On The Beach Blog | June 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012

Someone's got some juice...

...with the County, and it's something Bob Stevens could've used in the heyday of his appliance store on the edge of Gabreski Airport.

Few likely connected two items in the current Southampton Press Western Edition, because one was three columns with a color photo on the lower left of the front page, and the other was a single, unillustrated column on page A3. More...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Et tu, BNB?

This just in from our friends at Bridgehampton National Bank:

"Dear Valued Customer!


Or at least I thought they were our friends 'til I read the rest of the message... More...

Monday, June 25, 2012


"New York is a place where you can do whatever you want to do. The government should get out of your personal life."   NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg


This from the man who, among other things, has proposed a citywide prohibition on food service establishments selling sweetened beverages larger than 16 ounces.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Are you freakin' serious?

My old friend Ti Rouge who lives on the Internet she was once terrified of, forwarded me this yesterday:

"When you have a chance can you use your investigative skills to find out if this link from DrudgeReport.com is real."

The Drudge link led to something called "Weasel Zippers," sub-titled: "scouring the bowels of the internet." More...

Friday, June 22, 2012

From Pat Stinchi's scrapbook...

...courtesy of her son Marcus, a 1998 letter to Hampton Chronicle-News [sigh!] Editor W. Michael Pitcher, authored by the blogger, well before there was a blog.

(It must be noted that paragraph three falls under the heading of: Had I known Then....) More...

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Où sont les neiges d'antan?

The refrain from François Villon's celebrated "Ballade des dames du temps jadis" seems especially apt, for there are three of those ladies in the snapshot Pat Stinchi's son Marcus was gracious enough to forward this afternoon.

December 1996

The time was December 1996, and the occasion More...

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Two too soon...

Updated 06/21/2012 – 12:45 pm

...have just left us and the Village is greatly diminished by their passing.

One of the very best resources of instutional knowledge of Westhampton Beach, Patricia Ann Stinchi, passed away Sunday afternoon at her home on Humphrey Lane follow­ing a brief battle with a terrible illness.

An intensely private person, Pat would have taken More...

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Did I have a really odd dream last night...

...that Joan Levan called me at home and was all charming and sweet in that coquette-ish way she gets with any male under the age of 75?

The 'phone rang just after 6:00 pm, and the Caller ID dis­played the name and number of "Marvin Levan."

Uh oh! More...

Friday, June 15, 2012

And the winnahs are...

...certainly not the real people of Westhampton Beach, for Joan Levan's Lightning Party swept the Trustees' race this evening, leaving Mayor Conrad Teller a lonely voice at the head of Village Government.

Even Mr. Teller's uncontested run for reëlection was not exactly a strong vote of confidence, as he was returned to office with only 216 marks on Row A out of 369 total ballots cast. More...

We mark our ballot...

...and can say with full and utter conviction, "No surprises here!"

Lightning Party campaign sign, as it should read

Deputy Mayor Toni-Jo Birk and Ralph Urban should need to be, respectively, re-elected and elected today when the polls are open in Village Hall between Noon and 9:00 pm. More...

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Again with the last minute lies

Okay, everyone get today's mailing from the Lightning Party, the red and black sheet on white paper playing fast and loose with Deputy Mayor Toni Jo Birk's record and dragging Westhampton Beach Police Chief Ray Dean back into the frey?

Mrs. Birk is a big gal and by now a veteran of Village politics, so she doesn't need OtBB to respond to the obviously politically motivated charges spun by the challengers. More...

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The unholiest of alliances...

Updated 06/12/2012 – 03:49 pm

Joan Levan and Angelo dela Fuente at the front Desk of Villaqe Hall, 3:40 pm, June 11, 2012

...has, with Westhamp­ton Beach Elections just days away, resurfaced for fair as Trustee Candidate Charlie Palmer Jr., former Trustee Joan Levan and shady political operative Angelo de la Fuente have descended on Village Hall with a fistful of Freedom of Information Act requests.

Their objective? To discover some way that the Suffolk County Board of Election's denial of the Lightning Party's challenge to Toni-Jo Birk's Nominat­ing Petition might be appealed. More...

Monday, June 11, 2012

All hail the Kings!

No Cup for the Devils!

The Kings of Los Angeles are now the kings of the National Hockey League, having vanquished the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup Finals, four games to two!

It is the ultimate achievement in profes­sional hockey, and that the Kings are hoisting the Cup, is one of the top sports stories of 2012... Los Angeles was the eighth seed in the Western Conference, having clinched a play-off spot on the penultimate day of the season.

Live long the Kings... 'til one year from now when order is again restored to the NHL as the Detroit Red Wings reclaim Lord Stanley's Cup!

Res ipsa loquitur

Ligthtning Party Campaign signs on Angelo dela Fuente's commercial property on Westhampton-Riverhead Road.

In this instance, it is the photograph which speaks for itself, and raises the question of why does Angelo De La Fuente, who lives in Speonk, institute himself in Westhamp­ton Beach politics every year?

And what nefarious schemes are Empress of Oneck Joan Levan and Señor De La Fuente hatching for this year's Village election on Friday?

Sunday, June 10, 2012

'Daenerys' is the guts of GOT

This will be the first of the past eleven Sunday evenings that there won't be a new episode of "Game of Thrones" on cable HBO, and I for one am glad for the respite so that I can better reflect what Season Two has wrought.

Although I awaited with increasing impatience for the series to return in April, when it appeared it didn't have the "bang" that Season One did... right up until its final ten minutes.

Which is ironic, because the very first ten minutes of More...

Thursday, June 07, 2012

June Village Board Meeting

Uncommonly short session this evening considering there's but eight days 'til the 2012 Village Elections.

All this year's candidates were in attendance, but no one had anything to say... except Mayor Conrad Teller in the course of conducting the meeting, and Deputy Mayor Toni Jo Birk in respect to reading resolutions and signaling in the affirmative as the vote was called. More...


With the annual Village Election a scant eight days away, we turn our attention to last month's Westhampton Beach School District Election, in which budgets passed and one former School Board member beat another for the seat left open by the retirement of Beecher Halsey.

The shocking headline on 27East this week reads:

Westhampton Beach Board Of Education Investigates Allegations of Illegal Electioneering

The gist of the report is that former School Board More...

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

I wasn't enthusiastic about Romney...

...before I saw this news report:

Romney's private e-mail possibly hacked

"The website Gawker reported Tuesday that an anonymous hacker had signed into Romney's personal Hotmail account."

...but now quiet desperation has set in for the future of our troubled Nation! More...

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Life with Levan - I

If anyone thought that the Empress of Oneck had retired from the local political scene when she stepped down from the Village Board last year, it's not so much that "She's baaaaacccck!" as that she never went away.

So this morning's dispatch from the local Patch...

Board of Elections Denies Westhampton Beach Petition Challenge

...came as scant surprise. More...

Monday, June 04, 2012

Dining Out, Eating In

Ahhhhhhhhhhh, Summertime, while not officially here 'til Wednesday, June 20th, but for those who come to the The Hamptons, and those who serve those who come to the The Hamptons, it's been here for the past ten days plus however many hours.

One of the things my wife likes best about "The Season," aside from being able to wriggle her fingers in the earth and making things grow, is that she can again dine on  More...

Sunday, June 03, 2012

My, how the media loves...

...a catchy name, cf: "Jack the Ripper," "the Night Stalker," "the Angel of Death," "the Beltway Sniper," "the White Hispanic Neighborhood Vigilante," ad nauseum.

(Actually, the jury of public acceptance appears to have put the kibosh on the last one.)

The sensation-mongers can't quite decide on the appro­priate tag for the lastest bit of gruesomeness, so More...

Going to the Beach?

"'Mother may I go out to swim?'
Yes, my darling daughter,
Hang your clothes on a hickory limb,
But don't go near the water."

If you're headed for Rogers Beach this morning, be prepared to stay dry!

Same goes for Quantuck Beach Club, Lashley More...

Saturday, June 02, 2012

I'm partial to the classics...

...especially the quotables, like the 120 point black-letter headline in The Detroit Free Press of June 21, 1995:


The heavily-favored Red Wings had just lost a third More...

Friday, June 01, 2012

All hail Johan Santana!

I never thought I'd see it in my lifetime, but the gutsy little New York left-hander just accomplished what no other Mets pitcher before him... not Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Nolan Ryan, Jon Matlack, Ron Darling, Dwight Gooden, Sid Fernan­dez, David Cone, Frank Viola, Mike Hampton or Al Leiter... had ever done while wearing a Mets uniform!

Santana just pitched a no hitter, and he did it against the best hitting team in the National League!