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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Drop everything...

...and get to the Hampton Arts Cinema and catch "The Drop" – it's just that good!

It's difficult to compare it to any other film other than it's as hard-boiled as it gets in the genre of "Eastern Prom­ises" and the original (1971) "Get Carter," two movies I've es­pecially admired in my extensive movie-going career.

The screenplay by Dennis Lehane from his short story "Animal Rescue" (collected in the 2009 anthology "Boston Noir," and not to be confused with the novelization based on the movie), is tough, taut and scrupulously honest with the movie-goer. More...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

White Light and Healing Prayers...

...should be directed toward Albany Medical Center where 21-year-old Tyler Giancola is fighting for his life after an alcohol-related event early Sunday morning left him with critical head injuries requiring admission to the Neurological Intensive Care Unit.

Joseph P. Schof, 18, of Orange County's Bullville, was charged with second-degree assault and released on $5,000 cash bail.

Young Giancola is the son of local Rotarian Beth Flanagan.

There's no turning back now!

The end of th original Sunset Avenue Firehouse

Photo courtesy of Hugh M. Merle.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Happy birthday to me and those others...

...who believe in the sanctity of the Constitution (partic­u­larly the Second Amendment) and who feel that "The Media" has been purposefully lying to its readers and viewers about firearms... you know, guns... for decades!

The four leading offenders in this regard have been The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine and the News Division of NBC. More...

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Helluva week for the NFL!

And while I not going to spend a lot of time blowing smoke at my own prescient insights into how the National Football League works, I will note that now, at week's end, Mon­day's OtBB entry was pretty much spot on!

What I did not foresee, though, was just how much trouble NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is in as damning, and veri­fiable, information keeps surfacing on a daily basis!

In addition to that of now-indefinitely suspended Baltimore Colt's running back Ray Rice, the names of Carolina Pan­thers defensive end Greg Hardy and Minnesota Vikings run­ning back Adrian Peterson have been in the More...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Awwwwww, Rick, Rick, Rick...

...And that's you, Rick Murphy! When are you gonna realize that you're red-lined in Westhampton Beach?

No one here-a-bouts gives a rusty rodent's rump about the "controversy" you and The East End Independent have for­ever been attempting to foment in our little Village. More...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

There's an old axiom...

Updated Thursday, 09/11/2014 – 10:27 am

...first articulated by English physicist Sir Isaac Newton which states:

"What goes up must come down."

(Look ashamed if you thought it was just a line from Blood Sweat & Tears' "Spinning Wheel.")

Before all else, it was a physical law of nature. More...

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Ray Rice, the NFL and TMZ...

...being the three elements of the story that blew up ESPN and sports talk radio yesterday, with just about everyone missing the major points.

The most obvious one which everyone punted is that the TMZ-released video surveilance footage of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then fiancé-now-wife Janay Palmer out cold in an Atlantic City hotel elevator Feb­ru­ary 15th, has afforded National Football League commis­sion­er Roger Goodell a "do-over" regarding the two-game suspension he handed out to Rice1, and for which he has been widely criticized. More...

Monday, September 08, 2014

A pox on the house of A&E!

This one kinda caught me, and others, by surprise:

'Longmire' Cancelled By A&E....


This means that ten of my Monday nights next year just became much less anticipated.

Despite being the most-watched original drama series in cable A&E's 30½ history, its three season, 30-episode run, the plug has been pulled! More...

Sunday, September 07, 2014

A day of rest?

Not in my neighorhood!

Following weekdays filled with the maddening noise of His­panic homunculi wandering back and forth with leaf blowers plus lawn mowers and hedge trimmers, we are this morning beset with a gaggle of pre-adolescent young ladies (and someone's miscellaneous kid brother) who set up a stand opposite us, whooping to attract attention while hollering:

"Lemonade 50¢! Save our theater!"

Main Street Sunday morning

Asked which theater they wished to save, the young fellow waved his hand to the West and responded:

"The one down there...."

Only a hardcore curmudgeon could raise an objection.

A mildly grumpy one would write about it, however!

Joan Rivers' final wishes

"When I die (and yes, Melissa, that day will come; and yes, Melissa, everything's in your name), I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, camer­as, action. I want Craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I want it to be Holly­wood all the way. I don't want some rabbi rambling on; I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents. I don't want a eulogy; I want Bobby Vinton to pick up my head and sing 'Mr. Lonely.' I want to look gor­geous, better dead than I do alive. I want to be buried in a Valentino gown and I want Harry Winston to make me a toe tag. And I want a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyonce's."

Let it be so!

I was never a big fan of the lady, but I admired her re­mark­able facility for self-deprecation.

Friday, September 05, 2014

George Donneson (1929-2014)

I just learned from today's Southampton Press that my one-time Driver's Eduction instructor George Donneson passed away last week, age 85, at his home here in the Village.

When I was 16 and about to test for my Learner's Permit. my mother felt it prudent to invest $5 in a session with George, who among his other duties, served as the Driver's Ed. teacher at Westhampton Beach High School... it was money well-spent as he pointed out something I was doing that the DMV Examiners aways fail people on. More...

Thursday, September 04, 2014

September Village Board Meeting

With attendees at the monthly meeting of the Westhampton Beach Village Board poised to hear about the "proposed con­solidation" of the local police department with that of Southampton Town, it took two members of the audience to even broach the subject.

Upon questioning by me 'n' Angelo de la Fuente (talk about "odd couples!"), all five members of the Board pro­fessed not only ignorance, but asserted that the first they knew of it was when they were contacted for comment by South­ampton Press reporter Kyle Campbell for his story. More...

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Last evening...

...at 6:57pm, while still daylight, a good-size doe saun­tered right into our front yard with an eye to making supper out of the carefully-tended flora on our front porch.

Would have, too, had not Gracie and Rosco alerted in time for Jeanne to curse her out of the yard and West down Main Street.

Cheeky! Very cheeky! Never used to see the damned things out in the open like that and in that much daylight. More...

Monday, September 01, 2014

Red Fortune redux

We didn't make out so well when we initially tried to see what the new Red Fortune restaurant had to offer... it hadn't opened yet!

Several days later, Jeanne brought some unremarkable take-out home, and prudence decided it needed a shake-down cruise to get everything in order.

Realistically, 3½ months is time sufficient, and as that encompassed the crucible of a Hamptons Summer, we returned last evening with a modicum of optimism that growth pains had subsided to an acceptable level. More...

Sunday, August 31, 2014

It was stultifyingly awful!

The fading, molting NBC Peacock

How awful was NBC's "Fall Preview" last evening, the 30-minute promo for the Peacock network's upcom­ing season hosted by Ken Marino and Casey Wilson?

(Casey whoooooooo?)

It was the type of horrendous awful where your jaw goes slack and winds up on your chest in disbelief.

It was the type of dishearteningly awful that should en­courage corporate parent NBCUniversal/Comcast stock-holders to make a million dollar donation to New York City Fire Department to have them take high pressure hoses and sluice out the executive offices at 30 Rockefeller Center.

Friday, August 29, 2014

This just in...

...or as Paul Harvey would say, "The rest of the story...."

Transmitted by Southampton Town Clerk Sundy Scher­meyer's office, a supplemental FOIL Response from the Town Attorney's office:

(Ain't bureaucracy-speak grand!?

Translation: they found more expenses associated with E³A litigation in addition to those which were re­ported here on August 20th.) More...

Thursday, August 28, 2014

None of your damn business!

Samuel L. Jackson for Capital One

That's to you, Samuel L. Jackson, you loudmouth, scowling over-exposed fathead!

"What's in your wallet?"

That obnoxious four word Capital One service line is bad enough, but what's really annoying is the volume and stridency with which the movie player delivers his pitch!

Hey, Sam...STFU!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

It strains credulity!

I recently received what turned out to be an E-mail from a familiar name whose G-mail account had been hijacked.

The included link led me on a second hop to a Website1 promoting a miracle weight loss product featuring "The Pure White Kidney Bean Extract."

What caught my attention was not the endorsements by Oprah or Dr. Oz, but the before-and-after photos of one satisfied user of the product. More...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Global warming seems to be...

...everywhere except at our end of Main Street.

Or at least that's how it's seems of late... and it's still August!

(Never mind yesterday afternoon's headline in The Southampton Press:) More...

Monday, August 25, 2014

True Blood proves false

HBO's seven season Sunday night fantasy-romance-melodrama, "True Blood," finished up last evening... and not a moment too soon!

In truth, the series over-stayed its welcome by two, per­haps even three seasons... it's been the worst kind of hot mess!

I'm not even sure exactly when it changed, though I admit to getting an uneasy feeling in year three when the debut season's strongest character, "Lafayette Reynolds," defi­antly and flamboyantly gay cook at Merlotte's Bar and Grill and Bon Temps' resident drug dealer, underwent an un­for­tun­ate and inexplicable personality change. More...

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Avoid Main Street this afternoon...

...especially mid-Village in the vicinity of #130 as there will be a significant security presence there protecting she-whose-name-will-not-be-uttered-here during her scheduled two-hour appearance.

Right now I'm 1-0 lifetime against the United States Se­cret Service, and I'd like to end up no worse than that.

Friday, August 22, 2014

All Ray Dean all the time

"This is insane. News12 and Channel 2 are at Village Hall and their news trucks were on my block...."

That was a text message from retired Westhampton Beach Chief of Police Raymond Dean about 12 minutes ago, and with the rest of everyone's field reporters out in Fergeson, Missouri fomenting civil and uncivil disobedience, what better place to send the others than "The Hamptons" in these waning days of Summer.

The Big Story? That $400,000 for Ray's unused sick and vacation days. More...

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The cost of an eruv

And no, OtBB will not be delving into the history of Hamp­ton Synagogue and what "founding Rabbi" Marc Schneier has cost Westhampton Beach, because it's near impossible to put a price tag on that.

What can be quantified are the attorneys' fees and legal costs the Villages of Westhampton Beach and Quogue, plus Southampton Town, have expended since the synagogue first pitched the idea of an Eruv Chatzerot here in early 2008. More...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

About that 'attractive nuisance...'

...on Griffing Avenue, a/k/a "the Guldi house:"

That eyesore Guldi house at #9 Griffing Avenue

(Yeah, it's fugly, but "attractive nuisance" is a legal doctrine, and there has already been one death, by drowning, of a child on that property.) More...

Not that I'm down on all quarterbacks...

...just weenies like Phil Simms and cocky little jerks like Johnny Manziel.

Or didn't anyone watch last evening's ESPN cablecast of the much anticipated pre-season NFL match-up of the Cleveland Browns against the the Washington Redskins... there, I said it again!

In a game in which he was sacked three times and com­plet­ed 7 of 16 passes for 65 yards and a touchdown, with the Browns down by 11 points, as he ran off the field Manziel flipped the Washington sideline the bird. More...

Monday, August 18, 2014

Phil Simms is a PC weenie...

...if he wimps out on using the Washington Redskins (there, I said it!) team name when calling this season's National Football League games for the CBS network.

"My very first thought is it will be 'Washington' the whole game,"

...the retired New York Giants first-ever Super Bowl winning quarterback told the Associated Press' Barry Wilner earlier today.

Simm's regular CBS broadcast partner, Jim Nantz, says it is "not my job to take a stance."

Good for Nantz! Boo! Hiss! to Simms.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

This 'outrage' is actually funny...

...and instructive, as well! From The New York Post:

Hamptons village police chief retires with $400K payout

There were two sure bets this past week:

  1. Al Sharpton would show up in Ferguson, Missouri, and make a lot of loud noise when the cameras began rolling.
  2. If the tabloids got wind of Ray Dean's retirement pay-out, they'd play it up large for their strap-hanging page-turners.

The Post, even more than its competitor The Daily News, loves anything they can turn into a headline about "The Hamptons." More...

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Something new every day...

...and it's not like I set out, in my advancing years, to learn new stuff on a daily basis... I just do.

This came courtesy of my son-in-law, Martyn-the-Meek-who-inherited-my-daughter, in the form of a Facebook posting:

The Forgotten Giant Arrows that Guide you Across America

One of the concrete directional arrows constructioned throughout the United States in the mid-'20s.

I was immediately fascinat­ed and intrigued as I had never been aware of any such sign posts for those with a birds­eye view and a need for reas­sur­ance that they were headed in the right direction.

Constructed in the mid-'20s by the Federal Government along established airmail routes to aid postal service pilots make their way in bad weather and darkness, the arrows and ad­ja­cent beacon towers spanned America from the East Coast to the West Coast. More...

Friday, August 15, 2014

Why we love her

Today being her 24th birthday, I'm acknowledging that I've been on the Jennifer Lawrence fan track since I first saw her Oscar-worthy performance in 2010's brilliant "Winter's Bone."

(That she didn't win that year will always be an ex­treme­ly sore subject for me, probably worthy of a Mel Gibson-esque rant!)

By tinseltown's often outré standards, that slight was rem­edied by Lawrence's Academy Award two years later for "Silver Linings Playbook," but the young woman was still jobbed by Oscar in 2011! More...

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Correcting the record on Dick Haefeli

Updated Thursday, 08/14/2014 – 02:48 pm

I've always found it amusing, sometimes alarming, when the Village of Westhampton Beach's annually designated "News­paper of Record" gets it wrong, as they did today in the story of the transition in Village Attorney from Richard T. Haefeli to the firm of Esseks, Hefter & Angel.

Witness the lead on both 27East and in The Southampton Press Western Edition:

"After serving Westhampton Beach Village, off and on, for the past three decades, longtime Village Attorney Richard T. Haefeli will no longer have a seat at the village dais." More...