Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
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
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
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
...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
...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.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
...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
...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
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
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...
"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
Monday, November 16, 2009
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
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
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...
Friday, November 13, 2009
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
...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
...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
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
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
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.
We are diminished.
Thursday, November 05, 2009
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.
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
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...
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
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
...Southampton Town category, goes to the Pell-Garvey shot across Docker's bow.
Or in this case, Larry Hoffman's dock. More...
...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...