Tha's all right, Liz... everyone's allowed to act a little goofy on their natal day!
P.S. - You're doing a terrific job!
Off the record, on the QT in WHB, and very hush-hush…
Tha's all right, Liz... everyone's allowed to act a little goofy on their natal day!
P.S. - You're doing a terrific job!
...with the Westhampton Beach Police Department: it's all about the conflicting visions of the new Police Chief Trevor Gonce and the Village Board which belatedly appointed him.
One thing the residents have to know that whoever approached William Wilson to succeed Ray Dean...
(I mean, William Wilson Jr.??? Who the hell did even a cursory vetting of the man?)
So in the feelings of elation/sense of relief at the More...
I'm both furious at Major League Baseball's Golden Era Committee and tremendously sad that once again Gil Hodges was shamefully refused a spot in Cooperstown!
He sure as hell earned it during a playing career that spanned from 1943 to 1963 with two years out for service in World War II where he saw combat in the Pacific, earning a Bronze Star. More...
...Nancy Genovese (remember her?) just pulled down a hefty score from her wrongful arrest and imprisonment lawsuit for talking photos of a decommissioned fighter plane marking the 106th ANG portion of Gabreski Airport.
"The $1,112,000 was awarded to the mother of three for pain and suffering. There will be a second trial to determine if there should also be punitive damages...."
The original plaintiffs included Suffolk County, Southampton Town and a number of police officers involved in the August 2009 incident.
At this point the best that can be said for the taxpayers is that at least it wasn't the $70 million that Anna Throne-Holst's personally recruited Town Attorney, Michael Sordi, allowed to become a default judgement.
Trevor Gonce is now provisional Chief1 of the Westhampton Beach Police Department, a position for which he has been groomed by his former boss, Ray Dean, the FBI Academy and the crucible of backroom politics for the past 15 years.
Don't misunderstand; Trevor Gonce is one of the least political animals you will ever meet... but he's learning. More...
...learning to do, and you'd better take a crash course at your first opportunity.
From this morning's Southampton Press Western Edition's story on the Will We/Won't We Wilson fiasco:
"[Mayor Moore] declined to comment further on the situation, stating that it is a personnel matter."
No it's not, Maria, and you cannot fall back on that everytime you're not prepared to answer a question put to you by a reporter or a blogger as you have done at least twice now in the past six days, once on the issue of Police Department Consolidation and again now on the hiring of a Police Chief.
C'mon now! Remember that "transparency" thing?
And based on the most recent item on your own site, under your own name, I see that you are still confused.
Jeanne and I went across the Riverhead Plains yesterday midday to discharge a couple of quick errands.
Item the First: Jeanne was able to fill up her Toyota Prius (a hybrid) at Empire on Route 58 for 2.859. Why is it still well over $3.00/gallon here?
I usually direct that to our New York State Assemblyman Fred Thiele, but he just issues a press release announcing that he's sent an official letter to Albany about the matter, and it dies there.
Item the Second: on the drive back to Westhampton Beach in the driving rain, about every third or fourth vehice coming in our direction, had their windshield wipers on, but no headlights per New York State Law.
One car with its wipers going and its headlight off was a marked Suffolk County Sheriff's car.
...ended as it had to, crashing headlong into a semi out on Interstate 580 following a protracted medium speed chase by several dozen police vehicles with flashing lights and whining sirens.
The big headline on 27East last evening read:
"The Westhampton Beach Village Board on Friday withdrew an offer it had made less than a week earlier to former Southampton Town Police Chief William Wilson Jr., one of eight candidates it had interviewed...."
Make no mistake... the biggest part of the story is that the Village Board settled on Wilson as the most suitable More...
The idea was first raised publicly following a curious story in The Southampton Press. At the September 4, 2014 Village Board Meeting, under specific questioning by two members of the audience, all five Board members denied contacting the Town about consolidation, or even having knowledge of such a scheme prior to reading about it in The Press.
At the end of this evening's Red Wings-Rangers game... yea! Wings!... I flipped over to CBS to see what college football action was on view, and I couldn't believe what I was seeing on my 46-inch screen.
My first thought was that something hideous had happened to the color controls of the set... I mean, the playing field, the end zones, even the uniforms of the 22nd ranked Boise State Broncos and the 6-6 Fresno State Bulldogs! More...
I've received two (2!) 'phone calls this morning wanting to know if the subject of a "Grocery Store" or "Super Market" use being added to the B2/B3/I1 districts was broached at last evening's monthly Village Board Meeting.
At the November Trustees Work Session when Mayor Moore not-so-artfully introduced the matter, there was a fairly strong sense that this would be addressed at the December Board meeting, probably in the form of a resolution to retain the environmental/economic planning firm of Nelson, Pope & Voorhis to study the impact of such a zoning change.
Whatever was supposed to happen last night, didn't, and the strong suspicion is that the pro-zoning change forces simply didn't have the necessary votes.
A new Police Chief and adding a Super Market use: two meaty matters on the boil now moved back to simmer.
It was a well-attended monthly Westhampton Beach Village Board meeting at Six Corners this evening and while the long-awaited appointment of a new police chief was not forthcoming, a replacement for the upwardly mobile former Leeanne Gionta was announced: Janet Jurgielewicz.
Ms. Jurgielewicz was selected from a Civil Service List and her name handed up by Justice Robert A. Kelly Jr. to be his Justice Court Clerk effective December 8, 2014 at an annual salary of $40,000. More...
... described in the 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four is taking hold for fair in the Village of Westhampton Beach.
Back in May of this year OtBB made note of the job held by George Orwell's protagonist "Winston Smith," a clerk in the Records Department of the Ministry of Truth where he is tasked with rewriting historical documents in order to match the constantly changing policies of the ruling power.
That was during the run-up to the Village Election, and all's fair in love, war and, as we see on a daily basis, politics. More...
That's an easy one... he's on cable TCM (channels 34/734) Friday evening at 6:30 pm, when Otto Preminger's 1944 classic "Laura" is showing.
(That's him in the middle between Gene Tierney and Vincent Price, the splendid-looking fellow in black tie, "Waldo Lydecker" in the person of the incomparable Clifton Webb.)
I got the heads up on this from an old friend from from the Second Amendment wars, Harry Schneider, who recalled when I used that as a byline in the gunzines, and thought I'd be amused. More...
...to 1974, 40 years ago today, actually, when Notre Dame 9-1 at the time and ranked Number 5 among all major colleges in the country, came to the Los Angeles Coliseum to play the sixth-ranked University of Southern California (8-1-1)... they still had tie games in those days.
The Fighting Oirish led 24-0 in the second quarter when, with 10 seconds remaining, USC tailback Anthony Davis took a seven yard lateral from quarterback Pat Haden for a touchdown.
They came up empty on the two-point conversion, and were down 24-6 at the half. More...
Then Philadelphia's Eagles took down the detested... by me, at least!... Dallas Cowboys, 33-10, and that pretty much capped the day for me!
And between the final guns, we enjoyed a spectacular Thanksgiving Feast courtesy of our friends Mary (a teriffic cooks!) and John in Quogue!
What a kick-off to the holiday season!
...for Jeanne and m'self as it was Thanksgiving Day 2001 when we two re-connected while being of service to the lame, the halt, the aged, the infirm and the alone, a sappy tale of romance over the steam tables of New Moon Café I've related many times in the past.
So I'll not do it again, and just wish everyone the Happiest of Thanksgivings!
With the five month anniversary of her being sworn in as Mayor of Westhampton Beach approaching next week, it might be instructive to know what Maria Z. Moore is actually saying when she utters certain phrases... and we'll take this slowly, i.e., one at a time.
From this morning's Southampton Press Western Edition...
"'I've been approached by a lot of people about it, so I think we should look into it,' Ms. Moore said during last week’s work session." More...
His name is Barry Layne, better known as "Big Barry," proprietor of a successful steak house of the same name on Route 25A in Rocky Point, and later a less successful one on Middle Country Road in Centereach.
My wife, the medical professional, served me half a red grapefruit as part of my Sunday breakfast... it was tasty, and I remarked:
"Haven't had this in quite awhile... we should do this more often. It was a real treat."
"Not with some of the medications you're taking," she shot back. "Google 'drug interactions + grapefruit,'" so I did.
Ack! "Potentially fatal side effects!"
Who knew what ordinary resident of a household refrigerator could generate such grave toxicity in an unsuspecting consumer?
One of the Encore brand of cable television channels is "Encore Westerns" which, as most could figure out, is devoted to the Western genre of movies and re-runs of those television shows from the late '50s through the mid-'60s.
("Encore Westerns" is seen on channel 353 on the local cable system.)
This month they've been heavy on John Wayne Westerns, and will culminate with a day-long "Duke Marathon" on Thanksgiving. More...
From the July 8, 2014 entry on the Moore/Palmer Agitprop blogspot entitled A New Chief of Police:
"It is only after there has been a complete evaluation of the available candidates that we can make the best determination and ensure that the next Chief will enjoy broad community support and will have the respect of the officers in the department."
The new Administration had their man, not in the wings, but front and center and ready to go with Lieutenant Trevor Gonce. More...
Updated 11/20/2014 – 11:25 am
There could be multiple explanations for what transpired this evening at the Westhampton Beach Village Board's monthly Work Session, but it's difficult to arrive at a definitive answer that isn't rife with conjecture.
Sparsely attended, it marked the (promising) debut of Village Attorney Stephen Angel of Esseks, Hefter & Angel, LLP of Riverhead... he seemed to get the lay of the land pretty quickly.
Ignoring the part where long-time Village Planner Kyle Collins was summoned to the meeting to discuss More...
Headline from over the weekend:
"Ten Long Island USPS workers at the Hicksville Maintenance Facility were fired Friday for sleeping on the graveyard shift instead of repairing mail trucks...."
I wonder what would have happened had there been a competent agency to pull a similar late night raid on the old Sunset Avenue Police Station anytime during the mid-'70s to the late '90s! More...
...on last Fedruary's OtBB entry entitled "Memo to Alex Gregor" in which the abysmal condition of...
"South Road in Westhampton between Cook's Pond and the Long Island Railroad crossing, with particular focus on that stretch between Seabreeze Avenue and Summit Boulevard"
...was publicly called to his attention.
Well, defying all expectations, I'm pleased to note that the Southampton Town Highway Superintendent has actually done something about that situation, resurfacing South Road from Nadine Drive by Cook's Pond all the way to the Brookhaven Town line... More...
...that the Village's current administration has continued to maintain, with regular updates, its campaign Website, "Progress For Westhampton Beach."
Or, as it will henceforth be known on OtBB in order to keep it in perspective, the "Moore/Palmer Agitprop."
(It will be listed in the right-hand menu column of this blog since it is, after all, about Westhampton Beach... or at least their vision of our Village.)
And while I may take the mickey out of Mrs. Moore, Junior Palmer and especially shot-caller/Dowager Empress of Oneck Joan Levan, their views deserve exposure.
On another note, it's apparent that this blogspot has had considerable influence on the new kid on the Web, I am flattered... I think.
Not only is the Academy Award-winning young actress a dish and abundantly talented, but aside from that gaffe involving keeping nude photos of herself on her (hackable) cell' 'phone, able to make good decisions about her career.
Brilliant in films such as "Winter's Bone," "Silver Linings Playbook" and "American Hustle," and enormously popular as "Katniss Everdeen" and "Raven/Mystique" in, respectively, "The Hunger Games" and prequel "X-Men" franchises, at age 24 she's got it all going for her.
Ennnt! Not so fast! Comes now news that "J.Law," as the equally moronic 7:00 pm "entertainment news shows" refer to her, scrapped that cameo.
Excellent move, young lady!
Headlines on page 1 of this morning's Southampton Press Western Edition:
Cute... but materially inaccurate!
Unlike the concomitant application being made by CVS in Bridgehampton...
Jeanne went to Riverhead yesterday... and filled up her vehicle's fuel tank at $3.099/gallon.
Compare that to what we're expected to pay at either of the local gas pumps!
And there's one less place to dine in the Village today: Red Fortune seems to had shuttered itself for the Winter.
Based on an aggregate of the crowd-sourced reviews on TripAdvisor, their downtime will be best spent re-thinking their staffing and kitchen.
Thank you for your service... you know who you are.
Another dull public Meeting of the Westhampton Beach Village Board... 27 minutes and nothing much transpired other than Attorney John Bennett, representing CVS, objected to the requirement of a full Market and Municipal Impact Study of the former bowling alley property under the State Environmental Quality Review Act.
Also, the Board beefed up the census of the Village Police Department by appointing Joseph Loria to the position of Part Time Police Officer at an hourly rate of $20.00 as of October 30, 2014. More...
Brief E-mail from a reasonably squared away pal of four decades:
"A friend in the wholesale food supply business tells me he has heard that Fairway Foods has made overtures to Waldbaums about taking over their sites in Westhampton Beach and Southampton Village - hear anything?
Fairway did this in both Queens and Plainview."
Wow! What a boon to the Village should this come More...
Now I have to go grovel on New York State GOP Chairman Eddie Cox's lawn in the morning for doubting what he told me privately 17 months ago, that Zeldin would be a winner against Bishop this time around.
...why are we not surprised?!
"Finding that Mr. Guldi, now 61, had no remorse for using forged documents to scam millions of dollars from banks, nor any explanation for his actions after interviewing him on October 14, the board denied his bid for parole and put him on a 24-month hold, meaning he will not be eligible for parole again until 2016...." More...
...must stop "ghost stop" for Halloween treats today!
Hells bells and all hallows parades, it's the only stop for the youngsters and older folks alike!
Proprietrix Sandy Patterson goes all out for the occasion, even though she has usually closed her Main Street Restaurant for the season by then... she dresses herself decorates the premises and dispenses safely sealed goodie flouts and snackie crackies to all.
I think she has more fun doing it than any of the parents and kids do in receiving her largesse.
Good work in the spirit of Halloween, Sandy!
(With appropriate apologies to Joseph Conrad.)
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!
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...
...to so many of these National Football League players that while they act the fool on the field they:
...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...
...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...
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.
Last June I pitched a bitch about New York Yankees broadcasters John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman, and acknowledged that...
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...
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...
...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...
...was extremely well-attended, with an overflow crowd within five minutes of the official 4:30 pm start.
(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...
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...
...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.
...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...
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.
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:
"In the wise words of Yogi Berra: 'You could look it up.'"
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...
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...
...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:
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?
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...
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...
...in my recollection... had as fitting a farewell as did Derek Jeter last night against the classy Baltimore Orioles1 in Yankees Stadium.
"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...
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...
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.
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...
...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.
Photo courtesy of Hugh M. Merle.
...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!
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...
...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...
This one kinda caught me, and others, by surprise:
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...
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!"
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!
"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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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?
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.
...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:
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!
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...
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...
...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.
"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...
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...
...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...
...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.
...and instructive, as well! From The New York Post:
There were two sure bets this past week:
...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:
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...
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...
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.
"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...
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...
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.
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...
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:
...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.
...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.
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.
...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...
...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...
(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.
The lead story on the CBS Evening News just now was "violent weather!" (With emphasis on the exclamation point.)
...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...
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...
"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...
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...
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...
What a start to Wednesday:
(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.
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:
Calling it "inflammatory," Señor De La Fuente thought the headline "negative" despite its accuracy.
And that seems to be the problem... its accuracy. More...
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...
...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...
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...
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.
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.")
...I wanna double my annual salary, never mind that I've been in office for less than two days!"
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.
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...
...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, finanacial institutions and media are given official designations, etc.
Or not, as newly elected Mayor Maria Z. 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...
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...
...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...
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...
...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, 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...
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.
...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!
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!)
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.
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...
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...
...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...
...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...
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.
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.
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...
...I'm at an age when all manner of unanticipated things evoke a brief flash of memory, an association of something usually from the distant past.
What did it this week was an awwwwwwwwwwww-inspiring E-mail, forwarded by my wife, with 23 photos of infants and toddlers in the company of dogs that's currently making the rounds at the speed of the Internet:
Summer 1960 I lent Andy Vennard $2.00 drinking More...
...'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...
...that there's an election coming eight days from now in Westhampton Beach, we have:
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...
...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...
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...
...and other thoughts on baseball announcing.
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...
...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...
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.
It cites some issues facing the Village, including:
[sigh] According to the National Academy of Sciences...
"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.
...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.
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...
...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."
...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...
...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.
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...
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...
...it seemed like it was still 1984! In the story on 27East this morning, originally by-lined "Kyle Campbell..."
...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...
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.
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...
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...
...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."
We're not Jewish and this isn't Nassau County, but it was Sunday night so we resolved to check it out! More...
...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.
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.
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.
...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.
From Longview, Texas by way of USA Today:
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...
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...
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?
...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...
...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...
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...
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:
...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...
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...
...and, not coincidentally, so does the Village of Westhampton Beach!
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.
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.
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."
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.
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!
...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...
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...
...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!"
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...
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...
...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.
...of Mill Road on the litter of eight sired by their Champion Sandcastle Yankee Legend (a/k/a "Mickey1") of Westhampton Beach.
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.
...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...
"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.
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...
...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.
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...
...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...
...'cause you know it's going to happen again when a horrifying incident like this captures international headlines!
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...
...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...
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...
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...
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...
...Morrow and Walter Cronkite! I knew that NBC faked reports like this, but CBS, too?
"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!
...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!
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.
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."
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.
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...
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...
As with any David v. Goliath tale, this was very watchable!
By this time as the interested part of the world is More...
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...
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...
...and while in this age, that could mean print, television or digital, this definitely has the feel of front page 96 point black letters:
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.
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.
And those were just individuals! With Flight 370 we're talking 277 people!
...to the grand tradition of Saint Patrick's Parade Weekend in Westhampton Beach? It used to be... upon personal recollection... a blast!
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...
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.
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?
(But shouldn't the home team's jerseys more properly have read "Los Toros?")
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!
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...
...I'm following with considerable interest:
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...
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...
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...
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...
Sent along by a former Remsenburg resident, now located in Arizona:
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!
Stumbled across at People.com:
"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.
This just in...
"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.'"
In three short years, Morgan eclipsed Nancy Grace as television's most contemptible personality.
...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...
...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:"
...under the name of "TruthonZeldin" with the E-dress of "firstname.lastname@example.org." More...
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...
...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...
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...
...why this sounded so familiar.
"...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."
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...
From 27East this afternoon:
"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...
...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...
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.
...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...
...that "The Walking Dead" returned to cable AMC last evening, and offers a time-honered strategy for dealing with a zombie apocalypse:
For my part, I still haven't forgiven AMC for replacing "Rubicon" after just one season with 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...
Sub-captioned "The world's first Pelosi-Republican," the investigative report is essentially a "hit piece" on George Demos about whom OtBB wrote yesterday.
"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...
...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, 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...
...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.
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...
...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!
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...
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...
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...
...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...
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...
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."
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?
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.
It's a good thing Budd and Gerry Schulberg never lived to see this headline:
...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...
...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....
...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...
...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!
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.
Never heard of a "Cowboy church" before, but it seems to address the spiritual needs of cowpokes, wranglers and trail hands.
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."
"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...
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...
Production costs are minimized by not wasting money on non-essentials like writers or professional performers!
...in the immediate universe are me 'n' my old movie-going buddy Collins Crowther!
Our immediate reaction wasn't "Really?" so much as "'Bout damned time!" More...
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.
...at the very least don't say something stupid!
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...
...and heading into the new year, the former Ms. Wall looks to be the catch of 2014!
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...
The House of Speir has holiday visitors from the strange and distant land of inner city Philadelphia...
...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."
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...
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...
And it is that letter I must address. More...
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...
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...
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...
...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!"
Anyone recognize the source material? More...
...and even more now that last Summer's bio-pic is available on DVD. This answer was a little too easy!
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...
The only hint I'll provide is that this internationally known person is a former resident of Center Moriches.
"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:
"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...
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...
It's crap like this:
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...
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.
...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...
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...
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...
...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.
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!
...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...
...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...
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...
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...
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.
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.
...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...
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...
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...
From today's Southampton Press Western Edition, page 13:
"Injectable day?" Color me appalled!
...but some questions remain:
"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.
...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...
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...
...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."
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."
...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!
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...
...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...
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...
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...
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...
"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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
...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...
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...
...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.
And when she sees that Simon is competing directly... the gelato... with Shock Ice Cream, someone had better alert the closest cardiac care unit!
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...
Her obituary ran in The New York Times yesterday...
...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...
...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 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?
...just as calm and orderly as could be!
Geese on parade. A lovely sight.
...but I'd rather not it have been Alex Rodriguez who broke Lou Gehrig's career record for grand slam home runs.
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...
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...
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...
...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...
Very brief monthly meeting of the Westhampton Beach Village Board this evening, and as might be expected, nothing of great consequence was decided.
Updated 09/08/2013 – 09:28 am
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.
Oops! Spoke too soon! (Thank you, Jackie!)
...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.
"Sorry to interrupt, but we have Robert Kraft in the Green Room."
Kraft? Robert freaking Kraft?!? What has he done lately?
Under the heading of "Anything that Happens in the Hamptons in the Summer deserves a Snappy NY Post Headline," this from July 25:
"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...
...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...
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...
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...
The headline on the NCAA Website announcement states:
...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...
...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.
...and the only question is what took'em so long?!?
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...
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...
Despite a calendared item postponed from the Village Board meeting of August 1st, in a prefatory statement Mayor Conrad Teller had this to say about that:
"Discussion about opening our current Business Districts' Master Plan has been removed from this Work Session agenda based on input from the majority of the Board members and myself."
While that was being digested by would-be B3/I1 developer Andrew Mendelson's attorney Frank Isler, the Mayor continued: More...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
...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...
"...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...
Hadn't thought of her in ages when I saw the news last night:
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.
...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...
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...
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...
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No, not "Who stole my rubber tree plant?," but which political organization commissioned the sophomoric telephone poll currently being conducted throughout Southampton Town? More...
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...
Well, there goes my sole Friday evening Guilty Pleasure!
Was the series great television? Far from it! More...
"...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...
...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.
Upon closer examination, and after running the More...
...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:
As I have long maintained, the fluky weather extremes won't stabilize 'til they put the rocks back on the moon!
...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.
...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...
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...
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...
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.
...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!
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...
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:
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:
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...
...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...
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...
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...
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...
...please disregard the misspelling of the family name.
Can ol' dad be more proud? (See: FrostBites.)
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...
"Dad, can we get a dog? Huh? Huh? Please?"
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)...
...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!"
...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."
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...
...be far behind when something like this is seen on Main Street?
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...
"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...
Saturday, June 22, 2013 – 4:10 pm... 113 Main Street.
There used to be a very active pub here, 18/7/363¼.
...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...
...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
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....
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...
...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...
...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.
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...
...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:
...as stupid can get!
"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...
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.
"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...
...Canadian Health Care, but is less than enthusiastic about her adopted country's gas pump prices:
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.
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...
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...
...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...
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...
(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...
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!
...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" ("email@example.com") reads: More...
...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...
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...
...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...
...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.
...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...
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...
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.
...who's keeping Kosher this year?
"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...
Updated Tuesday, May 21, 2013 – 09:32 pm
|Semi-official results of the 2013|
Westhampton Beach School District Election
A total of 663 voters went to the polls and another 30 absentee ballots were tabulated. More...
...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...
...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...
...her enterprise and the father bursts with pride!
Conceived, created and a reality! Go Pegs, go!
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...
...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...
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...
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...
(Striving mightily to keep OtBB PG rated!)
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...
...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...
...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...
...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.)
Both of these photos were taken three minutes apart, one long block from one another on Montauk Highway.
Regular unleaded, pumped by an attendant, is More...
...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.
Held by the local animal welfare and rescue group More...
...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?
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...
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!
...Neener neener neener!
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.
Just what I wanted to hear from the Knicks J.R. Smith!
"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!"
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.
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!
Recent New York Newsday headline:
(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...
Still, we had'em sweatin' the whole second half! If 'Melo just makes those free throws near the end of the 4th Quarter!
"If a frog had wings, he wouldn't bump his ass so much...."
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...
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...
...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...
"......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...
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...
...in truth, I'd like to see anything happen in this particular location!
It would be a great boon to the downtown area on several counts. More...
...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...
...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...
...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...
...of the Millennium, so far, has to be the one on last evening's on-line edition of The Hill:
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.
...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.
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...
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...
...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...
...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...
...here's how Castor fiber handles it:
Damn straight! Get out of my face with your freakin' camera! Sic semper evello mortem paparazzi!
...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...
...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.
"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...
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...
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...
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...
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!
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...
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...
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.
...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!
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...
And I learned it from Curbed Hamptons, of all places, a site dedicated to... ack!... real estate.
(Architect Geller himself called it "the Box Kite.")
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!
...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...
...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...
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...
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.
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...
...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...
...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...
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...
Courtesy of my daughter, thousands of miles away, but still interested in all things Long Island:
Can there be a more compelling argument for designating the place by Shinnecock Canal "landmark" status and preserving it from development or [shudder!] demolition?
...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...
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.
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...
(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...
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...
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...
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...
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!
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."
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...
...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...
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...
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:
Aside from correspondent Sharon Otterman's confusion about Southampton Town vís Southampton Village, More...
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...
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.
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...
This caught my attention on 27East:
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
...uses natural resources for her patio decor at her mountainside home in Whistler, B.C.:
Behold, the snow bench!
...a photo like this:
...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.
...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.
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...
...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...
Our Governor! [sigh]
Li'l Andy's biggest problem... and therefore ours... is More...
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...
...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...
...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.
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...
Fresh from 27East:
"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...
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...
...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...
...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.)
...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!
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.
Of a curious bent, I inquired within and was told that More...
...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...
...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...
...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.)
A preview of tonight's episode shows some Westhampton Beach scenes, including one shot inside Beach Bakery.
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...
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 [firstname.lastname@example.org]," in which upon opening one finds... More...
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.
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.
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.
...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...
"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....
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.
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...
This morning's news headlines throughout the seventh state admitted to the Union:
While officials have yet to identify the "suspect," or reveal why "a huge amount of law enforcement officers... More...
...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...
...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...
...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...
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...
...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...
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.
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.
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!
Incredibly, with 327 regular season games through the end of this month having already been canceled in More...
...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 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...
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.
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.
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"
...what Paula Broadwell had in mind when her biography of retired four-star General David Petraeus was entitled...
The publisher's blurb now takes on a special irony: More...
...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...
...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...
"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.
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...
...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
...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...
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.)
"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.
Talk about clueless! This arrived yesterday from Congressman Tim Bishop:
"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...
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...
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!
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.
Updated 10/22/2012 – 09:47 pm
...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.
(Photo of Ashley by Andres Valenzuela.)
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:
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."
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...
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?"
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...
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...
...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.
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.
...when President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney take the stage in front of an international TV audience at Hofstra University?
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...
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...
...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...
...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...
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.
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.
...in Philadelphia, the birthplace of the Constitution of the United States, no less!
(No, you would not have seen that story if you are a Cablevision customer!) More...
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...
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...
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...
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...
...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...
...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...
...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.
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.
...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...
But three days too late for the Packers... headline tonight:
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.
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...
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...
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...
...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.
...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...
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...
...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.
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...