On The Beach Blog | March 2011

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Just to make it official...

...I am running for Westhampton Beach Village Board on June 17th, and my nominat­ing petitions will be circulated starting tomor­row, Friday, April 1st.

(I'd wait 'til then to make the formal an­nouncement, but I don't want anyone to think this might be a prank.) More...

Like no one will notice...

...on the "Letters" page of this morning's Southampton Press Western Edition that there's some decidedly Democratic action underway!

If one takes the words of Hank Beck, George Lynch and John Bouvier to heart, Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst should be FedEx'd to our Nation's Capital to take More...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Director Bollerman Rejoins

The following E-mail from Westhampton Free Library Director Matthew Bollerman will speak for itself.

It has, however, generated considerable comment from OtBB readers, which may evolve into a dialogue. More...

Caught my eye...

Soledad O'Brien

...and certainly not because I have any sort of lech for Soledad O'Brien!

I wondered what her Long Island connection could have been, so I pick­ed up a copy of Long Island Pulse and learned that she More...

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Memo to Charlie Benkov

Remember when you wrote on your Facebook page last Winter after your old friend Julie asked "what's going on with your job:"

"its going...going...most likely gone, soon..trying to get on a better job, better environment, more potential for progres­sive change. Dead in the water at More...

Monday, March 28, 2011

Ding Dong...

...nah, not yet, at least. Rather than a Yip Harburg lyric from "The Wizard of Oz," the appropriate cite is from Shakespeare:

"We have scotch'd the snake, not killed it."
MacBeth, Act III, Scene 2

Levan Says She Won't Seek Relection To Westhampton Beach Village Board

So the curtain may be falling on the More...

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Wuff!

Here's a hottie I'd never heard of1, even in my decades in the dark as "Waldo," reviewing movies for WRCN, WWHB and Channel 67.

Lobby card for "Roar of the Dragon"

Channel-surfed across a 1932 Richard Dix flick on cable TCM, Roar of the Dragon, which drew my inter­est2 due to several similarities to 1966's cautionary why-we-shouldn't-be-in-Vietnam film, The Sand Pebbles. More...

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Village v. the Eruv, Take 2

There were some parts of Wednesday night's "The Daily Show" which have been niggling at me, and now that one has been addressed, it raises an even greater question.

The one-on-one interview between "correspon­dent" Wyatt Cenac and Main Street business­man Charles Gottesman, didn't have the same "look" or visual texture, as the rest of More...

Friday, March 25, 2011

Biting the hand that fed him...

...so well for over 20 years, former Village Trustee Jim Kametler, according to multiple sources, has this month been floating the idea of abolishing the West­hampton Beach Police Department.

"He said it would reduce our taxes," one busi­nessman told OtBB, "but I asked other police I know, both here and in the Town, and it seems to be about something else." More...

Greater clarity regarding...

...The Daily Show's pre-conception of Westhampton Beach and "The Hamptons" in general, is seen in the photos The Press' Neil Salvaggio took during their January 31st visit.

They were mounted on 27East yesterday afternoon, and show "correspondent" Wyatt Cenac dressed in what someone thought was typical garb for a Hamptonite. More...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

There it is again!

Local Patch Editrix Erica Jackson has a re­markable knack for what retired Southampton Press Publisher tirelessly demanded of his reportorial staff: "copy flow."

Witness this, filed early this afternoon: More...

The Village v. the Eruv

...was centerstage on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" last night.

And boy!, did Westhampton Beach look silly!

The 30-minute show (cable channels 50/768), will be reprised three times today: at More...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

March Trustees Work Session

Although it was less than two hours in dura­tion, this evening's meeting could be described as prolix.

(Or perhaps it only seemed that way be­cause the Knicks, Red Wings and NCAA "Sweet 16" were all on TV.) More...

Liz (1932-2011)

It's hardly a case of, "Liz, we hardly knew ya!" it was always that we knew her all too well, since everything she did over the past seven plus decades seemed larger than life due to "the press" which couldn't get enough of her.

I never met the woman when she and hus­band #5/6 stayed in Quogue at their attorney Aaron Frosch's home, but there were two minor con­nections with my family. More...

Love to have seen the video...

Updated March 23, 2011 – 08:16 pm

...you know, like they do in the Los Angeles area, from a police helicopter... of this one!

Police chase ends up in Southampton bay

Never mind that it was actually More...

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Signs Begone...

...and just like that, they are, starting with the two on the corner lot at Mill and Sunset discussed here last Saturday!

The real estate concern responsible was drag­ging its corporate feet, so Code Enforcement Officer Bridget Napoli contacted the property owner directly, and not only did he assert that they were placed there without his approval, he authorized their immediate removal. More...

Monday, March 21, 2011

Guldi goes for 4-12 years

After last Friday's postponed sentencing date, Acting Supreme Court Justice Judge James F.X. Doyle dropped a four-to-12 year noose around former Suffolk County Legislator George Guldi's bulging neck at noon today.

The local lad-gone-bad was convicted in Febru­ary of two felony counts of Grand Larceny and Insurance Fraud following a five-week More...

Sunday, March 20, 2011

It can best be deemed...

...a Blunder of Napoleonic Proportions, on a par with the occupation of Spain in 1808 and the invasion of Russia four years later!

(On the positive side, the latter did lead to a helluvan overture by Tchaikovsky.)

Last week OtBB revealed that there More...

Saturday, March 19, 2011

There's a difference...

...between "here" and "there," and by the latter, I mean West of here.

This is what those passing one well-traveled Westhampton Beach intersection have seen for the past week. More...

Friday, March 18, 2011

WHAT, indeed!

...as this Web-published item leaves us wondering.

Former Suffolk Lawmaker, Sentenced to …. For Grand Larceny, Insurance Fraud

"A former Long Island lawmaker was sen­tenced to WHAT Friday after he was More...

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Can't tell the suspended officers...

...apart without a score card or a crib sheet, eh, Bill Keahon?

From 27East's "Suspended Westhampton Beach Police Officer Challenges Punish­ment" (similarly in The Southampton Press Western Edition): More...

Joe Pesapane may be...

...greedy, untruthful and, in the words of one of his colleagues, a "whiney little bitch," but he's no snitch.

He may take comfort in that when, in all likeli­hood, he will be fired from his Westhampton Beach Police job before Memorial Day arrives.

He won't be going quietly, though. More...

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

If it's Tuesday evening...

...it must've been dinner at Bun 'n' Burger.

Good meal tonight! I took Jeanne 'cause one of the specials I'd been tipped to was a Reuben, a particular favorite of hers.

Me? I'd travel a great distance for a More...

A glimmer of hope...

...for downtown Westhampton Beach sur­faced this week as Dee Perfido and Lenny Angelo revealed that they to plan reopen the shuttered Magic's Pub at 113 Main Street.

(This really should be entitled "Stop the presses! Re-plate the front More...

'cept when they're misbehaving

...then they're not Oirish, or at least not in the spirit of the St. Patrick's Parade founding Cooks and Bakers.

From this morning's 27East: More...

Monday, March 14, 2011

Why are we not surprised?

Suspended (currently with pay) Westhampton Beach Police Officer Michael Bruetsch was scheduled to resume his disciplinary hearing this morning at Village Hall on eight charges stemming from the Suffolk County Police In­ternal Affairs report of October 2009.

Wanna hazard a guess as to who was a con­spicuous "no show?" More...

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Look no further...

Not a threat on the play-offs

...than this evening's game at Madison Square Garden between the New Yorks and the Indiana Pacers for why the Knicks gave up w-a-a-a-y too much talent to acquire not-so-superstar Carmelo Anthony.

The 28-38 visitors from Indianapolis More...

'Return fire...'

...from one of the Conicals.

The photo-blogger takes a hit.

Thanks, Spence....

Saturday, March 12, 2011

When everyone's Oirish...

...even former Grand Marshal Tony Galgano and John Berdinka with his meticulously re­built Willis!

The parade started late due to an ambulance response in the middle of the downtown area, and didn't end 'til 1:48 pm, so it was More...

Friday, March 11, 2011

Moish travels to the dark side

Just now noticed Hampton Synagogue Presi­dent Morris Tuchman's letter to The Jewish Week taking correspondent Stewart Ain to task for the tone of his January report, "Eruv Suit In Hamptons Fueling New Tensions."

(See: OtBB entry"The 'Net is alive...")

Using the familiar "Moish," Tuchman More...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

New and of Note...

...or at least, new to me and just now noted.

The Westhampton Beach Fire Department has a fairly elaborate new Website designed by a professional outfit down in Maryland.

So too does the Westhampton Beach School District's athletic department; the part More...

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Cop House Confidential - II

Going...

...suspended officers Joseph Pesapane and Michael Bruetsch cannot be too confident of the ultimate outcome of their unresolved dis­ciplinary hearings following yesterday's first shoe dropping with Pesapane receiving a "20-day rip" on the sole charge of "making a false statement."

With a second hearing on three more charges facing Pesapane already underway, and the hearing on the eight charges preferred More...

Jus' passing it along...

shamrock

...since no one in Rotary asked for a mention of Sunday's Spaghetti Dinner, OtBB's "Community Service Dance Card" hasn't been filled.

This just in from Ms. Stephanie Zayicek:

Could you post a public service More...

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

The First Shoe...

...of perhaps three, has dropped as the West­hampton Beach Village Board met in Special Session today and unanimously accepted Dis­ciplinary Hearing Officer Stephen Bluth's rec­ommendation regarding a solitary charge of making a false statement heard against Police Officer Joseph Pesapane.

The brief resolution read: More...

What's in a name?

There are certain iconic moments in the history of every sport that are identified by a brief, otherwise generic name.

Examples abound, but two of the most famous come from the NFL:

  • "The Block" was thrown on Dallas Cow­boys' defensive tackle Jethro More...

Monday, March 07, 2011

Today's Waffen-TSA wears khaki...

...or at least that's what the ones who claim­ed authority over passengers in Grand Central Terminal this morning were wearing.

This was reported within the hour from an attorney friend commuting from upstate to his offices on Third Avenue: More...

Sunday, March 06, 2011

The Town gets serious about...

...the "Eruv threat" after being casually dismissive in addressing the East End Eruv Association's application last November.

It had come as scant surprise, then, when E³A filed a civil rights lawsuit against Southampton Town and the Villages of Westhampton More...

The first question should be...

...why wasn't this guy, as reported on 27East.com, in jail?

Northampton Man Charged With Assaulting Police Officer Over Can Of Malt Liquor

And not because Mark Goode is impressively large (six feet, 280 pounds), kinda More...

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Local kids making good

Tomorrow's New York Times features Jason and Theresa Belkin in a profile of Long Island food entrepreneurs, "Turning a Passion Into Big Business."

The couple and business partners who live on Rogers Avenue, own Hampton Coffee Company with locations in Water Mill and at Six Corners in the Village.

Good to see something positive and affirming about "The Hamptons" coming out of a Noo Yawk newspaper.

Friday, March 04, 2011

They're rockin' in Cleveland...

...because they have the big bucks Knicks' number.

Despite 41 points from Amar'e Stoudemire and 29 from "all-O-and-no D" Carmelo Anthony, the New Yorkers dropped their third straight to the Cavaliers in Madison Square Garden this evening.

The Knicks are 3-3 since the biggest trade in National Basketball Association history, while the team which acquired all the Knicks bright young talent, the Denver Nuggets, are 5-1.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

March Village Board Meeting

Sizable attendance for this time of year as the area's two business groups alerted their mem­bers that there would be a Public Hearing on the proposed revisions to the Westhampton Beach Sign Ordinance.

Village Planning Consultant Kyle Collins ab­stracted at length the changes the Sign Com­mittee recommended, and answered a More...

Well, duh!

Headline on page 5 of this morning's South­ampton Press Western Edition:

OTB Faces Bankruptcy

Since Suffolk County Off-Track Betting regu­larly vies with the Board of Elections as More...

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Whew!

Southampton Town taxpayers have dodged a big bucks bullet... for now, at least.

Request For $70 Million Default Judgment Against Town Dismissed

(No thanks to the late Town Attorney Michael C. Sordi, however.) More...

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

A harbinger of Spring

...or, the vernal equinox will be arriving sev­eral weeks early this year!

'Twas not a full month ago that the marquee at Six Corners announced that it was "closed," that it would "see all of you in the More...

The only Ragu pasta sauce...

...I ever liked suddenly disappeared from supermarket shelves over a decade ago...

Label, circe 1999, from the sadly discontinued product.

...and for which I scrounged grocery More...