

But go ahead, set your clocks an hour forward tonight! Of­ficial Spring is just a fortnight away! 'Til then, brrrh!

Thursday, March 06, 2014

March Village Board Meeting

So I missed the last several meetings of the West­hamp­ton Beach Village Board... but based on personal observation and all accounts, I didn't miss much.

(Well, yes, I did miss the 30-day suspension of Village Police Officer Joseph Pesapane... yes, he's still sus­pended... but he's back on the payroll, so now it's a paid leave of absence, courtesy of the taxpayers. All his prior suspensions seem to have taught him is how to play the system to his greatest benefit.)

This evening's 1½ page agenda was dispensed with in 25 minutes, including almost ten minutes at the More...