On The Beach Blog | May 2012

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Some numbskull ne'er got the word...

Talk about throwing good money after bad, this arrived in our mailbox this afternoon:

Direct mailer delivered May 31st

Someone at Hummel Distributing Corp. seems to have missed last Friday's relevant announcement.

Former candidate George Demos had positioned him­self as "a true fiscal Conservative."

O, and this First Congressional District printing and mailing had been outsourced to an outfit in Union, New Jersey.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Emotions as erratic…

Lord Stanley's Cup

...as a  Nicklas Lidstrom wrist shot careening off the lively endboards of Joe Louis Arena when I think about, not just the Detroit Red Wings, but the greatest trophy in all of professional sports.

It's one the once mighty "original six" Wings went from 1955 to 1997 without winning although they'd won it four times in six seasons when I lived in the Detroit area in the early '50s.

(Ah! there, Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio, Ted Lindsay and Terry Sawchuck!) More...

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Happy 90th to one of our favorite…

Sir Christopher Lee

...nonagenarians, British actor Sir Christopher Lee, CBE, CStJ, who joined that select group this very day!

The veteran of over 270 screen roles since his film debut in 1946, his towering (6'5") presence and rich, classically-trained bass voice had Lee quickly rising through the ranks of the J. Arthur Rank Organiza­tion, from "carrying a spear" in Laurence Olivier's "Hamlet," to his many pairings with Peter Cushing in the Hammer horror flicks of the mid-'50s and into the '70s, where he played the role of "Count Dracula" a total of 15 times. More...

Friday, May 25, 2012

Can there be a less honorable calling...

...than that of politics? I mean, really!

Demos Withdraws From Congressional Race

...blared a headline late this afternoon on 27East. More...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Are you freakin' kidding me?!?

"Salesman talking to me
Trying to run me up a creek
Say you can buy it, go w'an try it
You can pay me next week. Hah!"
  – Chuck Berry, Too Much Monkey Business, 1956

hah, indeed! Round One of the 2012 "Silly Season" arrived via U.S.P.S. just now, and I almost keeled over on the lawn when I saw the Randy Altschuler mailing! More...

Friday, May 18, 2012

Quogue nixes EłA eruv application

In a five page decision issued at this afternoon's monthly Board of Trustees meeting, the Incorporated Village of Quogue denied the application of the East End Eruv As­sociation to attach lechis to any utility poles within its boundaries.

The decision was unanimous.

Quogue's not entirely unexpected action marks the first formal setback for EłA in its attempt to create a More...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Hooters and whoopers

It was either appalling or I've just gotten too old!

On our way back from sundry family matters in Pennsyl­vania over the weekend, coming up the New Jersy Turnpike Monday afternoon, the big story on WCBS and WINS1 was the President's commencement address at once prestigious Barnard College.

Obama To College Women: 'You Can Be Stylish And Powerful' More...

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Westhampton Beach School District

The outlook wasn't bright for much of a turnout with the dreary weather today, but over 800 intrepid voters made it to Westhampton Beach High School to cast their ballots to decide which former Board of Education member would succeed the retiring Beecher Halsey, and to decide the fate of the cap-piercing school budget.

(Because the proposed budget, with a 2.89% increase, exceeded the State-mandated 2%, a three-fifths ma­jority was necessary for passage.) More...

Friday, May 11, 2012

Post Time 2012

The deadline for nominating petitions to have been filed with the Clerk of the Village of Westhampton Beach Rebecca Molinaro has passed, and there's good news for Mayor Conrad Teller... he's running unopposed!

There are, however, three standing for two vacancies on the Board of Trustees... Leola "Sue" Farrell having decided to not run for a second term... More...

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Not so quietly on Quiogue

(Updated Thursday, 05/10/2012 – 12:16 am. The person who engaged me on the House Tour, originally identified as Cherie Mcgee, was actually Vivianna Garbutt who I have been informed "sings the same song" as the Mcgee letter writers.)

Last Saturday's Westhampton Beach Historical Society's house tour was interesting on several levels, but one which I could not have anticipated was the discovery of a minor tempest being fomented several hundred yards (as the loon flies) to my East on commonly tranquil Quiogue1.

At one of the historical stops, I was engaged in More...

Monday, May 07, 2012

I gotta say...

...last evening's installment of cable AMC's "The Killing," indecipherably entitled "Keylela," did nothing to advance the cause of Native American-controlled casino gaming.

It's been a long time... probably 1968's "The Stalking Moon..." since I last saw American Indians portrayed as brutal bad guys!

Good series, but probably too languidly-paced for most viewers.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

A view from abroad...

Being a "Guest Shot" by Van Howell, a local fellow partially expatriated to England. 40-odd years ago, Van, the late Jay Dudley and I co-published The Moniebogue Press which tilted at sundry windmills like the Shoreham nuclear power plant and turning what is now Gabreski Airport into "a major jetport."

It's been asked before, but let's ask it again: What really motivates the people who oppose the eruv? What does the eruv symbolize that no one is willing to say out loud?

It just hit me... when I saw something that indirectly links Hampton Synagogue to the Ruppert Murdoch media More...

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Nice Historical Tour

The Westhampton Beach Historical Society's inaugural His­toric House Tour went off today, seemingly without a hitch.

And despite less than optimal weather, approximately 100 of the genuinely interested, the mildly curious and the sim­ply supportive laid out $50 for the "self-guided" event. More...

Thursday, May 03, 2012

May Village Board Meeting

Permits for Outdoor Dining and Music dominated the monthly meeting of the Westhampton Beach Village Board this evening, primarily focussing on Simon Jorna and his Beach Bakery Cafe in the center of Main Street.

While much verbiage was read into the record in the form of resolutions for this year and from previous years, and imposing new restrictions on the size of the tables Jorna may place on the sidewalk in front of his premises, the Village Board, with the commendable exception of More...

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Village to EłA: 'Check!'

Maybe even "Check Mate!"

Critical new information regarding Westhampton Beach's defense against the legal assault waged by the East End Eruv Association appeared on the Village Website earler today... and if anyone has seen that vantz Marvin Tenzer recently without a face full of crow feathers, it's only be­cause he has yet to figure out what's happened.

(In fairness, Tenzer isn't the only one flapping his gums and making threats. There's white shoe Robert Sugar­man: "Attorney Warns Quogue Village Not To Reject Eruv Application.") More...