On The Beach Blog | October 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

All rolled into one

It was grand... closing night at The Post Stop Cafe, a young fellow's 17th birthday party, and a (pre) hurricane party.

(In another time, 35-40 years ago, the last part would have been held at Magic's Pub, and there wouldn't have been any "pre" about it... it would have lasted for several days.)

All this, mind you, well before Governor Cuomo More...

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Uplifting message from LIPA

When Jeanne and I got home last evening, we had an auto­mated 'phone call from Long Island Power Authority on our voicemail about Hurricane Sandy:

"We're preparing, and we urge you to be prepared for the possibility of outages lasting seven to ten days...."

Cheery, eh? LIPA's readying for a Gloria scenario... my house was out for seven days in 1985, my office for eight!

The capper was:

"So that our employees can support storm restoration efforts, our walk-in customer offices will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, October 29th and 30th... or perhaps longer."

On the upside, let it not be said that Sandy's gonna catch LIPA unprepared.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Ah, the irony, the hypocrisy!

Talk about clueless! This arrived yesterday from Congress­man Tim Bishop:

Bishop mailer
"My opponent is attacking me with lies for two reasons. He can't talk about jobs because his business is outsourcing. He can't talk about Medicare because he wants to end it."

"He can't talk about Medicare?" No, Tim Bishop, More...

To hell with them...

...and the pucks that aren't going to be dropped anytime soon, per Thursday's announcement...

NHL announces cancellation of 2012-13 regular-season schedule through November 30

It's pro sports, but it's still labor (players) v. man­agement (owners), each with its own version of the issues. More...

Friday, October 26, 2012

What's This, Senator LaValle?

Portion of rear of mailer Headshot of the faux Anna Throne-Holst

At first glance, it appears that New York State Senator Ken LaValle's re-election campaign has pulled off a major coup with his latest mailer by getting his opponent Bridget Fleming's powerful political ally, Anna Throne-Holst, to support him in November. More...

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Excellent Question!

In its irregular awarding of "Dunce Caps and Gold Stars," the Editorial Board of The Southampton Press popped one of its best ever questions with its lead demerit this morning.

Referencing the Westhampton Beach Trustees' spending $5,000 to hire the former Bellport Village Clerk to over­see the regular audit of the Village by CPAs Satty, Levine & Ciacco, the newspaper placed a Dunce Cap on the collective noggins of Trustees Hank Tucker, Pa­tri­cia DiBennedetto, Junior Palmer and Ralph Urban. More...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Be sober and vigilant my neighbors, there are thieves and burglars who prowl among us in a white box truck during the evening hours, entering homes both occupied and vacant, stealing large screen televisions.

There, you have been alerted!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Epitaph for Russell Means

There will be considerable space in newsprint and on the 'Net devoted to the remarkable life of Russell Charles Means, the Oglala Sioux activist who passed away yesterday of esophageal cancer, three weeks shy of his 73rd birthday.

For my part, I will always remember Means for his film debut in Michal Mann's unlikely 1992 "The Last of the Mohicans" as the title character, "Chingachgook." More...

Monday, October 22, 2012

Why is it especially fitting...

Updated 10/22/2012 – 09:47 pm

...that this evening's pre-season game between the New York Knickerbockers and the Philadelphia 76ers, will be played in Syracuse, New York?

(Hint: it will be played in the Carrier Dome rather than the Onondaga County War Memorial... or State Fair Coliseum or Syracuse Armory Building.) More...

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The bride wore red boxer shorts...

Ashley inspects her wedding gown in her red polka dot boxers

...with white heart-shaped polka-dots. I can only imagine what a wedding night that was going to be!

Because it happened in Westhampton Beach this past Wednesday, Google Alerts dropped me an E-mail about the wedding that took place at the re-branded Ocean­bleu (most recently Atlantica) at The Bath & Tennis Club on Dune Road.

The bride and groom, Ashley and Brandon, chose video­grapher Nino Gallego for a production of the event, and it's a bit unusual. Check it out.

(Photo of Ashley by Andres Valenzuela.)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Petitioning the Southampton Town Board

I'm not a big believer in petitions, especially with the tin-eared bunch running Southampton Town at this point, but there's an on-going one, on-line, in service to a worthy objective:

Don't Cut Shellfish Seeding from the 2013 Southampton Town Budget

No guarantees as to the efficacy of the effort, but like the punch-line to that old Borscht Belt joke about chicken soup, "it couldn't hurt."

Friday, October 19, 2012

En passant: Sylvia Kristel

Sylvia Maria Kristel, 1952-2012

Dutch model-turned-actress who specialized in erotica, Sylvia Kristel, died Wednes­day at her home in The Hague, age 60, after a seven-year battle with vari­ous forms of cancer.

I take note of her passing because it was Kristel, along with one-time stage actress Michelle Graham (better known as "Georgina Spelvin"), who, 40 years ago, kept the Hampton Arts Theater going until an Ingrid Bergman film turned it completely around over Christmas 1974. More...

Thursday, October 18, 2012


Classic 'Green Arrow' comic book cover

Remember last week how I was all grumpy about how Cablevision bites for a variety of reasons, one of which was that because the suits on Woodbury have removed WPIX, Channels 11/711 from its line-up over a rights fees dispute, which meant that I could watch the premier of "Arrow?"

Well, that sweet young thing at WPIX who told me that The CW usually makes an episode available on its Website the day after it airs, wasn't ribbing me. More...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

October Trustees Work Session

The 60+ minute Village Board Work Session flew short one Trustee this evening as Junior Palmer was nowhere in sight.

(Wouldbe supermarket developer Andrew Mendelson was, but remained silent throughout.) More...

Simon Sez

Sign on Beach Bakery door

...that Marc Schneier lied to him, and as a result, as of this morning, anything pur­chased from Beach Bakery Cafe will be, in the eyes of observant Jews, treif.

This unfortunate situation, according to E-mails, letters and posted notices, is as a result of a spat between proprietor Simon Jorna and the Hampton Synagogue's founding Rabbi dating to the the end of this August. More...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

We can all sleep...

...late and go to bed early on election day three weeks from now, Alana Thompson (a/k/a "Honey Boo Boo") has shown America the way and made her pick.

Appearing on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last night, the seven-year-old hyper-active reality boob tube celebrity from McIntyre, Georgia was guided by her host into expressing her preference for President Barack Obama.

(Fuller Honey Boo Boo segment.)

I have to think that Wilkinson County's child protective services have been asleep at the switch when it comes to the Shannon/Thompson home.

What will be answered this evening...

...when President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney take the stage in front of an international TV audience at Hofstra University?

Will the two major party candidates comport themselves with greater decorum than did that face-pulling elitist with the hairplugs last Thursday? More...

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Special Meeting, II

Following a highly critical comment in respect to last Wed­nesday's OtBB entry, "The Special Meeting...," inquiries were made and an item of particular interest was spotted.

The original entry spoke to Deputy Mayor Hank Tucker's assertion that he had personally spoken to the New York State Comptroller's Office and been told that they were too busy with "school stuff" to take on anything less than emer­gency matters for a municipality.

One issue raised was... More...

Saturday, October 13, 2012

All Hail Raúl Ibáñez!

And I'm not even a Yankees fan!

I don't think it's unfair to call 40-year-old Raúl Ibáñez a "journeyman outfielder" even though he's only played for four teams in his 17 year career.

But what he's done this week alone is the stuff of legend.

It's not just that he's the man who pinch hit for More...

Friday, October 12, 2012

Murder most foul?

Updated Saturday, 10/13/2012 – 9:55 am

Nope... suicide most tragic.

A shot was heard at a residence at 55 Stevens Lane early this afternoon, and within the hour Patch reported... More...

And the winnah...

Joe Biden rolling eyes during debate

...of last evening's Vice-Presidential Debate, simply because he was the only one standing after the last round, has to be Republican chal­leng­er Paul Ryan.

Not that he delivered any knock-out blow to Veep Joe Biden... Biden did that to himself with an unending series of smirks, snickers, interruptions and distracting gestures. More...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Special Meeting...

...of the Westhampton Beach Village Board which con­vened at 5:00 pm this afternoon was commendable for its brevity, 17 minutes including an add-on Resolution.

Except that fully 11 of those minutes were spent listening to Deputy Mayor Hank Tucker resort to his "Ralph Kramden" "humina, humina humina" act trying to avoid answering a series of direct questions from two Village residents. More...

Alex Karras (1935-2012)

Never mind that he was a member of some of the Detroit Lions best teams, Alexander George Karras was one of the funniest men to ever don a football uniform.

The late George "Paper Lion" Plimpton knew a good thing when he wrote about it, and did an even more hilarious follow-up entitled "Mad Ducks and Bears," devoted to just Karras and John Gordy. More...

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

What manner of mischief is this?

More intrigue in Westhampton Beach as the Village Board has scheduled a Public Hearing... subject unspecified... at Village Hall, Wednesday, October 10 at 5:00 pm.

Someone(s)... is that you Patricia DiBenedetto and/or Junior Palmer?... has a bone in her/his/their teeth and is looking to make hay in time for the Fall harvest.

Anyone of the aforecited who might be feeling froggy, might want to schedule a quick counseling session with former Mayor Bart Wilenski before they jump.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Cablevision Bites! - XLV

Let's be a bit more specific here... I'm okay with the 'phone service, and the broadband Internet access is actually pretty good. It's the Optimum cable television services that really bite!

Where to begin? Pfffft! More...

Sunday, October 07, 2012

It happened a week ago...

...in Philadelphia, the birthplace of the Constitution of the United States, no less!

Girl Booted From Class For Wearing Romney Shirt; Teacher Made KKK Comparison

(No, you would not have seen that story if you are a Cablevision customer!) More...

Friday, October 05, 2012

The Officials Stole Another One

Fans of the Green Bay Packers now have others with whom to commiserate following the just concluded inaugural Na­tional League "Wild Card" game as the Atlanta Braves "wuz robbed" of a potential game-winning rally.

And watching on replay, the critical play was incontrovert­i­bly botched by Left Field Foul Line Umpire Sam Holbrook when he belatedly signaled the Infield Fly Rule was in effect on a fly ball as it fell between shortstop Pete Kozma and left fielder Matt Holliday. More...

Thursday, October 04, 2012

October Village Board Meeting

Another brief meeting of the Westhampton Beach Village Board this evening as a goodly amount of business was covered in a short time, as this was a day that many came to believe they would never live to see: the final municipal approvals which will allow Beach Bakery proprietor Simon Jorna to begin on his long-discussed renovation and ex­pansion project.

The approvals mark a major milestone for Jorna who has alternately been ignoring the Building Codes and doing battle with the Village since early 2003 in an at­tempt to finalize his personal vision for 112 Main Street. More...

Basabool as we've known it, is over!

The 2012 Major League Baseball regular season concluded last evening, and while few have realized it, the game going forward will be forever changed.

The Horsehide Powers That Be, the 30 owners, have in their dubious wisdon, earlier this year decided that their product is no longer the Great American Pastime, and that if they were to be financially competitive with the Pigskin Powers, a wholesale overhaul was needed. More...

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

The pulse quickens!

First poster for 'The Lone Ranger'

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who has no idea who I am, still seems determined to drive me mad with his dribbling out information and images for next Summer's Big Movie, "The Lone Ranger!"

Just the fact that it has Bruck­heimer's name attached to it gives me pause, but the old ways die hard and the legendary masked man of the Western Plains is such a touchstone of my youth, that I can't help but focus on July 3, 2013, the most recent revised release date. More...

Monday, October 01, 2012

Chamber no-brainer...

Why the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce Halloween Parade issue ever became an issue will probably only be known to those on the inner circle of the Chamber's Executive Board of Directors & Officers.

This was breaking news on 27East within the hour:

Westhampton Chamber Reverses Course, Agrees To Host Halloween Parade More...