On The Beach Blog | December 2008

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A Safe and Sane...

...New Year's Eve to one and all.

As the great Hill Street Blues roll call sergeant, Phillip Freemason Esterhaus, used to say before sending his men (and woman) out on shift tour:

"Let's be careful out there!"

Let it be so. See ya next year!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Oyez Oyez

Rumors to the contary, the Blogger is still on station.

That Alliance Mailing...

Anyone catch the key language in last week's mailing from the Alliance for the Separation of Church and State for the Greater Westhampton Area, Inc.? More...

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Quibbling About Dollars

Earlier this month OtBB looked at the cost and utility of the "bi-monthly"1 Village Views news­letter, and noted that it was primarily a tax­payer-funded vehicle for Trustee Joan Levan's pet projects, and that it was for the most part a duplication of what was available elsewhere. More...

Friday, December 26, 2008

Return to Palm Beach

Updated 12/26/2008 - 10:40 am

We learn from our listening post on the corner of Sunset and Brook that Rabbi Marc Schneier is making a cameo appearance in Florida this weekend. More...

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

2008 Holiday Greetings

In an effort to reduce some of the anxieties and ill-will engendered hereabouts this year.... More...

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Hallmark's Recalled Snow Globes

...When You Care Enough to Send the Very Best!

Or perhaps not.

Approximately 7,000 jumbo-sized (11"x12"x17") "snow globes" were recalled More...

Monday, December 22, 2008

One out of three...

Updated 12/29/2008 - 11:10 am

...may be All-Star caliber hitting in baseball, but when there's only three words I wanna hear in a eagerly anticipated movie, it bites! More...

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Deer Me!

There they were... three of'em!... at 7:51 this morning, chomping on the yews at the end of the West drive. More...

Friday, December 19, 2008

Caught my eye...

...on 27East.com, the headline:

Thiele rails against LIPA rate increase

Delving further we learn:

"State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. announced last week that he and some of his colleagues in the Assembly are urging the Long Island Power Authority not to raise rates in the new year."

Golly, that'll work! More...

Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Nutburger Codicil

As Jimmy Durante used to say:

"Ev'rybody wants ta get inta da act!"

The latest local group with a Web presence is The Alliance for the Separation of Church and State for the Greater Westhampton Area, Inc. More...

Friday, December 12, 2008

The results are in...

Updated 12/12/2008 - 11:57 pm

...and the Remsenburg/Speonk Board of Education was handed a solid rebuke as District taxpayers turned down the $14.9 million elementary school expansion project. More...

Bettie Page (1923-2008)

If Marilyn Monroe served as the iconic blonde of the '50s, then Bettie Page with her trade­mark bangs was indisputably MM's raven-haired counterpart. More...

Post Time in Remsenburg

How badly conceived is Remsenburg/Speonk School District's $14.9 million expansion pro­ject? More...

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Another Volley

Westhampton Beach Eruv Association Inc. has followed up on The Jewish Week's article of a fortnight past which seemed to signal Hamp­ton Synagogue's next shot in the eruv war.

WBEA advises that it is "an organization in­dependent of the synagogue," but their re­sponse appears more like the second strike of an "ol' one-two punch," a double team effort against Jewish People Opposed to the Eruv. More...

Monday, December 08, 2008

A Slight Righted

Updated 12/11/2008 - 7:45 am

In September, OtBB pitched a minor bitch about PAC's curious failure to mention the name of Rosaria "Ria" Del Bene in its news­letter story about the renovation of her former home and shop on Sunset Avenue. More...

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Vince Cannuscio (1942-2008)

Former Southampton Town Supervisor (1995-2001) Vincent J. Cannuscio passed away to­day after a brief illness.

Details are on the O'Shea Funeral Home site.

Friday, December 05, 2008

This just in...

Updated 12/06/2008 - 8:32 am

...well, it's actually been in the works for awhile, but the report was just released earlier this week.

The headline reads:

State wants small schools to band together

...and it's a damned shame that the Remsen­burg-Speonk Board of Education didn't get the word earlier; they could've spared More...

Thursday, December 04, 2008

December Trustees Meeting

There was a good-sized crowd in attendance for this time of year... not quite the "dead of Winter," but still... but neither the Westhamp­ton Beach Village Board nor their agenda was up to providing anything momentous this evening!

O, yes... a well-tanned Sundy Schermeyer More...

Paul Benedict (1938-2008)

Best known as the eccentric Harry Bentley on the long-running (1975-1985) TV sitcom The Jeffersons, Paul Benedict died at his home on Martha's Vineyard earlier this week.

The actor was also known to some as co-star of Who Was That Man, a short showcase film written and directed by actor Jon Korkes, and filmed mostly in Westhampton Beach in 1998.

Locations included the Crazy Dog Diner, the old barn behind Westhampton Agency on Sun­set Avenue, and Captain Norm's on Dune Road in Hampton Bays.

The short film was given its premiere at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Preparing the beachhead

Updated 12/02/2008 - 2:32 pm

Having seemingly heeded a portion of the ad­vice he solicited following last August's badly managed "informational meeting," Rabbi Marc Schneier et al have fired the next salvo signal­ing the return to the front burner of Hampton Synagogue's request for an eruv. More...