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...
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Courtesy of my daughter, thousands of miles away, but still interested in all things Long Island:
Can there be a more compelling argument for designating the place by Shinnecock Canal "landmark" status and preserving it from development or [shudder!] demolition?
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
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.
Friday, February 22, 2013
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
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
(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
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
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
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
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
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
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
...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
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
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:
Aside from correspondent Sharon Otterman's confusion about Southampton Town vís Southampton Village, More...
Monday, February 04, 2013
Sunday, February 03, 2013
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
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.
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...