On The Beach Blog | October 2009

Saturday, October 31, 2009

The Case Against Gregor

In July OtBB referred to perennial other-than-Republican candidate for any Southampton Town elected office Alex Gregor as the "Y2K edition of J. Russell Patterson," for just that reason.

Gregor cares little what position it is, only that it's on the public teat with health benefits and a pension. More...

The Hurt Locker

Films are not a regular feature of OtBB, but the new one at the Hampton Arts is so extra­ordinary that it demands to be mentioned.

Entitled "The Hurt Locker," it's far and away the best movie I've seen all year! More...

Friday, October 30, 2009

Now What?

Following a six-month long investigation into unspecified activities within the Westhampton Beach Police Department, the Suffolk County Internal Affairs report was received by Chief Ray Dean, who initiated the action, and turned over to Mayor Conrad Teller on October 22nd.

By week's end, two members of the force had been suspended, with pay, and the questions now start with, what next? More...

I had to chuckle...

...when I saw the photo of Town employee Marie Deuel on the front page of the current Southampton Press Western Edition.

The humorous part was the large CSEA sign she was holding... it read: More...

Thursday, October 29, 2009

And the others...

...i.e., the rest of The Southampton Press' picks for the Town Board and Supervisor.

And, miracle dieu!, if the Editorial Board didn't exactly get it right, they sure did a much better job than they did last week! More...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Those First Press Endorsements...

...bestowed in last Thursday's edition, simply don't withstand scrutiny.

If they had been rendered by a municipal board... Zoning, Planning, etc.... they would have been sent to Supreme Court in Riverhead as part of the Article 78 appellate process, and overturned for not being supported by "sub­stantial evidence." More...

Monday, October 26, 2009

Good Deal, Great Meal

We'd been avoiding Annona ever since some friends mentioned an $83 steak they'd had there four years ago.

I don't think I could enjoy an $83 steak... even if someone else was picking up the tab. More...

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Dune Road Downgrades

One minor, the other so major that the ripple effect will redound adversely upon the entire Village.

Chef Todd Jacobs of Tierra Mar/Atlantica is pulling out of the Bath & Tennis Club and heading West. More...

Friday, October 23, 2009

Timin' a tick a tick a tick a

blue note...sang Jimmy Jones in his 1960 pop chart number one, "you need timin'."

And was that ever apparent with the arrival in Friday afternoon's mail of the latest campaign piece from the Southampton Town Democratic Committee: More...

Eat Your Soup!

Updated 10/24/2009 – 06:21 pm

Having spend five of my formative years in the Detroit area at a time where there were but three, count'em 3!, television channels avail­able to the family's 11-inch Philco set, there wasn't much to watch

There was no viewing strategy... one watched what was on, and for a pre-teen that meant '30s westerns and "Farmer Brown" cartoons after school, and "Kukla, Fran and Ollie" in the evening. More...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Exeunt LA

The Dodgers... my Dodgers... took it in the shorts last night, losing to the powerhouse Philadelphia Phillies in five games for the second straight year in the National League Championship series.

What was it we used to say in the ol' Brooklyn days? O, yeah... wait'll next year!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

October Trustees Work Session

Updated 10/22/2009 – 01:32 pm

There was a weirdness at Village Hall tonight, the kind of weirdness that comes with a full moon or a red wind1.

Most of it was as a result of Trustee James Kametler acting like he'd overdosed on a cocktail of sildenafil citrate and goof balls throughout. More...

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Quogue Confidential

The big surprise involving Mayor George Motz's criminal justice problems this past week was his "naked" guilty plea, essentially throwing him­self on the mercy of Judge Arthur Spatt a week before his trial was to begin in United States Eastern District of New York.

Motz, who 14 months ago had pleaded "Not Guilty" to separate felony counts of securities fraud and document alteration, had made the usual noises about being fully exonerated when all the facts were known... More...

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Ellen dePazzi (1915-2009)

One of the pleasures of the long hours put in at the local polling place on behalf of the Board of Elections, is seeing the faces of those we might not have seen in awhile.

I mean, everyone who's still upright shows up to vote! More...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Thanks, Hank...

From a current report on 27East:

"The Westhampton Beach Police Depart­ment is being investigated by Suffolk County Police Internal Affairs Bureau and Mr. Keahon is waiting to see if any infor­mation from that investigation concerns Ms. Kabot's arrest."

Why are we not surprised? More...

Sunday, October 11, 2009

It is with regret...

...that OtBB notes the dissolution of the professional relationship between Chef Brian Finegan and Micole's Restaurant.

It's especially sad because my wife and I love Brian's food, #1, and, #2, it was I who put Brian and restaurateur Mark Jones together when it was learned that Mark's original plan to use Jimmy Thomas, chef at their JT's location in Hampton Bays, wasn't viable.

G'luck to both in their new directions.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Game Three

Updated 10/10/2009– 09:38 pm

The Dodgers... my Dodgers... are off to a good start against the favored St. Louis Cardinals in Game Three of their National League Division series.

Manny, starting to be Manny again, doubled in Matt Kemp in the first inning, and the Dod­gers... my Dodgers... lead 1-0. More...

Thursday, October 08, 2009


Tonight's National League Division Series game with the Cardinals had the type of ending that traditionally happens to the Dodgers!

Two out, down one run in the last of the ninth, the team's best hitters having already made out, and the relief pitcher induces a routine fly ball to left field.

Game over, Cards win, and the series moves to Missouri tied at one apiece. More...

Monday, October 05, 2009

See it now!

Updated 10/05/2009 – 11:51 pm

(With appropriate apologies to CBS and Edward R. Murrow.)

The Blacksheep Television video of the October 1st Village Board meeting is now available on the municipal Website. More...

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Seen on Redfield Lane...

...the former Rosemary Sabo, whistling a tune and walking the dog.

That's a welcomed sight on any afternoon, es­pecially after what she's been through.

Tucker undermines Village PD

Updated 10/05/2009 – 01:16 pm

Seems I missed a critical Village Board meet­ing... a commitment to my in-laws upstate necessitated my absence, but I'm delighted to discover that it went on without me.

The 27East headline is a grabber: More...

Uh oh...

Shades of '51 and '62, I think the Dodgers are choking.

Friday, October 02, 2009

A downside of Anna Throne-Holst

It's simple, but it's a big, big downside, and on several counts irreconcilable with what I'm looking for in a Town Supervisor.

Reported last month on 27East: More...

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Local Boy Makes Good...

...but can he really do better in a now solidly Democratic state like Noo Yawk?

Edward Ridley Finch Cox... second son of the Cox Family of the Cox compound1... was this week named to head the New York State Re­publican Party. More...