On The Beach Blog | August 2009

Monday, August 31, 2009

Firearms and the Executive

For some reason, the reports earlier this month about citizens exercising their Second Amend­ment rights in proximity to President Barack Obama, attracted some strong Comments by OtBB regulars.

I have my own views on the subject, of course, but I am more interested in the panoply of re­sponse and debate. More...

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Pegs on the Road

I once thought that my formative years as an "Army brat" gave me a fairly broad education: 44 states before I was 12 years old, living in Florida, three locations in Virginia, Kansas, Washington State and two places in Michigan.

I have nothing on my peripatetic daughter, however. More...

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Anyone feel 'had?'

...or perhaps a little foolish?

Remember the flurry of pre-election activity by the First Hampton Lightning Party in the run-up to this June's Village election? More...

Friday, August 28, 2009

Who can you trust?

Whoever you put your trust in, it shouldn't be MSNBC, the 24-hour cable news channel joint­ly owned by Microsoft and NBC Universal.

In witness whereof is offered these clips from YouTube: More...

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Damnest thing...

...arrived in my (snail) mailbox yesterday, and I don't know quite what to make of it.

(This is the original.)

The content of the letter itself is More...

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

August Trustees Work Session

It was hot and muggy, and before it was over, it got hotter for Cablevision's Joan Gilroy.

Westhampton Beach is still engaging Black Sheep Television to videotape and produce a broadcast-ready product... which is still not being broadcast. More...

And we thought...

...Shock could be bad!

These are less than an hour old at this posting, and midday Wednesday or not, this is nothing less than outrageous! More...

Monday, August 24, 2009

Why Not, Indeed!

I lost another old chum a fortnight ago, one of the least likely in my entire ex­perience given our respective points of view.

And OtBB readers need no Carnac credentials to know who it was. More...

Weekend After Action Report

Great start with an excellent Leo Kottke con­cert at WHB PAC... yeah, I know it's not the type of big name entertainer that generates the big buck sponsorship the Center needs, but wow!, he was terrific! More...

Friday, August 21, 2009

Crookhampton? Perhaps.

Updated 08/27/2009 – 12:45 pm

When OtBB uncovered the unlicensed com­mercial lodging then Deputy Mayor Jim Kamet­ler's wife was operating at 24 Oak Street, there was considerable comment on the 27East re­port of the "scoop."

One, with the nom de 'Net "wow," posted: More...

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Now it can be told...

...how Chester Morris' appointment to the Vil­lage Board reckoned the course of Westhamp­ton Beach, possibly for decades to come.

Chester, a family friend my entire life... his mother Winnie worked for my paternal grand­mother and my Mom annually en­gaged his sister Julia to make her special Apple Brown Betty for all my single digit birthdays from age four. More...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

All I need to know...

Updated 08/19/2009 – 06:51 pm

...about Bridget Fleming, Democratic Can­di­date for Southampton Town Board this November.

Found on-line at Facebook: More...

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

By Whose Authoritah?

Imagine OtBB's surprise at seeing a detour on Library Avenue today!

The real surprise was where the Suffolk County Water Authority was directing traffic attempt­ing to pass the construction site of the West­hampton Free Library. More...

Monday, August 17, 2009

Bishop's Stealth Meeting

Congressman Tim Bishop in Hampton Bays

...in the sense that none of the disruptive Right Wing extrem­ists who turned Tim Bishop's previous Town Hall meeting into a verbal free-or-all were supposed to know about it.

Oops! More...

Velvet Paws, Ladies!

Updated 08/17/2009 – 05:38 pm

Or, cat fight across Weixelbaum's Alley!

I've never been quite sure of the origins of this ever-simmering, estrogen-laden acrimony be­tween the ladies Finley and Richman, but this weekend it again achieved the level of compet­ing Police Reports. More...

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Catching up

...or, Plugola.

Two of our locals seem to have been studying Jay Levinson's Guerrilla Marketing series of books, with efforts directed at OtBB. More...

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Right! Who's to say otherwise?

It's a terrible story:

15-year-old boy hit by alleged drunk driver succumbs to injuries

Just awful!

But you know who's making it worse? More...

This morning I awoke...

...and discovered it was the day of the Feast of the Sacred Virgin.

I immediately informed my wife of this fact and a large "wtf?!?" thought balloon popped up over her head. More...

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Out of the past...

Updated 08/13/2009 – 05:01 pm

There appears, deep (A14) within the pages of today's Southampton Press Western Edition, a Letter to the Editor bear­ing a name not seen or heard hereabouts o'er the past 20 years.

It's brief, so brief that it is hand-transcribed hereinunder: More...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Vas you dere...

Updated 08/12/2009 – 01:14 pm

...at that weekend in 1969?

I wasn't, and for good reason....

(Hint: think "Mike Battle!") More...

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Today I mowed the lawn...

...in the rain.

It was good. More...

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Bobby...

...or, as as us younger ones knew him, Teddy or Ted, as in Theodore Brigham Conklin, Jr.

(I never got the "Bobby" thing, but that's how my Mom and her bridge table bid­dies... all of whom knew him a lot longer than did I... always referred to him!) More...

Thursday, August 06, 2009

August Village Board Meeting

Updated 08/07/2009 – 05:25 pm

The big story of tonight's Westhampton Beach Village Board meeting was that the Village At­torney and the Building Inspector both strong­ly advised the Village Board to do some­thing, and the Trustees to a one, declined.

For his part, Mayor Conrad Teller listened to the Village's two highest paid retainers, and cast the lone dissenting vote. More...

So long, Buddy

Updated 08/06/2009 – 04:51 pm

We... as in all of us... lost a great one yesterday afternoon with the passing of Quiogue's resi­dent man of letters, Budd Schulberg, at 95. More...

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

What's the beef?

First there was last weekend's sensational paragraphs and mugshot on 27East.com1 about a woman with an "assault2 weapon" arrested for taking photos at Gabreski Airport.

How sensational was it? More...

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Trustees Scold Cemetery Board

Clearly rankled by the on-going public rela­tions siege against them by the Westhampton Cemetery Association, the Southampton Town Trustees got some measure of satisfaction yes­terday when Association representatives came before them and again attempted to obtain ap­proval for a "land swap" which would allow all cemetery lands to remain contiguous. More...

Monday, August 03, 2009

From the Trenches, II

Being a continuation of Healthcare... in a Comment by Mr. Overton and Response by Mrs. Speir format.

"One of my greatest concerns with the health care debate in this country are com­ments like our 'health care is DOA.' More...

Quote du jour

From the BBC:

Remains of Gulf War pilot found

Then there's this from U.S. Navy spokesman Commander Cappy Surette: More...

Sunday, August 02, 2009

The Empress' Entitlements

It's good to be a Trustee re-elected by a near 2-1 margin... now Joan Levan can do on Main Street in the middle of the busiest Saturday of the year, what she routinely does in the Village Hall parking lot any ol' time she pleases. More...