On The Beach Blog | March 2010

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

What's the real 'smokescreen?'

...and shouldn't the powers-that-be at East End Indy look a little more closely into the re­lationship between "reporter" Lisa Finn, and Westhampton Beach Trustee-who-would-be-the-next-Mayor Hank Tucker?

Last year the Tucker-Joan Levan smokescreen was the eruv which successfully played on local fears of Orthodox Jews running amok on Village streets with perambulators. More...

Monday, March 29, 2010

I live in a house divided...

...which used to be solely over politics. But two months ago, the situation became grave!

My wife's four-year-old Dell PC started getting kludgy, not surprising since she's never paid much attention to maintenance. More...

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Secrets of a small village

This could just as easily have been titled "Now it can be told," but recent local events bookend something which seems to be, not so much unique to, but typical of this type of modest-size Long Island community.

Anyone who has been here for the past 20 years who didn't foresee the "blanket party" Chris Bean hosted for Tom Moore the week before last, has a short memory. More...

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Frank Huber (1940-2010)

I likely met Frank about 50 years back when he and his wife, the former Carol Moller, first began keeping company.

Their marriage is a terrific story, but one which his widow should relate since I had no part in any of it. More...

Thursday, March 25, 2010

No smoke has arisen...

...from last evening's Executive Session of the Village Board, so Westhampton Beach is flying without a Village Attorney.

It is clear from what's been going on with this present administration over the past year plus, that now is an especially perilous time for the municipality to be without counsel. More...

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

March Trustees Work Session

What a yawner of a meeting this evening... at least the public portion of the session.

No word on what happened in the subsequent Executive Session, but considering what has occurred at Village Hall over the past 20 days, it had to have been livelier. More...

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ripples around Village Hall

Last Thursday evening the Westhampton Beach Zoning Board of Appeals threw a "blanket party" for one of its members and Tuesday, Village Attorney Hermon Bishop tendered his resignation.

Although not the object of the internal correc­tive action, Mr. Bishop's decision to step down after almost four years as counsel to the Vil­lage's four boards, is related. More...

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Local 'kids' make good

And speaking of youth being served, in the midst of the disgraceful gridlock on the Village Board, there is something to celebrate.

Westhampton Beach's Junior Fire Department will be honored in Alexandria, Virginia on April 30th by the National Volunteer Fire Coun­cil for being named the Junior Firefighter Pro­gram of the Year. More...

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Youth will be served

(With acknowledgment to George Borrow.)

On occasion, when stopping into Dean's Country Meats to pick up some of their excel­lent ground round, if there's no customers in the store, I like to give School Board member Bryan Dean the needle about the "turf war."

(It's great! His balding pate reddens, his nostrils flare, and he's off to the races, explaining why artificial turf on Hansen Field is going to happen!) More...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Chinese Problem

Updated 03/19/2010 – 03:27 am

And no, it has nothing to do with anything re­lated to what the late Al O'Connell described as "The Frozen Chosin."

And we're not referring to Amnesty Inter­national's issues with the Beijing government over human rights violations. More...


Earlier this week, a reader's Comment put Westhampton Beach's population at "a mere 3,000 residents."

I countered that "last I looked there was a year-'round population of approximately 2,000 residents." More...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


A page one, above-the-fold story in tomor­row's Southampton Press Western Edition is headed:

Police Chief Won't Obey Orders

It is another indication that, while The Press publishes in the "broadsheet" format, their headlining style is more along the lines of a "tabloid," with all the negative connotations which accompany that description. More...


If I had ever bet which of my two favorite crime writers was going to outlive the other, it prob­ably would have been Robert B. Parker.

Both were still prolific, Parker more so than Elmore Leonard, and the latter was seven years the former's senior. More...

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

My kinda guy...

...is Westhampton Beach Police Chief Ray Dean's attorney in the sorry affair promulgated by the obstructionist Trustees, Joan Levan, Jim Kametler and Hank Tucker.

His name is Mike Axelrod, and he's a plain-speaking lawyer who just wrote the above-referenced troika a six-page letter in which the word "whereas" does not appear once! More...

Sunday, March 14, 2010

More a lion than a lamb

Updated 03/14/2010 – 11:57 pm

The Big Blow of 2010 reached Force 10 on the Beaufort Scale, and we hope they don't get any bigger... for a long looong time!

"For de win' she blow lak hurricane,
Bimeby she blow some more..."

(Thank you, William Henry Drummond.) More...

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Spring Forward

Yeah, I know... it still seems a little weird having to set your clocks and watches an hour forward this early in the year, but that's the dictates of Daylight Saving Time.

Remember that at 2:00 am, it will actually be 3:00 am. Just do it, and don't look back... 'til November 7th.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Turf Wars: the next generation

The gridlock at Six... or Five, pick'em... Corners is uppermost in the minds of many (as it should be) but another matter burns brightly in the area.

The issue of artificial turf vs. natural grass in respect to resurfacing the Carl A. Hansen Memorial Field has been a contentious More...

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Paterson's wisecrack...

...about basketball legend Julius Erving's de­parture from the then New York Nets resonates locally.

Earlier today at the ground-breaking ceremony for the Nets' future Brooklyn home, New York's beleaguered top official quipped: More...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Moore comes out of the shadows

Saturday Tom Moore, a member of the Village Zoning Board of Appeals and a former member of the Westhampton Beach Board of Education, handed a letter to Village Trustee Hank Tucker identifying himself as author of the (illegal) resolutions passed (3-2) by Tucker and his Village Board cohorts at Thursday's meeting.

It is a remarkable document on several counts, not the least of which are the rationales it offers for Mr. Moore's insinuating himself into the municipal process. More...

The Full Monty

For thems what are interested, the official full-length video of last Thursday's Village Board Meeting, all uninterrupted 2:15:02 of it, is now the municipal Website.

Someone might like to send the link to former Village Labor Attorney Vincent Toomey and suggest that he review Trustee Hank Tucker's comments at the 47 minute mark.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

The Special Election

Billy Hughes, who I've known for 25 years, is a stand-up guy... the highest compliment I know to pay someone.

He's fought the Viet Cong, and he's lived it out with desperate hostage-taking gunmen here in Southampton Town. And last Summer he jumped from a helicopter into the Atlantic with guys one-third his age. More...

Almost Overlooked...

...is a passage read by Mayor Conrad Teller at last Thursday's monthly Village Board meeting which leaves the obstructionist Trustees with no place left to hide.

(It is heard on video IV at 2:25.) More...

Monday, March 08, 2010


...missed a 5:55 minute video segment of last Thursday's monthly Village Board meeting.

(The other segments are here.)

Acrimonious, but some important information.

Jus' Askin'...

Now that copies of Thursday evening's resolu­tions have been obtained under a Freedom of Information Request, and studied more close­ly, some questions arise.

?Have the Village Trustees declared West­hampton Beach a "police state?" More...

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Someone blinked...

...and from this vantage point, it looks like it might have been ABC/Disney.

The "Statement from Rebecca Campbell, President and General Manager, WABC-TV" posted at 8:44 pm, reads: More...

Oscars Update

It's the 11th hour and at this posting, neither Cablevision nor ABC/Disney has blinked.

The cable folks, however, has been scrambling to provide its subscribers with alternatives to sitting in the familiar comfort of one's own home, watching on one's own 60-inch HiDef TV with Dolby surround sound: More...

No Oscars for us!

Planning an "Oscars party" this evening?

You're gonna need a satellite dish! More...

It's probably just me...

...and I don't wish to come off like an ersatz Andy Rooney... but is anyone else annoyed by "You got it!" as what seems to have be­come the standard response by restaurant service employees?

I likely first became aware of it when Jeanne and I used to stop at The Corner Restau­rant (née Chappy's Corner) for one of More...

Friday, March 05, 2010

Let's go to the videos!

Updated 03/08/2010 – 12:45 pm

While all await Blacksheep Television's official record of last evening's Village Board Meeting, an enterprising local has come through for those not in attendance.

The first hour of the two-hour plus session is now available on the 'Net.

Due to the requirements of YouTube, the videos are mounted in ten short segments, comprising about 73 minutes of the 135 minute meeting.

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T-t-t-t-t-hat's all folks! (For now.)

Upon further reflection...

...it occurs to me that what Trustees Joan Levan, Jim Kametler and Hank Tucker did to the Village of Westhampton Beach last evening was nothing short of treason, and certainly violative of their oaths of office.

The troika sold everyone out and the big question is, "in service to what agenda?" More...

Thursday, March 04, 2010

March Village Board Meeting

The actions of Trustees Hank Tucker, Joan Levan and Jim Kametler strain credulity.

Or rather, the troika's "explanations" for those actions are what leave rational thinking resi­dents shaking their heads and wondering just where it all went wrong. More...

Progress on PD stand-off?

Updated 03/04/2010 – 01:38 pm

While there's no discernible movement on the so far inimical positions of the Trustees and the Mayor in the matter of the police disciplin­ary charges, this evening's monthly Village Board meeting is shaping up as a volatile one.

Mayor Conrad Teller will again introduce his seven resolutions in an attempt to move for­ward on Disciplinary Hearings involving More...

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Price Stabilization

Revisiting the fluctuating price of Beach Bakery's two-pack of chocolate chip cookies:

OtBB is pleased to learn from the last two visits there since the original blog entry, Simon Jorna seems to have fixed the cost of those baked confections at $1.90.

Our gratification is boundless.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Turf Wars, re-engaged

This one's been building slowly but inexorably, and the faction within the Westhampton Beach School District which has been promoting an artificial surface for the Carl A. Hansen Memo­rial Field, has decided... perhaps unwisely... that now is the time to make their big push.

When OtBB first looked in on this debate, the cost of $1 million the resurfacing was for felt to be too ex­pensive... and that was back in 2008. More...