On The Beach Blog | November 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

'Cyber Monday' is upon us...

Updated 11/30/2009 – 09:16 am

...and you could have knocked me over with a discount code for a stack of CD-RWs.

M'Gawd! It even has it's own .com and .net Websites, and it's all new to me! More...

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Mrs. Kabot, you might want to...

Updated 11/30/2009 – 11:16 am

...give Tiger Woods a call as you may have some valuable experience to share with him.

While his early Friday morning one-person ve­hicular accident in Florida was almost certainly not alcohol-related, you more than most know how people love to talk! More...

Riffin' on the UK

The British they are a funny lot... I don't know who said that (Noël Coward?), but if it was no one else, then I just did.

The impetus for this comparatively mild out­burst is an on-line "poll" conducted by the de­cidedly messy Music Radar site which selected Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child" as #1 among the "Top 50 Guitar Riffs of All Time." More...

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Good Evening, Tough Morning

Washed out of our jaunt upstate... the weather in the Catskills starts getting a little dicey this time of year.

To mitigate Jeanne's disappoint­ment, we dined at the Triangle Pub last evening, and had a good and eminently affordable meal before re­pairing to The Patio for an early nightcap... and a major shock. More...

Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Friday?

Updated 11/28/2009 – 10:41 pm

Where exactly did this bad craziness, as the late Hunter S. Thompson would have called it, come from?

How bad can the craziness get? Last year a Valley Stream Wal-Mart employee was tram­pl­ed to death when a frenzied horde of 5:00 am early bird bargain hunters smashed through the store's doors. More...

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Something you need to know...

...before over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house you go.

(Or in our case, over the Whitestone and up the New York State Thruway.) More...

Monday, November 23, 2009

Maaad Men

...and I have to write it in that manner 'cause I don't have a font installed that allows the representation of a "long a" to differentiate Cable AMC's all-time most popular show from a group of angry males.

Although I watched the debut of "Mad Men" back in July 2007, I bailed out shortly there­after, seriously disturbed by its depiction of a particular period in my own lifetime. More...

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Season Opens...

...it being the third Saturday in November, the turkeys will be nervous for the next five days.

(And if Jim Kametler and Hank Tucker aren't as well, they should be!) More...

Friday, November 20, 2009

Update on the 'female terrorist'

...with a camera, an "assault weapon" and a metallic silver convertible who was arrested on Country Road 31 outside of Gabreski airport on July 30 for her photographic activity.

Nancy Genovese, age variously reported as 49 or 53, of either Quogue or East Quogue, has had a trespassing charge against her dropped by the Suffolk County District Attorney. More...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

A new day and more litigation...

...from Kelly&Hulme, P.C., those wonderful folks on Mill Road who've brought us, among other law suits:

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

November Trustees Work Session

This promised to be a brief meeting as the agenda was short and neither Trustees Toni Jo Birk nor deposed Deputy Mayor Jim Kametler were present this evening.

As is increasingly commonplace, however, ap­pearances can be deceiving. More...

O, sweet honey mustard, redux!

"Reporter" (and I use the term advisedly) Lisa Finn and the East End Independent now seem to have their sights set on Westhampton Beach and the Village's Police Department.

After reading the tripe passing as reportage on page 9 ("Momentum Builds for Kabot 'Conspir­acy' Theory") and the lead editorial in the Nov­ember 18 edition, it's apparent that they've been had by Linda Kabot's attorney and certain members of the Village Board. More...

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Mitzvos on a Monday

Mitzvah: 2. any good or praiseworthy deed. Plural: mitzvos.

And while that might be a tad overstated, still it's good to come home with positive feelings rather than anger or disgruntlement. More...

Monday, November 16, 2009

Exit Woodward

I was never a huge fan of British actor Edward Woodward, who passed away earlier today at age 79, but he had one of the all-time great "exit lines" in the history of movies!

Set during the Boer War, 1980's "Breaker Mor­ant" relates the fact-based story of Australia's Bushveldt Carbineers in the South African Transvaal, and the courts martial of three of its members. More...

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Turf Wars, continued

As a response to recent discussions here about the pros and cons regarding installation of a synthetic surface on Carl A. Hansen Memorial Field, I was presented with some literature on the subject to take home and study.

The eight-pager, entitled "Overview of the Lat­est Attacks Against Artificial Turf," was one of the most handsomely produced brochures I've seen in ages. More...

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Went around, coming around

It is said that a good litigator or debater can convincingly take a position or argue a point, and then turn around and argue the other side of the issue with equal success.

Now we're going to find out just how good an advocate attorney William Keahon is. More...

Here we go again!

Now it's another million dollars we don't have for "Astroturf" or its more modern equivalent.

Why? Because it always "looks pretty," and "everybody else has it?" More...

Friday, November 13, 2009

Long Overdue

The subject is the Westhampton Beach School District's primary athletic pitch, Carl A. Hansen Memorial Field, and whether the natural sur­face should be replaced with an artificial one.

But the "overdue" part isn't the installation of "Astroturf," but a frank discussion of the pros and cons, starting with the cost. More...

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

It's Armistice Day...

...so be sure to stop a moment around 11:00 am and thank a Vet.

And it's appropriate to mount a photograph, circa 1944, of a patriotic local gal, Dorothy Overton, and a serviceman from Michigan, Andy Wind, on the edge of the Village Green in front of one of my favorite spots to visit when I was in my early single digits. More...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The 'Chilling Effect' Effect...

...a Cook County (Illinois) Circuit Court ruling could have on those making "deeply disturb­ing" remarks on a newspaper website.

In a recent decision Judge Jeffrey Lawrence ruled that an anonymous on-line commenter can be "outed" in case the aggrieved party wishes to pursue legal action. More...

Happy 234th, Marines Everywhere!

USMC Eagle, Anchor and Glove

...especially friends no longer with us, from Bill Winters, Jr. and Jim Kinane, Sr., to Colonel Richard Fredey and Al O'Connell.

S.F., you are all missed! More...

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Favorite Line o'the Month

Wallace Beery

Gravel-voiced, rumple-faced Wallace Beery (1885-1949) was an acquired taste for many, but during the '30s he was one of the most reliable box office stars on the MGM lot.

For the last decade of his life his appeal declin­ed, and today he is remembered less for his Oscar-winning role as More...

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Personal Liability...

...must not have been a consideration with the member of Village Government who "leaked" the Suffolk County Internal Affairs report to The Southampton Press.

This is likely be due to a lack of familiarity with Westhampton Beach Village Code, specifically §15-4.A(2) which provides: More...

And in this corner...

It actually shouldn't come to fisticuffs or jello-wrestling, but the two primary food providers in this evening's Food Pantry Community Fund Raiser, are Erin Finley and Elyse Richman, two Main Street business women who've had their share of squabbles over the years.

Erin's doing a "Gourmet Buffet," while Elyse is bringing the ice cream. More...

Friday, November 06, 2009

Another Too Soon...

If you were a habitué of Magic's Pub, née Shot­well's Pump, in the '70s, you had to have known "Digger" McMahon... then he moved to the other side of the Canal.

Richard Hayes McMahon, co-owner of Barris­ter's for the last 30 years, passed away at his home in Southampton Village last evening. He was 61 and had been in ill health.

We are diminished.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

November Village Board Meeting

Short agenda, longer meeting thanks to a pre­sentation before the Village Board by attorney James N. Hulme, Kelly & Hulme, P.C. on behalf of... wait for it... The Hampton Synagogue.

(And if the irony requires elucidation, pass by.) More...

It's Guy Fawkes Day

"Remember, remember
the fifth of November,
The gunpowder treason and plot,
I know of no reason
Why the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot."

Definitely be at Six Corners this evening for the monthly Village Board meeting.

The World Serious is over. No excuses.

Not to put too fine a point...

Updated 11/07/2009 – 12:45 pm

...on the matter, but this just in from one of the OtBB faithful who couldn't resist. More...

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Jumping The Gun

The cat's out of the bag with details of the suspension of two Westhampton Beach Police Officers following a six-month investigation by Suffolk County Internal Affairs.

In a Page 1 story reported by Hallie D. Martin in tomorrow's Southampton Press, Michael Bruetsch and Joseph Pesapane are identified as the officers suspended two weeks ago by Mayor Conrad Teller. More...

Annona Anon

As two blog-readers have recently informed us, the restaurant atop Westhampton Coachworks has gone the way of Chappy's Corner and The Red Fox.

(Damn! Jeanne and I were saving up for a return trip, having so thoroughly enjoyed our maiden voyage.) More...

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

2009's Longest Day

Updated 11/03/2009 – 11:32 pm

...for the election workers, at least. And prob­ably for some candidates as well.

In a reasonably parochial election, the West­hampton Beach Firehouse (E.D.s 10, 14, 30 and 37) processed approximately 850 voters without incident... no machines suffered mal­functions, no one had to removed from the polling place, and only a handful of campaign signs (all supporting Bridget Fleming) had to be taken down. More...

Monday, November 02, 2009

Best Political Mailer of '09...

...Southampton Town category, goes to the Pell-Garvey shot across Docker's bow.

Or in this case, Larry Hoffman's dock. More...

Who is Anna Throne-Holst...

...and where does she come from? What do we really know about her?

She burst onto the Southampton Town political scene two years ago, almost out of nowhere, and got elected to the Town Board as an inde­pendent running on the Democratic ticket. More...

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Fall back...

...re-set your clocks; daylight time is over!