On The Beach Blog | January 2010

Sunday, January 31, 2010

After Action Report...

...on the Westhampton Rotary Club's 18th Annual Spaghetti Dinner at the Immaculate Conception CCD Center on Quiogue.

And since an immoderate number of local Rotarians made pointed remarks about OtBB's critical comment... More...

Never Forget!

Mooninite

Let it serve as a reminder of why the Red Sox should go another 90 years before appearing in another World Serious.

(Contemporaneous news coverage.)

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Where's the outrage?

Updated 02/02/2010 – 12:18 pm

One needn't be a sports fan to have taken notice of the on-going controversy surrounding 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and a scheduled Super Bowl XLIV paid advertisement on behalf of the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family.

The burning controversy? More...

Friday, January 29, 2010

Do ya think?!?

From NBC New York's website:

"The victim, a married father with three children, was discovered bound and stran­gled with seven stab wounds. Dtectives{sic} on the scene believed the brutal nature of the crime screamed foul play."

And that's why they're called "detectives!"

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Plugola

E-mails! We get E-mails... such as this from OtBB reader Ray Overton:

"Any chance I can get you to put a plug in this week for the Rotary Club Spaghetti Dinner on your blog?" More...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

January Work Session

An easy meeting this evening... in and out in under an hour, with the full board on board for the event.

Nothing pressing was decided, which is not to report that nothing of interest was discussed More...

The question of the day...

...is who and how many might show up for this evening's monthly Trustees' Work Session.

'Twas but 19 days past that the infamous "No Show" non-meeting occurred, and the feeling is that the likelihood of a full compliment of Board members may be inversely propor­tional to those tax-paying residents in attendance.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Hell hath no fury...

...like YaVaughnie Wilkins, and it's already cost someone $250,000.

"YaVaughnie who?" one might ask, and with reason as she was not a household name prior to this past week's end. More...

Sunday, January 24, 2010

As Don Meredith used to warble...

"Turn out the lights, the party's over."

Gang Green's Super Bowl coach turned into a pumpkin in Indianapolis this afternoon, but there is very definitely just cause for Jets' fans to reprise that pre-'55 chant of Brooklyn faith­ful everywhere: "Wait'll next year!" More...

Today we are at two...

...and counting.

And this year, I didn't almost blow it... thanks to one of our wedding gifts from friends JoAnn and Cathy. More...

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Jean Simmons (1929-2010)

One of the most beautiful of filmdom's faces passed away last night at her home in Santa Monica, nine days shy of her 81st birthday.

Jean Simmons

British-born Jean Simmons, a naturalized American citizen, was already a veteran of a dozen films when she first came to promi­nence with her nomination for Best Actress in a Sup­porting Role as "Ophelia" in Olivier's 1948 version of "Hamlet." More...

Friday, January 22, 2010

This 'n' That

The "official video" of the January 7th Village Board non-meeting has been mounted on the Village of Westhampton Beach's Website.

(It appears, in all respects, to be identical to the unexpurgated version which de­buted on Sea TV last weekend.) More...

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Eat Beat: Blue Cactus

One of my all-time favorite meals for near 20 years was Milo's East "Sizzling Fajita Platter," the only complaint about which I had was that there was always too much meat, onions and peppers to stuff into the three tortillas they provided.

Then the place changed its name and menu, prices went up, and it wasn't the same. More...

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Aftershocks

There are two this morning, one in Haiti and a second across America's political landscape.

I'm not certain, though, that "aftershock" is the proper term for the seismic event in the stricken Caribbean nation. More...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Robert B. Parker (1932-2010)

The biggest story coming out of Massachusetts for me today, is that the creator of the tough Boston-based private detective "Spenser," was found dead "just sitting at his desk" at his home in Cambridge yesterday.

I discovered Robert B. Parker in the mid-'70s when I grabbed up a baseball-themed novel, "Mortal Stakes," from a remainder house for one dollar, and liked it enough to start reading the entire series from the beginning! More...

What's wrong with this picture?

By now, most have heard the names of Gilbert Arenas, Plaxico Burress and Jayson Williams, and even if their career statistics cannot be recited by rote, most are aware that all three are or were professional athletes.

Some can even recognize them as ones who've had legal problems involving firearms. More...

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Cinder-fellas!

Improbably, the New York Jets are going to the AFC Championship game next Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

Having just now beaten the highly-favored San Diego Chargers, 17-14, in the only More...

Must See Sea TV

Just because there was a "non-meeting" of the Westhampton Beach Village Board on January 7th, doesn't mean there wasn't a video record of that evening.

It's not much, but it's the "official record" of the event which was televised on Sea TV last evening and again this morning.

And since, not surprisingly, it hasn't been mounted on the Village's Website, it's here.

Friday, January 15, 2010

I plead guilty...

...to the inadvertent inclusion earlier today of the portion of Senator LaValle's plea for assis­tance to the Haitian relief effort which read:

"I encourage local residents to consider con­tacting the American Red Cross...." More...

Enormous Death Toll

Updated 01/15/2010 – 11:45 pm

From the Associated Press:

"The international Red Cross estimated 45,000 to 50,000 people were killed in Tuesday's cataclysmic earthquake, based on information from the Haitian Red Cross and government officials. Hard-pressed recovery teams resorted to using bull­dozers to transport loads of dead." More...

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Wearin' o'the (Gang) Green...

...at #292 Sunset Avenue... and with more than two months 'til Saint Patrick's Day!

Spike Larsen, Dick Whitney and "Easy Ed" Des­mond may no longer be with us, and if anyone knows where Jerry Mangles is, they're not say­in', but the hope born in 1968 endures! More...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

From Haiti's Ground Zero...

...by way of Speonk, courtesy of Fran and Spencer Fink.

"This an account of last night in and just outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. More...

The Earth Moved

Saturday's report of a "magnitude-6.5 earth­quake" off the California coast and Monday's even larger (7.0MW) one in Haiti reminds us of how fortunate we've been on the East End.

I don't think we've had one since the "minor" tremor in March 1992 which registered 2.8 on the Richter scale. More...

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Making up / Breaking up

Updated 01/12/2010 – 8:57 pm

...the Westhampton Beach Trustees just can't quite figure it out, and it's wasting a great deal of Village tax­payers' money.

This morning's "make-up meeting" progressed relatively smoothly... until the end when there was some contention as to whether the Board should repair to Executive Session or hold a Public Discussion More...

Monday, January 11, 2010

A Make-Up Meeting...

...of the Westhampton Beach Village Board has been scheduled for tomorrow (January 12th) at 10:30 am.

While an agenda has yet to be released, pre­sumably this will be for the purposes More...

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Arizona 51, Green Bay 45

...and with a score like that, even with the overtime period, it certainly cannot be called a "defensive battle."

Despite the Packers dreadful start and falling behind by 21 points, by the end of the third quarter, the viewer has the sense that it was going to come down to who last had posses­sion of the football. More...

Deer Me, redux!

Awwww, never mind "redux!" It's deer me, still, and with no end in sight!

Last Wednesday evening, in the space of 15 minutes, Suffolk County's deer population came close to wiping out half the residents of 256 East Main! More...

Saturday, January 09, 2010

It's Tee Time for...

...the foreseeable future for the Cincinnati Bengals, or at least until training camp opens this Summer.

It was the New York Jets who were victorious this day, something not even their fans dared predict, as they won their first play-off game since 2004.

Go Gang Green!

How it works elsewhere...

...in professional law enforcement agencies which understand the need for credibility and integrity.

Department to fire five police employees

From the WSVN-TV report: More...

Friday, January 08, 2010

The Top Ten Reasons...

Updated 01/09/2010 – 12:00 am

...Westhampton Beach Trustees Jim Kametler, Joan Levan and Hank Tucker didn't come up­stairs to last evening's Village Board meeting.

(Apologies to David Letterman.) More...

Thursday, January 07, 2010

January Village Board Meeting

Well, a meeting was scheduled, but it was can­celed for lack of a quorum... the Jim Kametler-Joan Levan-Hank Tucker troika was a no-show.

They were in the building beforehand in a closed door meeting in the Mayor's office where raised voices were loud enough that they could be heard through a second door and in the vestibule of the building. More...

Of whom, Hank?

Trustee Demands Answers After Stabbing

That's the page 9 headline in this week's East End Independent: More...

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Gone

The area lost three already this year, Beach Road resident Harris Palmer on Saturday to a brain tumor, and the famed Bailey's Motel this morning to advanced decrepitude.

The latter condition also overtook Quiogue's Kate Agar, at 92, last weekend. More...

To review the situation...

...preparatory to the first Village Board meeting of 2010, Thursday evening at 7:00 pm.

The primary issue is of enormous import, and I'm not sure just how many "get" it! More...

Monday, January 04, 2010

What a way to leave...

...Giants Stadium!

We're talking Jets, of course... the less said about the New Jersey (née New York) football Giants today, the better! More...

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Top Tale o'Ought-Nine

An acquaintance who subscribes to the 27East RSS feed, forwarded their E-mail of Wednes­day last, captioned:

"25 most-read stories of 2009"

Top among them was, not Linda Kabot's Labor Day DWI arrest (which was only ranked More...

Flash! PAC site cracked!

Updated 01/08/2010 – 03:47 pm

Someone has cracked (not "hacked") the website of Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.

And after a week of fits and starts, the site appears to be functioning normally once again. More...

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Who's chasing whom?

All but forgotten today is a small South Fork weekly yclept The Whale, and published by a recovering stock car racer and born-again con­gregant of the Southampton Full Gospel Church, Rev. Donald M. Havrilla1 presiding.

The publication's raison d'être wasn't readily apparent to those who picked up the freebie, but what was clear to all, was that Richie had no budget for actual news gathering. More...

Friday, January 01, 2010

Noo Year's on the Town

In the smattering of Papiamentu gleaned from my years in the West Indies, felis nobo aña!

With that (and some rumor control) dispensed with, as Winchell used to say: "Let's go to press." More...

Rumor Control

"Many people were killed," – W.C. Fields

No, there was not "a shooting" at the West­hampton Steak House early this morning!

Yes, police were called at approximately 2:45 am in the New Year, and two More...