On The Beach Blog | February 2009

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Ya gotta wonder...

Updated 03/02/2009 – 04:22 am

In the matter of people named Simmons, I probably wouldn't know Russell from Richard except that one is black and the other has a little "poofy" thing going for him beyond even his hair-do. More...

Thursday, February 26, 2009

More on the Muchnick Matter...

Updated 02/27/2009 – 11:51 am

Upon learning last week that the Village and all individuals named as defendants in the West­hampton Beach Associates LLC v. Strebel et al were off the hook in the Federal Civil Rights Action, Attorney Richard T. Haefeli had vowed that he would not give voice to his underlying thoughts on the litigation brought on behalf of developers Saul and Robert Muchnick by attor­ney Andrew J. Campanelli. More...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

February Work Session

Light night at the Village Board Work Session this evening as Mayor Conrad Teller and Trustee Toni-Jo Birk were MIA, leaving Deputy Mayor James Kametler to run the meeting. More...

Updates

More, by George!

This morning's New York Law Journal, in report­ing that attorney George Guldi is being sued by Wachovia Federal Savings Bank (old news!... see last week's 27East story), notes the following: More...

Which Miami For You?

Back in the mid-'80s there wasn't much of a choice... it was Fridays at 10:00 pm on NBC, Miami Vice! More...

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sausage-y Goodness

One of the first orders of business anytime we fly South, is finding a a Popeye's, Bob Evans or Cracker Barrel, so Jeanne can have her fix of Biscuits with Sausage Gravy. More...

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Oscars Finale

And not a moment too soon... even if they did end [gasp!] slightly ahead of schedule! More...

Oscars Update

I really don't give a rusty rodent's rump about tonight's Academy Awards, but there is some­thing that should not go unnoted.... More...

The envelope please...

...and pul-ease don't let it turn out to contain the name Slumdog Millionaire! More...

Friday, February 20, 2009

Muchnicks' Attorney Responds

Updated 02/21/2009 – 07:41 am

Robert and Saul Muchnick's attorney, Andrew J. Campanelli of Campanelli & Associates, P.C. responded late this afternoon.

His reaction to the dismissal of the 1983 Civil Rights Action by N.Y. Eastern District Court Senior Judge Arthur D. Spatt read, More...

The Muchnicks' $25 Million Dud

Updated 02/20/2009 – 12:15 pm

Remember the Muchnicks pere et fils, a/k/a Westhampton Beach Associates LLC? More...

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Remembering Marion

(A guest entry by Susie Raz, who keenly ob­served the essential Marion Raynor Van Tassel.

How do you first get to know someone?

You pass them (wherever) the first few times, you notice them, they notice you... you nod, they nod. More...

Oops!

The server upon which OtBB is hosted, experi­enced a melt-down of sorts Tuesday night.

It was organic rather than en­emy action, but as the faithful (and curious) can see, weeee're back! Please excuse the interruption.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Marion Van Tassel (1921-2009)

A nice, nice lady.

Memorial service this Wednesday at 1:00 pm at Westhampton Presbyterian Church.

The surviving "belle of Library Avenue" has been silenced.

A TV device that works!

We've all seen'em... the two-minute drills by pitchmen like Billy Mays or a lengthy infomer­cial with "Ronco" Ron Popeil... and they work!

Unfortunately, what often works better than the product itself is the TV commercial. More...

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Milk For Valentine's Day

...which would be one of the new movies at Six Corners this week, with a brilliant, justifiably Oscar-nominated turn by Sean Penn in the title role of murdered San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk. More...

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Better weekend than most...

...for movie-going in Westhampton Beach.

There's a delightful Flemish flick, Moscow, Belgium at PAC, which More...

Friday, February 13, 2009

But wait...

...there's more!

Tipped just now by a regular blog reader: More...

Interesting Phenomenon...

...and one which has carried over from the era ('82-'88) when I wrote a weekly column for the old Hampton Chronicle-News.

It made me crazed then, but now I try to shrug and get on with my life. More...

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

An Amazing Sight!

Just now, at the intersection of Beach and Main Street! More...

Guldi v. Spota, Round 3

Updated 02/11/2009 - 01:57 pm

Ripped from today's NYLJ headlines:

Judge Rejects Lawyer's Bid To Quash Warrant for Files

"A Suffolk County judge has denied an application to quash a search warrant that resulted in the removal of 49 boxes of files from the Westhampton Beach offices More...

Rabbi's World Tour Continues...

...stopping next for a Valentine's Day service at the New Synagogue of Palm Beach. More...

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Guldi v. Spota, Round 2

From this morning's New York Law Journal:

Lawyer Seeks Return of Files Taken From His Office by Police

"A former Suffolk County legislator and solo practitioner will ask a state judge today to quash a search warrant that resulted in the raid of his Westhampton Beach law offices last week." More...

En Passant...

...actor Phil Carey in New York last Friday, age 83, after a lengthy battle with lung cancer.

Known to suds fans as tycoon "Asa Buchanan" over the past 28 years of the durable One Life To Live, he is fondly recalled here as Raymond Chandler's celebrated private eye in the epon­ymous ABC series, Philip Marlowe, for its one season long ago (1959-1960).

A Marine veteran of WWII, Carey grew up in Nassau County's Rosedale and Malverne.

Monday, February 09, 2009

If anyone is having...

Updated 03/27/2009 12:16 am

...a worse several months 'round the area than Linda Kabot, it's gotta be George Guldi. More...

Sunday, February 08, 2009

It's the Second Anniversary...

The common local 'possum

...of the Great Oak Street Possum Shooting Spree pitting Deputy Mayor James Kametler against a (reportedly) ferocious-looking Opossum which was (reportedly) terrifying a neighbor's daughter. More...

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Say it ain't so...

Updated Sunday, 02/08/2009 - 01:48 am

...Alex!

The breaking news banners on ESPN and Sports Illustrated are currently reporting the shocking news...

A-Rod tested positive in 2003

Aw, jeez! More...

Thursday, February 05, 2009

February Village Board Meeting

...or, Dirty Deeds, III(b).

Nothing much on the agenda this evening other than an audio-visual presentation on how our tax assessments work... kinda... by John Valenti from the Southampton Town Assessor's office. More...

I wondered...

...about this at the time:

Matt Millen, dumped by the Detroit Lions last September after seven wretched seasons as team president, actually served as an analyst during NBC's Super Bowl coverage this past Sunday. More...

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Dirty Deeds, III

From last Friday's blog item:

"How much is the Village out-of-pocket for legal and expert fees in this matter? (Sev­eral sources knowledgeable about these matters have suggested that $10,000 is less than a fifth of what Westhampton Beach has had to spend to defend title to its own property.)" More...

Anyone still curious about this...

...from the January 4th Hamptons Politics blog?

"A recent break-in involving several hundred thousand dollars of restaurant decor, fix­tures and equipment was carted away this weekend after an alarm went off in West­hampton Beach. More...

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Where were you...

...if you were even yet alive that day when the music died? More...

BT@PAC

Never thought it would happen, but as the late Madeline Kahn famously said "it's twue." Blues Traveler has finally found it's way to the local Performing Arts Center! More...

Monday, February 02, 2009

Ripped from today's headlines...

Groundhog bites Bloomberg at ceremony

I'm lovin' it! More...

Sunday, February 01, 2009

A Super Sunday...

...super game! Super experience! More...

Noted in passing...

...John Gordy, an offensive guard on the last Detroit Lions championship team as well as their many close-but-no-title teams of the '60s, died Friday. He was 73. More...