His name is Barry Layne, better known as "Big Barry," proprietor of a successful steak house of the same name on Route 25A in Rocky Point, and later a less successful one on Middle Country Road in Centereach.
Monday, November 24, 2014
Sunday, November 23, 2014
My wife, the medical professional, served me half a red grapefruit as part of my Sunday breakfast... it was tasty, and I remarked:
"Haven't had this in quite awhile... we should do this more often. It was a real treat."
"Not with some of the medications you're taking," she shot back. "Google 'drug interactions + grapefruit,'" so I did.
Ack! "Potentially fatal side effects!"
Who knew what ordinary resident of a household refrigerator could generate such grave toxicity in an unsuspecting consumer?
Saturday, November 22, 2014
One of the Encore brand of cable television channels is "Encore Westerns" which, as most could figure out, is devoted to the Western genre of movies and re-runs of those television shows from the late '50s through the mid-'60s.
("Encore Westerns" is seen on channel 353 on the local cable system.)
This month they've been heavy on John Wayne Westerns, and will culminate with a day-long "Duke Marathon" on Thanksgiving. More...
Friday, November 21, 2014
From the July 8, 2014 entry on the Moore/Palmer Agitprop blogspot entitled A New Chief of Police:
"It is only after there has been a complete evaluation of the available candidates that we can make the best determination and ensure that the next Chief will enjoy broad community support and will have the respect of the officers in the department."
The new Administration had their man, not in the wings, but front and center and ready to go with Lieutenant Trevor Gonce. More...
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
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
Headline from over the weekend:
"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
...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
...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
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.
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
Headlines on page 1 of this morning's Southampton Press Western Edition:
Cute... but materially inaccurate!
Unlike the concomitant application being made by CVS in Bridgehampton...
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
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
Thank you for your service... you know who you are.
Thursday, November 06, 2014
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
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
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.
...why are we not surprised?!
"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
Saturday, November 01, 2014
Friday, October 31, 2014
...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.
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
(With appropriate apologies to Joseph Conrad.)
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
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
...to so many of these National Football League players that while they act the fool on the field they:
- Injure themselves;
- Cause their team to be penalized;
- 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
Friday, October 24, 2014
...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...
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
Last June I pitched a bitch about New York Yankees broadcasters John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman, and acknowledged that...
- I grew up in a time of Mel Allen, "Red" Barber and Vin Scully, and few can compare with them;
- As I am not a Yankees fan, there's always the "off" or "mute" button options.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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
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
...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
...was extremely well-attended, with an overflow crowd within five minutes of the official 4:30 pm start.
(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
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...