Friday, July 29, 2016
Thursday, July 28, 2016
...which no one will acknowledge because neither the Village of Westhampton Beach nor the Lynch family which operates the service, can do anything about it.
As is implicit in the the report by correspondent Erin McKinley on page A7 of today's Southampton Press Western Edition...
...the real problem is Hampton Jitney's customers themselves. More...
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
...like Old Glory the morning after that rough night at Fort M'Henry with the British, is now, thanks to the good offices of Matt at Modern Yachts who doped out a less than orthodox way to mount them:
All is again shipshape at U.S. Speir on East Main Street!
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Headline from Monday's 27East:
"The Cedar Island Lighthouse renovation is closer to completion after 15 years of planning and fundraising, and now $300,000 from Suffolk County could be on the way."
Uh oh... "could be on the way" ... "after 15 years of planning?" More...
Monday, July 25, 2016
...but his status as a member of the Westhampton Beach Police Department is still "quo."
For those for whom the name "Joseph Pesapane" does not immediately resonate, he was one of the two Village police officers at the root of the protracted intra-departmental "missing handgun" investigation that began over seven years ago, if not as the primary actor then in the attempted cover-up. More...
Sunday, July 24, 2016
...filled the pool for a swim" (apologies to the Bee Gees), except that it was a plastic fish pond for a fanny dunk in case the temperatures got too hot.
My traditional Sunday routine starts with "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" and this morning's hour was a lively one, with supporters of unsuccessful Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders calling for the resignation of DNC Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz because of the systemic "rigging" of the primary process against their candidate. More...
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Friday, July 22, 2016
And by "we," I mean The Moniebogue Press, published out of the Howell homestead on Beach Lane by Jay Dudley, Van Howell and myself.
Acknowledgement by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation:
"Through monitoring conducted under a US EPA program known as the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule, PFOS was detected in public supply wells in the vicinity of the New York State Air National Guard Base at Gabreski Airport located at Old Riverhead Road in Westhampton Beach." More...
I have to say that the Trump women are terrific to look at, and
The Donald Republican Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump delivered a rousing nomination acceptance speech in Cleveland last evening.
(The nattering nabbobs of effete Eastern Liberalism are, predictably, acerbicly dismissive of that speech.)
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Well, not exactly of the "Stop the presses, replate the front page!" variety, but of interest to voters in Southampton Town Election Districts 10, 14, 30 and 37.
After more than two years of casting ballots in the Large Group Instruction Room of Westhampton Beach High School, the Board of Elections is returning the local polling place to Sunset Avenue, the new fire house, definitely for the November 8th national election, possibly for a September 13th primary.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
...i.e., utterly spontaneous, by Mrs. Speir during this evening's ABC World News broadcast, flogging the already stale issue of Melania Trump's Monday evening address to the Republican National Convention.
Jeanne's words, directed loudly at the TV set:
"Nobody died on the stage in Cleveland, damnit, not like Benghazi!"
It must be noted that Mrs. Speir and I share few political sensibilities, in witness whereof the pups and I will be holding down the homestead this weekend while she's in Philadelphia expressing her enmity of Hillary and agitating for Bernie Sanders.
Though I don't know what she'll do come November, but for her it's never hillary!
...but by 10:00 am had turned to crap in a most unexpected way.
Up betimes... ah, there, Samuel Pepys... preparing for a 9:00 am coffee date with visiting ex-pat Barb Ramsay at Simon's Beach Bakery, parking in front of the demised Magic's Pub and wondering how a "wet" premises in the middle of Main Street could still remain shuttered halfway through a fifth consecutive Summer season.
(The last time the lamps at 113 Main Street were lit was 2011 when Dee Perfido and Lenny Angelo took a brief crack at it.)
By 9:35 am, the first ominous sign appeared in More...
Since her retirement/leave-of-absence from her career as a Nurse Practitioner, my wife, instead of laying in the cut with a 750 ml. bottle of Cook's Brut cooling in an ice-filled Champagne Bucket, her Kindle Paperwhite in hand, has been a dervish, in the garage, in the kitchen and the attic.
I'm exhausted watching her... and lending an occasional helping hand, of course. More...
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
This just can't happen!
More than a year without direwolves and Daenerys, as comely a wench as ere rode a fire-snorting dragon into battle... too cruel, too cruel!
Monday, July 18, 2016
...happened just now with anchor Scott Pelley's almost strident addendum to a report about Baton Rouge sniper ambush Gavin Long.
Following Field Correspondent David Begnaud's piece in which he incorrectly referred to the murderer's "AR-style rifle," Pelley added, forcefully:
"And to be clear, the gunman was armed not only with the rifle you saw in David's report, but also an AR15."
This seemed to be important to Pelley because the More...
Sunday, July 17, 2016
Saturday, July 16, 2016
...and it's inevitably going to lead to the end of Western Civilization.
"Studiocanal, which is distributing the film in France, yanked all billboards and digital advertising for the film in the country, and also pulled posters from city train stations."
Conventional wisdom at the highest levels has held that if one does something like that, then the other side has already won.
Friday, July 15, 2016
It took CBS Evening News and host Scott Pelley five days to get to it, but they corrected, in part, Monday's error-filled "Biden sets sights on restricting sale of armor-piercing bullets" segment.
In the 24th minutes of the broadcast, Pelley said:
"Now we'd like to correct some information on the Dallas story; early in the investigation a city official told us the ammunition the killer used was 'armor-piercing.'" More...
...li'l world has happened with the telephone service out here?
Time was when, and it doesn't seem all that long ago, if I wanted to make a call to my friend Simon-the-one-they-called-Richard over in Remsenburg, I'd pick up the black handset, a voice would say "Number please?" (and that voice didn't sound anything like Lily Tomlin's "Ernestine"), I'd say "Eastport 81," and a 'phone off Basketneck Lane would start ringing.
Then we went, incrementally to exchanges, WE-4-xxxx, then the one which endures today, 288-xxxx. More...
Thursday, July 14, 2016
...with referring to an idea as a "no-brainer," but an exception may be found on page A13 of this morning's Southampton Press Western Edition:
"U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin is still pushing for a new zip code for the hamlets of Flanders, Riverside and Northampton, introducing a bill this week that comes nearly eight months after the U.S. Postal Service's postmaster rejected his request."
(That postmaster is likely a Democrat!) More...
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
...for Mill Road at the Church Lane intersection.
A little late on this one today, but from the number of hard hats and yellow safety vests observed around the Village just now I get the sense that there will be other advisories in the not-too-distant future. More...
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
...as pawns of the local real estate establishments:
Watch the video of the May 5th Village Board Meeting; at the 01:07 mark, when realtor Phil Grossman interrupts recognized speaker Erin Finley and says "That's why we brought Maria and Bryan and Rob in."
Later, at the 01:48 mark, he asserts, again in a cat-call from the audience, that he was speaking as a resident.
(Watch and decide.) More...
Monday, July 11, 2016
...and CBS Evening News talking head Scott Pelley isn't much better, as my television set was the recipient of some vehemently expressed objurgation just now.
It began with Pelley asking "the Vice President about the availability of armor-piercing bullets," asserting "Dallas' Mayor has blamed them for penetrating officer's vests:"
(It wasn't Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, though, but the city's former Deputy Police Chief Craig Miller who told reporters "perhaps the bad guy was using armor-piercing bullets.") More...
Sunday, July 10, 2016
Ordinarily there mere mention of Rudy Giuliani's name is an immediately turn-off, and any reference to him as "America's Mayor" induces a reverse peristaltic response.
But his recent criticism of Black Lives Matter for its singular focus on (mostly white) police causing black deaths, while completely ignoring the much higher frequency of black-on-black murders, commonly reported in the inner city communities of Chicago, Detroit and elsewhere.
I still can't stand the Leroy Lockhorn-looking opportunist, but he's spot-on in those comments and the first to go on the record with them. More...
Saturday, July 09, 2016
"'We don’t know what happened, but we do know that there was a gun in the car that apparently was licensed, but it caused in some fashion those tragic events,' Obama said of (Philando) Castile’s shooting."
Yup, the gun did it... again!
Friday, July 08, 2016
...the Suffolk County Democratic Machine:
"Former Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst has won the Democratic primary in the first Congressional District by 319 votes over former chairman of the Suffolk Planning Commission David Calone, Suffolk election officials said Friday." More...
First Louisiana, then the next day Minnesota...
And then as a consequence last night in Dallas: More...
Wednesday, July 06, 2016
It wouldn't be appropriate to list among my "Guilty Pleasures" the cable USA series, "Royal Pains" which concluded an eight season, 104 episode run tonight.
It was, following it's debut in September 2009, almost a Thursday, then Wednesday, evening obligation to see how the producers were treating my Village following gratuitously vicious dialogue labeling Westhampton Beach "the Worst Hampton" 20 minutes into the series premier. More...
Tuesday, July 05, 2016
No real surprises transpired at tonight's Westhampton Beach Village Board annual Organizational Meeting... newly elected Trustee Stephen Frano was sworn in (and concurrently resigned from the Planning Board) along with hold-overs Mayor Maria Moore and Trustee Ralph Urban.
(Mr. Urban was reinstated to his position as Deputy Mayor following a two-year hiatus.)
An extensive agenda was methodically addressed, More...
Monday, July 04, 2016
...about this off-season's biggest free agent signing had it wrong!
"Durant has agreed to sign with the Golden State Warriors, making a team that won an NBA-record 73 games last season even better and devastating their top rival in the process."
With the National Basketball Association's More...