On The Beach Blog | November 2008

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Don Noonan (1935-2008)

Updated 12/08/2008 11:38 am

Over the past 30+ years, he was a client of my office, my attorney, a close personal friend, a mentor and a sailing partner in the classic MB#4 presented to him by Walter Kidde.

(And if I could ever have taught Don how to tie a good bowline, MB#4 would likely still be afloat today.)

Don passed away last night in Stony Brook University Hospital Medical Center, following a series of brain hemorrhages.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Phyllis, three children, Donald Jr., Tara, and Sean, their spouses, and eight grandchildren, and four sisters: Kathleen Roskell, Mary Fritz, Sheila Meindl and Eileen Downey. He was pre-deceased by his brothers William and James.

The family will be receiving at Follett&Werner, Tuesday 2:00-4:00 pm and 7:00-9:00 pm, with a funeral mass at Immaculate Concep­tion, 10:00 am Wednesday.

(Full Obituary)

In lieu of flowers, the family requests dona­tions to Immaculate Conception's Community Outreach Program.

I am We are diminished.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

And while the New Moon Café isn't open today.... Shana and Ron are in Texas with his family this year, so the lame, the halt, the aged and the alone must fend for themselves this time around while Jeanne and I will cele­brate our special anniversary in another way.

That she is not only in my life but officially carries my family name, is reason enough for me to give thanks.

She will cook and we will prepared a table for various and sundry family members, and no Detroit Lions football will be watched for the first time in 57 years.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Something's rotten in Remsenburg

Updated 11/26/2008 - 9:41 am

...starting with the strategy devised by the Remsenburg-Speonk Board of Education to assure that their grandiose $14.9 million school expansion budget vote is passed two weeks from now. More...

Monday, November 24, 2008

Odd Stop at Highway Hardware

Obverse of the 1979 Susan B. Anthony dollar

Glad they're honest folks at the hardware store up on Montauk Highway! Lady at the counter could've beaten me out of 75¢ and I never would've known it. More...

Sunday, November 23, 2008

It's Over!

No more Lions

After 57+ years and a won-lost record of 369-464-19 in that time, I'm tossing in the towel.


I just can't take any more! More...

Saturday, November 22, 2008

It's damned racist...

Updated 11/23/2008 04:47 pm

...yet no one calls it for what it is! More...

Friday, November 21, 2008

Quick Road Trip

I'll probably come to rue this, but following a tip from the Levys... by Vic out of Joanna... Jeanne and I found a terrific little dinner spot that's an easy ride from home, has great food, and is moderately priced. More...

Thursday, November 20, 2008

November ZBA Meeting

Spencer Tracy, assessing Katherine Hepburn, in Pat and Mike:

"Not much meat on her, but what's there is cherce." More...

Uh oh...

Updated 11/21/2008 12:51 pm

...I seem to have punted one, missing the liveliest Westhampton Beach Village Board Work Session in 17 months! More...

What's wrong with this...

...motion picture?

"The $35 million Twilight is being given the kind of treatment at the box office ordinar­ily reserved for films costing three or four times that amount: midnight and Friday early-morning screenings." More...

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

What are they thinking?

Updated 11/19/2008 - 5:10 pm

...or, "What a difference a year makes!"

Passed the old Library yesterday afternoon... or actually, the excavated lot where the old Li­brary stood for so many decades. More...

Monday, November 17, 2008

Prop 8 Afterward

Updated 11/17/2008 - 6:44 pm

California's bitterly contested1 Proposition 8, "Eliminates Rights of Same-Sex Couples to Marry..." née "The California Marriage Protec­tion Act," is, in the wake of its recent passage, 52.2%-47.8%, still being fought. More...

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Another formative figure gone

Updated 11/21/2008 - 11:14 pm

...being my Cub Scout leader, Dotty Dudley.

I last saw her Election Day and congratulated her on being the first nonagenarian to cast a ballot in the Sunset Avenue Firehouse, having beaten Budd Schulberg into the polling place by an hour or so. More...

Friday, November 14, 2008

E-mail from Andy

Updated 11/14/2008 - 7:00 pm

...offered without critical comment.

"Given your blog's discussions of the civil rights cases which are pending on the East End, I though you might find interest in the following.

Earlier today, I received notice from the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, that the Court has dismissed an appeal which had been filed by the Town of Southampton in the case of Alfaro v. The Town of Southampton (one of the cases which had been discussed on your blog)." More...

'Tony,' even in tragedy

Lead on an Associated Press story on the latest West Coast wildfire:

"Firefighters were racing early Friday to push back a wind-whipped wildfire that destroyed about 80 homes and a college dormitory in the tony community of Montecito, injured four people and forced thousands to flee the longtime celebrity hideaway." More...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

November Planning Board

Updated 11/15/2008 - 2:41 pm

Westhampton Beach Planning Board, while finally back to its full compliment of members, was, regrettably, still one shy this evening as new appointee George Lawrence was nowhere in evidence. More...

Town GOP tosses in the towel

While the Suffolk County Board of Elections will not be certifying the results of last Tues­day's elections 'til December 1st, it's all over in Southampton as the Town GOP has conceded that Councilman Dan Russo will not be able to overcome Democrat Sally Pope's lead. More...

The bucks stop here...

Remnants if Jeanne's day lilies, three feet from the front of the house

...as do the does and fawns! More...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tough Week for Old Southpaws

I came from a time before "specialization" took over professional sports... gridiron athletes in both the pros and college were "two-way players" before that was a significant label.

(If your team had the football, you lined up on offense; if the other team had possession, you played defense. You knew the job you were expected to do whether you were an "X" or an "O" on the coach's blackboard!) More...

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

We once called it Armistice Day

Thank a Vet!

Monday, November 10, 2008


Preacher Roe - 1952

He may have been born Elwin Charles Roe but everyone knew him as "Preacher," the Brooklyn Dodgers ace left-hander of The Boys of Summer era... before a kid named Koufax came along. More...

Saturday, November 08, 2008

So there's a 'Free Lunch' after all

One of the enduring mysteries of this just con­cluded election was why Michael Pitcher didn't demand that The Southampton Press use a different photo of him. More...

Friday, November 07, 2008

Just as calm as you please...

...like a swell out for a stroll 'round town.

It was around 8:50 pm, and as I came out of the kitchen, I spotted him through the dining room windows. He was on the sidewalk in the loom of the street light at the end of the drive­way to 268 Main. More...

Thursday, November 06, 2008

November Trustees Meeting

Unlike the October Village Board meeting, things of moment actually happened this evening. More...

The Next Salvo

Updated 11/08/2008 - 6:25 pm

Constitutional law professor Marci Hamilton and attorney Bruce Rosen have reviewed attorney Robert Sugarman's pro-eruv brief of October 19th, and find fault with it. More...

Good Gal, That Pope!

Talking a page from Tim Laube's Post-Election Playbook, Southampton Town Councilwoman-Elect Sally Pope had people out taking down her campaign signs this morning.

(Yeah, I know... Laube promised "the next day," but Ms. Pope is the only one, at this writing, policing her signage.)

The Democrat from Remsenburg is to be com­mended for her quick attention to this usually over-looked detail.

Mrs. Schiavoni and Messrs. Bishop, DeMayo, Russo and Zeldin please copy.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Big Day at the Polls

...and one big local shock to go with it.

Basically, it came down to "Who'da thunk Barack Obama's coattails extended long enough to carry Sally Pope past Dan Russo?!?" More...

I fear for the Republic...

What will we do to our country?

...as well as whatever's left of democracy.

Monday, November 03, 2008


...if he wasn't at least the Last Great Hope, he was my Last Great Hope.

I was still incredulous that his brother had been murdered on a Dallas street 4½ years earlier and that no one had been brought to the bar of justice as the ensuing weeks grew into months and then years. More...

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Why are we not surprised?

Item from 27East.com:

"The developer of a hotel and conference center proposed for Riverside since 2001 has filed a $25 million federal civil rights lawsuit against Southampton Town...."

Hmmmmmn! "$25 million federal civil rights lawsuit." More...

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Yea, Father Pete!

It's rarely "a good thing" when anyone we know makes NY Post's notorious Page Six, es­pecially in proximity to the words "murder" and "suicide." More...