On The Beach Blog | May 2008

Friday, May 30, 2008

Why are we not surprised?

Late story on the 27East site:

First Hampton Party candidates decline invitation to debate in Westhampton Beach

No surprises there More...

Progress Report on 28 Library...

Passed the old Raynor's Garage site this af­ter­noon... that mound of presumably petro-polluted excavated soil is all but gone, and it's a safe bet that that's a load off of owner Oak­ley Gentry's mind... not to mention a chunk out of his exchequer. More...

Thursday, May 29, 2008

O, by the way…

From the current Southampton Press Western Edition, Westhampton Beach Trustee Toni-Jo Birk, explaining why she and running mate, Deputy Mayor James Kametler, chal­lenged Elyse Richman's nominating petition:

"People don’t realize that if you’re running as an elected official in [the] village, there are rules to be followed. You can’t make up rules."

Just so, Mrs. Birk, just so. More...

What's he waiting for?

Deputy Mayor James Kametler

Deputy Mayor James Kametler, that is!

Once again, Jim's been caught with his mitt in the cookie jar, More...

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Shaggy Big Duck Story

A terrible typo, possibly the most horrendous in the his­tory of Eastern Long Island publish­ing, occurred on the front page of the January 6, 1982 Suffolk Life, and since the East End's most celebrated landmark has been in the news again, it's appropriate to revisit that notorious event. More...

Monday, May 26, 2008

Spoke too soon...

...in the "Errata Log" last month when OtBB observed that Goldberg (in)Famous Deli's signs of disrespect were now down to one.

That was apparently a temporary dismounting of the one sign due to misadventure.

On a positive note, the (newer) rear window sign overlooking the parking lot has it right.

Progress seems to be being made.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

If it looks like a duck...

...and everyone should know the rest of that.

The attractive, full color business card for the 24 Oak Street Bed and Breakfast operated without benefit of permit or license out of the residence of Deputy Mayor/Trustee James Kametler and his wife, Carol Meyer.

Truth will out, Deputy Mayor James Kametl­er, breakfast served or not. More...

Friday, May 23, 2008

This just in...

...Elyse is out and the eruv proposal has been shelved 'til after the Summer. More...

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Playin' catch-up...

The Blogger was hors de combat for 17 hours, so time's-a-wastin'!

Waldbaum's

The former and much lamented National Store on Sunset Avenue in Westhampton Beach sud­denly displayed an "available" sign in its empty front window earlier this week. More...

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Wanted...

...some help in getting the Gussie Meeker homestead, presently perched on beams on the edge of its site for the past 275+ years, from there to its "final resting place" adjacent to the Westhampton Beach Historial Society museum building at 101 Mill Road.

The Gussie Meeker house... all jacked up and no way to get where it needs to go.

The Goldsteins would like it gone More...

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The results are in...

...and in today's balloting, both the School Dis­trict and the Library budgets passed, but one member of the Westhampton Beach Board of Education will not be returning. More...

Out and about today…

Lots happenin' 'round our Village this day... for the observant.

28 Library Avenue ...is a lot lighter after nine (count'em, 9!) trucks hauled away a sizable chunk of (presumably contaminated) soil More...

Budget Votes Today

The Westhampton Beach Union Free{sic} School District is holding its annual budget vote today, as well as electing two Members to the Board of Education. More...

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Campaign Notes: I

"...(w)hat I am hearing in my door-to-door campaign is that Teller is not getting any­thing done."
– Mayoral Candidate Tim Laube, Comments

Yeah, the stumping candidate "hears" a lot on the campaign trail... More...

Friday, May 16, 2008

Post Time

No big surprises with the filing of petitions at today's 5:00 pm deadline for the Friday, June 20th Village Election.

As expected, the three incumbents, More...

Thursday, May 15, 2008

May ZBA Meeting

Fairly uneventful Zoning Board of Appeals session this evening, notable mostly for Andrew "Buddy" Mazzio finally obtaining a heavily conditioned approval for his "Finn McCool's" sign, erected without the necessary permit more than a year ago by the producers of Fox's Kitchen Nightmares.

And attorney James N. Hulme, of Kelly & Hulme, P.C., received his monthly spanking More...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Leading Contender for...

...The Most Ill-Informed Statement to the Media This Year (local category) so far:

Tim Dahlen Sr. on camera
"The stores will all have to change to conform with Shabbat1."

Uttered before the WCBS Channel 2 news camera by former Westhampton Beach Code Enforcement Officer Tim Dahlen, More...

Whither Quoguemire?

A screenshot of the late, unlamented Quoguemire.com home page

Remember Quoguemire.com with its dark, foreboding home page with stock photos of a police officer handing a driver a traffic citation and a male having his hands 'cuffed behind him? More...

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Getting to know 'our' Rabbi

During the current flap about the creation of an eruv chatzerot within the Village, Rabbi Marc Schneier has (wisely) kept an uncharac­teristically low profile, More...

Monday, May 12, 2008

The Big Stinky

Following up on Covered Up?..., E-mails and 'phone calls from area residents and passers-by over the past two days alerted OtBB to the possibility that there are bigger problems at 28 Library Avenue than have been previously reported. A correspondent relates:

"The caller who told you of the big petro smell near Raynor’s old garage is quite correct. More...

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Fretting About Another Kiryas Joel

Residents of the Village who've never heard of the place are fearful that, with the establish­ment of an eruv chatzerot, Westhampton Beach will become "another Kiryas Joel."

Those who harbor such dread More...

Friday, May 09, 2008

Kelly, Hulme and Mrs. Caesar

From More of "The Story"...

"Robert A. Kelly, Jr., known to most as 'Gus,' serves as Westhampton Beach Village Justice. And while only his part­ner Jim Hulme appears before any Vill­age Boards, did someone say 'Conflict of Interest?'"

One who appears to More...

The Synagogue Strikes Back

Which is not to equate Rabbi Marc Schneier with Darth Vader, but has anyone seen today's NY Post yet?

Hamptons' Edgy Holy War
Residents of a wealthy East End enclave are up in arms and living in fear that their tony way of life will be destroyed - all because of a quarter-inch strip of plastic.

And yeah, even with the "wealthy East End enclave" and "tony way of life" garbage designed to titillate the Gotham strap-hangers, they're talkin' 'bout us!

That which OtBB discussed ten days ago, ("Incomprehensible!") has come to pass, and it is only the first of other shoes to drop.

What's sad for the Village is that is was all so avoidable.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

May Planning Board Meeting

Wow! Nothing... well, scarcely anything... happened at the Monthly Planning Board meeting tonight!

Which, considering what's been happening at municipal board meetings of recent, More...

Monday, May 05, 2008

Covered Up? And Coverage!

The question must be asked: what has Eastern Environmental Solutions been doing at 28 Library Avenue of late?

28 Library Avenue, afternoon of Friday, May 2nd

The parcel in question is private property, of course, site of the former Raynor's Garage but pres­ently under review by the Westhampton Beach Zoning Board of Appeals as the propos­ed temporary home of the Westhampton Free Library during their $7,827,820 "raze and re­build" project up the street. More...

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Unreported...

...but certainly not un-newsworthy, were the uncommon activities at the Westhampton Beach Planning Board Work Session of April 28th.

It's not that The Southampton Press Western Edition didn't have anyone More...

Friday, May 02, 2008

May Village Board Meeting

It was, quite simply, the worst of Westhamp­ton Beach on display during a two-plus hour monthly Village Board meeting, and the "hot topic" was not the $25 million dollar Federal Civil Rights lawsuit by the Muchnicks, but the Hampton Synagogue's proposed eruv. More...

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Who Knew What and When?

Updated 08/25/2008 - 2:23 am

The dreaded Eye-Con

Timing, it is said, is everything, and this has been especially true in the initial stages of Westhampton Beach Asso­ci­ates LLC's $25 million 1983 Federal Civil Rights Action against the Incorporated Village of Westhamp­ton Beach and eighteen named individuals. More...