On The Beach Blog | February 2013

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Screw Verizon!

Used to have 'phone service from Verizon... gave it up about a dozen years ago for the attractive [warning! warning! warning!] Triple Play offer from Cablevision (since rebranded as Optimum).

Aside from the occasional musing about FiOS, about which a friend in Putnam County is most enthusiastic, I haven't given Verizon1 much of a thought until we were cleaning up after Superstorm Sandy in November. More...

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I did not know that!

Courtesy of my daughter, thousands of miles away, but still interested in all things Long Island:

Long Island Iced Tea

...in which the inventor1 of the popular adult beverage, Bob "Rosebud" Butt talks about its origins... at the OBI East!

Can there be a more compelling argument for designating the place by Shinnecock Canal "landmark" status and pre­serving it from development or [shudder!] demolition?

  1. There are, not surprisingly, sayers of "Nay!"

Monday, February 25, 2013


...and it's not just about the impending cessation of Saturday mail deliveries, though one wonders how the Postal Service ever managed, when First Class letters for only the cost of a 3¢ stamp, to keep afloat delivering mail twice-a-day, six days a week!

Yes, our Congressman Tim Bishop has been making noises in opposition to the reduction of postal services, saying...

"...that the United States Postal Service should take all appropriate measures to ensure the continuation of its 6-day mail delivery service." More...

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Oscars 2013

Filmdom's annual orgy of self-congratulations has of late become an embarrassing hot mess, and this evening's three-hour plus telecast on network ABC did nothing to stop the slide much less reverse it.

(Fledgling host Seth MacFarlane... Seth WHO?... cer­tainly wasn't up to the task. I know Bob Hope and Johnny Carson weren't available, but couldn't anyone reach out to Billy Crystal?) More...

Friday, February 22, 2013

Dinner and two ball games

Had a so-so dinner at Mahogany's in Speonk, surrounded by probably a dozen big-screen TV sets, most of which were tuned to one of two NBA games this evening.

My interest was in the contest from Toronto's Air Canada Centre where the Raptors hosted the Knicks who, after a brilliant start to the season, have been playing like the Wash­ington Generals for the past ten weeks. More...

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sooner or later...

...one's misdeeds and blighted character catch up with them, and I'm delighted I lived to see it happen with Peconic Bay Medical Center's President and CEO Andrew J. Mitchell!

Goodales sue Peconic Bay Med Center

...read the News-Review headline, while 27East More...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

'Say WHAT?' Again!

Garry McCarthy

And as it did last week, it again emanates from Chicago, this time from Police Super­intendent Garry McCarthy on a Sunday morning taped interview show.

(As opposed to "live" where those who stick a foot in their mouth have no re­wind and edit capability to cover their gaffes.)

McCarthy, who in the past has blamed "government-sponsored racism" and Sarah Palin for Chicago's More...

Monday, February 18, 2013

You want a smoking gun?

OtBB was recently challenged by a reader for taking the three stooges to task over having held up a series of budget transfer items since last August.

Reader Wingman's Comment, read in part:

"...only the Board of Trustees has the authority to authorize expenditures. Mayor Teller and his majority Trustees Birk and Farrell, approved a paid sick leave without bothering to pass a resolution in public or noti­fying Trustees Tucker and DiBenedetto. Instead, it was concealed from everyone. Secret government actions are neither ethical nor legal." More...

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Early Spring Training Report

It's mid-February and the sound of horsehide smacking into cowhide is starting to be heard all over Florida and Arizona as baseball camps are open for pitchers and catchers.

While my eyes used to turn to Vero Beach, for the past six years my Los Angeles Dodgers have held their Spring Train­ing at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona from which locale emanated this report. More...

Friday, February 15, 2013

Bye-bye, Becky, bye-bye...

Updated 02/15/2013 – 04:57 pm

Westhampton Beach Village Clerk Rebecca Molinaro will be leaving that position at the end of April to take on the re­sponsibilities of East Hampton Village administrator.

It is a move which is at first blush a shock, but upon re­flec­tion, no surprise to anyone who has closely observed the activities at Village Hall over the past 7½ months. More...

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy St. Valentine's Day!

And, I'm pleased to say that I did not wait 'til the day of this event to descend on Lynn's Cards and Gifts to secure the necessary cards for Jeanne, a very important feature of celebrating any occasion for my wife.

This is the biggest day of the year for flowers (red roses, of course), expensive chocolates and Vermont Teddy Bears.

Fellows, blow it off at your peril!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Funny photo...

...real serious message!


Former police officer Christopher Dorner is presently the subject of the biggest law enforcement manhunt in Los Angeles history since Cinque and the SLA in 1974. More...

Under the heading of 'Say WHAT?'

From an Associated Press report of yesterday's Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on the constitutional­ity and effectiveness of federal firearms limits:

"A woman whose Chicago police officer brother was fatally shot in 2010 says it's time for Congress to pass laws keeping guns from criminals."


Monday, February 11, 2013

Part-time local pulls some ink

This is not a big story... except according to OtBB's source for this tidbit, on Twitter.

(I am not now, nor will I ever be, "on Twitter!" Nothing I'm ever likely to do will be of such import that every­one will need to immediately know about it.)

But it's an amusing one and involves my former More...

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Not just any port in a storm...

...but a snug harbor, a safe haven, actually... with hot "designer" coffees, confections of every description and even a fire in the hearth.

(Yeah, it's a gas-fed "faux fire" with simulated wooden logs, but it's cheery and generates ample heat!)

And it's smack in the middle of downtown West­ More...

Thursday, February 07, 2013

February Village Board Meeting

To borrow a line from Stephen Stills...

"There's battle lines being drawn...."

...but it's not about LA's Sunset Strip riots of 1966.

From what emerged at tonight's Village Board meeting, once again Westhampton Beach's administration is clearly divided; can a return to complete dysfunctionality... like the grim days of 2006-2010...... be far behind? More...

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

The Times revisits the eruv question

Westhampton Beach, Mayor Conrad Teller, JPOE poobah Arnie Sheiffer, a smattering of local business persons and even the uncommonly-quiet-of-late Rabbi Marc Schneier, are part of a New York Times story (A17) this morning:

A Ritual Jewish Boundary Stirs Real Town Divisions

Aside from correspondent Sharon Otterman's confusion about Southampton Town vís Southampton Village, More...

Monday, February 04, 2013


One of my age-old, most closely-held precepts is "Always challenge your own perceptions!"

Which is why I tuned in this evening to watch the third in­stallment of Fox's "The Following" to which I devoted an OtBB entry after the pilot episode two weeks ago. More...

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Super Bowl winning commercials

There were, from the cheap seat in my living room recliner, two of them which were head, shoulders and a whole torso above any others I saw this evening, one each from An­heuser-Busch and Dodge... and both were "grabbers."

The Budweiser spot (accompanied by Stevie Nicks singing "Landslide,") is one of the best institutional advertisements I've seen anywhere for anything: More...

Friday, February 01, 2013

A Lesson from Ed

Hard not to like Ed Koch, former four-term Congressman and three-term Mayor of New York City who died early this morning, age 88, at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia.

His kind will likely not be seen again, and more's the pity.

Carol Greitzer and Ed Koch, Primary Night 1961

I first met the man on Primary Night 1961 at the Limelight Cafe near Sheridan Square where the anti-Tammany Village Independ­ent Democrats of Jim Lanigan, Carol Greit­zer and Koch, took a giant bite out of boss Carmine DeSapio's power structure. Koch was voluble, even garrulous... but witty. More...