On The Beach Blog | August 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

A headline you'll never see...

...in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Boston Globe or The Southampton Press... and definitely not on AOL-owned Patch!

Armed bystander stops stabbing outside school

But there it was on the WOAI News4 (San Antonio, More...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The two best college basketball players…

...in the country during my Senior year at Adelphi, were both from New York, but only one played here, Barry Kramer, from Schenectady who played at NYU.

The other was Art Heyman, a kid from Manhattan who played high school hoops at Oceanside. His big rival wasn't Kramer, but Brooklyn-born Larry Brown, who played at Long Beach High School. More...

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

What a lady does not do…

...according to Mona Charen, a Conservative pundit and political analyst who is a syndicated columnist for, among other media, The Baltimore Sun.

I noted back in the '70s that the "Sexual Revolution" seem­ed to have passed me by, but for Charen, 17 years my junior, it not only missed her entirely, but she appears stunningly impervious to it having occurred at all. More...

Monday, August 27, 2012

Freedoms… Numerical Confusion

In preparing yesterday's OtBB entry about the Left Coastal views of our local eruv battles, I discovered that Jewish People Opposed to the Eruv has just launched a new Website, one that is heads and shoulders above its original Web presence.

(My compliments, Arnie, et al... if you had clue the first about how overdue this was, you'd've gone into your own pocket within a week of the blogspot's debut in 2008. Gawd, that was a visual horror and illegible to boot!) More...

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The West Coast weighs in...

...on the on-going issue of the eruv chazerot which has turned Westhampton Beach and its environs into a religious war zone since it was first proposed before the Village Board in early 2008.

This round of words started ten days ago when an associate professor at Pepperdine University School of Law, Michael A. Helfand, authored a Los Angeles Times Op-Ed entitled:

An eruv in the Hamptons? Why not?

It is the professor's considered opinion that the More...

Friday, August 24, 2012

Matutinal Mayhem in Midtown Manhattan

(Credit for the snappy alliterative title goes to Tim de Illy.)

I haven't spend so much time glued to the TV set since April 19, 1994, when our Federal Government willfully incinerated 75 male, female and youth off-shoot Protestants in an ef­fort to get one pedophile to surrender.

(It was the largest number of murders by fire since The Bronx' Happy Land arson four years earlier.)

As most now know, shots were fired in midtown Big More...

I hate it when...

...News12LI shows up anywhere near the area as their "news" coverage is generally substandard and superficial, commonly of the New York City tabloid-esque "let's show all our have-nots what The Hamptons are all about" variety!

But credit where credit is due, and their current report...

Hospice plans in Quioque have neighbors up in arms

...which debuted around 5:15 pm yesterday, isn't More...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

O, Anna, really?!

Hot story from Hampton Bays this week has broken on this morning's Southampton Press front page... a fuller version1 hit 27East yesterday morning:

Southampton Town Councilman Says Legal Action Could Be In Rumba's Future

Ignore if you can the quasi-heroic photo of Southampton Town Councilman Jim Malone addressing the More...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Wednesday evening meetings

At the monthly Village Trustees Work Session which started at 7:00 pm, nothing much happened.

Clerk of the Village Rebecca Molinaro took municipal notice of today's ruling by State Supreme Court Judge R. Bruce Cozzens that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's 0.34% payroll mobility tax is unconstitutional, and how it might impact Westhampton Beach which is moving to reclaim money "illegally" collected since 2009. More...

Informational Meeting Tonight...

Westhampton Beach Fire Department shield

...and it is furiously to be hoped that the presentation by the Westhampton Beach Fire District goes a helluva lot better than the last one held in this Village just over four years ago.

But then, Chairman of the Fire Commission, Frederick D. Overton (or, as we've always known him, "Fred") is no Joel Cohen so this should proceed smoothly. More...

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Like a rhumba of rattlesnakes...

...a flange of LaRouche followers regularly show up with crudely-made signs and banners to pitch their card tables and petitions before the 11978 post office.

Today was one of those days:

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

Lyndon LaRouche (a/k/a "Lyn Marcus"), it may be recalled, is the once quadrennial Presidential candidate, paroled felon, economist, conspiracy theorist and political extremist who's less than three weeks shy of nonagenarian status.

You say 'po-tah-toe'...

Struck by this morning's Reuters' headline reporting the death of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi:

Ethiopian strongman and Western ally, Meles, dies

It's a very informative headline... tells us most of what we need to know about the decedent. More...

Monday, August 20, 2012

Stoopid is as stoopid does

Updated 08/21/2012 – 12:57pm

...and right now I can't think of anyone more stoopid than suspended San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera who, in an attempt to avoid the mandatory sanction for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, created a fake Website offering a non-existent product containing the prohibited drug.

The next step was to plead "Really? I didn't know..." in the vain hope that he would avoid the 50-game rip. More...

Sunday, August 19, 2012

I did it... it was me!

Coda to last Tuesday's "Feedback..."

"I wound up with two pair, in Khaki and Sand, with Sales Tax and Delivery, for $29.30... and I have every confi­dence that I'll be a happy chappy!

That's with the proviso that a cold snap doesn't set in before they are delivered...."

U.S.P.S. dropped off my two new pair of J.C. Penney's Towncraft® Elastic Volley Shorts in this afternoon's mail, and I am in fact a decidedly "happy chappy!" More...

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Let's hear it for 'Seniors,' damnit!

Initially, yesterday's Fox News report...

Agencies tamp down speculation over hollow-point ammo purchases

...irked the bejabbers outta me with its lead paragraph:

"Obscure federal agencies triggered a firestorm of con­spiracy theories1 this week after they put out orders for thousands of rounds of deadly hollow-point bullets."

Wha-at??? More...

Friday, August 17, 2012

It's not just the weather...

...that's heating up hot, with more than 11 weeks to go 'til the polls open on Election Day, the NY-1 campaigns just went from zero-to-55mph this very day.

Tim Bishop's mailing

This afternoon's U.S.P.S. brought a slightly smaller than Randy Altschuler's large postcard from yesterday, mailed from Congressman Timothy Bishop.

[yawn!] More...

Two things immediately struck me...

...about yesterday afternoon's large postcard mailing from Randy Altschuler:

Randy Altschuler mailer

More...

Not so Bissful after all...

Being a continuation of "Bissfully unaware..."

I dunno... perhaps it's the "Dog Days," the Dies Caniculares of August through which we've been sweltering since mid-June... but of late it seems the Village been aggressively assailed by idiots in squadrons...

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Bissfully unaware...

...which is how one might characterize Micky Biss, who describes himself as "someone who owns a substantial amount of property in Westhampton Beach."

Biss is under the impression that he knows more about the legalities of land use because he "has developed several properties in both Miami and New York," and is apparently married to an attorney, and that together they know more than Village Attorney Richard Haefeli and Building Administra­tor Paul Houlihan, per this updated report by Erin More...

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

'Cheat, Cheat, Never Beat?'

Except that perhaps that old playground axiom should be revised to "Cheat, Cheat, Never Beat!"

The big sports story this afternoon was that former New York Yankees (2002–2009), current San Francisco Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera had been suspended 50 games after testing positive for abnormally elevated levels More...

'K-Grease' (1977-2012)

Terrible news from out East this morning when it was learned that Keith S. Greene, 35, who affected the persona "K-Grease," died as a result of drowning at Southampton Village Beach off Wyandanch Lane.

Keith grew up above his family-owned restaurant on Elm Street, just East of the Southampton train station. More...

OMG!

"Hope you had your stuff together.
Hope you were quite prepared to die.
Looks like we had some nasty weather...."

Ambien 10, #5421

Anyone not awakened in the wee small of this morning had to have been in a hermet­ically sealed bedroom with the air condi­tioning on full blast, or have gone to bed with a snootful of Ambien 10... or hooch... or possibly all three! More...

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Feedback...

...we get feedback! O, boy!, do we get feedback, be it via OtBB Comment, E-mail, 'Phone calls, Heliograph, or little notes in purple ink left on my doorstep.

It would seem that yesterday's discursive gripe about the unavailability of men's shorter-than-what-is-presently-in-vogue shorts, struck a responsive chord with a number of OtBB visitors, and despite my frustration with the knavish trickery of some Webmasters to lure me to their More...

Monday, August 13, 2012

Damn Liars!

Seven years back, I thought that Dockers Waterside was thoroughly unscrupulous for registering a Web address identical to The Peconic Baykeeper except that it used the .net domain instead of .org, and then duplicating the real Peconic Baykeeper's keywords for the .net site.

(Quick Tutorial: "keywords" are part of the Meta Tags that Webmasters place in a Webpage's header, visible only to Search Engines like Google, Yahoo! and Bing which Internet browsers use to find the Website with the information they seek.) More...

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Urp...

...which is as close as I wish to get to the sound of my own reverse peristalsis when an OtBB reader, recalling this entry from March, sent me a link to the latest endeavor by which Nadya Denise Doud-Suleman, dubbed "Octomom," is trying to supplement her State of California public assistance stippend.

We knew about the relatively modest "topless" photos for which she posed for the British tabloid Closer, but this one caught me by surprise: More...

Saturday, August 11, 2012

'Bourne #4' a poor legacy

I had actually been looking forward to the latest install­ment in "The Bourne Trilogy" but somewhere I seem to have disremembered that "tri" signifies three, and "The Bourne Legacy" is number four!

In police work, that would have been known as "a clue."

The movie opened in both Westhampton Beach and More...

Thursday, August 09, 2012

August Planning Board Meeting

Although the calendar was long... nine Holdovers, one De­cision, three New Applications, an Extension, one item for "Discussion," a Referral from the Trustees, a Miscellaneous and the ever-present yet-to-be recorded Covenants... the Planning Board's August Agenda was disposed of in under 45 minutes.

  1. Robert Burger was held over for a Decision at the September Meeting regarding to a second floor addition to a Mitchell Road condominium. More...

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

The way he was...

Marvin Frederick Hamlisch

My former around-the-corner-on-Griffing Avenue neighbor, Marvin Hamlisch, age 68, died in Los Angeles on Monday "after a brief illness," according to the obits who write such things when they don't have any real information.

Forty years ago Hamlisch, off his triple Academy Awards coup for "The Way We Were" and "The Sting," was one of the hottest show business properties around, and before he was finished had also won another Oscar, four Emmys, a Grammy, a Tony, two Golden Globes and even a Pulitzer Prize. More...

New News on the Eruv

After several months of apparent inactivity on the eruv chatzerot front, yesterday the Village Website mounted three new sets of documents, legal filings each.

  1. Westhampton Beach's Answer to the Utility Companies' Complaint, dated July 9, 2012.
  2. A new lawsuit filed by Jewish People for the Betterment of Westhampton Beach (a/k/a J.P.O.E.), dated July 30, 2012. More...

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Moron du jour

That dubious distinction goes to New York State Senator José R. Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) for his proposed legis­lation to limit the sale of firearms ammunition to 500 rounds per customer per month.

Peralta's initiative was reported in yesterday's New York Times:

After Shootings, Push in Albany for Tougher Gun Laws

...which quoted the Queens-based lawmaker: More...

Monday, August 06, 2012

Another peal in the death knell...

...for Political Correctitude which has become distressingly pervasive over the past three decades.

It is the social practice which substitutes "Right Thinking" for "Clear Thinking" and "Coyness" for "Plain Speaking," examples of which are legion!

(One absurd example was discussed here last February.)

It is the very antithesis of that which, if it didn't More...

Saturday, August 04, 2012

Sorry, but it's a little late...

...for a political campaign to be having telephone pollsters calling around asking voters what issues they feel are most important to them!

(We had two such calls this week!)

It's three months until the general election, for the love of Pete Rogers... if at this point you don't know the critical issues uppermost in the minds of the people you want to represent, why the hell are you standing for office!

I want to know what a candidate for public office thinks are the issues and what his or her position is, not what he thinks I want to hear!

Thursday, August 02, 2012

August Village Board Meeting

None of the anticipated contretemps came to pass during an orderly and relatively brief monthly Village Board meeting this evening with only developer Andrew Mendelson, as ad­vertised, and his fellow Old Riverhead Road property owner Angelo dela Fuente speaking during Public Discussion.

Mendelson, unctuously soaping the two new members of the Board, asserted that he has filed with the "Town{sic} an application" to have the words "grocery store" added to the listed permitted uses in the Business 3 district. More...

TV got one right for a change!

OtBB has written about Cable USA's "Royal Pains" since its debut three years ago, and not always in the most compli­mentary of terms.

Last evening's episode, "Manimal," contained a sequence that could have been torn from recent head­lines, specifically the ones on 27East. More...

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Chef Leopold, as you've never...

...seen him before, in an image accompanying a story on 27East:

Stop Work Orders Issued For New BBQ Restaurant In Westhampton Beach

Leopold Balestrieri - click for full-size original

The image was provided to The Southampton Press by Chef Leopold Balestrieri himself, having declined to have a photograph taken by the reporter interviewing him about the difficulties he's been experiencing with the Village of Westhampton Beach in getting his new restaurant, The Buckhead Grill, open this Summer.

Ah, Vanity, thy name is Leo.