On The Beach Blog | September 2009

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Something for which I'm thankful

Well, there's many things, actually, but up­permost in my mind at the moment is that I'm soooooooo glad I'm not a New York Mets fan.

Many know I followed the inept Detroit Lions for over half-a-century, but that was mostly from a distance and with one exception never for more than for 12-16 games a year. More...


Me 'n' the movies go way back, and while the short-term memory has proved problematic this year, the long-term is still locked-in and solid, especially in matters cinematic.

Some films from my youth have stayed with me over the decades, and cable channel TCM had one of my favorites from '51 during its September tribute to Claude Rains. More...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Bill and Eliot Show

I really don't like Bill Maher, and it's not just his politics which I find well-to-the-left of Janeane Garafalo or even that old Bolshevik Pete Seeger.

And I've never felt any love for disgraced former New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer who somehow avoided criminal prosecution1 after his March 2008 resignation. More...

Monday, September 28, 2009

The 'Main' Thing...

Updated 09/28/2009 – 04:56 pm

...is that the downtown section of the Village around Library Avenue and Main Street be avoided while a natural gas leak be addressed.

Natural Gas Leak on Library Avenue

Village Police and the Fire Department are on the scene and in the process of attempting to contain the escaping gas by pouring water on the breach. More...

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Booooo! to Cablevision, Chapter 47

My personal litany of well-documented gripes about Cablevision goes back over 40 years, and its still a sore subject!

Currently, they're dragging their feet getting the Village Meetings cablecast, and they have yet to bring back or replace the excellent Voom group of channels they ripped untimely from our HD line-up in January! More...

Saturday, September 26, 2009

New Kabot DWI Questions

We get E-mail... and sometimes it leads to full-blown OtBB items.

Reader "EastEnd68" commenting on "Linda, Erectus!," is responsible for this one. More...

Friday, September 25, 2009

Date Night

My wife, having been a ministering angel of mercy these past two-plus weeks, wanted a night out, which boon I could not deny her.

Plus, two solid weeks of nebulizing every four hours and five good nights of sleep, and I was ready to haul myself off my bed of pneumonia thorns. More...

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Linda, Erectus!

Updated 09/24/2009 – 09:51 pm

...on her hind legs and snarling at the world through her new attorney, William Keahon (number three and counting) of Dune Road, Westhampton Beach.

And it's not a very becoming sight. More...

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

September Trustees Work Session

It was "boys' night" at the Village Board as Trustees Toni Jo Birk and Joan Levan were missing from the front of the meet­ing room.

Most conspicuously absent was the Empress of Oneck who, at the September Village Board Meeting, had asked Mayor Conrad Teller to hold over for further discussion the conten­tious... thank you, Simon Jorna and Elyse Rich­man!... issue of outdoor music. More...

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Jerk, in the First Degree

Updated 09/23/2009 – 02:32 am

That would be former New Jersey Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress who has now started a two-year jail sentence which, if he's capable of accumulating "good time," means he'll be in­car­cerated for the next 18-20 months.

His offenses are multiple, beginning with being a jerk, and then compounding that by being cheap... almost terminally so. More...

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Low Key Fundraiser

We're in the election cycle and as surely as night follows The Jay Leno Show, comes the candidates' meetings and fundraisers.

Jeanne and I attended an uncommonly "low key" event earlier at Stone Creek Inn in East Quogue, held by Town Trustee candidates Chris Garvey and Bill Pell. More...

Friday, September 18, 2009

Blog with a quote from DSL

Although we've never met, I know him as Scott Lahti, a member of the Lodge 12011 closed E-mail discussion group of a decidedly Libertarian bent.

And the man blogs, often brilliantly! More...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

This week's Tin Foil Cap...

...is awarded to Hampton Bays resident Tony Cenzoprano for his quote on 27East's coverage of September 10th Supervisor Linda Cabot's fund-raiser. More...

Monday, September 14, 2009

Birthdays... eccch!

Updated 08/20/2009 – 11:45 pm

I had one this weekend, and as birthdays go, it was all right.

I didn't celebrate it, or really even observe it. It was Saturday, my wife had worked much of the day at one of her clinics, and so 'twas I who took her out that evening. More...

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Get Well, Rosie!

Within hours of our last conversation Thursday morning, Rosemary Towers, assistant to Mayor Conrad Teller at Village Hall, was felled by a cerebral event.

She was discovered, unconscious, during a noontime break by her husband Tim of the DPW, and wound up at University Hospital in Stony Brook after a brief stop-over at Peconic Bay Medical Center.

Her sister-in-law Lori reports that she is more alert and in the process of what looks to be a long-haul recovery.

White light and good thoughts to the House of Towers for a full recovery for Rosie.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

In Appreciation of Mencken's Creed

I didn't know much about the [celebrated/re­viled... take your pick] "Sage of Baltimore," Henry Louis Mencken during his lifetime... he died at age 75 when I was still mid-teens.

A decade later, noting that Mencken and I shared a birth date... today... a friend passed on a 1948 vol­ume of his writing, "A Mencken Chrestomathy," and I was hooked. More...

Friday, September 11, 2009

Frightened little people

Although OtBB sometimes attracts them in squadrons, I cannot abide them.

They are timorous and small of spirit, those who whisper behind the back of their hand or cower behind drawn curtains, and tremulously expect that someone else should have the courage of their conviction. More...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The NYCOM Opinion

Updated 09/11/2009 – 07:51 am

Rosemary Towers, Secretary to Mayor Conrad Teller called called first thing today to inform OtBB that last Friday's FOIA request had been granted, and the NYCOM opinion regarding how last June's election was conducted, was now available. More...

Small in stature...

...even smaller in spirit and grace.

That would be former Southampton Town Supervisor Patrick "Skip" Heaney Jr. in Newsday earlier this week, reveling in the news that the woman who beat his butt like a rented mule two years ago, had been arrested for DUI. More...

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Six Corners' Stonewall

As reported last Thursday, Village Attorney Hermon Bishop disclosed that a response to the Village's inquiry about the challenges on Election Day, had been received from NYCOM.

Apparently this came as something of a shock to recently re-elected Trustees Hank Tucker and Joan Levan who demanded to know why they hadn't received their copies of NYCOM's opinion. More...

What was that, again?

Again, from 27East, almost missed in the Labor Day crush:

Speeding car launches into house in East Moriches; DWI charge filed

No, no political figure or elected official was at the wheel, just a local 20-year-old. More...

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

WHA-AT 'Privacy?!?'

From, where else, 27East's coverage of Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot's arrest, suspected of driving while impaired:

"I am addressing this personal matter with my attorney through the appropriate legal channels. Please respect my privacy. More...

The Village is closed...

...this morning, or at least the downtown area, for the funeral services of Steve Smith as the entire firematic community buries one of its own. More...

Monday, September 07, 2009

Awwwww, Linda

...taking a DUI in downtown Westhampton Beach on Labor Day isn't much indication of the good judgment we expect of our elected officials. More...

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Me 'n' Farah get no respect

No, not the late (double-r) poster girl sensa­tion of the mid-'70s, but Joseph Farah, author, journalist and grand poobah of the arch-Con­servative WorldNetDaily.

Farah's WND has been on the case of Van Jones, a key member in the Obama Adminis­tration's Council on Environmental Quality since April.

Yesterday "green jobs czar" Jones resigned after Big Media (finally) picked up the story. More...

Friday, September 04, 2009

Steve Smith (1951-2009)

Steve Smith, detail of a painting in Firehouse Pizza

Too soon.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

September Village Board Meeting

Updated 09/04/2009 – 07:32 pm

Short (32 minutes) meeting, modestly at­tend­ed, and no real fireworks about which to blog.

(Well, there was some blather by Trustee Hank Tucker and some pointed re­marks by... a-hem... me, be­cause he's going to get called on all of his fatuousity from here on in.) More...

Bishop's supporters have nothing...

Updated 03/05/2009 – 06:06 pm

...on one healthcare reform activist in Thousand Oaks, California, per today's news reports: More...

Don't try to get clean in Mexico...

Memo to George Benedict and Mark Epley: if you were considering launching a Seafield Center in Ciudad Juarez, now is probably not a good time.

This, "ripped from today's headlines," as the old movie trailers used to blare, should give anyone pause: More...

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

An Update...

...to the "Crookhampton? Perhaps." entry, as The Southampton Press now has the story:

Westhampton Beach Village officials have been overcharging for wedding ceremonies

(Hey!, better late than never More...

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Home Remedies

Updated 09/02/2009 – 08:38 pm

One of my Lodge 1201 brethren circulated this interesting link this morning, and as I read it, it seemed to me that there was an early Amer­ican pharmaceutical that was missing: lauda­num, or tincture of opium. More...