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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Stealth visit affords a sneak peek

Tipped off by a high level member of Village Government that Best Market was much closer to opening than an OtBB entry earlier this week suggested, I just returned from a covert call on 70 Sunset Avenue to see for myself.

Carefully coming up Glover's Lane and parking to the South of the building, I was busted within 60 seconds of arriving, immediately after snapping this photo of the work being performed at the front of the store: More...

Friday, May 20, 2016

And a quick follow-up

As promised in the addendum of earlier today, Jeanne and I hit mid-Main Street this evening for a good dinner at Post Stop Café, then strolled Westward.

Beach Bakery was out of raspberry croissants 'til tomorrow morning, but Elyse had a terrific new confection at Shock Ice Cream: a made-on-the-spot S'mores Bubble Waffle Cone! I stuffed mine with Chocolate Moose Tracks, and I'm going to have to be especially careful to not regain all the weight I shed since last Summer!

Lines being drawn in cyberspace

What a furor the "Smorgasburg" deal/non-deal turned into, extended by yesterday's report on 27East:

Smorgasburg Food Expo Chances Looking Dim In Westhampton Beach

The story by Erin McKinley has generated a series of pseudonymous comments by those praising Trustee Brian Tymann for aggressively advancing the Smorgasburg agenda, and excoriating the local food purveyors, with terms like "parochial, selfish and short-sighted" and "greedy few businesses," for opposing it. More...

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Hillary 'Woman Card?' Pfffui!

I'll take Daenerys's Conflagration Card any time.

(If'n ya haven't yet seen the current episode [VI-4] of HBO's "Game of Thrones" (as aficionados should have by now), hereinunder be spoilers.)

Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, Mother of Dragons, is not only a knockout blonde, but her survival instincts are nonpareil, even when her three winged pets are not available to incinerate her enemies. More...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

May Trustees Work Session

It was, for a monthly Work Session, well attended, and after a trio of resolutions which...

  • Appointed, provisionally, Jennifer Gaudi­ello as Village Tax Clerk at a salary of $48,000/annually;
  • Authorized Mayor Maria Moore to sign a revised (but unspecified) Memorandum of Agreement with the West­hampton Beach Department of Public Works; More...

I'd have to say that...

...based on this photo from today, Best Market is com­mitted to making 70 Sunset Avenue a serious shop­ping destination in Westhampton Beach...

Parking lot of Best Yet

...something neither Waldbaum's nor it's predecessor A&P ever did!

This, as Martha use to say, is a good thing!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

East Quogue voters reject Junior Heaney

Former Southampton Town Supervisor Patrick Heaney managed to fool 600 voters in the East Quogue School District in his try for a seat on the Board of Education, but still finished up the track to incumbent Dianna Gobler (709 votes) and newcomer Jessica Stalters (606 votes).

Almost 1150 district residents turned out to deny Heaney, and pass a $23.8 million budget with more than 70% of the vote.

And in Westhampton Beach...

...162 residents voted against the successful $55 million school budget, while more than twice that many voted against the Westhampton Library budget, 141 short of defeating it.

It suggests that the ad hoc group, led by the Tragers, agitating for an elected Library Board by voting down the budget, did have some effect.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Glad I don't live in East Quogue!

Anyone reading the Letters to the Editor page in the cur­rent Southampton Press Western Edition may have noticed an entry from former Southampton Town Supervisor Pat­rick Heaney, declaring his candidacy for the East Quogue Board of Education.

Great... if you have a short memory and are a sucker for a suit and a smile!

Junior Heaney sold the soul of Southampton Town to his Western Suffolk political cronies before being booted from office in 2007, and was then rewarded with a County pa­tron­age job as Commissioner of Economic Development for his fealty to the Hauppauge "bosses." More...

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sending Susan off from Starr's

It seems odd that anyone would require an explanation of who Susan McAllister was, but then I remember how many years decades ago it was that she entered my life, a salty dervish of a dame with a cigarette in one hand and more often than not, in the words of Father Peter Colapietro, "an adult beverage" in the other.

She was a force of nature, though I'm not quite sure that Susan would have ever met with Mother Nature's unqual­i­fied stamp of approval. More...

An 'oops' for Sarah Spain

Sarah Spain would likely be described as a "rising star" at cable sports giant ESPN, and is usually a bright face on one's TV set... this morning on "The Sports Reporters" she looked like she had an especially rough Saturday night, which might account for her opening remarks:

"I'm also from Chicago where the two best teams in baseball reside... is it too early to start talking about a 'subway series?'"

Of course, there's no "subway" in Chicago.

That city's rapid transit system is the "L," the popular name for the Chicago Transit Authority's elevated railway.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

For one reason why Donald Trump's...

...bombastic candidacy has resonated so strongly across red state America and, yea!, into many middle class non-GOP families as well, one has only to scan the Police Re­ports atop Page 2 of this morning's Southampton Press Western Edition.

Containing eight separate vehicular events for incidents West of the Canal, all but one of the offenders identified by name appear to be Hispanic.

Add in the similar nine names listed in the DWI Arrests just below that, and six more can be added to that total.

"The Wall" may be an impractical fantasy, but it's easy to understand why it sounds like a good idea to so many.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

WFL May Board Meeting

The Westhampton Free Library held its monthly Board of Trustees meeting at 7:00 this evening, and fifteen minutes into the moderately attended session, things got ugly.

<bette davis>whot a mess!</bette davis>

Board President Tom Moore and Treasurer Susan Rosen­berg delivered their reports before the meeting was opened to attendees who had signed up to speak, were called to the lectern. More...

It's not getting any better!

Cringe-inducing headline of the week... so far!

Trump floats Giuliani as possible head of commission to study Muslim ban

"Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on Wednesday said he’s thinking about setting up an investigative commission in the wake of his proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States, and floated former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani as someone who might lead it."

What could The Donald possibly be thinking? The Leroy Lockhorn-looking Giuliani needs to be locked in a Rikers Island cell and kept there!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

All Justin's Chop Shop needs now..

...is a liquor license, a brass rail and some bar stools!

A wall of wide screen TV sets

It's certainly not anything I would have thought of, More...

Sunday, May 08, 2016

May Village Board Meeting, concluded

Reporting on the Public Discussion portion of Thursday's meeting, focussed almost exclusively on the immediately contentious "Smorgasburg" question.

Many spoke about the Brooklyn export proposed for the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce Glover's Lane parking lot, for Fridays, 11:00am-8:00pm starting June 24 and running through September 9.

A key piece of information emerging from the two hour plus discussion was that while the application came from the Chamber, this was a surprise to at least one of that organization's Board members. More...

Friday, May 06, 2016

Behold, the Post-Graduate!

...being she who I delight in calling "my wicked step-daughter" and who is anything but:

Katrina Rakowski in mortar board with proud mama, Jeanne Speir

Ms. Katrina Rakowski received her Masters Degree in Education (M.Ed.) this week from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

Way to go, Kate!

Today's the day..

Post Stop Café re-opening announcement

...we've been awaiting with increas­ing anticipation since last Fall, 'cause no one makes a Cranberry Turkey­burger or a Jack Cheeseburger, both served with crispy Waffle Fries, like the Post Stop Café.

Welcome back, Sandy... there haven't been a whole lot of dining options on Main Street of late, and we sure missed ya!

Thursday, May 05, 2016

May Village Board Meeting

Mayor Maria Moore settled in at the front of the room placing not one but two (2!) wooden gavels on the desk in front of her... but the way the Public Discussion portion of the evening went, she should've brought along a greasy two-pound ball peen hammer!

Noting that Deputy Mayor Charles Palmer would be absent from this evening's meeting as he was traveling, the Mayor expressed condolences to the family of Architectural Board Member Marion Covello who died earlier this week. Mrs. Covello was the widow of Pascal "Pat" Covello who had served as a Village Trustee in the '70s and '80s. More...

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

It raised the hair...

...right off the nape of my neck! Or at least it physically felt like it at the 55-minute mark of the current episode of "Game of Thrones" after last season's shocking finale.

This was the setting, with his direwolf Ghost asleep below Jon Snow's assassinated corpse:

Jon Snow's corpse

...and moments later, this is what happened: More...

Monday, May 02, 2016

Talk about 'a confused message!'

On Sunday morning's "This Week with George Steph­an­opoulos," declining Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz told co-host Martha Raddatz:

"I am very much a happy warrior."

That tremor felt on East Main Street shortly after 10:00 am was me falling out of my TV chair, propelled by the archly Conservative Texas Senator's choice of self-description. More...

Sunday, May 01, 2016

1 May 2011 on OTL

The "S" in cable ESPN represents "sports," and since its launch on September 2, 1979, it's been the "Go To" re­source for contemporaneous scores and news sports.

One of its regular features, however, goes beyond (and beneath) what the now-behemoth network ordinarily deals with, it's own investigative (sports) news program, "Out­side the Lines," or "OTL" as it's commonly referred to, and promoted as. More...

Friday, April 29, 2016

Disturbing in the extreme...

...is what I learned recently while researching (o'er the Internet, of course) the word "kaiju."

"Kaiju is a Japanese word that means 'strange creature,' but often translated in English as 'monster' or 'giant monster.'"

Okay so far, but when I further sought a list of examples, I learned to my utter disquiet that our "Eighth Wonder of the World," the giant ape untimely wrenched from his home on Skull Island by film-maker cum impresario Carl Denham, King Kong, was included among them! More...

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Again with the 'Rabbi to the stars,'

...again with the "tony Hampton Synagogue" crud!

With 5 Ex-Wives and a Tarnished Rep, Hamptons Rabbi Schneier Resigns Amid Controversy

None of the story can be considered "original reporting" by Syndi Bloomowitz, apparently a free-lancer with no shame as she has mostly re-written last Sunday's New York Post article, but there are some fresh photos.

It is also the Jewish Voice's contention, supported by a synagogue member who spoke on the record, that Schneier's exit was not of his own volition.

By the great stone balls of Agamemnon,

...Alex Gregor, when are your going to get off your over-paid Hellenic butt and perform some basic main­tenance at the Westhampton Transfer Station?

The extent of the disrepair and neglect you've allowed the place, from the signage on the front fence, to the walkway residents use when disposing of waste into the compacting trailers, to the inner road surfaces, is not just appalling, but disrespectful to the West end of Southampton Town you've twice been elected to serve in its entirety! More...

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mark your calendars...

...for Friday, May 6th; Jeanne and I already have!

Post Stop Café 2016 reopening

Hampton Synagogue strikes back

Rabbi Marc Schneier's and my mutual friend Glenn Dor­skind sent along an E-mail authored by Hampton Syna­gogue's President of the Board addressing Sunday's New York Post piece detailing Schneier's matrimonial history and his departure from Sunset Avenue.

As a matter of fairness and balance, OtBB is hereinunder reprinting the forwarded message, unedited. More...

Monday, April 25, 2016

Dubious taste, Part II

Quick, what do Elissa Shay, Esther Melamed, Toby Gotes­man, Tobi Rubinstein and Gitty Leiner have in common?

For the uninitiated, the answer to that was revealed in yes­terday's New York Post in a report entitled:

Rabbi with 5 ex-wives, and a new fling, finally gets Hamptons boot

Yup, all five are members of Marc Schneier's increasingly non-exclusive ex-wives club, and it is tabloid writer More...

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Donald as Jackie Robinson?

O ho! So the newly hired Trump Brain Trust is promul­gating the message that their candidate has been "project­ing an image" during the 2016 primary season and "the part that he's been playing is now evolving" in a way that will more appeal to voters in this November's election.

Color me dubious, but Trump's new campaign manager, old pro Paul Manafort, is confident that the leopard can change its spots, this past week telling a Republican National Committee meeting in Florida: More...

Saturday, April 23, 2016

It would be in dubious taste to sing...

..."Ding dong," but those were the first words which oc­curred to me with the announcement on 27East:

Hampton Synagogue Founding Rabbi Announces Plans To Leave Parish At Summer's End

"After nearly three decades, Hampton Synagogue Founding Rabbi Marc Schneier has announced that this summer will be his last at the Westhampton Beach house of worship."

I can't even say I read this with mixed emotions, More...

Friday, April 22, 2016

My how times have changed!

From a 27East story on this week's Primary elections:

"Donald J. Trump’s broad margin of victory in the New York State GOP primary on Tuesday night was magni­fied even more on the East End, where nearly three-quarters of Republicans who flocked to polls cast votes for the flamboyant and controversial businessman."

Time was, and not all that long ago, when "flamboyant" was main stream media code for "flaming homosexual."

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Probably safe to discard this now...

Waldbaum's Valued Customer Card

...it was only adding girth to my otherwise im­pov­erished wallet.

In truth, I could have dumped it five years ago when the suits in Montvale, NJ stopped honoring them.