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Thursday, October 30, 2014

The horror! The horror!

(With appropriate apologies to Joseph Conrad.)

Deising's Eyeball Cake

Spotted this two week's ago in the display case of the celebrated Deising's Bakery in Kingston, New York.

Would've brought it home with us except that my wife started breathing through her nose and I didn't want her to have to complete the trip fighting the urge to hurl!

Great idea for a Halloween confection!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Ou sont les Koufax d'antan?

Updated 10/29/2014 – 11:22 pm

Ever since the third out of Kansas City's one-sided win over San Francisco last night, all anyone is the over-crowded universe of sports media has been talking about is should the Giants bring back ace Madison Bum­garner on two days rest to pitch tonight's World Series game seven.

Giants Manager Bruce Bochy says he's starting Tim Hudson, but when pressed allows that Bumgarner could be available "if needed."

My ol' time sports fan pal Marty and I have been having this discussion for years: the game today versus More...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

If 'styling' is so important...

...to so many of these National Football League players that while they act the fool on the field they:

  1. Injure themselves;
  2. Cause their team to be penalized;
  3. Cost their team points;

...them let them suffer a penalty greater than simple embarrassment and ribbing in the locker room!

(And "stylin'" may be out of date as the current term of art.) More...

Sunday, October 26, 2014

And for this 'Honey Boo Boo' was axed?

TLC Cancels Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Amid Sex Offender Scandal

"TLC has cancelled the series 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' and ended all activities around the series, effective immediately. Supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority. TLC is faithfully committed to the children's ongoing comfort and well-being." More...

Friday, October 24, 2014

'Some week...'

...was the summary comment from a friend who con­firmed for me that one-time Westhampton Beach Code Enforcement Officer Bob Fleming had passed away this week, less than two week's shy of his 73rd birthday.

I was worried that that was the case when I went up to pay him a visit this afternoon at Westhampton Care Center and the only thing the autocratic harridan at the visitors deck would tell me was:

"We have no Robert Fleming here."

Uh oh! More...

[Gulp!]

Graphic by Bruce MacKinnon

To call Halifax Chronicle Herald staff artist Bruce MacKin­non's work here a "cartoon" seems dismissive given the power­ful emotion it evokes in the wake of Wednesday's murderous attack on the Canadian Parliment that began with the killing of 24-year-old reservist Corporal Nathan Cirillo while he stood ceremonial guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa.

It's a grabber.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Those BIG phony voices!

Last June I pitched a bitch about New York Yankees broad­casters John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman, and acknowl­edged that...

  1. I grew up in a time of Mel Allen, "Red" Barber and Vin Scully, and few can compare with them;
  2. As I am not a Yankees fan, there's always the "off" or "mute" button options.

When it comes to ESPN's Chris Berman and TBS' Ernie Johnson, though, the options are more limited. More...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Color me 'impressed!'

Lynn Bari

I don't know what it was about Hollywood contract player Lynn Bari that so ap­pealed to me when I was growing up, nor do I recall which of her 168 screen appear­ances first caught my eye... only three of her first 75 roles were even credited, and then as only as "Bridesmaid," "Pat," and "Sec­re­tary, Miss Burke."

But there certainly was something about the 5'7" brunette, born Mar­garet Schuyler Fisher in 1913 in Roa­noke, Virginia, I found so appealing even on my next door Great Uncle's 13-inch Philco in 1951... we didn't have a TV 'til after my Dad came back from Korea. More...

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hul-LO, Audubon people!

Adorable Piping Plovers

Claiming that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' plan to build three miles of 15-foot-high dunes along the Fire Island barrier beach would imperil endangered piping plovers, the New York Chapter of the National Audubon Society last month managed to get a temporary restraining order suspending the federal replenishment project.

Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Sandra J. Feuerstein vacated the earlier order, ruling that the project could proceed.

It may be remembered that that same species, Charadrius melodus, was what delayed the restoration of the West End of Dune Road following the drastic beach erosion of the early '90s. More...

Friday, October 17, 2014

An NFL Dilemma...

...a national debate?

That was the subject of an ESPN "Outside the Lines" 60-minute special last month that left little doubt that the cable sports monolith was once again in the tank for political correctitude.

Hosted by Bob Ley with film segment narration by Sam Elliott... many would tune into the Farm Reports if Elliott delivered them!... it was all about what some have taken to referring to as "the R word," the Redskins!

(There! I used it! Let lightning strike!) More...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

That 'Win-Win' meeting...

...was extremely well-attended, with an overflow crowd within five minutes of the official 4:30 pm start.

October 14, 2014 Special Meeting

(That's what the room looked like at 4:24 pm!)

Unfortunately, within a quarter of an hour, the next 105 minutes was allowed to devolve into babel, dominated by three-to-four people with hazy ideas of what Government does, and what it should be allowed to do. More...

Friday, October 10, 2014

A 'Win-Win' move by the Mayor

Flyer from Mayor Maria Moore

Seen this?

In my recollection, this is a first... yeah, there have been special meetings called within the Village before, notably the dis­as­trous one six years ago at Hampton Synagogue to "enlighten" gentiles about the eruv, and the panicky and pointless held one at Pleasant Avenue Cafe about the "crime wave" on Main Street. More...

Monday, October 06, 2014

I don't want to go overboard...

...about the double episode launch of Showtime's exceptional "Homeland" Season 4, but it required extra effort on my part to keep my pounding heart out of my throat.

Terrific story-telling!

And that was watching the combined 97 minutes of "The Drone Queen" and "Trylon and Perisphere." on Show­time On Demand! More...

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Hope for the coming Winter...

...for those interminable months when Sandy Patterson has shut down The Post Stop Café and I am deprived of the delicious seasoned crispy waffle fries which accompany my regular Sunday evening cheeseburger!

(I've said it before... no one serves crispy waffle fries like The Post Stop!)

But wait! A new contenda has emerged, one which will at least get me through that dark and dreary period when 144 Main Street is dark save for the solitary lamp burning in the front window! More...

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Let's hear it for Tony and Mickey!

Detail of original photo by Neil Salvaggio

Or, "Good Guys Get Boy Scouts of America Good Deeds Award," and de­servedly so!

Honored last Saturday for their 40 years of generous service to the community in general and the Boy Scouts in particular, The Boardy Barn proprietors Anthony M. Gal­gano and Michael T. Schields were feted at Saint Rosalie's Church Community Center in Hampton Bays.

In truth, "Good Guys" doesn't even begin to do justice to Tony and Mickey and their community-wide and ecu­men­ical largese over the past five decades.

Friday, October 03, 2014

[cringe!]

In a Letter to the Editor in this week's Southampton Press Western Edition, Nicholas Saridakis of Hampton Bays stridently takes a previous letter writer, one Stephen Ring (unknown to me), to task for, apparently, his Liberal views and "sophomoric behavior," writing:

Casey Stengel's Hall of Fame plaque
"In the wise words of Yogi Berra: 'You could look it up.'"

Ennnt!

Of all the wisdom and humorous utter­ances of Mr. Berra, those words were not his, but those of his long-time New York Yankees manager, Charles Dillon Stengel. More...

Thursday, October 02, 2014

October Village Board Meeting

Another short meeting of the Westhampton Beach Village Board this evening, more notable for what was not ad­dressed than what was.

Following the Public Portion of the 17 minute meeting the Board retired into Executive Session for the purposes of discussing "Retaining a Consultant for Sunset West LLC, Police Personnel and Litigation."

The Sunset West issue is interesting... CVS, which as a matter of right is allowed 3,000 square feet, yet More...

Giudices update...

...being a follow-up to March's "This is one 'Guilty' Plea... I'm following with considerable interest."

Today, the rest of the footware came crashing down:

Teresa Giudice Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison, Joe Giudice to Serve 3.5 Years

Lotta people cheering this outcome, and at the same time think the court was too lenient.

My only question now is how will the Italian-American Civil Rights League respond to this?

JAY-sus, guys… grow up, will ya?!

Within the past ten days we've seen ten of the 30 Major League Baseball teams clinch a slot in the post-season leading up to the World Serious a month from now.

Add to that two clubs, Kansas City and San Francisco, winning their one-game Wild Card elimination contests over the past two evenings, and then immediately after the final out, the players start whooping uncontrollably, hugging and pounding one another on the backs, and spraying everyone in sight with champagne. More...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Blackout Lifted!

The big news late this afternoon:

"The Federal Communications Commission voted 5-0 to eliminate its sports blackout rules Tuesday..."

...but the other shoe dropping:

"...but the NFL said that it doesn't plan to change the way its broadcasts are handled."

In the FCC's view, the rule, established in 1976 to prevent cable operators from airing sports events that were black­ed out on local TV, was outdated and unnecessary. More...

Friday, September 26, 2014

Only Ted Williams...

...in my recollection... had as fitting a farewell as did Derek Jeter last night against the classy Baltimore Orioles1 in Yankees Stadium.

USMC fighter pilot Ted Williams

"The Splendid Splinter" didn't hit a game-winner in his final Fenway at bat... his tremendous home run, number 521 life­time, brought the Red Sox one run closer in a game they won in walk-off fashion an inning later... but it was no less a dramatic finish to a re­markable 19-year career that had twice been interrupted by military service. More...

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

September Trustees Work Session

Little transpired during the Public portion of an unusual Village Board Work Session, delayed a week due to the unavailability of Mayor Maria Moore and Deputy Mayor Charlie Palmer last week, but bumped up to a 5:30 pm start.

Permission was given for the Westhampton Beach Student Government's Homecoming Parade to be held Friday, Oc­tober 10th from 4:430 to 5:30 pm.

The Alzheimer's Disease Resource Center was given per­mission to hold its annual 5K Walk through the Village with Lunch on the Village Green, Saturday, October 18th. More...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

And that man is...

...the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Florida State's Jameis Winston!

On the surface, one has to chuckle at the image of the suspended quarterback popping out of the Doak Campbell Stadium tunnel in full FSU home uniform, including pads, guards and cleats, seemingly unaware that he wouldn't be taking the field last Saturday against Clemson.

(Yeah, I know... he was given a sports award last December, not a Phi Beta Kappa key!) More...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Drop everything...

...and get to the Hampton Arts Cinema and catch "The Drop" – it's just that good!

It's difficult to compare it to any other film other than it's as hard-boiled as it gets in the genre of "Eastern Prom­ises" and the original (1971) "Get Carter," two movies I've es­pecially admired in my extensive movie-going career.

The screenplay by Dennis Lehane from his short story "Animal Rescue" (collected in the 2009 anthology "Boston Noir," and not to be confused with the novelization based on the movie), is tough, taut and scrupulously honest with the movie-goer. More...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

White Light and Healing Prayers...

...should be directed toward Albany Medical Center where 21-year-old Tyler Giancola is fighting for his life after an alcohol-related event early Sunday morning left him with critical head injuries requiring admission to the Neurological Intensive Care Unit.

Joseph P. Schof, 18, of Orange County's Bullville, was charged with second-degree assault and released on $5,000 cash bail.

Young Giancola is the son of local Rotarian Beth Flanagan.

There's no turning back now!

The end of th original Sunset Avenue Firehouse

Photo courtesy of Hugh M. Merle.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Happy birthday to me and those others...

...who believe in the sanctity of the Constitution (partic­u­larly the Second Amendment) and who feel that "The Media" has been purposefully lying to its readers and viewers about firearms... you know, guns... for decades!

The four leading offenders in this regard have been The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine and the News Division of NBC. More...

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Helluva week for the NFL!

And while I not going to spend a lot of time blowing smoke at my own prescient insights into how the National Football League works, I will note that now, at week's end, Mon­day's OtBB entry was pretty much spot on!

What I did not foresee, though, was just how much trouble NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is in as damning, and veri­fiable, information keeps surfacing on a daily basis!

In addition to that of now-indefinitely suspended Baltimore Colt's running back Ray Rice, the names of Carolina Pan­thers defensive end Greg Hardy and Minnesota Vikings run­ning back Adrian Peterson have been in the More...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Awwwwww, Rick, Rick, Rick...

...And that's you, Rick Murphy! When are you gonna realize that you're red-lined in Westhampton Beach?

No one here-a-bouts gives a rusty rodent's rump about the "controversy" you and The East End Independent have for­ever been attempting to foment in our little Village. More...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

There's an old axiom...

Updated Thursday, 09/11/2014 – 10:27 am

...first articulated by English physicist Sir Isaac Newton which states:

"What goes up must come down."

(Look ashamed if you thought it was just a line from Blood Sweat & Tears' "Spinning Wheel.")

Before all else, it was a physical law of nature. More...

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Ray Rice, the NFL and TMZ...

...being the three elements of the story that blew up ESPN and sports talk radio yesterday, with just about everyone missing the major points.

The most obvious one which everyone punted is that the TMZ-released video surveilance footage of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then fiancé-now-wife Janay Palmer out cold in an Atlantic City hotel elevator Feb­ru­ary 15th, has afforded National Football League commis­sion­er Roger Goodell a "do-over" regarding the two-game suspension he handed out to Rice1, and for which he has been widely criticized. More...

Monday, September 08, 2014

A pox on the house of A&E!

This one kinda caught me, and others, by surprise:

'Longmire' Cancelled By A&E....

cancelled!

This means that ten of my Monday nights next year just became much less anticipated.

Despite being the most-watched original drama series in cable A&E's 30½ history, its three season, 30-episode run, the plug has been pulled! More...

Sunday, September 07, 2014

A day of rest?

Not in my neighorhood!

Following weekdays filled with the maddening noise of His­panic homunculi wandering back and forth with leaf blowers plus lawn mowers and hedge trimmers, we are this morning beset with a gaggle of pre-adolescent young ladies (and someone's miscellaneous kid brother) who set up a stand opposite us, whooping to attract attention while hollering:

"Lemonade 50¢! Save our theater!"

Main Street Sunday morning

Asked which theater they wished to save, the young fellow waved his hand to the West and responded:

"The one down there...."

Only a hardcore curmudgeon could raise an objection.

A mildly grumpy one would write about it, however!

Joan Rivers' final wishes

"When I die (and yes, Melissa, that day will come; and yes, Melissa, everything's in your name), I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, camer­as, action. I want Craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I want it to be Holly­wood all the way. I don't want some rabbi rambling on; I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents. I don't want a eulogy; I want Bobby Vinton to pick up my head and sing 'Mr. Lonely.' I want to look gor­geous, better dead than I do alive. I want to be buried in a Valentino gown and I want Harry Winston to make me a toe tag. And I want a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyonce's."

Let it be so!

I was never a big fan of the lady, but I admired her re­mark­able facility for self-deprecation.

Friday, September 05, 2014

George Donneson (1929-2014)

I just learned from today's Southampton Press that my one-time Driver's Eduction instructor George Donneson passed away last week, age 85, at his home here in the Village.

When I was 16 and about to test for my Learner's Permit. my mother felt it prudent to invest $5 in a session with George, who among his other duties, served as the Driver's Ed. teacher at Westhampton Beach High School... it was money well-spent as he pointed out something I was doing that the DMV Examiners aways fail people on. More...

Thursday, September 04, 2014

September Village Board Meeting

With attendees at the monthly meeting of the Westhampton Beach Village Board poised to hear about the "proposed con­solidation" of the local police department with that of Southampton Town, it took two members of the audience to even broach the subject.

Upon questioning by me 'n' Angelo de la Fuente (talk about "odd couples!"), all five members of the Board pro­fessed not only ignorance, but asserted that the first they knew of it was when they were contacted for comment by South­ampton Press reporter Kyle Campbell for his story. More...

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Last evening...

...at 6:57pm, while still daylight, a good-size doe saun­tered right into our front yard with an eye to making supper out of the carefully-tended flora on our front porch.

Would have, too, had not Gracie and Rosco alerted in time for Jeanne to curse her out of the yard and West down Main Street.

Cheeky! Very cheeky! Never used to see the damned things out in the open like that and in that much daylight. More...

Monday, September 01, 2014

Red Fortune redux

We didn't make out so well when we initially tried to see what the new Red Fortune restaurant had to offer... it hadn't opened yet!

Several days later, Jeanne brought some unremarkable take-out home, and prudence decided it needed a shake-down cruise to get everything in order.

Realistically, 3½ months is time sufficient, and as that encompassed the crucible of a Hamptons Summer, we returned last evening with a modicum of optimism that growth pains had subsided to an acceptable level. More...

Sunday, August 31, 2014

It was stultifyingly awful!

The fading, molting NBC Peacock

How awful was NBC's "Fall Preview" last evening, the 30-minute promo for the Peacock network's upcom­ing season hosted by Ken Marino and Casey Wilson?

(Casey whoooooooo?)

It was the type of horrendous awful where your jaw goes slack and winds up on your chest in disbelief.

It was the type of dishearteningly awful that should en­courage corporate parent NBCUniversal/Comcast stock-holders to make a million dollar donation to New York City Fire Department to have them take high pressure hoses and sluice out the executive offices at 30 Rockefeller Center.

Friday, August 29, 2014

This just in...

...or as Paul Harvey would say, "The rest of the story...."

Transmitted by Southampton Town Clerk Sundy Scher­meyer's office, a supplemental FOIL Response from the Town Attorney's office:

(Ain't bureaucracy-speak grand!?

Translation: they found more expenses associated with E³A litigation in addition to those which were re­ported here on August 20th.) More...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

None of your damn business!

Samuel L. Jackson for Capital One

That's to you, Samuel L. Jackson, you loudmouth, scowling over-exposed fathead!

"What's in your wallet?"

That obnoxious four word Capital One service line is bad enough, but what's really annoying is the volume and stridency with which the movie player delivers his pitch!

Hey, Sam...STFU!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It strains credulity!

I recently received what turned out to be an E-mail from a familiar name whose G-mail account had been hijacked.

The included link led me on a second hop to a Website1 promoting a miracle weight loss product featuring "The Pure White Kidney Bean Extract."

What caught my attention was not the endorsements by Oprah or Dr. Oz, but the before-and-after photos of one satisfied user of the product. More...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Global warming seems to be...

...everywhere except at our end of Main Street.

Or at least that's how it's seems of late... and it's still August!

(Never mind yesterday afternoon's headline in The Southampton Press:) More...

Monday, August 25, 2014

True Blood proves false

HBO's seven season Sunday night fantasy-romance-melodrama, "True Blood," finished up last evening... and not a moment too soon!

In truth, the series over-stayed its welcome by two, per­haps even three seasons... it's been the worst kind of hot mess!

I'm not even sure exactly when it changed, though I admit to getting an uneasy feeling in year three when the debut season's strongest character, "Lafayette Reynolds," defi­antly and flamboyantly gay cook at Merlotte's Bar and Grill and Bon Temps' resident drug dealer, underwent an un­for­tun­ate and inexplicable personality change. More...

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Avoid Main Street this afternoon...

...especially mid-Village in the vicinity of #130 as there will be a significant security presence there protecting she-whose-name-will-not-be-uttered-here during her scheduled two-hour appearance.

Right now I'm 1-0 lifetime against the United States Se­cret Service, and I'd like to end up no worse than that.

Friday, August 22, 2014

All Ray Dean all the time

"This is insane. News12 and Channel 2 are at Village Hall and their news trucks were on my block...."

That was a text message from retired Westhampton Beach Chief of Police Raymond Dean about 12 minutes ago, and with the rest of everyone's field reporters out in Fergeson, Missouri fomenting civil and uncivil disobedience, what better place to send the others than "The Hamptons" in these waning days of Summer.

The Big Story? That $400,000 for Ray's unused sick and vacation days. More...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The cost of an eruv

And no, OtBB will not be delving into the history of Hamp­ton Synagogue and what "founding Rabbi" Marc Schneier has cost Westhampton Beach, because it's near impossible to put a price tag on that.

What can be quantified are the attorneys' fees and legal costs the Villages of Westhampton Beach and Quogue, plus Southampton Town, have expended since the synagogue first pitched the idea of an Eruv Chatzerot here in early 2008. More...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

About that 'attractive nuisance...'

...on Griffing Avenue, a/k/a "the Guldi house:"

That eyesore Guldi house at #9 Griffing Avenue

(Yeah, it's fugly, but "attractive nuisance" is a legal doctrine, and there has already been one death, by drowning, of a child on that property.) More...

Not that I'm down on all quarterbacks...

...just weenies like Phil Simms and cocky little jerks like Johnny Manziel.

Or didn't anyone watch last evening's ESPN cablecast of the much anticipated pre-season NFL match-up of the Cleveland Browns against the the Washington Redskins... there, I said it again!

In a game in which he was sacked three times and com­plet­ed 7 of 16 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown, with the Browns down by 11 points, as he ran off the field Manziel flipped the Washington sideline the bird. More...

Monday, August 18, 2014

Phil Simms is a PC weenie...

...if he wimps out on using the Washington Redskins (there, I said it!) team name when calling this season's National Football League games for the CBS network.

"My very first thought is it will be 'Washington' the whole game,"

...the retired New York Giants first-ever Super Bowl winning quarterback told the Associated Press' Barry Wilner earlier today.

Simm's regular CBS broadcast partner, Jim Nantz, says it is "not my job to take a stance."

Good for Nantz! Boo! Hiss! to Simms.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

This 'outrage' is actually funny...

...and instructive, as well! From The New York Post:

Hamptons village police chief retires with $400K payout

There were two sure bets this past week:

  1. Al Sharpton would show up in Ferguson, Missouri, and make a lot of loud noise when the cameras began rolling.
  2. If the tabloids got wind of Ray Dean's retirement pay-out, they'd play it up large for their strap-hanging page-turners.

The Post, even more than its competitor The Daily News, loves anything they can turn into a headline about "The Hamptons." More...

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Something new every day...

...and it's not like I set out, in my advancing years, to learn new stuff on a daily basis... I just do.

This came courtesy of my son-in-law, Martyn-the-Meek-who-inherited-my-daughter, in the form of a Facebook posting:

The Forgotten Giant Arrows that Guide you Across America

One of the concrete directional arrows constructioned throughout the United States in the mid-'20s.

I was immediately fascinat­ed and intrigued as I had never been aware of any such sign posts for those with a birds­eye view and a need for reas­sur­ance that they were headed in the right direction.

Constructed in the mid-'20s by the Federal Government along established airmail routes to aid postal service pilots make their way in bad weather and darkness, the arrows and ad­ja­cent beacon towers spanned America from the East Coast to the West Coast. More...

Friday, August 15, 2014

Why we love her

Today being her 24th birthday, I'm acknowledging that I've been on the Jennifer Lawrence fan track since I first saw her Oscar-worthy performance in 2010's brilliant "Winter's Bone."

(That she didn't win that year will always be an ex­treme­ly sore subject for me, probably worthy of a Mel Gibson-esque rant!)

By tinseltown's often outré standards, that slight was rem­edied by Lawrence's Academy Award two years later for "Silver Linings Playbook," but the young woman was still jobbed by Oscar in 2011! More...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Correcting the record on Dick Haefeli

Updated Thursday, 08/14/2014 – 02:48 pm

I've always found it amusing, sometimes alarming, when the Village of Westhampton Beach's annually designated "News­paper of Record" gets it wrong, as they did today in the story of the transition in Village Attorney from Richard T. Haefeli to the firm of Esseks, Hefter & Angel.

Witness the lead on both 27East and in The Southampton Press Western Edition:

"After serving Westhampton Beach Village, off and on, for the past three decades, longtime Village Attorney Richard T. Haefeli will no longer have a seat at the village dais." More...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Shame of the NBA

The National basketball Association somehow survived the scandal of having a corrupt referee, Tim Donaghy, officiating games, so the league's forcing Donald Sterling to sell his Los Angeles Clippers team will be probably little more than a blip in NBA history.

It is, however, no less shameful an event... the entire action evolving from a private conversation between the 80-year-old Sterling and his "companion" V. Stiviano which she cov­ertly recorded, then released to TMZ. More...

Monday, August 11, 2014

Eminently avoidable!

I'm not in any sense a motorsports fan, whether it's the famed 24 Heures du Mans endurance race, the Bonneville Salt Flats or stock cars Saturday nights at Riverhead Raceway.

The pundits... we all know who "they" are... have been hot on the death of 20-year-old dirt track racer Kevin Ward Jr. Saturday night at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in upstate Ontario County. (Graphic Video)

There's an old aphorism I first heard on an episode of "Mav­er­ick" more than 50 years ago, which "Bart" asserted was something his "old Pappy used to say:"

"You don't walk on the railroad track, you don't get hit by the train."

But that Mr. Ward had considered that 15 seconds earlier.

Friday, August 08, 2014

Eruv up but not operational

While no one was watching, over this past Winter Verizon began placing lechis, symbols which define an area of relig­ious significance to an Orthodox Jewish community, on its utility poles and the Village of Westhampton Beach now has an eruv despite the vociferous objections of many.

While physically in place, for the devices to function as in­tended, a two-part ceremony must occur: a blessing known as a brucha and a weekly inspection prior to Shabbat, the Jewish sabbath, to make certain that the lechis are intact and the eruv is properly defined. More...

Thursday, August 07, 2014

August Village Board Meeting

Updated August 08, 2014 – 07:38 am

Interesting meeting of the Westhampton Beach Village Board this evening in which the hallmark of the Moore Administration was established with the appointment of long-time Joan Levan buttboy Ralph Neubauer to the vacancy on the Planning Board he once chaired.

The import of this might be lost on anyone who hasn't been following municipal affairs over the past seven years:

  1. The Dowager Empress of Oneck is still calling some important shots within the Village. More...

Set your DVRs...

...for 3:00 am Friday when cable FXM unspools a rare showing of the 1960 feature, "Freckles," starring... not "featuring," starring... Westhampton Beach native, Martin West, or, as we knew him back then, Marty Weixelbaum.

Lobby card for "Freckles" Martin West, née Weixelbaum

The oft-filmed Gene Stratton Porter novel... this was the fourth version... was a natural debut film for red-headed Marty and launched an intermittant 30-year film and tele­vision career. More...

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

It doesn't feel like it to me...

...but our two, Gracie and Rosco, and visiting cousin Ike, have by their attitudes been most convincingly making a case for the Dog Days of August being upon us, not only falling out in the living room, but adorning the wooden floors with sizable spatters of drool.

Who am I to gainsay them? It is, after all, not the "Dean Days of August," and when it comes to weather, we've learned to trust them, especially Gracie.

The old gal can sense thunder while its still over Babylon, and has secured herself beneath our bed 20 minutes before any lightning flashes alert us.

If it doesn't get any worst than this, I'm jake with that.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Film or Digital... which is it?

This was initially reported on 27East over two weeks ago...

Hampton Arts Cinema Turns To Patrons To Help Fund Upgrades

...but it took Newsday and then CBS-TV 'til now to get interested in following up.

(Seems there were too many murders and vehicular fatalities West of here to get their attentions locally.) More...

Monday, August 04, 2014

I'll pass...

...on cable Fx' "Partners," a comedy series debuting this evening with Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence.

I've got nothing for Lawrence one way or the other, but I've enjoyed Grammer's work as "Dr. Frazier Crane" on two NBC series, and especially as Chicago Mayor "Tom Kane" on cable Starz "Boss," untimely canceled after season two.

(That seems to happen alot on Starz) More...

Sunday, August 03, 2014

You cannot imagine...

Illuminated sign

...what can flash through your mind when you see something like this...

We'd left the Village during daylight, and were returning down Mill Road when we came into the intersection of Sunset Avenue only to be confronted with this illuminated sign on the old Jessup & Stevens property.

By the time a large "WHA-AAA?" thought crossed my mind... "What the hell happened while we were out for dinner?"... so too did the answer. More...

Friday, August 01, 2014

Toward improving one's diction

...or, Cringe-worthy, II.

Having established that "unique" and "pregnant" cannot be modified... I quote from that prior OtBB entry:

"As with 'pregnant,' you is, or you isn't!

There's no 'most,' 'nearly' or 'almost.'

There is only 'unique' or 'not unique!'"

So too are the words, when used as an adjective More...

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pardon the Interruption

(With insincere apologies to Kornheiser and Wilbon.)

For a wee bit longer, this very entry will have to serve as "fresh content" while OtBB switches hosting services; it takes 24-48 hours for the new digital address to propagate through the root name servers and cache records across the entire Internet.

Back live and original any moment now... just wanted both the faithful and the curious to know the circumstances have nothing to do with the Dowager Empress of Oneck and her forces of darkness.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Put the freakin' rocks back on the moon!

The lead story on the CBS Evening News just now was "violent weather!" (With emphasis on the exclamation point.)

  • "A storm system tearing across the country brings a rare tornado to the Boston area."
  • "Deadly lightning hits a Southern California beach."
  • "And wildfires threaten hundreds of homes."

Only with that out of the way did James Brown... More...

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Now it can be told...

...being the back end of a story that was fully covered by OtBB during this year's primary campaign for the 1st Con­gressional District between the Republican Party's choice of Lee Zeldin and third time challenger George Demos.

(And no, third time was not a charm for Demos!)

The embargo'd material during primary season isn't going to cause even a ripple anywhere, but in reviewing it, I feel it's now blog-worthy... mostly because Demos still pisses me off due to the stultifying vacuity of his campaign. More...

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Me 'n' my Kindle Fire

Jeanne got me the device for my last birthday argu­ably the most advanced "toy" I've ever had... behold Amazon's Kindle Fire.

I had no idea what to do with it, or how it worked, but since my eight-year-old Dell laptop was dying, and the Kindle Fire, I quickly discovered, had a number of capabilities I knew nothing of, we quickly got much better acquainted. More...

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.")

Word!

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:

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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...

Thursday, June 12, 2014

As a reminder...

...that there's an election coming eight days from now in Westhampton Beach, we have:

  • Three letters in this morning's Southampton Press supporting Mayoral candidate Maria Moore.

    The one from Chuck Cary is relatively soft. Another is signed by "Tom and Patti Fahey1," a couple of heretofore invisible Village residents.

    Then there's Joan Levan, architect of Mrs. Moore's candidacy in an attempt to retake control2 of the Village and remake it entirely to her liking. More...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

More on Murray Frank, Take 2

If it's not God who works in mysterious ways, then the late Murray Frank has some powerful friends in very high places!

Word came several hours following this morning's OtBB entry that Murray's sister Joan had thoughtfully provided the solution to the entire problem by the simple expedient of passing away herself last weekend. More...

More on Murray Frank, R.I.P.

...except that whatever pace in which he'll be requiescat, isn't what he intended... or, we're from the Government and we're going to bury you in Calverton National Cemetery whether you wanted it or not!

The rub is that when Murray Frank passed away last month, he died intestate, and without a documented Will to provide instructions on how one wishes heirs or the State to pro­ceed, like it or not. the Suffolk County Public Administrator has a procedure it is obliged to follow. More...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Anti 'Redskins' Campaign

Call me an insensitive old fud, but I'm with Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington National Football League fran­chise, in his unwillingness to change the nickname of his team.

The latest weapon being brought to bear is a 60-second version of this advocacy video airing in seven television markets1 during tonight's Game 3 of the National Basketball Association finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat.

(That's right... a basketball game!) More...

Monday, June 09, 2014

While I wasn't paying attention...

...and other thoughts on baseball announcing.

WFAN logo

Sometime during this past off-season, WFAN (660am) switched baseball teams, dropping the Mets who they'd been broadcasting since 1987, and picking up the Yankees from WCBS (880am), their home since 2002.

Not that there's anything wrong here... I'm sure it was a basic business decision... but for me the re-alignment has had terrible consequences as "The FAN" has been a con­stant when I'm in my car, and has been since it moved down the dial (from 1050am) in October 1988. More...

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Mona Freeman (1926-2014)

Monica Elizabeth Freeman

Although far from a household name, Mona Freeman's was a familiar face throughout the '40s and '50s, usually as the ingénue, being typecast as a teenager into her 30s.

She died May 23 in her Beverly Hills home after a lengthy ill­ness according to her daughter, actress Monie Ellis. More...

Friday, June 06, 2014

The Heat can't handle the heat...

...and I just had to write that before everyone else did.

Besides 38 year-old Tim Duncan, 32 year-old Toby Parker and 36 year-old Manu Ginobili, the NBA's Spurs had another strategic weapon to deploy against the visiting Miami "Big Three" of Lebron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade (average age: 30.7 years): the broken air conditioning system in San Antonio's AT&T Center. More...

Thursday, June 05, 2014

O M G !

Anyone taken a look inside the main entrance to Gabreski Airport the past several days and seen this?

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Up close, "Walking Figure" is even more so: More...

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

'Zim' (1931-2014)

Donald William Zimmer, who broke into the major leagues with my Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954 and spent more than 60 years in professional baseball, passed away this evening in Dunedin, Florida from heart, lung and kidney problems; he was 83.

Don Zimmer's 1955 Topps baseball card

He had no more chance of beating out 36-year-old Pee Wee Reese, a Dodgers fixture at shortstop since 1940, More...

Why didn't I think of this?

"Progress For Westhampton Beach," the party of Mayoral candidate Maria (Mrs. Tom) Moore and Trustee Junior Palmer is up and running.

It cites some issues facing the Village, including:

  • The Asphalt Plant. The subtitle, "14 Years of Litigation, No End in Sight," suggests an attitude, but takes no position. More...

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Suspicions Confirmed!

[sigh] According to the National Academy of Sciences...

Female hurricanes are deadlier than male hurricanes

"Feminine-named hurricanes (vs. masculine-named hurricanes) cause significantly more deaths, apparently because they lead to lower perceived risk and conse­quently less preparedness."

Whatever the reason, the female of the species has tradi­tionally been considered "more deadly that the male."

2104 Atlantic hurricane names include: Bertha, Dolly, Fay, Hanna, Josephine, Laura, Nana, Paulette, Sally and Vicky.

Bitches!

Monday, June 02, 2014

Who doesn't like cowboys...

Robert Taylor as "Walt Longmire"

...particularly of the lean and lanky sort, men of few words with weathered faces and a hankering to help those in need.

Could be describing Sam Elliott, but in this instance, it's "Walt Longmire" played by Austra­lian-born Robert Taylor who has every­thing that Elliott has but the purring baritone and Katherine Ross for a real-life wife.

Based on the novels of Craig Johnson, "Longmire" enters its third season this evening on A&E, and is one that has had me involved throughout its 23 episodes. More...

Saturday, May 31, 2014

It's getting pretty thick in the 1st CD

This has got to be a very laid back time for Congressman Tim Bishop (D, Southampton) even though he faces a tough re-election campaign in November.

While his Republican opponents, the party designee Lee Zeldin and perennial challenger George Demos, are locked in a bitter primary battle, the do-nothing Bishop1 can keep his head down for at least another four weeks and enjoy the perquisites of his office on The Hill.

The most recent salvo in the intra-GOP struggle was a TV spot, less for Demos than it was aimed at Zeldin, More...

Friday, May 30, 2014

Who doesn't love a pirate?

Pirates at a Pirate Festival

...and I'm not referring to the modern day variety of the impossibly skinny Somalis who motor into the Indian Ocean to prey on passing vessels as depicted in last year's fact-based "Captain Phillips."

I write of the 18th Century buccaneers1 and freebooters of the West Indies, celebrated by Raphael Sabatini in More...

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The other store at 223 Montauk...

...being the first ever fast food franchise permitted in Westhampton Beach, Dunkin' Donuts, which opened just in time for Memorial Day weekend.

My initial assessment is that, if they couldn't've gotten it together a week earlier, they should've put the actual open­ing off several days and had their shake-down cruise in a less customer-intensive period.

Stuck my nose in there Day #2, that Saturday around 9:30 am, and they were out of control! More...

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

If it bleeds, it leads...

...has been the axiom of tabloid news media for more than a century, but now it's permeated the mainstream and turning them into little more than ghouls, witness this CNN "interview" with Isla Vista murder victim Christopher Martinez' father from earlier this week:

I understand Richard Martinez' grief and anger... however misplaced it is... but what I find unprofessional, unconscion­able and, frankly, disgusting in the way correspondent Kim Lau lead the "interview."

That seems to be an routine practice of CNN's on-air staff, something I first noticed last Fall in the debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney when "moderator" Candy Crowley injected herself forcefully into the debate.

I dislike and distrust CNN almost as much as I do NBC.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Berle has finally made me laugh

Movie poster

My introduction to Milton Berle was right after Thanks­giving in 1949 in a movie entitled "Al­ways Leave Them Laugh­ing" but which had the com­pletely opposite effect on my parents.

We were several years away from the family's first TV set, so had zero exposure to Berle and his hugely popular Texaco Star Theater which was pulling 80% of the view­ing audience on Tuesday nights.

We piled into the family Packard and made the six More...

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Voyage to The Bays

At least that's what it seemed like for the final mile or so of our trip last evening to Hampton Bays for dinner with the Miggins girls... Dune Road was sooooooooo wet that I would've been better off in one of my Dad's old DUKWs than my four-wheel drive Escape.

At one point, about one-quarter mile short of Ponquogue Bridge, in second gear with Jeanne reminding me "No wake!" as we waded along at parade ground speed, I look­ed out the window and saw two small ducks...

...making better time to the East than we were! More...

Friday, May 23, 2014

Meanwhile, in Westhampton Beach...

...it seemed like it was still 1984! In the story on 27East this morning, originally by-lined "Kyle Campbell..."

Westhampton Beach Lawyer To Challenge Mayor

...but updated within the past half hour and now carrying the by-line of Alexa Gorman, what some would call "critical information" had been removed.

"Ms. Moore has never held elected office. Her husband, Thomas, was appointed to the Westhampton Beach Village Zoning Board of Appeals in 2008, but resigned in 2010, three years before his term was up. Mr. More...

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Oops!

From today's Southampton Press Western Edition "Moore Versus Teller" story on the up-coming Village Election:

"All terms are for five years."

That'll give people pause about voting for an octogenarian!

Press writers Alexa Gorman and Kyle Campbell likely still had their heads in their school board elections stories.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Murray C. Frank (1932-2014)

Not a great deal is known about Murray Frank whose re­mains were discovered by Village Police during a "welfare check" last Friday evening at his home at 55 Old Riverhead Road, but many knew him by sight from around Westhamp­ton Beach for decades.

Born on Groundhog Day early during the Great Depres­sion, Murray was often viewed as an "oddball" and a "grizzled old crank," but looks were deceiving.

Golly, yes! Murray was definitely grizzled... but few More...

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Demos running low on funds?

Republican Congressional hopeful George Demos' most recent Campaign Finance Report is dated April 15th and reveals that five weeks ago the challenger had in his coffers $1,271,946.98 after expenditures totaling $964,808.02.

Hardly an unhealthy figure, especially compared to GOP designee Lee Zeldin's "cash on hand" $410,746.08.

But then Zeldin has spent only $192,425.78 of his overall war chest of $603,171.86, which includes monies carried over from his successful runs for New York State More...

Monday, May 19, 2014

Jack's back...

Title art

...in a big way and this has made Monday evenings a great deal more interesting for the past three weeks!

After a hiatus of four years... remember this is a series whose primary conceit was that it takes place in "real time" as the omnipresent digital clock ticking on screen always reminded us... hard case Jack Bauer has "intercepted intel that there will be an assassination attempt on President Heller."

And with that, "24 Live Another Day" hit the Fox Network running, breathlessly, pulse-poundingly, lethally! More...

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sollicitatio Precox

We received the extensive menu for Red Fortune, the new Oriental restaurant at 141 Montauk Highway1 in the mail yesterday and were immediately struck by three things:

  1. While the "coming soon" sign earlier this year ad­vis­ed that it would be "Japanese Cuisine," that has been amended to add "Chinese."
  2. The large format paper menu could have been from any strip mall Chinese take-out joint... cf: Chinatown on Old Riverhead Road.
  3. Some of the listed entrees... particularly Orange Chicken... reminded me of Johnny Chih's best of­fer­ings, and the prices were highly attractive.

We're not Jewish and this isn't Nassau County, but it was Sunday night so we resolved to check it out! More...

One uncertainty resolved...

...by the post card mailed by the Board of Elections this week... with the Village Firehouse no longer available, the designated polling place for any June 24th Primary Contest and the November 3d General Election, is the Westhampton Beach High School.

The CCD Center in Quiogue wasn't given serious considera­tion, and Mechanic's Hall, currently Agave's Tequila Bar & Res­tau­rant, is no longer available.

I made this OtBB entry because some who've received that card glance at it and think it's from the Board of Education as a reminder of this week's School District Election.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Donald Sterling heads to court

Three weeks ago few knew the name of Donald T. Sterling (née Tokowitz), and now he's a leading candidate for "Most Hated Man in America" thanks to a media-driven campaign assault on the 80-year-old Los Angeles Clippers' owner.

OtBB took note of the hubbub when it blew up, and while the furor over his "racist rant" has faded from the front page, the fall-out from that event has entered the next stage. More...

Friday, May 16, 2014

Setting back the cause of...

...not just blondes but their entire gender while they are at it, this Dallas, Texas-based knock-off of ABC's wildly popular hen-fest "The View" carrying on about the most notorious "Kiss" since Rodin's sculpture was unveiled in 1889.

Lisa Pinero, supposedly in charge of "The Broadcast," quickly lost control of the show as everyone had a More...

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Saddest story of the day

From Longview, Texas by way of USA Today:

Woman in her 30s faked age to enroll in high school

School photo of Charity Anne Johnson

Charity Anne Johnson, age variously given as 31 or 35, enrolled at New Life Christian School last October as 15-year-old "Charite Stevens."

Ratted out by a housemate, Ms. Johnson was arrested by police for providing a false identity and was sent to jail with a $500 bond. More...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Swimming Pools!

It's not that I hate them, it's just that I don't understand the requirement for them... particularly when one has a home on Dune Road... with the Atlantic Ocean right here!

Wanna take a dip? There's the ocean, never far away. And when we were kids, we swam in the bay and never once were inconvenienced by typhus, polio or horseshoe crabs.

Thought of this with a headline on today's 27East: More...

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Library w-a-a-a-y in the black?

When Jeanne called page 3 my attention to of Westhamp­ton Free Library's recently mailed "May 2014 Budget Infor­mational Issue/Annual Report," I was stunned!

By their numbers, WFL's "Full Market Valuation for 2014-2015" is an estimated $4,269,054,376, down 2½% from 2013-2014's $4,378,517,309.

Yet the Library's tax rate still increased 3.2%.

I guess that's why neither Jeanne nor I are accountants... in words those gross figures are billions!

I know land on Library Avenue is valuable, but are is the inventory of books and DVD enough to bring the current number up to one billion, three hundred seventy-eight million, five hundred seventeen thousand, three hundred and nine dollars?

What are we missing?

Friday, May 09, 2014

A harbinger of the warmer season...

...and it couldn't have occured soon enough for me 'n' Jeanne! Sandy Patterson's back and The Post Stop Café reopened this evening with genial Rob Sheldon on the stick.

So we once again have a destination one night each week­end through the end of October.

We were not alone in rejoicing at its return... we got there at 6:20 and the barroom was SRO as all the regulars had a lot of catching up to do More...

Thursday, May 08, 2014

For all the freakin' hype...

...leading up to the event, Day 1 of the National Football League's annual draft was as big a bust as the recent Kevin Costner movie, "Draft Day," which opened and closed less than a month ago with a box office gross of $26.5 million against a production budget of $25 million.

I tuned in ESPN this evening just to see who my Detroit Lions would select with the tenth pick in the first round be­cause over the past four weeks their two featured "insider experts," Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, released at least six different versions of their Mock Drafts and had at least nine different names headed for the Lions, including the memorable Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, a Safety from Alabama. More...

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

More Politrix from Demos

Can that be the increasingly pungent odor of desperation emanating from the Republican challenger's camp?

Here's a guy, his third time out for the same nomination, who three months ago hit the deck running full bore at the GOP designee on his alleged support for Obamacare, is now on his heels flailing away at information he wishes wasn't "out there."

We're seven weeks away from the Republican prinary and I'm already tired of the Demos giant post card mailings and the Demos automated 'phone calls! More...

Monday, May 05, 2014

Junior Palmer's mess updated

The posting of this entry was delayed because as I was literally about to hit the send key the 'phone rang and I found an exercised Trustee Charles Palmer Jr. on the other end of the line.

We had a (mostly one-sided) conversation as the subject of today's earlier blog felt the need to:

  • Set the record, as he sees it, straight. More...

The old ways die hard for Junior Palmer...

Liberty Street

...so it's not because he's a Westhampton Beach Trustee and feels that rank hath its priviledges. He was doing this sort of thing well before he was ever elected.

The photo arrived Saturday afternoon with the accom­panying text message:

"In front of Charlie Palmer's house in the street. I guess since he's a Trustee he thinks the rules don't apply to him." More...

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Nets nearly robbed by ref's blown call

Brooklyn Nets logo

Still a Knicks fan here, but they're all out pampering their over-paid selves at night clubs with fancy ladies or hanging out and chillin' with their homies in the 'hood.

So, since I bear them no malice and actu­ally used to attend their home games in the Island Garden Arena 45 years ago, I've been following the Brooklyn (née New Jersey out of New York) Nets this post season out of general ennui and also because my wife is a huge fan of Nets' coach Jason Kidd. More...

Elyse makes The Post...

...and, not coincidentally, so does the Village of Westhampton Beach!

Hamptons town spent $18K fighting an ice cream cone statue

Typical of a New York City tabloid... a ten-word headline containing three factual errors!

Translated, it signals that Summer is near and The Post... can The Daily News be far behind?... is taking formal cognisance of its gum-chewing, strap-hanging readership's need to scoff enviously at anything Hamptons-related.

It also means that our local lady in black, Ms. Richman, is not without friends in the media.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Moron of the Month, April 2014

Sandra Hines

Meet Michigan activist Sandra Hines of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality who actually crit­i­cized that city's Police Chief for promoting "vigi­lan­tism" because he supports home-owners right to armed self-defense.

Chief James Craig

What Police Chief James Craig said earlier this year was that in the hands of legal, law-abiding citizens, firearms "could be a deterrence to violent crime."

When Chief Craig appeared on WJR's The Paul W. Smith Show, the host asked him whether he knew of any instances in Detroit of the More...

Thursday, May 01, 2014

New meaning to 'mobile computing'

I had to laugh when I stopped into Fluid Imagery Computing to see if my eight-year-old Dell laptop could get its act to­gether for one last productive trip to Florida (it couldn't) and saw the brace of Fi vans sitting shoulder to shoulder in the parking lot.

http://www.whbqt.info/

I was impressed... Scott Hofmann and his merrie little band of techno-whizzes have come a l-o-n-g way from working out of Hugh Merle's upholstered garage.

(From 'umble beginnings, doncha know!)

Mark me down for "impressed" with what Scott has created and managed to grow despite a practical set-back last year... the entrepreneurial spirit is kicking up its heels just across the Village line in Westhampton!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Thank your Higher Power...

...for the likes of first West Texas rancher Cliven Bundy and now Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, a couple of old (mean age 74) white males who have failed to evolve with the times and expressed some decidedly politically incorrect views.

Over the past week the two men have all but driven Russia, the Ukraine, Al-Qaeda, Malaysian Flight 370 and the drought in California from what passes as "news" today. More...

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Made us right at home

It is well-known that Mrs. Speir and I are dog people and to that end we harbor a pair of rescue dogs, "Gracie" from Brookhaven Animal Shelter and "Rosco" who we retrieved from the Riverhead version.

And if ever anyone considered dog-ownership a conceit of some sort, the value of our pair during Hurricane Superstorn Sandy should put paid to that cock-eyed notion.

Without the pups... 60 or so pounds apiece... to pull into our bed during the dozen evenings we were with­out heat and power, Jeanne and I are maybe not seen again 'til after the Spring thaw... and only then after we are laid out in one of Gordon Werner's parlors. More...

Friday, April 25, 2014

When this song was popular...

...and I used to bop about the house warbling in my (as yet unchanged) 10 year old voice:

"Tra-la-la, tweedlee dee dee it gives me a thrill
To wake up in the morning to the mockin' bird's trill"

...I hadn't the faintest idea what a mocking bird sounded like!

Now, after a couple of mornings waking up in my cousin Steve's home in Port Charlotte to the sound of that trill, it doesn't sound anything like that of Patti Page, and it's a good thing for Mr. Mocking Bird that I couldn't find that .410 shotgun my host has stashed away!

Oppressive and in the words of Stan Freberg, "too piercing!"

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.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Really, Andy! Do you really...

...hold the voters of New York State in such contempt that your campaign brain trust believes we'd buy into this #CutPropTax Plan?

"My plan will cut property taxes by requiring local governments to work together. Please tell your legislator to support my plan. And let's keep building a new New York together."

"Requiring local governments to work together?" More...

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 'p·a·n·d·e·r·i·n·g?'

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...

On second thought...

...Albany may have a problem with its Draft Mute Swan Management Plan, the deceptively entitled final solution for New York State's Cygnus olor population.

Protesters flock together to stop swan killing in New York

...which subject was discussed here January 17th. (For the record, OtBB was agin it!) More...

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

This is one 'Guilty' Plea...

...I'm following with considerable interest:

‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ stars Teresa and Joe Giudice plead guilty to fraud charges

The bet here is that both husband and wife do the mini­mum... she skates with probation, and he goes for no more than three years. More...

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

The Who knew

Updated March 06, 2014 – 09:17 am

...when they sang "Won't Get Fooled Again!"

First off, I acknowledge that I did it to myself... I'd spotted a 30-minute show on the cable program guide announcing simply "Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Peter, Paul and Mary."

(The time slot, 4:00 am, shoulda been a clue.)

The pulse quickened... for 50 years come this Fall, I've been looking for a black & white performance given by Bob Dylan of "The Ballad of Hollis Brown" one Sunday afternoon on, I believe, WOR-TV, New York's Channel 9. More...

Monday, March 03, 2014

After Oscar Action Report

First full Oscar telecast I've managed in over ten years... based on last night's showing, it might be another ten years before I blow off a Sunday evening to subject myself to such a non-spectacle.

Wow, Ellen DeGeneres isn't exactly Ms. Dynamic, is she? I did, however, think her bit about trying to set a record for re-tweets was amusing. More...

Sunday, March 02, 2014

True Detective? True Dat!

This one kinda sneaked up on me, and as I recall the "teaser" promotions cable HBO did for the series... almost exclusively replying on the "star power" of it's two male leads, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson... it may have sneaked up on HBO as well.

(This one I hadn't seen before, though, nails it!)

In short, I don't think they knew what they had... although they must have an inkling at this point now that six of the eight hour-long episodes have aired since "True Detective" debuted January 12th. More...

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Too Cruel!

Sent along by a former Remsenburg resident, now located in Arizona:

Tom Baker image

The accompanying message read:

"This is for all my friends back East that have had the Winter from hell. Just to let you know that we are suffering as well here."

A law that verdant in Phoenix? I don't think so!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sad Sign o'the Times

Stumbled across at People.com:

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton Separate

"Paula Patton and Robin Thicke are ending their longtime marriage."

We subsequently learn that "the pair have been married since (June 11) 2005."

Not even nine years qualifies as "longtime" in People world?

Well, then bless Kitty and Con Teller, Jackie and Bill Bennett.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Best news I've had yet this year!

This just in...

America is fed up with me: Morgan to quit CNN job

"Three years after he launched himself on an un­sus­pecting American public as a prime-time interrogator of politicians and celebrities, Piers Morgan has admitted defeat in the nightly ratings battle and plans to step down from his CNN show.

The former tabloid editor, who has transformed himself into a cable news personality, said that dwindling view­ing figures and an anti-gun campaign that alienated a vast swath of his audience had led him to conclude that his show had 'run its course.'"
Piers Morgan

In three short years, Morgan eclipsed Nancy Grace as television's most contemptible personality.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Peacock's plumage has molted...

The poor ol' peacock

...considerably and its colors have lost their vaunted vibrancy over the past 30 years since wunder­kind Brandon Tartikoff elevated NBC from a dismal third place... there was no Fox at the time... to Number One in the Nielsen ratings.

At age 31, on the strength of well-written, well produced (i.e., quality!) programs such as "Hill Street Blues," "The Cosby Show," "St. Elsewhere," "L.A. Law," "Cheers," and "Law & Order," NBC killed the competition! More...

Friday, February 21, 2014

And so it starts for Zeldin...

...not unlike the way it started for me in 2011 when I announced my candidacy for Village office.

Found this in the OtBB Comment queue this afternoon, in­tending to be appended to "George Demos' First Salvo:"

"www.independentsentinal.com/liar-lee-zeldin-voted-for-obamacare/"

...under the name of "TruthonZeldin" with the E-dress of "toughlove@aol.com." More...

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Tonight's Sports Report

Helluva day, and evening, for watching competitions on television, starting with the Women's Hockey Gold Medal Game between, as it has been every Winter Olympiad save one since the gals were given a go in 1998, the Canadians versus the United States.

USA won that first-ever meeting in Nagano, Japan, but it's been all Canada ever since. More...

This'll fix someone's economy...

...and I have a pretty good idea of just whose economy will be improved!

This fractional advertisement is running in this morning's Southampton Press, and can be found on page A5 of the Western Edition. More...

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Memo to Alex Gregor

Dear Southampton Town Highway Superintendent;

I understand that this Winter's weather has put a serious strain on your department, and the fact that I haven't heard anyone calling in for your head... except in Sagaponack Village, of course... the way the residents of Queens howled for that of Mayor John V. N. Lindsay in 1969, must mean you're doing at least an adequate job.

Still, there are a couple of things I think you should More...

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Ahhhh, now I remember...

...why this sounded so familiar.

Developers now want to build 118 homes, golf course in East Quogue

"...the revised plan – which now proposes the con­struc­tion of 118 residential units, and not the 82 as originally pitched – is much different from the pre-application ap­proved last month by the Southampton Town Board."

It took a bit before it clicked, but it was less than three years ago that Gregg and Mitchell Rechler, after More...

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The 'Evil Genius' Strikes Again!

Until recently, I'd never paid much attention to the Sunday morning collections of talking heads/pundits/spinmeisters and hacks on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC... and still don't have any great degree of tolerance for them.

But once in awhile there's a segment which surprises and de­lights, such as occurred this morning when Fox's Chris Wallace had former Ohio Democratic Governor (2007-2011) Ted Strickland and Republican strategist Karl Rove on to discuss the putative front runners for their parties' 2016 Presidential nominations. More...

Friday, February 14, 2014

The first part is now official!

From 27East this afternoon:

Suffolk Republican Committee Picks Zeldin To Challenge Bishop; Snubs Demos

"The Suffolk County Republican Committee on Thursday night tapped a familiar face to challenge U.S. Represen­tative Tim Bishop of Southampton for the right to rep­resent New York’s 1st Congressional District next year, though nominee and current State Senator Lee Zeldin will most likely first have to stave off a challenge from a familiar foe from within the GOP." More...

Thursday, February 13, 2014

So long, Gus...

...and it is with rue that this will be the first salutation I've addressed to that friendliest of men in almost 45 years that will not be answered.

When I read the obituary in this morning's Southampton Press Western Edition, it cheered me to learn far more about Gustav Albert Hindenlang III in three minutes than I thought I knew in all that time. More...

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Isaac Sidney Caesar (1922-2014)

There were two must-see TV shows in our house at 127 Cass Avenue in Mount Clemens, Michigan when the Speir family got its first ever television set in 1951, a 15-inch Philco, as I recollect.

One was Arturo Toscanini's irregular performances... about twice a year, I think... conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra.

(A 1952 clip of the Maestro conducting "The William Tell Overture.") More...

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

If there's a more useless waste...

...of taxpayer money than Congress, then I can't imagine what it is. And I have a fairly good imagination!

Considering the core issues of a war in Afghanistan, health­care, a spiraling National Debt, crime, immigration, the threat of a new nuclear power in the Middle East and on the Pacific Rim, et al, look at what two of its members were doing yesterday: More...

Monday, February 10, 2014

My daughter reminds us...

...that "The Walking Dead" returned to cable AMC last evening, and offers a time-honered strategy for dealing with a zombie apocalypse:

Zombie Apocalypse survival strategy

For my part, I still haven't forgiven AMC for replacing "Rubi­con" after just one season with this!

Having grown up with Darby Jones as a model for "the un­dead," George Romero reimagined the genre in 1968 with "Night of the Living Dead," and things haven't been the same since.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

One of the cleverest, funniest...

...and best rehearsed lip-synched labors-of-love video productions I've ever seen:

Screen capture - click to play

Jeanne has never been able to abide the music of ABBA, but even she got a big kick out of this! More...

Friday, February 07, 2014

And now this?

Hot on the heels of the remarkable and surprising news that CVS will remove all tobacco products from its stores by Halloween, came a strange and ominous letter from Paraco Gas in Riverhead, from whom I've been buying my propane since they were named Synergy, and probably before that!

The fact of the matter is that because we use less than 50 gallons a year for our kitchen stove, Paraco...

"...finds it necessary to start charging an annual equipment lease." More...

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Ballsy, CVS, very ballsy

An absolute stunner! Per The New York Times:

CVS Vows to Quit Selling Tobacco Products

"CVS Caremark, the country's largest drugstore chain in overall sales, announced on Wednesday that it planned to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products by October." More...

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Jeez-Louise, I did not see this coming!

Sub-captioned "The world's first Pelosi-Republican," the investigative report is essentially a "hit piece" on George Demos about whom OtBB wrote yesterday.

Republican Candidate for NY Seat Tied to Major Democratic Donors

"A Republican candidate for New York's first congres­sion­al district has close family ties to major Democratic donors, including the business partner of Paul Pelosi, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's (D., Calif.) husband." More...

Monday, February 03, 2014

George Demos' First Salvo...

...just landed on my home 'phone in the form of a taped message from the third time Republican candidate for New York State's First Congressional District, the seat occupied for the past 11 years by Democrat Timothy Bishop.

Demos campaign bug

Demos, who failed GOP primary challenges in both 2010 and 2012 to well-funded car­petbagger Randy Altschuler, has launch­ed 2014 campaign messages well in advance of Bishop or his presumptive op­ponent, State Senator Lee Zeldin (R, Shirley). More...

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Those old-timers knew a thing or two...

...or at least Damon Runyon and the Seattle Seahawks bettors certainly did.

The outcome of Super Bowl XLVIII wasn't in doubt from the first snap of the game when Denver center Manny Ramirez (no, not that Manny Ramirez) decided to snap the football while quarterback Peyton Manning was still engaged with telling the left side of the offense what he expected of them.

"Yes, Peyton, that was the footbal that just flew by you!"

The WTF? look of conster­nation in Manning's eyes told the story, and somewhere a better image of that instant (seen in this isolated camera replay) will be published for the sake of posterity and countless witty captions. More...

The 'smart money'...

...this evening is on the Seattle Seahawks to prevail in Super Bowl XLVIII for rather conventional reasons:

  1. Good defense beats good offense, and while the Denver Broncos own the best offense, Seattle is possessed of the #1 defense in the National Foot­ball League this season. More...

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Too bad I won't drink their beer...

...just as a matter of personal taste, but Anheuser-Busch commissions some terrific television commercials, such as last year's lump-in-the-throat-inducing 73-second spot featuring a Clydesdale reuniting with an old friend.

(G'wan, keep a dry eye with that one, I dare ya!)

Well, this Sunday, weather-permitting the Super Bowl, they've got another one that's a grabber as well:

[gulp!] First a Clydesdale, and now mix in a puppy!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

C'mon, now

...after watching "Murder on a Honeymoon" cablecast on TNT Saturday morning, I wanna know why the "Charlie Chan" programmers1 of the early '40s are still em­bargo'd for audiences of today?

Mantan Moreland, circa 1946

Ostensibly those 15 films made between 1944 and 1949 by Monogram Pictures, were pulled from release in the mid-'70s because of the antiquated black stereotype in the person of Mantan Moreland (1902–1973) who portrayed the Chan family chauffer (in livery, yet!) "Birmingham Brown." More...

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Weekend Score Card

Saturday evening's open air ice hockey contest between cross-ravine rivals Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks went off relatively smoothly, with the again mighty Ducks prevailing 3-0, although only 54,099 showed up to watch it.

(Dodgers Stadium seats 56,000 at full baseball capac­ity, more the way it was configured with a rink.)

Two impressions: More...

Three cent stamp, circa 1943

That was the cost of a First Class stamp when I was a kid.

Now is definitely a time for some nostalgia since, effective today, the United States Postal Service has increased the price of that same First Class postage to 49¢, a flat increase of, coincidentally, three cents (up from 46¢)!

(The previous two USPS rate increases, on January 22, 2012 and January 27, 2013, lasted just a year each.) More...

Friday, January 24, 2014

The TV commercial that irks me...

...most at the moment is Sean Combs' Cîroc Ultra Pre­mi­um Vodka TV spot with Aaron Paul, Eva Marcille, Dania Ramirez, Michael K. Williams, Chad Michael Murray, Jesse Williams, Lisa Seiffert and Frank Vincent on a music bed of Frank Sinatra singing "Luck Be a Lady."

(If that 30-second spot has somehow eluded your notice, not to worry...) More...

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Helluva plan!

I mean, what were they thinking in the League offices of the NHL and the NFL when they decided to have an al fresco hockey game in Southern California this Saturday and the Super Bowl in New Jersey next weekend?

While the NFL once tagged XLVIII as "the first Super Bowl played outdoors in a Northern city," there was a very good reason why the previous 47 were held either under domes or in places like SoCal, Texas or Florida! More...

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Your ex wants you back

Updated 02/02/2014 – 07:43 am.

This just in...

"We are thrilled to announce that The Hampton Synagogue and the Beach Bakery Grand Cafe have come to an understanding whereby the bakery and cafe will be fully kosher as of May 2, 2014."

The press release, bearing the signatures "Rabbi Marc Scheneier{sic}" and "President Morris Tuchman," seems to signal a repair of the broken relationship between More...

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Enough Richard Sherman Already!

What in the ever-lovin' blue-eyed li'l world would the sports pages and electronic media be covering this week if it wasn't for the Seattle Seahawks First Team All-Pro cornerback the past two days?

First ballot Hall of Famer Peyton Manning's return to glory? The simple ordinariness of first ballot Hall of Famer Tom Brady over the past eight seasons?

But no, Richard Sherman has stolen the media spotlight with his defensive prowess in Seattle's 23-17 win over More...

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Clear one Murder 2

Both 27East and Newsday are reporting that an arrest has been made in the break-in home invasion homicide of a Guatemalan native in Eastport six weeks ago.

Aside from the name of the suspect, neither report, both working off a Suffolk County Police press release, provide any information about what led them to Paul Batterson, Jr., 22, of East Moriches, or why the decedent, 45-year-old Francisco Pirir, and his immigrant housemates were tar­geted, or if an arrest of the second suspect is imminent.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Swan Song?

It's a good thing Budd and Gerry Schulberg never lived to see this headline:

State eyes killing or capturing all mute swans

Swan Watch

...they co-authored (Gerry did the color and black & white photography) the de­lightful 1975 volume "Swan Watch" based on their neighbors on Aspatuck Creek, "Loh" and "Grin," a pair of Cygnus olor, which Buddy considered "the most regal of birds." More...

Not to worry...

...and thank you for the messages of concern.

It was not... at least I don't think it was... hostile action, but a server went bad somewhere and OtBB was inaccessible for a portion this week.

I think we're back and working properly....

Monday, January 13, 2014

I laughed, I cried...

...it was part of my Sunday afternoon!

I'm talkin' the San Diego Chargers/Denver Broncos AFC Divisional Playoff game on CBS, and one, I hasten to add, in which I had absolutely no rooting interest. More...

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Awwww, jeez...

...from this morning's Newsday:

DWI charged in crash into Mastic Beach house

"A Westhampton Beach man was arrested early Sunday morning after Suffolk County police said he drove into a Mastic Beach house while intoxicated." More...

Thursday, January 09, 2014

It would be less than gracious of me...

...t'were I to not mention that West­hampton Free Library... yes, that $7,827,820 edifice in our midst... and its irresistibly upbeat Director Danielle Zubiller, have been cited by the New York Library Association with its Outstanding Service to Libraries Award for their community action during and after Superstorm Sandy in late 2012.

Utterly devoid of snark, I applaud the recognition and can personally attest to Ms. Zubiller's neighborly nature and good will in the dark and unheated days following the storm.

In my never quite humble-enough opinion, richly deserved!

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Cold? You want Cold ???

There being no mass shootings or airliner crashes of late, leading the news reports is the weather and the bitter cold.

Coldest Air in Decades Threatens to Freeze Pipes in South, East

Well, this is definitely cold weather, but it's got a ways to go before it reaches the extremes I survived in the Chicago area, Super Bowl weekend, 1985. More...

Monday, January 06, 2014

Sounds like one helluva town!

Here's a municipality in which you can raise hell on a Saturday night, and repent Sunday morning in your boots and blue jeans at the "Let'er Rip (Music and Ministry) Cowboy Church" of Chetwynd in northeastern British Columbia, Canada.

Chetwynd Church Directory sign listing Let'er Rip (Music and Ministry) Cowboy Church

Never heard of a "Cowboy church" before, but it seems to address the spiritual needs of cowpokes, wranglers and trail hands.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Jerry Coleman (1924-2014)

Gerald Francis "Jerry" Coleman

If we were sitting around over a beer and I said, "Name an American League baseball All Star who served in both WWII and Korea as a Marine fighter pilot," instinctively you'd blurt out, "Easy... Ted Williams."

You wouldn't be wrong, but the man I had in mind was Gerald Francis Coleman who died this morning, age 89, in San Diego, California. More...

Friday, January 03, 2014

Happy Birthday, Ham!

"That ol' Hambone" his late wife Ruthie used to say in what remained of her soft Southern drawl after the better part of six decades in the North.

Today that "ol' Hambone" turns 95 years of age, and at age 73, I deem that to be a helluva thing! More...

Thursday, January 02, 2014

January Village Board Meeting

Short meeting of the Westhampton Beach Village Board this evening in which most of the attendees were there in support of the one Holiday Lighting awardee who braved the elements to make an appearance.

Two normally in attendance were missing: Trustee Patricia DiBenedetto and, because he was getting an early jump on keeping municipal thoroughfares open, Highway Superin­ten­dent John Kearns. More...

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

It's not 'Reality TV,' it's Cheap TV

It's everywhere! "American Idol," "Duck Dynasty," "Jersey Shore," "The X Factor," "Real Housewifes of..." wherever cosmetics are sold!

Production costs are minimized by not wasting money on non-essentials like writers or professional performers!

And it's not just a staple of English-speaking television... thank you, Simon Cowell, the second worst British import after Piers Morgan... but anywhere there's boob More...

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The two least surprised guys...

...in the immediate universe are me 'n' my old movie-going buddy Collins Crowther!

Jennifer Lawrence Named Most Bankable Star of 2013

Our immediate reaction wasn't "Really?" so much as "'Bout damned time!" More...

Monday, December 30, 2013

Really, Matthew?

Today was "Black Monday" throughout the National Football League as the regular season ended last night and as the day wore on, so did some coaching jobs.

The one which most interested me was Jim Schwartz, who's been at the helm of my Detroit Lions for the past five years since he took over the only 0-16 franchise in NFL history. More...

If you can't say something nice...

...at the very least don't say something stupid!

Rapper Doe B killed in Alabama

Numerous messages of condolence and remembrance came by E-mail, FaceBook and Twitter... yes, we do live in a digital world!... including a tweet from "T.I." (née Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr.) the co-founder of Doe B's label, Grand Hustle Records. More...

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Silda splits from Spitz...

Silda Wall Spitzer and what's-his-name

...and heading into the new year, the former Ms. Wall looks to be the catch of 2014!

And good better luck to her the next time around!

I've never understood why this beautiful, brainy and well-bred woman "stood by the man" when he was exposed as "Client #9" of the prostitute procure­ment organization known as the "Emperors Club."

Spitzer has proved to be little more than a rutting dog and after taking More...

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve visitation

The House of Speir has holiday visitors from the strange and distant land of inner city Philadelphia...

Ike and Kate

...and taking a breather from tending their Emerald Street Park project.

Accompanying "Santa" Ike is his mistress, Kate, second born of Jeanne.

And as my own daughter Peggy long ago once said, "We're having some Christmas."

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Pussycats!

Detroit Lions

That's what my cousin Charlie calls them: "Pussycats... the Detroit Pussycats!"

And after the past two years, I cannot disagree with his assessment... par­ticularly this season which effectively ended for them in overtime today! More...

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Ta-pocketa-pocketa...

...pocketa-pocketa-pocketa... crap!

Honestly, did we really need another movie version of humor­ist James Thurber's classic short story, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," first published in The New Yorker magazine in 1939?

When Hollywood threw a pail of mid-'40s money at Thurber, the result was a modestly successful starring vehicle More...

Friday, December 20, 2013

For the LGBT 'community...'

...it's a huge step backward from achieving their purport­ed goals of tolerance and acceptance in today's society.

'Duck Dynasty' star suspended for anti-gay remarks

(For the uninitiated... like me... "Duck Dynasty" is a wildly successful reality show cablecast by, of all things, A&E.) More...

Thursday, December 19, 2013

O for the love of Daffy Duck!

Disclaimers:

  • I am not a hunter, and while I was half-a-century ago engaged to reduce the Sylvilagus floridanus populace running amok on several estates in Rem­senburg, I've never been water-fowling in my life.
  • I have no idea of who Pola Rapaport of Hampton Bays is other than a letter-writer in this morning's Southampton Press Western Edition.

And it is that letter I must address. More...

Monday, December 16, 2013

Death Notices

There were a number of notable passings announced this weekend, Oscar-winning actress Joan Fontaine, non-Oscar-winning actor despite a record eight nominations Peter O'Toole, and hyphenate Tom Laughlin, a very limited actor but a visionary film-maker who changed the way movies have been marketed and distributed for the past 40+ years.

But perhaps the biggest surprise death of the weekend was that of "Nicholas Brody" of cable Showtime's "Homeland" who was strung up in a public square in Tehran and hang­ed by suspended strangulation rather than the traditional drop in the series' third season finale. More...

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Timely CBS Report

The telephone call came in at 4:21 this afternoon from a private number in an undisclosed location.

The voice at the other end of the line was unmistakably Far Eastern in origination, was very polite... and very insistent, even to the point of threatening me if I failed to comply with his directions.

(Yup! Polite and ominous... he pulled it off.) More...

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Heisman Disappointment

The annual awarding of the prestigeous Heisman Trophy to the nation's outstanding college football player wasn't the biggest disappoint of the day for me... that was another Army loss to Navy on the 50th anniversary of one of those service academies' most notable games, one delayed two weeks due to the sudden death of a President.

Cablecast live from New York City's Marriott Marquis... the Downtown Athletic Club venue is a thing of the past... the presentation has become less an awards ceremony than a celebrity event crafted for television. More...

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Inside the former American Embassy...

...in Tehran is one of the oddest murals imaginable de­pict­ing what "Iranian hard-liners" feel best represents the United States... or, as we are still known to them: "the Great Satan!"

Mural inside the abandoned U.S. Embassy in Tehran

Anyone recognize the source material? More...

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

I have history there!

On this morning's 27East:

Southampton Town Buys Neptune's; Lifts Curtain On Renovation Plans

If there is one single element in Michael Wright's report to give one pause about the Town's purchase of the pre-WW II Coast Guard life-saving station with $3.2 million of Com­munity Preservation Funds, it's this: More...

Everyone knows her name...

...and even more now that last Summer's bio-pic is available on DVD. This answer was a little too easy!

Linda Lovelace, circa 1972

More people, especially those on the back nine of life, will be more familiar with this image of the young woman who was a house­hold name throughout the '70s and beyond. More...

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Whooooooooo is she?

Who is this woman?

The only hint I'll provide is that this internationally known person is a former resident of Center Moriches.

Monday, December 09, 2013

I'm really really ticked off!

"Rage is the only quality which has kept me, or anybody I have ever studied, writing columns for newspapers."

Today's irritation stems from this headline:

Torre, La Russa, Cox to Cooperstown

"Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox, baseball's winningest managers over the past four decades, were unanimously elected to the Hall of Fame on Monday by the expansion era committee." More...

Sunday, December 08, 2013

I hear...

...Córdoba, a central province of Argentina, is nice this time of year.

Looting spreads in Argentina's third largest city as police go on strike

Seems Argentina has nothing like a Taylor Law. More...

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

A showpiece for Main Street

It's a shame that Simon Jorna is so stubborn... if he had not dug his heels in 10-11 years back, and spent count­less thousands of dollars on attorneys and architects in a vain attempt to end run the municipal processes ad­ministered by the Westhampton Beach Building Depart­ment, his showpiece Beach Bakery Café would've been up and running midway through the last decade, and the Main Street area would have been that much the better for it that much sooner.

By any criteria, it's a beauty! More...

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Someone... no names, please...

...seems to have gotten a little too caught up in cable AMC's "The Walking Dead" craze!

While "work safe," hereinafter prepare to be disturbed if not revolted! More...

Monday, December 02, 2013

Why I hate the media: XLVIII

It's crap like this:

Actor-comedian dies, 6 hurt in Wisconsin deer-hunting opener

Now, what is the reader to not unnaturally suppose before clicking on the link to the story? Opening day of deer sea­son, Right? Woods full of blood sport hunters? More...

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Yada Yada Yada...

...or, as we used to say in the days before "Seinfeld," blah blah blah!

Kinda makes one wonder how the Hindenburg disaster, the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor or JFK assassination would have been handled by local news channels today... More...

Friday, November 29, 2013

A week already complete

M'gawd, what a five day run for me 'n' my Detroit teams, the Red Wings (3-0-0) and the Lions, with yesterday's huge win over arch division foe Green Bay.

This afternoon Jeanne, as an early Christmas present, took me to Nassau Coliseum to see the Wings take on the Long Islanders and thoroughly man-handle them, 5-0. More...

Thursday, November 28, 2013

...made even more special...

Detroit Lions

...by the unaccustomed happenstance of the Detroit Lions... yes!, my Detroit Lions... winning on Thanks­giving Day, something they hadn't accomplished in the past ten years!

(Which is why I usually hear around this time Thanksgiving afternoon from my cousin Charlie in Sarasota, cackling obscenely and chiding me about "those pussycats.") More...

A Special Day for me us

It's Thanksgiving... but it's also the 12th anniversary of the meeting, mating and matters penultimate to Jeanne's and my matrimony much later in the decade.

(Yes, it took me that long to seal the deal!)

It happened at the New Moon Café back when Shana and Ron annually held open house for the lame, the halt, the aged, the infirm, the less-fortunate and the jus' plain alone... I enjoyed being one of the volunteers who carried meals around to the shut-ins and immobilized. More...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Richard Harrow (c 1897-1925)

Richard Harrow

It is a great tribute to the skill of the fourth gener­a­tion1 actor Jack Huston that most aficionados of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" choked back a tear when his character met his end in the Season 4 finale, "Farewell Daddy Blues," this week.

"Richard Harrow" was an expert marksman fighting on the battlefields of The Great War, and returned from Europe with the left half of his face, including an eye, shot away and his vocal chords, damaged by mustard gas, able to speak only in a raspy whisper. More...

Monday, November 25, 2013

A Warning of W-W-Winter...

...just like that, right in the middle of a sunny albeit chilly morning with Thanksgiving still several days away and me still walking around... quite comfortably... in shorts.

Natural Ice Sculpture On Our Backyard Fish Pond

That's the tiny fish pond Jeanne built a decade ago and a natural ice sculpture formed by the water jets from the aeration pump... it was built up over the weekend on the wire cover protecting our trio of goldfish from the depre­dations of the local raccoon population.

(Saw one on Griffing Avenue Friday evening that must've gone 25 pounds!)

The Winter Solstice is still 27 days away!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Fraud!

Miss Drew Barrymore

...thy name is Drew Barrymore!

I have no idea why the woman was chosen by Turner Classic Movies (cable channels #97/734 on the local system) to co-host their Saturday evening "The Essentials," but last night she exposed herself more fully than she ever did in either "Doppelganger: The Evil With­in" [NWS] or "Boys On The Side." [NWS]

It was neither attractive nor titillating! More...

Saturday, November 23, 2013

JFK + 50 - II

Dallas 1963

...being a continuation, if not a conclusion.

I think the first conspiracist to capitalize on the JFK As­sassination was attorney Mark Lane with Rush to Judgment, a 1966 volume highly critical of the Warren Commission Report's con­clusion that Lee Harvey Os­wald acted alone and not in concert with others when he fired three rounds into Dealey Plaza at 12:30pm, 22 November 1963. More...

Friday, November 22, 2013

JFK + 50 - I

I might say, "you had to have been there!"

Not in what the media termed "Camelot" (because no one I knew thought of it that way), but as a 20 year old emerging from eight stodgy years of a Dwight Eisen­hower Presidency marked by regular golf outings and a heart attack... and the almost surreal presentation1 of the 1955 Davis Cup to the victorious Australians by Vice-President Richard Nixon on black-and-white television from the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills.

Well, that's how I remember those eight years... and, of course, the Rosenburgs' executions and the early deaths of James Dean and my father.

John F. Kennedy was the first of what today we would call "a rock star," and we loved him for it... his hair, his smile, his youth, his quips and his wife, especially his wife! More...

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

O no it doesn't!

Headline on WCBS Channel 2 New York's Website:

Joan Jett’s Appearance At Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Stirs Up Controversy

The "controversy?"

Joan Jett and her band of rockers have been removed from a state's tourism float in Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade after ranchers complained about having a vegetarian and animal rights advocate representing them. More...

Monday, November 18, 2013

A sign of progress?

I spotted the upper portion of this thing as I rounded past the West­hampton Beach Post Office late this morning.

I kinda knew what it was, I just didn't know quite where it was!

As I passed the Mill Road parking lot, I located the crane at the Southeast corner of the Wald­baum's building, and a surge of hope brightened an already delightful mid-November day.

Improvements to the building were being done! More...

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Damn, but I'm starting to hate ESPN!

And it's apparently all Jeremy Lin's fault!

Remember the suspension of one on-air personality, Max Bretos, and the firing of another for use, in an innocuous way, of the word "chink" in reports about the play of the Asian-American guard, then with the New York Knicks.

Well, Lin may have moved on to Houston, but the political correctness watchdogs at ESPN still have his back. More...

Saturday, November 16, 2013

I don't think so!

From yesterday afternoon's updated 27East story about the Quogue Bridge repairs project:

"Built in 1940, the drawbridge is inspected biannually by the county and has been moving up the priority list since its last round of renovations some 15 or 20 years ago, Mr. Hillman said on Friday afternoon."

(That would be Bill Hillman, chief engineer of the Suffolk County Department of Public Works.)

I make that closer to 25-30 years ago, and it was a complete rebuild.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Speaking of 'offensive...'

...OtBB would direct attention to today's Southampton Press Western Edition Letter to the Editor signed by one Brenda Simmons who identifies herself as "Chair, African-American Museum of the East End, Southampton."

Captioned "Join The Conversation" and belatedly inviting readers to attend last Thursday's...

"...opening night of the eighth annual Black Film Festival..."

...Ms. Simmons attempts to equate the blatantly More...

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Checking out Speonk's latest dining spot

La Copa Dorada

When we went West to revisit the Trackside Cafe (terrific!) last month, Jeanne and I noticed that the old Trolly Barn was up and running as La Copa Dorada, so following a harrow­ing 133 minute early show at the Hampton Arts for "12 Years a Slave last Saturday," we headed to Speonk.

Whatever we might have anticipated, it wasn't! More...

Monday, November 11, 2013

Thank you for your service!

Veteran's Day graphic

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The inadequacy of automated anything!

No to Wounded Warrior Project

I don't care whether it's a "robo-call" such as those which had kept my 'phone ringing in the weeks leading up to last Tuesday's election...

(O how I loved getting a recorded message from George Pataki, Tim Bishop and Nancy Pelosi so I could bellow into the mouthpiece until the dogs hid behind the couch!)

...or an E-mail such as just received from Steven Nardizzi, Executive Director of the Wounded Warrior Project. More...

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Are they freakin' serious?

From today's Southampton Press Western Edition, page 13:

"Injectable day?" Color me appalled!

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

So the polls have closed...

...but some questions remain:

Why are these women smiling?

Nancy Graboski, Linda Kabot, Ann Nowak

Why did Brad Bender come out now?

From 27East:

"There's a lot of people that worked really hard and did a lot for our team, and I want to thank my husband, Larry, who did my website and my Facebook [page]..."

Mr. Bender will not be the first homosexual on the South­amp­ton Town Board, just the first one open about it... after the election.

It wasn't a big secret, but why now, Brad? OtBB would've supported you either way.

Monday, November 04, 2013

Marking the 2013 Ballot - II

...and trying to find someone new to the Town Ballot who has chosen to forego the commonplace "preserve our way of life" or "protect our natural resources" platitudes, and of­fered up a promising solution to a genuine issue.

Alas, I look in vain!

And it's not due to a lack of issues at any strata! More...

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Marking the 2013 Ballot - I

This has been a remarkable election season... has anyone noticed the large amounts money spent on certain cam­paigns that one would think wouldn't ordinarily warrant such expenditures?

Sure, the Superintendent of Highways always garners sig­nificant campaign contributions from businesses who seek to be rewarded with lucrative contracts for paving and construction materials... that's been common practice for more than a century. More...

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Tonight's the night...

...when we need to remember to change our chronometers to accom­modate Standard Time and bid farewell, for the time being, to Daylight Saving Time.

So, "Fall Back" 'til March 9, 2014 when we "Spring Forward."

Friday, November 01, 2013

Linda Kabot lost me today...

Updated Monday, November 04, 2013 – 17:50pm

...when I opened the mail and found a hand-addressed envelope with a single sheet of paper, one side of which ex­cerpted this week's East End Independ­ent endorsement of the Kabot candidacy for Southampton Town Supervisor which read, in part:

"The circumstances surrounding Kabot's DWI arrest four years ago still rankle us and it likely cost her the elec­tion. We believe then, and we believe now, that it was a set-up, and her subsequent acquittal proves that1."

Indy editor Rick Murphy is welcome to his beliefs2 no mat­ter how crack-pot they may be, but it was the Kabot More...

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Some of the funniest photos...

...(of the Halloween variety) I've ever seen were taken inside Nightmares Fear Factory of Niagara Falls, Canada...

Girls at Nightmares Fear Factory

All right, so they're a bunch of silly young girls, and More...

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Congratulations to the Red Sox...

...or as my diehard Fenway friends of yore, John Shotwell and Peter Harrold, used to call them, the Red Flops... and that was decades before Bill Buckner had his notorious mishap at first base in 1986.

What few seem to have noticed is that Boston has just won its third World Championship in the past ten years... that's approaching dynasty status!

And one other thing... the Red Sox success this season after finishing last in their division a year ago means that their 2012 manager, Bobby Valentine, will never manage another major league game in his life!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Hurricane Sandy +1

Yeah, I know... the Government, in league with the insur­ance industry, wants it known as "Superstorm Sandy," but I was here and I know what we lived through.

I also know what I've lived through from "Carol" in '54 through Isabel in '03, and they were all hurricanes, damnit!

And if anyone thinks I'm being strident about it, I know people in Breezy Point who will be happy to punch More...

Sunday, October 27, 2013

I was sure the fat lady had sung...

...when the Detroit Lions turned the ball over on downs with 68 seconds remaining and the Dallas Cowboys leading 27-24.

I snapped off the TV set and moped around the house for several minutes before deciding to watch one of my birthday DVDs to try to get my mind off the Lions' second straight loss at home to a team the bookmakers had made the underdog.

O me of little faith! More...

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Change it up, for the love of Pete Reiser!

I've had it with Fox Network's baseball announcers Jack Buck and Tim McCarver... especially the latter with his endless didactic condescension!

I admit that I'm spoiled, having grown up in the New York area when there were three... count'em, three!... major league baseball teams playing here, and all three of'em had top notch announcers calling their games on the radio.

We were all spoiled by the great voices of Red Barber, Mel Allen, Vin Scully, Russ Hodges, Curt Gowdy and More...

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Morris 'Bill' Mazer (1920-2013)

Bill Mazer from his days on WKBW in Buffalo, circa 1954

I am diminished.

One of the most listenable "sports talk" radio personalities I've ever had to pleasure of tuning into, passed away today at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut, ten days shy of his 93rd birthday.

Bill Mazer was, in fact, "the father of New York sports talk radio," in 1964 launching a "late drive" call-in show over WNBC (660 am, now WFAN) that single-handedly moved me off AM Rock 'n' Roll1 and kept my car radio dial on the same station for the past 48 years. More...

You know what really irks me?

2013 World Series logo

The 109th World Serious starts this evening... and yes, it irks me no end that my Dodgers won't be repre­sent­ing the National League when the first pitch is thrown.

That, however, is a matter of partisan pique... what I con­sider shameful was exemplified by a USA Today headline dur­ing the NL Division Series earlier this month: More...

Friday, October 18, 2013

That didn't work out so well...

Dodgers logo

Two axioms were reinforced this evening:

  1. The best pitcher in the National League, Clayton Kershaw, hasn't ever been able to beat the St. Louis Cardinals.
  2. His team, the Los Angeles Dodgers... my Los Angeles Dodgers... don't hit worth a tinker's damn when their ace is pitching! More...

Why is '70' the magic number?

Got an advocacy call Thursday morning, not for a candidate or a party, but for Proposition #6 on November's ballot:

"The proposed amendment to the Constitution, amend­ing sections 2 and 25 of article 6, would increase the maximum age until which certain state judges may serve as follows: More...

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Wonderful!

Arthur's catch in Costa Rica

"Awful Arthur," who passed away in March in Playa Dominicalito, Costa Rica, has made me laugh out loud from beyond the grave.

To a brief notice in today's South­ampton Press Western Edition an­nouncing Arthur DiPietro's memorial service next Friday at 10:30 am at Westhampton Presbyterian Church, was added...

"The next day, in a private ceremony, Mr. DiPietro's ashes will be spread on a striped bass blitz off Montauk Point, as requested in his will, after which everyone in attendance will fish."

Nicely played, Arthur, nicely played.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Whew, Ryu!

Hyun-Jin Ryu

Hyun-Jin Ryu, Los Angeles Dodgers... my Los Angeles Dodgers... 26-year-old rookie left-hander from Incheon, South Korea, that is.

"Whew!" because Los Angeles, behind their one-two punch aces, Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, had left St. Louis in a 0-2 hole. More...

Memo to Costas: 'Bob, butt out!'

I've long expressed the belief that sideline sports wonk Bob Costas is an über-weenie who has managed to impose himself and his bleeding social views into his broadcasts.

In recent years he's used his electronic media as a bully pulpit to blather about how he considered Mike Schmitt "greatest Phillies player ever" when he'd never seen Robin Roberts play, or to dither about gun control following the firearms murder-suicide by the Kansas City Chief's Jovan Belcher last December. More...

Sunday, October 13, 2013

What a couple of games!

I knew the final score of Game 2 of the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers... my Los Angeles Dodgers... and the St. Louis Cardinals the moment Jon Jay lifted a fly to mid left field with one out and David Freese on third base.

Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford has a weak and not very accurate arm, and as Freese crossed home plate with the only run of the game, the throw bounced in, more toward the pitchers' mound than home. More...

Friday, October 11, 2013

Remember 'Kiki' Camarena?

Enrique 'Kiki' Camarena (July 26, 1947 – February 9, 1985)

I knew instantly who he was when I saw the name in the news early this morning... and not because of the cheap-jack and fanciful 1990 three-part NBC mini-series.

I remember the name Enrique "Kiki" Camarena because of the extraordinarily gruesome details of his 1985 kidnapping, torture and execution at the hands of a Mexican drug cartel and police officers in their employ, and the efforts of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and Justice Department to effect some measure of justice on those responsible. More...

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

The Pineapple Delivers

Dodgers logo

For more than two full seasons, each time Juan Uribe came to the plate for the Los Angeles Dodgers... my Dodgers... I would despair!

Under the pre-Stan Karsten/"Magic" Johnson regime, Uribe was one of the worst signings ever by Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti, when the third baseman was inked to a three-year, $21 million contract after a 2010 season in which he won a World Serious with arch rival San Francisco while batting .248 with 24 home runs and 85 runs batted in. More...

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Hell on AMC

Or, if my suspicions are correct, to hell with AMC!

It's been decades since I got into a TV Western... probably not since "The Rifleman" and "Have Gun, Will Travel" (or as we dubbed it, "Have Traveled, Will Gun... Anyone"), but cable AMC quietly launched just such a series in 2011 which somehow caught, and kept, my interest. More...

Friday, October 04, 2013

What's wrong with these political ads?

I first noticed it several weeks back, but this week's edition of The Southampton Press confirmed it for me... all but one one of this November's candidates for Town office, are re­luctant to identify their political affiliation!

From this week's Southampton Press

In the first section of the Western Edition, I count More...

Thursday, October 03, 2013

October Village Board Meeting

Even with the presence of Developer Andrew "just add two words" Mendelson and his new BFF, former Trustee Joan Levan, the regular monthly meeting of the Westhampton Beach Village Board went off almost without a hitch this evening, and in near record time.

(The Over/Under was 13 minutes, and it concluded at the 7:12 pm mark, which included several minutes of emergency field repairs of Black Sheep Television's recording equipment.) More...

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

The new 'responsibility'...

...is that it's always someone else's fault, and that someone is who needs to pay for it!

By now most everyone with a computer and Internet access has probably seen the 6½ minute helmet cam footage of the motorcyclists chasing a family in a Range Rover on the West Side Drive:

Exactly what started this herky-jerky 50 block More...

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

So, you can't get enough of...

..."Breaking Bad" even though the 62 episode series has wrapped?

There's always this specially packaged "Breaking Bad: The Complete Series" being released November 26th...

All this can be yours for just $209.99!

...the perfect Christmas gift for the BB fanatic who More...

Monday, September 30, 2013

'Breaking Bad' broke great...

"Walter White" as "Heisenberg"

...and if you haven't seen last evening's series finale of cable AMC's "Breaking Bad," be warned:

Herein be spoilers!

Spread over 62 compelling episodes, it is the story More...

Sunday, September 29, 2013

He wuz robbed!

Bryan Vera's corner should've dialed 9-1-1 as soon as the ring announcer read the scorecards and pronounced Julio César Chávez, Jr. the unanimous winner of their re-negotiated 10-round... it was supposed to be 12-rounds... 173-pound Super Middleweight fight in Carson, California last night.

The largely pro-Chávez crowd roundly boo'd the decision... they knew what they'd seen even if Judges Gwen Adair, Carla Caiz and Marty Denkin didn't. More...

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Elyse loves to whine...

Sidwalk display in front of Beach Bakery.

...about any ol' thing, par­ticularly about Code En­forcement in Westhampton Beach, and especially when she feels that it's being un­evenly or "selectively" administered.

(Which, to hear Elyse tell it, is always!)

After this weekend though, she may have a case.

Simon Jorna's display on the Village portion of the side­walk in front of Beach Bakery Cafe is going to amp up her whine to a frequency that will sterilize the frogs in Cranberry Marsh.

Detail of Simon's sidewalk display

And when she sees that Simon is competing directly... the gelato... with Shock Ice Cream, some­one had better alert the closest cardiac care unit!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Do tell?

This just in from Westhampton-Hampton Bays Patch:

Jonesey's in Westhampton Beach Closes Its Doors

So this was "gossip," eh?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

What are we, chopped liver?

Saw a little television commercial Sunday morning... not a lot of production values, minimal annimation and a less-than-catchy jingle... for Goldberg's Famous Deli in...

"Southampton ... East Hampton ... Montauk"

...and that was it, as the locations animation rolled out. No Westhampton Beach! More...

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Carolyn Cassady (1923-2013)

Carolyn Robinson Cassady in Monte Sereno, California

Her obituary ran in The New York Times yesterday...

Carolyn Cassady, Beat Generation Writer, Dies at 90

...and as with much that is run in The Times, the headline was misleading.

Consort and muse to Beat writers, yes... wife of a Beat icon, absolutely!

And later, well after most of the "Beats" had moved on, yes, a writer of a pair of memoirs: More...

Monday, September 23, 2013

You'll excuse me if I'm feelin' a little...

America's Cup

...Rip Van Winklesque at the moment, but I just happened onto the NBC Sports channel which is cable-casting the America's Cup races between challenger New Zealand and defending champion United States, and my mind boggled!

What the hell happened to the beautiful sleek 12 Meter craft sailed by yachtsmen in white ducks and striped jerseys?

What are those high-tech AC72 catamarans they are sail­ing? No more classic wooden boats?

And the crew look more like they're racing NASCAR than sail boats! The craft themselves, with all those logos plastered on them... is this really what it's come to?

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Seen on Seafield...

...just as calm and orderly as could be!

Seafield Lane, Westhampton Beach

Geese on parade. A lovely sight.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

'Tis but a wee thing perhaps...

...but I'd rather not it have been Alex Rodriguez who broke Lou Gehrig's career record for grand slam home runs.

Gehrig, "The Pride of the Yankees," was a very, very special person who also happened to be a great baseball player. "Class all the way," my father, who was not given to such encomiums, said. More...

Friday, September 20, 2013

Paying respects to Traute

There will be a memorial service for Waltraut Gordon Miller this afternoon at 1:30 pm at Westhampton Cemetery.

Traute passed away at her adopted home in Florida in May.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Un uh, not this time!

The dead from Washington's Navy Yard shooting had barely breathed their last when Senator Dianne Feinstein (D, CA) rushed before the cameras to call for stricter gun laws.

Insisting that Monday's killings were caused by a man armed with an AR-15, a shotgun, and a semiautomatic handgun, her statement read, in part: More...

Friday, September 13, 2013

Date Night

Didn't plan it our... it was all spontaneously organic and one of the most successful evenings of the year.

It began at Six Corners with Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine," which turned out to be one of the writer-director's strongest movies in years thanks to a stunning Oscar-caliber perform­ance by Cate Blanchett.

(Not a Blanchett fan here, but she's so good one can't take their eyes off her even while wincing every frame she's on screen.) More...

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I'm feelin' better about...

...my birth city (Beth Israel Hospital, Class of '40) today after seeing this news item:

Weiner, Spitzer out: Thank you New York

I haven't lived in New York City in nearly 50 years, so I really don't have any actual investment, emotional or otherwise, in the politics of the place. More...

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

What's wrong with this cover?

I have no idea of what Robin Williams and/or Sarah Michelle Geller did to incur the enmity of TV Guide's photographer or photo editor, but has anyone really looked at the cover of the current issue? More...

Monday, September 09, 2013

Desperate times on Montauk Highway

Me 'n' #141 go back a long way, almost six decades as a matter of fact, to the delightful days of Frank and Cyrus Biscardi and Papa Joe's, home of the only pizza in the Village... little matter that it was a "shell pie."

It's seen a lot of name changes over the decades, with varying degrees of success, and while the most recent incarnation, Jonesy's, née Micole's, has gone dark, it lasted four plus years over five Summers. More...

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Seems reasonable to me...

...and I don't even live in Deer Trail, Colorado (pop. 546) where clearly there is an innate distrust of, if not Govern­ment in general, then of the Administration presently inside the Beltway.

Alarmed by Attorney General Eric Holder's opinion that it would be legal to, hypothetically, of course, kill American citizens on their own soil...

(Holder expressed his opinion in a response to Senator Rand Paul [R, KY] who had asked whether the Justice Department believed President Barack Obama More...

Saturday, September 07, 2013

WHO?

This is a very recognizable face... and look:

Donatella Versace?

...but who is it really? More...

Thursday, September 05, 2013

September Village Board Meeting

Very brief monthly meeting of the Westhampton Beach Village Board this evening, and as might be expected, nothing of great consequence was decided.

Approval was given to T-Mobile NorthEast LLC, successor to Omnipoint Communications Inc., to maintain the cellular tower in the steeple at Saint Mark's Church. More...

The party's over!

Updated 09/08/2013 – 09:28 am

Shoe-Inn clears out!

I mean, not even an "End of Season Sale," just box it all up, back up the truck and take it all back to wher­ever the Shoe-Inn warehouse is located.

All of which means that the windows at 123 Main Street will soon be soaped-up or papered over.

Not a good look for the downtown area, especially while other retailers there are doing their best to keep the "season" going.

If'n they decide to return, mebbe someone can clue them in on how to spell Westhampton Beach.

Addenda

Oops! Spoke too soon! (Thank you, Jackie!)

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Tempus Fugit...

...or, but what have you done lately, Diana Nyad, née Sneed in New York City?

Yesterday, the 64-year-old endurance swimmer finally completed, on her fifth attempt, a 35-year quest to swim from Cuba to the United States without benefit of swim fins or protective shark cage.

Just now she was (briefly) a guest on CBS This Morning and was explaining to co-host Norah O'Donnell her personal mantra of "Find a way!" when Charlie Rose interrupted to tell her and the world:

"Sorry to interrupt, but we have Robert Kraft in the Green Room."

Kraft? Robert freaking Kraft?!? What has he done lately?

Monday, September 02, 2013

A story which begs for more details

Under the heading of "Anything that Happens in the Hamptons in the Summer deserves a Snappy NY Post Headline," this from July 25:

Mom’s fatal Jitney crash
Highway horror in the Hamptons

"Police would not disclose what caused the distraction and released few details on the crash."

Well, this week 27East had more, but still inadequate details in a report by Kyle Campbell: More...

Sunday, September 01, 2013

If you didn't know he was a little nuts...

Ray Lewis

...long before this, then you haven't paid much attention to the just retired Baltimore Ravens ten-time All-Pro linebacker Ray Lewis!

(If nothing else, his ritual pre-game dance had to have told you that the man's taken w-a-a-a-y too many hits to the helmet during his 17-year career!)

This, however, has got to be the capper: More...

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Getting Cable FXX

FXX logo

I was getting a little concerned after weeks of mentions of the new FXX basic cable network and still zilch from Cablevision as to whether they would be carrying it, and if so where?

The anxiety was amping up because several of the series on Cable FX which my wife and I enjoy were migrating to the new sister channel... shows like "The League" and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." More...

Friday, August 30, 2013

The ineluctable eruv battle drags on

Updated August 30, 2013 – 10:58 am

The E³A folks with their deep pockets and white shoe law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Robert Sugarman pro bono for the plaintiffs, have formally launched their next legal action, an appeal of the Southampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals denial of their application to overturn Chief Build­ing Inspector Michael Benincasa's determination that lechis necessary to define the boundaries of an eruv are signs prohibited by Town Code when posted on utility poles.

The original application asked for 28 lechis on 15 utility poles on Summit Boulevard, Montauk Highway and Tanners Neck Lane in Westhampton, and would delineate the Western-most extension of the proposed eruv chatzerot. More...

Thursday, August 29, 2013

I call 'Meadow Muffins' on...

...the NCAA and its entire "resolution" to the Johnny Manziel "autographs for pay" investigation.

The headline on the NCAA Website announcement states:

Texas A&M declares Manziel ineligible, determines he must sit half a game

...but the operative portion of the press release reads:

"Texas A&M University and the NCAA con­firmed today that there is no evidence that quarterback Johnny Manziel received money in exchange for autographs...."

Yeah? Then why the forced half-game benching More...

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

This happened in Florida as well...

...and while the circumstances were quite different, one aspect remains the same: an African-American lost his life when he confronted someone who had the means to defend himself.

Pizza Delivery Driver Stands His Ground...

...or... More...

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Mets toss in the towel...

Mets no mo' - Buck 'n' Byrd

...and the only question is what took'em so long?!?

Pirates add Byrd, Buck in deal with Mets

To be perfectly clear, the New York Metropolitans didn't throw in the towel on John Buck and Marlon Byrd, but on the 2013 season, any possibilities for which went in the toilet four weeks ago when David Wright went on the Dis­abled List with a strained hamstring. More...

Sunday, August 25, 2013

An Excess of Ostentation

Remember this? Well someone... no names or speculation... has surpassed even that Lamborghini Twin-Turbo Gallardo!

Just seen on Main Street:

Chrome-encrusted Rolls Royce on Westhampton Beach's Main Street

And with dealer plates, yet! That's like wearing an More...

Friday, August 23, 2013

'The Dream' dies at 65

Dean 'the Dream' Meminger

He was the first draft choice (#16 overall) of the World Champion New York Knickerbockers in 1971, a 6'1" All-American guard out of Marquette University where he had played for coach Al McGuire.

Late this morning Dean "the Dream" Meminger was discovered stricken and unconscious in his room at the Hamilton Heights Casablanca Hotel on Harlem's West 145th Street, where responding emergency medical personnel were unable to revive him. More...

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

August Trustees Work Session

Interesting meeting of the Westhampton Beach Village Board this evening in which the hallmark of the Moore Administration was established with the appointment of long-time Joan Levan buttboy Ralph Neubauer to the vacancy on the Planning Board he once chaired.

The import of this might be lost on anyone who hasn't been following municipal affairs over the past seven years:

  1. The Dowager Empress of Oneck is still calling some important shots within the Village. More...

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

"Dutch" (1925-2013

Elmore 'Dutch' Leonard

My flag is at half-staff today.

Inarguably the greatest author of crime fiction over the past 45 years, Elmore "Dutch" Leonard passed away this morning in his adopted home of Bloomfield Vill­age, Michigan at age 87.

It would've been longer except that the man didn't delve into the crime genre 'til the late '60s, hav­ing begun his writing career with westerns and actually enjoying some success, selling three of those tales, "The Tall T," "3:10 to Yuma" (both 1957) and "Hombre" (1967), to Hollywood.

Many of his crime novels, starting with "The Big Bounce" in 1969, were also made into movies, some more successfully than others, but probably his widest recognition and acclaim came with cable FX's "Justified," set to start it's fifth season this January.

Leonard had suffered a stroke on July 29 while working on his 49th novel.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Me? I'll pass!

Keith Olbermann

Just caught up with the news that the stridently "progressive" Keith Olbermann, having sufficiently groveled in sack cloth and ashes before the lairds of Bristol, Connecticut, is being allowed to return to ESPN in an eponymously entitled show launching one week from tonight at 11:00 pm on ESPN2.

Wow! Here's a clown who worked for the cable sports giant from 1992 to 1997, left in a very public spat while biting the hands that had fed him for five years... going so far as to call ESPN "the bush leagues." More...

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Little things that make me go urp, #32

August 2013 cover of 'Avenue'

From the current issue of Avenue's "On The Beach" slick-zine, page 85, a puff-piece on a cosmetics heiress:

"...Alex Chantecaille is constantly circumventing the globe."

Now I am all about the creative use of language, and interesting and hope­fully entertaining word forms, but a malaprop is a malaprop, and there's no circumventing the fact that profile author Haley Friedlich, listed on the masthed as "Senior Editor" no less, was out of her depth and was struggling for "circumnavi­gating," and her own editor was too busy peering at photos of all the pretty people to back-stop her.

Urp!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Campaign 2013 – I

Term-limited Southampton Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi gets to anchor this series by dint of the fact that his was the first campaign literature I retrieved from my mailbox, a letter dated August 7, 2013.

He's running for the Suffolk County 2nd District Legislative seat presently held by Jay Schneiderman, and while I don't know Nuzzi well... we've met around the Village on occa­sion... I find him an affable enough fellow, but have grave concerns about his public service record. More...

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A harbinger of renewal

Anyone who's been through the intersection of Mill Road and Sunset Avenue over the past six days has to have noticed there's something happening there, and that it appears as if the long-delayed remodeling and construction along the West side of Sunset Avenue between the Astoria Federal Savings property and Mill, has started for fair.

(i.e., those holding out hope for the reopening of the bowling alley are out of luck.) More...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

On the other side of it...

Los Angeles Dodgers logo

...for a change, and what a glorious change it's been for this long-time Dodgers fan over the past 7½ weeks.

On June 21st, the Los Angeles team, which for the past 13 months has been spending money like the Yankees under George Steinbrunner, lost to the San Diego Padres and fell to 30-42, 9½ games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League Western Division. More...

Monday, August 12, 2013

Say Wha-at?!?

Floyd D. Weatherspoon

From Capital University Professor Floyd D. Weatherspoon's perspective on Paula Deen's use of the "N" word:

"...African-Americans should be focused on why there is a shortage of Black doctors in our community, yet the NBA finals and draft were dominated by highly-skilled African-American male basketball players."

Several responses spring readily to mind, but eschewing any snark, I got this one. More...

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Corny stunt, but she was a cutie

Hadn't thought of her in ages when I saw the news last night:

Singer Eydie Gorme dies at 84

One cannot hear her name without thinking of husband (and performing partner) Steve Lawrence, and the trick she and the producers of a nearly forgotten popular CBS Sunday evening television show played on him on September 29, 1963.

Well, see for yourselves when Gorme signed in (as Gormé) as the mystery guest on "What's My Line" when Lawrence was one of the panelists.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

And coming in for the 9th inning save...

...the greatest of all-time, Mariano Rivera, needing three outs to hold the Yankees 3-1 lead over the red-hot Detroit Tigers and secure the win Friday night.

Not an easy task, but #42 in pinstripes... the last #42 forever1 in the major leagues... has for 19 seasons proved equal to the challenge a record 643 out of 719 times.

Make that 720 opportunities... after a one-out double to Austin Jackson, he got Torii Hunter to ground out before facing the most feared hitter in baseball over the past two seasons, third baseman Miguel Cabrera. More...

It's a wrap!

As discussed Tuesday, cable Starz pulled the plug on "Magic City" last evening after a 16 episode, two season run.

"Magic City" title art

But unlike other recent series like Starz' "Boss," AMC's "Rubicon," FX's "Terriers" and HBO's "Luck," show­runner Mitch Glazer must have had an inkling that his baby was "on the bubble" and a serious candidate for not being renewed. More...

Friday, August 09, 2013

Karen Black (1939–2013)

Karen Black

News last night of Karen Black's passing following a 33-month battle with am­pul­lary cancer, caused an anguished utterance from this seat... she had been a personal favorite for almost half-a-century.

Statuesque... although only 5'7"... and always with a head rich with wavy hair... rarely the same color in two successive films... she was an iconic counter-culture figure of the late '60s and throughout the '70s with roles in films as diverse as More...

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Who did it?

<jimmy cagney>Whooooo did it?</jimmy cagney>

No, not "Who stole my rubber tree plant?," but which political organization commissioned the sophomoric telephone poll currently being conducted throughout Southampton Town? More...

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Ever-Valid Advice

In the time-honored tradition of parents to their progency, "be careful who you get in bed with" are cautionary words which should endure through life.

(And they were offered long before HIV began ravag­ing the land.)

But the warning should extend far beyond the realm of sex­ually transmitted diseases, and to whatever part of his mind young "Johnny Football" consigned such advice, he More...

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Drat!

Well, there goes my sole Friday evening Guilty Pleasure!

Starz Cancels ‘Magic City’ After Two Seasons

Was the series great television? Far from it! More...

Monday, August 05, 2013

Jack O'Connell watch

Remember my friend Jack O'Connell, the bartender-turned-actor, last seen as a recurring character on CBS' "Blue Bloods" and in "Men in Black 3?"

Jack O'Connell as "Mr. Hartman"

Jack's battered "map o'Ireland" mug debuted this More...

Friday, August 02, 2013

E³A's losses mount

"...baby better come back later next week
'Cause you see I'm on a losing streak"
– Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Satisfaction

That's kinda the way it's been going for the East End Eruv Association when they attempt to make their case before judges and municipal boards, contrary to the braying brag­gadocio of attorney/spokesperson Marvin Tanzer. More...

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Anyone notice...

JC Penney

...the weird flaw in the current ("july 31-august 10") JC Penney mailer?

At first I thought the model was smoking an over-sized cigarette.

Detail

Upon closer examination, and after running the More...

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Dog Days of August have again...

...visited us early this Summer, and despite a brief respite Friday and Saturday... I was wearing a heavy hoodie and my Uggs around the house... they are back with a ven­geance! In witness whereof:

Gracie and Rosco, plotz'd in the study

As I have long maintained, the fluky weather extremes won't stabilize 'til they put the rocks back on the moon!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

It's Tour de Pour day...

Mark Raynor. 1954-2012

...throughout Westhampton Beach, an eminently worthy endeavor honoring the late Deputy Mayor Mark Raynor and supporting The Lustgarten Foundation's mission of advancing scientific and med­ical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pan­creatic cancer, the disease which stilled Mark's soft but powerful voice last September 11th.

His son Jimmy created a brief video about last year's event and his dad's services, and 27East has a feature outlining today's third annual bar crawl pedal.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Fiddling about while Detroit burns

"Fiddle about   Fiddle about   Fiddle about!"
– John Entwistle, Uncle Ernie

Detroit City Council spends time weighing in on Zimmerman case, puts Motor City issues on back burner

"Detroit's City Council has come under fire for More...

Friday, July 26, 2013

Vos Iz Neias?

OtBB'll tell you "what's news!" The Rabbi is blowing smoke up his own backside again, iz neias, according to "the Voice of the Orthodox Jewish Community," cannibalizing a story from Wednesday's New York Times:

Mayoral Candidates Vie For Bookings At Westhampton Beach's Hampton Synagogue

Really? There's oft a slip 'tween headline and text. More...

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A l'il sum'tin Cablevision...

...subscribers might find useful... I certainly did!

I was watching television late one evening when, without warning, the sound quit. No flicker, no flash, no clap of thunder over the Riverhead Plains... just silence!

The image on the screen was still there in vibrant color, and the closed caption was displaying, so there was dialogue, I just couldn't hear it.

Fearing the worst, I dropped a pair of scissors on More...

Monday, July 22, 2013

I'm disgusted!

Screw Ryan Braun and the PEDs with which he attained his "greatness" and won the 2011 National League Most Valu­able Player award!

Shortly after his being named MVP, it was also revealed that Braun had failed a routine drug test, and was to be suspend­ed for the first 50 games of the 2012 baseball season.

Braun immediately proclaimed his innocence and announced that he was appealing the results of the drug test. More...

Martin-Zimmerman, in 10:19

Still confused about the outcome of the trial of George Zimmerman, charged with the homicide of "unarmed" 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, the "son" that President Barack Obama could have had?

This 10:19 video does an excellent job of summing up of the 17 month series of events, from the shooting death of an African-American teenager to the Not Guilty verdict by a six woman jury in Seminole County, Florida. More...

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Wow!

That's it, just "Wow!," the reference being Simon Jorna's newly remodeled and expanded Beach Bakery Cafe.

Neither Gloria Seely nor Bob Strebel would recognize their old place... didn't have my camera with me so I couldn't take a photo.

I'm glad... 'cause you have to see it for yourself.

Friday, July 19, 2013

If I had thought Joe Biden was an idiot...

"Get a shotgun, get a shotgun!" says noted self-defense expert Joe Biden.

...then Jeffrey Barton, 52, of Vancouver, Washington, is an even bigger one for following the Vice-President's absurd and dangerous advice on home defense last February!

"...if there's ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony here - walk out, put that double barrel shot gun and fire two blasts outside the house...."

...guaranteeing that this would stop anyone from coming into their home.

What Scattergun Joe neglected to add was that anyone following his recommendation would probably result in an arrest, as happened this week to Mr. Barton.

Love to see this go to trial and Biden put on the stand as a witness for the defense.

"Buy a shotgun, buy a shotgun!" indeed!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Shocker from 'The Bays'

It is with considerable dysphoria that Mrs. Speir and I learned from this morning's Southampton Press Western Edition that one of our two very most favorite Italian res­tau­rants has shut its door and switched off the lights.

Recast as "Rino's Trattoria and Pizzeria" when the business changed hands in early 2012, we knew it simply as "John's," and patronized it before or after attending a movie at the multiplex next door, eschewing the commonplace strip mall pizza counter to take a table in the modest-sized dining room in the rear. More...

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

July Village Board Work Session

Despite the oppressive temperature without, within the Westhampton Beach Village Board Work Session agenda was discharged coolly and leisurely in just under an hour this evening... probably because no one was in a rush to leave the climate-controlled meeting room.

Topics discussed included:

  1. The setting up of an emergency shelter at More...

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Stick a fork in it, Sookie, you're done!

Barely 30 minutes after I'd decided that one of cable HBO's Sunday evening staples was w-a-a-a-y past the point of shark jumping, this alarming headline presented itself:

'True Blood' renewed for seventh season

It is insufficient to describe this Louisiana-based explora­tion of the outré and the occult as a "hot mess;" the series is unredeemably awful and worse, incomprehensible. More...

Monday, July 15, 2013

I mean, really, how could KTUV-TV...

...not know what they were putting out over the public airwaves in the aftermath of July 6th's fatal Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport?

Watching coverage of the crash, I was struck by how little information was being reported about the accident... in today's electronic and digital immediaverse, while all is not instantly known, what passes for news, flows freely. More...

Sunday, July 14, 2013

So, what do I know?

OtBB's closing assertion in the previous entry:

"...while some have speculated that United States Attorney General Eric Holder may now seek to bring a Civil Rights Action as NAACP President Benjamin Jealous immediately demanded, he'd be a fool to even try... there would be a race war that would spread beyond the borders of Florida."

Silly me! More...

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Beating a stacked deck

George Zimmerman had almost everything going against him, from the local prosecuter's office to the main stream media, even The White House.

What he had going for him, was the forensic evidence and the truth. More...

Suspicions Confirmed!

Remember Nancy Grace, that wretched wench with the accent that would embarrass even someone living in the deepest recesses of Southern-most Appalachia?

Well, here she is, unadorned... and no!, not nekkid, just as her natural everyday self! More...

Friday, July 12, 2013

Gotta know the turf!

Almost forget... with the General Election just less than four months away, Southampton Town's Silly Season is upon us.

It's been kinda quiet so far... Linda Kabot's early announce­ment and then blessing by the almost irrelevant Town GOP was one item, but then almost nothing.

'Til now... More...

Thursday, July 11, 2013

[¡El sigh!]

Señor Angelo de la Fuente is at it again on this week's Letters page of The Southampton Press Western Edition, chiding Westhampton Beach Mayor Conrad Teller for his appointment of Ralph Urban as Deputy Mayor, terming it "an insult to village residents and taxpayers."

The diminutive Castilian confabulator concludes his screed: More...

Why I hate News12LI - #48

It's not just because they're awful... that's pretty much undisputed... but because news12li is forever and endlessly promoting themselves as "Long Island's own," yet their field correspondents, talking heads, producers and editors are nothing more than sloppy when it comes to familiarity with...

("Wait for it," as Radar O'Reilly used to say...) More...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

What m'daughter's doing...

...please disregard the misspelling of the family name.

Can ol' dad be more proud? (See: FrostBites.)

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

The best my birth city has to offer?

This strains credulity!

Disgraced ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer re-enters politics in NYC comptroller bid

This, less than seven weeks after disgraced Democratic ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner decided that he should seek the office of New York City Mayor! More...

Monday, July 08, 2013

We are revolted!

This just popped up via Google Alerts:

Suri Cruise enjoys a day out at the beach with mum Katie Holmes

Here's the revolting stuff: More...

Saturday, July 06, 2013

What foolishness is this?

Found in stacks scattered about the Village...

"On The Beach"edition of Avenue

They dare call title this issue of Avenue Magazine, "On The Beach?" Cheeky! Very cheeky. More...

Friday, July 05, 2013

And whose vehicle can this be...

Levan Vehicle in Handicapped parking space at 74 Main Street

...parked in the space in front of the Performing Arts Center Box Office, sporting a Handicapped Permit issued to her husband who passed away more than eight (8) months ago.

In New York State, the requirements for such a Permit are quite straight forward: More...

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Mister Opening Day Matinee and his...

...faithful Northern Mediterranean movie-going companion Ronnie Avallone1, took in today's first showing of "The Lone Ranger" at the Hampton Arts.

Did it meet my primary requirement? Absolutely... three times in all... and they didn't shilly-shally as the familiar strains of Gioacchino Rossini's most famous overture filled the auditorium before the end of the first reel. More...

Can we get one, too? Huh? Huh?

"Dad, can we get a dog? Huh? Huh? Please?"

(Daughter Pegs, circa 1985, mimicking "Rudy Huxtable" of "The Cosby Show.")

Now that the New York State of Department of Environ­mental Conservation has confirmed that the photo farmer Richard Wesnofske snapped with his iPhone in his Water Mill potato field last week is in fact a coyote (Canis latrans)...

Canis latrans

...Jeanne wants one for our neighborhood!

"Damned deer have eaten everything I've ever planted as well as the yew trees your grandmother planted in 1930! Enough!"

She's serious! "They don't have a natural predator? Let's see if Darwin is still relevant in 2013!"

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

"Return with us now...

...to those thrilling days of yesteryear!"

It all comes back to me with ease...

"With his faithful Indian companion Tonto, the daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains, led the fight for law and order in the early West."

Tomorrow, The Lone Ranger again rides onto countless screens across the country and around the world. More...

Monday, July 01, 2013

2013 Organizational Meeting

The annual meeting of the Westhampton Beach Village Board for the purposes of appointments and designation was held in record time this evening... 16 minutes... and would have been shorter had not an audience member posed two questions.

There was only one (mild) surprise, that of the naming of second year Trustee Ralph Urban as Deputy Mayor, sup­planting re-elected Trustee Hank Tucker in that position. More...

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Can the high Summer season...

...be far behind when something like this is seen on Main Street?

Lamborghini "El Matador"

It was a "chrome-wrapped" custom Lamborghini Twin-Turbo Gallardo (a/k/a "El Matador") parked across from The Post Stop Cafe... and naturally, proprietrix Sandy Patterson and I had to grab photos of the flashy 1,500hp/$248,000 beast. More...

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The 'Adnarim Statement'

"Adnarim" (ad·NAH·rim) – a 2010 coinage by Bloomfield Press1 book publisher Alan Korwin to describe the pre­emptive recitation of one's Fifth Amendment rights im­mediately upon interacting with anyone in the law enforcement community.

Simply put, one shouldn't wait for the police to deliver a Miranda Warning...

"You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. Do you understand the rights I have just read to you? With these rights in mind, do you wish to speak to me?" More...

Monday, June 24, 2013

What's wrong with this picture?

Saturday, June 22, 2013 – 4:10 pm... 113 Main Street.

Closed up tighter than Joan Rivers' face-lift!

There used to be a very active pub here, 18/7/363¼.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

I have nothing for Paula Deen...

...one way or the other, but for the love of Ina Garten, where the hell is the Food Network's forgiveness? I mean, it's not like she went on an "N-word" rant in the middle of a live broadcast!

I'm not even all that familiar with the 21st Century Renais­sance woman... cook/cooking show host, author, actress, restaurateur and Emmy-winning television personality... from Albany, Georgia, but unless you've been slaving over a hot stove for the past several days, one has to know Paula Deen's been in the media scandal sheets of late. More...

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Villagers having voted...

...have seen fit to keep the three stooges voting bloc intact for at least another year.

Uncertified results of the 2013
Village of Westhampton Beach Election
Office Candidate Row Votes
Trustee Patricia DiBenedetto A 246  
Trustee Hank Tucker A 242  
Trustee Toni-Jo Birk B 214  

Interestingly, current Deputy Mayor Tucker received the same number of votes as he did in the 2011 Village Elec­tion, so he seems to have retained his hard corps constituency.

Write-in votes were also tabulated for Clint Greenbaum, the blogger, Mickey Mouse and Simon Jorna.

Laissez les bon temps roulez....

Issues

In reflecting on the last six Village Board elections, it was less about who was running and more about an issue of the moment which carried the election... and after I came within a solitary legitimate vote of keeping Joan Levan from being re-elected in 2007, she has become a wizard of the wedge issue in Westhampton Beach.

The next two years it was all eruv all the time, the Ortho­dox gift which kept on giving... though the Empress of Oneck created Shame On Waldbaums.com which ultimately proved unnecessary despite the fact that she was still More...

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Uh oh, don't look now...

Lohan mug shot

...but the Lindsay Lohan let's-stay-out-of-the-slammer rehab tour may be headed back this way.

Not that she's been this way before, but there was all this hot chatter several months ago about "La Lo Lo" putting into the Seafield Center for Right Living, Rest and Rehabilitation for a 90-day stay, but as predicted here, that fizzled almost as fast as it flamed. More...

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Do we really need another...

...titillation and, hot on the heels of the latest "oops!" Jimmy Hoffa excavation, fail?

Former investigators 'break silence' about NTSB cover-up of TWA Flight 800 crash

And just this week there has been a stir about missing-since-before-I-was-born aviatric Amelia Earhart.

What next? Judge Joseph Force Crater, age 124, dis­covered living atop a mountain peak in Nepal?

Sunday, June 16, 2013

A very most excellent...

...Father's Day with lotsa cards, including one each from Gracie and Rosco, a nice chatty 'phone call from the son-in-heir in Vancouver, a snappy shirt from Down Under from two of my step-children, and a c*a*r*e package from Whistler of my daughter's special cordial syrups.

(OtBB previewed Peggy's and Martyn's "Frost Bytes" enterprise last month.) More...

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Cowabunga!, wash 'n' dry Bob!

Anyone been to the laundromat section of Strebel's Laundry in the past several months?

It still carries the name of the Strebel family, and the More...

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

And so my watch begins...

...in eager anticipation awaiting Season 4 of HBO's superb Sunday evening series, "A Game of Thrones."

*** Here be Spoilers! *** Here be Spoilers! ***

After the shocking carnage of the previous week's finale, the current episode:

  • Reunited the incestuous Lannister twins, Queen Cersei and (less his good right hand) Kingslayer Jamie, who hadn't seen one another since Season One; More...

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

This is about as stoopid...

...as stupid can get!

States look to tax hybrid and electric car owners to recoup road funding

"North Carolina is joining a growing number of states ex­ploring new fees for hybrid and electric car owners to help make up for revenue those drivers aren't paying in gas taxes on their fuel-efficient vehicles." More...

Monday, June 10, 2013

Pusillanimity, Part II

The following was forwarded to me by an OtBB irregular after reading Saturday's entry about the Maryland second-grader who was suspended for nibbling a break­fast pastry into what seemed to the elementary school administration was the shape of a gun.

Kindergartener interrogated over cap gun until he pees his pants, then suspended 10 days

"Dowell Elementary principal Jennifer L. Young told the kindergartener's mother that things would have been even worse had the toy gun been loaded with caps. In that case, the school would have regarded the plaything as an explosive and called the police." More...

Sunday, June 09, 2013

My daughter loves her...

...Canadian Health Care, but is less than enthusiastic about her adopted country's gas pump prices:

Canadian gasoline Pump

For thems what require equivalents, one Canadian Dollar ($1.00) equals 97¢ American, and 71.994 liters is 19.019 U.S. gallons.

Her purchase of just under 20 gallons came to $97.00.

Saturday, June 08, 2013

An epidemic of pusillanimity

It was 20 years ago this Fall that my friend Jeffrey Snyder caused quite a stir, flogged primarily by George Will in News­week, with his essay "A Nation of Cowards."

Initially published in the Fall 1993 issue of The Public Interest, Jeff's monograph later evolved into an eponymous book of essays, and it is the thesis of the most celebrated one which tends to stay with the reader. More...

Thursday, June 06, 2013

June Village Board Meeting

It was a substantive meeting this evening and one remark­ably free of political posturing considering that the 2013 Village Board election is just 15 days away... and yes, all three candidates were in attendance.

First up was what amounted to Local Law "housekeeping," as Chapters 123 and 178 of the Village Code were amend­ed to, respectively, make it illegal to switch Beach stickers be­tween vehicles, and to allow ticketing of sloppily parked ve­hicles... i.e., taking up more than one space! More...

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

There's a new fire house on the way...

...as 286 voters of the Westhampton Beach Fire District turned out to approve a $15.7 million bond issue which will allow the current structure to be razed and a modern facility to be built in the same location on Sunset Avenue.

"No" votes were cast by 156 of the 442 district residents who marked their ballots the old-fashioned way, with a pen on a plain sheet of white paper. More...

De mortuis nihil nisi bonum

Updated 06/11/2013 – 12:19 pm

In the case of New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg, who died yesterday at age 89, however, it's difficult not to.

Never mind discovered trying to take, at public expense, his mistress on a junket to Israel, in 1997 he sponsored legis­la­tion, subsequently enacted as the "Lauten­berg Law" (18 USC § 922) making anyone who "has been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence," a pro­hibited person in respect to possession of a firearm. More...

Monday, June 03, 2013

Sherin's Seafood Market...

...another in OtBB's on-going "Used and Useful" series of commercial establishments in the Westhampton Beach area which have been pulled back from the brink of demised prem­ises status.

(See also Like to see this happen... and Another step in the right direction...) More...

Sunday, June 02, 2013

This is who we elect!

Linda Rosenthal

(I write "we" in the general sense.)

It's very difficult to write about this woman without coming off as a mi­sogynist and/or an anti-Semite, but her public display of stupidity has me on the edge of both, simmering for the past ten weeks. More...

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Connie Cyrta (1942-2013)

I hadn't seen Connie Cyrta in over half-a-century, and I didn't really know her... she was several years behind me and I hadn't attended any school here after 5th Grade... but I just came across her obit notice on 27East and uttered a spontaneous "Damn!"

I used to see her, a trim pretty little thing with a mildly olive complexion, walking... always with great purpose... along Oak Street, and if she noticed my Larkspur Blue '57 Chevy convertible and looked up, she smiled the type of smile that made boys my age drive off the road and narrowly miss a tree.

I doubt that she ever turned her head to signal any sort of invitation, but O that smile!

Friday, May 31, 2013

'Gutless' gets back to us...

...a week late and one or more testicles short. And very neatly confirms my original point, that the garden variety local, no matter how exercised about a subject, is patho­logically fearful of standing up and speaking out.

This morning's (uncorrected) E-missive from "ann ommi­nus" ("annyomminus@hotmail.com") reads: More...

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Never mind what the Gummit sez...

...today, May 30, is the real Memorial Day, and the one I've observed my entire life. Three day weekends are nice, but how 'bout tradition?

And in honor of that tradition, OtBB will share an image and a relevant bit of recent history: More...

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

O, well...

Detroit Red Wings

They were an "old" team this year, and had to scramble to win the final four games of the abbreviated regular season just to make it into the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Red Wings came back from down 3-2 in the opening round against the Anaheim Ducks who had the third best record in the NHL, and had Chicago fans walking about for the past six days with that white rictus of fear around their mouths, but couldn't put the Blackhawks away. More...

That's all I need to know!

Wish I'd seen this headline before being dragged off to Six Corners earlier this month to see this damned thing:

'Twilight,' 'Iron Man 3' Lead First Wave of Teen Choice Awards Nominations

And I'm not talking about the "Twilight" entry... I haven't seen a single one in the series, which claim I'll still be able to make with my dying breath! More...

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Hank probably can't help himself either...

...move over Elyse, you have company in the ranks of scofflaws as Deputy Mayor Hank Tucker joins you among those Village Board members and candidates for same, who never studied the section of Plutarch which con­tained the dictum...

"Caesar's wife must be above suspicion."

(Pssst! Hank... that goes for Caesar as well! You act like Jim Kametler was your role model.) More...

Monday, May 27, 2013

I don't think Elyse can help herself...

The Shockmobile next to a 'No Parking or Standing' sign

...when it comes to obey­ing the law or even following directions, witness yet another willful ignoring of a clearly marked "No Park­ing or Standing" sign on the North side of Hulse Court.

(Between Moniebogue Lane and the South Main Street parking lot, it's at the very rear of the building housing Shock Kids and Shock Ice Cream.) More...

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Gutless, again!

...and no, I'm not referring to Hank Tucker's refusal to participate in a pre-election debate as he's done both times I've (unsuccessfully) run against him for the Village Board.

(Though it will be interesting to see if he and Patricia Di­Benedetto, who also flaked in 2011, are willing to face Toni-Jo Birk in a debate this time around.) More...

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Will weiner-gate haunt him?

Anthony Weiner

That's the question hanging over the head of Congressman resigned-in-disgrace Anthony Weiner as he prepares to announce his candidacy for Mayor of New York City.

He has one big thing going for him... and, no!, it's not that!

He's a New York City Democrat! More...

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

May Trustees Work Session

Unusually well-attended meeting for a Work Session... al­most an overflow crowd, and the reason became apparent when, following Village Planner Kyle Collins' recitation of the history of the current Master Plan in respect to the B1, B2 and B3 Districts, and a 4¾ minute argument by Andrew Mendelson's attorney Frank Isler, over half of the attendees tromped out of the room.

(The time is cited because Mayor Conrad Teller had granted him "one minute" in which to speak.) More...

Conflict... by design or unintentional?

At 7:00 pm this evening, opposite the regularly scheduled Westhampton Beach Trustees Work Session, the West­hampton Beach Fire District is holding its final informa­tional meeting prior to the June 4th Special Vote on the proposed $15,700,000 bond to construct a new Fire House.

This is the second time in the past year that such a conflict has occurred.

Kosher, Kosher...

...who's keeping Kosher this year?

From last October 17th's OtBB entry, "Simon Sez," quoting a release from Hampton Synagogue after the proprietor of Beach Bakery had pulled the plug on them:

"We are pleased to inform you that in light of this develop­ment, several well known kosher establishments have now expressed their desire to open in the village. Our commit­ment is to have a new kosher establishment in place by Spring 2013." More...

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

School District Voting Results

Updated Tuesday, May 21, 2013 – 09:32 pm

Semi-official results of the 2013
Westhampton Beach School District Election
CandidateVotesBudget Results
Claire Bean459   School493-200 
Joyce Donneson344   Library477-209 
Halsey Stevens395  

A total of 663 voters went to the polls and another 30 absentee ballots were tabulated. More...

Monday, May 20, 2013

Another step in the right direction...

...being the second1 in what is furiously hoped will be a lengthy series of entries in the "Used and Useful" series.

During the "economic downturn" which none of the past three Presidents have been able to turn around, with more and more commercial properties in the Village lying fallow, it's grand to see signs of life in demised premises. More...

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Knicks never had a chance

The New York Knickerbockers made official this evening what I had forecast on Wednesday, bowing

Knicks buried for the 2012-2013 season

106-99 to the Indiana Pacers
losing their NBA semi-final conference series in six games.

Not that the Knicks didn't have help... there was More...

Friday, May 17, 2013

Flashback 40 years...

...to April 8, 1973 and a modest dinner party we were hosting for a pair of playoff games with the NHL New York Rangers and the NBA New York Knicks taking on, respec­tively, the Boston Bruins and the Baltimore Bullets.

Both pairings were between arch rivals, and as both were being televised I carefully set up the house's two 17-inch black & white TVs in the dining room so that we and our guests could follow the action while we ate. More...

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Daughter Launches...

...her enterprise and the father bursts with pride!

FrostBites logoFrostbites banner

Conceived, created and a reality! Go Pegs, go!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Knicks is dead!

NY Knicks

Knew it a week ago last night right after their sole win (so far) in the second round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers, the one in which the Knicks went on a 36-4 2nd half run to win, 105-79.

My buddy Marty called when the game ended... we'll speak four or five times during the game... and talk about how the team we've been following since they played some of their games in the 69th Regiment Armory had finally awoken from their lethargy. More...

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Venturing onto a risky path

This is a subject I probably shouldn't be writing about, but it is a compelling one on so many different levels.

Angelina Jolie reveals she had preventive double mastectomy after discovering cancer gene

News of the 37-year old Oscar-winning actress' personal decision after learning that she was carrying the brac1 gene, suggests a variety of sub-head addenda, from the snappy... More...

Welcome back...

...proprietrix Sandy Patterson, genial Rob Sheldon and the entire Post Stop Café crew as the lights at 144 Main Street were again lit this weekend, and once more there was a warm bar to belly up to, and some of our favorite victuals.

And this is where Jeanne chose to dine for Mothers' Day to enjoy something she's been craving all Winter long: the house specialty Cranberry Turkeyburger. More...

Monday, May 13, 2013

Improbable... but they did it!

Detroit Red Wings

A month ago there was grave doubt as to whether the Detroit Red Wings were going to extend their North American professional sports team record of 21 consecutive seasons making it into the playoffs.

But they won their final four regular season National Hockey League games... two by shut-outs... and somehow finished seventh, and the opportunity to take on the team with the third best record in the NHL. More...

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Waltraut Gordon Miller (1925-2013)

Rats! And rats again!

If that name is not immediately recognizable, older-timers should recognize the name "Traute" and the slender young fräulein who rode an "English" bicycle around the Village when the standard model velocipede was the heavier-framed "American" model like the Shelby Flyer, Monarch Holiday or Indian Model 1937. More...

Friday, May 10, 2013

This is utter bullroar!

(Striving mightily to keep OtBB PG rated!)

Smith fined $5,000 for Game 1 flop

(This is the play in question.)

I've hated "Flopping" since the Philadelphia Flyers (in the National Hockey League it's called "Diving") forward Bill Barber would wind up face first on the ice if anyone was within five feet of him anytime he had the puck and was headed into the offensive end. More...

Thursday, May 09, 2013

May Village Board Meeting

...or, how I was schooled by Deputy Mayor Hank Tucker in front of a good-sized number of attendees at this evening's monthly Westhampton Beach Board Meeting.

It was awful! Since I was the one who rose to the lectern and posed the questions, I was obliged to stand and listen to him, and his two cohorts, Patricia DiBenedetto and Junior Palmer, explain their version of what they've been doing in service to the taxpayers over the past 11 months. More...

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

For one brief but bright moment...

An open door!

...as I drove down Sunset Avenue just now and saw that the late, much la­ment­ed National's store had an open door, it occurred to me that something positive might be happening at that premises, that maybe, just maybe, the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company might finally be following through on their plan to do a thorough overhaul of the Waldbaum's not-so-super market next door, and even expand into that sadly vacated space. More...

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Goodness gracious, Adrienne Supino...

Adrienne Supino Mackay

...is very upset with me... distraught might be le mot juste... over an OtBB entry from 14 months ago; she actually telephoned me to suggest... no!, plead for a dispensation of Orwellean proportions.

(My suspicion is that this is a gal not used to hearing the word "no" from members of my gender.)

The item which has caused her such distress was from February 17, 2012, entitled "Adrienne Supino's airhead moment," and therein, it seems, is the rub. More...

Monday, May 06, 2013

What am I missing here?

Both of these photos were taken three minutes apart, one long block from one another on Montauk Highway.

Westhampton Beach Valero on Montauk Highway and Old Riverhead Road Westhampton USA on Montauk Highway and Depot Road

Regular unleaded, pumped by an attendant, is More...

Sunday, May 05, 2013

There's nothing fair about a pet fair...

...especially when it's all about adopting cunning little puppies and kittens!

Which is exactly what was going on at Westhampton Pet yesterday afternoon when Jeanne dragged me up there to retrieve some wooden shipping pallets which Frank Bickley let's her have for her gardening requirements.

RSVP Inc.'s event at Westhampton Pet

Held by the local animal welfare and rescue group More...

Saturday, May 04, 2013

All this hoopla for what...

...two minutes and two seconds of thoroughbed horse racing surrounded by demi-celebrities... led by that über-weenie Bob Costas... in rapidly foundering peacock-land?

Yum! corporate avatar

The most annoying trapping of the two-hour telecast was the omnipresence of the unfamiliar "yum!" logo... I mean it was every­where!... on the jumpers of the track-walkers, floating in the corner of the television screen, the viewer couldn't escape it! More...

Friday, May 03, 2013

Urp!

Knicks logo

Knicks 88; Celtics 80.

This was a game of fits and spurts, ebbs and flows the likes of which I've never quite experienced!

During the extraordinary fourth quarter, I think I spent all but four minutes of it holding my throbbing temples or with my head in a waste basket trying not to hurl my dinner!

I'm too old for this... I can't handle the tension anymore!

This makes me physically ill!

Knicks logo

Mike Woodson upset with Knicks

And as far as I'm concerned, it's a game series changer! More...

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Tol' ya so! Tol' ya so!

...Neener neener neener!

Lindsay Lohan Flies To California, Breaks Rehab Plea Deal

A quick trip into the OtBB not-so-wayback-machine of less than a month ago:

"[T]his... promulgated locally by "Patch" an hour ago... will, like 90% of the "news" related to the Lohan family, prove untrue!"

No special powers here... this was a no-brainer! And our little Village escapes another media freak show.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

O, J.R. - STFU!

Just what I wanted to hear from the Knicks J.R. Smith!

J.R. Smith: Series should be over

"Oh yeah, it would've been over. I'd have been playing golf today."

Smith, the swingman who'd taken a Flagrant Foul 2 in last Friday's Game 3 in Boston which resulted in a one game sus­pension, is of the belief that the New Yorkers would have swept the Celtics if he had been playing in Sunday's Game 4.

J.R., the next thing I want to hear from you is when you can say "Whew! Glad that one's over after my screw-up!"

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Exit Becky... Hello Liz!

Ms. Molinaro, we hardly knew ya, but Westhampton Beach's loss certainly is East Hampton's gain, and after the ridic­u­lous antics you survived during your all too brief tenure here, 11937 should seem like a sunny week at the beach.

Elizabeth Lindtvit and Rebecca Molinaro

And with your years already here, Mrs. Lindtvit, there shouldn't be any surprises. I'm confident that your eyes were open wide when you made your decision.

Good luck, ladies! All the best!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Everyone knew this was coming...

...but it still doesn't absolve the New York Jets from im­mediately climbing to the very pinnacle of "Professional Sports Teams that Institutionally Stink!"

Here's why:

Tim Tebow waived by New York Jets after one season

I've no idea of how good a pro quarterback Tebow More...

What took'em so long?

Recent New York Newsday headline:

The current Cannonball

LIRR: 'Cannonball' run straight from Penn to Hamptons

(This is what passes for "clever" with their head­line writers of today.)

The question is why wasn't this done decades ago?

I mean the "Cannonball" ac­tu­ally began life as an express train operating between Long Island City and Southampton 120 years ago, so the concept isn't entirely new. More...

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Rats!

Still, we had'em sweatin' the whole second half! If 'Melo just makes those free throws near the end of the 4th Quarter!

But as John McCabe... no, not Dr. John McCabe!... was fond of reminding folks throughout "McCabe & Mrs. Miller:"

"If a frog had wings, he wouldn't bump his ass so much...."

Just so!

Aw jeez!

Knicks logo

Now I know I hexed the Knicks!

Jeanne and I just got off a plane at Islip/Mac only to learn is that this year's Sixth Man Award-winner, J.R. Smith, the Knicks' num­ber two scorer so far in the play-offs, is watching Game #4 in street clothes, having been sus­pended for a Flagrant Foul (2) in Friday's game. More...

Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Curse of the Parquet Floor

Knicks logo

Ray Overton, do not read this!

If the Knicks... our New York Knicks... decide to become the first team in the history of the National Basketball As­so­ciation to lose a series in which they had been leading three games to none, I don't want you coming to my house with a carload of pressure cookers stuffed with kerosene and fertilizer because you think I put a jinx on their playoff series with the Boston Celtics by posting this before a clincher! More...

Friday, April 26, 2013

Upon further reflection...

...and a night's solid sleep, I re-read Southampton Press correspondent Erin McKinley's coverage of the public portion of Wednesday evening's Special Meeting, and one quote in particular jumped out at me.

"We had worked on this resolution and discussed it two meetings ago and got some input from everybody. I'd like to see this happen considering that in a couple of days we are going to be with someone new, and we have always had someone to come and train the new person—or assist the new person—and work with them. And that is why I feel it is necessary." More...

Biting my tongue only so much!

Westhampton Beach Board Hires Former Clerk To Train New Clerk

"......Village Board members voted in favor of rehiring retired Village Clerk Kathy McGinnis to train new a new and as yet unnamed village clerk/treasurer...."

For the second time in a week, this was done as More...

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Another embarrassment for ESPN

Can't say what number last evening's "SportsNation" was in a series of mis-fires for "The Worldwide Leader In Sports," but it was downright painful to watch as the final two minutes of the telecast reveals.

(I just stumbled on it while seeking the Red Wings-Kings telecast, so all I saw was the very end.)

Revealing the results of an on-line viewers poll for who should be on the package cover for the 25th anniversary edition of Madden NFL for Xbox 360 and PS3 video game consoles, it demonstrated conclusively that ESPN should stick to what it does best: reporting sports scores, tele­vising actual sporting contests, and creating fake More...

Like to see this happen...

...in truth, I'd like to see anything happen in this particular location!

New Mediterranean Restaurant Could Open In Westhampton Beach

It would be a great boon to the downtown area on several counts. More...

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Warning Warning Warning...

...carpetbagger alert! If you found a glossy magazine in your mailbox lately and didn't immediately toss the sucker because of the large "Westhampton Life" across the cover, beware!

It has about as much to do with "Westhampton" or "life" in our area as "Harper's Bazaar" does with open air markets in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia... or, for that matter, bucks locking antlers on Aspatuck Road. More...

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

If not the 'Smoking Gun,' then...

...certain inferences can reasonably be made from the wording of the March 16, 2013 letter to the Village from the accounting firm of Satty, Levine & Ciacco over the signature of Managing Partner Frank W. Sluter.

Addressed to the Mayor and copied to Scott Augustine and the Board of Trustees, it reads: More...

Monday, April 22, 2013

Who knew...

...that Daenerys Targaryen was that multilingual that she understood every slur, every vile insult uttered by Kraznys mo Nakloz, the slaver in the city of Astapor, while negotiat­ing the purchase of the Unsullied to form her army?

I had all the information, but I'd forgotten a critical part of the stirring declaration the young woman had made over the funeral bier of her husband at the very end of season one of HBO's "Game of Thrones." More...

Easily the most assinine headline...

...of the Millennium, so far, has to be the one on last evening's on-line edition of The Hill:

Report: Boston attack suspects not licensed to own firearms

Really? Besides Dianne Feinstein, who the hell cares?

Were the "Boston attack suspects" licensed to own pressure cookers?

Correspondent Mike Lillis also writes:

"The news that the suspects were not authorized to own firearms will likely add fuel to calls for tougher gun laws...."

Undoubtedly, but it immediately exposes the callers' true agenda, and reveals that any act of violence of any sort is fair game for the hoplophobic gun-banners.

Friday, April 19, 2013

April 19th...

...a date I take note of on an annual basis as it is an an­ni­versary of some notable events, all, with one exception, within my lifetime.

  • 1775: The "shot heard 'round the world" is fired at Lexington Common, and so begins the American Revolution. More...

Thursday, April 18, 2013

All hail the terrible 'gun lobby!'

My late friend Neal Knox always began his appearances at public gatherings with the salutation, "Hello, gun lobby!"

He was speaking to the garden variety firearms owner and supporter of the Constitution, the very same American citizen that President Obama railed against as a "willful liar," made Vice-President Biden weepy, sent Senator Diane Feinstein into a paroxysm of finger-wagging, launched NYC Mayor Bloomberg into a tirade, and editorial pages across the country into a reflex of extreme objurgation. More...

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

April Village Board Work Session

What a mish-mosh of a meeting at Six Corners this evening... the only item calendared was the monthly Work Session of the Westhampton Beach Village Board, but there was supposed to be...

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Got'er good this year!

Jeanne, whose birthday was yesterday, hates surprises... loves to surprise others, of course, but the higher power forbid that she be on the receiving end of a "gotcha" herself, and has developed an uncanny ability to suss out, and thwart, my attempts to fête her surreptitiously.

Or maybe I'm just inept in such matters... 'til yesterday.

It was pretty much spontaneous on my part for the More...

Monday, April 15, 2013

Who are these idiots?

From yesterday's USA TODAY, authored by that airhead, Jackie, daughter of Dennis, Kucinich:

"The Manchin-Toomey amendment to the Senate gun bill would require background checks on all firearms for sale at gun shows or on the Internet."

Really? "On the Internet." More...

Saturday, April 13, 2013

It's not like we didn't know...

...how cable Starz "Spartacus" was going to end. For all the liberties the writers took with the ancient narratives of Plutarch and Florus about the Thracian mercenary-turned-gladiator-turned-freedon fighter, Spartacus delenda est!

But I didn't watch it for it's historical accuracy! I followed it because it was a throwback to the R-rated grindhouse flicks of the '70s celebrated by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rod­ríguez in their 2007 film of that name. More...

Friday, April 12, 2013

The world will laugh less...

Jonathan Winters

...with the passing Thurs­day of Jonathan Winters, at his home in Montecito, California.

Not familiar with Winters?

If you're familiar with the characters and voices of Robin Williams, Winters was the original... but without the recreational drugs... which the younger man has never been reluctant to acknowledge. More...

Stalked by paparazzi ?

...here's how Castor fiber handles it:

Damn straight! Get out of my face with your freakin' camera! Sic semper evello mortem paparazzi!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Bob Schunk (1938-2013)

...and I am way late on this one, having just seen his obit in this morning's Southampton Press Western Edition.

His passing physically startled me... I jolted upright in my chair when I saw his smiling photo at the top of page A12, as he had sent me a brief E-mail just me several weeks ago calling attention to what an idiot Andrew Cuomo is. More...

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Ooooooooooh, nooooooooo!

...or, possibly, a Bess Mess Part Two!

Lindsay Lohan Rehab Facility Surrounded by Temptation

I saw the original item on TMZ courtesy of Google Alerts several hours ago but passed it up because it was TMZ, #1, and, #2, some of their report didn't jibe with Seafield Cen­ter's charter and procedures, to wit: More...

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

So fair a day I have not yet seen...

...this early in the Spring: 80°F, as I write this. Or if I have, I certainly don't recall it.

Good reason! If Long Island Weather is to be trusted, the record high for this date was 73°F in 1981.

'S all right with me! Jeanne, the dogs and I were actually out, if not quite sunning outselves, then taking the air.

If an aeroplane doesn't crash in a Bethpage subdivision, the weather will doubtless be the lead story on News12 LI this evening, and front page Newsday tomorrow.

Remember, you read it here first.

Annette Funicello (1942-2013)

Annette Joanne Funicello

"I never will forget... Annette Funicello.
Just to think of her, it gives my heart a pang...."

(With apologies to Gus Kahn and Judy Garland.)

Actually, Funicello, who passed away yesterday fol­lowing a 26-year battle with multiple sclerosis, wasn't even my favorite Mouseketeer... that honor fell to More...

Monday, April 08, 2013

Eruv case clarifies - II

The legal jousting between the Villages of Westhampton Beach and Quogue, the Town of Southampton, East End Eruv Association, Verizon and Long Island Power Authority recently had its path through the preliminary Courts system cleared a bit by a Joint Stipulation of Uncontested Facts Regarding Verizon's and LIPA's Authority to License At­tachments to their Utility Poles.

Of particular interest in the document are items... More...

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Eruv case clarifies for Village...

...but was thrust into the lap of the Southampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals Thursday evening as the E³A's application was formally presented to that quasi-judicial body.

Group Seeks Southampton Town Zoning Board Approval For Religious Boundary In Westhampton Beach

Unfortunately, the headline is inaccurate, and should More...

Thursday, April 04, 2013

April Village Board Meeting

Updated 04/05/2013 – 03:57 pm

It was probably the most contentious monthly Village Board meeting in Westhampton Beach since the infamous illegal resolutions session of March 2010, and at the end of it, the voting bloc run by ex-Trustee Joan Levan... Hank Tucker, Patricia DiBenedetto and Junior Palmer... may or may not have passed a walk-on resolution appointing former Village Clerk Kathleen McGinnis to a newly created $60/hour position similar to that of a Village Administrator.

That resolution, carried on by Deputy Mayor Tucker, was one I never saw coming, and based on the outburts of out­rage from former Deputy Mayor Toni-Jo Birk and a number of Village staff, neither did anyone else. More...

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Stick it, Scott Boras!

In my personal pantheon of off-the-field sports personages, the bottom three names, in descending order, are Michelle Beadle (as they used to say in olden days, "no better than she ought to be," Jim Rome (a punk) and "super agent" Scott Boras.

So it warmed the recesses of my black heart this morning when I heard on WFAN that Boras had been dismissed by New York Yankees perenniel All Star second baseman and Most Valuable Player candidate Robinson Canó. More...

Monday, April 01, 2013

'Game' on!

Season three of "Game of Thrones" did kick-off last evening, and while some aficionados may have felt it sub-standard for its lack of action, it got us back into the narra­tive flow after a 42 week hiatus.

No major deaths but we met some major new personages and saw the return of the honorable aging peerless warrior Ser Barristan Selmy after being unceremoniously put out to pasture by faux King Joffrey and his über-bitch of an incest-inclined mother, Cersei, at the end of season one.

And yes, there were dragons... by the new Gods and old, they've gotten big in a relatively short span of time... and equally welcomed was a large white dire wolf just in time to save Samwell Tarly from something ghastly.

I love dire wolves... especially white ones... and rank them right up there with Daenerys' dragons!

O, yeah! The "Game" is definitely on!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Tonight!

Let Season 3 commence!

Daenerys Targaryen, mother of dragons

HBO... 9:00 pm... and by the new gods and old, I will have more dragons this season! "Dracarys," damnit, and with a right good will! More...

Friday, March 29, 2013

And the survey sez...

...that these are "The 12 Worst Supermarkets in America," according to Consumer Reports.

This is a subject near and dear to the heart of my (now retired) tour chef daughter, who long ago posited that the local Waldbaum's, née A&P, was the second worst super­market in the United States, inversely surpassed only by a since-shuttered Piggly Wiggly outside of Dallas. More...

Thursday, March 28, 2013

'Awful Arthur' no more

The late Arthur DiPietro

Long-time area resident and former Village of Westhampton Beach and Southampton Town attorney Arthur DiPietro, passed away suddenly this week in his adoptive home in Playa Domin­icalito, Costa Rica.

After legal and personal problems necessitated a mid-life career change, Arthur and his second wife Bonnie attempted to develop the Sunset Avenue prop­erty immediately south of the 7-Eleven. More...

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Look what I found!

Sundance Channel logo

Never knew whether our line-up on Cablevision included Sun­dance Channel, and never much thought about it 'til an original series, "Top of the Lake," began getting some buzz these past weeks.

For several years the channels I watch have been on the HD end of the spectrum, 702 – 826, and I'd never noticed Sun­dance before... because it's still down with the standard de­finition channels, at #192.

Aside from the sought after series, it's got a pretty decent line-up of older, non-mainstream movies.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

The breath shortens in my breast...

...as Season Three of "Game of Thrones" launches next Sunday evening on cable HBO.

This is where Season Two left off, with Daenerys Targaryen and her three young dragons, Viserion, Rhaegal and Drogon, held captive in the dark House of the Undying "until time comes to an end" by the malevolent replicating warlock, Pyat Pree....

Know what happens, all ye who would mess with Daenerys!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

March Trustees Work Session

A multitude of subjects covered at this evening's Work Ses­sion... a preview of the proposed $250,000 Glovers Lane "pocket park," plans for a temporary stage in the middle of Main Street in front of the Performing Arts Center on the evening of the Independence Day fireworks extrav­a­ganza, and a hint that the 2013-2014 Village budget cur­rently features a 1.8% rate reduction... but the most significant news was a "new hire."

The Trustees, with Mayor Conrad Teller casting the solitary "No" vote, retained the extra-special services of Village Labor Counsel Richard Zuckerman for the specific purpose of "assisting Special Counsel Scott Augustine." More...

A couple of announcements...

  1. Former Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot has formally thrown her size 6¾ chapeau into the ring for her old job, the one currently held for two terms by crypto-Democrat-cum-Inde­pendent Anna Throne-Holst.

Kabot Campaign Kicks Off

  1. Based on her first two year term as Town More...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Something else I did not know!

And I learned it from Curbed Hamptons, of all places, a site dedicated to... ack!... real estate.

I didn't know Andrew Geller from Yuri Geller, much less that the former was the designer for the house on Dune Road which I nicknamed "the lumber brassiere" more than 50 years ago.

(Architect Geller himself called it "the Box Kite.")

Behold the Lumber Brassiere in it's youth!

More formally, it is known as "The Pearlroth House," and it seems to be renown well beyond the borders of West­hamp­ton Beach.

It even has its very own Website, and has survived every­thing from Hurricane Donna to Superstorm Sandy!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

'The night is dark and full of terrors!'

Carice van Houten as 'Melisandre, the Red Woman'

So intones Melisandre of Asshai, the Red Priestess of the Lord of Light, as dark a character as has been seen over the first two seasons of "Game of Thrones."

She returns to HBO in a fortnight's time, the 31st of March at 9:00 pm!

I am filled with a delicious sense of dread.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

So I said...

...last week for the third consecutive monthly Village meeting, "Can there be light?"

And the Mayor deferred to the Superintendent of Public Works John Kearns who responded, "We have the replacement on order."

Friday morning the house canines alerted us to activity in the front yard, and it wasn't just another dog walking by, it was municipal street lighting specialist, Paul Rima, More...

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

March Village Board Meeting, II...

...being the rest of the story... so far.

When last we left the Thursday, March 7th meeting, there was a hubbub of discussions among attendees, some trying to make sense of what they'd just witnessed, and others wondering what had happened to the little bit of political theater they'd specifically been invited to watch. More...

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Why I really hate...

...Newsday and their broadcast (weak) sister, News12 LI, being another in an ongoing series of looks at how bad this once Pulitzer-winning daily has become.

Their offense this time around... OtBB will not be linking to the story for obvious reasons... involves "allegations" of some sort of inpropriety involving an unnamed teacher in the District school system. More...

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Spring Forward

If'n you're just awakening after the Saint Patrick's Parade festivities, it's likely already an hour later than you think!

Adjust your clocks and watches an hour forward per the dictates of Daylight Saving Time.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

March Village Board Meeting

Tonight's meeting of the Village Board was, in a word, ex­plosive! In fact, I can't recall another like it even in the in­furiatingly entertaining days of Hizzoner, Robert W. Morgan, Jr., 15th and almost final Mayor of Westhampton Beach.

It didn't start out that way, with the prosaic matters of business being attended to and, as has become common­place over the past seven months, the three stooges voting to table certain budget transfers, with Mayor Conrad Teller and Trustee Ralph Urban dissenting. More...

How those deeds got dirty...

...and why the Village of Westhampton Beach had to defend itself against the Great Hazelwood Avenue Land Grab of '96-'97, according to documents filed with New York State Supreme Court in the matter of...

east end concrete & stone products, inc.
d/b/a east end ready mix, Plaintiff,

-against-

josephine carnevale, j.r.c. land company, llc,
speonk materials corp.,
village of westhampton beach,
Defendants.

...Index No.: 07-03231, Justice Melvyn Tanenbaum, presiding. More...

Monday, March 04, 2013

'Dirty Deeds' don't come cheap...

...as documents, obtained under the Freedom of In­for­mation Law related to the Great Hazelwood Avenue Land Grab of 1996-1997, show just how much the at­tempt­ed swindle cost the taxpayers of Westhampton Beach.

In order to retain a certain portion of land deed granted to the Village by Isabel J. and Alanson N. Rogers "on or about December 28th, 1931," the municipality was obliqed to expend $93,079.75 in legal and other professional fees between 2007 and 2011. More...

Friday, March 01, 2013

Honest to Spiro T. Agnew...

...has there been a worse Vice President of the United States in the past 50 years than our current one, Joe Biden, number 47 in a mostly undistinguished line of back-ups just a heart beat away from control of the nuclear codes?

Don't bother summoning up the names of Dick Cheney or Dan Quayle... whatever they did or didn't do, they didn't go out and cynically pretend to know something about which they are demonstrably clueless as "Hairplug Joe" has done on at least two occasions over the past month. More...

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Screw Verizon!

Used to have 'phone service from Verizon... gave it up about a dozen years ago for the attractive [warning! warning! warning!] Triple Play offer from Cablevision (since rebranded as Optimum).

Aside from the occasional musing about FiOS, about which a friend in Putnam County is most enthusiastic, I haven't given Verizon1 much of a thought until we were cleaning up after Superstorm Sandy in November. More...

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I did not know that!

Courtesy of my daughter, thousands of miles away, but still interested in all things Long Island:

Long Island Iced Tea

...in which the inventor1 of the popular adult beverage, Bob "Rosebud" Butt talks about its origins... at the OBI East!

Can there be a more compelling argument for designating the place by Shinnecock Canal "landmark" status and pre­serving it from development or [shudder!] demolition?

Note
  1. There are, not surprisingly, sayers of "Nay!"

Monday, February 25, 2013

U.S.P.S. FUBAR!

...and it's not just about the impending cessation of Saturday mail deliveries, though one wonders how the Postal Service ever managed, when First Class letters for only the cost of a 3¢ stamp, to keep afloat delivering mail twice-a-day, six days a week!

Yes, our Congressman Tim Bishop has been making noises in opposition to the reduction of postal services, saying...

"...that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of its 6-day mail delivery service." More...

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Oscars 2013

Filmdom's annual orgy of self-congratulations has of late become an embarrassing hot mess, and this evening's three-hour plus telecast on network ABC did nothing to stop the slide much less reverse it.

(Fledgling host Seth MacFarlane... Seth WHO?... cer­tainly wasn't up to the task. I know Bob Hope and Johnny Carson weren't available, but couldn't anyone reach out to Billy Crystal?) More...

Friday, February 22, 2013

Dinner and two ball games

Had a so-so dinner at Mahogany's in Speonk, surrounded by probably a dozen big-screen TV sets, most of which were tuned to one of two NBA games this evening.

My interest was in the contest from Toronto's Air Canada Centre where the Raptors hosted the Knicks who, after a brilliant start to the season, have been playing like the Wash­ington Generals for the past ten weeks. More...

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sooner or later...

...one's misdeeds and blighted character catch up with them, and I'm delighted I lived to see it happen with Peconic Bay Medical Center's President and CEO Andrew J. Mitchell!

Goodales sue Peconic Bay Med Center

...read the News-Review headline, while 27East More...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

'Say WHAT?' Again!

Garry McCarthy

And as it did last week, it again emanates from Chicago, this time from Police Super­intendent Garry McCarthy on a Sunday morning taped interview show.

(As opposed to "live" where those who stick a foot in their mouth have no re­wind and edit capability to cover their gaffes.)

McCarthy, who in the past has blamed "government-sponsored racism" and Sarah Palin for Chicago's More...

Monday, February 18, 2013

You want a smoking gun?

OtBB was recently challenged by a reader for taking the three stooges to task over having held up a series of budget transfer items since last August.

Reader Wingman's Comment, read in part:

"...only the Board of Trustees has the authority to authorize expenditures. Mayor Teller and his majority Trustees Birk and Farrell, approved a paid sick leave without bothering to pass a resolution in public or noti­fying Trustees Tucker and DiBenedetto. Instead, it was concealed from everyone. Secret government actions are neither ethical nor legal." More...

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Early Spring Training Report

It's mid-February and the sound of horsehide smacking into cowhide is starting to be heard all over Florida and Arizona as baseball camps are open for pitchers and catchers.

While my eyes used to turn to Vero Beach, for the past six years my Los Angeles Dodgers have held their Spring Train­ing at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona from which locale emanated this report. More...

Friday, February 15, 2013

Bye-bye, Becky, bye-bye...

Updated 02/15/2013 – 04:57 pm

Westhampton Beach Village Clerk Rebecca Molinaro will be leaving that position at the end of April to take on the re­sponsibilities of East Hampton Village administrator.

It is a move which is at first blush a shock, but upon re­flec­tion, no surprise to anyone who has closely observed the activities at Village Hall over the past 7½ months. More...

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy St. Valentine's Day!

And, I'm pleased to say that I did not wait 'til the day of this event to descend on Lynn's Cards and Gifts to secure the necessary cards for Jeanne, a very important feature of celebrating any occasion for my wife.

This is the biggest day of the year for flowers (red roses, of course), expensive chocolates and Vermont Teddy Bears.

Fellows, blow it off at your peril!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Funny photo...

...real serious message!

http://newblackman.blogspot.com

Former police officer Christopher Dorner is presently the subject of the biggest law enforcement manhunt in Los Angeles history since Cinque and the SLA in 1974. More...

Under the heading of 'Say WHAT?'

From an Associated Press report of yesterday's Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on the constitutional­ity and effectiveness of federal firearms limits:

"A woman whose Chicago police officer brother was fatally shot in 2010 says it's time for Congress to pass laws keeping guns from criminals."

Hel-LO!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Part-time local pulls some ink

This is not a big story... except according to OtBB's source for this tidbit, on Twitter.

(I am not now, nor will I ever be, "on Twitter!" Nothing I'm ever likely to do will be of such import that every­one will need to immediately know about it.)

But it's an amusing one and involves my former More...

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Not just any port in a storm...

...but a snug harbor, a safe haven, actually... with hot "designer" coffees, confections of every description and even a fire in the hearth.

(Yeah, it's a gas-fed "faux fire" with simulated wooden logs, but it's cheery and generates ample heat!)

And it's smack in the middle of downtown West­ More...

Thursday, February 07, 2013

February Village Board Meeting

To borrow a line from Stephen Stills...

"There's battle lines being drawn...."

...but it's not about LA's Sunset Strip riots of 1966.

From what emerged at tonight's Village Board meeting, once again Westhampton Beach's administration is clearly divided; can a return to complete dysfunctionality... like the grim days of 2006-2010...... be far behind? More...

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

The Times revisits the eruv question

Westhampton Beach, Mayor Conrad Teller, JPOE poobah Arnie Sheiffer, a smattering of local business persons and even the uncommonly-quiet-of-late Rabbi Marc Schneier, are part of a New York Times story (A17) this morning:

A Ritual Jewish Boundary Stirs Real Town Divisions

Aside from correspondent Sharon Otterman's confusion about Southampton Town vís Southampton Village, More...

Monday, February 04, 2013

Confirmed!

One of my age-old, most closely-held precepts is "Always challenge your own perceptions!"

Which is why I tuned in this evening to watch the third in­stallment of Fox's "The Following" to which I devoted an OtBB entry after the pilot episode two weeks ago. More...

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Super Bowl winning commercials

There were, from the cheap seat in my living room recliner, two of them which were head, shoulders and a whole torso above any others I saw this evening, one each from An­heuser-Busch and Dodge... and both were "grabbers."

The Budweiser spot (accompanied by Stevie Nicks singing "Landslide,") is one of the best institutional advertisements I've seen anywhere for anything: More...

Friday, February 01, 2013

A Lesson from Ed

Hard not to like Ed Koch, former four-term Congressman and three-term Mayor of New York City who died early this morning, age 88, at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia.

His kind will likely not be seen again, and more's the pity.

Carol Greitzer and Ed Koch, Primary Night 1961

I first met the man on Primary Night 1961 at the Limelight Cafe near Sheridan Square where the anti-Tammany Village Independ­ent Democrats of Jim Lanigan, Carol Greit­zer and Koch, took a giant bite out of boss Carmine DeSapio's power structure. Koch was voluble, even garrulous... but witty. More...

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

And this rates an award?

This caught my attention on 27East:

East End Cops Honored; East Hampton Detective Makes History

Curious about what constitues a history-making event, and which local officer was rewarded and for what, I read on.

Odd as it seems, it was a gender-based "first;" East More...

Monday, January 28, 2013

Talk about your fuzzy-headed Liberals!

Menachem Z. Rosensaft

This popped up on HuffPo this morning, authored by one Menachem Z. Rosensaft, a New York City lawyer and Founding Chairman of the International Network of Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors.

Entitled "Memo to Gun Rights Advocates: Take Note of What Reagan and Scalia Had to Say," the most stunning passage read:

"...I have a very personal bias against guns. In More...

Friday, January 25, 2013

STFU, Revis!

With reports that New York Jets owner Woodie Johnson would like his new General Manager John Idzik "to explore trading Darrelle Revis," the star cornerback took to Twitter:

"I'm speechless by far but more importantly I feel more upset for the jet nation for having to go through this!!!"

Really, Darrelle? Really? More...

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

At last, some action

On April 30, 2009, OtBB asked "What's ahead for Jim Hulme now that Judge Melvyn Tannenbaum has published his decision in the East End Ready Mix case?"

The part of the Tannenbaum decision which occasioned that inquiry read:

"...credible evidence established during the hearing re­vealed that defendant Josephine Carnevale, together with her then attorney, James N. Hulme, Esquire, took part in filing in the Suffolk County Clerk's Office deeds misrep­resenting the description of the premises by More...

Monday, January 21, 2013

Bacon, far-from-crisp and poorly served

On September 4th, 2013, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick will experience a rarity for a married "Hollywood couple," their silver wedding anniversary.

The husband, who broke into movies with a supporting role in 1978's seminal "National Lampoon's Animal House," but until this evening with "The Following," had never done a television series. More...

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Run-up to Super Sunday

What an interesting afternoon and evening of professional football this day, with the visiting San Franciso 49ers and Baltimore Ravens, both losing at half-time but each holding, respectively, the home team Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots scoreless in the second half to win the National and America conference titles.

The 49ers were four point favorites, but Baltimore... which actually seemed to have an easier time of it... was a 7½ underdog. More...

Saturday, January 19, 2013

How the daughter...

...uses natural resources for her patio decor at her moun­tainside home in Whistler, B.C.:

Behold, the snow bench!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

When I see...

...a photo like this:

An insufferably smug Joe Biden

...it makes me want to head for Washington with a cream-filled pie!

Man looks like a skinny Benito Mussolini with hair plugs.

This should not, of course, be construed as a threat against the Executive.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

All anyone has to know...

...about actor, political activist and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voting member David Clennon's call for an Oscar boycott of director Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" over its depiction of torture by the CIA in its hunt for the admitted architect behind the 11 Septem­ber 2001 attacks, is who were the first to support him.

Actors Martin Sheen and Ed Asner, an ex-president of the Screen Actor's Guild, quickly jumped on Clennon's little red wagon... can Ed Begley Jr. and James Cromwell be far behind?

The film is currently screening at the Hampton Arts... Jeanne and I saw it Saturday and recommend it highly.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Blood in the waters off of...

Updated 01/15/2013 – 11:32 am

...the 50th State, but that's a foreseen consequence of "jumping the shark."

There's no other way to describe what network CBS pulled with tonight's episode of "Hawaii Five-0" which urged viewers to go to the Website and vote on which of three suspects would be revealed as the "bad guy."

Has there ever been a cheesier gimmick on a major net­work? It reeks of desperation for a ratings-starved More...

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Down the toilet...

...with $7,000 of Westhampton Beach taxpayer money, and possibly as much as $12,000, and thank you Village Board members Hank Tucker, Patricia DiBenedetto and Junior Palmer.

But then this isn't news to anyone who pays attention to what that trio of knuckleheads has been up to over the past four months.

Fortunately Southampton Press Western Edition Editor Frank Costanza has very coolly depantsed them More...

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Cuomo comes out of the idiot closet

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo

Our Governor! [sigh]

Andrew Cuomo Wants To Enact The 'Toughest Assault Weapons Ban In The Nation'

Li'l Andy's biggest problem... and therefore ours... is More...

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Well, that lowered the tone of...

...cable Showtime's "This Week in the NFL." I mean, Michelle Beadle? Really?

I do not "get" this woman, and never have! Not when she was at cable YES, or when she co-hosted ESPN2's ridiculous "SportsNation," and certainly not when she was a featured guest on this evening's Showtime series. More...

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Foul!

Katherine Webb in the stands of the BCS title game last night

The gal at the right, Miss Alabama 2012, pulled a lot of exposure dur­ing Notre Dame's trouncing at the hands of the Crimson Tide last night.

This was because the exceedingly comely young woman, Katherine Webb, is the paramour of Alabama's quarterback, Raymond Anthony "AJ" McCarron, Jr., and ESPN play-by-play announcer Brent Mus­burger couldn't contain himself. More...

Monday, January 07, 2013

I don't think anyone could have...

...foreseen the thumping Alabama just put on Notre Dame this evening!

The final score was 42-14, but it wasn't that close as the Crimson Tide rolled to a 28-0 halftime lead, upped to to 35-0 and pretty much coasted the rest of the way to win its second consecutive Bowl Championship Series title and the third one on the past four seasons.

It was glorious to see the previous undefeated Fighting Irish humbled that way. More...

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Barbara J. Mitchell (1954-2013)

...or as some of us knew her, "Babs," passed away Friday following a lengthy and very private illness.

The Eastport native and legal secretary, long a stalwart of the Westhampton Beach War Memorial Ambulance Associ­ation, leaves a husband and two sons.

Visiting hours are today from 2:00-4:00 pm and 7:00-9:00 pm at Follett-Werner Funeral Home on Mill Road, West­hampton Beach, with services at the Westhampton Presby­terian Church tomorrow.

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Darkly poetic justice

A paparazzo was struck and killed by a car while attempting to cross four lanes of traffic after stopping to take pictures of pop star Justin Bieber's Ferrari when it was pulled over along a freeway in Los Angeles.

The vehicle which drew the deceased's attention may have been Bieber's, but the young singer was not on site. More...

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Why are we not surprised?

Fresh from 27East:

Bellone Misses Deadline; Sex Offender Trailers Remain In Southampton Town

Steve Bellone

"Mr. Bellone—who held a press conference in the lobby of Southampton Town Hall last spring to announce that he was mak­ing the homeless sex offender issue a top priority...."

Once again, the Suffolk County Executive has demonstrated that he is all teeth and no bite, and guess what he's using as an excuse? More...

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

New Year's 1997

Follow-up news last year about Long Island Rail Road engineer Ronald Cabrera who was had been terminated for allowing a passenger to operate a rush-hour train, caused a flashback to 1997 and a thought:

"Didn't know LIRR took things like that so seriously!"

It was New Year's Eve and my only begotten son had secured a coveted All-Access pass for me to the Blues Traveler concert at Madison Square Garden. More...

Monday, December 31, 2012

The NFL regular season...

...has, mercifully for my New York Jets fan son-in-heir and myself, concluded, and neither of us could have imagined that it would have turned out so disappointingly.

Especially for me with my Detroit Lions after what I thought was their "break-away from the recent catastrophic past" season of a year ago when, after a 5-0 start, they limped into the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade and finished 10-7 but with great promise for 2012. More...

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Suspicions Confirmed!

Remember Nancy Grace, that wretched wench with the accent that would embarrass even someone living in the deepest recesses of Southern-most Appalachia?

Well, here she is, unadorned... and no!, not nekkid, just as her natural everyday self! More...

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

From the family archives...

...and while I can make a guess that it was Christmas 1969 when Peggy was 3¾ years old, I couldn't begin to say where it was taken.

(My two best guesses would be Swezey's in River­head, or somewhere in the newly opened Smith Haven Mall.)

What struck me... and others as well after she posted it to her Facebook page... More...

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Why we like Sandy Patterson...

Sign in Sandy's window

...is quite evident with the hand-lettered sign framed in the window of her Main Street restaurant, presently closed for the season.

Rather than just turn off the lights, lock the door and put up "Sorry... We're Closed" notice, she included the names of, and graphical directions to, other food pur­veyors in the downtown area, from Beach Bakery Cafe to Goldberg's Deli, even Funchos.

Classy, Sandy, very classy! Hurry back... Jeanne misses your Cranberry Turkeyburgers mightily!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Well, that honeymoon is over!

Vacant FedEx slab in front of the Westhampton Beach Post Office.

Walking home passed the 11978 Post Office I noticed a small slab to the East of the building's front steps, and realized that the long-standing Federal Express recepticle was missing.

Vanished... poof!

Of a curious bent, I inquired within and was told that More...

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Not to be excessively maudlin...

...with Christmas less than a week away, but cable TCM's necrology is not only especially well done this year, but it's something that the late Steve Frankfurt, my fellow film aficionado and former neighbor on Quiogue's Linden Lane, would approve of.

Steve, of course, is included (at 2:57)... along with Marvin Hamlish, Ben Gazzara, Celeste Holm, Andrew Sarris and other faces familiar in the area... among those who've left us this year. More...

Monday, December 17, 2012

What a weird episode...

...of "Royal Pains" last evening... except that "Off-Season Greetings" was less an episode of Cable USA's hit series, than it was a two-hour-and-two-minute teleflick which did precious little to advance the continuing four-season narrative.

(The opening credits indicate that it was initially in­tended to be a two-parter, one hour each.) More...

Sunday, December 16, 2012

'The Hamptons' in the Winter...

...as envisioned by the creative team behind Cable USA's "Royal Pains," debuts this evening at 9:00 pm, reprising im­mediately at 11:02 pm.

(If'n you miss either of tonight's back-to-back air­ings, there's two more opportunities.)

The teleflick, a series first and entitled "Off-Season Greet­ings," had significant footage shot here this September.

A preview of tonight's episode shows some Westhampton Beach scenes, including one shot inside Beach Bakery.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Perhaps the blackest of all Fridays

It was a bad day in both Connecticut and China, but for me the most excruciating part was the media's hours on end coverage of the unimaginable murders of the K-4 school children in our neighboring state across the sound.

What was supremely annoying was that none of the broad­casters authoritatively knew anything that they were dis­seminating as "news."

The figures reported by WCBS alone during the noon hour fluctuated like "Tailgunner Joe" McCarthy's recitation More...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Warning! Warning Warning!

There is a certain corner of the Ninth Circle of Hell reserved for digital miscreants...not spammers, whose niche is some­where on the Sixth Circle, but those slimewads who get their jollies sending random E-mail with embedded malware.

Had one this weekend purporting to be from FedEx, sent from "Priority Mail Service [user-481@cleveland.com]," in which upon opening one finds... More...

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Fire Commissioner Election Results

Victorious candidate, Fire Commissioner Fred Overton

For an uncontested West­hampton Beach Fire District election, there was an unex­pectedly high voter turnout between 6:00 and 9:00 pm this evening.

And when the 103 paper ballots cast had been tabu­lated... the old fashioned way, by hand... incumbent Fred Overton had garnered 102 of them as the rumored stealth write-in campaign for a younger member of the Fire Department failed to materialize.

The lone write-in vote went to Kevin Raynor, last year's un­successful ballot candidate.

Fire District Election this evening

Not that anyone would know it from the amount of publicity its received, but the annual Westhampton Beach Fire District election is being held at the Sunset Avenue Firehouse this evening from 6:00-to-9:00 pm.

It's for the election of a Fire Commissioner, and while only current member Fred Overton is on the ballot, there are mutterings in those dark corners of the district where such things are usually muttered, that there is a stealth write-in campaign being mounted.

This is actually a much bigger deal than many might expect, considering the issue of a new $14.6 million firehouse is just over the horizon.

Monday, December 10, 2012

'Bout time!

Another example of NBC's fraudulent "journalism" has once again come back to bite the Peacock beneath its steato­pyg­ian plumage, as George Zimmerman is suing corporate par­ent NBC Universal for editing an audio tape of his 911 call to make him sound racist.

OtBB discussed the matter, and the networks sad history of doctored audio and video presented as authentic news, this past April. More...

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Ain't nuthin' like a big screen...

...on which to watch a television program!

Or at least one that's larger that a 22-inch flat-screen computer monitor, which is how I had watched the first seven episodes of The CW network's "Arrow."

I discovered purely by happenstance Friday evening that the more than two month blackout of WPIX by Cablevision was over and that the rightful Channel 11 programming had been returned to the cable line-up. More...

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Say WHAT?

From a recent Ad Age feature on Jeff Zucker, the 47-year-old television executive who will be taking over as President of CNN Worldwide next month, "Zucker's CNN Will Be About More Than News."

"CNN prides itself on being nonpartisan, and Mr. Zucker made it clear he has no intention of changing that."

Someone has got to be yanking someone else's chain!

Okay, so CNN isn't as extreme as NBC/MSNBC, but still....

Friday, December 07, 2012

Marvin Levan (1923-2012)

Belated condolences to the family of Oneck resident Marvin Levan, husband of former Village Trustee Joan Levan, who passed away age 89 a week ago today.

Part of last Sunday's New York Times obituary read:

"Marvin was a beautiful human being, both inside and out."

With respect, I'm still processing that one... not the assertion, only the diction.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

What's different about this picture?

From 27East's coverage of this morning's swearing-in of Robert Pearce as Southampton Town's new Police Chief:

Southampton Press photo by Michael Wright - click for full-size image

Compare that to William Wilson's swearing-in ceremony on May 2, 2011 before "a standing-room-only audience that spilled out into the hallway:" More...

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Jeanne's new best friends...

...in the world are at Zima Tire in Speonk, whose virtues have been extoled here in the past.

Jeanne's new car

She needs snow tires this time of year when she makes her bi-weekly mission of mercy to her octogenarian mom atop a mountain in Margaretville, and the ones from her late Honda... squashed like a yellow dog in the middle of a Mississippi road by "Super­storm" Sandy... wouldn't translate to her new Prius. More...

Friday, November 30, 2012

Who among us?

This morning's news headlines throughout the seventh state admitted to the Union:

Maryland State Police remove firearms from Sharpsburg home, suspect not found

While officials have yet to identify the "suspect," or reveal why "a huge amount of law enforcement officers... More...

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Po' ol' Albert...

...Einstein, that is, not O'Connell, whose greatness could be measured by the number of quotations being misattrib­uted to him.

Case in point an E-mail which has been making the rounds of the Internet this Fall linking to similar sites such as "The Day That Albert Einstein Feared May Have Finally Arrived" or "Technology overlaps Humanity." More...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

My latest disgruntlement...

...is directed at the "premium" cable channels such as HBO, Showtime and Starz which have taken to ending episodes of series such as "Boardwalk Empire" or "Homeland" by directing viewers to their Websites...

"To uncover the truth you have to know where to look. Only the official Homeland site has the exclusive content you need to get the whole story and it's only at SHO.com and the official Showtime app for smartphones."

Yeah? Screw them! More...

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Mama, don't let your babies...

Emma Stone

...grow up to be unintentional Internet porn stars.

Time was, a sweet young thing fell hard for the wrong guy and "things went too far," if he had a big mouth she got a bad rep in high school, maybe even 'round town. More...

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Bryan Dean's SOS from Dubai

This desperate E-mail arrived Friday morning from the Middle East:

"I'm with family on vacation in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

(Wow! Semi-retirement has been very good to Bryan.)

"We are in trouble, we were mugged last night in More...

Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday...

...is an artificial event originating in Philadelphia circa 1961, which is not observed in this household.

(Jeanne, however, admits that when her two youngest were young and times were "tighter," she could be found outside Caldor, K-Mart or Wal-Mart at 5:00 am, elbows honed and a look of steely resolve on her face.) More...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Risen from the ashes of...

...the most recent business George Malamas got his hands on, behold Boom Burger!

Boom Burger

Nothing fancy, just the basics... and most importantly, it's one less vacant commercial premises not just in West­hamp­ton Beach but on one of the Village's main thoroughfares.

G'luck to the Anthonys, Catanzaro and Cicogna.

Monday, November 19, 2012

The Wounded Warrior Project Redux

No to Wounded Warrior Project

Updated 11/19/2012 – 03:45 pm

The radio interview with WWP CEO/Executive Director Steve Nardizzi conducted by Tom Gresham yesterday on his GunTalk 'Netcast was very instructive, and is recommended listening for anyone considering support­ing that charitable group.

Fortunately for Nardizzi, Gresham, as earlier noted, is a "peaceable man" (as opposed to some of the more combative interviewers in the mainstream media), but Nardizzi came off sounding like a three-card monte spieler on a street corner, and with the credibility of an ambu­lance-chaser with a client in a neck brace.

Gresham had some follow-up thoughts and insights on today's podcast.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

The NHL is now dead to me!

The Commissioner's Office of the National Hockey League announced earlier this month that it had officially canked the only contest on ice left that I was actually still caring about!

NHL cancels Jan. 1 Winter Classic

Incredibly, with 327 regular season games through the end of this month having already been canceled in More...

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Wounded Warrior Project...

...an organization OtBB has been pleased to support in the past thanks to the local activism of young Derek Araujo, has taken a salvo this week for its stupidity and hypocrisy.

It began small Tuesday on my old colleage Tom Gresham's GunTalk Facebook page in a thread entitled "Wounded Warrior Project Email Exchange," and took off from there.

The gist of the controversay is that when Gresham invited the Wounded Warrior Project to join him on his Veteran's Day radio broadcast and talk about their work, their More...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Upon Reflection...

First Edition cover

...it was times such as during the past fortnight when I felt like the men on the American nuclear submarine USS Scorpion in Nevil Shute's (pure­ly coincidentally) post-apocalyptic novel "On the Beach," cut off from the rest of the world (as they knew it) and not even sure what's left out there.

And like Stanley Kramer's grim 1959 film version with Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner, when I looked out the window during the first few days of "Superstorm" (thank you, Andy Cuomo!) Sandy, it almost felt like a black and white world. More...

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Paula Broadwell Cosmetic Tip

Paula Broadwell on TV

For the love of Pete Klotz, would some­one please send this woman an economy-size compact of Max Factor face powder before she goes on camera again!

The glare from her forehead is über-distracting.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Life after 'Magic’s'

Not sure how many are left who might still remember Jack O'Connell who served as, among other capacities, bartender at the old Oliver Twist Inn and doorman at Magic's Pub, and who has long pursued a career as an actor.

(We actually appeared as "background actors" in "Rocket Gibraltar" together when it filmed here in 1987.) More...

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Another Dolans scam

Anyone who is a member of "Optimum Rewards" is by now familiar with the E-mail with the subject line:

"[your name in capital letters here] family, enter to win a St. Maarten Car­ibbean1 trip from Optimum Rewards"

It shows up in the account holder's E-mail inbox several times a month, and the clickable link takes one to the digital entry form. More...

Saturday, November 10, 2012

I don't think that's quite...

...what Paula Broadwell had in mind when her biography of retired four-star General David Petraeus was entitled...

"All In"

The publisher's blurb now takes on a special irony: More...

Friday, November 09, 2012

Day 12 Diary, and perhaps I should...

...just suck it up and stop counting.

Yesterday, after spending close to 25 minutes on hold on LIPA's "Report a Downed Wire" line, I received the abso­lute assurances yesterday of a Mrs. Diaz that our power would be back by Saturday at the very latest.

(But then, I make it 14-to-five that Mrs. Diaz would say the same thing even if her hair was on fire.) More...

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Our friend, Westhampton Free Library...

...and no, that's not written tongue in cheek! I weally weally mean it!

(Hey!, I already live in a house divided.)

While chez Speir has yet to right itself from the impact of Hurricane Superstorm Sandy, we've been muddling More...

Day 11 and counting... and counting

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
    George Santayana (1863-1952)

...and, it would appear, are condemned to repeat its mistakes as well.

Who'd'a thunk it? At home we are still without power, and today marks one day longer than we were with no electricity post-Gloria in 1985. More...

Monday, November 05, 2012

You won't believe we're on the Eve...

Updated 11/07/2012 – 10:13 am

...of a National Election (with appropriate apologies to P.F. Sloan and Barry McGuire).

Many of the pundits... and we know how popular The Pundits are... are saying that Hurricane-which-turned-into-Superstorm-by-the-time-it-hit-New-York Sandy swung the balance to re-elect President Obama. More...

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Thanks, Fred...

...your insights and leadership qualities as one of our elected State officials are nothing less than stunning.

Never was this more apparent than this pithy glimpse into the obvious, courtesy of 27East:

"State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele said Friday afternoon that residents should limit their driving to conserve gas."

Way to step up, Fred! About on a par with your annual, and pathetically ineffectual, messages about the elevated gasoline prices on the East End

Friday, November 02, 2012

There is a difference between...

...Westhampton Beach and Quogue, but then the late T. Decker Orr had assured me of that decades ago.

Where it became abundantly apparent this week was in the manner that each municipality's law enforcement personnel dealt with the lines of gasoline-seekers at the 11959 Hess station on the corner of Montauk Highway and Jessup Avenue, and the 11978 Valero retailer on Montauk Highway at Old Riverhead Road. More...

Monday, October 29, 2012

All rolled into one

It was grand... closing night at The Post Stop Cafe, a young fellow's 17th birthday party, and a (pre) hurricane party.

(In another time, 35-40 years ago, the last part would have been held at Magic's Pub, and there wouldn't have been any "pre" about it... it would have lasted for several days.)

All this, mind you, well before Governor Cuomo More...

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Uplifting message from LIPA

When Jeanne and I got home last evening, we had an auto­mated 'phone call from Long Island Power Authority on our voicemail about Hurricane Sandy:

"We're preparing, and we urge you to be prepared for the possibility of outages lasting seven to ten days...."

Cheery, eh? LIPA's readying for a Gloria scenario... my house was out for seven days in 1985, my office for eight!

The capper was:

"So that our employees can support storm restoration efforts, our walk-in customer offices will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, October 29th and 30th... or perhaps longer."

On the upside, let it not be said that Sandy's gonna catch LIPA unprepared.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Ah, the irony, the hypocrisy!

Talk about clueless! This arrived yesterday from Congress­man Tim Bishop:

Bishop mailer
"My opponent is attacking me with lies for two reasons. He can't talk about jobs because his business is outsourcing. He can't talk about Medicare because he wants to end it."

"He can't talk about Medicare?" No, Tim Bishop, More...

To hell with them...

...and the pucks that aren't going to be dropped anytime soon, per Thursday's announcement...

NHL announces cancellation of 2012-13 regular-season schedule through November 30

It's pro sports, but it's still labor (players) v. man­agement (owners), each with its own version of the issues. More...

Friday, October 26, 2012

What's This, Senator LaValle?

Portion of rear of mailer Headshot of the faux Anna Throne-Holst

At first glance, it appears that New York State Senator Ken LaValle's re-election campaign has pulled off a major coup with his latest mailer by getting his opponent Bridget Fleming's powerful political ally, Anna Throne-Holst, to support him in November. More...

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Excellent Question!

In its irregular awarding of "Dunce Caps and Gold Stars," the Editorial Board of The Southampton Press popped one of its best ever questions with its lead demerit this morning.

Referencing the Westhampton Beach Trustees' spending $5,000 to hire the former Bellport Village Clerk to over­see the regular audit of the Village by CPAs Satty, Levine & Ciacco, the newspaper placed a Dunce Cap on the collective noggins of Trustees Hank Tucker, Pa­tri­cia DiBennedetto, Junior Palmer and Ralph Urban. More...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Alarums

Be sober and vigilant my neighbors, there are thieves and burglars who prowl among us in a white box truck during the evening hours, entering homes both occupied and vacant, stealing large screen televisions.

There, you have been alerted!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Epitaph for Russell Means

There will be considerable space in newsprint and on the 'Net devoted to the remarkable life of Russell Charles Means, the Oglala Sioux activist who passed away yesterday of esophageal cancer, three weeks shy of his 73rd birthday.

For my part, I will always remember Means for his film debut in Michal Mann's unlikely 1992 "The Last of the Mohicans" as the title character, "Chingachgook." More...

Monday, October 22, 2012

Why is it especially fitting...

Updated 10/22/2012 – 09:47 pm

...that this evening's pre-season game between the New York Knickerbockers and the Philadelphia 76ers, will be played in Syracuse, New York?

(Hint: it will be played in the Carrier Dome rather than the Onondaga County War Memorial... or State Fair Coliseum or Syracuse Armory Building.) More...

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The bride wore red boxer shorts...

Ashley inspects her wedding gown in her red polka dot boxers

...with white heart-shaped polka-dots. I can only imagine what a wedding night that was going to be!

Because it happened in Westhampton Beach this past Wednesday, Google Alerts dropped me an E-mail about the wedding that took place at the re-branded Ocean­bleu (most recently Atlantica) at The Bath & Tennis Club on Dune Road.

The bride and groom, Ashley and Brandon, chose video­grapher Nino Gallego for a production of the event, and it's a bit unusual. Check it out.

(Photo of Ashley by Andres Valenzuela.)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Petitioning the Southampton Town Board

I'm not a big believer in petitions, especially with the tin-eared bunch running Southampton Town at this point, but there's an on-going one, on-line, in service to a worthy objective:

Don't Cut Shellfish Seeding from the 2013 Southampton Town Budget

No guarantees as to the efficacy of the effort, but like the punch-line to that old Borscht Belt joke about chicken soup, "it couldn't hurt."

Friday, October 19, 2012

En passant: Sylvia Kristel

Sylvia Maria Kristel, 1952-2012

Dutch model-turned-actress who specialized in erotica, Sylvia Kristel, died Wednes­day at her home in The Hague, age 60, after a seven-year battle with vari­ous forms of cancer.

I take note of her passing because it was Kristel, along with one-time stage actress Michelle Graham (better known as "Georgina Spelvin"), who, 40 years ago, kept the Hampton Arts Theater going until an Ingrid Bergman film turned it completely around over Christmas 1974. More...

Thursday, October 18, 2012

'T-w-a-a-a-a-n-g!'

Classic 'Green Arrow' comic book cover

Remember last week how I was all grumpy about how Cablevision bites for a variety of reasons, one of which was that because the suits on Woodbury have removed WPIX, Channels 11/711 from its line-up over a rights fees dispute, which meant that I could watch the premier of "Arrow?"

Well, that sweet young thing at WPIX who told me that The CW usually makes an episode available on its Website the day after it airs, wasn't ribbing me. More...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

October Trustees Work Session

The 60+ minute Village Board Work Session flew short one Trustee this evening as Junior Palmer was nowhere in sight.

(Wouldbe supermarket developer Andrew Mendelson was, but remained silent throughout.) More...

Simon Sez

Sign on Beach Bakery door

...that Marc Schneier lied to him, and as a result, as of this morning, anything pur­chased from Beach Bakery Cafe will be, in the eyes of observant Jews, treif.

This unfortunate situation, according to E-mails, letters and posted notices, is as a result of a spat between proprietor Simon Jorna and the Hampton Synagogue's founding Rabbi dating to the the end of this August. More...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

We can all sleep...

...late and go to bed early on election day three weeks from now, Alana Thompson (a/k/a "Honey Boo Boo") has shown America the way and made her pick.

Appearing on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last night, the seven-year-old hyper-active reality boob tube celebrity from McIntyre, Georgia was guided by her host into expressing her preference for President Barack Obama.

(Fuller Honey Boo Boo segment.)

I have to think that Wilkinson County's child protective services have been asleep at the switch when it comes to the Shannon/Thompson home.

What will be answered this evening...

...when President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney take the stage in front of an international TV audience at Hofstra University?

Will the two major party candidates comport themselves with greater decorum than did that face-pulling elitist with the hairplugs last Thursday? More...

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Special Meeting, II

Following a highly critical comment in respect to last Wed­nesday's OtBB entry, "The Special Meeting...," inquiries were made and an item of particular interest was spotted.

The original entry spoke to Deputy Mayor Hank Tucker's assertion that he had personally spoken to the New York State Comptroller's Office and been told that they were too busy with "school stuff" to take on anything less than emer­gency matters for a municipality.

One issue raised was... More...

Saturday, October 13, 2012

All Hail Raúl Ibáñez!

And I'm not even a Yankees fan!

I don't think it's unfair to call 40-year-old Raúl Ibáñez a "journeyman outfielder" even though he's only played for four teams in his 17 year career.

But what he's done this week alone is the stuff of legend.

It's not just that he's the man who pinch hit for More...

Friday, October 12, 2012

Murder most foul?

Updated Saturday, 10/13/2012 – 9:55 am

Nope... suicide most tragic.

A shot was heard at a residence at 55 Stevens Lane early this afternoon, and within the hour Patch reported... More...

And the winnah...

Joe Biden rolling eyes during debate

...of last evening's Vice-Presidential Debate, simply because he was the only one standing after the last round, has to be Republican chal­leng­er Paul Ryan.

Not that he delivered any knock-out blow to Veep Joe Biden... Biden did that to himself with an unending series of smirks, snickers, interruptions and distracting gestures. More...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Special Meeting...

...of the Westhampton Beach Village Board which con­vened at 5:00 pm this afternoon was commendable for its brevity, 17 minutes including an add-on Resolution.

Except that fully 11 of those minutes were spent listening to Deputy Mayor Hank Tucker resort to his "Ralph Kramden" "humina, humina humina" act trying to avoid answering a series of direct questions from two Village residents. More...

Alex Karras (1935-2012)

Never mind that he was a member of some of the Detroit Lions best teams, Alexander George Karras was one of the funniest men to ever don a football uniform.

The late George "Paper Lion" Plimpton knew a good thing when he wrote about it, and did an even more hilarious follow-up entitled "Mad Ducks and Bears," devoted to just Karras and John Gordy. More...

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

What manner of mischief is this?

More intrigue in Westhampton Beach as the Village Board has scheduled a Public Hearing... subject unspecified... at Village Hall, Wednesday, October 10 at 5:00 pm.

Someone(s)... is that you Patricia DiBenedetto and/or Junior Palmer?... has a bone in her/his/their teeth and is looking to make hay in time for the Fall harvest.

Anyone of the aforecited who might be feeling froggy, might want to schedule a quick counseling session with former Mayor Bart Wilenski before they jump.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Cablevision Bites! - XLV

Let's be a bit more specific here... I'm okay with the 'phone service, and the broadband Internet access is actually pretty good. It's the Optimum cable television services that really bite!

Where to begin? Pfffft! More...

Sunday, October 07, 2012

It happened a week ago...

...in Philadelphia, the birthplace of the Constitution of the United States, no less!

Girl Booted From Class For Wearing Romney Shirt; Teacher Made KKK Comparison

(No, you would not have seen that story if you are a Cablevision customer!) More...

Friday, October 05, 2012

The Officials Stole Another One

Fans of the Green Bay Packers now have others with whom to commiserate following the just concluded inaugural Na­tional League "Wild Card" game as the Atlanta Braves "wuz robbed" of a potential game-winning rally.

And watching on replay, the critical play was incontrovert­i­bly botched by Left Field Foul Line Umpire Sam Holbrook when he belatedly signaled the Infield Fly Rule was in effect on a fly ball as it fell between shortstop Pete Kozma and left fielder Matt Holliday. More...

Thursday, October 04, 2012

October Village Board Meeting

Another brief meeting of the Westhampton Beach Village Board this evening as a goodly amount of business was covered in a short time, as this was a day that many came to believe they would never live to see: the final municipal approvals which will allow Beach Bakery proprietor Simon Jorna to begin on his long-discussed renovation and ex­pansion project.

The approvals mark a major milestone for Jorna who has alternately been ignoring the Building Codes and doing battle with the Village since early 2003 in an at­tempt to finalize his personal vision for 112 Main Street. More...

Basabool as we've known it, is over!

The 2012 Major League Baseball regular season concluded last evening, and while few have realized it, the game going forward will be forever changed.

The Horsehide Powers That Be, the 30 owners, have in their dubious wisdon, earlier this year decided that their product is no longer the Great American Pastime, and that if they were to be financially competitive with the Pigskin Powers, a wholesale overhaul was needed. More...

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

The pulse quickens!

First poster for 'The Lone Ranger'

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who has no idea who I am, still seems determined to drive me mad with his dribbling out information and images for next Summer's Big Movie, "The Lone Ranger!"

Just the fact that it has Bruck­heimer's name attached to it gives me pause, but the old ways die hard and the legendary masked man of the Western Plains is such a touchstone of my youth, that I can't help but focus on July 3, 2013, the most recent revised release date. More...

Monday, October 01, 2012

Chamber no-brainer...

Why the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce Halloween Parade issue ever became an issue will probably only be known to those on the inner circle of the Chamber's Executive Board of Directors & Officers.

This was breaking news on 27East within the hour:

Westhampton Chamber Reverses Course, Agrees To Host Halloween Parade More...

Sunday, September 30, 2012

A 'Guilty Pleasure' returns...

...this evening on network ABC as "Revenge" begins its pot-boiling second season on a new night.

A year ago I wrote that the series...

"...is not destined to become a Wednesday evening regular chez Speir...."

...but, to borrow a phrase from the Watergate era, that information "is no longer operative." More...

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Came close one Summer...

Howard Andrew 'Andy' Williams (1927-2012)

...it had to be 1958... and I came within a whisker of meeting Andy Williams, who passed away this week following a 14-month fight against urothelial cancer.

It was during the time in my life when I was "car-crazy" and noticed everything about every car around as I toured about in my otherwise nondescript light green 1953 Ford. There was one metallic blue 1958 Chevy Impala convertable which More...

Friday, September 28, 2012

Meeting changed...

...to Tuesday, October 9 at 7:00 pm at Hampton Bays Senior Nutrition Center, 25 Ponquoque Avenue, for the purposes of discussing proposed regulations affecting waterfowling within the Town.

Poster

I'm not a hunter, but over the decades I've seen the en­croachment of urbanites who'd worked tirelessly to curtail if not outright eliminate all forms of firearms-related sports, including but not limited to water fowling, upland hunting and target shooting, so I support duck and goose hunters on principle.

If you have an interest in this pastime, attend and if not be heard, find out what the Town Trustees have in mind.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

It's already 'f'ugly'...

...in this year's 1st Congressional District Race between incumbent Tim Bishop (D, NY) and repeat challenger and failed Green Party candidate from New Jersey, Randy Altschuler (R).

And it's getting worse as this week has already seen three large format post cards from the candidates in my mail box, in a campaign that long ago "went negative" with serious charges leveled by both camps. More...

And not a moment too soon!

But three days too late for the Packers... headline tonight:

NFL, referees reach deal to end lockout, plan to get back to work Thursday in Baltimore

So the National Football League's lock-out of its game officials is over, and anyone who doubts that Monday evening's contest between Green Bay and Seattle wasn't instrumental in resolving this dispute, still puts cookies and milk on the hearth on Christmas Eve.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Why 'Waldo' isn't at the movies no mo'

The answer is simply 'cause goin' to the movies has become too problematic an exercise.

Time was when gasoline was 68¢-$1.19/gallon, and in my "Waldo Lydecker" persona, it was easy to fill three 90-second spots each week during the Don Brink early drive-time show on WRCN-FM.

Aside from the two movie venues in Westhampton More...

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Hey, Roger Goodell!

The feared B.S. flag

As a National Football League/Detroit Lions fan since well before you were born, I'm throwing the yellow flag on your actions as league Commissioner this week!

The "replacement referees" issue was al­ready at a boil before last evening's Green Bay-Seattle game, but now it's gone nuclear.

By now everyone and their idiot brother-in-law knows how badly the fill-in refs blew the final eight seconds of More...

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The good news on the evening...

...is that the "Primetime Emmys" recognized some worthy nominees with awards, most notably:

  • While HBO's "Veep" didn't win for Outstanding Comedy Series, Julia Louis-Dreyfus won Outstanding Actress in that category. More...

Everyone up for the Emmys

([y-a-a-a-a-w-n])

I've never paid too much attention to "The Emmy Awards," mostly because of the traditionally dreadful quality of tele­vision programming, but then I noted that some of the non-network fare was getting recognized, and after last year's event honored Peter Dinklage for the standout performance as a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in HBO's "Game of Thrones"

I mean, the last time I took more than a cursory look at the "awards" was eight years ago when Drea de Matteo More...

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Clint's back...

Poster for "Trouble with the Curve"

...Eastwood, of course, and it's not an empty chair he's talking to, but his recal­citrant urinary tract in the opening scene of "Trouble with the Curve" which opened last evening at the Hamptons Arts.

Now I was led to believe that 2009's "Gran Torino" was to be Eastwood's swan song in front of the camera, but as Bogey memorably admitted in "Casablanca:" More...

Friday, September 21, 2012

I knew I'd seen her...

Waitress Sandee

...somewhere before when she was taking our dinner order at New Moon Café last weekend, but it took me awhile before I got it.

Our server, Sandy Silver­man, was channeling Pitts­burgh illustrator J. Howard Miller's iconic February 1942 "We Can Do It!" poster com­missioned by Westing­house's War Production Co­ordinating Committee, cre­ated to recruit women into the workforce while the More...

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Rosco's and Gracie's new best friend...

Brian Bossetta

...is our neighbor a street and a half hence, author, actor and former South­ampton Press reporter, Brian Bossetta.

Fortunately for Gracie and Rosco, the puppy my wife never had when she was a little girl, chez Bossetta is pooch-friendly, and when Brian spotted them in his yard, both his heart and his door opened to the two run-aways. More...

Big 'Atta Boys' to...

...Superintendent John Kearns and the entire Westhamp­ton Beach Department of Public Works for their speedy and top-notch replacement of the plastic retaining strip on the edge of our front lawn which had through inadvertence, been mangled by a piece of Village equipment.

Mrs. Speir is once again happy... therefore I am as well.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

September Trustees Work Session

The September Village Trustees Work Session opened with a moment of silence in respect to former Deputy Mayor Mark Raynor who passed away last week.

The opening discussion involved a tentative plan to recon­tour the Northwest corner of the intersection of Mon­tauk Highway (C.R. 80) and Old Riverhead Road (C.R. 31) to create a turning lane for Southbound vehicles attempt­ing a right-hand turn. More...

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

O the irony!

Christmas on Main Street in mid-September

Rosh Hashanah began in the evening of Sunday, September 16, and ends this evening, Tuesday, September 18.

Why is this evening different from all other evenings?

Because while Rosh Hashanah may be ending, several areas of West­hampton Beach's Main Street are already fully "dressed" for the Christmas holidays! More...

First Impression: 'The Mob Doctor'

My niece Laura asked me yesterday if I was ready for Fox's only new drama series for the 2012-2013 TV season,"The Mob Doctor," and I sheepishly admitted that I hadn't even heard of it.

And now that I have, I'm sorry I did. Three words:

preposterous!

The sole reason I watched the damned thing was More...

Monday, September 17, 2012

A star(let) in born...

...last evening on the Season 3 premiere of cable HBO's "Board­walk Empire" in the episode entitled "Resolution."

Her name is Meg Chambers Steedle, and if any unknown ever dominated an established series1 the way she does, it escapes my memory. More...

Sunday, September 16, 2012

When Manny couldn't be 'Manny'...

...anymore, he upped and quit.

Remember Manuel Arístides Ramírez Onelcida, the oft-times quirky power-hitting outfielder from the Dominican Republic, for whom so much questionable behavior was excused with a shrug and the apologia, "It's just Manny being Manny?"

(When one is capable of hitting 45 homers in a season and driving in 165 runs, with a career batting average of .312, much is forgiven.) More...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Just so as everyone's...

...on the same page about the proposed East End Hospice facility on Quiogue, here's some graphical aids, starting with an aerial rendering of the project.

(Note: not sure when Cranberry Marsh was known as "Aspatuck River," but someone probably found that description on an ancient deed.) More...

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Mark Raynor (1954-2012)

Mark Raynor (08/29/1954-09/11/2012

One of the authentic "Sons of West­hampton Beach" lost his 21-month battle with cancer this morning when former Deputy Mayor Mark Raynor passed away at his home on Bridle Path.

In addition to his position within Village Government, Mark also served as Fire Chief... as a Raynor such was preor­dained... with the West­hampton Beach Fire Department. More...

Is Shelly Silver that stupid?

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver

The recent news about long-time New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been unsettling, cf:

Watchdog Group Pushes Ethics Board to Probe Reason for Silver's Secret Payout

At issue is the Speaker's decision to not reveal the expenditure of $103,080 in public funds to two female staffers in the legislative More...

Monday, September 10, 2012

Well, convinced me!

Teenaged Amanda Bynes

I must preface this entry with assurances that OtBB is not evolving into the vacuous People Magazine or the loathsome TMZ.

But there is some "celebrity news" which simply cannot be ignored, and this past week's reports of teen-airhead-turned-20-something train-wreck Amanda Bynes is just such an item: More...

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Happy Birthday to a fellow Virgo...

...and (so far) ideal neighbor, Adam Sandler, who, wher­ever he is at the moment, today turns 46.

One wouldn't know it unless one took the time to cross-check his impressive film résumé against Variety's annual box office grosses, but Mr. Sandler is one of the top three movie stars in the world.

Equally impressive from this jaded perspective is that he's a "Saturday Night Live" alumni who hasn't made news for any of the wrong reasons.

Friday, September 07, 2012

By light of day...

Glover's Lane looking South from the municipal parking lot.

...the exact problem discussed at last evening's Village Board meet­ing in regard to traffic traveling the wrong way on the One-Way portion of Glover's Lane, becomes much clearer.

It's not that the passage between the Mill Road municipal parking lot and Glover's Lane isn't adquately marked, because it is. More...

Thursday, September 06, 2012

September Village Board Meeting

Decent-sized turnout for what was a relatively nondescript monthly meeting of the Westhampton Beach Village Board this evening, one which lasted just over 40 minutes.

Andrew Mendelson

During Public Comment developer/specula­tor Andrew Mendelson again took to the podium and tried to pass off his 2011 Poll and current on-line petition as an actual application to change the B3 Zoning District to include the words "Grocery Store" or More...

For the second week running...

...the Editorial in this morning's Southampton Press Western Edition is what used to be known in the old days as "hard-hitting."

Last Thursday, Editor Frank Costanza took Westhampton Beach's Fire Commissioners to task for not having more and better answers to provide attendees at August 22nd's Fire District Informational Meeting... which was a bit silly as there was really no one there to ask the questions. More...

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

North Mall a mafia money dump?

What did we miss of interest to Westhampton Beachers during the 2½ month-long "Dog Days of August?"

It wasn't anything close to the celebrated "Headless Body in Topless Bar" front page tabloid headline of 1983, but...

Mogul accused of bilking mother-in-law of $10 million

...on July 27's Daily News Page 6 had a local angle. More...

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Where would the publishing world be…

...without Jeffrey MacDonald, the Queens born graduate of Patchogue High and Princeton University, and later a 6th Special Forces Group Surgeon convicted of annihilating his family while posted to Fort Bragg in February 1970?

One of the OtBB faithful recently brought up the name in conjunction with today's publication of "A Wilderness of Error: The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald" by Academy Award-winning documentary film-maker Errol Morris. More...

Monday, September 03, 2012

Oopsie!

What's wrong with this image from the Old Navy catalogue? Let us count the ways:

  1. There was no "AFC" (American Football Conference) in 1961; it did not exist until the American and National Football leagues merged in 1970.
  2. The Houston Texans did not come into being 'til the NFL expanded in 2002. More...

Sunday, September 02, 2012

What fun!

It has happened at irregular times... weddings, funerals or when one of boys is properly motivated by a strong enough desire to call the clan... and we have a family reunion.

The current one is the closest yet to home... all five of my cousins grew up next door to me, but now make their homes elsewhere distant... on Moriches Island, chez Dalmasse. More...

Friday, August 31, 2012

A headline you'll never see...

...in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe or The Southampton Press... and definitely not on AOL-owned Patch!

Armed bystander stops stabbing outside school

But there it was on the WOAI News4 (San Antonio, More...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The two best college basketball players…

...in the country during my Senior year at Adelphi, were both from New York, but only one played here, Barry Kramer, from Schenectady who played at NYU.

The other was Art Heyman, a kid from Manhattan who played high school hoops at Oceanside. His big rival wasn't Kramer, but Brooklyn-born Larry Brown, who played at Long Beach High School. More...

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

What a lady does not do…

...according to Mona Charen, a Conservative pundit and political analyst who is a syndicated columnist for, among other media, The Baltimore Sun.

I noted back in the '70s that the "Sexual Revolution" seem­ed to have passed me by, but for Charen, 17 years my junior, it not only missed her entirely, but she appears stunningly impervious to it having occurred at all. More...

Monday, August 27, 2012

Freedoms… Numerical Confusion

In preparing yesterday's OtBB entry about the Left Coastal views of our local eruv battles, I discovered that Jewish People Opposed to the Eruv has just launched a new Website, one that is heads and shoulders above its original Web presence.

(My compliments, Arnie, et al... if you had clue the first about how overdue this was, you'd've gone into your own pocket within a week of the blogspot's debut in 2008. Gawd, that was a visual horror and illegible to boot!) More...

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The West Coast weighs in...

...on the on-going issue of the eruv chazerot which has turned Westhampton Beach and its environs into a religious war zone since it was first proposed before the Village Board in early 2008.

This round of words started ten days ago when an associate professor at Pepperdine University School of Law, Michael A. Helfand, authored a Los Angeles Times Op-Ed entitled:

An eruv in the Hamptons? Why not?

It is the professor's considered opinion that the More...

Friday, August 24, 2012

Matutinal Mayhem in Midtown Manhattan

(Credit for the snappy alliterative title goes to Tim de Illy.)

I haven't spend so much time glued to the TV set since April 19, 1994, when our Federal Government willfully incinerated 75 male, female and youth off-shoot Protestants in an ef­fort to get one pedophile to surrender.

(It was the largest number of murders by fire since The Bronx' Happy Land arson four years earlier.)

As most now know, shots were fired in midtown Big More...

I hate it when...

...News12LI shows up anywhere near the area as their "news" coverage is generally substandard and superficial, commonly of the New York City tabloid-esque "let's show all our have-nots what The Hamptons are all about" variety!

But credit where credit is due, and their current report...

Hospice plans in Quioque have neighbors up in arms

...which debuted around 5:15 pm yesterday, isn't More...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

O, Anna, really?!

Hot story from Hampton Bays this week has broken on this morning's Southampton Press front page... a fuller version1 hit 27East yesterday morning:

Southampton Town Councilman Says Legal Action Could Be In Rumba's Future

Ignore if you can the quasi-heroic photo of Southampton Town Councilman Jim Malone addressing the More...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Wednesday evening meetings

At the monthly Village Trustees Work Session which started at 7:00 pm, nothing much happened.

Clerk of the Village Rebecca Molinaro took municipal notice of today's ruling by State Supreme Court Judge R. Bruce Cozzens that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's 0.34% payroll mobility tax is unconstitutional, and how it might impact Westhampton Beach which is moving to reclaim money "illegally" collected since 2009. More...

Informational Meeting Tonight...

Westhampton Beach Fire Department shield

...and it is furiously to be hoped that the presentation by the Westhampton Beach Fire District goes a helluva lot better than the last one held in this Village just over four years ago.

But then, Chairman of the Fire Commission, Frederick D. Overton (or, as we've always known him, "Fred") is no Joel Cohen so this should proceed smoothly. More...

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Like a rhumba of rattlesnakes...

...a flange of LaRouche followers regularly show up with crudely-made signs and banners to pitch their card tables and petitions before the 11978 post office.

Today was one of those days:

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

Lyndon LaRouche (a/k/a "Lyn Marcus"), it may be recalled, is the once quadrennial Presidential candidate, paroled felon, economist, conspiracy theorist and political extremist who's less than three weeks shy of nonagenarian status.

You say 'po-tah-toe'...

Struck by this morning's Reuters' headline reporting the death of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi:

Ethiopian strongman and Western ally, Meles, dies

It's a very informative headline... tells us most of what we need to know about the decedent. More...

Monday, August 20, 2012

Stoopid is as stoopid does

Updated 08/21/2012 – 12:57pm

...and right now I can't think of anyone more stoopid than suspended San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera who, in an attempt to avoid the mandatory sanction for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, created a fake Website offering a non-existent product containing the prohibited drug.

The next step was to plead "Really? I didn't know..." in the vain hope that he would avoid the 50-game rip. More...

Sunday, August 19, 2012

I did it... it was me!

Coda to last Tuesday's "Feedback..."

"I wound up with two pair, in Khaki and Sand, with Sales Tax and Delivery, for $29.30... and I have every confi­dence that I'll be a happy chappy!

That's with the proviso that a cold snap doesn't set in before they are delivered...."

U.S.P.S. dropped off my two new pair of J.C. Penney's Towncraft® Elastic Volley Shorts in this afternoon's mail, and I am in fact a decidedly "happy chappy!" More...

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Let's hear it for 'Seniors,' damnit!

Initially, yesterday's Fox News report...

Agencies tamp down speculation over hollow-point ammo purchases

...irked the bejabbers outta me with its lead paragraph:

"Obscure federal agencies triggered a firestorm of con­spiracy theories1 this week after they put out orders for thousands of rounds of deadly hollow-point bullets."

Wha-at??? More...

Friday, August 17, 2012

It's not just the weather...

...that's heating up hot, with more than 11 weeks to go 'til the polls open on Election Day, the NY-1 campaigns just went from zero-to-55mph this very day.

Tim Bishop's mailing

This afternoon's U.S.P.S. brought a slightly smaller than Randy Altschuler's large postcard from yesterday, mailed from Congressman Timothy Bishop.

[yawn!] More...

Two things immediately struck me...

...about yesterday afternoon's large postcard mailing from Randy Altschuler:

Randy Altschuler mailer

More...

Not so Bissful after all...

Being a continuation of "Bissfully unaware..."

I dunno... perhaps it's the "Dog Days," the Dies Caniculares of August through which we've been sweltering since mid-June... but of late it seems the Village been aggressively assailed by idiots in squadrons...

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Bissfully unaware...

...which is how one might characterize Micky Biss, who describes himself as "someone who owns a substantial amount of property in Westhampton Beach."

Biss is under the impression that he knows more about the legalities of land use because he "has developed several properties in both Miami and New York," and is apparently married to an attorney, and that together they know more than Village Attorney Richard Haefeli and Building Administra­tor Paul Houlihan, per this updated report by Erin More...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

'Cheat, Cheat, Never Beat?'

Except that perhaps that old playground axiom should be revised to "Cheat, Cheat, Never Beat!"

The big sports story this afternoon was that former New York Yankees (2002–2009), current San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera had been suspended 50 games after testing positive for abnormally elevated levels More...

'K-Grease' (1977-2012)

Terrible news from out East this morning when it was learned that Keith S. Greene, 35, who affected the persona "K-Grease," died as a result of drowning at Southampton Village Beach off Wyandanch Lane.

Keith grew up above his family-owned restaurant on Elm Street, just East of the Southampton train station. More...

OMG!

"Hope you had your stuff together.
Hope you were quite prepared to die.
Looks like we had some nasty weather...."

Ambien 10, #5421

Anyone not awakened in the wee small of this morning had to have been in a hermet­ically sealed bedroom with the air condi­tioning on full blast, or have gone to bed with a snootful of Ambien 10... or hooch... or possibly all three! More...

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Feedback...

...we get feedback! O, boy!, do we get feedback, be it via OtBB Comment, E-mail, 'Phone calls, Heliograph, or little notes in purple ink left on my doorstep.

It would seem that yesterday's discursive gripe about the unavailability of men's shorter-than-what-is-presently-in-vogue shorts, struck a responsive chord with a number of OtBB visitors, and despite my frustration with the knavish trickery of some Webmasters to lure me to their More...

Monday, August 13, 2012

Damn Liars!

Seven years back, I thought that Dockers Waterside was thoroughly unscrupulous for registering a Web address identical to The Peconic Baykeeper except that it used the .net domain instead of .org, and then duplicating the real Peconic Baykeeper's keywords for the .net site.

(Quick Tutorial: "keywords" are part of the Meta Tags that Webmasters place in a Webpage's header, visible only to Search Engines like Google, Yahoo! and Bing which Internet browsers use to find the Website with the information they seek.) More...

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Urp...

...which is as close as I wish to get to the sound of my own reverse peristalsis when an OtBB reader, recalling this entry from March, sent me a link to the latest endeavor by which Nadya Denise Doud-Suleman, dubbed "Octomom," is trying to supplement her State of California public assistance stippend.

We knew about the relatively modest "topless" photos for which she posed for the British tabloid Closer, but this one caught me by surprise: More...

Saturday, August 11, 2012

'Bourne #4' a poor legacy

I had actually been looking forward to the latest install­ment in "The Bourne Trilogy" but somewhere I seem to have disremembered that "tri" signifies three, and "The Bourne Legacy" is number four!

In police work, that would have been known as "a clue."

The movie opened in both Westhampton Beach and More...

Thursday, August 09, 2012

August Planning Board Meeting

Although the calendar was long... nine Holdovers, one De­cision, three New Applications, an Extension, one item for "Discussion," a Referral from the Trustees, a Miscellaneous and the ever-present yet-to-be recorded Covenants... the Planning Board's August Agenda was disposed of in under 45 minutes.

  1. Robert Burger was held over for a Decision at the September Meeting regarding to a second floor addition to a Mitchell Road condominium. More...