On The Beach Blog | July 2012

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Take that, Jints!

Three of the darkest days of the Summer of 2012 occurred Monday-Wednesday, June 25-27, when the Los Angeles Dodgers... my Los Angeles Dodgers... went to San Fran­cisco and not only lost all three games, but couldn't even score a run!


That was a bitter three days as Giants pitching not only kept the Dodgers off the scoreboard, but gave up just 16 hits!

More importantly, it drew the long-time More...

Spectacle? Yes! Spectacular? No!

Ordinarily not given to pagentry on the small screen, the amusing Facebook commentary from my offspring watching the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics "live" in Western Canada, piqued my interest.

Due to my sister-in-law's visit, I time-shifted NBC's record-setting Friday evening tape-delayed telecast, and have been catching up with it in fits and spurts ever since. More...

Friday, July 27, 2012

About 'Butch Bales'

Leopold Balestrieri, a/k/a 'Butch Bales'

...or, as we now know the new proprietor of the ol' Skyway Lounge to be, one Leo­pold Balestrieri (dob: 01-01-1964) seen in this 2010 Palm Beach County "mugshot."

At issue were two charges of kiting a check in violation of Florida Statute 832.05-3096, "Giving worth­less checks, drafts, and debit card orders."

Both charges, however, were quickly withdrawn. More...

Thursday, July 26, 2012

July Planning Board Work Session

Planning Board Chairman Victor E. Levy rarely turns a hair... in the 30+ years I've known him, I'd only seen him "lose it" twice, once as a Trustee during Hizzoner Robert W. Morgan Jr., 15th and almost final Mayor of Westhampton Beach's only term of office, and then, more mildly, as a resident in a confrontation with former Deputy Mayor Jim Kametler.

This afternoon was incident #3... and in the Chairman's de­fence, there was, as there had been in the prior instances, considerable provocation. More...

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

So now they're getting serious about...

Updated 07/25/2012 – 12:51 pm

...getting some action on the vehicular homicide of Sister Jacqueline Walsh on Monday, July 9th.

On Tuesday morning, just over two weeks following her death, Suffolk County Crime Stoppers has ponied up a $5,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of suspect Carlos Armando Ixpec-Chitay. More...

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Funniest adv. I've see this year...

...local category, can been found on page A8 of the current Southampton Press Western Edition:

(Disclaimer: To the best of my knowledge I have never met Dr. K.J. Malone, nor do I have any personal or pro­fessional relationship with his practice.) More...

Monday, July 23, 2012

JoPa comes tumbling down...

Paterno statue removed

...with the Penn State football program closely following for the foreseeable future.

In a scene reminiscent of the toppling of the statues of Saddam Hussain, Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stalin, yesterday the Penn State Board of Trustees belatedly struck the statue of disgraced football coach Joe Paterno.

This morning the National More...

Sunday, July 22, 2012

So this is what the once-proud Peacock...

...has come to! Brandon Tartikoff would be spinning in his crypt at Mount Sinai Memorial Park if he knew what network NBC is rolling out for their 2012-2013 season.

  • "Guys with Kids" - a comedy with Anthony Ander­son, and already re-titled "DILFs," but which the network's Standards and Practices division, if it still exists, should make them change again.


Saturday, July 21, 2012

They're b a a a c k...

...and by the busload this weekend, the lesser of today's two local events... the other being the annual Joe Koziarz Memorial Certified 5K Run & Walk... in Westhampton Beach.

An actual bus pulled up on Howell Lane this morning and disgorged a score of U.W.U.A. 1-2 activists to protest/dem­onstrate/mill about in front of the home of ConEd Presi­dent and Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Burke. More...

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Whatever happened to Caveat Emptor?

Real estate speculator/developer Micky Biss, who owns the Montauk Highway frontage from Oak Street to Lilac Road, is mad at the Village in which he resides part-time be­cause, in his words, reported by Erin McKinley on 27East:

"There is an attitude that is pervasive here that has, in many ways, hindered business in the village. Every po­tential tenant who I knew that had the financial backing to survive in that location all said 'no thanks' after talking to the village."

The specific property at issue contains The Corner More...

Linsanity era over in NYC

"If you ever go to Houston, you better walk right,
you better not squabble, you better not fight"
  – Huddie Leadbetter, "The Midnight Special"

Weren't ya running with me 'n' Leadbelly, Jeremy?

Jeremy Lin burst brilliantly on the National Basketball Association scene this past February, and the New York Knickerbockers reaped the benefits both on More...

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Something that made me say 'Whaaa?'

My innate curiosity... in the original Scots, "Speir" means "one who questions..." made me follow the link in Monday's Patch item about the "Jewish Character" of the Hamptons.

Citing The Jewish Chronicle, Editrix Erica Jackson writes:

"...the Hamptons, from Montauk to Westhampton Beach, is fast becoming a Jewish hotspot, with Jewish institutions flourishing in an area that is best known for celebrities and the well-heeled."

My first thought was that the source writer she is using, Peter Rothholz, was auditioning for a byline with one of the New York City tabloids, the ones which, especially in More...

Monday, July 16, 2012

Coincidences? I think not!

First Cable HBO debuts former wunderkind Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" (about which more later), and then last night, Cable USA introduced us to "Political Animals," being billed as a "Limited Series Event."

(I suspect "Limited" is included as preemptive spin in case of either early cancellation or non-renewal.)

Most of the Monday morning TV reviewers have picked up on the as-blatant-as-"Primary Colors" similarities More...

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Is this the Kidd's last fight?

"C'mon, Kid! C'mon, Kid!
Let's hit'em with a left and a right.
Go on, Kid! Go on, Kid!
But how were they to know it was the kid's last fight?"
  – Frankie Laine, "The Kid's Last Fight" (1954)

Headline story all over the 'Net today, including 27East:

New York Knicks' Jason Kidd Charged With DWI After Crash Early Sunday In Water Mill

Oopsie! More...

ConEd lock-out strife hits the Village

I'm still down on unions! And the local activities of Utility Workers Union of America Local 1-2 (U.W.U.A. 1-2, AFL-CIO) on Saturday reminded me of why.

Found this on our lawn yesterday afternoon: More...

Saturday, July 14, 2012

No surprises here

News item in this week's Southampton Press Western Edition (p.A3) which caught my eye:

Lawsuit Says Town Used The System As A Weapon

(Also on 27East as: "Remsenburg Man Plans To Sue Riverhead Town, Seek $10 Million In Damages")

The good news is that it's Riverhead, not Southampton!

This is this gist: More...

Friday, July 13, 2012

Updating 'A Trustee's lot...'

OtBB notes the addition this afternoon of the following bizarre quote from a Westhampton Beach Trustee to Erin McKinley's July 10th 27East report:

Developer Will Again Ask Westhampton Beach To Hold Public Hearing On Supermarket Proposal

"Village Trustee Patricia DiBenedetto said she does not know if the board will entertain Mr. Mendelson's More...

Thursday, July 12, 2012

A Trustee's lot is not a happy one...

...but then that's why they get the big bucks and those lifetime health benefits!

Reported today on 27East and local Patch:

Developer Will Again Ask Westhampton Beach To Hold Public Hearing On Supermarket Proposal

We kinda knew that Andrew Mendelson has been More...

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Now that...

...is the National League I remember from my teens and early 20s!

2012 All-Star Game
National League 8 10  0 
American League 0  0 

Musial, Mays, Matthews, Marichal, Aaron, Campanella, Banks, Snider, Spahn and Drysdale!

A thousand words...

...and it's not even my image, but one used as a header on a blogspot entitled Shopping in Westhampton Beach NY:

Illegal U-Turn on Main Street, Westhampton Beach

If the reduced size image above isn't clear to you, check out the original, full-size one in context.

Here's a clue... what's wrong with that picture? More...

Monday, July 09, 2012

Oops, they've done it again...

...being Newsday last evening, referencing something on the East End without clue the first as to where it is...

Twilight parking fee sparks repeal effort

"The $4-a-car charge from 5 to 8 p.m. began June 23 at Smith Point County Park in Shirley and Cupsogue Beach County Park in Westhampton Beach."

Where exactly is Cupsogue Beach?

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Concert on the Great Lawn

"The Concert for Steve & John" is becoming an annual event organized by Derek Araujo whose family runs Firehouse Pizza, and is presented in service to an excellent cause.

And tonight at 6:00 pm is exactly the use to which the field at Main Street and Potunk Lane should be put. More...

Friday, July 06, 2012

Social Note

(Being in the style of the '50s Hampton Chronicle.)

Over the Fourth of July holiday Mr. and Mrs. Dean Speir of East Main Street hosted a cousin of their adoptive children Gracie and Rosco, Ike, adoptive offspring of Mrs. Speir's daughter Katrina and her beau Jim Hardy, visiting from their home in Philadelphia.

Ike remained at the 82-year-old Speir homestead through the weekend as Kate and Jim toured New England, More...

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Ben Davidson (1940-2012)

Ben Davidson in his Oakland Raider days

Time ran out yesterday for "Big Ben" Davidson, a victim of prostate cancer.

The name may not resonate with many today, but 45 years ago, he was an iconic figure in professional football... and not always for the best of reasons1.

Never doubt his credentials on the gridiron... he was More...

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Further evidence that once respected...

...Newsday has slipped lower than pond scum and feels that it can with impunity flip the bird to Westhampton Beach, from "Life on Long Island:"

"One of the most exciting things about the Hamptons in the summer is the influx of celebrities. It seems at every turn, someone is spotting Alec Baldwin, Ed Burns or Howard Stern -- but when word gets out that an unex­pected famous face is to make an appearance some­where east of Westhampton Beach, the buzz fills blogs, More...

Monday, July 02, 2012

July Village Board Meeting

This evening's organizational meeting provided no real surprises, as Mayor Conrad Teller was formally re-upped for a fourth two year term, and victorious Lightning Party candidates Ralph Urban and Charlie Palmer Jr. were sworn in and given their magnetic key fobs to Village Hall.

Everyone who held a non-elected municipal position was reappointed... with the notable exceptions of Associate Village Justice J. Lee Snead, who many feel tanked the Shock sign ordinance case earlier this year, and Special Prosecutor Hermon Bishop. More...

Doom and Gloom...

Being reflections on the second worst election result in the 53 years I've been clocking Westhampton Beach politics.

(The worst, of course, was 2004 which gave us Jim Kametler and we know what happened there.)

We'll have to see following this evening's annual Village Board Organizational Meet­ing where appointments More...

Sunday, July 01, 2012

'Net Babble: Moose

This came from an old friend with a lot of forwards at­tached... it's been making the rounds since last November and in all likelihood is apocryphal... but it's funny!

The accompanying text reads:

"This actually happened when some guys from Maine dressed a truck up with one guy spread-eagled on the roof while the driver and passengers put on Moose heads." More...