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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

November Trustees Work Session

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...

Monday, November 17, 2014

I love it!

Headline from over the weekend:

USPS Workers fired for sleeping on job
Investigators raid facility, take photos of snoozers

USPS banner
"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...

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Gregor follows up...

...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...

Saturday, November 15, 2014

It has been called to my attention...

...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.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Why we love Jennifer Lawrence, #32

Jennifer Lawrence

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.

It's why I was disturbed to see that she'd signed on to do a "cameo" in the about-to-be released sequel to 1994's moronic "Dumb & Dumber."

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!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

CVS the new 'Shoreham?'

Headlines on page 1 of this morning's Southampton Press Western Edition:

Village Board Changes Prescription
CVS must now complete a pair of studies

Cute... but materially inaccurate!

Unlike the concomitant application being made by CVS in Bridgehampton...

(See: "CVS Caremark Files Lawsuit Against South­ampton Town Planning Board") More...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Here and there... and about our Village

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.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

11/11 - 11

The Wall and a poppy

Thank you for your service... you know who you are.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

November Village Board Meeting

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...

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

It is furiously to be desired!

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...

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Say 'Good-bye,' Tim, you mutt!

Wow, one of my fondest wishes just came true... six-term Democratic Congressman Timothy H. Bishop has finally paid for his mindless tethering to Nancy Pelosi's House of Representatives apron strings.

Congratulations, Lee Zeldin! Stay worthy of the trust placed in you today by a solid majority of the 1st Congres­sional District.

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.

George, George, George...

...why are we not surprised?!

Guldi Denied Parole, Will Spend At Least Two More Years Behind Bars

George Guldi

"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...

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Getting everyone regulated time wise...

Fall Back reminder

Saturday, November 01, 2014

W-a-a-a-y better than sliced bread!

NoMoRobo

And it's no contest! Sliced bread finishes up the track.

It's a free service entitled NoMoRobo, and I have no idea how I came upon it, but it works as advertised in providing relief from those infuriating automated telemarketers' calls... and did I mention that it's free! More...

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Post Stop is the...

Front porch of The Post Stop Cafe

...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.

Sandy Patterson for Halloween 2011

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!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The horror! The horror!

(With appropriate apologies to Joseph Conrad.)

Deising's Eyeball Cake

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!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Ou sont les Koufax d'antan?

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...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

If 'styling' is so important...

...to so many of these National Football League players that while they act the fool on the field they:

  1. Injure themselves;
  2. Cause their team to be penalized;
  3. Cost their team points;

...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...

Sunday, October 26, 2014

And for this 'Honey Boo Boo' was axed?

TLC Cancels Here Comes Honey Boo Boo Amid Sex Offender Scandal

"TLC has cancelled the series 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' and ended all activities around the series, effective immediately. Supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority. TLC is faithfully committed to the children's ongoing comfort and well-being." More...

Friday, October 24, 2014

'Some week...'

...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...

[Gulp!]

Graphic by Bruce MacKinnon

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.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Those BIG phony voices!

Last June I pitched a bitch about New York Yankees broad­casters John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman, and acknowl­edged that...

  1. I grew up in a time of Mel Allen, "Red" Barber and Vin Scully, and few can compare with them;
  2. As I am not a Yankees fan, there's always the "off" or "mute" button options.

When it comes to ESPN's Chris Berman and TBS' Ernie Johnson, though, the options are more limited. More...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Color me 'impressed!'

Lynn Bari

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...

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Hul-LO, Audubon people!

Adorable Piping Plovers

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...

Friday, October 17, 2014

An NFL Dilemma...

...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...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

That 'Win-Win' meeting...

...was extremely well-attended, with an overflow crowd within five minutes of the official 4:30 pm start.

October 14, 2014 Special Meeting

(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...

Friday, October 10, 2014

A 'Win-Win' move by the Mayor

Flyer from Mayor Maria Moore

Seen this?

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...

Monday, October 06, 2014

I don't want to go overboard...

...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.

Terrific story-telling!

And that was watching the combined 97 minutes of "The Drone Queen" and "Trylon and Perisphere." on Show­time On Demand! More...

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Hope for the coming Winter...

...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...

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Let's hear it for Tony and Mickey!

Detail of original photo by Neil Salvaggio

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.

Friday, October 03, 2014

[cringe!]

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:

Casey Stengel's Hall of Fame plaque
"In the wise words of Yogi Berra: 'You could look it up.'"

Ennnt!

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...