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Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Night Sights

I went to a football game this evening and a Dylan Laube broke out... repeatedly, with five touchdowns with time left to play in the first half.

After last Saturday's 33-14 victory over Eastport South Manor, it's the second consecutive week he's tallied five scores.

(Laube had already scored more than two dozen touchdowns in the team's first six games, all wins, for the season.) More...

Remember that old game...

...some would play, "Who would you throw out of the boat?" where someone would throw out two famous names and the other person would have to decide who was worthy of remaining in a crowded lifeboat, and who would be tossed overboard?

Screen capture from CNN

It's well-documented here the disdain I hold for former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and I've always kinda enjoyed entrepreneur Mark Cuban, so on balance, if someone posed those choices to me, old Leroy Lockhorn-looking Rudy better have a pair of water wings.

So I was surprised at how poorly Clinton-supporter Cuban came off on CNN against Giuliani this week in the by now common Point-Counterpoint format.

That screen shot pretty much encapsulates that debate.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

October Trustees Work Session.html

A full Board attended this afternoon's monthly Work Session to consider a number of items, requests and projects.

It was announced that the Village had made their objections to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers adopting the draft plan which would modify the groin field protecting the barrier beach, and filed it timely. More...

Today's the final day...

...to make your comments known to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about their draft plan to truncate the groins that have been protecting Stillwaters from being transformed into oceanfront property for almost 50 years.

This is a specimen letter/E-mail to aid in preparation of your message.

Due to the late hour, it needs to be done by E-mail to Robert.J.Smith@usace.army.mil and Mark.f.Lulka@usace.army.mil.

Do it now!

Something is serious freakin' wrong here!

Another terrific game last evening with the Dodgers... my Dodgers... shutting out the prohibitively favored Chicago Cubs for the second straight game, 6-0.

That was all right!

The wrong part was on display during the post-game show on FS1 (Channel 213) hosted by Kevin Burkhardt and a panel of three former baseball players. More...

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Almost buried amidst all the...

..."Grope-gate" accusations on last evening's national news programs was this tidbit:

New FBI files contain allegations of 'quid pro quo' in Clinton's emails

"FBI interview summaries and notes, provided late Fri­day to the House Government Oversight and Intelli­gence Committees, contain allegations of a 'quid pro quo' between a senior State Department executive and FBI agents during the Hillary Clinton email investiga­tion, two congressional sources told Fox News." More...

Monday, October 17, 2016

For thems what are struggling...

...with just what to say when contacting the Army Corps of Engineers about the element of their draft plan to lop off 100 feet of each of the 13 jetties in the groin field which has protected the barrier beach in Westhampton Beach and the unincorporated area of Southampton Town to the West of the Village, here's a specimen letter covering what seem to be the salient points: More...

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Candor in Chicago!

Los Angeles Dodgers... my Los Angeles Dodgers 1
Chicago Cubs 0
Winning Pitcher: Clayton Kershaw.


This makes me a very happy chappy... anytime my Dodgers win, I'm happy... so much of my emotional well-being rises and falls with the fortunes of the teams I follow, the Dodgers and a pair of hangovers from my youth in Detroit: the Lions and the Red Wings! More...

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

About those groins...

Hank Beck

...and the Army Corps of Engineers draft plan to circumcise 13 of them, interest in which caused 22 individ­uals, speakers and media included, to attend a meeting hosted by Hank Beck of the Citizen's Advisory Com­mittee-West at Westhampton Free Library (thank you, Danielle Waskiewicz) this evening.

Aram Terchunian

While the size of the audience was relatively small, the quality and and scope of the information was enor­mous, mostly due local fellow and First Coastal principal Aram Terchunian's familiarity with the subject of beach renourishment in general and the Westhampton barrier beach in specific.

Rare is an informational meeting I've ever attended which changed my thinking on a subject as decided as did this 85 minutes. More...

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Zeldin whifffffs

Updated Wednesday, 10/12/2016 &ndash 12:17 am.

Received this past week from the Honorable Lee Zeldin [r, ny], our 1st Congressional District representative, men­tioned en passant by Mayor Maria Moore at Thursday's Monthly Village Board meeting in respect to the Army Corp of Engineers scheme to reduce the length of the jetties in the Westhampton Beach groin field.

(Basically, the message was "Congressman Zeldin says he'll support whatever we decide.") More...

Monday, October 10, 2016

About that loud noise...

...that everyone seems to heard late Saturday morning, but for which no one seems to have an explanation.

(A month from now, pundits might look back and mark that "Boom" as the sound of Donald Trump's Presidential campaign imploding.)

Historically, we can eliminate George Plimpton's ill-made pyrotechnic device at the old Westhampton "dump," that rattled the area one Fall afternoon in 1975, or the No­vem­ber 1983 Grucci fireworks plant explosion that rocked much of Suffolk County from its Bellport epicenter. More...

Sunday, October 09, 2016

The question no one asked...

...after the truly devastating 11-year old video footage of Donald Trump's piggish conversation with celebrity journalist Billy Bush was released.

Where has this tape been until now, and who released it?

Doubtless many conspiracy theories will emerge, but the source of the videotape remains of prime interest to me.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

September Village Board Meeting

Mayor Maria Moore called the meeting to order at 7:03 pm, and opened with a Public Hearing on the Planning Board's recommendation to partially approve the application for Out­door Tables, Chairs and Benches by Sydney's Taylor Made Cuisine at 32 Mill Road. After brief testimony from a concerned neighbor representing several concerned neigh­bors, the hearing was closed subject to a determina­tion at the October meeting.

Motion was carried 3-0, with Trustee Rob Rubio absent.

Village Clerk-Treasurer Elizabeth Lindtvit was directed to post a Notice of Public Hearing on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Hall to consider a Local Law amending the Building Permit Fee. More...

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

This is what everyone sees...

Melina Abdullah - click to enlarge

...and this is what too few bother to hear:

"'I don’t care if he had a gun,' Melina Abdullah shouted. 'His life matters.'"

There's no question that 18-year-old Carnell Snell Jr.'s life mattered, but then, so too did the lives of the police he confronted with that handgun.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

How can you tell if a politician is lying?

As the old gag goes, it's when his lips are moving! But because of the 19th Amendment, that has to be rewritten to read...

"Because her lips are moving!"

The "her" in this instance is, no great surprise, Democrat­ic challender Anna Throne-Holst, desperate to unseat in­cum­bent Representative Lee Zeldin (R, Shirley). More...

Saturday, October 01, 2016

CBS becoming as bad as NBC

CBS black eye

On the CBS Evening News of Friday, Sep­tem­ber 30, 2016, anchor/managing editor Scott Pelley introduced a report that only CBS seemed to have:

"A mass shooting in South Carolina last year has exposed a flaw in background checks for gun purchases. Jeff Pegues has the new report from the Justice Department." More...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Doncha think it's time to police...

...your campaign signs, Ernie Wruck!

Oak Street Montauk Highway at Fruit King

I mean, it's been over two weeks since the primary polls closed, and your signs are still litter­ing the Villagescape.

C'mon, Ernie... losing at the polls is no fun (I know, I've been there!) but do the right thing, show some leadership!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Shock and sadness

What a terrible headline to read on an otherwise lovely Autumn Sunday morning:

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez tragically killed in boating accident

Jose Fernandez

No non-Dodgers pitcher was more enjoy­able for me to watch than the 24-year old right-hander. He was the most gifted pitcher on a middle-of-the-pack team, and after winning the National League's Rookie of the Year award in 2013, and missing a season's worth of games over 2014-2015 due to Tommy John surgery, he returned without missing a beat.

Seeing a star player taken so suddenly during the baseball season, it's impossible not to think of California Angels 27-year old star outfielder Lyman Bostock, New York Yankees Captain and MVP-winning catcher Thurman Munson and St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile in 1978, 1979 and 2002 respectively.

And from there it's an easy recollection to A.E. Housman's "To an Athlete Dying Young." We are all diminished.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Everyone's making a big fuss...

...and deservedly so, over the retirement of Dodgers announcer Vin Scully after 67 seasons of calling baseball games on both radio and television.

Vin Scully at work

(The Dodgers held a special ceremony honoring the man in front of 52,330 fans before last night's game with the Colorado Rockies.) More...

Friday, September 23, 2016

As Weiner's explanations go...

Another Anthony Weiner sexting scandal

..."likely?" OtBB rates this one "Highly Unlikely!"

Anthony Weiner Faces New Scrutiny After Report About Girl, 15

"Federal authorities in New York have issued a subpoena for records pertaining to allegations that Anthony D. Weiner exchanged sexually explicit messages with a 15-year-old girl...."

In the history of "Non-Denial Denials" by political figures, given Weiner's track record, this one insults credulity.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The vacuity of the AT-H candidacy...

...has been abundantly exposed in her current 30-second campaign spot airing here and there on local television stations and cable channels.

Set against a classroom of elementary school-age children while sporting a furrowed brow and affecting a throbbing voice that would make WCBS-TV's Kristine Johnson blush, Throne-Holst attempts to portray incumbent Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin as tone-deaf to gun violence in the United States. More...

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

More cautious optimism afoot

It's still 10-11 days away, but the lights at 141 Montauk Highway should again be aglow with the promise of spirits and dining fare.

The Claddagh

While I'll always think of the premises as the "Papa Joe's" of my youth, most recently it was the single-season less-than-successful "Red Fortune." More...

Saturday, September 17, 2016

One would never imagine...

Brianna Hassett booking photo

...from this police booking photo that 24-year old Brianna Hassett had just fatally injured a Flanders father of three while she was driving high on mostly illegal drugs.

"Ms. Hasset allegedly ad­mitted to snorting half a bag of 'dope,' injecting the other half and snorting a line of cocaine at 3 a.m. the day of the crash. She also admitted to con­suming Xanax the night before and the morning of the crash...."

Probably why it's called "dope!"

Friday, September 16, 2016

To hell with AT-H!

And her damned campaign... yeah, Throne-Holst spokes­man Andrew Grunwald, you!... as well after this from Newsday:

GOP super PAC to spend $900,000 in East End Congress race

"'I'm very confident we'll have the resources to win the race,' Grunwald said, 'Zeldin's right-wing special inter­est allies in Washington who share his extreme views on guns are stepping in in an attempt to save Zeldin.'"

Lee Zeldin's "extreme views on guns?" More...

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Pick-up plows into Beaver Dam Creek

Damnedest thing! It wasn't there when people had gone to bed Friday night.


But when people were crossing the bridge on South Country Road last Saturday morning, there it was in the reeds at water's edge, a faded reddish-orange truck with its front axle immersed in Beaver Dam "Crick."

Whatever the driver had in mind, the pick-up, presumably pilfered from its home on Apaucuck Point Road, was not equipped with the necessary flotation devices.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Money well spent?

In Westhampton Beach alone, the Suffolk County Board of elections spent well over $4000 in just the cost of staffing four Election Districts (#10, #14, #30 and #37) to service a total of four (4, count'em, 4!) registered members of the Conservative or Working Families parties who showed up to cast ballots in yesterday's Southamp­ton Town Justice primary contest between Democrat Andrea Schiavoni and Republican Ernie Wruck.

For the record, Town-wide with all 42 Election Districts re­porting, Schiavoni beat the hapless Wruck, 80 to 54 to gain the Conservative line in November's General Election, and nine to four on the less-than-robust Working Families side of things! More...

Monday, September 12, 2016

Of all the things I hate...

...not being able to breathe is at the very top of the list, and pneumonia is a significant causality with my suscep­ti­ble upper respiratory system.

(And I stopped smoking just over 50 years ago!)

So this is by way of saying that for the first time in my life, I feel a certain amount of empathy for the Democratic Presidential Candidate... but not enough to excuse her from leaning down to greet and embrace a small child knowing that she was carrying a communicable illness in what was clearly an orchestrated photo/video "op." More...

Friday, September 09, 2016

Remember, you read it here first...

...Optimum (née Cablevision, and before that LICATV) has its corporate eyes on further acquisitions after itself being acquired earlier this year by offshore-owned Altice.

Right now they're doing their due diligence and trying to decide which is the "better buy," to satisfy their customers' need for entertainment content, and rather than starting at the bottom and working their way up, they're swing for the fences from the jump. More...

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Now all I gotta do is...

...wish for a winning New York State Lottery ticket or an honest-to-Marc-Schneier weight loss pill that won't have me gnawing large chunks out of my headboard at three o'clock in the morning because one of my fondest wishes from earlier this year has (nearly) been realized.

Popping into the not-so-wayback machine of February 10:

What did we learn this season?

"(Adam) Schein (is) a New York City kid and More...

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

View from the boardwalk

Taking to heart the lessons of Superstorm Sandy (still not rated "hurricane"), Jeanne parked her Nurse Practitioner-mobile at Six Corners well clear of the paths of any wind-toppled trees and took to Village streets on her bicycle, shopping bag in hand.

The front yard after 'Sandy'

The storm damage at 256 East was, fortunately, min­imal, unlike what occurred after "Sandy" when for three solid days the front yard of the ole family homestead be­came the number one photo destination for all of Eastern Long Island. More...

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Nothing much surprises me anymore...

...but this certain did:

Fired Mizzou professor Melissa Click hired at Gonzaga University

Video footage of Melissa Click

"She achieved national attention after video footage of her as­sault­ing a student journalist went viral. Later, video emerged of her yelling profanities at a police officer."

I don't know much about the university aside from the fact that it is regularly invited to the NCAA Tournament where it is invariably described as "tiny Gonzaga." More...