On The Beach Blog | February 2012

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Elyse Richman, all of a sudden...

...an omsbudperson for the Village? She currently blogs in the Westhampton-Hampton Bays Patch...

Westhampton Beach's Two Percent Tax Cap Proposal Is Wrong

...while exhorting people1 to... More...

Monday, February 27, 2012

I would think that that if Optimum...

...(a/k/a Cablevision) really considered this to be "Impor­tant Information about your TV service" in respect to "sun outages" they could have taken a little more care to get on the correct year's calendar instead of this:

Optimum webpage

I mean, really! More...

I dunno, Don, what did you...

Convicted felon Donald Clark MacPherson

...think was going to happen when you were sentenced this morning?

MacPherson Gets 4 To 12 Years For Role In Mortgage Fraud Case

It probably doesn't matter much that he already "got" it over three months ago... now he's gotta do it!

May you "jail" as well as George.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Big 'O'

I used to have a lot of fun come Oscars time back the late '70s and '80s when I did "Waldo" reviewing movies on the radio and saw 250-300 films a year, and a friend used to host a party for the big telecast where the late Robert Dudley Pike and I would lock in mortal combat to see which of us could pick the most Award winners.

(I think I beat him more often than not, but there was never more than one win separating us, and we were always several ahead of everyone else in attendance.) More...

'Luck' is what you make of it

"You make your own luck, Gig. You know what makes a good loser? Practice."
– Ernest Hemingway to his son in
Papa, a Personal Memoir by Gregory H. Hemingway

I'm a big fan of writer-television producer David Milch whose list of credits is impressive, from "Hill Street Blues" to "NYPD Blue" to "Deadwood."

Even his "failures1" like "Brooklyn South" and "Big Apple," both untimely canceled by net­work CBS2, had much to recommend them. More...

Saturday, February 25, 2012

A fresh breeze from the North

"Good public policy is driven by the interests of our constituents, by science and by evidence, not by media hysteria, nor bold headlines and slogans."

That was spoken recently by Randy Hillier, a rural activist who became a Progressive Conservative Member of Canada's Provincial Parliament in Ontario.

MMP Hiller was speaking in support of a Private Member's Bill urging Ontario's Liberal Government to lift the More...

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Gonna miss Finn McCool's

The news from 27East this week was not good...

Finn's In Westhampton Beach Could Close Soon

Kinda suspected that the place might be in trouble when we ate there one evening in early December... Mickey Chih was tending bar and the Shepherd's Pie, always a favorite of mine, was up in price and down in quality. More...

'The tony Town of Southampton, LI'

Also known as...

"...the sleepy beach community..."

What madness is this?

But wait! The headline is what is known in police work as "a clue!"

Cushy cop retirements crush ritzy LI town of Southampton More...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Competition improves the breed

Remember Baron Davis, the veteran backcourt man New York Knicks picked up when the Cleveland Cavaliers dumped him through the amnesty waiver clause?

He had been unable to play since last April because of a herniated disk in his back, but the Knicks were so desper­ate for a legitimate Point Guard to bring the ball up More...

So this week we'll be a little early...

...in giving a heads-up about the program of Academy Award-nominated films which concludes Friday though Sunday at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.

Didn't mention it last Saturday because we had yet to open the Netflix envelope containing the "Margin Call" Blu-Ray, and didn't know just how good a film it was! More...

Monday, February 20, 2012

The ultimate corporate weenies

Incredibly, ESPN has actually taken serious punitive action against those responsible for the "Chink in the armor" references on-air and on the dedicated mobile Website.

The cable sports colossus has fired Web Editor Anthony Federico, and suspended anchor Max Bretos for 30 days. More...

Saturday, February 18, 2012

But that 'PC' could once again...

...simply refer to "personal computer." If there's anything that's gotten as out of hand as the national debt, it's "Political Correctness."

The latest example of this type of thinking is tied directly to the "Linsanity" which has surpassed last Fall's "Tebow­mania" in media hype to the extent that this is now a global phenomenon. More...

We're a little late on this...

...but last evening Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center launched a special two-weekend series of films that have been Oscar-nominated this year.

(I don't know how this is being accomplished, but all admissions are free!) More...

Friday, February 17, 2012

Adrienne Supino's airhead moment

WNYW TV, Fox 5 News, began their 10:00 pm newscast last evening with perhaps the most ill-equipped on-air personality to report the passing of Gary Carter, a main­stay of the 1986 World Champion New York Mets.

Adrienne Supino on Fox 5 News

In closing her brief report, according to the blonde, More...

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Andrew Mendelson can't help himself!

There's an ancient gag...

?How can you tell when so-and-so is lying?

"His/her lips are moving!" [rimshot]

That's how it seems to be with developer Andrew More...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Junior Mayweather is a moron!

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Undefeated World's Welterweight Champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. may be a helluva boxer, but the upcoming jailbird is a loudmouth idiot as well.

And this isn't about his taking a page from the Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. Manual of Fight Promotion to goad Manny Pacquiao into a big money match, it's about Junior running his mouth on Twitter about the biggest sports story in the country over the past six days. More...

I gotta get out more!

Alerted (and alarmed) by Google yesterday to the presence of a new (to me) florist in Westhampton Beach, I hit the link and found the local Patch puffery about Wildflower Florist & Gifts located at 1 Sunset Avenue.

Problem was, I couldn't make any Sunset Avenue sense of the accompaning photograph. If anywhere, it looked like Main Street next to Lynne's. More...

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Non-starters in political campaigns

There are certain phrases, sentences and talking points in political campaigns that just force my attention into sleep-mode the moment they are uttered.

This is one of my least favorites:

"Jennifer Maertz is dedicated to preserving our way of life in eastern Suffolk County." More...

Friday, February 10, 2012

Impromptu Date Night

I hadn't planned it, but Jeanne was a dervish around the house all day, and she had worked herself into a Baltic fury with a succession of automaton-like operators at Aetna, so it seemed like the right tactical move.

Pondering where to take her to dinner, I remembered seeing something earlier about "Fat Tues­day@Agave's Westhampton Beach" with... More...

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Jeez, Mark Eply, can you...

...stick your foot any farther into your mouth than in your statement yesterday afternoon to The East Hampton Press?

"We welcome the opportunity for anybody to come in and provide treatment to any individual who was suffering with any kind of alcohol or substance abuse diagnosis. Our focus has always been on providing treatment." More...

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Finally figured out...

...where all the OtBB traffic came from two-three weeks ago: The New York Times of all sources!

Mike Hale, in taking a full "Arts Beat" blog note of l'affaire Subway and "Hawaii Five-O", poked around the Internet and found this site's discussion of the matter: More...

Monday, February 06, 2012

In witness to the lack of class...

...of New York Giants fans in the wake of their team's impressive performance in Super Bowl XLVI, we have this unsurprising incident.

"Standing at an elevator after the game with some other Patriots' wives and hangers-on, Gisele was videotaped – over the loud taunts of heckling New York Giants fans – saying 'I can't believe they More...

Sunday, February 05, 2012

...and gone!

And there is no joy in Beantown and environs as Eli "4Q" Manning led the New York Giants to yet another improb­able game-winning 88 yard drive in the waning minutes to defeat the mildly-favored New England Patriots, 21-17, their second such Super Bowl victory in the past four years.

I salute the team... empirical evidence suggests that the younger Manning brother is a great quarterback, and Tom Coughlin is a great coach.

And Giants fans will be relentlessly, insufferably smug beyond all reason.

The Big Day is here...

...and as the world awaits the kick-off to Super Bowl XLVI, while the New York Giants are 2½-3 point underdogs to the New England Patriots, you wouldn't know it to listen to the Big Blue faithful!

Yes, the Giants are on a roll, and until the Pats won against the Baltimore Ravens for the AFC Championship two weeks ago, they hadn't beaten a team with a winning record since Week 2 when they beat the 1-0 San Diego Chargers! More...

Friday, February 03, 2012

Ben Gazzara (1930-2012)

Biagio Anthony Gazzara

The New York City-born actor passed away this afternoon at Bellevue Hospital after a 12+ year battle with cancer, first oral and then pancreatic which ultimately killed him.

His motion picture, television and stage career spanned seven decades and he was involved in two productions which have yet to be released. More...

In recovery...

...or, this:

Country Heroes in the first stages of rebuilding

...out of this in just over three months of this.

Despite the dubious efforts of the insurance adjusters, who I hold in about the same esteem as pharmaceutical reps, progress is actually being made.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

February Village Board Meeting

A near record meeting for its brevity this evening, seated and dismissed in eleven (11!) minutes, including the presentation of a commendation to local gal "Lizzy" Duerschmidt memorializing her 31 years of postal service, all but two months of which were to the residents and businesses of Westhampton Beach.

But it is for her skill as a highly gifted artist and chronicler of the ever evolving 11978 Villagescape that Liz will best be remembered. More...

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Big Mistake by CBS...

...in hiring Jim Rome, who has brought new levels of obnoxion to sports broadcasting since he first hit the air in the early '90s.

And before anyone brings up the late Howard Cosell, Rome can't come close to Cosell's diction let alone carry his thesaurus. More...