On The Beach Blog | September 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Jeanne's on the warpath…

...and I cannot fault her!

It's mid-week and just past 7:00 pm, she's had a tough day traveling back and forth to the City, and all she wants to do is put her feet up, relax and collect herself.

But noooooooooooooo! More...

Monday, September 27, 2010

This'll make'em nuts…

The Jewish Channel

...on Quiogue and around 19th hole.

Cablevision Systems has added The Jewish Channel to its io line-up at #291, currently as an "On Demand" add-on. More...

Sunday, September 26, 2010

J.P.O.E. Meeting Report

The "exclusive meeting" of Jewish People Op­posed to the Eruv (a/k/a "Jewish People For the Betterment of Westhampton Beach") turned out to be not so "exclusive" after all.

They let me in! More...

Friday, September 24, 2010

'Round the Village - II

Deer me, redux

A little poking around following Wednesday's Work Session reveals why Trustee Hank Tucker began vacillating and babbling after Lynda and Ralph Folz expressed their displeasure at the Village Board's unanimous, and pusillanimous, ¡Olé! on facilitating a deer season. More...

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

September Trustees Work Session

Dear me! Or rather, deer everyone as the Westhampton Beach Village Board unanimous­ly voted to adopt a passive stance on a deer abatement program within the municipality.

(The unanimity was in question at one point as Trustee Hank Tucker appeared to equivocate during a public discussion, but it turned out that he was merely blathering and being political.) More...

After the scorched earth…

...of the GOP Primary, it's going to be light-lifting for Tim Bishop heading into the General Election this November!

As the late Dave Willmott used to say two or three times every Wednesday for almost 50 years, "And why not?" Randy Altschuler, Chris Cox and George Demos did all the heavy work during the run-up to September 14th. More...

Monday, September 20, 2010

Barb Griffing (1949-2010)

Updated 09/21/2010 – 06:09 pm

My cousin Steve, who grew up next to me on East Main Street, lost his wife this morning in Port Charlotte, Florida when she had been in hospice care for the past five days.

Barb had been diagnosed with colon cancer in 1998 with a prognosis of three-five years, but declined to go gently! More...

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The wedding of the season…

...took place earlier this afternoon at the former "Eye" night club on the Dunes in East Quogue.

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Bean

Jean Moloney and Chris Bean exchanged vows before Southampton Town Clerk Sundy More...

Friday, September 17, 2010

J.P.O.E. at it again…

...calling an "exclusive" meeting at Starr Boggs Restaurant for Sunday, September 26th.

The word "exclusive" is highlighted in the foregoing paragraph for a reason, not the least of which is the rich irony the group, variously branding itself as "Jewish People Opposed to the Eruv" and "Jewish People For the More...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Pat Covello

Long-time Westhampton Beach Village Trustee Pascal Covello, a friend for almost 50 years, passed away Monday after a lengthy illness.

Visiting hours at Follett & Werner will be today and tomorrow from 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:00 pm, with services at Noon Friday at Immaculate Conception on Quiogue. More...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Primary Day 2010

The highest volume, most acrimonious First Con­gressional District primary race in recent memory, if not history, is finally over!

The aggressively contested Republican slot in November's General Election now belongs to Randy Altschuler, only because "None of the Above" was not offered as an option. More...

'Round the Village

Suffolk County's new ballot machine

It's Primary Day... if you're registered to a party holding a "run-off," get out and vote! Polls, with the all-new ballot tabulation machines, open at 6:00 am.

While by dint of their being different from the battered ol' clunky lever machines that we're used to, they're not near as scary to use as they may seem at first glance. More...

Monday, September 13, 2010

This is one Primary race…

...tomorrow's Republican contest in the First Congressional District... which cannot conclude fast enough for me!

Saturday afternoon's U.S.P.S. delivery alone brought six pieces of campaign literature from that rancid transplant Randy Altschuler, plus one each from Chris Cox and George Demos, plus two telephone calls, one "opinion poll" and one campaign call. More...

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Props for Murphy...

...East End Independent Editor Rick Murphy, that is, as unlikely an item as readers may ever see on OtBB.

This week's editorial, "'Fierce Beast' Earl A Laughable Dud" was actually funny, and where he's not gratuitously puffing Indy at other area media's expense, keenly observant. More...

Saturday, September 11, 2010

LIRR needs a good talking to!

And it should start with a firmly-worded letter on Village of Westhampton Beach stationery over the signature of Mayor Conrad Teller.

The situation with Eastbound trains sitting in the Westhampton station while traffic backs up on Old Riverhead Road is intolerable, and (again) demands attention. More...

Friday, September 10, 2010

Earl, the aftermath

To quote my father1 quoting William Henry Drummond (1854-1907):

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

Except that my the time it reached these parts Earl was well off-shore and a veritable More...

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Diction, Will James, diction!

Updated 09/09/2010 – 09:57 am

From this morning's Southampton Press Western Edition report by Will James on the issue of consolidating police forces within Southampton Town:

"This year, the Westhampton Beach Village Board has set aside approximately $2.6 million from its $9.2 million operating bud­get to cover police expenses. The depart­ment boasts 16 police officers." More...

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Policy Review

OtBB's Policies have been published since day the first, which, for those who missed it, was three years and three days ago.

It seems that a reminder for some would-be Commenters is required... are ya running with us "bob" and "missy?"

To those already articulated standards I would add that if one wishes to format their Com­ments in "texting" or "Twittering" short-hand, just pass by.

Bye-Bye, BNB

Not sure why I decided to place my campaign account with Bridgehampton National Bank in Spring 2007... perhaps because my finance manager recommended it for its "free check­ing." I really don't recall.

What I do remember, however, is that when I chose BNB, my wife's immediate response was "They have the highest ATM transaction fees of anyone around." More...

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

The Shooting in Southampton

Updated 09/07/2010 – 02:51 pm

There is considerable irony in yesterday morning's shooting of two anti-illegal immi­gration protesters near the 7-Eleven location on County Road 39 in Southampton Village.

The felonious assault on one of the victims, Tom Wedell of East Moriches, comes just over two months after an erroneous rumor of the noted activist's murder at the hands of a gang of Hispanics, was making the rounds. More...

Good morning...

...to "Tumbleweed Tuesday," according to a local tradition that dates to I-don't-know-when-but-it's-been-awhile.

But 25 or so years ago, Quiogue resident Budd Schulberg wrote a monograph for Newsday about this day in which he quoted his friend Walter Fritchie who called it "Sweet Tuesday."

Jus' rememberin'.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Arnie Sheiffer has graduated…

...from being a simple double-breasted schmuck to being a back street variety goniff as well due to his utter disregard for the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998.

But then, he, or whoever administers his J.P.O.E. blogspot, has probably never heard of DCMA, much less become familiar with it's provisions, a précis of which is: More...

Sunday, September 05, 2010

And on the 9th day, Chris Cox…

...finally found his way to the Speir family homestead on East Main Street about the time I was concluding his "local" credentials might be completely fraudulent.

The countdown had commenced on August 26th when a campaign worker called to More...

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Notice to all concerned…

...and curious... or not.

The myriad of vehicles with flashing red and white light in front of chez Speir just now, were not here for either my wife, myself, or any invited guests. More...

Friday, September 03, 2010

Earl, we hardly knew ya!

I wasn't around for the "Long Island Express," referred to here abouts as "the '38 Hurricane."

But I sure remember others like "Carol" and "Hazel" in 1954 and "Diane" a year later, and while I was up in Connecticut for "Hazel," I was running around with my father in "the Mut­tering Monster," our '36 Buick, helping kith and kin haul out boats in Remsenburg. More...

Thursday, September 02, 2010

September Village Board Meeting

Updated 09/03/2010 – 01:56 pm

Near SRO this evening at the monthly meeting of the Westhampton Beach Board of Trustees.

At a glance it was the bad ol' days before the last election with everyone from Angelo de la Fuente and deposed Planning Board Chairman Ralph Neubauer, to local bund activists Irene Barrett and Bob Dillmeier, and J.P.O.E. hotdog Arnie Sheiffer. More...

Whopper of the Week

From today's Southampton Press West­ern Edition in which Village Trustee Joan Levan makes "her position clear" on an eruv:

"We were elected by the residents of this village, and whatever we do, we do for the best interests of our residents. I think our residents were very clear that it's More...

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Wednesday the Rabbi goes to war

This just in from Jewish Week, and it looks like Marc Schneier might be in for an inquisition:

Rabbinical Group Poised To Probe Marc Schneier
High-style rabbi declines RCA offer to resign; says bipolar condition to blame for unusual behavior.

"Unusual?" More...

TWMM #2

Haven't done a This Week's Murphy Malfunc­tion in awhile, so check out page 11 of today's East End Inde­pendent, "The Earl of Atlantic Strengthening," which contains:

"It could strike the mainland coast around Cape Cod and North Carolina by Friday, and then may well shoot up towards{sic} the New York metropolitan area." More...