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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Clarification with an Explanation

Excerpted from today's Southampton Press Western Edition, in "Westhampton Beach Village Attorney Wants More Rules For Public Comment:"

"This discussion about public participation was, presumably, spurred in part by On the Beach Blog creator Dean Speir's challenge of the Village Board's decision not to allow public comment during the village's special work session on February 12. Mr. Speir contended that the board had allowed public participation during work sessions for decades, a point Mr. Angel recognized last week as being accurate.

Mr. Speir, normally a staple at Village Hall during meetings and work sessions, was absent last Wednesday night."
  • Damn right! I was there 30+ years ago and none of the others can make that claim.
  • I had just emerged from my daily late afternoon nap right into a hellua Detroit-Chicago hockey game. It wasn't a tough choice: Red Wings vs. another "Original Six" team, or muzzled for the length of another interminable Maria Moore meeting.

O yeah... Wings won!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cat fight!

Not sure what it's all about, but it's becoming increasingly apparent that Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst doesn't seem to like Westhampton Beach Mayor Maria Z. Moore very much.

I suspect, intuitively, that it somehow relates back to that bogus consolidation of the Town and Village police depart­ments issue that flared briefly last Summer before quickly fizzling into Shinnecock Bay without so much as a soft sizzle to mark its demise. More...

Monday, February 23, 2015

How to fix the Oscar's telecast

The annual Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards show used to be the biggest televised event of the year, but was more than a decade ago eclipsed in ratings popularity by... no great shock!... the Super Bowl.

Movie-goers used to host "Oscar parties" the way everyone throws a Super Sunday bash now-a-days, and for those with dubious American credentials who aren't into the football aspect of the event, there is a halftime entertain­ment spectacle that surpasses the gaudiest show in Las Vegas! More...

Friday, February 20, 2015

Who can blame him?

Hampton Arts Theater February 20, 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Don't just shut 'Melo down...

Knicks logo

...run the SOB out of town however the Knicks have to do it!

This news was not entirely unexpected...

Carmelo Anthony to undergo surgery on his left knee and... could be off the court for 4-6 months

"The worst season of Carmelo Anthony's career ended on Wednesday with the Knicks announcing that the All-Star forward will not play again due to chronic knee pain — and that his expected recovery time will be at least twice what he initially had revealed." More...

Monday, February 16, 2015

Darwin Award contestants fall short

In Quogue, North Haven and Remsenburg they'd had suc­cessful if not wholly (yet) effective deer culls.

In Southampton Village, however, the first two candidates for the area's 2015 Darwin Awards fell a little short of the "Cleansing the Gene Pool" objective, according to a report on today's 27East:

Two Taken To Southampton Hospital With Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

"The two individuals told officials that they turned off a carbon monoxide monitor in their home on Heady Creek Lane on Saturday night because it was beeping and they thought it was defective."

Right!

This has gotta be discouraging...

Not that I pay much attention to spam mail, but as I was cleaning out my on-line E-mail queue this morning, one entitled "Affordable Detox Options" caught my attention.

Interested as I am in how cheeky my neighbor has become in trampling the conditions of its municipal approvals, I clicked on the link to see if the Seafield Center for Right Living, Rest and Rehabilitation was included among the listings.

It wasn't! In fact, no one was! More...

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The lies continue... and compound!

From the Moore/Palmer Agitprop weblog posted late yesterday:

"...the Mayor reiterated at the start of the meeting that this was a work session, and as with all other work sessions, there had been no time designated for public comment."

They know that while that may be technically accurate, it's not true, as was pointed out to Mayor Moore at the onset of Thursday's Work Session, and I've been attending More...

Friday, February 13, 2015

Are they freakin' serious?

And no, for the first time in a week, this has nothing to do with the Moore Administration!

Even though my wife is a longtime medical professional, we are a house united in our distaste for "Big Pharma" in general, but with specific emphasis on their television advertising. More...

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Today's Special Village Board Meeting

It was kind of a last minute thing, but Mayor Maria Moore called a Special Work Session of the Westhampton Beach Village Board.

Announced yesterday on the Village Website, it simply read that the "Board of Trustees will hold a Special Work Session/Executive Session on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. in the Trustee Meeting Room at Village Hall 165 Mill Road. This meeting is for the purpose of Personnel matters."

She was more forthcoming on her own Weblog: More...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

O, Maria, still?

From tomorrow's Southampton Press Western Edition, page 1, above the fold:

Village Considers Ditching Post

That's fine, but then there's this:

"'I heard the reaction of the people at the public hearing, and even though we spent a lot of time coming up with this solution, I'm not going to recommend that we move forward with it,' Mayor Maria Moore said Wednesday morning."

Her use of "solution" conveys her belief that there is a problem, and I'd like a much clearer idea of exactly what she thinks that problem is! More...

Monday, February 09, 2015

And on the subject of...

...the Moore/Palmer Agitprop, it's good to know that it's still up and running as it provides insight into the way the current Administration's thought processes function.

It was noticeably silent after last Thursday's Village Board meeting, and the Mayor's husband has in the past been very quick to post the Administration's version of what transpired during those Public Meetings, more often than not a mild point/counterpoint to OtBB's reports of the same event. More...

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Give the Moore/Palmer Agitprop credit...

...for trying to put a lighter spin on the public arse-whuppin' they received at last Thursday's Monthly Village Board meeting:

ABOUT THAT HEARING…
Hey, it could have been worse!

...and borrowing the clip of President George W. Bush dodging shoes at a 2009 press conference. More...

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Poor Murray Frank...

...there's no rest for the man even in the hereafter, as we learn from a series of reports by Riverhead News-Review reporters Michael White, Carrie Miller and Grant Parpan.

Friday, February 06, 2015

First the stupidity and the lying...

...during last evening's Village Board meeting, then, immediately following, the illegality of "an executive session" in which to discuss the arse-whuppin' Mayor Maria Moore and the Westhampton Trustees got from a highly vocal phalanx of residents and taxpayers uniformly opposed to creating the position of Police Commissioner to "supervise" Police Chief Trevor Gonce.

The "stupidity" part was the Mayor and Deputy Mayor Junior Palmer insisting throughout that the legislation, marked Local Law #1/2015, didn't mean what it clearly stated that, if passed, would do... strip Chief Gonce of his authority and command prerogatives, cede them to a newly hired Police Commissioner who would report exclusively to the Mayor... not even to the Trustees! More...

Thursday, February 05, 2015

February Village Board Meeting

(See the Video of the February 5th Village Board Meeting.)

Five minutes before the monthly meeting of the West­hampton Beach Village Board commenced, the room was already SRO, and when the Board members entered and saw the overflow attendance, there could be discerned a little rictus of fear around at least two of their mouths.

The last time I saw that many exercised residents and tax­payers at a Village Board meeting, it was August 1969, most were from lower Seafield and Beach Lanes, and the issue then was that of large group rentals interfering with the peaceful enjoyment of their homes.

This evening's meeting was held in the dead of Winter with temperatures in the mid-teens, which was the Board's first clue that the course of the evening would be fraught with danger for the unwary elected official. More...

Where are the Legislative Findings...

...that support the creation of the post of a Police Commissioner to...

"...be responsible for the management and adminis­tra­tion of the Police Department including, but not limited to, supervising the Department's operations?"

Translation: whose idea is this, and who decided that Westhampton Beach needs a Police Commissioner? More...

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Junior Palmer is demonstrably an idiot!

From today's Newsday, under Long Island Briefs:

Village wants to hire civilian commish

"Westhampton Beach Village officials want to hire a commissioner to supervise their 11-member police force, less than two months after promoting a new chief.

The village board has scheduled a public hearing for tomorrow evening on the proposal to hire a civilian commissioner, who would report to Mayor Maria Moore and rank higher than the new chief, Trevor Gonce."

Right! Not stop-the-pages-replate-the-front-page stuff!

But this is: More...

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

About that Police Commissioner business...

...beginning with an emendation and clarification re­garding Thursday's Public Hearing of Local Law 1/2015, "Establishing Position of Police Commissioner."

The fact that the matter is on the February 5th Agenda is as a result of a NYCOM opinion that only seven (7) days notice is required for a Public Hearing, rather than than the previously believed ten days. So the legal advertisements in the current Southampton Press and last week's Newsday satisfy the requirement. More...

Monday, February 02, 2015

It's happening this Thursday...

...following a month's delay by Mayor Maria Moore and Deputy Mayor Junior Palmer when, according to a Legal Notice in the current Southampton Press (page C4) which reads, in part:

Sources close to Village Hall are confident that the Moore/Palmer apparát already have their man, and now they're just going through the motions to get him in place.

It will be interesting to hear their Legislative Findings to rationalize this move.

Monday AM QBing

Immediately following the final play of Super Bowl XLIX, I texted my Clifton cousins... Charlie was actually at the game!...

"Second worst play call I've ever seen!"

...flashing back to 1978 and the original "Miracle at the Meadowlands" play call, quarterback Joe Pisarcik's fumbled handoff to fullback Larry Csonka, recovered by cornerback Herm Edwards and returned 26 yards for the winning touchdown as time expired. More...

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Memo to Maria

Dear Madam Mayor;

You were likely still in Mary Janes and polka dot dresses when a sizable blizzard hit New York City on February 9, 1969.

People lost lives in that one... many of the 43 in hardest-hit Queens where woeful snow-removal efforts amped up residents' anxiety and anger to un­precedented levels.

The one who took the biggest hit over that wasn't Queens Borough President Sidney Leviss, but Mayor John V.N. Lindsay, one of the results being that his own Repub­lican Party refused to endorse him for reëlection later that year. More...

Saturday, January 31, 2015

I never knew who...

Jane Velez-Mitchell

...Jane Velez-Mitchell was 'til this week when I took a 'phone call toward the end of the "CBS Evening News" and while I wasn't paying attention it bled over into something called "The Insider."

(Jeanne and I have a rule in this house: we do not watch any "news" program which is ac­companied by a pop muzak track!)

When I clicked off the call and looked back to the screen, there was the most alarming-looking female I'd seen1 since Jocelyn Wildenstein, reporting gossip about former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's murder trial! More...

Friday, January 30, 2015

Dooooooooooooong?

Early last week blogger Tom Noonan posed the question:

Sheldon Silver charges – trouble for Cuomo?

Yesterday, on-line Hot Air, riffing on scrupulously middle-of-the-road Politico's "Andrew Cuomo's Dominoes - Why the New York governor should be worried about the as­sembly speaker's legal troubles," wondered:

Could Sheldon Silver roll on Andrew Cuomo?

The answer is, it is furiously to be hoped! More...

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Ding...

Sheldon Silver in disgrace.

...but unfortunately it'll be awhile before the "dong" is heard from Albany.

The "Ding" part of "Yip" Harburg's famous lyrics came today when long-time New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, arrested last week on federal corruption charges resigned the powerful position he seemed locked into for the past 21 years.

And the "dong" part? That'll be when Governor Andrew Cuomo goes as well!

Whether in handcuffs as with Silver, or just shame-faced and quietly like Eliot Spitzer in 2008, the only upbeat aspect of it is that his father didn't live to see it.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Jewish culture...

Updated 01/28/2015 – 08:45 am

...Orthodox, Reform and Conservative alike... has a word for it: Mitzvah!

Someone did us a mitzvah today and we've no idea who... which, when I first learned the word however many decades ago, is the general idea behind it: an anonymous act of kindness. More...

Monday, January 26, 2015

Great song, sad video...

...almost unbearably so when the viewer is sucker-punched with the rocking of the empty chair and the photograph of the (then) recently deceased Roy Orbison (1936-1988).

Add to that the prominence of ex-Beatle George Harrison (1943-2001), and it's an emotional struggle between the spriteliness of the song and its wonderful harmonies, and the realization of the loss of two great musical talents.

I make the Traveling Wilburys one of the top "Super Groups" of all-time, right up there with CSNY, Cream and The Highwaymen but way ahead of Blind Faith and the seminal "Super Session" collective of Al Kooper, Mike Bloomfield, et al.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Ernest Banks (1931-2015)

The only two men I ever heard speak ill of the late Hall of Famer Ernie Banks was Leo Durocher1 and former Yankee Joe Pepitone2 who played for the Chicago Cubs for parts of four seasons after being fire-sold out of New York for Curt Blefary after the 1969 season.

Durocher thought Banks was a phony with his eternally sunny disposition and "Let's play two" attitude, and Pepi­tone, primarily a first baseman, rarely got to play there when he got to Chicago because after age had com­promised Banks' range following seven straight All-Star selections and two Most Valuable Player awards as a shortstop, he moved to first base, thereby earning Banks Pepitone's eternal enmity. More...

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Tip from the Passionate Shopper...

...being my wife of seven years today:

"There's always a run on chicken wings in the week preceding the Super Bowl. That means that there's some really smart buys on breasts and thighs!

I thought 99¢/lb. was pretty good at King Kullen and Stop'n'Shop, but they were 77¢/lb. at Best Yet in Riverhead!"

According to the National Chicken Council, 1.25 billion chicken wings will be consumed during Super Bowl XLIX, and Jeanne somehow knows these things.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Ah, for the love of Edward R. Morrow!

What passes for "journalism" 14+ years into the new Mil­lennium sickens/outrages me on an almost daily basis!

With the continuing threat of the beheadings of two Japan­ese citizens held hostage by ISIS and the obvious critical issues facing the United States head by a lame-duck Pres­i­dent and a suddenly powerful opposition Congress, what is the country obsessed with? More...

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A record-setting Work Session!

It began at 7:00 pm and was closed at 9:21 pm, and by my count, that's the longest Village Trustees Work Session in the history of Westhampton Beach... all the more re­markable given the brevity (9 items) of the agenda!

It was interminable, mostly because someone... no names, please... doesn't know how to run a tight meeting!

The evening got off to a slow start when Laura Fabirizo, fill­ing in for an under-the-weather Lorraine Girard, More...