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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.

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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...

Thursday, September 01, 2016

September Village Board Meeting

In the chilliest meeting room to date, Mayor Maria Moore called the monthly session to order and led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance at precisely 7:00 pm.

(There seemed to be thermostatic issues.)

Following the recommendation by the Westhampton Beach Planning Board, a Special Exception for a Change of Use to allow a "dance studio" at 202 Montauk Highway, was un­animously approved, 3-0, Trustee Brian Tymann absent.

Another Special Exception, also reccommended by the Planning Board, was approved for Espressio Cafe on the corner of 65 Main Street at Mitchell Road to have three outdoor tables, 12 Chairs and and two umbrellas. More...

AT-H's tongue turned black...

...when the former Southampton Town Supervisor and Democratic Congressional candidate issued this tweet on August 9th:

"No Show Zeldin continues to miss work, missed 2/3rds of Veterans Affairs Hearings"

Her campaign claimed in Newsday that same day:

"Lee Zeldin claims to work for veterans, but he skipped two out of three hearings that addressed veterans issues."

When I first read that, I was disappointed... but then I wondered how they measured predecessor Tim Bishop's attendance record, 12 years serving New York's 1st con­gressional district with one hand hanging onto Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi's apron strings and the thumb of his other hand in his mouth. More...

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Uh oh, here comes Joe Pesapane again!

And this time's kinda funny since his attorney, one Eric Sanders, Esq. whose specialty appears to be Civil Rights, for all intents and purposes, seems to be the sort who huffs and puffs outside the gates and hopes that his case never gets past the proverbials "courthouse steps."

The last lawyer who tried to pull this tactic on the Village of Westhampton Beach, Andrew J. Campanelli, not only had his case tossed out on motion (itself unusual) but dismissed with something bordering on prejudice. More...

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

I won't say 'It's all good,' but...

...it sure seems to be getting better based on Friday's New York Times' Real Estate section feature by Marcelle Sussman Fischler entitled The Plain-Jane Hamptons.

Excepts:

"'Westhampton Beach offers us everything we could possibly want in a vacation home. Frankly, we are not sure what the east offers that the west doesn't,' Mr. Bagliebter said. 'The beaches here are as nice as the beaches on the other side of the canal.'" More...

Monday, August 29, 2016

A chuckle amidst the sadness

Long-time WCBS-TV News Anchor Dana Tyler on this evening's telecast was remembering actor Gene Wilder (1933-2016), lovingly if inexactly:

"He was wonderful in movies like 'Blazing Sandals'{sic}."

Okay, she got the essence of Wilde's appeal if not the title.

My personal favorite of his is 1970's "Quackser Fortune Has a Cousin in the Bronx."

Sunday, August 28, 2016

'A Friend of Ours'

As is my weekly wont, Sunday morning is spent watching the hour-long current events programs on the ABC and CBS networks.

(Due to the limitations of my Optimum-provided DVR device, I watch the Fox version this afternoon.)

What struck me after listening to much discussion about the recently released E-mails from Hillary Clinton's private server, was the phrase "He is a friend of ours" in memos describing someone requesting access with the then Secretary of State. More...

Friday, August 26, 2016

Report on the News: 08/28/2016

Despite my increasing antipathy for the less-than-neutral "CBS Evening News" and the subsequent nighty com­par­ison viewing of "ABC World News..."

(Cablevision's DVR boxes are essential in this partic­u­lar endeavor!)

...the David Muir-hosted telecast just now revealed a clear bias in its reportage of a current news story re­gard­ing Maine's Republican Governor Paul LePage. More...

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The best kept dining experience secret...

... (to gringos, at least) in Westhampton Beach is at 136 Old Riverhead Road, just over the Long Island Rail Road tracks at the long-time site of the Mexican Hut.

(Actually run by a family of expatriate Cubans, polit­ical pragmatism dictated the choice of business name.)

Currently carrying the name Antojitos Chapin and advising that it is a "restaurante," it opened at the start of the Sum­mer and seats about 20 persons. More...

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Orthodox entitlement or

...a special bereavement dispensation?

It was a ticketing rich environment just about anywhere within walking distance of Hampton Synagogue this morning as hundreds of mourners (and myrid media) showed up for services of a couple killed in Sunday's terrible motor vehicle accident on the Long Island Expressway in Manorville. More...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The type of District Attorney...

Stephen Hill

...New York City should always have would be "Adam Schiff," Man­hat­tan's top prosecutor for the first ten seasons of NBC's 20-year stalwart "ripped from today's headlines" prime time drama, "Law & Order."

Actor Stephen Hill (née Solomon Krakovsky), who portrayed the droll, politically pragmatic character, died today in Rock­land County's Hasidic hamlet of Monsey, age 94. More...

Monday, August 22, 2016

The other shoe falls for Lochte

While the CEO of the United States Olympic Committee will only promise unspecified "Further action to come for Ryan Lochte, teammates," the marketplace has spoken quickly and without equivocation:

Ryan Lochte loses all four commercial sponsors after Rio Olympics incident

"Lochte's four commercial sponsors... Ralph Lauren, Speedo, Airweave and Gentle Hair Removal... dropped the 12-time Olympic medal winner on Monday in response to the incident eight days ago in which he falsely claimed he and three teammates had been held up by armed robbers at a Rio de Janeiro gas station."

In the space of 36 hours, the phrase "over-exagerated" has entered our lexicon as a euphenism for "I lied!" How soon before Hillary Clinton adopts it for her own use?

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The 2016 Olympic games in Rio...

...were ill-advised in the first place, given the inability of Brazil to properly prepare its host city for the grobal event.

(That none of the athletes participating haven't become gravely ill due to the extraordinary polution of the water there is something of a miracle!)

While the waters of Baía de Guanabara are still befouled and the residents of the crime-ridden favelas would consider Poverty Level a major step up, Rio de Janeiro somehow pulled it off. More...

Saturday, August 20, 2016

It had to be the most embarrassing final...

Early "The Phynx" movie industry poster

...credit for a number of otherwise re­spect­able movie roles, and appears to have been conceived as a means of providing a paycheck for a large number of has-beens, never-wases and main­tainers of dusty collections of props, costumes and stock footage.

Just review the IMDb entry for the extraordinary list of names in the cast. More...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

August Trustees Work Session

Breaking News: the Asphalt Plant is closed forever.

Village Attorney Anthony Pasca, at the very end of the monthly Work Session, quietly revealed that the bitter 16 year legal battle between the Village of Westhampton Beach and Suffolk Asphalt Supply, Inc. is over, and that plaintiffs tossed in the towel on the court house steps.

This is a major victory for the Village and residents of Rogers Avenue and the Bridle Path subdivision that began during the Strebel administration with the passage of Local Law 10 of 2000 which provided for the change of zone affecting the eight-nine acres on which the facility was situate, and the cessation of operations there after an amortization period of five years. More...

Guess Best's gonna hang out a bit longer

The entire front view is certainly rounding up very nicely.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Toward better reportage

Gavin Keblish

An item on 27East this afternoon:

Dead Body Discovered Near Montauk Train Station; East Hampton Town Police Say No Foul Play Suspected

"East Hampton Town Police ... identified the body as Gavin Keblish, 23, of Eastport, and confirmed the body was deceased."

An alternative confirmation would have been?

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Gail (Andon) Jackson (1944-2016)

Gail Andon

The daughter of former Westhampton Beach Mayor Arma E. "Ham" Andon, and mother of Southampton Town Clerk Sundy Schermeyer, Gail Jackson passed away suddenly on Wednesday.

Visitation and services details are on Follett & Werner's Website.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Click Bait if e'er I've seen it

Think about it, Bill!