On The Beach Blog | May 2009

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Surprise... Not!

The Southampton Democratic Party formalized the selection of Councilwoman Anna Throne-Holst as its choice to oppose GOP nominee Jim Malone for Town Supervisor this Fall.

Few outside of old guard Republicans, how­ever, expect Mr. Malone to still be atop Row B by the first Tuesday in November. More...

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Not to worry...

...this afternoon's OtBB outage was an Inter­net server issue and not "enemy action."

As Wilkins McCawber, quoting the timeless words of Horace, urged young David Copper­field, "Nil desperandum."

Friday, May 29, 2009

Prime Location...

Updated 05/29/2009 – 03:05 pm

...but with significant disabilities.

Ever wonder why The Corner Restaurant (by Dora's out of Chappy's Corner), a prime busi­ness location wasn't open and thriving, even in this economy? More...

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Conrad takes the gloves off

From the Letters page today's Southampton Press Western Edition:

"Although I am well aware that Waldbaum's had to deal with orchestrated grandstand­ing by two village trustees who are seeking re­election, I want company officials to know that it is still the goal of this village to en­courage them to build either a new or up­dated building in the future."

It would appear that the honeymoon between the Empress of Oneck and the Mayor is over.

The Gods of Greed...

...have visited the National Hockey League, and decided to unbalance the skating rink.

These deities reside, not on Olympus, but at 30 Rockefeller Plaza and 1185 Avenue of the Americas, home of the NHL. More...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

May Trustees Work Session

Nothing of moment occurred... no eruv, no Wald­baum's, and certainly no politics... it was wonderful!

Well, perhaps one thing of note: Dune Road's Jacqueline Sprotte showed up sporting a big red, white and blue "Levan/Tucker" button, suggesting that this is the way the second homeowner vote is headed.

An "Executive Session" was held afterwards.

The Galloping Gourmand

This from a reader:

"Here's the latest challenge from Teesside, UK: Mario's Cafe in West Houghton does a big breakfast for £10.951. Eat it inside 20 minutes and it's free - looks conducive to good health. What­ya think?????" More...

Monday, May 25, 2009

Damned Lies

Updated 05/26/2009 – 01:45 am

"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics1."

What we have now is something between the first two, and that would be "Selective Truth," and when it's used the way the back-fencers2 do, it's really just another damned lie. More...

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Way to go, Willie!

Congratulations to local boy Willie (William M.) Bennett on his nuptials yesterday to the former Susan Cuevas. More...

Murder in the Hamptons!

...and an even better bet than McCluskey over Giuliani is that this will be the lead on many of this evening's newscasts.

Again, from 27East.com: More...

It's getting so bad...

...that an ex-Mayor can't handle a little criti­cism without calling the cops and pressing charges against a citizen. More...

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Putting the 'twit' in Twitter

...or, all anyone really needs to know about Elyse Richman.

From this very morning on Sunset Avenue just opposite the en­trance to Hampton Synagogue: More...

The Twitter Candidate

Updated 05/23/2009 – 08:32 am

The reference, of course, is Elyse Richman, the proprietrix of the Shock (remember that name!) enterprises on Main Street in West­hampton Beach, who is for the third time running for the Village Board. More...

Friday, May 22, 2009

The SS at 101

Last July saw the Centennial Celebration of the little sloop on whose tiller and main sheet so many of us cut our sailing teeth.

Now the SS One-design boat has a blogspot of its own. More...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Tred Barta

Tred Barta

It's the worst news imag­inable for a rugged outdoors type:

"On his way to Alaska to tape his TV show earlier this month, Tred Barta suffered a rare occur­rence known as a spi­nal stroke and is currently paralyzed from mid-torso down. Prognosis is uncertain."

Although he spends most of his time More...

On the '09 Campaign Trail, I

One of the first axioms of political campaigning is to make the opponent(s) crazy, and let the voters figure the rest out on their own. More...

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Free!

Series MM Raleight Coupon

Updated 05/20/2009 – 11:28 am

And no one need expend any of their carefully-hoarded Raleigh Coupons!

"Free!" always attracts attention... it's a tried and true advertising buzzword. More...

Monday, May 18, 2009

Town GOP dumps Madame Supe

Updated 05/20/2009 – 09:40 am

No big surprise this evening as Southampton Town Republicans declined to re-nominate in­cumbent Supervisor Linda Kabot despite her plea for "unity" to provide the best chance for a GOP victory in November. More...

Al O'Connell (1932-2009)

The Village lost one of the good ones last night when Al Connell succumbed to injuries sus­tained in a fall in his home on the evening of May 9th. He had been in Stony Brook Univer­sity Medical Center's critical care unit. More...

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Who is Dick North...

Updated 05/17/2009 – 02:32 pm

...and why is he featured in the current West­hampton Beach municipal newsletter?

According to the May-June 2009 edition of Village Views, he is a "(f)ormer Village resi­dent" currently living in the Yukon Territories. More...

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Cat Fight!

The 27East.com headline reads:

Westhampton Beach Village Board questioned

...but the best part is in the exchange More...

Thursday, May 14, 2009

At $20.09 per person...

...two course prix fixe, Chef Starr Boggs would seem to have been giving the store away Thursday and Sunday evenings.

(Yes, I know his Website is down, and so does he... he'll have someone get it up again one of these days.) More...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

There may be some truth...

...to that old gagline:

"Chicago: Where the Dead Vote but Republicans Can't."

Now this: More...

Monday, May 11, 2009

Rarely a good sign...

...when one sees something like this in one's neighborhood. More...

Thursday, May 07, 2009

May Village Board Meeting

In response to a pointed inquiry from Maple Street resident Peter Zegler about how well the current Village Board was working together, Mayor Conrad Teller's message was:

"Jus' fine." More...

The Levan Dossier - I

Updated 05/07/2009 – 04:17 pm

A recently uncovered 2004 document affords some insight into the thinking of Citizen (pre-Trustee) Joan Levan. More...

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

En passant: Dom DeLuise

The comic actor passed away two days ago in a hospital in Santa Monica, California, and I was a little surprised that he had survived this long with the weight he'd been carrying. More...

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Matters Eruvian

Hampton Synagogue's request for an eruv chatzerot within the Village may be on the back-burner, but an eruv was this day on the front page of the New York Law Journal: More...

Monday, May 04, 2009

We get letters...

Today OtBB policy is being flouted, because an anonymous letter-writer1 makes some valid and cogent observations.

(It also shows that someone else out there is paying attention.)

It arrived in Saturday afternoon's post More...

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Pants-wetters on Long Island

Within my Lodge 1201 crew, it is referred to as "enuresis ignavus," the wetting of one's pants due to an excess of pusillanimy.

This H1N1 ("swine-flu") business has gotten w-a-a-a-y out of hand! More...