On The Beach Blog | October 2008

Friday, October 31, 2008


Halloween 2008

If this keeps up, the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce's annual Halloween Parade and Main Street trick or treating, will soon out-strip the local Saint Patrick's Parade and orgy of Oirish behavior. More...

Rumor Control

No, there was not another "armed robbery" on Westhampton Beach's Main Street last night!

This information has been verified, so before running with the "story" that gunmen invaded another downtown eatery, it's not so.

The truth is that a break-in was attempted but the location's alarm system worked as adver­tised, and the miscreant(s) were thwarted.

But perhaps now the Village Board will author­ize the additional police officer for which there is already a budget item.

Thursday, October 30, 2008


Updated 10/30/2008 - 12:23 pm

Southampton Press Western Edition reporter Jessica DiNapoli and I had a brief en passant conversation recently about what she and I did, the conclusion of which was that as a blogger I had the freedom to "editorialize" and as a reporter, she didn't.

Someone... Ms. DiNapoli, her Editor Frank Cos­tanza or her predecessor, Caroline Simson1 who now oversees The Press' 27East.com on-line edition... seems to have disremembered the critical differences between straight re­portage and editorial commentary. More...

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Town Justices Scrap, II

Updated 10/29/2008 8:25 pm

Prior to Southampton's "upgrade" to First Class Town status 38 years ago, the Town Justices of the Peace also served as the Town Board.

On January 1, 1972 the first Council­matic Town Board was seated, and a trio of Justices, Edwin Berkley, Mercator Kendrick and Paul Smith, Jr.... Republicans all, naturally... were installed solely to preside over the Town Court.

(Annual compensation: $12,500.) More...

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Timely Blog...

A large and timely welcome to the blogosphere to Matthew Ray Robison.

Well, it's better than going out a window!

Monday, October 27, 2008

A Scrap for Town Justice

Judicial election campaigns are heavily regu­lat­ed by canon, so direct "attack advertising" is never seen. More...

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Post Stop +1

It wasn't "heavily promoted," but Dune Road activist Jacqueline Sprotte tried networking an evening of support for recent crime victim Sandy Patterson. More...

Saturday, October 25, 2008

My New Sister-in-Law

I already have one sister-in-law, Andy, who lives on Marco Island.

It now seems I have another, and upon reflection, others may be surfacing as the weekend progresses. More...

Friday, October 24, 2008

Competing Editorials

Updated 10/24/2008 - 20:48 pm

While it doesn't quite rise to the level of the October 1975 covers of Newsweek and Time...

The Boss' twin-killing on October 27, 1975

...each featuring Bruce Springsteen, it's prob­ably just coincidence that after months of con­tentiousness The Southampton Press Western Edition and East End Independ­ent this week each editorialized about the eruv which has so polarized the Westhampton Beach community. More...

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Return Fire

Updated 10/24/2008 12:20 pm

The Hampton Synagogue's response to the legal opinion tendered the Village on behalf of the Alliance for Separation of Church and State for the Greater Westhampton Area, Inc., is in the form of an ominous 23-page letter from attorney Robert Sugarman. More...

October Trustees Work Session

One could almost hear the "whooosh" as two-thirds of the meeting room exited after Mayor Conrad Teller announced that nothing would be discussed about Hampton Synagogue's eruv application at the Work Session. More...

Monday, October 20, 2008

Welcome to...

Fear Village?

Updated 10/21/2008 - 11:08 am

...Fear Village?

We start with the most accurate report to date: "Owner of cafe in Westhampton Beach robbed early Sunday morning." More...

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Oakland Farms subdivision

...is it as big a blunder as adjoining residents in Westhampton Beach's Bridle Path have been insisting? More...

Sunday, October 12, 2008


You didn't have to be Jewish to attend the second meeting of Jewish People Opposed to the Eruv, but the sheet handed to all who entered Starr Boggs this morning made it very clear that you had to be Opposed!

(The hand-out also forbade the use of any cameras except by "those of the author­ized press," which status I immediately confirmed with one of JPOE's security people as well as Pamela Sheiffer, the wife of a JPOE co-chair, just to avoid any awkwardness later on.) More...

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Fear Mongering

Updated 10/11/2008 - 04:06 pm

Never too old to learn a new word or phrase!

Today it was "'black-hat' Judaism," uncovered just now thanks to a poorly reproduced NY Times page on the JPOE blogspot. More...

Friday, October 10, 2008

To The Ramparts

Updated 10/10/2008 - 03:23 pm

Hot on the heels of the legal brief sub­mitted to the Village on behalf of the Alliance for Separ­ation of Church and State for the Greater Wes­thampton Area, Inc., Hampton Synagogue has put the municipality on notice that their eruv-related interests will henceforth be represented by one Robert G. Sugarman, Esq. More...

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Just discovered...

...a May 10th Yeshiva World précis of WCBS2 and NY Post reports on the eruv controversy.

While the rehash was as superficial as the re­ports it cannibalized, it was instructive to read the Reader Comments: More...

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

More from the Alliance

Updated 10/08/2008 - 01:27 pm

A legal memorandum co-authored by constitu­tional scholar Marci Hamilton and attorney Bruce Rosen, and submitted to the Village two days ago, makes a brief that the municipality is under no legal obligation to approve a pe­ti­tion by Hampton Synagogue for an eruv in the middle of main­land Westhampton Beach. More...

Sunday, October 05, 2008

The Lessons of 'Heidi'

Turner Broadcasting, part of the AOL/Time-Warner holdings, may not have been around in 1968, but the lesson of that Sunday, Novem­ber 17th has not been lost on them. More...

Friday, October 03, 2008

The Eruv Resurfaces...

...but not at the hand of Rabbi Marc Schneier.

(That "other shoe" remains to be dropped.) More...

Thursday, October 02, 2008

October Trustees Meeting

Updated 10/06/2008 - 02:36 pm

Ah, these off-peak Village Board meetings... as Estragon tells Vladimir in Beckett's "Waiting for Godot:"

"No one comes, no one goes. It's horrible."

(Well, the Board itself probably doesn't think it's all that awful, and may More...