On The Beach Blog | June 2009

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

What madness is this?

...and is it, or is it not, a "hate crime" involving a young local woman from Dune Road?

It depends on whether one trusts News­day or Long Island Press. More...

Monday, June 29, 2009

Quick Quiz

...or, How well do you know our local Congress­man? More...

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Blog the devil...

...and the devil appears!

Or at least an automated version of his voice does! More...

Saturday, June 27, 2009

What Theodore Roosevelt said...

Having seen something being promulgated around the Internet of late as the words of our 26th President of the United States, I under­took to learn exactly what Theodore Roosevelt actually did say about immigrants "back then," and when he said it. More...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Bishop at bay

Updated 06/28/2009 – 06:05 pm

I've been of two minds about our Congress­man, Tim Bishop, D-NY, for some years now.

On the plus, he exhibited a certain admirable testicularity at a Peconic River Sportsman's Legislative Night More...

'Red Pete'

If there was any soul for whom the term "irre­pressible" was more suited than Gaylord Rob­bins, I was never afforded the pleasure of his or her company. More...

Monday, June 22, 2009

Election Day +3

No one likes a sore loser, and neither of the candidates who came up short... w-a-a-a-y short... on Friday, will be have that opprobrium hung on them! More...

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Motorcycle Mama

So, just how does an adventurous 50-some­thing mother and step-mother of six deal with the prospects of an "empty nest?" More...

Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Morning After

...this morning, I awoke with several thoughts that must have been processing while I slept:

  1. Mayor Conrad Teller's personal More...

Friday, June 19, 2009

2009 Election Results

The politics of fear prevailed in Westhampton Beach today as both incumbents were returned to office by convincing margins. More...

Poll Watch 2009

Updated 06/19/2009 – 08:56 pm

From a June 2008 entry:

"...Westhampton Beach should have an election free from the taint of ineligible voters attempting to rig the outcome."

That hasn't happened for the past two years More...

Look at who these people are, II

...and more importantly today, the type of per­son who's in bed with the Levan/Tucker team.

Lightning Party partisan "Publius," More...

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Look at who these people are...

...and, of equal import, who they're in bed with.

Remember Hank Tucker's pledge to... More...

The Curse of The Chronicle

Updated 06/18/2009 – 07:56 pm

...or as it's known today, The Southampton Press Western Edition.

(My, but The Hampton Chronicle was a grand old name!) More...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Guest entry: a calmer view

Originally intended as a Comment to OtBB, it was too long to post as such and too rich with insight to dismiss.

Much has been made by the Levan/Tucker campaign of the Police Chief's salary and what was incorrectly referred to as "accumulated overtime" in their campaign letter of June 12.

What they should have said was "accumulated comp time." More...

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Eruv Scud

...or, why Arnie Sheiffer is a schmuck! More...

Publius revelations

This was briefly considered as a sur-Comment to the pseudonymous "Publius" on 27East ("Political advertisement causes a stir in West­hampton Beach"), but I decided to not vary personal policy and stay in my own backyard. More...

Monday, June 15, 2009

Past performance...

...predicts future behavior, and after reviewing the intellectual dishonesty of their "What we've done" campaign, let's drop the other shoe and examine the "What We Will Do" part. More...

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Checking the record

The first Lightning Party campaign letter of 2009 hit Village mailboxes yesterday, and as predicted here, their primary thrust is brandishing the eruv at everyone.

(Any within 11978 who didn't receive one of those letters now have a better idea of just who Joan Levan and Hank Tucker feel they represent.) More...

Aw, Rats!

Detroit Red Wings

It wasn't the way I would have liked it to have turned out, but it was a hard-fought game and the Pitts­burghs out played the Detroits to win the last two game of the Stanley Cup Finals.

Congratulations to the Penguins!

Friday, June 12, 2009

And on the brighter side...

...we're going to be seeing a lot more of our favorite mail gal, the talented Elizabeth Duer­schmidt this Summer than just her annual appearance at the Mary O. Fritchie Greater Westhampton Outdoor Art Show the first weekend in August.

Starting next Saturday, Lizzie will be hung More...

Again with the eruv!

Next Friday's Village election isn't about the Police Chief's compensation... that's simply eyewash to detract from the real issue for the Levan-Tucker supporters, many of whom con­sider $150,000 "chump change." More...

Thursday, June 11, 2009

En Passant: two Ann(e)s

We note with sadness the loss of two ladies whose obituaries appear in this week's Southampton Press. More...

Now it's bare knuckles

Anyone doubt that Connie Teller is irate?

Look at the half-page advertisement More...

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Checkgate Redux

A closer reading of 27East's "Political adver­tise­ment causes a stir in Westhampton Beach" seems to reveal what may be a key element of the murky payment for the space taken on page A9. More...

More about that check...

...or as a certain wag on Windmill Lane has dubbed it: "Checkgate."

"What check?," you ask? This check. More...

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

What exactly are 'secular fanatics?'

More importantly, what did Planning Board Chairman Ralph Neubauer, the increasingly less covert political operative of the Joan Levan/Hank Tucker team, mean by it in another of his recent promiscuous E-mails?

Here's the context: More...

Monday, June 08, 2009

Dirty Work update...

Following up this morning's blog entry about the First Hampton Party's questionable adver­tisement in the current Southampton Press Western Edition, it has been learned More...

Dirty Work on Page A9...

...of the current week's Southampton Press Western Edition.

There's a great deal more to the political ad­vertisement than appears at first glance, start­ing with More...

Sunday, June 07, 2009

More of That...

...and that is "Royal Pains," cable USA's new series about "The Hamptons" which debuted last Thursday. More...

This and Some of That

Updated 06/07/2009 – 03:45 pm

Jeanne and I had dinner Friday evening at the private opening of Micole's, the new restaurant at 141 Montauk Highway, courtesy of owner Mark Jones and his wife, the former Lynne Cuthbert. More...

Friday, June 05, 2009

The Sleaze Factor

Updated 06/08/2009 – 08:13 am

Ralph Neubauer

...being Levan-Tucker political operative Ralph Neubauer.

OtBB has obtained an E-mail Neubauer sent to his "friends" on Mon­day, June 1st which calls into grave question Neubauer's fitness as Chair­man of the Westhampton Beach Planning Board: More...

June Village Board Meeting, II

...or, Upon Further Review.

There are some relevant points OtBB didn't have a chance to address last evening as the hour grew later. More...

Thursday, June 04, 2009

June Village Board Meeting

Packed room at Six Corners this evening... actually SRO.

The major news is that the Trustees appear to have gotten the Mayor on board with their plan to undermine suddenly beleaguered Police Chief Ray Dean. More...

Front Page Ray

Updated 06/04/2009 – 01:13 pm

Village Police Chief Ray Dean has been in the news before, but never on the front page of Newsday as the focus of a story as he is today.

And it's a doozie! More...

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

The signage offensive

I'm not a "fan" of political signs in a small municipality such as Westhampton Beach for a number of reasons, the primary being that, no matter how tastefully they are produced, they quickly become a blight on the Villagescape.

They also lead to "sign wars." More...

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

The tax bill cometh!

So, what was in your mailbox this afternoon?

Hint: it was a white envelope with a blue sea­gull on it. More...

The High Cost of Petty Politics

The Village Board can say whatever they want about why they are so focused on Westhamp­ton Beach Chief of Police Raymond Dean, but the numbers don't lie: their actions are costing taxpayers plenty. More...

Monday, June 01, 2009

Turmoil at Six Corners

Updated 06/02/2009 – 09:20 am

There's a siege mentality developing in Village Hall as the Trustees have been caught having an illegal meeting.

The major issue is that following last Wednes­day evening's perfunctory Work Session, the "Executive Session" which was held evolved into something else. More...