On The Beach Blog | April 2011

Friday, April 29, 2011

Town Board goes in the tank...

...again, this time on behalf of the Suffolk County Conservative Party and the Southamp­ton Town Police Benevolent Association.

Headline on 27East this afternoon:

Town Board to hire Wilson as Police Chief

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There was a Royal Observance...

...at Six Corners this day as three members of the Village Hall staff sported their special millinery in honor of the nuptials abroad.

(One thing feminist activists Bella Abzug, Gloria Steinem et al could never fully free their gender from: every More...

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Me 'n' Ray fuss about Gus

Ray Overton has strong opinions... I'm told (by Ray) that I do as well. And when those views conflict, it can be expected that the key­boards will clatter and words will fly.

The step I am taking, publishing his most recent Comments as an OtBB entry is unusual, but not without precedent here. More...

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

How the mighty have fallen!

So sayeth "David" in the Book of Jasher of "Saul" and "Jonathan" in battle against the Philistines.

The battle referenced here pitted Rabbi Marc Schneier against the Rabbinical Council of America, and while there was no loss of blood, there certainly was of prestige! More...

More on the Gus Kelly matter

Wading through the rhetoric and the "legalese" of the admonition1 delivered to Westhampton Beach Village Justice Robert A. Kelly Jr. by the New York State Commission on Judicial Con­duct, several points bear highlighting.

The Commission filed their determination on March 31, 2011, which was released yesterday, with this damning statement: More...

Monday, April 25, 2011

Disturbing News from the State...

...but not entirely unexpected, as the State of New York Commission on Judicial Conduct has released its determination following an in­quiry into Village Justice Robert A. Kelly, Jr.

Its core finding is that Gus Kelly "should be disciplined for cause," and that "the appropri­ate disposition is admonition." More...

Expectations were never high...

No more Knicks 'til October

...so yesterday's sweep by the Bostons came as scant surprise.

There endeth the 2010-2011 NBA post-season campaign by the once mighty New York Knickerbockers! More...

Friday, April 22, 2011

More on the 'Officer B' resolution

...or, a bird in the hand validates the dis­ciplinary process according to a source familiar with the matter.

Most importantly to the member of the West­hampton Beach Police Department, while he wasn't terminated, when he returns to duty his status will be of a probationary nature. More...

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I hate it when this happens...

Los Angeles Dodgers logo

...especially to a team of mine, one which I've been avidly following for more than 60 years!

News that Major League Baseball has assumed operations of the Los Angeles Dodgers broke early Wednesday evening: More...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

April Village Board Work Session

The operative word in this evening's meeting was "work," as the five members of the Village Board were hard at it for well over two hours.

The bulk of the time prior to an Executive Ses­sion was spent on three matters: More...

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Pain

The New Yorks weren't sup­posed to have a prayer against the vaunted Bostons this post-season, having failed to beat them even once during the regular schedule.

Monster Amar'e Stoudemire, the team's most valuable player all year, sat out the last week but has been back... playing hurt. More...

A terrible date in American history

If FDR hadn't already assigned "a date which will live in infamy" to December 7th, April 19th would be more deserving of such opprobrium.

In this country it began well enough, as it was in 1775 that the American Revolution More...

Monday, April 18, 2011

Dune Road Curiosities

Several years back Michael Domino contacted OtBB and asked if I'd like to...

"...link my new blog which relates to creative life on Dune Road."

I took a look at "Dune Road Blog" and passed as it wasn't very realized at that time, More...

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The saddest part...

...of this entire $82 million mortgage scam, for me, is an event which occurred almost un­noticed February 15th, the disbarment of an attorney and old friend of almost 40 years standing.

No, I'm not talking about my neighbor of the past seven decades, George Guldi... I never attended any of George's weddings or social­ized with him over the years. More...

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Town Board seeking political cover

An important life lesson to learn: it's never "what is," but what others perceive it to be.

Clearly this is what was been at the back of Town Board members' minds Friday as they not only "canceled" that morn­ing's Special Meeting to appoint a successor to retiring Southampton Town Police Chief Jim More...

Friday, April 15, 2011

Someone(s) came to...

...their senses at literally the eleventh hour, and this morning's Southampton Town Board special meeting to name a successor to retiring police chief Jim Overton.

At 11:13 am, Town Clerk Sundy Schermeyer's office posted a notice that the meeting, sched­uled for 11:00 am, had been canceled. More...

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Misleading headline of the week...

...comes from The Riverhead News-Review.

Aquebogue man escapes gun shots at fatal burglary scene

I understand that they were intent on playing up the local angle, but really!

That the fellow was not some hapless More...

No more compelling reason...

...than this dictates why Anthony Tenaglia should be the Southampton Town Board's choice of "top cop" to replace retiring Police Chief Jim Overton.

From this morning's Southampton Press, interviewing Councilwoman Nancy Graboski about Southampton Village Police Chief William Wilson Jr., a late candidate for the position: More...

Why I hate News12LI - #45

If Long Island's "exclusive" cable news channel was simply mediocre, I probably wouldn't pay it any notice.

But it routinely surpasses mediocrity and goes straight to offensive awfulness, and it's some­thing I cannot abide. More...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

And so it starts...

...the annual election campaign ugliness, anonymous, of course, and I must say that I'm flattered that I'm the first target this year.

Someone's scared!

While the content of the poison pen letter is garbage, that it was even mailed this early on completely validates my declared candidacy for Trustee on the Village Board this June. More...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Freebie Alert!

Ken, Ben and Jerry are at it again, with the annual Give-a-way Cone Day at Main Street Sweets in downtown Westhampton Beach.

This year there's a hook... Schnabel is request­ing (not requiring) a $1 donation to help fund a new Quogue Elementary School playground.

Noon 'til 8:00 pm, today only!

Monday, April 11, 2011

LO:LA - Disgusted

One of my biggest irks at the end of last year's TV season was the news that NBC was cancel­ing the original "Law & Order" series one shy of what would have been it's record-setting1 21st season.

(Wha-at? Would the Baltimore Orioles have sat Cal Ripkin Jr. out on September 6, 1995 so he and Lou Gehrig would re­main tied in the record books for Consec­utive Games Played?) More...

Mary O. Fritchie (1920-2011)

Has there been a more iconic local gal than Mary Ocame Fritchie since the passing of Gloria Seeley in 1984?

I suppose that a case might be made for her life-long best pal "Ria" Del Bene... More...

The Horror!

By the time I read last evening's E-mails, it was too late to call to confirm or dismiss, so I went with my gut-instinct that her E-count had been cracked and that she was in reality, safe and curled up in her little comfy sack several streets away rather than on a rack in the depths of a Turkish debtors prison.

The E-mail read: More...

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Someone at LIPA...

... seriously requires deconfusing! Or per­haps it's something within the bowels of Long Island Power Authority's Hicksville offices.

Two weeks ago there was a message (live, not pre-recorded) on our home 'phone urging us to contact them regarding "your account." More...

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Big night on the town...

...at least what passed for a "big night" this time of year in Westhampton Beach before the bulk of the seasonal businesses are open.

Had an excellent repast at MiCole's, and chef Shane is certainly earning his keep with the "Jones boy." Especially good was the More...

Thursday, April 07, 2011

April Village Board Meeting

Considering that it was the annual budget hearing, it went quickly and smoothly, and was over in less than 50 minutes.

A tax rate increase of 5% was approved with­out opposition or public comment save a brief one from the as yet sole declared Village Board candidate1 this year who complimented More...

Nice to see...

...even if it is a single paragraph on page 2 of today's Southampton Press Western Edition.

I have no idea of who the man is or if he re­quested it, only that his acquittal on DWI charges... in Quogue, no less!... made the local paper.

(Since the trial ended March 22nd, I sus­pect that it was he raised the issue)

Usually, the only "news" reported is the arrest.

You can't make this stuff up!

And no one has to as long as there are tabloids like The New York Post around.

Armed 'zombie' arrest

And it's not even the "zombie" part! More...

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

This is horsepucky

...in the earthy but expurgated language of "Colonel Sherman Tecumseh Potter."

Stevens Lane

Suffolk Country dropped this inconvenient bomb on Westhampton Beach last Friday with­out discussion or prior notice! More...

The Killing: Twin Peaks Redux

I have yet to forgive Cable AMC for canceling the thought-provoking "Rubicon" after just one season, so I am reluctant to get involved with another of their "original" series.

But I may have just made an exception with "The Killing" which launched Sunday evening with back-to-back hour-long episodes. More...

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

NYS Sales Tax System: BOOOOO!

I actually remember back before there was a New York State Sales Tax!

It was first imposed (at 2%) by Republican Governor Nelson Rockefeller to pay for his proposed 33.48 billion budget, a $598 million increase in spending.

(By way of comparison, Rocky wanted to double the tax on cigarettes, More...

Monday, April 04, 2011

The '80s are certainly over!

There's something seriously wrong here, with "here" being downtown Westhampton Beach on a Sunday evening in early April!

Jeanne and I went out for an early dinner last evening, eating uptown at Finn McCool's...

(So-so meal, but what's going on More...

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Walkin' 'n' Talkin'...

Aspatuck Party 2011

...and gettin' signatures on my Nominating Petition this afternoon.

(Disclosure: The writer [me] is challenging for a Trustee seat in the Village Board in June.)

Today was an especially nice day to be doing it... not shirt-sleeves weather yet, but sunny and mild and just a good day to be outdoors, talking with people about what they More...

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Skip (1946-2011)

He was born Henry Dasher Schmedes, Jr., but most of the universe knew him as "Skip."

He was an 18-year old preppy in brown penny loafers and pressed tan slacks when he and his friends would come into Mitty's General Store where I tended bar Summer of '65. More...