On The Beach Blog | July 2011

Saturday, July 30, 2011

BOLO: trippy deer

Under ordinary circumstances, the local deer population is a constant threat to vehicular traffic, even those doing a legal and circum­spect 30 mph.

Now, after the nocturnal depredations of the burgeoning herd that makes the Ketchaboneck section of the Village its home, there's an added risk to consider. More...

Friday, July 29, 2011

Put a sock in it, Spota!

Again, just in from 27East:

Guldi Pleads Guilty To 35 Counts, Will Receive Concurrent Sentence

Now, either several months in the county pokey has sapped much of George's More...

How can these be misused?

Who can count the ways? From this morning's 27East:

Governor Signs Law Allowing Personal Watercraft To Be Used For Beach Rescues

"Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legis­lation sponsored by two local legislators that allows the use of personal More...

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

July Trustees Work Session

A short agenda for this evening's Village Board Work Session which managed to drag out to nearly an hour since, as Jimmy Durante used to say, "Ev'rybody wanted ta get inta the act!"

(Except for the new gal on the Board who was a no show... though the old one sat in to keep an eye on things.) More...

No more perfect example...

...of what I refer to as a "'Let's go home!' Call" was on display in Atlanta last evening courtesy of home plate umpire Jerry Meals.

Last evening? It was actually 1:50am this very morning in the 19th inning of a 6:39 marathon at the Braves' Turner Field. More...

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Woody Allen's latest...

..."Midnight in Paris," just may be the best film that America's senior auteur has made since "Annie Hall" (1977) or per­haps "Man­hattan" (1979).

It is the latter which this most recent entry in his ex­tensive oeuvre most calls to mind with its opening montage of picturesque images of the "City of Lights" by day to the jaunty ac­companiment of a carinet... it is an More...

Sunday, July 24, 2011

While we were sleeping...

...some motorized madness was afoot almost beneath our windows, and Police Chief Ray Dean's new toy1 and Gabrielle Propp's hedge paid the price.

This is what the high-priced2 device looked like as it sat clocking vehicular traffic headed from Quiogue into Westhampton Beach yesterday afternoon. More...

Saturday, July 23, 2011

This evening's meal...

...was steamed crow, which not anticipated in May when substantial dubiety was express­ed here about the closing of the Stevens Lane bridge during "high season" and the projected "down time" of three months.

OtBB was even more skeptical when the con­tractor undertaking the rehabilitation of the mighty Moniebogue span delayed starting the project for several more weeks. More...

Didja know, deja vu...

...that according to "The Spiritual Adven­ture," Dockers Waterside, Trumphets{sic} on the Bay and Indian Cove all qualify for anyone "looking for waterfront dining in Westhampton Beach?"

As Johnny Carson used to deadpan, "I did not know that!"

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Con$umer Ga$oline Advi$ory

Updated 07/22/2011 – 05:09 pm

Being a follow-up to last week's "I've had it with Valero...."

Pump prices have risen again... what else is new?... and I did a quick survey of area gas stations to discover what sort of prices were being charged. More...

Yao Ming and the prediction...

...that made Charles Barkley look silly when the 7'6" Shanghai-born Chinese National was set to make his National Basketball Association debut in 2002.

The Hall of Fame hoops star-turned TNT studio analyst for the NBA cablecasts, didn't think much of Ming's abilities to play in the More...

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

EłA scrambling a bit...

...as is evident in a story filed today by Jean-Paul Salamanca on 27East:

State Bars Westhampton Beach Attorney From Practicing Law For Five Years

In reporting a story broken here last Friday, it contains the following from Robert More...

Who saw this coming?

From 27East:

Scalera Gets Independence Party Endorsement In Southampton Over Fleming

O, that's right... OtBB did! More...

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

So, just how bad is News12?

This just in from a friend of OtBB:

"Apparently News 12 thinks the Southampton Town Board just passed a noise ordinance for Southold." More...

Someone doesn't like the Rabbi

No, seriously... I mean really doesn't like Hampton Synagogue's Marc Schneier!

And we're not talkin' the Christian Citizens' Council of Quiogue or a bunch of Oirish dipso­maniacs blowing chunks into the rough of the nineteenth hole. More...

Monday, July 18, 2011

Cell 'phone use dulls one's senses

That thesis statement, of course, assumes that one has some senses with which to begin!

And while there are studies to support such a contention, I base my assertion on admittedly anecdotal personal observations. More...

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Like the old movie trailers had it...

...years months in the making, featuring a cast cost of (hundreds of) thousands, Big City Burgers and Atomic Wings has finally opened.

(Also from the OtBB archives: "One en­couraging sign") More...

Friday, July 15, 2011

I've had it with Valero...

...specifically the one on the corner of Old Riverhead Road and Montauk Highway in Westhampton Beach.

The lay-out of the pump islands is a horror, English is a second language, and the prices at the pump are 14¢ per gallon higher than they are just three miles away at the sparkling and spacious new Hess Express in Quogue. More...

When last we heard...

...from attorney and E³A spokesman Marvin Tenzer in January, he was saber-rattling and posturing wildly that the success of the lawsuit against Southampton Town and the Villages of Quogue and Westhampton Beach...

"...could produce a 'multimillion-dollar award.'" More...

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Bide-a-Wee, Add One

(I thought the previous entry put paid to OtBB's Bid-a-Wee narrative... my wife, as we see, has other ideas.)

Some thoughts related to my husband's entertaining story/rant.

The Summer was a hot and dry one. The Bide-a-Wee dog park where I hoped to "dog More...

Bide-a-Wee, Concluded

(Being the continuation of "Bide-a-Wee Boooo! Hssss!")

Jumping to Labor Day 1991, Florence (Mrs. Jim) Flood, a devout cat person but whose heart is open to anything with four feet, knew that I was a dog person.

"Can you look after a dog for us for the next day while we find the owner?" she asked. "We took her home last night but she's making my cats uncomfortable." More...

Bide-a-Wee: Boooo! Hssss!

They get a great deal of "ink" this time of year, recently from West of the Canal Patch and The Southampton Press.

I once had the highest regard for the high-line animal hospital cum rescue operation on Old Country Road in Westhampton. More...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Lesson learned?

This just in from our old pal Jessica DiNapoli, now writing for West of the Canal Patch, which has become a Foreign Legion of former Press and Indy reporters:

Westhampton Beach Man Arrested for DWI, Cocaine Possession

More...

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Deconfusing Angelo - I

Or at least giving it the ol' college try!

I've known Señor de la Fuente for more than 40 years, since he had the filling station on the corner of Mill and Sunset where an empty lot was built several years ago.

But until a week ago, at the end of the More...

Heads up, windows closed

...and fish ponds covered this evening as the swarms of culicidae have so flown amok in the area that measures are being under-taken.

Scheduled for Resmethrin assault, by fog, are parts of Quiogue and Quogue in an effort to decimate the mosquito population. More...

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Are you freakin' serious?

Seen earlier today on a sports site:

Actual collectibles offering

That's just depraved!

Southampton Politrix...

...and the residents of the Town be damned!

There is something to be said about the bad ol' days of the GOP's (mostly benevolent) grip on the Town under the leadership men like Frank Crowitz... things not only ran smoothly and even got done, but no one got a knife More...

Saturday, July 09, 2011

The suspense was over...

...with the second at bat of the afternoon by New York Yankees shortstop and Captain Derek Jeter in his quest for his 3,000th base hit.

After fouling off a pair of 3-2 pitches, Jeter drove a curveball into the left field stands for a solo home run. More...

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Not new, but noted...

...in the downtown area, the "temporary bill­board" cum movable signage. Behold!

The Cupcake Truck on Main Street

More...

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Updating last evening's report...

Updated 07/06/2011 – 7:56 pm

...being a follow-up to certain aspects of the "July Village Board Meeting" entry.

Item the first:

The name of the newly appointed Associate Village Justice is Jeffrey Lee Snead, an More...

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

July Village Board Meeting

Updated 07/06/2011 – 7:56 pm

As is the custom of the Village, Westhampton Beach held its annual organizational meeting this evening and while there was controversy, nothing much happened of any moment.

Appointments were made... including a new Associate Village Justice (from out of the area)... Trustee liaisons were assigned (Deputy Mayor Toni-Jo Birk is the marriage officer for any who wish to plan ahead), and More...

Sunday, July 03, 2011

The Big Wash-out!

This evening's weather wouldn't have caused a delay in the "Spun-Sugar" softball league, yet it occasioned the postponement of the annual Westhampton Country Club fireworks display as well as the Concert for Steve and John across Potunk Lane on the Great Lawn.

Other events were set back 22-24 More...

Not what he had in mind

The recently late Philip A. Contos of upstate Parish set out yesterday afternoon with other members if the New York chapter of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education to protest the state's mandatory helmet law.

In keeping with that objective, Mr. Contos, 55, and his fellow riders eschewed the wearing of the required head gear, and openly More...

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Well I never...

...had a party like this across the street from me when I was a kid!

Giant inflatables at 275 East Main Street

More...

Friday, July 01, 2011

Hard start to the big weekend

It was barely 4:00 pm when I drove down Main Street and passed the aftermath of something considerably more than a "fender-bender" at the corner of Beach Road... it looked like a vehicle attempting a left from Main had been broadsided by another traveling West.

By the time I was heading back home less than an hour later, I learned that there had already been a death on Mitchell Road and several significant multi-vehicle More...

The devil is the detail people - II

Being a conclusion of Part the First.

This week's episode of "The Big C," "Losing Patients," perfectly demonstrates how ubiq­uitous, and insidious, are the "drug reps" of today.

Our protagonist, portrayed by delightful Laura Liney, is a Stage 4 melanoma patient exasper­ated at not even getting a return call from the specialist with whom she's trying to get an appointment. More...