On The Beach Blog | August 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I couldn't believe my eyes!

From today's Long Island Business News:

Less than 200K left without power on Long Island

Wha-at? More...

Bearing in mind...

...that Long Island is not part of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, there was an interesting decision this week that is likely going to have an impact on how police conduct them­selves in the field.

In Glik v. Cunniffe, the court ruled that the United States Constitution protects the right of citizens to videotape police officers More...

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

En passant

Two local members of the media passed away this month, Lee Davis two days ago at South­ampton Hospital and Lou Capozzola at his home in Westhampton on August 18th.

I knew his wife Pam, the artist, better than I knew Lou, as she was a client of my office on Main Street because I had the only graphic arts camera for miles around. More...

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Wet but not flooded!

(This was written late Sunday morning, hours before I had regained Internet access.)

Let's dispense with the bullroar right up front... while CNN, Fox News and MSNBC are reporting to their titillation-starved viewers that "Westhampton Beach's Main Street is under water," in reality it's the South Main Street Parking Lot that is flooded from Moniebogue Canal, and the main thoroughfare is jus' fine.

It's times like that that I really miss Alec Nagle III, one-time Editor of The Hampton Chronicle-News who went to work in the latter '70s as news honcho for CNN, and was always accessible. More...

Saturday, August 27, 2011

I am soooooooo irked!

While I've given "Irene" her leave to date, now I am seriously aggrieved!

CBS was all set to do a prime time national telecast of the pre-season meeting between the Detroits and the New Englands, the main attraction apparently being the Patriots' pretty boy quarterback Tom Brady and the (finally) rejuvenated Lions' fearsome reigning Rookie of the Year, Ndamukong Suh. More...

Friday, August 26, 2011

Pre-Irene Notes and Snaps

Updated 08/27/2011 – 01:06 am

Hurricane Warning Flag

Lotsa preparations for the Hurri­cane named "Irene" this after­noon from around the Village all the way to The White House after Governor Cuomo asked President Obama to declare a state of emergency cov­ering the counties of The Bronx, Kings, Manhattan, Queens, Richmond, Nassau and, yes, Suffolk!

Never mind that the first tree has yet to be blown over or house be washed away! More...

Of local historical interest...

From a lecture about "the Long Island Express" as the '38 Hurricane was then known:

About 102 seconds in if'n anyone's impatient.

Thanks to my cousin Charlie Clinton down in Sarasota, for this video.

Evacuation Plans

Just in from the Village, a "Voluntary Evacu­ation" affecting everyone "South of Main Street and South of South Road" is now in effect.

Saturday at 10:00 am, it becomes a "Manda­tory Evacuation" for the same areas. More...

Don't know 'bout you...

"I hear hurricanes ablowing.
I know the end is coming soon."

...but it doesn't much feel like the preamble to a hurricane to me, and I've lived it out with at least eight of them, starting with "Carol" and "Edna" less than a fortnight apart in '54, and "Connie" and "Diane" five days apart one year later. More...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Did we just experience...

...an earthquake or some sore of tremor around 1:51 pm?

The earth and my whole house was moving! There was no rumble, or sound of crockery falling, but it certainly was palpable!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Wedding Bells peal in Oakland

Sports headline of this afternoon:

Terrelle Pryor is a Raider

Just on reputations alone, the one-time Ohio State quarterback and Oakland principal owner cum managing general partner Al Davis More...

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Jus' like the ol' daze...

...'though it sure didn't seem like it three months ago when OtBB last revisited the subject of downtown Westhampton Beach.

That was Memorial Day Friday night, while this was mid-August Saturday night... and Main Street was teeming as if the Marakesh was still open and The Patio in full swing! More...

Friday, August 19, 2011

Hardest job in broadcasting...

...has to be that of a play-by-play or color man of professional sporting events, calling the Little League World Serious.

This occurred to me this afternoon as I started to flip past Cable ESPN's coverage of the an­nual roundrobin event held in William­sport, Pennsylvania, but stopped to listen to More...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

August Village Board Work Session

The usually short mid-month Trustees meet­ing lasted over 1½ hours this evening, one of two remarkable aspects of the Work Session.

The other was the fact that Trustee Hank Tucker not only didn't babble when he opened his mouth, but he came across as lucid and substantive, a first in recent memory. More...

Old Dog, New Tricks

And yeah, that's me, an "old dog!"

The "new tricks" is the learning of an entirely new computer system, Windows 7, after al­most a decade of happily using Windows XP.

My "PC" experience only dates to 1983 when several of us1 bought an Epson QX10 More...

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Whatta Gal!

I'm talkin' Ann Dvorak (1911-1979) here, and while few may know the name, more may know the face of she who made scores of films between 1916 and 1951.

Cable channel TCM sure knows her and devoted a whole 24 hours this past Wednesday to 16 of her movies. More...

Friday, August 12, 2011

HUSH your mouth!

Because I am sometimes a little late to the party, an off-hand remark by a friend subse­quently clicked in and a 'Net search led me to this site of local interest:

HUSH Quiet Skies, Inc.

This is a little embarrassing because the domain has been around a tad longer than whbqt.info. More...

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Good Patch Poll

I am not particularly disposed toward the Patch collection of Internet "news" sites for a variety of reasons, starting with the fact that they are AOL-owned.

In their editorial staff's need for "content," they will often mount polls, too often absurdly conceived ones along the lines of: More...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I think I'll pass!

(Names redacted to protect the naïve.)

This was retrieved from the OtBB Comments queue this afternoon:

"Hi Dean,

We were talking in the office and we want to invite you to come into the Rotary Dunk Tank for a half hour this week­end!!! More...

Saturday, August 06, 2011

New Man of Steel unveiled

Nestled among the major news feeds this week... the partial shutdown of the FAA, Obama celebrating his 50th birthday with a burger... was a first look at what Henry Cavill will look like as the next "Superman."

(Hey!, I wasn't so hot on what the last one, Brandon Roth, looked like!) More...

Friday, August 05, 2011

Kinda makes one wonder...

...exactly what goes into George Malamas' decision-making process behind the scenes at 85 Montauk Highway.

This just arrived in the OtBB Comment queue, courtesy of "Martin," to be appended to this entry from last December: More...

Thursday, August 04, 2011

August Village Board Meeting

It was, as mid-Summer Village Board meet­ings go, an extraordinarily short one... in and out in under 14 minutes, including the Pledge of Allegiance and some tense colloquy between Mayor Conrad Teller and former Deputy Mayor Mark Raynor.

The agenda was discharged expeditiously... no surprises with any of the resolutions before the floor was opened for Public Discussion. More...

'Phone call from the pokey...

...from no less, and no more, a personage than the incarcerated George Guldi, presently wearing County Jail green in Riverhead!

And it only cost me $14.95 to hear him out for all of 15 minutes! More...

Deconfusing Angelo - II

(Being a continuation of "Deconfusing Angelo - I.")

This is no longer a challenge, but a misguided endeavor from the start!

Following last month's Village Board meeting, Señor de la Fuente had braced me on More...

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Drama Down Under

Updated 08/04/2011– 02:12 pm

...and it's playing out in "real-time:"

Police try for 8 hours to defuse bomb reportedly tied to girl's neck

That's a pretty grim and potentially More...

Monday, August 01, 2011

Rip up the damn record book!

I probably began following major league base­ball circa 1949-1950, and elected to root for the Brooklyn Dodgers because of my friendship with fellow Cub Scout Jay Dudley.

This annoyed the hell out of my non-sports afi­cionado father whose words of advice were, "If you have to root for someone, root for the New York Yankees because the Yankees are More...