On The Beach Blog | May 2011

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Gutless!

...that's you, Hank Tucker, for refusing to participate in a campaign debate.

Last week when The Southampton Press contacted you about the possibility, you didn't respond, perhaps because your running mate, Pat Dibenedetto, was out of town. More...

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day 2011

While the weather was "iffy" the sense of pur­pose was anything but when several hundred people gathered at the Westhampton Ceme­tery for the annual services of remembrance!

The 50-minute ceremony featured speak­ers...shortened a tad due to the threatening weather and the incapacitation of one More...

Sunday, May 29, 2011

'The Dying Cow'

I was exiting the Waldbaum's1 parking lot around 4:30 pm when an utterly unGawdly sound emanated from the Fire District property next door.

It was low and ominous, the likes of which I hadn't heard in over 60 years, and never in Westhampton Beach! More...

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Ain't like the ol' daze...

...and those "ol' daze" weren't all that long ago, as generations go!

We're talking the late '70s-to-the-mid-'80s, the time of Scarlett's, Club Marakesh, The Artful Dodger and The Patio... the era More...

Friday, May 27, 2011

Hope springs eternal...

...thanks to a link forwarded by an OtBB reader to a Newsday story:

1 Pathmark, 2 Waldbaum's to close on LI

"The Montvale, N.J.-based company, which owns stores including A&P, Waldbaum's and Pathmark, announced that it More...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

23 and counting!

That's the number of years which the Village of Westhampton Beach has been awarded the prestigious Tree City USA designation.

It happened again today in a 40 minute ceremony in front of Village Hall as members of Village Government, Westhampton Beach High School teacher Jok Kommer with his student members of CURE1, and Mary Kramar­chyk from New York State Department More...

If you're gonna talk the talk...

...it would be a good idea to walk the walk as well, doncha know?!

Seen on 27East last evening:

Saunders To Give Back Two Domain Names To Non-Saunders Agents

The principal in the headline is one More...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A strategy begins to clarify...

...after I received a telephone poll just now from EG Research who wanted me to respond to a brief survey about...

(Wait for it, as "Radar O'Reilly" used to say.)

...Waldbaum's! More...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

What was LIPA planning to do...

...in respect to fees with the E³A's request to erect a sizable eruv chatzerot encompassing Westhampton Beach and parts of Quogue and Southampton Town?

The question occurred to some this week when Newsday1 delighted in report­ing... More...

Gonna be a tough Summer...

Red Wings

...for this sports fan!

My Red Wings are out of the Stanley Cup playoffs after an exciting seven game loss to the San Jose Sharks two weeks ago.

Dodgers

And the Los Angeles Dodgers? Fugettabout it!

They're not even qualifying as a second rate team! More...

Monday, May 23, 2011

Didja know...

...that there is a "Desireable Estate Section Of Westhampton Beach," and that it in­cludes Meadow Lane?

Imagine! I'd always been led to believe that if there is one, it was on Seafield Lane. More...

Sunday, May 22, 2011

O, Elyse!

... how could you? (He writes in his best, i.e., awful!, "Laura Petrie" impersonation.)

(And not the first time Ms. Richman has generated such a response from me!)

Headline from the local Patch: More...

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Do you know the way to San Jose?

My Pens pal Joe had a thought this week about a potential pairing in the Stanley Cup finals:

"If it ends up being Vancouver/Tampa Bay, that has to be one of the biggest geo­graphical disparities in sports history. I imagine the home team will have a huge advantage, especially later in the series. That's a helluva long trip." More...

Friday, May 20, 2011

111-113 Main Street is back...

...and actually open for business. I know, 'cause Jeanne and I ate there just now.

(I'd had this in mind o'er the past two days since I'd seen a certain burger on the menu in the window.) More...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Critical Mass at Waldbaum's

Me 'n' Marty are what our wives refer to as "boo-boo buddies." When one of us suffers a calamity and Linda is off in Wisconsin at a dog show or Jeanne is tending to her octogenarian parents on a mountaintop in Margaretville, we act as one another's transport, usually to the emergency room in Riverhead.

This morning's event, while not a serious MVA, or the non-surgical removal of a fingertip via band-saw, was fairly serious. More...

Back where it belongs...

...a bit battered and weather-beaten, but for now it occupies a prominent place on the East wall of the pub it once identified.

Magic's Pub sign, as it is now mounted with Kerrigan's Pub

Just in case someone wanders in and has a sense of having been there once before but not being able to remember what it was named.

The Chinese just might be...

...onto something in their dealing with Governmental corruption.

From China.org.cn:

Former deputy mayor sentenced to death for corruption

"Xu Maiyong, 52, was convicted of More...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Rumor to the contrary

...Magic's Kerrigan's Pub is not yet open.

"Maybe this weekend," majordomo and general factotum Lenny Angelo told OtBB late today.

We are breathless in anticipation.

Sign caper caught on camera

Updated 05/18/2011 – 03:56 pm

...or as one OtBB commenter suggested on Sunday, "Let's go to the videotape."

From the time stamps of the surveillance "snap­shots," the caper actually began 9:00 pm Saturday evening, in full view of passers-by and one of Beach Bakery's customers who thoughtfully left his headlights on to provide illumination for the three perpetrators. More...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tabulations

Long day in the Large Group Instruction Room of the local High School for the Budget Votes for both the School and Library districts, and to elect a member to the Westhampton Beach School Board.

When the ballots were tabulated, the More...

The WFL Budget Vote

OtBB has spent much of the past week exam­ining some little known policies and practices of Westhampton Free Library, and concludes that the proposed budget on which taxpayers are voting today1, should be defeated.

The foremost reason is that Library District voters are being denied so much meaningful information on which to base their decision at the polls. More...

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sign Caper Solved

...or, more accurately, situation resolved.

Magic's Pub hanging sign which went missing Saturday evening in full view of passers-by, has been recovered through alert investigative work by Westhampton Beach Police, and re­stored to its rightful owner. More...

Luck o'the Draw

Aspatuck Party 2011

With the nominating petitions filed Friday the 13th... no tris­kaidekaphobia here... all that remained in the process was for the Village's Chief Election Officer Rebecca Molinaro to cer­tify what was submitted, and for the drawing of the ballot positions.

She did the first, and we drew for lines A or B this morning at 11:03 am. More...

Sunday, May 15, 2011

WFL Transparency, continued

Not to worry... this one'll be much shorter and less opaque, focusing on "transparency."

From the minutes of Westhampton Free Li­brary's Trustees Meeting of October 19, 2010, called to order at 9:35 am by Michael Lennon1:

"On a motion by Levan and seconded More...

The Great Sign Caper

The sign, now missing

Remember this?

It's missing!

Passers through mid-Village Main Street this morning may not have immediately noticed it was gone, but the familiar sign for Magic's Pub has become one of los desaparecidos. More...

Mr. Kametler, meet...

...a lady from Brownsville, Oregon who fired a shot at a "bothersome raccoon" and landed in Lebanon Samaritan Community Hospital, a self-inflicted gunshot wound to her hand.

The 50-year-old woman, when asked by a responding deputy if she had been drinking, admitted to having had "one beer." More...

Saturday, May 14, 2011

WFL fiscal practices questioned

Right up front, I'm having serious problems about the way Westhampton Free Library is doing things.

I still don't like that it is a Taxing District, and that the people sitting on the WFL Board are "invited" to the position, rather than elected by those whose money they are spending. More...

O, Matthew... really?

From the print version of this week's South­ampton Press Western Edition, page A4, "Li­brary Budget Vote," director of Westhampton Free Library Matthew Bollerman, ex­plaining the proposed 4.6% increase in spending:

"We always have demands for more and more stuff and we are trying to keep up." More...

Friday, May 13, 2011

Battle lines being drawn...

Aspatuck Party 2011

...now that the 5:00 pm deadline for Village Clerk Rebecca Molinaro to accept nominating petitions for candidates in the June 17th West­hampton Beach General Election has passed.

No surprise candidates showed up at More...

Thursday, May 12, 2011

O well...

Detroit Red Wings

...the Detroit Red Wings made the vaunted San Jose Sharks sweat for that elusive series-clinching fourth victory, and the past week has been about as much excitement as I could stand.

Tonight it was another one-goal game, and Detroit was on the short end of a 3-2 score.

I'd waited 68 years for the Red Wings More...

Unintentional?

...or a product of the required mindset for working at, or watching, Fox News Network?

Screen cap of Fox 40 banner

The fact is, there was a fair amount of More...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Maybe George could try this...

...approach instead of Big City Burgers (and Atomic Wings).

Brownsville

Despite threats by the Brownsville community and Reverend Al Sharpton to picket the More...

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Decent story, bad headline

[sigh]

It's like the bad old days not so long ago when it was reported that a certain police officer was disciplined for wenching at the Morgan House while on duty. More...

Monday, May 09, 2011

One WFL question answered

The Budget Hearings for the Westhampton Beach School District and Westhampton Free Library were held in the High School Auditor­ium earlier this evening... and precious few deigned to attend.

(All that tax money being spent... and no one cares?) More...

WFL questions to be answered

This evening is the Westhampton Beach School District's Budget Hearing at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium, followed by the regular School Board Meeting at 8:00 pm.

Coincident with that Budget Hearing will be one for Westhampton Free Library and More...

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Career-limiting utterances

Desk clerk Henry Karim at the Budget Host East End (née Best Western) at the Riverside Traffic Circle, shot from the lip without con­sidering the ramifications of his words.

In Laura Cooper's 27East report on the ap­parent homicide discovered Thursday at the motel, Mr. Karim is quoted as saying: More...

It's early, but it's still...

Mothers Day graphic

...all day long!

Saturday, May 07, 2011

A Guilty Pleasure...

...Tuesday evening edition, has for the past two television seasons, been CBS' "The Good Wife," a prime-time sudser clearly derived from the event which drove Eliot Spitzer from the highest office in New York State.

Julianna Margulies

And it's not 'cause I'm a big fan of leading lady, Julianna Margu­lies, 'cause I'm not! She's "ok," but she can't hold an OxyAcety­lene torch to Dana Delany, whose mid-season replacement More...

Thursday, May 05, 2011

May Village Board Meeting

A sparsely attended meeting tonight, with few residents and even fewer candidates (two) pres­ent to hear a "courtesy presentation1" of the (sketchy so far) Gabreski Airport Planned Development District by Gregg and Mitchell Rechler.

They don't require anything of the municipal­ity, and they soft-played the critical More...

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Kabot to Village: 'Game on!'

Updated 05/04/2011 – 07:32 pm

Let it not be said that former Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot isn't feisty.

Three months after her acquittal following a jury trial on "alcohol-related" (DWI) charges stemming from her Labor Day 2009 arrest on Main Street, Mrs. Kabot has served notice that she is coming after the Village of Westhamp­ton Beach and members of its Police More...

Monday, May 02, 2011

Whopper of the week!

Updated 05/02/2011 – 07:45 pm

And the week's just gotten started!

From the updated 27East report on the an­nounced appointment of William Wilson as Southampton Town's new Police Chief:

"...Ms. Throne-Holst and Town Councilman Jim Malone said they would be voting in favor of Chief Wilson... Both said More...

Stevens Lane bridge closing...

Updated 05/02/2011 – 01:48 pm

...for the next three months is not yet a reality, as of 8.15 am today.

("Three months" is what they're saying... we still taking bets on that!)

As can be seen in the photo, the firm More...

Sunday, May 01, 2011

What will 'Chief' Wilson cost...

Chief William Wilson
Why is this
man smiling?
(See below)

...Southampton Town tax­payers? This is an issue which has yet to be addressed... because no one has asked any key questions.

As Chief of Southampton Village Police Department, William Wilson Jr. has an annual compensation package in excess of $187,166... for a 30-hour week! More...