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Friday, August 26, 2016

Report on the News: 08/28/2016

Despite my increasing antipathy for the less-than-neutral "CBS Evening News" and the subsequent nighty com­par­ison viewing of "ABC World News..."

(Cablevision's DVR boxes are essential in this partic­u­lar endeavor!)

...the David Muir-hosted telecast just now revealed a clear bias in its reportage of a current news story re­gard­ing Maine's Republican Governor Paul LePage. More...

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The best kept dining experience secret...

... (to gringos, at least) in Westhampton Beach is at 136 Old Riverhead Road, just over the Long Island Rail Road tracks at the long-time site of the Mexican Hut.

(Actually run by a family of expatriate Cubans, polit­ical pragmatism dictated the choice of business name.)

Currently carrying the name Antojitos Chapin and advising that it is a "restaurante," it opened at the start of the Sum­mer and seats about 20 persons. More...

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Orthodox entitlement or

...a special bereavement dispensation?

It was a ticketing rich environment just about anywhere within walking distance of Hampton Synagogue this morning as hundreds of mourners (and myrid media) showed up for services of a couple killed in Sunday's terrible motor vehicle accident on the Long Island Expressway in Manorville. More...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The type of District Attorney...

Stephen Hill

...New York City should always have would be "Adam Schiff," Man­hat­tan's top prosecutor for the first ten seasons of NBC's 20-year stalwart "ripped from today's headlines" prime time drama, "Law & Order."

Actor Stephen Hill (née Solomon Krakovsky), who portrayed the droll, politically pragmatic character, died today in Rock­land County's Hasidic hamlet of Monsey, age 94. More...

Monday, August 22, 2016

The other shoe falls for Lochte

While the CEO of the United States Olympic Committee will only promise unspecified "Further action to come for Ryan Lochte, teammates," the marketplace has spoken quickly and without equivocation:

Ryan Lochte loses all four commercial sponsors after Rio Olympics incident

"Lochte's four commercial sponsors... Ralph Lauren, Speedo, Airweave and Gentle Hair Removal... dropped the 12-time Olympic medal winner on Monday in response to the incident eight days ago in which he falsely claimed he and three teammates had been held up by armed robbers at a Rio de Janeiro gas station."

In the space of 36 hours, the phrase "over-exagerated" has entered our lexicon as a euphenism for "I lied!" How soon before Hillary Clinton adopts it for her own use?

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The 2016 Olympic games in Rio...

...were ill-advised in the first place, given the inability of Brazil to properly prepare its host city for the grobal event.

(That none of the athletes participating haven't become gravely ill due to the extraordinary polution of the water there is something of a miracle!)

While the waters of Baía de Guanabara are still befouled and the residents of the crime-ridden favelas would consider Poverty Level a major step up, Rio de Janeiro somehow pulled it off. More...

Saturday, August 20, 2016

It had to be the most embarrassing final...

Early "The Phynx" movie industry poster

...credit for a number of otherwise re­spect­able movie roles, and appears to have been conceived as a means of providing a paycheck for a large number of has-beens, never-wases and main­tainers of dusty collections of props, costumes and stock footage.

Just review the IMDb entry for the extraordinary list of names in the cast. More...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

August Trustees Work Session

Breaking News: the Asphalt Plant is closed forever.

Village Attorney Anthony Pasca, at the very end of the monthly Work Session, quietly revealed that the bitter 16 year legal battle between the Village of Westhampton Beach and Suffolk Asphalt Supply, Inc. is over, and that plaintiffs tossed in the towel on the court house steps.

This is a major victory for the Village and residents of Rogers Avenue and the Bridle Path subdivision that began during the Strebel administration with the passage of Local Law 10 of 2000 which provided for the change of zone affecting the eight-nine acres on which the facility was situate, and the cessation of operations there after an amortization period of five years. More...

Guess Best's gonna hang out a bit longer

The entire front view is certainly rounding up very nicely.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Toward better reportage

Gavin Keblish

An item on 27East this afternoon:

Dead Body Discovered Near Montauk Train Station; East Hampton Town Police Say No Foul Play Suspected

"East Hampton Town Police ... identified the body as Gavin Keblish, 23, of Eastport, and confirmed the body was deceased."

An alternative confirmation would have been?

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Gail (Andon) Jackson (1944-2016)

Gail Andon

The daughter of former Westhampton Beach Mayor Arma E. "Ham" Andon, and mother of Southampton Town Clerk Sundy Schermeyer, Gail Jackson passed away suddenly on Wednesday.

Visitation and services details are on Follett & Werner's Website.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Click Bait if e'er I've seen it

Think about it, Bill!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Sweet Home, Sunset Avenue...

...Lord, we're coming home to you. (With appropriate apologies to Lynard Skynyrd.)

This came in the mail this week from Yaphank:

Board of Elections mailing card

Not that the Board of Elections wasn't grateful for the use of Large Group Instruction Room at the Westhampton Beach High School these past three years, but the Fire House is not only more convenient for most, but it's right next door to Best Market with its wonderful deli-bakery-sushi sections.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Cut the crap and call it what it is!

The event:

Woman fatally shot by Florida officer role-play­ing as 'bad guy' during citizen police academy

"Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis called the shooting a 'horrible accident....'"

With firearms there are no "accidents," only criminal neg­li­gence! It's why we have "The Rules."

Chief Lewis should be fired, and the officer, Lee Coel, who fired the shot should be prosecuted for manslaughter.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

The use of the term 'rigged' by...

...by Donald J. Trump sends a very distressing signal to anyone supporting the Republican Presidential Candidate.

Trump tells supporters the election might be 'rigged'

"'I'm afraid the election is going to be rigged, I have to be honest,' the Republican nominee told a town hall crowd in Columbus, Ohio. He added that he has been hearing 'more and more' that the election may not be contested fairly, though he did not elaborate further."

Clearly the candidate forsees his own loss at the polls and his insufferable ego is setting up an "explanation." More...

Saturday, August 06, 2016

'Distracted driving?' How 'bout...

...distracted walking, a sore subject with me for at least a decade, but seems to have only recently been recog­niz­ed for the danger it presents, witness:

Sign at crosswalk

(And that is not a gag! As Marian Jordan used to tell her radio husband, "Tain't Funny, McGee!" More...

Thursday, August 04, 2016

August Village Board Meeting

Deputy Mayor Ralph Urban, acting in the absent (be­reavement) Maria Moore's stead, called the meeting to order at 7:04 or 7:08, depending on which chronometer was to be trusted.

(By unanimous consent, we went with what our wrists displayed rather than that routinely suspect meeting room wall clock.)

After getting through the Pledge of Allegiance without un­toward event, an application for a Change of Use of the former Petty Hardware property at 196/208 Montauk Highway was referred to Planning Board review. More...

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Why am I not surprised?

Inexorably, "the truth will out."

(William Shakespeare: "The Merchant of Venice.")

Now we know more about "Gold Star father" Khizr Khan, and there can be no question that GOP candidate Donald Trump was set-up by the DNC.

Khizr Khan's Deep Legal, Financial Connections to Saudi Arabia, Hillary’s Clinton Foundation Tie Terror, Immigration, Email Scandals Together

(Not that The Donald's own lack of self-control didn't put him in a untennable position....) More...

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

The Khan gambit succeeds...

...beyond the Clinton Campaign's wildest expectations, and after Khizr and Ghazala Khan took to the stage of the Democratic National Convention, the skids were greased for Donald Trump.

With wife Ghazala in her shayla silently by his side, Khizr stood on the grave of their slain son Humayun Khan and called out Trump provocatively and deliberately.

And as the universe knows at this point, the Republican presidential candidate can no more stay stay silent More...

Monday, August 01, 2016

Sassy eschews her comfy bed...

Cooling down at night

...in favor of linoleum and porcelain. It's not as soft and comfy, but it's a whole lot cooler!

Sassy herself

When those dogs days of August settled in a little early this Summer, she knew just what to do: quietly pad into the bathroon, clear away the bath mats and let the natural cooling process kick in. Smart dog! Happy dog!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Not-So-Guilty Saturday Morning Pleasures

There was a joke going around when I was a youth which neatly encapsulated the essence of the popular Western movies with Gene Autry:

"The outlaws burned down my ranch house, shot my dog and rustled my herd! I'm gonna form a posse and track down those varmints... but first I'm gonna sing a little song!"

I've written before about my affection for the serials of my youth, the chapterplays as they were known, shorts that were the staples of Saturday matinees which were always "...Continued Next Week" just as the hero was about to be crushed between spiked walls in an underground dungeon or seen hurtling off a cliff in a speeding vehicle. More...

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Memo to the suits at ESPN...

Rachel Nichols

...who had enough accumen to hire Rachel Nichols for certain on-air duties, and whoever in Bristol, Connecticut who had her sitting in on "Pardon The Interruption" two consecutive days this week, first for Mike Wilbon and then Friday for Tony Kornheiser:

You now need to name her permanent Designated Sub­stitute Host of the popular weekday afternoon 30 minute sports commentary program. More...

Friday, July 29, 2016

Now this is one event...

Updated Friday, 07/29/2016 – 07:47 am

...that I could get behind, and more than likely a whole lotta others as well: a Bacon Festival.

(Except them plastic shoe-wearin' vegan types.)

The Bacon Conference

The idea came via m'daughter out in Squamish, B.C., with a link to the event September 24-25 in Vancouver. More...

Thursday, July 28, 2016

There's a problem with Hampton Jitney...

...which no one will acknowledge because neither the Village of Westhampton Beach nor the Lynch family which oper­ates the service, can do anything about it.

As is implicit in the the report by correspondent Erin McKin­ley on page A7 of today's Southampton Press Western Edition...

Board Ends Jitney Trial Run
Stops will be moved to airport for time being

...the real problem is Hampton Jitney's customers themselves. More...

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Where once was...

Dean's and Jeanne's weather-beaten signal flags

...like Old Glory the morning after that rough night at Fort M'Henry with the British, is now, thanks to the good offices of Matt at Modern Yachts who doped out a less than orthodox way to mount them:

Dean's and Jeanne's new signal flags

All is again shipshape at U.S. Speir on East Main Street!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Cedar Island what? Where?

Headline from Monday's 27East:

Cedar Island Lighthouse To Get $300,000 From County For Renovations

"The Cedar Island Lighthouse renovation is closer to completion after 15 years of planning and fundraising, and now $300,000 from Suffolk County could be on the way."

Uh oh... "could be on the way" ... "after 15 years of planning?" More...

Monday, July 25, 2016

Pesapane skates on an SCPD screw-up...

...but his status as a member of the Westhampton Beach Police Department is still "quo."

For those for whom the name "Joseph Pesapane" does not immediately resonate, he was one of the two Village police officers at the root of the protracted intra-depart­ment­al "missing handgun" investigation that began over seven years ago, if not as the primary actor then in the at­tempt­ed cover-up. More...

Sunday, July 24, 2016

"Sunday morning woke up yawnin'...

...filled the pool for a swim" (apologies to the Bee Gees), except that it was a plastic fish pond for a fanny dunk in case the temperatures got too hot.

My traditional Sunday routine starts with "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" and this morning's hour was a lively one, with supporters of unsuccessful Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders calling for the resignation of DNC Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz because of the systemic "rigging" of the primary process against their candidate. More...

Saturday, July 23, 2016

WTF is wrong with The Daily News?

Made a make-up trip to Eckart's this noon (having missed my weekly breakfast wrap Wednesday) and this is the first thing I spotted on page 3 of today's edition:

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In a country a world where terrorists and wannabees are assassinating police and murdering civilians every More...

Friday, July 22, 2016

We were all over this 45 years ago

And by "we," I mean The Moniebogue Press, published out of the Howell homestead on Beach Lane by Jay Dudley, Van Howell and myself.

Acknowledgement by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation:

Water Quality Advisory for Private-Well Owners in Areas of Westhampton

"Through monitoring conducted under a US EPA program known as the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule, PFOS was detected in public supply wells in the vicinity of the New York State Air National Guard Base at Gabreski Airport located at Old River­head Road in Westhampton Beach." More...

Never thought I'd live to see this!

I have to say that the Trump women are terrific to look at, and The Donald Republican Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump delivered a rousing nomination acceptance speech in Cleveland last evening.

(The nattering nabbobs of effete Eastern Liberalism are, predictably, acerbicly dismissive of that speech.)

But the most stunning moment of the closing night of the RNC came when PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel took to the stage and declared without equivocation: More...