On The Beach Blog | January 2011

Monday, January 31, 2011


...the Kabot trial formally begins this morn­ing, and it's newsworthy enough to make The Wall Street Journal:

Hamptons politician faces trial on DWI charges

(Okay, it's an AP feed, but still....) More...

Sunday, January 30, 2011

The tele-series that's been spiked

I've been tracking this story since it surfaced three weeks ago:

Kennedy Mini-Series Axed by History Channel

"History Channel has pulled the plug on The Kennedys, an expensive eight-part More...

Saturday, January 29, 2011

In the memorable words of...

...the great Sheridan Whiteside:

"I may vomit!"

This just in from Google Alerts: More...

Inaugurating the Kratoville Award

...named for Southampton Town's Manage­ment Services Administrator and presented on an irregular basis to the Most Outrageously Op­portunistic and Self-serving of Individuals.

The initial recipient is one Jason Bailey, a minor league professional More...

Friday, January 28, 2011

Challenger + 25...

...and the image of the disintegrating space shuttle 73 seconds after its 11:38 am launch on January 28, 1986, still sears.

The final moments of the Challenger space shuttle

The horror of the seven astronauts as they "slipped the surly bonds of Earth" to "touch the face of God" is not easily forgotten.

A big snowfall, then and now

In my earliest days, like most kids I loved a good snowfall... and not just because it meant school was closed.

In fact, in my 2½ years of attending Six Corners, I don't ever recall the grade school being closed on account of snow. More...

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A pointer from Mrs. Sprotte

She could have included this as a Comment to the earlier OtBB entry, but Jackie Sprotte just sent the link along by E-mail.

It's an excerpt about eruvim by Martin Edel­man from The Jewish Law Annual, v15: More...

The man with the duplex mouth

In 10+ years serving on the Westhampton Beach Zoning Board of Appeals and hearing applications asking to be able to do something not permitted by Village Land Use Code, we listened to a great many attorneys try many different approaches.

None were more remarkable than the late John Pettit, still in private practice before his elec­tion to the Village Board in 1992. More...

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

An eruv as an indulgence

Updated 01/28/2011 – 10:40 am

When my Lodge brother Tim came to OtBB to garner some insight into whether he should take his daughter to see "The Day the Earth Stood Still," he got interested in the burning issue of the year: eruvim.

That was 25 months ago, and it's still on the front burner! More...

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

30 minutes redux

Harvey Levin on the set of TMZ

This was TMZ host Harvey Levin upon learning that OtBB had diss'd him last week by calling him "smarmy" and...

"a sexagenarian homunculus."

He didn't seem to mind when he thought it was a crack about his openly gay lifestyle, but when it was pointed out that it referred to his physical stature, he went nuts!

Levin is vertically challenged.

Monday, January 24, 2011

'WHA-AT?' o'the Week...

...is attributed to Hermann "Hank" Beck, co-chair of the Citizens Advisory Committee West at last Friday's Southampton Town Board Work Session in respect to the height of a proposed hotel at Gabreski Airport:

"The Greater Westhampton area has lost a significant number of rooms for tourism in the last year or two." More...

Sunday, January 23, 2011

It can only be termed...

...a stunning lack of disclosure, with "it" being the current article bylined "D. Clark Macpherson" at SoHo Journal and entitled...

Bubbles and the Bloody Aftermath

Mr. Macpherson writes about the deteriorating real estate market, "unemployment, More...

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Adios Olbermann!

Keith Olbermann being typically mouthy with someone

I'd like to be able to say "We won't have Keith Olbermann to kick us around anymore!," but the fact of the matter is that like Arrr-nauld and herpes, he'll be back.

Believe it! Don't know where just yet, but cable CNN which used its "cousin" HBO to soften everyone up for the More...

Friday, January 21, 2011

30 minutes...

...I will never get back into my life was just spent watching a TV show entitled "TMZ" hosted by an utter slug of a smarmy individual named Harvey Levin.

I owe it all to a local shop-keeper who reported that he'd been interviewed this afternoon by "a girl from TMZ" who inquired if Brad Pitt More...

Which is it?

Not sure how many OtBB readers followed the link in Wednesday's entry, or paid attention to the content there, as no one has commented on this statement from an E³A spokesman:

"The suit, which was filed against the Vil­lages of Westhampton Beach and Quogue and the Town of Southampton, claims that all three have impeded efforts to erect an eruv. Although no specific monetary More...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

January Trustee's Work Session

It wasn't "epic" tonight so much as it was interminable, with the meeting not breaking until 9:30 pm.

Items discussed included:

  1. An East End Cooperative More...

As a rationalist...

...I am forever wondering the "why?" of something.

For years I tended to "take things at face value," or in the parlance of these times, to dismiss a ponderable with "It is what it is."

That approach has always seemed to More...

The 'Net is alive...

...with news of the E³A eruv application, with the word most commonly used in reporting this noteworthy event, being "tensions."

While NYC's broadcast media1 have yet to re­discover this "Hamptons conflict," they More...

Monday, January 17, 2011

Third time's a charm...

...and we finally learned first-hand what all the hoo-RAH over Buoy Onetwo is all about.

We arrived early... on the Seniors standard: 5:15 pm. Parking census was high, but we found a spot and got in the door without hav­ing to invoke the "secret password." More...

Friday, January 14, 2011

Buoy One: Shut-out Two...

...Speirs, still zero... damnit it!

Don't (yet) know what's going on up there on Montauk Highway in Westhampton having come up empty two Friday evenings running, but it's something for which any restaurateur would swap a kidney! More...

And furthermore...

...after reflection, consultation and a good night's sleep, there's only one word to describe the East End Eruv Association's lawsuit against Westhampton Beach, Quogue and the Town of Southampton.

And while I always strive for le mot juste, in an effort to keep OtBB reasonably PG-rated, I won't spell it out! "BS" must suffice. More...

Thursday, January 13, 2011

EłA fires broadside…

Updated 01/14/2011 – 08:15 am

...across the Western Hamptons, and as history has shown, when indiscriminate shots are fired, there are often unintentional wounds.

And that's just one of the problems with the "carpet-bomb" lawsuit just filed against the Villages of Westhampton Beach and More...

WSJ recycles the NY Times

Compare the headline and story in this morn­ing's Wall Street Journal:

Beach Community Divided by a Line

...with that of The New York Times of More...

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Scary Photo of the Year...

Jared Lee Loughner mug shot

...so far!

Aside from its unfortunate resemblance to the de­frocked Chairman of the Westhampton Beach Planning Board, it's in the eyes.

I haven't seen "glittering eyes1" like that since George Metesky was finally run to ground back in 1954. More...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

While I was away

...nothing much seems to have happened.

Avatar for "Jim K." on 27East.com

(Well, other than "the late" Jim Kamet­ler's [photoshopped] image showed up as some wag's avatar on 27East.com.

And no!, I have no knowledge as to its origins or anyone involved!) More...

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Shrinking world, vanished accuracy

"Cry 'Havoc!' and let slip the blogs of war."

I didn't write that, my friend and fellow form­erly famous gunwriter Mark Moritz did (after William Shakespeare) and it was so good, so apt, I told him I was going to use it. More...

Belated congratulations...

...to Jessica (Mrs. Matt) Ramsay on being elected to the SUNY Plattsburgh "Cardinal Hall of Fame."

Jessica (Allen) Ramsay

A formidable tri-athlete and a new mommy, Jess is the daughter-in-law of Barb and Steve Ramsay, late of the Village.

Matt, Jess and baby Eleanor make their home in Hampton Bays.

Friday, January 07, 2011

Buoy One outing - what a bust!

Having heard nothing but good great things about the Riverhead seafood restaurant's expansion into Westhampton, we had a nice Friday evening planned, snow-fall be damned!

An early dinner at Buoy One (formerly many other things including Bailey's Diner, The VIP Room and Marinelli's), followed by the More...

Breaking News:

Multiple reports of a hostage situation, result­ing from a home invasion on Union Avenue in Eastport, have been confirmed.

Suffolk County Police are on the scene and the matter is said to be "under control."

As more is known, follow it on 27East.com.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

January Village Board Meeting

Quick meeting this evening... 18 minutes start-to-finish including the presentation of the Holiday Lighting prizes.

It was not the "record fastest time" as Trustee Joan Levan was heard to murmur as Mayor Conrad Teller closed the session.

(She can perhaps be excused for More...

Strategy for the new economy

...and a "feel-good" story, to boot. From 27East.com:

Hampton Bays Family Wins Lottery Prize

"When Hampton Bays resident Shefki Mati borrowed $6,000 from a friend to More...

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Talk about...

...a "dicey proposition," having the person who dresses the Hampton Arts marquee...


...do it while they're showing something like "The Little Fockers," is asking for trouble!

No harm, no foul (language)... this time!

92 and counting

Yesterday was a special one for "that ol' Ham­bone" as his fellow Rotarians of #5122 tossed him a surprise birthday party at their monthly weekly luncheon at Finn McCool's.

Ham Andon at 92, flanked by District Governor Arnie Quaranto and Rotary Club President Marie McAlary

That sort of surprise can be a dicey proposition for anyone age 92 but by all reports, both Ham (and Marian) survived it.

Thanks to Hank Beck for passing this along.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

'ROV – January 4

(Being "'Round our Village" for this date.)

The ice skating rink discussed at the November Work Session was installed this morning and is up and skateable... temperatures permitting.

The ice skating rink at the Village Marina

It took just 48 days from proposal to More...

The last hope to salvage...

...an abysmal television season which has seen the debut and cancellation of the terrific "Rubicon" and "Terriers" as well as the in­explicable continuation of a lot of garbage still on the air, returns tonight on Cable TNT.

"Southland" moved onto NBC's Thursday schedule in April 2009 to fill the slot left when "ER" finally retired a week earlier. More...

Monday, January 03, 2011

Uh oh...

Detroit Lions team logo

...I watched ESPN this morning (for the New York Jets high­lights), and "I got that old feeling...."

Lions 20, Vikings 13

Four straight wins for the first time since 1999! Break up the Lions!

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Grit and sand

Never saw the original version of "True Grit" for the simple reason I didn't care for Glen Campbell, and at that time if it was a Western directed by anyone other than Sam Peckinpah, I wasn't interested.

(The "I call that bold talk for a one-eyed fat man."/"Fill your hand, you sonova­bitch!" scene has been excerpted More...

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year!

New Year's graphic

Saw the new year in at MiCole's in very More...