On The Beach Blog | May 2013

Friday, May 31, 2013

'Gutless' gets back to us...

...a week late and one or more testicles short. And very neatly confirms my original point, that the garden variety local, no matter how exercised about a subject, is patho­logically fearful of standing up and speaking out.

This morning's (uncorrected) E-missive from "ann ommi­nus" ("annyomminus@hotmail.com") reads: More...

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Never mind what the Gummit sez...

...today, May 30, is the real Memorial Day, and the one I've observed my entire life. Three day weekends are nice, but how 'bout tradition?

And in honor of that tradition, OtBB will share an image and a relevant bit of recent history: More...

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

O, well...

Detroit Red Wings

They were an "old" team this year, and had to scramble to win the final four games of the abbreviated regular season just to make it into the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Red Wings came back from down 3-2 in the opening round against the Anaheim Ducks who had the third best record in the NHL, and had Chicago fans walking about for the past six days with that white rictus of fear around their mouths, but couldn't put the Blackhawks away. More...

That's all I need to know!

Wish I'd seen this headline before being dragged off to Six Corners earlier this month to see this damned thing:

'Twilight,' 'Iron Man 3' Lead First Wave of Teen Choice Awards Nominations

And I'm not talking about the "Twilight" entry... I haven't seen a single one in the series, which claim I'll still be able to make with my dying breath! More...

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Hank probably can't help himself either...

...move over Elyse, you have company in the ranks of scofflaws as Deputy Mayor Hank Tucker joins you among those Village Board members and candidates for same, who never studied the section of Plutarch which con­tained the dictum...

"Caesar's wife must be above suspicion."

(Pssst! Hank... that goes for Caesar as well! You act like Jim Kametler was your role model.) More...

Monday, May 27, 2013

I don't think Elyse can help herself...

The Shockmobile next to a 'No Parking or Standing' sign

...when it comes to obey­ing the law or even following directions, witness yet another willful ignoring of a clearly marked "No Park­ing or Standing" sign on the North side of Hulse Court.

(Between Moniebogue Lane and the South Main Street parking lot, it's at the very rear of the building housing Shock Kids and Shock Ice Cream.) More...

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Gutless, again!

...and no, I'm not referring to Hank Tucker's refusal to participate in a pre-election debate as he's done both times I've (unsuccessfully) run against him for the Village Board.

(Though it will be interesting to see if he and Patricia Di­Benedetto, who also flaked in 2011, are willing to face Toni-Jo Birk in a debate this time around.) More...

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Will weiner-gate haunt him?

Anthony Weiner

That's the question hanging over the head of Congressman resigned-in-disgrace Anthony Weiner as he prepares to announce his candidacy for Mayor of New York City.

He has one big thing going for him... and, no!, it's not that!

He's a New York City Democrat! More...

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

May Trustees Work Session

Unusually well-attended meeting for a Work Session... al­most an overflow crowd, and the reason became apparent when, following Village Planner Kyle Collins' recitation of the history of the current Master Plan in respect to the B1, B2 and B3 Districts, and a 4¾ minute argument by Andrew Mendelson's attorney Frank Isler, over half of the attendees tromped out of the room.

(The time is cited because Mayor Conrad Teller had granted him "one minute" in which to speak.) More...

Conflict... by design or unintentional?

At 7:00 pm this evening, opposite the regularly scheduled Westhampton Beach Trustees Work Session, the West­hampton Beach Fire District is holding its final informa­tional meeting prior to the June 4th Special Vote on the proposed $15,700,000 bond to construct a new Fire House.

This is the second time in the past year that such a conflict has occurred.

Kosher, Kosher...

...who's keeping Kosher this year?

From last October 17th's OtBB entry, "Simon Sez," quoting a release from Hampton Synagogue after the proprietor of Beach Bakery had pulled the plug on them:

"We are pleased to inform you that in light of this develop­ment, several well known kosher establishments have now expressed their desire to open in the village. Our commit­ment is to have a new kosher establishment in place by Spring 2013." More...

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

School District Voting Results

Updated Tuesday, May 21, 2013 – 09:32 pm

Semi-official results of the 2013
Westhampton Beach School District Election
CandidateVotesBudget Results
Claire Bean459   School493-200 
Joyce Donneson344   Library477-209 
Halsey Stevens395  

A total of 663 voters went to the polls and another 30 absentee ballots were tabulated. More...

Monday, May 20, 2013

Another step in the right direction...

...being the second1 in what is furiously hoped will be a lengthy series of entries in the "Used and Useful" series.

During the "economic downturn" which none of the past three Presidents have been able to turn around, with more and more commercial properties in the Village lying fallow, it's grand to see signs of life in demised premises. More...

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Knicks never had a chance

The New York Knickerbockers made official this evening what I had forecast on Wednesday, bowing

Knicks buried for the 2012-2013 season

106-99 to the Indiana Pacers
losing their NBA semi-final conference series in six games.

Not that the Knicks didn't have help... there was More...

Friday, May 17, 2013

Flashback 40 years...

...to April 8, 1973 and a modest dinner party we were hosting for a pair of playoff games with the NHL New York Rangers and the NBA New York Knicks taking on, respec­tively, the Boston Bruins and the Baltimore Bullets.

Both pairings were between arch rivals, and as both were being televised I carefully set up the house's two 17-inch black & white TVs in the dining room so that we and our guests could follow the action while we ate. More...

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Daughter Launches...

...her enterprise and the father bursts with pride!

FrostBites logoFrostbites banner

Conceived, created and a reality! Go Pegs, go!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Knicks is dead!

NY Knicks

Knew it a week ago last night right after their sole win (so far) in the second round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers, the one in which the Knicks went on a 36-4 2nd half run to win, 105-79.

My buddy Marty called when the game ended... we'll speak four or five times during the game... and talk about how the team we've been following since they played some of their games in the 69th Regiment Armory had finally awoken from their lethargy. More...

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Venturing onto a risky path

This is a subject I probably shouldn't be writing about, but it is a compelling one on so many different levels.

Angelina Jolie reveals she had preventive double mastectomy after discovering cancer gene

News of the 37-year old Oscar-winning actress' personal decision after learning that she was carrying the brac1 gene, suggests a variety of sub-head addenda, from the snappy... More...

Welcome back...

...proprietrix Sandy Patterson, genial Rob Sheldon and the entire Post Stop Café crew as the lights at 144 Main Street were again lit this weekend, and once more there was a warm bar to belly up to, and some of our favorite victuals.

And this is where Jeanne chose to dine for Mothers' Day to enjoy something she's been craving all Winter long: the house specialty Cranberry Turkeyburger. More...

Monday, May 13, 2013

Improbable... but they did it!

Detroit Red Wings

A month ago there was grave doubt as to whether the Detroit Red Wings were going to extend their North American professional sports team record of 21 consecutive seasons making it into the playoffs.

But they won their final four regular season National Hockey League games... two by shut-outs... and somehow finished seventh, and the opportunity to take on the team with the third best record in the NHL. More...

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Waltraut Gordon Miller (1925-2013)

Rats! And rats again!

If that name is not immediately recognizable, older-timers should recognize the name "Traute" and the slender young fräulein who rode an "English" bicycle around the Village when the standard model velocipede was the heavier-framed "American" model like the Shelby Flyer, Monarch Holiday or Indian Model 1937. More...

Friday, May 10, 2013

This is utter bullroar!

(Striving mightily to keep OtBB PG rated!)

Smith fined $5,000 for Game 1 flop

(This is the play in question.)

I've hated "Flopping" since the Philadelphia Flyers (in the National Hockey League it's called "Diving") forward Bill Barber would wind up face first on the ice if anyone was within five feet of him anytime he had the puck and was headed into the offensive end. More...

Thursday, May 09, 2013

May Village Board Meeting

...or, how I was schooled by Deputy Mayor Hank Tucker in front of a good-sized number of attendees at this evening's monthly Westhampton Beach Board Meeting.

It was awful! Since I was the one who rose to the lectern and posed the questions, I was obliged to stand and listen to him, and his two cohorts, Patricia DiBenedetto and Junior Palmer, explain their version of what they've been doing in service to the taxpayers over the past 11 months. More...

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

For one brief but bright moment...

An open door!

...as I drove down Sunset Avenue just now and saw that the late, much la­ment­ed National's store had an open door, it occurred to me that something positive might be happening at that premises, that maybe, just maybe, the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company might finally be following through on their plan to do a thorough overhaul of the Waldbaum's not-so-super market next door, and even expand into that sadly vacated space. More...

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Goodness gracious, Adrienne Supino...

Adrienne Supino Mackay

...is very upset with me... distraught might be le mot juste... over an OtBB entry from 14 months ago; she actually telephoned me to suggest... no!, plead for a dispensation of Orwellean proportions.

(My suspicion is that this is a gal not used to hearing the word "no" from members of my gender.)

The item which has caused her such distress was from February 17, 2012, entitled "Adrienne Supino's airhead moment," and therein, it seems, is the rub. More...

Monday, May 06, 2013

What am I missing here?

Both of these photos were taken three minutes apart, one long block from one another on Montauk Highway.

Westhampton Beach Valero on Montauk Highway and Old Riverhead Road Westhampton USA on Montauk Highway and Depot Road

Regular unleaded, pumped by an attendant, is More...

Sunday, May 05, 2013

There's nothing fair about a pet fair...

...especially when it's all about adopting cunning little puppies and kittens!

Which is exactly what was going on at Westhampton Pet yesterday afternoon when Jeanne dragged me up there to retrieve some wooden shipping pallets which Frank Bickley let's her have for her gardening requirements.

RSVP Inc.'s event at Westhampton Pet

Held by the local animal welfare and rescue group More...

Saturday, May 04, 2013

All this hoopla for what...

...two minutes and two seconds of thoroughbed horse racing surrounded by demi-celebrities... led by that über-weenie Bob Costas... in rapidly foundering peacock-land?

Yum! corporate avatar

The most annoying trapping of the two-hour telecast was the omnipresence of the unfamiliar "yum!" logo... I mean it was every­where!... on the jumpers of the track-walkers, floating in the corner of the television screen, the viewer couldn't escape it! More...

Friday, May 03, 2013

Urp!

Knicks logo

Knicks 88; Celtics 80.

This was a game of fits and spurts, ebbs and flows the likes of which I've never quite experienced!

During the extraordinary fourth quarter, I think I spent all but four minutes of it holding my throbbing temples or with my head in a waste basket trying not to hurl my dinner!

I'm too old for this... I can't handle the tension anymore!

This makes me physically ill!

Knicks logo

Mike Woodson upset with Knicks

And as far as I'm concerned, it's a game series changer! More...

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Tol' ya so! Tol' ya so!

...Neener neener neener!

Lindsay Lohan Flies To California, Breaks Rehab Plea Deal

A quick trip into the OtBB not-so-wayback-machine of less than a month ago:

"[T]his... promulgated locally by "Patch" an hour ago... will, like 90% of the "news" related to the Lohan family, prove untrue!"

No special powers here... this was a no-brainer! And our little Village escapes another media freak show.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

O, J.R. - STFU!

Just what I wanted to hear from the Knicks J.R. Smith!

J.R. Smith: Series should be over

"Oh yeah, it would've been over. I'd have been playing golf today."

Smith, the swingman who'd taken a Flagrant Foul 2 in last Friday's Game 3 in Boston which resulted in a one game sus­pension, is of the belief that the New Yorkers would have swept the Celtics if he had been playing in Sunday's Game 4.

J.R., the next thing I want to hear from you is when you can say "Whew! Glad that one's over after my screw-up!"