On The Beach Blog | April 2012

Monday, April 30, 2012

Everybody up for...

...what is hoped will be the first annual Historic House Tour under the auspices of the Westhampton Beach Historical Society.

It happens this Saturday, May 5th from Noon to 4:00 pm, and the homes included are the Griffing Halfway House on East Main Street and the fully restored Howell Homestead four doors to the West on the corner of Main and Aspatuck. More...

Sunday, April 29, 2012

You want 'sexy' in a video...?

...I submit that nothing approaches Ronnie Spector in 1986's interestingly shot Eddie Money "Take Me Home Tonight" video to which the lead singer of the seminal '60s "girl group" The Ronettes, adds her remarkable voice with a refrain1 from the trio's 1963 #2 hit, "Be My Baby."

(Not as freaky as Tupac Shakur performing "live" as a faux-hologram earlier this month more than 15 years after his death, but eerie... and cool!) More...

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Everything's back in place...

...and all is right with the (local) world.

Country Heroes today

Just over six months after Country Heroes had an un­welcomed, and still unidentified, nocturnal visitor who destroyed the front of the building and rearranged the customer area, they'rrre baaaccck! More...

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Why I continue* to hate Newsday...

...and am of the unalterable opinion that it's a hoo'er who's given up any pretext of journalistic integrity by hiking up its skirt at the prospect of any available passing buck.

This came my way last evening:

News 12 clip: See the Westhampton Beach 'hexagon house,' and more   More...

Monday, April 23, 2012

The final night for the Nets...

...in New Jersey!

Of course, thay said that once before, 44 years ago, after the inaugural '67-'68 season of the old American Basket­ball Association, during which the team played at the Teaneck Armory (built 1936) as the New Jersey Americans. More...

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Damn'dest thing, II...

...now-a-days that "The Hamptons" is such a marketing buzzword, it'll be used for any ol' thing.

Check out one of this morning's Google Alerts, captioned:

Take Westhampton Charter Flights in Long Island
For less than you might think…
    More...

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The night they lay Levon to rest...

Levon Helm

...this evening, in fact, makes me very sad.

Drummer, mandolin-player, singer and co-founder of one of the greatest bands of the past 50 years, Levon Helm, son of an Arkansas cotton farmer, passed on this afternoon, age 71, at Memorial Sloan-Ketter­ing Cancer Center.

(The illness had struck in the worst possible place for the twangy tenor: his throat.) More...

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

My favorite photo of the week...

...perhaps even of the year, so far, even if it is almost three years old!

Ms. Sheena meets Master Rodent

One of a terrific series of images snapped by photography student Casey Gutteridge at the Santago Rare Leopard Project in Hertfordshire, U.K., it depicts a two-three More...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Jus' like the ol' days!

Updated Tuesday, April 17, 2012 – 06:59 pm

Big brush fire out on the plains above Eastport!

Brush Fire Threatens Row Of Houses In Manorville

Half-a-century past, this used to happen with astonishing regularity in April every three or so years... as the Ol' Perfesser Casey Stengel used to say: "...and you can look it up." More...

Monday, April 16, 2012

Why I'm down on unions!

In the late '70s through the mid-'90, my battles with Local 640 of the I.A.T.S.E. caused a great deal of uproar with its members and business agent, particularly when I went public with it in the mid-'80s in my OtB columns in the old Hampton Chronicle-News.

The series was entitled "Who's running the show?" and centered not on the high rates theater projectionists were getting paid to sit in a booth while a movie was running, but the execrable way they performed their duties. More...

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Ides of April...

Happy Birthday, Jeanne

...are not only Taxes Due Day but someone very special's natal day!

Happy Birthday, my dear dear wife!

This hasn't been the easiest month, but it'll get better... honest promise!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

For the lust for a blonde...

Jessica Dorrell

...a Major College Football Program is, if not lost, then seriously impaired!

The blonde is tall, toothy and morally problematic 25-year-old Jessica Dorrell, a Uni­versity of Arkansas employee who doubled as sexual consort to 51-year-old Razorback football coach, Bobby Petrino.

That "inappropriate relationship" has cost Petrino his job. More...

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

C'mon already, Simon

...enough with the lower lip quivering, "Why's everyone always picking on me?" stuff!

Beach Bakery Could Lose Outdoor Dining Permit

Here's the whiney, snivelly part: More...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Really? Are they freakin' serious?!?

Los Angeles Dodgers

From a release by some idiot in the employ of the Los Angeles Dodgers Press Office, one who is almost certainly still on the sunnier side of 50 years of age!

"Opening Day at Dodger Stadium is Tuesday, April 10 and will launch the club’s season-long celebration of Dodger Stadium's 50th Anniversary. Pregame ceremonies on Opening Day will celebrate the 1962 Los Angeles Dodgers, the first team to ever play at Dodger Stadium...."

O, yeah? How 'bout we celebrate the 1941 U.S. Naval Fleet near Honolulu, Hawaii? More...

Monday, April 09, 2012

'I'm miserable, right?'

Gracie and I have been batching it for the past four days while Jeanne and puppy dog Rosco have been busy upstate tending to an emergency involving her upper octogenarian pater familias.

I was doing fine 'til Saturday evening when I got clob­bered by a nasty head cold which knocked the be­jabbers outta me. More...

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Well, it's a start...

...but ultimately scant more than eyewash in the overall scope of NBC News' instutional dishonesty:

NBC Fires Producer of Misleading Zimmerman Tape

"NBC News has fired a producer who was involved in the pro­duction of a misleading segment about the Trayvon More...

Thursday, April 05, 2012

April Village Board Meeting

This was one of the more important meetings of the year so far, as the tentative 2012-2013 Village Budget was unveiled and abstracted to the modestly well-attended public by Westhampton Beach Mayor Conrad Teller.

The most important aspect of the proposed budget was that, with a 1.96% increase over the current one, it did not "pierce" the New York State-mandated 2% Tax Cap.

But as the Mayor cautioned, that number is depend­ More...

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

'Outright deception' gate... all better now

Whew! That got taken care of pretty quickly!

NBC News apologizes for airing edited version of 911 call placed by George Zimmerman

But it's okay, because it's all in service to a good story, and our nation has clearly shown that it is always More...

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

CoBIS no longer the law of this land

While the acronym is almost certainly unfamiliar to any who are not handgun licensees in New York State, CoBIS (Combined Ballistic Identification System) is a procedure required of all new pistol and revolvers entering the state on or after March 1, 2001.

And "all" includes those service sidearms issued to law enforcement department and agencies... police officers don't get a pass on this one! More...

Monday, April 02, 2012

Outright deception is nothing new...

...for NBC News who this weekend was caught using selectively edited portions of George Zimmerman's 911 call immediately prior to his confrontation with Trayvon Martin on February 26th, to make it appear that the volunteer neighborhood watch captain had racially profiled the young black man he was following.

(Not that NBC is alone in lying to its audience; it's disturbingly widespread.)

On November 17, 1992 Dateline NBC aired an investigative report, "Waiting to Explode," containing crash-test More...

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Tonight's the night...

Richard Madden as "Robb Stark," with his Dire Wolf

...no April Foolin'... that cable HBO brings back the fascinating and boundlessly entertaining "Game of Thrones" for its second season.

The blood is up, not just chez Speir, but in my #2 step-daughter Katrina's household where she and her beau are eagerly awaiting the return as well! More...