On The Beach Blog | December 2012

Monday, December 31, 2012

The NFL regular season...

...has, mercifully for my New York Jets fan son-in-heir and myself, concluded, and neither of us could have imagined that it would have turned out so disappointingly.

Especially for me with my Detroit Lions after what I thought was their "break-away from the recent catastrophic past" season of a year ago when, after a 5-0 start, they limped into the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade and finished 10-7 but with great promise for 2012. More...

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Suspicions Confirmed!

Remember Nancy Grace, that wretched wench with the accent that would embarrass even someone living in the deepest recesses of Southern-most Appalachia?

Well, here she is, unadorned... and no!, not nekkid, just as her natural everyday self! More...

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

From the family archives...

...and while I can make a guess that it was Christmas 1969 when Peggy was 3¾ years old, I couldn't begin to say where it was taken.

(My two best guesses would be Swezey's in River­head, or somewhere in the newly opened Smith Haven Mall.)

What struck me... and others as well after she posted it to her Facebook page... More...

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Why we like Sandy Patterson...

Sign in Sandy's window

...is quite evident with the hand-lettered sign framed in the window of her Main Street restaurant, presently closed for the season.

Rather than just turn off the lights, lock the door and put up "Sorry... We're Closed" notice, she included the names of, and graphical directions to, other food pur­veyors in the downtown area, from Beach Bakery Cafe to Goldberg's Deli, even Funchos.

Classy, Sandy, very classy! Hurry back... Jeanne misses your Cranberry Turkeyburgers mightily!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Well, that honeymoon is over!

Vacant FedEx slab in front of the Westhampton Beach Post Office.

Walking home passed the 11978 Post Office I noticed a small slab to the East of the building's front steps, and realized that the long-standing Federal Express recepticle was missing.

Vanished... poof!

Of a curious bent, I inquired within and was told that More...

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Not to be excessively maudlin...

...with Christmas less than a week away, but cable TCM's necrology is not only especially well done this year, but it's something that the late Steve Frankfurt, my fellow film aficionado and former neighbor on Quiogue's Linden Lane, would approve of.

Steve, of course, is included (at 2:57)... along with Marvin Hamlish, Ben Gazzara, Celeste Holm, Andrew Sarris and other faces familiar in the area... among those who've left us this year. More...

Monday, December 17, 2012

What a weird episode...

...of "Royal Pains" last evening... except that "Off-Season Greetings" was less an episode of Cable USA's hit series, than it was a two-hour-and-two-minute teleflick which did precious little to advance the continuing four-season narrative.

(The opening credits indicate that it was initially in­tended to be a two-parter, one hour each.) More...

Sunday, December 16, 2012

'The Hamptons' in the Winter...

...as envisioned by the creative team behind Cable USA's "Royal Pains," debuts this evening at 9:00 pm, reprising im­mediately at 11:02 pm.

(If'n you miss either of tonight's back-to-back air­ings, there's two more opportunities.)

The teleflick, a series first and entitled "Off-Season Greet­ings," had significant footage shot here this September.

A preview of tonight's episode shows some Westhampton Beach scenes, including one shot inside Beach Bakery.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Perhaps the blackest of all Fridays

It was a bad day in both Connecticut and China, but for me the most excruciating part was the media's hours on end coverage of the unimaginable murders of the K-4 school children in our neighboring state across the sound.

What was supremely annoying was that none of the broad­casters authoritatively knew anything that they were dis­seminating as "news."

The figures reported by WCBS alone during the noon hour fluctuated like "Tailgunner Joe" McCarthy's recitation More...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Warning! Warning Warning!

There is a certain corner of the Ninth Circle of Hell reserved for digital miscreants...not spammers, whose niche is some­where on the Sixth Circle, but those slimewads who get their jollies sending random E-mail with embedded malware.

Had one this weekend purporting to be from FedEx, sent from "Priority Mail Service [user-481@cleveland.com]," in which upon opening one finds... More...

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Fire Commissioner Election Results

Victorious candidate, Fire Commissioner Fred Overton

For an uncontested West­hampton Beach Fire District election, there was an unex­pectedly high voter turnout between 6:00 and 9:00 pm this evening.

And when the 103 paper ballots cast had been tabu­lated... the old fashioned way, by hand... incumbent Fred Overton had garnered 102 of them as the rumored stealth write-in campaign for a younger member of the Fire Department failed to materialize.

The lone write-in vote went to Kevin Raynor, last year's un­successful ballot candidate.

Fire District Election this evening

Not that anyone would know it from the amount of publicity its received, but the annual Westhampton Beach Fire District election is being held at the Sunset Avenue Firehouse this evening from 6:00-to-9:00 pm.

It's for the election of a Fire Commissioner, and while only current member Fred Overton is on the ballot, there are mutterings in those dark corners of the district where such things are usually muttered, that there is a stealth write-in campaign being mounted.

This is actually a much bigger deal than many might expect, considering the issue of a new $14.6 million firehouse is just over the horizon.

Monday, December 10, 2012

'Bout time!

Another example of NBC's fraudulent "journalism" has once again come back to bite the Peacock beneath its steato­pyg­ian plumage, as George Zimmerman is suing corporate par­ent NBC Universal for editing an audio tape of his 911 call to make him sound racist.

OtBB discussed the matter, and the networks sad history of doctored audio and video presented as authentic news, this past April. More...

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Ain't nuthin' like a big screen...

...on which to watch a television program!

Or at least one that's larger that a 22-inch flat-screen computer monitor, which is how I had watched the first seven episodes of The CW network's "Arrow."

I discovered purely by happenstance Friday evening that the more than two month blackout of WPIX by Cablevision was over and that the rightful Channel 11 programming had been returned to the cable line-up. More...

Saturday, December 08, 2012


From a recent Ad Age feature on Jeff Zucker, the 47-year-old television executive who will be taking over as President of CNN Worldwide next month, "Zucker's CNN Will Be About More Than News."

"CNN prides itself on being nonpartisan, and Mr. Zucker made it clear he has no intention of changing that."

Someone has got to be yanking someone else's chain!

Okay, so CNN isn't as extreme as NBC/MSNBC, but still....

Friday, December 07, 2012

Marvin Levan (1923-2012)

Belated condolences to the family of Oneck resident Marvin Levan, husband of former Village Trustee Joan Levan, who passed away age 89 a week ago today.

Part of last Sunday's New York Times obituary read:

"Marvin was a beautiful human being, both inside and out."

With respect, I'm still processing that one... not the assertion, only the diction.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

What's different about this picture?

From 27East's coverage of this morning's swearing-in of Robert Pearce as Southampton Town's new Police Chief:

Southampton Press photo by Michael Wright - click for full-size image

Compare that to William Wilson's swearing-in ceremony on May 2, 2011 before "a standing-room-only audience that spilled out into the hallway:" More...

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Jeanne's new best friends...

...in the world are at Zima Tire in Speonk, whose virtues have been extoled here in the past.

Jeanne's new car

She needs snow tires this time of year when she makes her bi-weekly mission of mercy to her octogenarian mom atop a mountain in Margaretville, and the ones from her late Honda... squashed like a yellow dog in the middle of a Mississippi road by "Super­storm" Sandy... wouldn't translate to her new Prius. More...