On The Beach Blog | March 2013

Sunday, March 31, 2013


Let Season 3 commence!

Daenerys Targaryen, mother of dragons

HBO... 9:00 pm... and by the new gods and old, I will have more dragons this season! "Dracarys," damnit, and with a right good will! More...

Friday, March 29, 2013

And the survey sez...

...that these are "The 12 Worst Supermarkets in America," according to Consumer Reports.

This is a subject near and dear to the heart of my (now retired) tour chef daughter, who long ago posited that the local Waldbaum's, née A&P, was the second worst super­market in the United States, inversely surpassed only by a since-shuttered Piggly Wiggly outside of Dallas. More...

Thursday, March 28, 2013

'Awful Arthur' no more

The late Arthur DiPietro

Long-time area resident and former Village of Westhampton Beach and Southampton Town attorney Arthur DiPietro, passed away suddenly this week in his adoptive home in Playa Domin­icalito, Costa Rica.

After legal and personal problems necessitated a mid-life career change, Arthur and his second wife Bonnie attempted to develop the Sunset Avenue prop­erty immediately south of the 7-Eleven. More...

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Look what I found!

Sundance Channel logo

Never knew whether our line-up on Cablevision included Sun­dance Channel, and never much thought about it 'til an original series, "Top of the Lake," began getting some buzz these past weeks.

For several years the channels I watch have been on the HD end of the spectrum, 702 – 826, and I'd never noticed Sun­dance before... because it's still down with the standard de­finition channels, at #192.

Aside from the sought after series, it's got a pretty decent line-up of older, non-mainstream movies.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

The breath shortens in my breast...

...as Season Three of "Game of Thrones" launches next Sunday evening on cable HBO.

This is where Season Two left off, with Daenerys Targaryen and her three young dragons, Viserion, Rhaegal and Drogon, held captive in the dark House of the Undying "until time comes to an end" by the malevolent replicating warlock, Pyat Pree....

Know what happens, all ye who would mess with Daenerys!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

March Trustees Work Session

A multitude of subjects covered at this evening's Work Ses­sion... a preview of the proposed $250,000 Glovers Lane "pocket park," plans for a temporary stage in the middle of Main Street in front of the Performing Arts Center on the evening of the Independence Day fireworks extrav­a­ganza, and a hint that the 2013-2014 Village budget cur­rently features a 1.8% rate reduction... but the most significant news was a "new hire."

The Trustees, with Mayor Conrad Teller casting the solitary "No" vote, retained the extra-special services of Village Labor Counsel Richard Zuckerman for the specific purpose of "assisting Special Counsel Scott Augustine." More...

A couple of announcements...

  1. Former Southampton Town Supervisor Linda Kabot has formally thrown her size 6¾ chapeau into the ring for her old job, the one currently held for two terms by crypto-Democrat-cum-Inde­pendent Anna Throne-Holst.

Kabot Campaign Kicks Off

  1. Based on her first two year term as Town More...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Something else I did not know!

And I learned it from Curbed Hamptons, of all places, a site dedicated to... ack!... real estate.

I didn't know Andrew Geller from Yuri Geller, much less that the former was the designer for the house on Dune Road which I nicknamed "the lumber brassiere" more than 50 years ago.

(Architect Geller himself called it "the Box Kite.")

Behold the Lumber Brassiere in it's youth!

More formally, it is known as "The Pearlroth House," and it seems to be renown well beyond the borders of West­hamp­ton Beach.

It even has its very own Website, and has survived every­thing from Hurricane Donna to Superstorm Sandy!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

'The night is dark and full of terrors!'

Carice van Houten as 'Melisandre, the Red Woman'

So intones Melisandre of Asshai, the Red Priestess of the Lord of Light, as dark a character as has been seen over the first two seasons of "Game of Thrones."

She returns to HBO in a fortnight's time, the 31st of March at 9:00 pm!

I am filled with a delicious sense of dread.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

So I said...

...last week for the third consecutive monthly Village meeting, "Can there be light?"

And the Mayor deferred to the Superintendent of Public Works John Kearns who responded, "We have the replacement on order."

Friday morning the house canines alerted us to activity in the front yard, and it wasn't just another dog walking by, it was municipal street lighting specialist, Paul Rima, More...

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

March Village Board Meeting, II...

...being the rest of the story... so far.

When last we left the Thursday, March 7th meeting, there was a hubbub of discussions among attendees, some trying to make sense of what they'd just witnessed, and others wondering what had happened to the little bit of political theater they'd specifically been invited to watch. More...

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Why I really hate...

...Newsday and their broadcast (weak) sister, News12 LI, being another in an ongoing series of looks at how bad this once Pulitzer-winning daily has become.

Their offense this time around... OtBB will not be linking to the story for obvious reasons... involves "allegations" of some sort of inpropriety involving an unnamed teacher in the District school system. More...

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Spring Forward

If'n you're just awakening after the Saint Patrick's Parade festivities, it's likely already an hour later than you think!

Adjust your clocks and watches an hour forward per the dictates of Daylight Saving Time.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

March Village Board Meeting

Tonight's meeting of the Village Board was, in a word, ex­plosive! In fact, I can't recall another like it even in the in­furiatingly entertaining days of Hizzoner, Robert W. Morgan, Jr., 15th and almost final Mayor of Westhampton Beach.

It didn't start out that way, with the prosaic matters of business being attended to and, as has become common­place over the past seven months, the three stooges voting to table certain budget transfers, with Mayor Conrad Teller and Trustee Ralph Urban dissenting. More...

How those deeds got dirty...

...and why the Village of Westhampton Beach had to defend itself against the Great Hazelwood Avenue Land Grab of '96-'97, according to documents filed with New York State Supreme Court in the matter of...

east end concrete & stone products, inc.
d/b/a east end ready mix, Plaintiff,


josephine carnevale, j.r.c. land company, llc,
speonk materials corp.,
village of westhampton beach,

...Index No.: 07-03231, Justice Melvyn Tanenbaum, presiding. More...

Monday, March 04, 2013

'Dirty Deeds' don't come cheap...

...as documents, obtained under the Freedom of In­for­mation Law related to the Great Hazelwood Avenue Land Grab of 1996-1997, show just how much the at­tempt­ed swindle cost the taxpayers of Westhampton Beach.

In order to retain a certain portion of land deed granted to the Village by Isabel J. and Alanson N. Rogers "on or about December 28th, 1931," the municipality was obliqed to expend $93,079.75 in legal and other professional fees between 2007 and 2011. More...

Friday, March 01, 2013

Honest to Spiro T. Agnew...

...has there been a worse Vice President of the United States in the past 50 years than our current one, Joe Biden, number 47 in a mostly undistinguished line of back-ups just a heart beat away from control of the nuclear codes?

Don't bother summoning up the names of Dick Cheney or Dan Quayle... whatever they did or didn't do, they didn't go out and cynically pretend to know something about which they are demonstrably clueless as "Hairplug Joe" has done on at least two occasions over the past month. More...