Friday, October 31, 2008
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
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
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
Judicial election campaigns are heavily regulated by canon, so direct "attack advertising" is never seen. More...
Sunday, October 26, 2008
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
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
Updated 10/24/2008 - 20:48 pm
...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
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
Updated 10/21/2008 - 11:08 am
We start with the most accurate report to date: "Owner of cafe in Westhampton Beach robbed early Sunday morning." More...
Sunday, October 19, 2008
...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
Friday, October 10, 2008
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
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
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
Friday, October 03, 2008
...but not at the hand of Rabbi Marc Schneier.
(That "other shoe" remains to be dropped.) More...