On The Beach Blog | September 2012

Sunday, September 30, 2012

A 'Guilty Pleasure' returns...

...this evening on network ABC as "Revenge" begins its pot-boiling second season on a new night.

A year ago I wrote that the series...

"...is not destined to become a Wednesday evening regular chez Speir...."

...but, to borrow a phrase from the Watergate era, that information "is no longer operative." More...

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Came close one Summer...

Howard Andrew 'Andy' Williams (1927-2012)

...it had to be 1958... and I came within a whisker of meeting Andy Williams, who passed away this week following a 14-month fight against urothelial cancer.

It was during the time in my life when I was "car-crazy" and noticed everything about every car around as I toured about in my otherwise nondescript light green 1953 Ford. There was one metallic blue 1958 Chevy Impala convertable which More...

Friday, September 28, 2012

Meeting changed...

...to Tuesday, October 9 at 7:00 pm at Hampton Bays Senior Nutrition Center, 25 Ponquoque Avenue, for the purposes of discussing proposed regulations affecting waterfowling within the Town.

Poster

I'm not a hunter, but over the decades I've seen the en­croachment of urbanites who'd worked tirelessly to curtail if not outright eliminate all forms of firearms-related sports, including but not limited to water fowling, upland hunting and target shooting, so I support duck and goose hunters on principle.

If you have an interest in this pastime, attend and if not be heard, find out what the Town Trustees have in mind.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

It's already 'f'ugly'...

...in this year's 1st Congressional District Race between incumbent Tim Bishop (D, NY) and repeat challenger and failed Green Party candidate from New Jersey, Randy Altschuler (R).

And it's getting worse as this week has already seen three large format post cards from the candidates in my mail box, in a campaign that long ago "went negative" with serious charges leveled by both camps. More...

And not a moment too soon!

But three days too late for the Packers... headline tonight:

NFL, referees reach deal to end lockout, plan to get back to work Thursday in Baltimore

So the National Football League's lock-out of its game officials is over, and anyone who doubts that Monday evening's contest between Green Bay and Seattle wasn't instrumental in resolving this dispute, still puts cookies and milk on the hearth on Christmas Eve.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Why 'Waldo' isn't at the movies no mo'

The answer is simply 'cause goin' to the movies has become too problematic an exercise.

Time was when gasoline was 68¢-$1.19/gallon, and in my "Waldo Lydecker" persona, it was easy to fill three 90-second spots each week during the Don Brink early drive-time show on WRCN-FM.

Aside from the two movie venues in Westhampton More...

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Hey, Roger Goodell!

The feared B.S. flag

As a National Football League/Detroit Lions fan since well before you were born, I'm throwing the yellow flag on your actions as league Commissioner this week!

The "replacement referees" issue was al­ready at a boil before last evening's Green Bay-Seattle game, but now it's gone nuclear.

By now everyone and their idiot brother-in-law knows how badly the fill-in refs blew the final eight seconds of More...

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The good news on the evening...

...is that the "Primetime Emmys" recognized some worthy nominees with awards, most notably:

  • While HBO's "Veep" didn't win for Outstanding Comedy Series, Julia Louis-Dreyfus won Outstanding Actress in that category. More...

Everyone up for the Emmys

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I've never paid too much attention to "The Emmy Awards," mostly because of the traditionally dreadful quality of tele­vision programming, but then I noted that some of the non-network fare was getting recognized, and after last year's event honored Peter Dinklage for the standout performance as a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in HBO's "Game of Thrones"

I mean, the last time I took more than a cursory look at the "awards" was eight years ago when Drea de Matteo More...

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Clint's back...

Poster for "Trouble with the Curve"

...Eastwood, of course, and it's not an empty chair he's talking to, but his recal­citrant urinary tract in the opening scene of "Trouble with the Curve" which opened last evening at the Hamptons Arts.

Now I was led to believe that 2009's "Gran Torino" was to be Eastwood's swan song in front of the camera, but as Bogey memorably admitted in "Casablanca:" More...

Friday, September 21, 2012

I knew I'd seen her...

Waitress Sandee

...somewhere before when she was taking our dinner order at New Moon Café last weekend, but it took me awhile before I got it.

Our server, Sandy Silver­man, was channeling Pitts­burgh illustrator J. Howard Miller's iconic February 1942 "We Can Do It!" poster com­missioned by Westing­house's War Production Co­ordinating Committee, cre­ated to recruit women into the workforce while the More...

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Rosco's and Gracie's new best friend...

Brian Bossetta

...is our neighbor a street and a half hence, author, actor and former South­ampton Press reporter, Brian Bossetta.

Fortunately for Gracie and Rosco, the puppy my wife never had when she was a little girl, chez Bossetta is pooch-friendly, and when Brian spotted them in his yard, both his heart and his door opened to the two run-aways. More...

Big 'Atta Boys' to...

...Superintendent John Kearns and the entire Westhamp­ton Beach Department of Public Works for their speedy and top-notch replacement of the plastic retaining strip on the edge of our front lawn which had through inadvertence, been mangled by a piece of Village equipment.

Mrs. Speir is once again happy... therefore I am as well.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

September Trustees Work Session

The September Village Trustees Work Session opened with a moment of silence in respect to former Deputy Mayor Mark Raynor who passed away last week.

The opening discussion involved a tentative plan to recon­tour the Northwest corner of the intersection of Mon­tauk Highway (C.R. 80) and Old Riverhead Road (C.R. 31) to create a turning lane for Southbound vehicles attempt­ing a right-hand turn. More...

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

O the irony!

Christmas on Main Street in mid-September

Rosh Hashanah began in the evening of Sunday, September 16, and ends this evening, Tuesday, September 18.

Why is this evening different from all other evenings?

Because while Rosh Hashanah may be ending, several areas of West­hampton Beach's Main Street are already fully "dressed" for the Christmas holidays! More...

First Impression: 'The Mob Doctor'

My niece Laura asked me yesterday if I was ready for Fox's only new drama series for the 2012-2013 TV season,"The Mob Doctor," and I sheepishly admitted that I hadn't even heard of it.

And now that I have, I'm sorry I did. Three words:

preposterous!

The sole reason I watched the damned thing was More...

Monday, September 17, 2012

A star(let) in born...

...last evening on the Season 3 premiere of cable HBO's "Board­walk Empire" in the episode entitled "Resolution."

Her name is Meg Chambers Steedle, and if any unknown ever dominated an established series1 the way she does, it escapes my memory. More...

Sunday, September 16, 2012

When Manny couldn't be 'Manny'...

...anymore, he upped and quit.

Remember Manuel Arístides Ramírez Onelcida, the oft-times quirky power-hitting outfielder from the Dominican Republic, for whom so much questionable behavior was excused with a shrug and the apologia, "It's just Manny being Manny?"

(When one is capable of hitting 45 homers in a season and driving in 165 runs, with a career batting average of .312, much is forgiven.) More...

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Equal Time the last time

No Hospice on Quiogue

Hereinunder is Cherie Magee's lengthy sur-reply to the responsive Comments to Sun­day's "Equal time entry."

Ms. Mcgee, OtBB is for the final time, yours to advance your position: More...

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Just so as everyone's...

...on the same page about the proposed East End Hospice facility on Quiogue, here's some graphical aids, starting with an aerial rendering of the project.

(Note: not sure when Cranberry Marsh was known as "Aspatuck River," but someone probably found that description on an ancient deed.) More...

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Mark Raynor (1954-2012)

Mark Raynor (08/29/1954-09/11/2012

One of the authentic "Sons of West­hampton Beach" lost his 21-month battle with cancer this morning when former Deputy Mayor Mark Raynor passed away at his home on Bridle Path.

In addition to his position within Village Government, Mark also served as Fire Chief... as a Raynor such was preor­dained... with the West­hampton Beach Fire Department. More...

Is Shelly Silver that stupid?

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver

The recent news about long-time New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been unsettling, cf:

Watchdog Group Pushes Ethics Board to Probe Reason for Silver's Secret Payout

At issue is the Speaker's decision to not reveal the expenditure of $103,080 in public funds to two female staffers in the legislative More...

Monday, September 10, 2012

Well, convinced me!

Teenaged Amanda Bynes

I must preface this entry with assurances that OtBB is not evolving into the vacuous People Magazine or the loathsome TMZ.

But there is some "celebrity news" which simply cannot be ignored, and this past week's reports of teen-airhead-turned-20-something train-wreck Amanda Bynes is just such an item: More...

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Equal time

No Hospice on Quiogue

The following was submitted by Cherie Magee as a Comment to August 24th's "I hate it when...," but is published here to make sure the "No Hospice on Quiogue" side gets a fair airing.

Ms. Mcgee, OtBB is yours: More...

Happy Birthday to a fellow Virgo...

...and (so far) ideal neighbor, Adam Sandler, who, wher­ever he is at the moment, today turns 46.

One wouldn't know it unless one took the time to cross-check his impressive film résumé against Variety's annual box office grosses, but Mr. Sandler is one of the top three movie stars in the world.

Equally impressive from this jaded perspective is that he's a "Saturday Night Live" alumni who hasn't made news for any of the wrong reasons.

Friday, September 07, 2012

By light of day...

Glover's Lane looking South from the municipal parking lot.

...the exact problem discussed at last evening's Village Board meet­ing in regard to traffic traveling the wrong way on the One-Way portion of Glover's Lane, becomes much clearer.

It's not that the passage between the Mill Road municipal parking lot and Glover's Lane isn't adquately marked, because it is. More...

Thursday, September 06, 2012

September Village Board Meeting

Decent-sized turnout for what was a relatively nondescript monthly meeting of the Westhampton Beach Village Board this evening, one which lasted just over 40 minutes.

Andrew Mendelson

During Public Comment developer/specula­tor Andrew Mendelson again took to the podium and tried to pass off his 2011 Poll and current on-line petition as an actual application to change the B3 Zoning District to include the words "Grocery Store" or More...

For the second week running...

...the Editorial in this morning's Southampton Press Western Edition is what used to be known in the old days as "hard-hitting."

Last Thursday, Editor Frank Costanza took Westhampton Beach's Fire Commissioners to task for not having more and better answers to provide attendees at August 22nd's Fire District Informational Meeting... which was a bit silly as there was really no one there to ask the questions. More...

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

North Mall a mafia money dump?

What did we miss of interest to Westhampton Beachers during the 2½ month-long "Dog Days of August?"

It wasn't anything close to the celebrated "Headless Body in Topless Bar" front page tabloid headline of 1983, but...

Mogul accused of bilking mother-in-law of $10 million

...on July 27's Daily News Page 6 had a local angle. More...

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Where would the publishing world be…

...without Jeffrey MacDonald, the Queens born graduate of Patchogue High and Princeton University, and later a 6th Special Forces Group Surgeon convicted of annihilating his family while posted to Fort Bragg in February 1970?

One of the OtBB faithful recently brought up the name in conjunction with today's publication of "A Wilderness of Error: The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald" by Academy Award-winning documentary film-maker Errol Morris. More...

Monday, September 03, 2012

Oopsie!

What's wrong with this image from the Old Navy catalogue? Let us count the ways:

  1. There was no "AFC" (American Football Conference) in 1961; it did not exist until the American and National Football leagues merged in 1970.
  2. The Houston Texans did not come into being 'til the NFL expanded in 2002. More...

Sunday, September 02, 2012

What fun!

It has happened at irregular times... weddings, funerals or when one of boys is properly motivated by a strong enough desire to call the clan... and we have a family reunion.

The current one is the closest yet to home... all five of my cousins grew up next door to me, but now make their homes elsewhere distant... on Moriches Island, chez Dalmasse. More...