On The Beach Blog | June 2013

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Can the high Summer season...

...be far behind when something like this is seen on Main Street?

Lamborghini "El Matador"

It was a "chrome-wrapped" custom Lamborghini Twin-Turbo Gallardo (a/k/a "El Matador") parked across from The Post Stop Cafe... and naturally, proprietrix Sandy Patterson and I had to grab photos of the flashy 1,500hp/$248,000 beast. More...

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The 'Adnarim Statement'

"Adnarim" (ad·NAH·rim) – a 2010 coinage by Bloomfield Press1 book publisher Alan Korwin to describe the pre­emptive recitation of one's Fifth Amendment rights im­mediately upon interacting with anyone in the law enforcement community.

Simply put, one shouldn't wait for the police to deliver a Miranda Warning...

"You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you. Do you understand the rights I have just read to you? With these rights in mind, do you wish to speak to me?" More...

Monday, June 24, 2013

What's wrong with this picture?

Saturday, June 22, 2013 – 4:10 pm... 113 Main Street.

Closed up tighter than Joan Rivers' face-lift!

There used to be a very active pub here, 18/7/363¼.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

I have nothing for Paula Deen...

...one way or the other, but for the love of Ina Garten, where the hell is the Food Network's forgiveness? I mean, it's not like she went on an "N-word" rant in the middle of a live broadcast!

I'm not even all that familiar with the 21st Century Renais­sance woman... cook/cooking show host, author, actress, restaurateur and Emmy-winning television personality... from Albany, Georgia, but unless you've been slaving over a hot stove for the past several days, one has to know Paula Deen's been in the media scandal sheets of late. More...

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Villagers having voted...

...have seen fit to keep the three stooges voting bloc intact for at least another year.

Uncertified results of the 2013
Village of Westhampton Beach Election
Office Candidate Row Votes
Trustee Patricia DiBenedetto A 246  
Trustee Hank Tucker A 242  
Trustee Toni-Jo Birk B 214  

Interestingly, current Deputy Mayor Tucker received the same number of votes as he did in the 2011 Village Elec­tion, so he seems to have retained his hard corps constituency.

Write-in votes were also tabulated for Clint Greenbaum, the blogger, Mickey Mouse and Simon Jorna.

Laissez les bon temps roulez....

Issues

In reflecting on the last six Village Board elections, it was less about who was running and more about an issue of the moment which carried the election... and after I came within a solitary legitimate vote of keeping Joan Levan from being re-elected in 2007, she has become a wizard of the wedge issue in Westhampton Beach.

The next two years it was all eruv all the time, the Ortho­dox gift which kept on giving... though the Empress of Oneck created Shame On Waldbaums.com which ultimately proved unnecessary despite the fact that she was still More...

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Uh oh, don't look now...

Lohan mug shot

...but the Lindsay Lohan let's-stay-out-of-the-slammer rehab tour may be headed back this way.

Not that she's been this way before, but there was all this hot chatter several months ago about "La Lo Lo" putting into the Seafield Center for Right Living, Rest and Rehabilitation for a 90-day stay, but as predicted here, that fizzled almost as fast as it flamed. More...

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Do we really need another...

...titillation and, hot on the heels of the latest "oops!" Jimmy Hoffa excavation, fail?

Former investigators 'break silence' about NTSB cover-up of TWA Flight 800 crash

And just this week there has been a stir about missing-since-before-I-was-born aviatric Amelia Earhart.

What next? Judge Joseph Force Crater, age 124, dis­covered living atop a mountain peak in Nepal?

Sunday, June 16, 2013

A very most excellent...

...Father's Day with lotsa cards, including one each from Gracie and Rosco, a nice chatty 'phone call from the son-in-heir in Vancouver, a snappy shirt from Down Under from two of my step-children, and a c*a*r*e package from Whistler of my daughter's special cordial syrups.

(OtBB previewed Peggy's and Martyn's "Frost Bytes" enterprise last month.) More...

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Cowabunga!, wash 'n' dry Bob!

Anyone been to the laundromat section of Strebel's Laundry in the past several months?

It still carries the name of the Strebel family, and the More...

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

And so my watch begins...

...in eager anticipation awaiting Season 4 of HBO's superb Sunday evening series, "A Game of Thrones."

*** Here be Spoilers! *** Here be Spoilers! ***

After the shocking carnage of the previous week's finale, the current episode:

  • Reunited the incestuous Lannister twins, Queen Cersei and (less his good right hand) Kingslayer Jamie, who hadn't seen one another since Season One; More...

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

This is about as stoopid...

...as stupid can get!

States look to tax hybrid and electric car owners to recoup road funding

"North Carolina is joining a growing number of states ex­ploring new fees for hybrid and electric car owners to help make up for revenue those drivers aren't paying in gas taxes on their fuel-efficient vehicles." More...

Monday, June 10, 2013

Pusillanimity, Part II

The following was forwarded to me by an OtBB irregular after reading Saturday's entry about the Maryland second-grader who was suspended for nibbling a break­fast pastry into what seemed to the elementary school administration was the shape of a gun.

Kindergartener interrogated over cap gun until he pees his pants, then suspended 10 days

"Dowell Elementary principal Jennifer L. Young told the kindergartener's mother that things would have been even worse had the toy gun been loaded with caps. In that case, the school would have regarded the plaything as an explosive and called the police." More...

Sunday, June 09, 2013

My daughter loves her...

...Canadian Health Care, but is less than enthusiastic about her adopted country's gas pump prices:

Canadian gasoline Pump

For thems what require equivalents, one Canadian Dollar ($1.00) equals 97¢ American, and 71.994 liters is 19.019 U.S. gallons.

Her purchase of just under 20 gallons came to $97.00.

Saturday, June 08, 2013

An epidemic of pusillanimity

It was 20 years ago this Fall that my friend Jeffrey Snyder caused quite a stir, flogged primarily by George Will in News­week, with his essay "A Nation of Cowards."

Initially published in the Fall 1993 issue of The Public Interest, Jeff's monograph later evolved into an eponymous book of essays, and it is the thesis of the most celebrated one which tends to stay with the reader. More...

Thursday, June 06, 2013

June Village Board Meeting

It was a substantive meeting this evening and one remark­ably free of political posturing considering that the 2013 Village Board election is just 15 days away... and yes, all three candidates were in attendance.

First up was what amounted to Local Law "housekeeping," as Chapters 123 and 178 of the Village Code were amend­ed to, respectively, make it illegal to switch Beach stickers be­tween vehicles, and to allow ticketing of sloppily parked ve­hicles... i.e., taking up more than one space! More...

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

There's a new fire house on the way...

...as 286 voters of the Westhampton Beach Fire District turned out to approve a $15.7 million bond issue which will allow the current structure to be razed and a modern facility to be built in the same location on Sunset Avenue.

"No" votes were cast by 156 of the 442 district residents who marked their ballots the old-fashioned way, with a pen on a plain sheet of white paper. More...

De mortuis nihil nisi bonum

Updated 06/11/2013 – 12:19 pm

In the case of New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg, who died yesterday at age 89, however, it's difficult not to.

Never mind discovered trying to take, at public expense, his mistress on a junket to Israel, in 1997 he sponsored legis­la­tion, subsequently enacted as the "Lauten­berg Law" (18 USC § 922) making anyone who "has been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence," a pro­hibited person in respect to possession of a firearm. More...

Monday, June 03, 2013

Sherin's Seafood Market...

...another in OtBB's on-going "Used and Useful" series of commercial establishments in the Westhampton Beach area which have been pulled back from the brink of demised prem­ises status.

(See also Like to see this happen... and Another step in the right direction...) More...

Sunday, June 02, 2013

This is who we elect!

Linda Rosenthal

(I write "we" in the general sense.)

It's very difficult to write about this woman without coming off as a mi­sogynist and/or an anti-Semite, but her public display of stupidity has me on the edge of both, simmering for the past ten weeks. More...

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Connie Cyrta (1942-2013)

I hadn't seen Connie Cyrta in over half-a-century, and I didn't really know her... she was several years behind me and I hadn't attended any school here after 5th Grade... but I just came across her obit notice on 27East and uttered a spontaneous "Damn!"

I used to see her, a trim pretty little thing with a mildly olive complexion, walking... always with great purpose... along Oak Street, and if she noticed my Larkspur Blue '57 Chevy convertible and looked up, she smiled the type of smile that made boys my age drive off the road and narrowly miss a tree.

I doubt that she ever turned her head to signal any sort of invitation, but O that smile!