On The Beach Blog | July 2010

Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Righty who thought like a Lefty

I loved Billy Loes, the kid from Astoria who pitched for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1950-1956 less the year he took off for military ser­vice in 1951.

(I've always felt that if Loes had played in '51, and had beaten out Bud Podbielan or Erv Palica, Bobby Thompson would be a forgotten name1 today.) More...

Bank Robbery on Sunset

Updated 07/31/2010 – 03:56 pm

A robbery occurred this morning at the Westhampton Beach branch of Astoria Federal Savings at 71 Sunset Avenue.

Contrary to earlier information, no firearm was displayed by the robber, described by More...

Friday, July 30, 2010

Where did 'Shame' Go

Circumstances last evening dictated dinner at Starr Boggs, then Performing Arts Center for their 5th Annual Long Island Comedy Festival

Dinner, as always, was terrific, but the comedy event was, um, erratic. More...

Thursday, July 29, 2010


Updated 07/29/2010 – 10:17 am

...on the Internet, of course, at the Internal Revenue Service site under:

"Exempt Organizations At-Risk
of Revocation - New York

...several local organizations in danger of los­ing their Tax Exempt status. More...

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


...or, This Week's Murphy Malfunction, as found on page 19 of today's East End Inde­pendent in Karen Fredericks' cartoon:

"...why Billionaire Mayor Mike Bloomberg has been such a harsh and relentless critic of Senator Carol Gillibrand.... " More...

Why is this dog smiling?

Kelli McCarty and "Cooper"

Beats the bejabbers outta me, but that More...

Monday, July 26, 2010

Jus' like the ol' days…

...of Charlie Bates' Tiana Beach Club not long after it'd been converted from a WWII Coast Guard rescue station into a very successful Dune Road destination.

During the days, when Mike Kammerer, Dave Royce and I parked cars @ $2 each, the sun, the sand and the surf was a huge draw, and each Saturday and Sunday we would jam 450-480 vehicles into a 400-car lot. More...

I'm soooo down for 'Rubicon'

Following June 13th's third season finale of "Breaking Bad," Cable AMC quietly plopped in an episode of a new series, "Rubicon."

Perhaps unprecedented in television-land, it was a real deal "sneak preview," i.e., it was unannounced. More...

Sunday, July 25, 2010

And now, 50 years later…

...I learn from Ms. Alison Frost's Wild West­hampton blog, that what I've always called an "Ocean-going Sunfish" is a/k/a a "Mola Mola."

The Summer of 1960 a subway motorman from Ocean Parkway arrived with his wife and kids for a week's vacation at a cabin they rented each July in Hampton Bays. More...

Friday, July 23, 2010

Never mind Quality of Life Crimes!

How 'bout the "Quality of Driving" infractions, the kind one can readily observe riding or walking along Westhampton Beach's Main Street in the Summer after Noon on a Friday!

(That is, unless one is a uniformed Traffic Control Officer... they never seem More...


OtBB is informed by former Deputy Village Clerk Patricia Ann Stinchi, who seems to know these things, that the Newsday obituary for Hizzoner was not incorrect when it reported:

"Morgan is survived by brothers Ronald Morgan, of Coos Bay, Ore.; Russell Morgan of New Jersey; and another Robert Morgan, also of Westhampton Beach." More...

Thursday, July 22, 2010

July Trustees Work Session

Updated 07/29/2010 – 10:17 am

...on the Internet, of course, at the Internal Revenue Service site under:

"Exempt Organizations At-Risk
of Revocation - New York

...several local organizations in danger of los­ing their Tax Exempt status. More...

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

So long, Hallie...

...we were just getting to know you.

The Southampton Press Western Edition's Hallie D. Martin is headed to South Carolina to marry the guy. (A newspaper man, natch!)

In her stead Will James will move over to the Westhampton Beach desk from which he covered the July Trustees Work Session, just concluded.

Murphy: Unfund WHBPD

Sometimes the East End Independent is good for a hoot, mostly for publisher Jerry Della Femina's weekly "Jerry's Ink" column.

Of recent, though, it is not, and mostly be­cause of it's skewed coverage of Westhampton Beach politics and Editor Rick Murphy's More...

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Damn'dest Thing!

It's no secret that I'm such a Law & Order aficionado that I regularly record and watch the week-daily three-hour block of reruns on Cable TNT.

It's a great time in the day for me... I open and peruse mail, work on a sudoku problem and, invariably, have a nap. More...

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Kabot Hearing, Day 3

Updated 07/19/2010 – 11:18 pm

Westhampton Beach Police Sergeant Nicholas Fusco calmly and surely disposed of a major lynchpin of the defense's "conspiracy!" theory this afternoon in a Riverhead Town courtroom in front of Justice Allen Smith.

Sergeant Fusco was questioned under oath by attorney William Keahon and asked More...

Effin' Newsday !

From this morning's coverage of Linda Kabot's DWI case:

"Police testified they inadvertently erased a portion of the video while reviewing it."

No, they didn't! This is a material misrepre­sentation of what the Westhampton Beach Police Officers have testified to.

Now it can be told, #2...

Always a delicate matter relating anything less than effusively adulatory regarding the re­cently departed, but it has been with consider­able restraint that I have held off this long!

The principal player is, as one may have sur­mised, Hizzoner, Robert W. Morgan Jr., on July 2, 1984, the day he was sworn into office as 15th Mayor of Westhampton Beach. More...

Sunday, July 18, 2010


From Newsday's obituary of Bob Morgan:

"Morgan is survived by brothers Ronald Morgan, of Coos Bay, Ore.; Russell Morgan of New Jersey; and another Robert Morgan, also of Westhampton Beach." More...

Saturday, July 17, 2010

I think we'll pass

From the current "E-flyer" for Micole's:

"Pan Seared Sliced Ostrich Filet over Port Wine Demi w/ Roasted Red Potatoes & Asparagus - $39.50"

Ignoring the non-appetizing aspects of More...

Another from my younger days

...now gone with the passing Monday of one Naftali Kupferberg, better known as "Tuli," co-founder of the political-satirical group known as The Fugs.

If one spent any time below 14th Street, par­ticularly in the East Village around Tompkins Square, in the early '60s, you probably came across Tuli. More...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Robert W. Morgan Jr. (1935-2010)

There was no way of knowing that OtBB's birthday bouquet to Bob Morgan in April would be my last message to the man who was such an important part of the lore of our Village.

(Not to mention to the "popularity" of my column in the old Hampton Chronicle-News during the mid-'80s.) More...

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Kabot pre-trial confusion

Whatever juju Linda Kabot's attorney William Keahon is conjuring from his bottle of scotch and his extensive trial background, seems to be having the effect he desires.

That immediate effect is widespread confusion in the media as well as some dubious report­ing... or at least discrepancies between the accounts on Newsday and in 27East. More...


TV Pitchman Vince Offer

Remember Vince Offer (née Shlomi), the ShamWow/Slap Chop TV infomercials guy who had a spot of trouble with a strumpet in South Beach in February 2009?

While the Israeli-born pitchman hasn't done anything of note of late, the Southampton Village Police nabbed a More...

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Shocker in Riverhead!

This afternoon Riverhead Town Justice Allen Smith called another halt to to the pre-trial hearing of former Southampton Super­visor Linda Kabot on her DWI arrest last September.

Announcing that "things were just too weird in Westhampton Beach," the black robed More...

The Boss is dead...

George Steinbrenner, Yankees’ Owner, Dies at 80

And me, a Dodgers' fan of 60 years standing!

I grew up hating the Yankees, not just More...

Monday, July 12, 2010

Not sure what I expected from...

Updated 07/13/2010 – 11:16 am

...tonight's premiere of "Rizzoli & Isles," Cable TNT's updating of "Cagney & Lacey" with the all-important twist.

TNT has heavily promoted the show for the past two months, and since I've always found Angie Harmon a pleasing eye-full, and Sasha Alexander, late of "NCIS", not bad either, I took a look. More...

Aw, shut up, Jesse!

The last person I want to hear from on any subject is that racist hypocritical media-thug, the no-so-Reverend Jesse Jackson, especially on the subject of LeBron James.

But now he's back in the news accusing Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert of seeing his former hoops superstar as "a runaway slave." More...

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Louie (1994-2010)

What a long unusual trip it was for Louie Ra­kowski, from being discovered abandoned in a box outside Brookhaven Town shelter by my wife's nephew Alex, to a last look at the Pacific Ocean yesterday morning before his master Baier had to do that terrible and loving act.

I'd like to think that Louie had a good final run and leg-lifting along the sands, but his More...

Saturday, July 10, 2010

A Political Plum

The signal beacons of Fort Terry went dark many decades ago, not long after Suffolk County Army Airfield (built January 1943) was surplussed and turned back to the County.

However, when the facilities were reactivated as Suffolk County Air Force Base in 1951 to serve as a fighter interceptor base under the Air Defense Command1, no one was interested in tiny Fort Terry. More...

Friday, July 09, 2010

Now that it's over...

...and King James XXIII, holding court in a live ESPN cablecast, has told a global audience that he's going to "South Beach," what next?

Well, someone in Cleveland burned a "James #23" jersey last night, and who could fault any such display of anger and betrayal? More...

Thursday, July 08, 2010

July Planning Board Meeting

Hadn't looked in on the Planning Board in a while, and with the resumption of its Chair by Vic Levy, I thought I'd look in to see if there was going to be any hitch in the transition from the previous Board to what shall hence­forth be known as "LevyII."

Mostly I was interested in observing the de­meanor of the two distaff members of More...


From this morning's Southampton Press Western Edition story about the restoration of Trevor Gonce's Lieutenancy:

"...some speculated at the time that Lt. Gonce's demotion was spurred by More...

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

This caught my ear...

...and I thought it worth sharing even though it's three weeks old.

Sub-titled "A Fisherman's Ode to the Oil Spill," singer/songwriter Leonard Scott's More...

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

July Village Board Meeting

Updated 07/07/2010 – 08:32 am

Or, the annual organizational meeting, held the first Monday of Westhampton Beach's fiscal year... or Tuesday, if Monday is a national holiday. (Which it was.)

Following the oaths of office administered to the victors in June's election, the Village actually was able to get on with the More...

We're having a heat wave...

Blue Notes

...a tropical heat wave!

The dog daze of August seem to be a whole month early this year.

Things won't ever be right 'til they put the rocks back on the moon!

The sun has finally set...

...on the most divisive Village Board in the 41 years I've been clocking Westhampton Beach government.

With the retirement of Trustee Jim Kametler and the election of Sue Farrell, the obstruc­tionist troika becomes the symbiotic twosome of Joan Levan and failed mayoral candidate Hank Tucker, and they are now, mercifully, in a minority. More...

Monday, July 05, 2010

Bob Probert (1965-2010)

The National Hockey League has had numerous tough guys and "enforcers" over the decades since I started following the sport in 1951 while living in the Detroit area.

There were only six teams in the NHL back then... really just two, the Detroit Red Wings and the Montreal Canadians... and the More...

A story I never finished reading...

From ESPN.com, bylined Andrew Marchand:

"Oakland A's pitcher Dallas Braden says he is over his tiff with New York Yankees shortstop Alex Rodriguez, but his team won't let it go."

Ennnt! Thanks for playing!

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Let's hear it for...

...some of the great old broads of the silver screen who are observing natal anniversaries on our Independence Day:

Saturday, July 03, 2010

ˇBasta Already!

Hey, I'm as big a sports fan as anyone past the age of 40, and I used to live and breathe the New York Knickerbockers in the days of Reed, Frazier and Snazzy Cazzie Russell.

But this all-LeBron James-Dwyane Wade-Chris Bosh-all-the-time crud is i-n-s-a-n-e! More...

We still belong dead

Not that the blogger is prescient, but I can parse language with the best of'em.

A year ago when Ned Dougherty announced "Club Marakesh-Our First Reunion," OtBB noted:

"The 'First,' presumably, of others planned."

Well, it's b-a-a-a-c-c-k, this time at More...

Thursday, July 01, 2010

NOW he tells us!

Or at least tries to.

This morning's Southampton Press Western Edition "noteworthy news" item is in a small box found on Page 4, captioned:


"The story 'Clean Sweep For Unity Party' in the June 24th edition of The Press More...