On The Beach Blog | February 2011

Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Duke has died...

...long live the Duke!

The last of the Boys of Summer, my favorite among them, Edwin Donald Snider passed away Sunday morning at age 84 in Escondido, California, 100 miles down the coastline from his birthplace in Los Angeles. More...

Everyone up for Oscars Night?

Not at Chez Speir!

Used to be a big deal here, but that was during a time when I saw over 250 movies each year on a professional (and personal) basis, More...

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Game 2 of the 'Melo Era'

Knicks alternative team logo

...was notable for the fact that it was the Knicks' first loss since the now certified "biggest trade in the history of the NBA," and it exposed their biggest fundamen­tal weakness, de-fense!, once its hallmark.

Newest Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony had another mediocre shooting night, but More...

Friday, February 25, 2011

Dueling Bloggers...

...and with apologies to The Bard, damn'd be him who first cries "Hold, enough!"

This item was recently called to my attention:

"Occasionally, a local blogger will spew forth half-truths and venom but More...

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Too much, II

Knicks team logo

It's official... Carmelo Anthony is a New York Knick, and a slew of emerging young players aren't!

(The "Melo Era" started well enough, with the Knicks winning his home debut just now, 114-108 over the Bucks as More...

Sad things in threes

We usually see this around the end of the year holidays for some reason, but the past week or so has been a rough one for some families I know... three deaths, all too soon.

Michael Thomas was a New Jersey lad More...

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The hot new supper spot...

...in Westhampton Beach is, no kidding, the Bun 'n' Burger on Mill Road!

Unfortunately, while the fare I enjoyed so much this evening was great, currently it's a Tuesdays only opportunity! More...

Too much!

Knicks team logo

Although it's not yet official, the Knicks gave up w-a-a-a-y too much talent to land "local boy" Carmelo Anthony from Denver.

After more than a decade of futility, the New Yorkers had drafted well, made the key free agent signing of Amar'e Stoudemire, and were building their way up to respectability. More...

Monday, February 21, 2011

Aww, C'mon Already!

...more snow, and it's still coming down?

A view of Main Street

Just when we were beginning to see More...

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Caught on camera...

Skip (Don't Call Me 'Junior') Heaney checks out Southampton Town Councilwoman Bridget Fleming

...at Friday's media event for the new industrial park at Ga­breski Airport, in a timely photo by News Review's Tim Gannon.

Yes, that's Southampton Town Board member Bridget Fleming, being checked out by Patrick "Skip" Heaney, over whom the come­ly Ms. Fleming towers, even with his Adlers on.

Elsewhere, all attention is on Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy. Eyes foward, Junior!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Lawyers!

"The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers." - Henry VI (Part 2), Act IV, Scene II

To borrow from another, more contemporary author, Thomas McGuane, lately I am besieged by lawyers in squadrons!

It's near impossible to turn on daytime TV without a commercial message from More...

Thursday, February 17, 2011

February Trustees Work Session

Not the short and snappy Wintertime Work Sessions we've come to expect of late, but whenever a fees schedule and the sign ordi­nance is discussed, no one goes home early.

Deputy Mayor Toni-Jo Birk made a brief for charging a $100 application fee for Use of Village Property for community and More...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall...

Updated 02/16/2011 – 09:20 pm

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...as another jury has spoken and it didn't go near as well for one time five-term Suffolk County Legis­lator George Guldi this afternoon as it did for former Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot earlier this month.

For George, the stakes were much More...

Isn't this interesting?

George Guldi, whose insurance fraud trial went to the jury yesterday, has another trial await­ing… next month, later this year, who knows?

What is known is that he will not be alone in the dock when the $82 million mortgage fraud case is tried... there are five others. More...

Monday, February 14, 2011

A slightly belated...

...Happy Saint Valentine's Day!

I cannot begin to relate how comforting it was to find I was not alone in front of the nearly picked clean Saint Valentine's Day card rack at Lynne's late this afternoon, even with More...

Last week in (political) review

Much has happened for early February, starting with Linda Kabot's DWI acquittal, then the rev­elations of Anna Throne-Holst as other than truthful, and the resignation under fire of Southampton Town Attorney Michael Sordi.

And that's not including anything in West­hampton Beach because, aside from the pass­ing of the fourth anniversary of the Great Oak Street 'Possum-Shooting Caper (and More...

Sunday, February 13, 2011

What a terrific Sunday!

Best brunch ever at the New Moon Café with omeletes and fajitas and chorizo, mimosas and hard cider all around... a meal like that can set a wonderful tone for any day!

Outside the temperatures slowly rose above freezing, and over nine hours later, the OtBB weather bug to the right sez it's 41°F! More...

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Does Kathleen Murray...

...Deputy Southampton Town Attorney, need to remove her shoes when she tries to count past single digits?

From Tuesday afternoon's Town Board meeting regarding the sordid Sordi matter, as she ever-so-delicately tries to not further fuel More...

Friday, February 11, 2011

That sordid Sordi matter...

Updated 02/15/2011 – 03:45 pm

...while not concluded, has seen the end of Michael C. Sordi's ten-month tenure as South­ampton Town Attorney.

At the the February 8th Town Board meeting, a $70 million cloud had appeared over Sordi's head with revelations that he missed several deadlines and extensions in filing a response to a multi-million Federal Civil Rights More...

All about George...

...and then some: the long-time neighbor I thought I knew.

The Many Woes of George O. Guldi: A Hamptons Pol Fights for His Good Name

I have no idea who author "W.M. Akers" is... he bills himself as "a playwright and sandwich fiend living in New York City," but More...

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Even with Lisa Finn gone...

...East End Independent and its Editor still seem to have it in for Westhampton Beach.

Witness this week's editorial page, "The Kabot Decision" and a sampling of assumptions and assertions made by Rick Murphy: More...

Now it's a privacy issue...

...and Jeanne's getting seriously irked!

Deer peeking in the window

C'mon, now! Enough with coddling the deer!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Anna's got some 'splaining to do...

...'bout that late night 'phone call with then Southampton Town PBA President Patrick Aubé following Linda Kabot's 2009 DWI arrest.

After the disclosure by Kabot attorney William Keahon in mid-September 2009 of an anony­mous letter sent to Southampton Town More...

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

More Kabot Case Ruminations...

...with Part the Second being about the Westhampton Beach Police Department's actions early Labor Day 2009.

As a preamble, despite Defense Attorney William Keahon's suggestions of a "blue" conspiracy to set up his client having More...

This just in...

A former area resident had closed her E-mail last night asking about the weather and my wife's pet peeve, deer!

"Ice and snow everywhere! Haven't spotted any deer of late, but squirrels assault my wife's bird feed in squadrons."

Oops! More...

Observing the fourth anniversary...

...of the Great Oak Street 'Possum-Shooting Caper (and Attempted Cover-Up) and the unrepentant perpetrator who, like Rollo Tomasi, "got away with it." More...

Monday, February 07, 2011

Ruminations upon the Kabot Case

Updated 02/07/2011 – 10:32 pm

The logical question in the wake of Linda Kabot's acquittal of all alcohol-related charges from her Labor Day 2009 arrest by Westhamp­ton Beach Police, is "What now?"

In Mrs. Kabot's instance, the feisty former Southampton Town Supervisor, after More...

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Rats!

Hampton Arts Cinemas, February 6, 2011

As Chester Riley used to say:

"What a revoltin' development this is!"

Thank Gawd for Netflix and, once-a-week, PAC!

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Wretched Excess

Those with a provincial interest like to brag:

"Everything is bigger in Texas"

...and the current edition of cable Show­time's "Inside the NFL" was taped inside Cow­boys Stadium, an 80,000-to-110,000 seat sports facility in Arlington, Texas. More...

Friday, February 04, 2011

And the Kabot DWI jury sez:

Not Guilty!

Acquitted on all "alcohol-related" charges, con­victed only of failure to stop at a stop sign!

Linda Kabot's five-day trial may be More...

I stand corrected...

...regarding a response made yesterday to Michael Jacobs' Comments on the unfortunate Linda Kabot/DWI situation:

"This should have been a negotiated reduced plea to something like 'Failure to Yield...'"

According to local attorney Hugh Merle, More...

Thursday, February 03, 2011

February Village Board Meeting

Another short meeting, which is to be expect­ed this time of year even though there was a fairly decent-sized audience... for this time of year.

Nothing of a controversial nature was raised, but resolutions passed included: More...

Is it arrogance...

...or stupidity on the part of sundry members of the Police Department... or both?

And what of those Westhampton Beach Village Board members... reduced to two following last June's Elections... who continue to cover for the two officers charged after the Suffolk County Internal Affairs investigations? More...

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

This is brutal

Footage of the police video of the Linda Kabot Labor Day Eve 2009 "DWI stop" has, at the direction of Riverhead Town Justice Allen Smith, been released to the public.

It is available online at 27East.com, and is highly instructive. More...

Cloudy, sunny, who cares?

Marmota monax

In these parts at least, whoever serves as the local version of Punxsutawney Phil would be de­lighted to see a patch of green, or even woodland brown!

This is one Winter I cannot wait to see over!