On The Beach Blog | June 2010

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

What is that sound?

When I was in my single digits and susceptible to the usual array of childhood diseases, if I was abed and feverish, there was often an ac­companying sound as if there were a hundred flies buzzing.

I've never figured what that juvenile auditory sensation was about, but was reminded of it while watching the FIFA World Cup matches over the past several weeks. More...

Only a hellacious budget crunch...

...could have caused the Maywood, California city council to take this drastic a step:

California City Fires All Workers, Including Police

That's major for any municipality! More...

Monday, June 28, 2010

In olden days...

...when a couple went separate ways, the husband often placed a classified in the local newspaper to the effect:

"My wife, having left my bed and board, I will no longer be responsible for her debts."

My, but times have changed! More...

Sunday, June 27, 2010

When did this happen?

This popped up on Google Alerts recently from MyHotel.ws' Hotel and Travelling{sic} informa­tion page:

"Although the Westhampton area, including the incorporated villages of West Quogue, Westhampton Beach, and West More...

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Behold El Taj Levan!

Today being the big day, our newest public building has finally and formally opened.

According to The Southampton Press Western Edition by way of 27East:

"The Westhampton Free Library will open its new $7.8 million facility...."

Um, actually it's a $7,827,820 facility, More...

An update on an old entry

Received Thursday last a strong Comment from former Southampton Town Councilwoman (her description, not mine) Carolyn Zenk in response to a blog entry from last October.

I don't know whether someone just now called Ms. Zenk's attention to that entry, or if she was Googl'ing herself to see what she's been up to, but her words would otherwise More...

Friday, June 25, 2010

My wife left this morning...

...or was it yesterday?

I don't remember. More...

Thursday, June 24, 2010

A timely visitation

Alerted by "Chip with a Tip" that a TV show was filming in the Village, I was able to grab a couple of shots and get the 4-1-1 on what was going on near Rogers Bridge this afternoon.

(No, the "Extreme Makeover" had nothing to do with last Friday's sweep by the Village Unity Party.) More...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Why are we not surprised?

It'll be front page news in tomorrow morning's Southampton Press Western Edition because, well, it's important news.

It will have nothing to do with the fact that the results of Friday's Village elections mirrored the editorial endorsements in the previous week's edition. More...

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The lessons of Watergate...

Updated 06/23/2010 – 10:13 am

...truly have been lost on the Empress of Oneck, as we learn from intrepid beat reporter Hallie Martin's updated report on 27East:

"But on Tuesday, Ms. Levan said she told Westhampton Beach Police Chief Ray Dean that she did not trespass. In fact, she said she was home at that time on June More...

Uh oh!

From a 27East report about an injury at the Suffolk County Police firearms range:

"The unidentified officer was participating in routine training at the shooting range, located off Old Country Road in Westhamp­ton, when his service-issued Glock More...

Monday, June 21, 2010

Why I hate Newsday...

...and there are so many reasons that it's hard to focus on just one... but I'll try.

This came from Sunday's edition, a story with the ambiguous headline: More...

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Election Day Diary

As Oirish playwright and poet Brendan Behan said to his wife Beatrice on his deathbed:

"We've seen the two times."

Friday, I and others who share similar con­cerns, definitely saw those two times. More...

The Levan Factor

A 27East comment postulated an intriguing thought this weekend:

"...with a 12 vote loss of her candidate, who knows if news of her unconscionable ac­tions two days before the election might have been the deciding factor." More...

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Lessons from Hank

Defeated Mayoral-wannabe Hank Tucker, in the Newsday report on Friday's election:

"I think the people who voted for me voted for change. I have no regrets. I More...

The morning after...

The joke making the rounds right after the 1960 Presidential election was that JFK had just sent a one word telegram to the Vatican:

"Pack!"

Today's quip is the text-message Conrad Teller just sent Rabbi Marc Schneier: More...

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Polls have closed...

...and the Village of Westhampton Beach has taken an important step back from the abyss.

In short, the Village Unity Party has swept the 2010 elections with incumbent Mayor Conrad Teller besting challenger Trustee Hank Tucker by a dozen votes. More...

Quotes and Notes

Updated 06/18/2010 – 05:12 pm

As today's Village Elections continue... the polls opened at Noon in the municipal meet­ing room at Six Corners... some news from the Police Department.

Item: Interviewed personally by Police Chief Ray Dean due to her position within the mu­nicipality, Trustee Joan Levan was More...

Liar liar, pants on fire! - II

Being a continution of Part I:

Westhampton Beach Trustee Hank Tucker is running like crazy to be our next Mayor... and "crazy" just may be the operative word.

It's become increasingly evident that Tucker is little more than a suit and a smile, More...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

This just in...

Apparently the Empress of Oneck deems her domain to extend well beyond her own prop­erty lines.

Westhampton Beach Police "Incident Informa­tion" report #10-01759 entertains a trespass complaint by Stephen J. Arrasate against "Joan Le­vanne"{sic}, subse­quently identified as the Village Trustee of similar name. More...

The Press nails it

I've had my battles with The Southampton Press Western Edition and its Editor Frank Costanza over the past several years, but I'm delighted with this morning's across-the-board editorial endorsement of the Village Unity slate in tomorrow's Westhampton Beach elections.

And no, it has little to do with the fact that we're backing the same candidates: Teller, Birk and Farrell. More...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Liar liar, pants on fire! - I

And if anyone thinks that's the height of silli­ness, they haven't seen the campaign litera­ture being circulated by Mayoral-wanna­be Hank Tucker.

Last week's hand-out began with a cynical re­cycling of 2009's nuclear eruv bomb, and con­cludes with a whopper of a falsehood... More...

Letters, we get letters

Well, some of us do while others are ignored.

Today's top letter comes from Liberty Party Trustee candidate Charlie Palmer Jr., with four campaign promises: More...

Then how do they explain this?

OtBB reader "Redheadmom" is dubious about assertions made here that Westhampton Beach Trustee Joan Levan is ram-rodding the 2010 campaign efforts of Mayoral-wannabe Hank Tucker and would-be Trustees Charlie Palmer, Jr. and, as a write-in, Michelle Buggé.

"You've said that they're running together, but all three are running on different political parties, and each have their own campaign signs, thematically different. More...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The PBA sends out a letter

Well, some of the Westhampton Beach Police Benevolent Association, at least, authored in part if not in toto by Officer Mike Bruetsch.

Aside from being PBA Vice President, Bruetsch is one of the two tainted Vil­lage Officers under suspension following a lengthy Suffolk County Police Internal Affairs investigation. More...

People are wondering why...

...Mayoral-wannabe Hank Tucker and Trustee candidates Charlie Palmer Jr. and write-in hopeful Michelle Buggé, are ostensibly running on separate lines when they are so clearly running as "the Levan team."

And if those aren't wondering, should be!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Time to cut the crap

And this is directed at Hank Tucker and Charlie Palmer, Jr., who have been carrying on about anything they hope will give them any traction at the polls next Friday.

One of their big issues, aside from the recycled mezuzah-rattling about the eruv, has been the lack of "accreditation" of Westhampton Beach's Police Department. More...

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Annona... for all the wrong reasons

Back in the news again, that is.

27East broke "the story" yesterday, "Lindsay Lohan's father in talks to open club in Westhampton Beach," and now it's national news in the trash tabloids and their television counter­parts. More...

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Huh?

Doncha jus' love it when out-of-the-area media look in on the Village and start spouting off on matters about which they are c-l-u-e-l-e-s-s?

Again comes Newsday with this doozie:

"There aren't any major issues to resolve in ... Westhampton Beach...." More...

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

There's a reason why Chicago...

...is known as "the Second City," and one has to look no further than the pages of today's Chicago Tribune, with it's PhotoShop'd image of "Chrissy Pronger," captioned:

"Looks like Tarzan, skates like Jane" More...

Overnight transformation

Updated 06/10/2010 – 12:28 am

Yesterday afternoon, while traveling through the intersection of Montauk Highway and Oak Street/Old Riverhead Road, I noted that the Chih-controlled property between Lilac and Oak was, as is common each June, festooned with campaign signage supporting whoever Trustee Joan Levan would have elected.

I mean, we're talkin' corner of Lilac across and down Oak to the end of the parcel which was, most recently, The Corner Restaurant. More...

Monday, June 07, 2010

The Big Debate

It didn't exactly rise to the level of the cele­brated Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858, but they were long-overdue and greatly welcomed.

Who "won?" Depends on where one sits, of course. More...

Tonight's the night...

...of the first candidate's debate in Westhamp­ton Beach in the past five years.

Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons, it has thoughtfully been re­located from Village Hall to the auditorium of Westhampton Beach High School, and starts at 7:00 pm.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Boom?

Updated 06/06/2010 – 11:32 am

No, more like a series of pops and some white smoke followed by black smoke emanating from the self-storage units located at the north part of Gabreski Airport.

The incident, around 9:25 am, was nowhere as extreme as George Plimpton's foundation-rattling pre-BiCentennial test run in More...

Further Follow-up

The comments on 27East regarding the vehic­ular fatality caused last year by Caroline Goss have been relentlessly angry at the proposed plea bargain she is set to enter into next week.

(See "Mattituck woman to be sentenced to six months in prison for DWI fatality involving Hampton Bays teen" and "Follow-up.") More...

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Not so hot at crunch time

Shannon Price is not the type of person any­one would want covering their back!

Ms. Price, 25, is the ex-wife of former child TV actor Gary Coleman, 42. who died in Provo, Utah last month after falling and hitting his head and suffering an epidural hematoma at his home in nearby Santaquin. More...

Thursday, June 03, 2010

June Village Board Meeting

Updated 06/04/2010 – 10:05 am

The eruv lives!

Well, at least that's what Trustee Joan Levan's retinue would have everyone believe with the Village elections just 15 days away.

That overt scare tactic paid off for Levan and Hank Tucker last year, and since this season's Tucker, Charlie Palmer, Jr. and Michelle More...

A belligerent Buggé

From this morning's Southampton Press Western Edition:

Bugge Will Still Make Bid

"Michelle Bugge announced Tuesday More...

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Kill the Ump!

Updated 06/03/2010 – 00:45 am

But not first base umpire Jim Joyce who this evening "took a perfect game away" from a young pitcher with a controversial, but correct, call on what could have been the last out in the Cleveland-Detroit game.

No, the ump who should be "killed," and at least suspended from the game of baseball, is Joe West, who last week in one two inning span, demonstrated why some people should not be in positions of authority. More...

Yadda yaddda yadda...

...and even more yadda!

From an updated report on 27East:

"Mr. Tucker, who is facing his first debate, said it is important for people to More...

Credentials

Lotta huffin' 'n' puffin' this past weekend over the revelatory OtBB item involving the rela­tionship between The Independent's area cor­respondent Lisa Finn, members of the West­hampton Beach Police Department and wanna­be Mayor Hank Tucker.

It became more interesting when Ms. Finn's editor, Rick Murphy, got involved late Saturday night and made a series of indignant, blustery and threatening comments to the blog. More...

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Follow-up

OtBB readers may have forgotten this un­happiest of items from last August:

Right! Who's to say otherwise?

A 15-year-old boy riding his bicycle on Pon­quogue Avenue in Hampton Bays, was struck and killed by a woman from Mattituck. More...

Some context...

From the OtBB entry of 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 More...