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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Alan Hallock (1940-2015)

I was saddened to note the passing of an old grade school classmate last week, Alan S. Hallock Sr., at his adopted home in Sarasota, Florida.

Predeceased by two of his four sons and his wife Beverly, I don't think I'd seen him since he was working for Alpert Moving and Storage I don't know how many years ago.

When I saw his obituary on 27East this afternoon, my im­mediate reaction was, "Another one!"

I shouldn't be surprised, given our ages... but off-hand the only ones from Miss McNeill's first grade class at Six Corners that occur to me are still around, are Milt Raynor, George Carmany and the Allan twins, Chrissy and Davie.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Everyone up for GoT!

Season 5

It's here at last, the Season 5 premiere of the successful-beyond-HBO's-wildest-expectations "Game of Thrones," goes live this evening!

My expectations... greatly reduced since "King Joffrey" received his agonizing due last season and his grandfather Tywin died fittingly and humiliatingly on a privy at the hand of his misshapen and tormented son... are lots of dragons and dire wolves... and perhaps a nubile maiden déshabillé or three.

Dracarys!

Friday, April 10, 2015

What's missing from this photo?

Where's the fire truck?

If you noticed that Mike Araujo's old fire truck is missing from its regular spot in front of 196 Montauk Highway in the Village, then you are indeed observant.

Mike has sold his popular Firehouse Pizza business to a young woman named Odeth who came from Guatemala by way of Jak Deli in Speonk. More...

Thursday, April 09, 2015

O, pul-ease!

I have no idea of who Denise DeSarlo of East Quogue is, whether she's the little old lady in tennis shoes who gets up at 3:00 am to spray paint "Turkey Shoot Canceled1" on the Riverhead Pistol And Rifle Club sign on the Westhamp­ton-Riverhead Road each Fall, or a starry-eyed 14-year old Ingrid Newkirk idolator.

Or just a twit!

I saw her Letter to The Editor in this morning's Southamp­ton Press Western Edition with a heading "Tasteless Photo." More...

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Opening Day is in the books...

Los Angeles Dodgers

...and I'm a happy chappie: the Dodgers won on a late home run from new comer Jimmy Rollins, and one of my favorite players over the past nine seasons, Matt Kemp, now in a different uniform, made a personally successful return to Los Angeles by driving in all three San Diego runs.

(My only downer here was that last season's Most Valuable Player and three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw wasn't the winning pitcher.)

But the most notable season launching performance for me was that of the New York Mets who have somehow More...

Sunday, April 05, 2015

P-l-a-a-a-a-a-a-y Ball!

It is the time of year... receding snow and all... when men young and old start thinking about what Chico Escuella immortalized as "beisbol," and all that comes with it like the crack of the bat, the thump of the ball into leather and screams of frustration by the players with a sudden bad knee or a bum elbow before they've signed a long-term $100 million contract.

Opening Day featuring the St. Louis Cardinals visiting the Chicago Cubs within the cosy confines of the ivy in historic Wrigley Field also gives me comfort about America.

Today's words are 'He has risen...'

...and so too has a little bit of my hope for the America in which I was raised.

I've watched with rising revulsion over the past ten or so days while a horrific blizzard of crap has rained down on the state of Indiana, begun by what has come to be known as the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans­gender) seg­ment of the population.

It became so intense that Indiana Governor Mike Pence, who had withstood the badgering of the normally rational Chris Wallace on last week's Fox News Sunday, More...

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Spelling Counts!

Seen at Lakewood Springs in Plano, Illinois:

In fairness, the visual clues (length and word-spacing) in the first line suggest that this was a prank by vandals.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

April Village Board Meeting

Pro forma Monthly Meeting of the Westhampton Beach Village Board this evening, and with the clocks set to the correct time for the first time in three years, Mayor Maria Moore called the sparse attendance to order with the Pledge of Allegiance at exactly 7:00 pm.

Approvals for outdoors tables, chairs and benches were re­newed for Boom Burger and Dee Angelo's, and the multi-board process for the re-zoning of the one-time Petty Hardware property at 133 & 137 Montauk High­way/92 Oak Street was set in motion. More...

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Memo to Maria, April 2015

From today's Southampton Press Western Edition, page A8:

Moore Unveils Her First Budget

(Similarly on 27East.com.)

The draft budget totals $9.92 million, up $180,000, or 1.6%, over the budget adopted one year ago.

One part, relegated to the very end of Kyle Campbell's report was bothersome: More...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

This afternoon's Special Meeting

In point of fact, I blew it off.

It was advertised on the Village's Website five days ago:

"PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Village of Westhampton Beach Board of Trustees will hold a Special Meeting/Work Session on Tuesday March 31, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. in the Trustee Meeting Room at Village Hall 165 Mill Road. This meeting is for the presentation of the 2015-2016 Tentative Budget."

While that might be "true," it's not exactly accurate. More...

Bring it to Westhampton Beach...

...before it suffers a mishap in Queens! The big news last evening:

Coyote spends afternoon on Long Island City roof

Coyote in Queens

"A wild animal resembling a coyote wandered onto the roof of a bar in Queens where it appear­ed to be stranded for sev­eral hours Monday..."

(Video footage.)

Assuming that the animal was in fact actually of the species Canis latrans, I'd like to offer it a Fresh Air Fund type of opportunity in the western Hamptons this Summer. More...

Monday, March 30, 2015

Resting Comfortably...

...following her surgery Friday afternoon at Hampton Vet­erinary Hospital, here's Gracie:

Gracie recuperating in the den

She'd slept off the effects of the anesthesia by late Satur­day, and by Sunday evening was able to do a decent ap­prox­imation of her little happy dance that caused Jeanne and I to bring her home from the Brookhaven Animal Shelter back in 2003.

And this morning, she was back on her regular squirrel watch, for which blessing we are all very most delighted.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

So, you wanna hook up...

...to the Gabreski Airport sewage treatment plant (a/k/a Sewer District No. 24, Gabreski-Municipal, con­sist­ing of a sewage treatment plan, pumping station, force main, and gravity sewers and other appurtenant facilities?

Some background:

According to the March 21, 2011 meeting of the Suffolk County Sewer Agency... More...

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Lewis Black came to WHB PAC last night..

Updated April 01, 2015 – 04:41 pm

The Southampton Press Western Edition front page of March 20, 2015

...picked up last week's edition of The Southampton Press Western Edition, and in less than five minutes dismantled the eruv prob­lem more effectively than the combined seven year efforts of Irene Barrett of the Quiogue Christian Citizens' Council, Jacqueline Sprotte, Bob Dillmeier, Arnie Sheiffer's JPOE and late-comer Jack O'Dwyer.

Visiting the issue twice in his F-Bomb crammed 90-minute performance before a sold-out Westhampton Perform­ing Arts Center, Black used his celebrated rant device to brilliantly take the mickey out of both factions in the re­heated eruv/lechi battle.

Unfortunately, due to OtBB's self-imposed language prohi­bitions, his remarks will not be published... they were, I assure all, on point and should be the final word if the 450+ attendees go forth and spread that word.

But here's a 16+ minute sampling of the PAC Show.

Friday, March 27, 2015

I knew that look immediately

Amazing Gracie

Gracie had developed a boo-boo on her left ribcage several months ago, a hairless spot of flesh smaller than a dime that didn't seem inclined to heal on its own, so we took her to Dr. Wen at Hampton Vet­er­i­nary Hospital in Speonk.

He diagnosed it as a cut, treated it with an antibiotic and suggested that she wear an old tee-shirt for awhile to prevent her licking the spot as the more traditional "cone of shame" prevents her from navigating the stairs. More...

Thursday, March 26, 2015

If you haven't been keeping abreast...

...of issues of importance to you, then don't pitch a bitch because you don't know what's happening!

Part-time Bridle Path resident Jack O'Dwyer, who has been frantically stirring the eruv brew for the past two months, has now enlisted the help of another area part-timer (Quiogue rather than the claimed "ten-year resident of Westhampton Beach") Carol Goodale to challenge Mayor Maria Moore and the Trustees:

Public Discussion of Eruv Needed in Westhampton

The attendant text parrots, if it wasn't in reality More...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

First Amendment null and void in MSG?

This story makes me and my buddy Marty glad we never went for our lungs for a courtside seat to see our New York Knickerbockers perform in Madison Square Garden... a couple of cots in The Tombs would have been reserved for us several times over this season!

Anthony Rotondi

Former ING broker Anthony Rotondi is pursuing an amended lawsuit against the Garden for not just being ejected from the January 7, 2014 game against the Detroit Pistols, but for losing his job when a representative of the NBA franchise contacted his employer the following day and reported that... More...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Joyful nuptials... and candor

Just caught up with this not-run-of-the-mill Wedding Announcement in the current Southampton Press Western Edition (A13):

"Sherry|Gerzack

Ann Louise Sherry, daughter of the late Joseph and Lea Sherry of Sag Harbor, and William Gerzack, son of the late Charles and Henrietta Gerzack of Poland, were married on March 2.

The couple met in the fellowship of Alcoholics Anony­mous and celebrated their nuptials by going to a meet­ing afterward."

Aside from being charmed, I wish the recovering couple and their combined family of five all the best.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Couldn't help but think...

...of the high cost of "keeping kosher" one Orthodox family paid in Brooklyn this past weekend when a hot plate set their home on fire, killing seven of Gabriel Sassoon's children and gravely injuring his wife Gayle and the sole surviving offspring, 14-year old daughter Siporah.

The hot plate was used to keep food warm as cooking is a disallowed activity on Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath. More...

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Memo to Buoy One

When my wife, who knows about these things, spotted this headline on-line...

Locals uncork arsenic in wine lawsuit

...she wasn't overly concerned since "local" in this in­stance related to San Diego, California.

Then she read the rest of the story: More...

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Down goes #11 Griffing

Updated Thursday, March 19, 2015 – 04:45 pm

At this start of this morning's work day, this...

August 19, 2014

...became this: More...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

March Village Board Meeting*

(* Rescheduled from March 5th due to weather.)

The two-hour long monthly meeting of the Westhampton Beach Village Board was highlighted by an appealing visual presentation by planner Kyle Collins of his preliminary vision of a make-over of the Village's B1 thoroughfare between Potunk Lane and Beach Road/Beach Lane.

Entitled "Main Street Streetscape," it showed through a series of projected slides a Now and Potential version of the area, one aspect of which posited that if the present 159 30° diagonal parking spaces were reconfigured to 45°, would allow for up to an additional 60 cars. More...

Monday, March 16, 2015

We're from NYS DEC, II...

...being a follow-up to March 4th's "We're here from New York State Department of Environmental Conserva­tion." As noted in that previous entry...

"One of the attendees tonight made a request from the floor that the Comment Period period be extended, a request which DEC representatives said is routinely accommodated."

And so it was:

"The public comment period about the proposed remedy to address contamination related to the Suffolk Airport Canine Kennel Site #152079 (Westhampton Beach, Suf­folk Co.) has been extended through April 26, 2015."

(A link is provided to a revised "Factsheet.") More...

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Mr. Pott, Mr. Kettel.

Old news, I know, but the incredible gall of former United States Democratic Congressman from New York, Anthony Weiner, never ceases to astound me.

Anthony Weiner blasts Citi Habitats broker

The source of the disgraced NYC mayoral candidate's ire?

Real estate broker Brian Morgan spilled details of an apart­ment search by Weiner and wife, Huma Abedin, long-time personal aide to Hillary Clinton, to the New York Post's notorious Page Six.

Weiner didn't mince any words, calling Morgan a "no-class broker" and "slimey."

Detail of Weiner sexting image

Hel-LO?

This from the serial sexter and social media exhibitionist/philanderer?

Pffui!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Damn! An awful week!

Ndamukong Suh

For five seasons defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh roared as the Detroit Lions... my Detroit Lions... All-Pro defensive tackle.

I'm devastated at the Lions'... my Lions'... loss of the All-Pro defensive tackle to the Miami Dolphins through that damnable free agency. More...

Friday, March 13, 2015

A model for 'girl sports reporters'

The best of the "sideline chicks" covering any of the four major professional team sports is Alanna Rizzo who I first came across as MLB Network's "token female" during the 2013-2014 baseball seasons.

(Actually my ideal for female sports reporters is ESPN's Hannah Storm, but even though she's not-so-hot lighting a gas grille, she's one-of-a-kind as an anchor or correspondent.) More...

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Be sober and vigilant...

...for the New York State Depart­ment of Environmental Conserva­tion is back among us with their swan eradication agenda, except that now they are re­ferring to it as "reducing the population of mute swans using 'non-lethal' techniques."

New York State Revises Plan To Deal With Mute Swan Populations

Part of the rationale for this state-sponsored assault on the swan community is given: More...

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Yes, Westhampton Beach, the lechis...

...have been approved by LIPA/PSEG, but whether they have actually been installed on the utility poles is another issue.

In response to a FOIL request filed with Long Island Power authority by OtBB on February 27, 2015, the public utility responded earlier today with a copy of a Licensing approval granted to East End Eruv Association and with a list of a total of 46 poles, broken down in a marginal notation as "27 LIPA 19 TEL." More...

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Here's how big a bullet the Village dodged

From OtBB's not-so-wayback machine:

The Village dodges the Wilson bullet

"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...."

We revisit this matter to reveal a telling Public Record (em­phasis added) that was available from the Suffolk County Clerk's Office during the Village's hiring search, but seems to have been overlooked in the process. More...

Monday, March 09, 2015

Really now???

Headline on 27East:

Westhampton Beach Accused Of Beating Infant Enters Not Guilty Plea

All I can say is that the municipality never had such damn­ing press coverage during the Strebel Administration!