On The Beach Blog | December 2010

Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Eve Weirdness

I have no explanation for this one, yet another by-product of Google Alerts:

"Restaurants in Westhampton Beach, New York | RealTime - Articles"

Given the recent loss of area dining out More...

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Two gasps in the death rattle...

...of the business community in Westhamp­ton Beach?

This occupies a sizable chunk (3¼ acres) of the Village's B3 Zoning District:

The demised Westhampton Coach Works

A year ago there were five(5) businesses oper­ating at 112-14 Old Riverhead Road. More...

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


Inscription on the James Farley Post Office in New York City:

"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from More...

Monday, December 27, 2010

A 'Screw You' from Cablevision

Just looked at my most recent monthly bill from Cablevision Systems, provider of those O so essential Optimum services.

As it is wont to do each year around this time, it went up... $4.00. As expected. More...

Sunday, December 26, 2010

T'ain't like the ol' days!

This just in from the National Football League:

Likely blizzard postpones Eagles game

"Likely," not even "definite?"

As Hall-of-Fame coach Vince Lombardi More...

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas…

...whether you observe it or not. We do.

And we also send warm holiday greetings to all in uniformed service in foreign lands.

The new Wisemen

Merry Christmas and Happy Boxing Day from Jeanne and Dean, Gracie and Rosco.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Look what won First Place...

...in the 2010 Holiday Lighting Contest (Small Business category) run by the Village.

Dean's Country Market award-winning Holiday Lighting display at 214 Mill Road.

Reminiscent of the "leg lamp" won by More...

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Village PD prunes some dead wood

At a Special Meeting of the Village Board today, the Trustees approved the transfer of long-time Police Dispatcher Charlie Benkov to the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department.

While the precise dollar figure is unknown, this move will effect in excess of $100,000 savings in salary and benefits in the police budget.

One down, one to go....

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Interesting choice of language

From CNN:

Executions continue steady nationwide decline

"...Oklahoma carried out what is likely the last execution of the year when John David Duty was put down Thursday." More...

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Village said thank you...

...and farewell to a handful of retiring faithful municipal employees and staff members at a luncheon in the Board Room on the second floor at Six Corners.

Honored were Clerk of the Village Kathleen McGinnis, Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Christine Owen, Boards Secretary Linda Stanton, More...

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Blake Edwards (1922-2010)

Blake Edwards

One of my favorite film-makers passed away last Wednesday, a man most will only recognize as being Julie Andrews' husband.

Some will know the more popular movies he wrote and/or directed over a seven decade career: "The Pink Pan­ther" (and its way too many sequels), More...

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Bishop S.C. Johnson had it right

Late-breaking news headline:

Senate blocks DREAM Act

"The U.S. Senate blocked a bill today that was intended to provide a path to legalized citizenship for immigrants who More...

For the defense…

From (where else?) 27East.com:

Two Charged In Water Mill Deer Poaching Incident

"Deer jacking is the process of shining a spotlight on a deer to stop it in its More...

Friday, December 17, 2010

November 30th, the lowlights…

...neatly edited into one 0:04:43 segment entitled "Southampton Town Board - Enough!" and produced by "southamptondemocrats."

O, yeah, it's blatantly partisan, but then the Republican/not-very-Conservative bloc invited such a measure with their high-handed actions of last month.

The benefit of this YouTube production is that it's way shorter than the full-length (3+ hours) version on the Southampton Town Website.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Fire House Listening Post

Updated 12/17/2010 – 9:32 am

Why is this man smiling?

Is newly-elected Westhampton Beach Fire Com­missioner Darryl Schunk tipping his hand?

"If they can spend $7.8 million on a new library, they can afford $10 million for a new fire house."

Verified by two sources.

Sayonara all…

Announcement on the Village Website:

Retirement Luncheon
Monday December 20th

...with an invitation to: More...

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Bob Feller (1918-2010)

I never saw Rapid Robert Feller pitch, and he was already on the back nine, to mix sports metaphors, of his remarkable 18-year Hall of Fame career when I became a baseball fan.

But so dominant a pitcher was he that as I grew up I knew the name Bob Feller before I knew that of any other baseball player... Ruth, DiMaggio, Williams I learned later. More...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The winner…

Updated 12/14/2010 – 11:32 pm

Deliriously happy winning candidate Darryl Schunk

...and newest member of the Westhampton Beach Fire District Commission is, in some­thing of an upset, Darryl Schunk.

With 222 District residents cast­ing ballots, Mr. Schunk tallied 95 votes to 83 for presumptive favorite Steve Frano, and 50 for Shawn Ethier. More...

The Polls will be open…


...from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm this evening at the Westhampton Beach Fire House on Sunset Avenue for the purposes of elect­ing a District Commissioner to replace the retiring (but never shy) "Ham" Andon.

Three former Chiefs of the Department, Shawn Ethier, Steve Frano and Darryl Schunk, have tossed their helmets and firematic credentials into the ring for the five year term.

Sign o'the Times

It's big, it's ugly, and it's right in the middle of Main Street.

The sign in Magic's window

The black & white sign is reminiscent More...

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Tarnished Awards

Saturday was disappointing for this sports fan.

A superbly gifted football quarter­back, Cam Newton, was, as expected, named the 2010 Heisman Trophy winner, and only 105 of 926 voters stood for integrity and declined to name the man on their ballots. More...

Stop the presses…

...replate the front page! This just in:

Giants-Vikings moved to Ford Field

It will be the first meaningful professional football game played in Detroit this late in the season since Super Bowl XL in 2005.

The Lions were not participants.

The Kratoville Question

While I've been otherwise occupied o'er the past fortnight1, dirty work has been afoot on the Southamp­ton Town Board, and responders to the related reports have set the still-messy-after-a-month 27East site aflame like urban Detroit in 1968.

It relates to the hiring of one Russell Krato­ville2 as the new Town Management Services Administrator in what is looking more and more like a coup de Town Board by its Republi­can/not-so-Conservative majority. More...

Friday, December 10, 2010

"Me Sink"

(A guest entry by Woodie Clifton as told to him by his mother, Peg Griffing)

In response to Dean's tribute to Uncle Ham, a comment was made by my brother Charlie about a story famous within the extended family, one which needs some details. More...

And just like that…

...The Southampton Press' West End reporter Will James is gone as well, traded to The East Hampton Press for two copies of the AP style­book and a cub reporter to be named later.

Will hadn't been on the Westhampton beat for long, taking over from Hallie Martin in More...

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

"That ol' Hambone…"

...as his late wife Ruthie used to refer to him. What a presence he has been in my life, and that of so many others, both here and across the land.

When The Southampton Press Western Edition hits the street tomorrow, it'll contain a simple eighth-page adv. with the headline: More...


Headline all afternoon on 27East:

Gabreski Defends Kratoville Appointment

The first thought was that reporter Rohma Abbas had scored an interview from More...

Breaking snooze…

The carpetbagger from who knows exactly where just tossed in his First Congressional District towel, and Mrs. Pelosi's patsy is safe for another two years.

The only question now, is did Representative Tim Bishop learn anything from all this?

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Pesapane's certainly got a pair!

Information developed from multiple sources reveals that Westhampton Beach Police Officer Joseph Pesapane has applied to New York State Department of Labor for Unemployment Benefits.

The rub is that Officer Pesapane is one of the two Village Police Officers currently on sus­pension and involved in on-going disciplinary hearings following an extensive... and More...


Cable Fx has made the official announcement that it has canceled "Terriers" after just its one, terrific, season.

Not that it was unexpected, but damnit!, the two best series to have debuted in the past five months, this and Cable AMC's More...

Saturday, December 04, 2010

It was just a matter of time…

...before a representative of Fast Food Nation attempted to establish an outpost (beach­head?) in West­hampton Beach.

The hot skinny along the B2 District is that the 11th franchise in the burgeoning Atomic Wings empire will be opening early in the new More...

Thursday, December 02, 2010

The last episode…

Updated 12/02/2010 – 01:19 pm

...of the best of the new (Fall 2010) TV shows aired last night, and I fear for its chances of renewal given the number of viewers who probably missed it.

("Missed it?!" How 'bout probably never even heard of it!) More...

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

December Village Board Meeting…

Updated 12/02/2010 – 11:32 am

...was a weekday early this month, so one may be excused for missing it.

But as an extra added bonus, there wasn't a whole lot to miss. More...