On The Beach Blog | April 2009

Thursday, April 30, 2009

What's ahead for Jim Hulme...

...now that Judge Melvyn Tannenbaum has published his decision in the East End Ready Mix case? More...

WHA-AT?!?

Headline on last evening's East End Inde­pendent: More...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

How could I have been...

...such an ignoramus to not have supported Barack Obama for President?!? More...

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Theodore B. Conklin (1920-2009)

It is with considerable sadness that I report that neighbor, friend and one-time political foe Ted "Bobby" Conklin, 14th Mayor of West­hampton Beach, has passed away in Boca Grande, Florida.

Mr. Conklin was retired as the Executive Vice-President of the T.E. Conklin Brass and Copper Company of Hudson Street in New York, a business founded by his grandfather Theodore E. Conklin.

He served as Village Mayor from 1982-84.

Has it really come to this?

Updated 04/ 26/2009 – 05:51 pm

"Rage is the only quality which has kept me, or anybody I have ever studied, writing columns for newspapers." - Jimmy Breslin

Take three days to soak up some sun and rum and catch some fish, come back only to find that the world has gotten a little crazier than usual! More...

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Things you don't wanna hear...

...on an airplane.

Bob Newhart used to have a routine in the old days where he was the Flight Captain on a cut-rate excursion to our 50th State. More...

Friday, April 24, 2009

Gone Fishin'!

Last time I caught a fish on a line, it was early during the Korean War ('50 or '51), using a bamboo pole under Rogers Bridge with bait slightly smaller than the hapless little snapper it took. More...

Thursday, April 23, 2009

More on Supermarkets, III

If there's a local Website of less local interest than JPOE, it's got to be Shame On Waldbaums.com. More...

Sunday, April 19, 2009

More on Supermarkets, II

(This was too long for the Comments section, but has some great information, so herewith a "Guest Blog" by local-gal-moved-away, cm, whose heart obviously remains in Westhampton Beach.)

Wow. Y'all just channeled Upton Sinclair, MFK Fisher, Jamaica Kincaid, and Poppa Heming­way in two blog entries and half-a-dozen Com­ments. I clearly need to move back there im­mediately to soak up the culture that I've so missed.

Not to get all Proustian on you, but in the '60s and '70s, A&P smelled liked the Eight O'Clock Coffee from the grinders at each cashier's aisle. The only time that anything ever smelled spoiled was the result of a dairy container mis­fortune in the parking lot. More...

Saturday, April 18, 2009

More on Supermarkets

Had occasion to be out East earlier today, and took the opportunity to acquaint myself with the new Stop&Shop.

Wow! What a pleasure to walk into a super­market and smell good smells... More...

Thursday, April 16, 2009

11977 Hiring Hall

Whoever thought it would come to this?

These are from 7:50 this very morning More...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Waldbaum's in the lions' den...

...and mostly she-lions at that.

But District Manager Charlie Schiro survived the hour-long assault, and now it remains to be seen whether the man has the "juice" to do anything about the abominable conditions at their Sunset Avenue store! More...

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Freebies on Main Street

Low-profile Kenny Schnabel is quietly doing his part to help those who've felt the pinch of the economy and had to forgo the sinful pleasures of their favorite designer ice cream.

This coming Tuesday, April 21st, Kenny's Main Street Sweets is observing the 30th annual Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day! More...

Monday, April 13, 2009

Say what?!?

The noive of some people!

"In Somalia, a relative of one of the pirates, Hassan Mohammed Farah, told Reuters that it was not necessary to kill the men. More...

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Report from Sunset Avenue...

...specifically Waldbaum's!

The weekly Sales flier from that 11978 Store1 advertises, "for three days only!:" More...

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Now it can be revealed...

...or part of it, at least, though I expect that it won't be much of a surprise to most.

JT's Place is relocating from More...

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

TV Shocker

Updated 04/09/2009 – 04:01 pm

There's something about Fox's House M.D. that appeals... to me, at least. More...

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Best laugh of the month...

...so far.

These arrived from one of OtBB's Catholic dog persons, and while this is ordinarily beyond the charter of the blog, it provided a sustained guffaw. More...

Monday, April 06, 2009

The Story Line, Coda

The smart money had a payday tonight... a small one, but a payday none the less as North Carolina handled Michigan State with relative ease.

While the outcome was no more a portent of future economic developments than the actions of Punxsutawney Phil might affect the duration and severity of Winter, there is no joy in Michigan... outside of Joe Louis Arena. of course.

The Story Line...

...of tonight's NCAA Championship game pitting underdog (7½ points) Michigan State against North Carolina has a great deal to do with the Nation's economy.

The game is in Detroit (which, when I lived there, More...

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Louise Rice Baker (1936-2009)

Updated 04/16/2009 – 12:20 am

Another Remsenburg Club Laner of yore has left us, just a month after Peter Marbury, and, purely happenstance, also in Florida. More...

Thursday, April 02, 2009

April Village Board Meeting

It began at 7:00 pm, ended at 7:38 pm, and in between was discussed, and passed, the Village of Westhampton Beach 2009-2010 budget.

Actually, the entire budget process was a fait accompli by 7:23 pm, all $8,928,697 of it. More...

Paul Sidney (1940-2009)

Updated 04/03/2009 – 11:25 pm

One of the last voices of "old time radio" on Long Island, if not the entire United States, Paul Sidney, passed away early today, age 69. More...

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Whew!

Updated 04/02/2009 – 12:00 am

Mid-afternoon Stroke of midnight and no hideous electronic worm or data-eating virus has struck.

Has it all been an April Fool's prank?

Or has everyone's digital security done the job?

Will we ever know?