On The Beach Blog | Off the record, on the QT in WHB, and very hush-hush…

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(And "stylin'" may be out of date as the current term of art.)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...


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


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.'"


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...

Thursday, October 02, 2014

October Village Board Meeting

Another short meeting of the Westhampton Beach Village Board this evening, more notable for what was not ad­dressed than what was.

Following the Public Portion of the 17 minute meeting the Board retired into Executive Session for the purposes of discussing "Retaining a Consultant for Sunset West LLC, Police Personnel and Litigation."

The Sunset West issue is interesting... CVS, which as a matter of right is allowed 3,000 square feet, yet More...

Giudices update...

...being a follow-up to March's "This is one 'Guilty' Plea... I'm following with considerable interest."

Today, the rest of the footware came crashing down:

Teresa Giudice Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison, Joe Giudice to Serve 3.5 Years

Lotta people cheering this outcome, and at the same time think the court was too lenient.

My only question now is how will the Italian-American Civil Rights League respond to this?

JAY-sus, guys… grow up, will ya?!

Within the past ten days we've seen ten of the 30 Major League Baseball teams clinch a slot in the post-season leading up to the World Serious a month from now.

Add to that two clubs, Kansas City and San Francisco, winning their one-game Wild Card elimination contests over the past two evenings, and then immediately after the final out, the players start whooping uncontrollably, hugging and pounding one another on the backs, and spraying everyone in sight with champagne. More...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Blackout Lifted!

The big news late this afternoon:

"The Federal Communications Commission voted 5-0 to eliminate its sports blackout rules Tuesday..."

...but the other shoe dropping:

"...but the NFL said that it doesn't plan to change the way its broadcasts are handled."

In the FCC's view, the rule, established in 1976 to prevent cable operators from airing sports events that were black­ed out on local TV, was outdated and unnecessary. More...

Friday, September 26, 2014

Only Ted Williams...

...in my recollection... had as fitting a farewell as did Derek Jeter last night against the classy Baltimore Orioles1 in Yankees Stadium.

USMC fighter pilot Ted Williams

"The Splendid Splinter" didn't hit a game-winner in his final Fenway at bat... his tremendous home run, number 521 life­time, brought the Red Sox one run closer in a game they won in walk-off fashion an inning later... but it was no less a dramatic finish to a re­markable 19-year career that had twice been interrupted by military service. More...

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

September Trustees Work Session

Little transpired during the Public portion of an unusual Village Board Work Session, delayed a week due to the unavailability of Mayor Maria Moore and Deputy Mayor Charlie Palmer last week, but bumped up to a 5:30 pm start.

Permission was given for the Westhampton Beach Student Government's Homecoming Parade to be held Friday, Oc­tober 10th from 4:430 to 5:30 pm.

The Alzheimer's Disease Resource Center was given per­mission to hold its annual 5K Walk through the Village with Lunch on the Village Green, Saturday, October 18th. More...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

And that man is...

...the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Florida State's Jameis Winston!

On the surface, one has to chuckle at the image of the suspended quarterback popping out of the Doak Campbell Stadium tunnel in full FSU home uniform, including pads, guards and cleats, seemingly unaware that he wouldn't be taking the field last Saturday against Clemson.

(Yeah, I know... he was given a sports award last December, not a Phi Beta Kappa key!) More...

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...