On The Beach Blog | June 2011

Thursday, June 30, 2011

The devil is the detail people - I

That "Big Pharma" is a dirty word in our house, will come as no surprise to OtBB regulars, both Jeanne and I for different reasons.

On the base level of the pharmaceutical indus­try are the "detail men," field representatives who call on physicians to provide them with information and samples in an effort to per­suade them to prescribe certain drugs! More...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

W-a-a-a-y too young!

I've just learned in the most circular manner of the passing of a long-time local, Amy Thorne, one of Billy's kid sisters, at age 51 in Good Shepherd Hospice, Port Jefferson last Friday.

She's currently laid out at Follett and Werner Funeral Home and will be buried out of Immaculate Conception on Quiogue, tomorrow at 10:00 am.

To patriarch Billy and the extended Thorne family, I'm sorry for your troubles.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Latest Viral Video

Okay, so the subject of the traffic-stop video in Rochester (NY) wasn't getting a beat-down by police a la Rodney King, but that historic event in Los Angeles is still having an impact, over 20 years later and 3,000 miles away.

Police are understandably sensitive to being video-taped in the course of their duties, but some of them carry that sensitivity to absurd extremes as the amateur footage shot More...

Monday, June 27, 2011

What now, Alex?

Yes, much OtBB fodder derives from 27East items, this one, curiously, about an event which occurred 11 days ago but has just been reported this afternoon.

Molotov Cocktail Placed In Front Of South­ampton Town Highway Superintendent's Home

Such acts are never to be taken lightly, More...

Old story... still tragic

This morning's 27East headline took me back more than half-a-century:

One Teen Dead, Another Charged With DWI Following Car Accident In East Quogue On Sunday

It seemed to happen with greater More...

When I see something like this...

...there's just no way I can bite my tongue. From a Chicago Sun-Times story of last week:

Al Capone's handgun sells for $110,000 at auction

This is peanuts compared to what Jack More...

Sunday, June 26, 2011


Updated June 10, 2012 – 08:56 am

The Saturday afternoon serial was a staple of my youth, though being a peripatetic Army brat, I was rarely able to learn how any of the good guys escaped certain doom.

I was reminded of that age last Sunday when two cable channel series ended their inaugural seasons with a final scene surprise which will require a resolution. More...

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Peter Falk (1927-2011)

Like the late Walter Matthau, Peter Falk was simply a joy to watch in anything, even in the "home movies" he and Ben Gazzara made with their friend John Cassavetes!

The encomia will come for the actor, who left us Thursday evening at age 83, for his Emmy-winning role as the sly "Colombo." More...

Friday, June 24, 2011

Good deeds...

...done, not dirt cheap, but with great caring and hard work, and in service to something truly local for a change!

And that's what young Derek Araujo is up to on the Great Lawn, July 3rd, a week from Sunday, with a concert honoring two of West­hampton Beach Fire Department's members, Steve Smith and John Bachman, fallen well before their time. More...

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Empress's Parthian Shot

Lame duck Trustee Joan Levan has every right to crow... her sock puppet and his carefully selected running mate easily won seats on the Westhampton Beach Village Board last Friday.

And she's certainly crowing on this morning's Southampton Press Letters page. It's a right reserved for the victors. More...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Odyssey in 11901

It should have been a breeze... a three-hour block out of my afternoon for a Board of Elections seminar cum training session.

But instead of the Southampton Cultural Center where it was commonly held, I was summoned to 330 Court Street, Riverhead.

I remember thinking when I entered More...

Monday, June 20, 2011

Monday Morning QB'ing

I am, it would seem, unelectable, even with the solid support of the three victorious in­cumbents of a year ago, and a strong endorse­ment by the local paper. Vox populi.

How I was beaten is another matter, and I have supporters who are steamed at the, let's just say, comportment of the Lightning Party. More...

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Vineyards Blues

Just back from an excursion to Cutchogue with our friends John and Mary, and Peconic Bay Winery for a late afternoon concert among the grapes: Johnny Winter.

For any who don't know know the name, he's an albino Texas bluesman who plays an extra­ordinary guitar, sometimes a dobro. More...

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Time to re-think...

Updated 06/18/2011 – 11:10 am

...Westhampton Beach as a destination for bicycling tours, if the participants can't obey the universal Rules of the Road!

Stop sign

Everyone in the immediate universe knows, or should know, what to do at a "stop" sign. More...

Friday, June 17, 2011

It's over!

...and the voters of the Village have spoken.

Semi-official results of the 2011
Village of Westhampton Beach Election
Office Candidate Row Votes
Trustee Patricia DiBenedetto A 257  
Trustee Hank Tucker A 242  
Trustee Dean Speir B 204  

No arguments here! The people have had their say... I hope that they were all legal voters.

If this was a little tardy being posted, I was out picking up signs.

What we said...

...about the Police Disciplinary Hearings, and the important ways in which we differ.

(All quotes from the profiles on 27East conducted by Jean-Paul Salamanca.) More...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Oooooh nooooooo, Mr. Costanza

Please, let the terrible "Curse of The Chronicle" stay with the old Hampton Chronicle-News!

This morning's Southampton Press Western Edition contains a ringing endorsement of my candidacy in tomorrow's election for More...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Updated 06/16/2011 – 08:28 am

There is in the world of professional sports, with the possible exception of rugby, no faster-paced, harder-hitting 60 minutes of sustained action, than ice hockey.

And from the moment the puck is dropped in the opening game of a season, everything and everyone... coaches, players and trainers... is directed at hoisting the Stanley Cup. More...

Two points in particular...

...of the Lightning Party's mailing of today, demand addressing.

  1. "Vigorous debate ... is fine."
  2. "Hank has ALWAYS put the residents first."

Really? More...

Awwwww, Murph!

...ya came the closest yet to getting some­thing right about Westhampton Beach, but you still managed to drop the ball several times in this morning's East End Indy story about the local election campaign.

"Murph" is, of course, Rick Murphy with More...

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Rumor spiking

The ol' Westhampton Beach back fence has been very busy this week, and this time there are even some names attached to the rumor-mongering!

Earlier this morning I learned that someone is making calls asserting that there is a video of me re­moving opposition signs from the Valero station property on Montauk Highway. More...

Monday, June 13, 2011

Talk about nervous...

...I give you now lame duck Trustee Joan S. Levan who, while she may be leaving Village Hall at the end of the month, is obviously terrified that her sock-puppet on the Village Board, Hank Tucker, will be leaving as well.

And it wouldn't be of his own volition. More...

One battle won

The "war," though, won't be decided 'til this Friday. Noon to 9:00 pm, so mark it on your calendar!

The victory already decided is that of sign­age... the Speir campaign declares itself the winner. More...

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Now it can be revealed...

An ancillary benefit to the current election campaign is that it got me out of a family wedding (on my wife's side) on Saturday.

It would have required a Saturday 3:00 am departure, with both dogs, to a part of upstate New York where the bride walks down More...

Straying from the campaign trail...

Updated 06/12/2011 – 11:28 pm

...for just a moment to make an observation of national, if not global interest.

There will be a unique dynamic in play tonight when the Dallas Mavericks tip off against the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the National Basket­ball Association Finals. More...

Friday, June 10, 2011

Lightning Party pre-emptive strike?

The Joan Levan claque were angry as wasps when a number of them had their voting bona fides challenged at the polls two years ago.

It's simple: if you're not an actual resident of Westhampton Beach, you have no business turning up on Election Day and trying to cast an illegal ballot. More...

The old lies surface anew...

...anonymously, of course, as the gutless in­dividuals behind the poison pen letter cam­paign pull out all the stops to steal next week's election from the residents who would take the next step in getting Village government back on track.

Essentially, it recycles the malicious and false accusations of the mid-April mailing. More...

Thursday, June 09, 2011

What is so rare as a day in June...

...(with apologies to James Russell Lowell) when everything comes together and all that needs to get done, actually is accomplished?

Contributions continue, the mysteries of Mayor Teller's spreadsheet1 reveal themselves, the gals in the local post office track down the number of stamped envelopes I need2 More...

Things that make you say...


Two solid specimens of this may be found in this morning's Southampton Press Western Edition on page A9.

Yes, it's a political advertisement on More...

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

They 'get it' in NYC...

...while some in Westhampton Beach have such a hard time with the concept of a clean and credible Police Department.

From a NY Daily News story which again made headlines today: More...

Gettin' the good vibe...

Updated 06/08/2011 – 08:38 am

...along the campaign trail. Not only has no one run me off their porch or out of their yard, but many have received this candidate warmly and with interest.

And several, without any hint from me, have whipped out their checkbooks and contributed to the campaign war chest on the spot. More...

Monday, June 06, 2011

Blogging for Bucks

I should entitle this, the shameless plea!

This is what I'm going to do:

Political Yard Sign

Didn't wanna do it, but it's been More...

Saturday, June 04, 2011

On the stump

"Vote for Dean Speir" button

Great day for meetin', greetin' 'n' pressin' flesh out on the campaign trail!

(Drew the line at kissin' babies, however!)

Perfect, even, since there were substantial gatherings of people on the Village More...

Friday, June 03, 2011

Curse you, Clay Felker!

Updated 06/03/2011 – 11:41 pm

Don't much care for kicking a corpse, but a conceit the man started decades ago seems to have taken hold in an unlikely place.

Now the League of Women Voters of the Hamptons has bought into Felker's social gerrymandering of the late '60s which defined "The Hamptons" as starting East of the More...

Thursday, June 02, 2011

June Village Board Meeting

It was a relatively brief, if well-attended session... as those editions immediately preceding a Village Election traditionally are... and free from major controversy.

(The most significant aspect of it was that it was Joan Levan's final appearance as Trustee... an almost five year Village night­mare is soon to be over.) More...

Why did I think of...

...Hank Tucker when I saw this?

Honey wagon on the highway

(Not personally, mind you, but as More...

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Waldbaum's up close and personal

(On infrequent occasions a Comment is made to OtBB that demands to be afforded a "Guest Shot." This by Pam Beccaria is one such.

Take it away, Pam!) More...