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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.

That tabled resolution from last evening...

Preamble

Yes, the matter of Westhampton Beach actually discussing Hampton Jitney coming into the Village was discussed, once, at the May 2015 Work Session, one I apparently missed.

This was discovered during brief colloquy with Mayor Maria Moore and Village Clerk Elizabeth Lindtvit during which it was also learned that the intervening eleven months the Mayor never once contacted Hampton Jitney's current "land­lord," Casa Basso, to ask where it all went wrong.

Uh oh! More...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

April Trustees Work Session

And work the Village Board did, as an unusually vocal... for a Work Session... group of attendees put the elected officials' feet to the fire on the issue of the proposed resolution allowing Hampton Jitney to regularly drop off and pick up their passengers at two locations (#32 and #35) on lower Mill Road.

At times it was like open mic night at the Long Island Potato, and at one point became so cacophonous that Mayor Maria Moore took, for the first time in memory, to wielding her wooden gavel like a small sledge on an ironmonger's anvil.

Well, that brought immediate quiet to the room! More...

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

E.D. 14 Confidential

...being an inside report from one of the four electorial precincts where the Presidential Primaries were being held at the Westhampton Beach High School today.

It was, as Primary Days go, a rare "good day" for poll workers, as voters began queuing up several minutes before the doors were opened at 6:00 am... it was steady throughout the succeeding 15 hours without any major surges that often hit toward the end of the afternoon, or the deadly dull lengthy stretches of inactivity that just suck the energy out of everyone. More...

Monday, April 18, 2016

The third most enjoyable moment...

...on television last evening was watching former New York City Detective Bo Dietl get shot in the head on HBO's noisy '70s period drama about Manhattan's seamy drug-fueled record music business, "Vinyl."

I had to watch a time-shifted version of this first season finale as I was occupied watching enjoyable moments #1 and #2, the Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup win over higher seed Tampa Bay, and the Los Angeles Dodgers come from behind win over arch rival San Francisco... it was a great night!

Seeing Dietl executed out of the series this morning was the frosting on the confection... he's just that annoying!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Worst Local Parking Lot 'Award'

For years, it was the one at 70 Sunset Avenue, then the home of Waldbaum's, the super market that no community deserved.

Then they got around to fixing the damned thing, a major repair and re-engineering when the Westhampton Beach Planning Board got tired of the game-playing by the appli­cant and held A&P's corporate feet to the fire in the last decade, and then some much-needed maintenance just a year ago.

After a quick consultation with others who pay attention to these things, the dubious "award" is being dusted More...

Friday, April 15, 2016

Better diction, please!

And then there's this from 27East:

"Westhampton Free Library Board members on Wednesday night voted against changing the way in which they are selected to serve, opting to remain an appointed body rather than an elected one...."

Except that it's not an "an appointed body" at all, new members are invited onto the Board by existing members.

In other words, it's a closed shop, and in this case, the very same reason that tea was tossed into Boston Harbor almost 243 years ago: "taxation without representation!"

Especially shameful, the Library Board under More...

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Something's coming...

...to 214 Mill Road, and we are breathless in anticipation of the grand re-opening.

Justin's Chop Shop

I got anxious when I saw the windows papered over More...

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

They were kidding, right?

Or maybe they weren't... either way, I'm having a problem getting my mind around the featured attraction hired for Zoom Drain's Nassau Home Show at Hofstra University last Sunday.

Teresa Doonesbury character

I mean, Teresa Giudice? Really, a convicted felon/ex-con who looks like she was drawn by Garry Trudeau as a "Doonesbury" character?

Monday, April 11, 2016

Aw for the love of Pete Rozelle!

This is one announcement that stunned me:

Twitter Gets NFL Thursday Night Games for a Bargain Price

"Twitter Inc. will stream 10 Thursday night National Football League games during the 2016 season, a package that cost the service around $10 million...."

That's ten games the NFL has just frozen me out of!

Friday, April 08, 2016

Really, Hillary?

My wife is at her computer screen, roaring with laughter at the news reports of the Democratic Presidential candidate struggling to demonstrate her authentic "Noo Yawkwoman­ship" by riding the subway... above ground.

Hillary Clinton brings traveling press circus on a wild subway ride through the Bronx

Despite her difficulties swiping the Metro Card acquired for the occasion... it took her five attempts accompanied by helpful exhortations from her retinue to gain extrance to the platform... Mrs. Clinton rode the 4 Train More...

Thursday, April 07, 2016

April Village Board Meeting

Mayor Maria Moore opened the meeting at 7:07 pm, and delved quickly into the 2016-17 Tentative Village Budget.

After making a brief statement that due to conscientious fiscal management and some increases in property as­sessments, there would be a slight reduction in Westhamp­ton Beach's tax rate, and there being no public comment, the budget was approved, 5-0, as other matters required the Board's attention. More...

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Ballsy, very ballsy...

...in reference to last week's proposal by E³A:

Eruv Proponents Offer Deal To Westhampton Beach Village; Board Is Considering Offer

The "deal," essentially, is: let us do this and out of the kindness of our hearts, we won't sue you for all the legal fees we weren't going to charge our clients in any case.

If the term "extortion" occurs to anyone, duh! More...

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Polling, polling... get ready!

With New York's Primary Day just over two weeks away, residents should stand by for an onslaught of political pollsters calling your home at any hour, wanting "several minutes of your time to answer a couple of questions."

(Prepare for a minimum of ten minutes!)

Got one such this afternoon, a push poll that was so bla­tantly negative to the Trump and Kasich candidacies that it was obviously commissioned by the Ted Cruz campaign.

It leaves little doubt in my mind that while Cruz may have fired his longtime campaign spokesman Rick Tyler over the "dirty tricks" against Marco Rubio, there remains, in the words of Nixon White House counsel John Dean, "a cancer" on the Cruz candidacy.

Right now, I have no enthusiasm for November's election.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Grammy's busting her buttons...

...or whatever the appropriate gender-equivalent is.

Sharron Jones and freshly-minted Seaman Recruit Charles Triolo

That's Jeanne's first-born Sharron and oldest grandson, Charlie Triolo, at his graduation this week from what used to be known as Great Lakes Naval Training Center, now short formed as NAVSTA Great Lakes.

Photo courtesy of Greg Jones.

Friday, April 01, 2016

Swift action

Alerted by a wouldbe1 Commenter that something was suddenly missing from the former Waldbaum's location, we took a ride up Sunset Avenue just now and found...

Good work Westhampton Beach Building Department!

Note
  1. "Wouldbe" because whoever "Innocent Bystander" is, no E-mail address was provided so it wasn't published.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Uh oh, not so fast!

Spotted this at the gates of the Westhampton Transfer Station Tuesday afternoon:

No more "Closed Wednesdays"

Great! "Seven Days" so no more Wednesday closings!

Sign was still there yesterday, yet "The Dump" was closed.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

I see this getting nipped in the bud!

"House Rules"

A timeless axiom of playing cards for money is...

Know the house rules before
sitting down at the table.

Someone involved with the project at 70 Sunset Avenue never bother­ed to check with the Village Building Department: More...

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Ahhhhhh, the media!

From the rubble of Brussels this week, comes a new term... actually an acronym... for the media to flog:

TATP: Islamic State group's DIY explosive of choice

"Used by jihadists everywhere from Paris and Brussels to the battlefields of Syria and Iraq, the easy-to-make and deadly explosive TATP -- known as "the mother of Satan" -- has become the explosive of choice for the Islamic State group."

Annnnnnnnnnnd... anyone can make it!

There is a metaphysical certitude... thank you, John McLaughlin... that the incidence of TATP-related events will henceforth escalate.