On The Beach Blog | November 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Some grudges endure

The 51st Grey Cup, Canadian Football League's version of the Super Bowl, took place 48 years ago today in Van­couver as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeated the British Columbia Lions 21-10, to win the championship.

Yeah, it was a big deal: the 32,375 seat Empire Stadium was packed with 36,545 spectators. More...

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The case of the desperate developer

Updated 11/30/2011 – 11:32 am

(With apologies for the title to Erle Stanley Gardner.)

The men at the forefront of the push to allow construction of a new supermarket in the Business-3 and Industrial-1 zones attempted an innovative strategy to induce the Village of Westhampton Beach to assist in their endeavor.

Now one of those developers, Westhampton's Andrew Mendelson, seems to have taken the first step in following up on one of his associate's threats, to replace More...

Sunday, November 27, 2011

'Homeland'

One of last year's TV shows which hooked me from the jump was cable AMC's "Rubicon," and I am still seriously peeved that it was canceled after just that one season.

'Homeland' title art

Fortunately, and unex­pectedly, cable Showtime has come up with a "new" series of a similar genre which fits the bill quite nicely, "Homeland." More...

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Groaner du jour...

...courtesy of our West o'the Canal Patch with:

Million Dollar Home of the Week: 531 Dune Rd, Westhampton Beach

The accompanying copy reads: More...

Friday, November 25, 2011

M'Gawd! The 'Waldbaum's problem...'

...must be systemic if the Comments following 27East's coverage of a proposed zoning change in Southampton Village provide an accurate sense of the issue:

Southampton Village Sets Public Hearing For Supermarket Rezoning Law

No, not 11978, but 11968! More...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

It's the fourth Thursday in November

Happy Thanksgiving

Here it is, 9:00 a.m. and Jeanne and I have no idea what we're going to do for this National Holiday. More...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

O, Patricia...

... [sigh] Did you really just say this to The Southampton Press Western Edition about the November Trustees Work Session?

"At least one village trustee was not happy with how things transpired last week. Board member Patricia DiBenedetto said the mayor should have allowed those in attendance to approach the dais. More...

Monday, November 21, 2011

86 "Five-0"

Talk about "ridiculous," I just now simplified my weekly television-viewing life by an entire hour!

It was easy... I went into my DVR and deleted "Hawaii Five-0" from the schedule. No hesitation, no regrets... like a big adhesive bandage: just do it! More...

Sunday, November 20, 2011

This is ridiculous...

http://www.whbqt.info/UserFiles/

...but I'll take the "W" any time!

When you see a score like 49-35, you think you must have been watching a PAC-12 NCAA game... except that it was the Carolina Panthers playing at Detroit.

And for the third time in ten games this season, the Lions fell behind early, down 24-7 in the second quarter, and came back to win.

I am no longer all that optimistic, merely relieved!

How I thought I'd scooped Newsday...

...but actually hadn't: a deflating moment!

Last week when I learned that former Magic's Pub owner Don MacPherson had accepted a plea deal for his partic­ipation in the $82 million mortgage fraud case, and was headed off to the hoosegow for 4-12 years, the first step was to confirm that fact, and then to fill in the details. More...

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Clint Eastwood's latest...

...directorial effort, "J. Edgar" which just started its second week at the Hamptons Arts, may not have scored well with the critics (only 40% on the TomatoMeter), but Jeanne and I enjoyed it last evening.

(So did 66% of the movie-going public as well, based on the RT feedback!) More...

Friday, November 18, 2011

Special Film Festival at PAC

It has come to the attention of some in the "West End" that for much of the past ten years, the kind of Culture... note capitalization... which seems so prevailent East of the Canal, especialty in the Sag Harbor and East Hampton areas, seems to have forsaken us.

This is not to give short shrift to the valiant 27-year efforts of The Hampton Theatre Company or the sporadic slates of foreign films at the Westhampton Beach Per­forming Arts Center. More...

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Another shoe drops...

Donald Clark MacPherson

...in the $82 million mortgage fraud case involving several local personages, as Donald Clark MacPherson yesterday entered a Guilty plea to 45 grand larceny, insurance fraud and a number of other B, C and D Felonies, and is expected to be joining one of his cohorts, George Guldi, for 4-12 years in the New York State prison system when he appears before Acting Supreme Court Justice James F.X. Doyle for sentencing on January 25, 2012.

In his plea, MacPherson admitted stealing tens of More...

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

November Trustees Work Session

The garden variety monthly Village Board Work Session got heated this evening, and before it was over, shots were fired... two to be exact.

"This was the start of the political season right here" Southampton developer Bob "HB" Gianos told me as he, Andrew Mendelson and their attorneys, Frank Isler and Gair Betts, left the room in a late model huff after More...

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Penn State pedophilia scandal...

...doesn't appear to be going away any time soon.

The story hit the news nine days ago that former assistant football coach at Pennsylvania State University, Gerald Arthur "Jerry" Sandusky had been arrested and charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse of young boys over a 15-year period. More...

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Are you freakin' serious?

Never heard of this site before... it just popped up Friday via a Google alert.

This is what caught my eye: More...

Friday, November 11, 2011

For those who missed it...

...Newsday videographer Karen Wiles Stabile did a 3½-minute feature this week on New Moon Café proprietor Ron Campsey's presentation of some of his memorabilia from his tour in Vietnam to the First Division Museum at Cantigny, Illinois.

Top among his personal historical artifacts was the helmet Ron was wearing during a firefight on May 5, 1968. More...

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Memo to Marvin Tenzer...

...the big-mouth attorney and self-proclaimed East End Eruv Association spokesman who, back in January of this year, was flapping his gums about how the lawsuit his group was bringing...

"...could produce a 'multimillion-dollar award...."

...against the Villages of Westhampton Beach More...

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Incomplete Results...

... subject to recanvassing and a tabulation of write-ins and absentee ballots, show that with all 42 of Southampton Town's Election Districts reporting, the high-born daughter of Scandinavia is still Supervisor... but that the feisty li'l Westhampton gal of Polish descent, with just over 36½% did a whole lot better than the pundits predicted.

So while Anna Throne-Holst easily beat back Linda Kabot-with-a-K's write-in challenge, there's a certain higher-officer-holder who isn't resting too easily this night. More...

'Las Vegas' = Lost Time

"Las Vegas" opening title card

I had z-e-r-o interest in the series when "Las Vegas" debuted on NBC for the 2003-2004 season, and to the best of my recollection, I had never seen even one minute of the hour-long show.

No particular reason other than the only one of the cast with which I was familiar was James Caan, and a little bit of him goes a very long way with me! More...

Monday, November 07, 2011

So, here we are...

...almost four years later, with a very important Town-wide election tomorrow, and two of the same "playas" on the ballot.

Supervisory opponents Linda Kabot and Anna Throne-Holst on January 1, 2008.

Except that the one on the left, isn't on the ballot More...

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Coincidences?

I don't think so!

Back in '87, when "Rocket Gibraltar" was being filmed mostly here,1 the big finish had the grandchildren of the protagonist, "Levi Rockwell" (Burt Lancaster) provide him with a Viking's funeral as they set his More...

Saturday, November 05, 2011

At risk of sounding like...

...a tool of the Southampton Town Democratic campaign, their mailer which arrived today was brilliant... if a little tardy in the arrival.

But then, I've always been a sucker for well-written, well-produced and on-point campaign material. More...

Friday, November 04, 2011

Politics ain't pretty...

...and anyone who thinks otherwise, hasn't been paying attention! With Election Day four days hence, things are heating up as candidates are taking to the Internet with video presentations.

One is a link to Bridget Fleming's re-election campaign Website circulated by former Democratic Town leader Mike Anthony. More...

Thursday, November 03, 2011

November Village Board Meeting

Another relatively short monthly meeting, one which was adjourned to an Executive Session (for "personnel matters") which lasted longer than the regular meeting!

(The Village Board flew one short this evening as Trustee Patricia DiBenedetto was elsewhere on family matters.) More...

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Why I enjoy Charles Barkley!

"Inside the NFL" is more than just highlight clips from the previous weekend's games. It is often a very funny show!

It was originally on cable HBO, but in Fall 2008 moved to CBS-owned cable Showtime, first-run Wednesdays at 10:00 pm with James Brown hosting retired NFLers Phil Simms, Cris Collingsworth and Warren Sapp. More...

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

What Wruck wrought

Updated 11/03/2011 – 06:13 p.m.

Under the heading of Old News, as it comes from last May:

"Southampton Town GOP chairman Ernest Wruck noted that Democrats had to go outside to Independence candidates to fill their positions. More...