On The Beach Blog | January 2009

Saturday, January 31, 2009

McCool's Revisited...

A favorite subject among literary intelligentsia when I was in college, was Finnegans Wake, which some Joycean scholars, citing the Oirish author's fondness for wordplay, suggest can be read as "Finn again is awake." More...

Friday, January 30, 2009

Dirty Deeds Redux

It's taken over a year but part of the cat is out of the bag, as reported by Jessica DiNapoli in this week's Southampton Press Western Edit­ion, Page A3 More...

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Finally...

...got to see Clint Eastwood's latest...also rum­ored to be his on-screen finale... Gran Torino, and it certainly exceeded expectations. More...

Cablevision Update

It's apparent that the young woman I was speaking with at Cablevision Tuesday morning, was either overwhelmed or clueless. More...

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Rabbi's World Tour...

...resumed this week in Israel where the Presi­dent of the World Jewish Congress dubbed Marc Schneier "a lion of the rabbinate." More...

More on U.S. Air 1549

The more I learn about the Hudson River landing of U.S. Airways Flight 1549, the more impressed I am with the skill of its crew. More...

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Arrrrrrrrrrrgh!

This is not a new utterance for me... I don't have as much time in with it as did Charlie Brown when Lucy yanked away the foot­ball in Peanuts' annual rite of Autumn, but we go back to the earliest days of LICATV. More...

Monday, January 26, 2009

The loss of anyone's child...

...diminishes us all, and none more so than that of John Timothy Wittschen (1980-2009), whose parents, Sharon and John, served the Village on the boards of Architectural Review and Zoning.

What Next?

Enforced sterilization?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi this weekend told former White House Press Secretary-turned-ABC "talking head" George Stephanopoulos:

"...family planning services reduce cost. More...

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Um, wait just a durn minute there!

Recently OtBB took note of the publication of the paperback edition of Rabbi Marc Schneier's 1999 volume, Shared Dreams: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Jewish Community. More...

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Some Anniversary!

I thought I was doin' well just remembering at the last minute what day it was, but then it seems I blew it by not sneaking down to Lynne's for a couple of appropriate cards for the "paper" occasion. More...

It's been a year...

...a whole year since Jeanne and I wed!

We just discussed it, and by a vote of two-zip with no abstentions, we have decided that it was a splendid idea, and we congratulate our­selves for doing it.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Governor Paterson Surprises

Few saw this coming1, so the assault media haven't had a chance to examine her laundry yet, but the Governor's choice of Congress­woman Kirsten Gillibrand (D, 20th) to fill Sec­retary of State Hillary Clinton's U.S. Senate seat looks like a good choice... if for no other reason than the entertainment value. More...

Thursday, January 22, 2009

January Work Session

Updated 01/22/2009 - 11:37 am

I think it's safe to say that the honeymoon be­tween the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor is over. More...

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Say WHAT?!?

Inauguration Day headline:

Sen. Kennedy collapses at Obama inaugural lunch

From the linked story: More...

Monday, January 19, 2009

Paterson's Lips Were Moving...

...and now we know that the Governor was lying!

A great method of measuring an official's honesty against his or her political acumen is to have the inside track on something while watching it be presented to the public. More...

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Fear of Flying

(Any relationship between this and the prior blog entry is, as the usual broadcast disclaimers go, purely coincidental!)

We knew that 11 September was going to change everything, and seven plus years later nowhere has it been more apparent than how we travel by air. More...

Friday, January 16, 2009

Flashback...

What a time to be contemplating air travel and have that U.S. Airways flight ditch in the Hudson River! More...

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Didja know...

...that our own Rabbi Marc Schneier is a pub­lished author? More...

Monday, January 12, 2009

O, for the love of Monty Woolley!

Trying to watch the AFC Football games this weekend meant tuning into the CBS network.

And that meant subjecting oneself to those re­volting "farewell" messages More...

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Mike, we hardly knew ya!

Fresh off the biggest Democratic success in Southampton Town since Mardythe DiPirro bludgeoned five-time Supervisor Marty Lang into political retirement 21 years ago, party leader Mike Anthony stepped down Thursday and turned the reins over to Gordon Herr. More...

Friday, January 09, 2009

January Village Board Meeting

It was neither a lengthy meeting... even with the recognition handed out to the annual Holiday Lighting Contest winners... nor a particularly interesting one last evening.

About the most notable official event was the formal appointment of young Jeff Frano as a full-time Police Dispatcher, a welcomed move on several counts. More...

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

This may have set back...

...the Suffrage Movement worse than anything since before women got the vote in 1920!

Sally Pope introduces her first resolution

"In her first act as the newest member of the Southampton Town Board, Council­woman Sally Pope More...

About that TIA...

Updated 01/08/2009 09:09 am

...or whatever it was!

Okay, time to 'fess up... some may have noted that the blogger has been slacking off of late. More...