On The Beach Blog | July 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Anyone notice...

JC Penney

...the weird flaw in the current ("july 31-august 10") JC Penney mailer?

At first I thought the model was smoking an over-sized cigarette.


Upon closer examination, and after running the More...

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Dog Days of August have again...

...visited us early this Summer, and despite a brief respite Friday and Saturday... I was wearing a heavy hoodie and my Uggs around the house... they are back with a ven­geance! In witness whereof:

Gracie and Rosco, plotz'd in the study

As I have long maintained, the fluky weather extremes won't stabilize 'til they put the rocks back on the moon!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

It's Tour de Pour day...

Mark Raynor. 1954-2012

...throughout Westhampton Beach, an eminently worthy endeavor honoring the late Deputy Mayor Mark Raynor and supporting The Lustgarten Foundation's mission of advancing scientific and med­ical research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of pan­creatic cancer, the disease which stilled Mark's soft but powerful voice last September 11th.

His son Jimmy created a brief video about last year's event and his dad's services, and 27East has a feature outlining today's third annual bar crawl pedal.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Fiddling about while Detroit burns

"Fiddle about   Fiddle about   Fiddle about!"
– John Entwistle, Uncle Ernie

Detroit City Council spends time weighing in on Zimmerman case, puts Motor City issues on back burner

"Detroit's City Council has come under fire for More...

Friday, July 26, 2013

Vos Iz Neias?

OtBB'll tell you "what's news!" The Rabbi is blowing smoke up his own backside again, iz neias, according to "the Voice of the Orthodox Jewish Community," cannibalizing a story from Wednesday's New York Times:

Mayoral Candidates Vie For Bookings At Westhampton Beach's Hampton Synagogue

Really? There's oft a slip 'tween headline and text. More...

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

A l'il sum'tin Cablevision...

...subscribers might find useful... I certainly did!

I was watching television late one evening when, without warning, the sound quit. No flicker, no flash, no clap of thunder over the Riverhead Plains... just silence!

The image on the screen was still there in vibrant color, and the closed caption was displaying, so there was dialogue, I just couldn't hear it.

Fearing the worst, I dropped a pair of scissors on More...

Monday, July 22, 2013

I'm disgusted!

Screw Ryan Braun and the PEDs with which he attained his "greatness" and won the 2011 National League Most Valu­able Player award!

Shortly after his being named MVP, it was also revealed that Braun had failed a routine drug test, and was to be suspend­ed for the first 50 games of the 2012 baseball season.

Braun immediately proclaimed his innocence and announced that he was appealing the results of the drug test. More...

Martin-Zimmerman, in 10:19

Still confused about the outcome of the trial of George Zimmerman, charged with the homicide of "unarmed" 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, the "son" that President Barack Obama could have had?

This 10:19 video does an excellent job of summing up of the 17 month series of events, from the shooting death of an African-American teenager to the Not Guilty verdict by a six woman jury in Seminole County, Florida. More...

Saturday, July 20, 2013


That's it, just "Wow!," the reference being Simon Jorna's newly remodeled and expanded Beach Bakery Cafe.

Neither Gloria Seely nor Bob Strebel would recognize their old place... didn't have my camera with me so I couldn't take a photo.

I'm glad... 'cause you have to see it for yourself.

Friday, July 19, 2013

If I had thought Joe Biden was an idiot...

"Get a shotgun, get a shotgun!" says noted self-defense expert Joe Biden.

...then Jeffrey Barton, 52, of Vancouver, Washington, is an even bigger one for following the Vice-President's absurd and dangerous advice on home defense last February!

"...if there's ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony here - walk out, put that double barrel shot gun and fire two blasts outside the house...."

...guaranteeing that this would stop anyone from coming into their home.

What Scattergun Joe neglected to add was that anyone following his recommendation would probably result in an arrest, as happened this week to Mr. Barton.

Love to see this go to trial and Biden put on the stand as a witness for the defense.

"Buy a shotgun, buy a shotgun!" indeed!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Shocker from 'The Bays'

It is with considerable dysphoria that Mrs. Speir and I learned from this morning's Southampton Press Western Edition that one of our two very most favorite Italian res­tau­rants has shut its door and switched off the lights.

Recast as "Rino's Trattoria and Pizzeria" when the business changed hands in early 2012, we knew it simply as "John's," and patronized it before or after attending a movie at the multiplex next door, eschewing the commonplace strip mall pizza counter to take a table in the modest-sized dining room in the rear. More...

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

July Village Board Work Session

Despite the oppressive temperature without, within the Westhampton Beach Village Board Work Session agenda was discharged coolly and leisurely in just under an hour this evening... probably because no one was in a rush to leave the climate-controlled meeting room.

Topics discussed included:

  1. The setting up of an emergency shelter at More...

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Stick a fork in it, Sookie, you're done!

Barely 30 minutes after I'd decided that one of cable HBO's Sunday evening staples was w-a-a-a-y past the point of shark jumping, this alarming headline presented itself:

'True Blood' renewed for seventh season

It is insufficient to describe this Louisiana-based explora­tion of the outré and the occult as a "hot mess;" the series is unredeemably awful and worse, incomprehensible. More...

Monday, July 15, 2013

I mean, really, how could KTUV-TV...

...not know what they were putting out over the public airwaves in the aftermath of July 6th's fatal Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport?

Watching coverage of the crash, I was struck by how little information was being reported about the accident... in today's electronic and digital immediaverse, while all is not instantly known, what passes for news, flows freely. More...

Sunday, July 14, 2013

So, what do I know?

OtBB's closing assertion in the previous entry:

"...while some have speculated that United States Attorney General Eric Holder may now seek to bring a Civil Rights Action as NAACP President Benjamin Jealous immediately demanded, he'd be a fool to even try... there would be a race war that would spread beyond the borders of Florida."

Silly me! More...

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Beating a stacked deck

George Zimmerman had almost everything going against him, from the local prosecuter's office to the main stream media, even The White House.

What he had going for him, was the forensic evidence and the truth. More...

Suspicions Confirmed!

Remember Nancy Grace, that wretched wench with the accent that would embarrass even someone living in the deepest recesses of Southern-most Appalachia?

Well, here she is, unadorned... and no!, not nekkid, just as her natural everyday self! More...

Friday, July 12, 2013

Gotta know the turf!

Almost forget... with the General Election just less than four months away, Southampton Town's Silly Season is upon us.

It's been kinda quiet so far... Linda Kabot's early announce­ment and then blessing by the almost irrelevant Town GOP was one item, but then almost nothing.

'Til now... More...

Thursday, July 11, 2013

[¡El sigh!]

Señor Angelo de la Fuente is at it again on this week's Letters page of The Southampton Press Western Edition, chiding Westhampton Beach Mayor Conrad Teller for his appointment of Ralph Urban as Deputy Mayor, terming it "an insult to village residents and taxpayers."

The diminutive Castilian confabulator concludes his screed: More...

Why I hate News12LI - #48

It's not just because they're awful... that's pretty much undisputed... but because news12li is forever and endlessly promoting themselves as "Long Island's own," yet their field correspondents, talking heads, producers and editors are nothing more than sloppy when it comes to familiarity with...

("Wait for it," as Radar O'Reilly used to say...) More...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

What m'daughter's doing...

...please disregard the misspelling of the family name.

Can ol' dad be more proud? (See: FrostBites.)

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

The best my birth city has to offer?

This strains credulity!

Disgraced ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer re-enters politics in NYC comptroller bid

This, less than seven weeks after disgraced Democratic ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner decided that he should seek the office of New York City Mayor! More...

Monday, July 08, 2013

We are revolted!

This just popped up via Google Alerts:

Suri Cruise enjoys a day out at the beach with mum Katie Holmes

Here's the revolting stuff: More...

Saturday, July 06, 2013

What foolishness is this?

Found in stacks scattered about the Village...

"On The Beach"edition of Avenue

They dare call title this issue of Avenue Magazine, "On The Beach?" Cheeky! Very cheeky. More...

Friday, July 05, 2013

And whose vehicle can this be...

Levan Vehicle in Handicapped parking space at 74 Main Street

...parked in the space in front of the Performing Arts Center Box Office, sporting a Handicapped Permit issued to her husband who passed away more than eight (8) months ago.

In New York State, the requirements for such a Permit are quite straight forward: More...

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Mister Opening Day Matinee and his...

...faithful Northern Mediterranean movie-going companion Ronnie Avallone1, took in today's first showing of "The Lone Ranger" at the Hampton Arts.

Did it meet my primary requirement? Absolutely... three times in all... and they didn't shilly-shally as the familiar strains of Gioacchino Rossini's most famous overture filled the auditorium before the end of the first reel. More...

Can we get one, too? Huh? Huh?

"Dad, can we get a dog? Huh? Huh? Please?"

(Daughter Pegs, circa 1985, mimicking "Rudy Huxtable" of "The Cosby Show.")

Now that the New York State of Department of Environ­mental Conservation has confirmed that the photo farmer Richard Wesnofske snapped with his iPhone in his Water Mill potato field last week is in fact a coyote (Canis latrans)...

Canis latrans

...Jeanne wants one for our neighborhood!

"Damned deer have eaten everything I've ever planted as well as the yew trees your grandmother planted in 1930! Enough!"

She's serious! "They don't have a natural predator? Let's see if Darwin is still relevant in 2013!"

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

"Return with us now...

...to those thrilling days of yesteryear!"

It all comes back to me with ease...

"With his faithful Indian companion Tonto, the daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains, led the fight for law and order in the early West."

Tomorrow, The Lone Ranger again rides onto countless screens across the country and around the world. More...

Monday, July 01, 2013

2013 Organizational Meeting

The annual meeting of the Westhampton Beach Village Board for the purposes of appointments and designation was held in record time this evening... 16 minutes... and would have been shorter had not an audience member posed two questions.

There was only one (mild) surprise, that of the naming of second year Trustee Ralph Urban as Deputy Mayor, sup­planting re-elected Trustee Hank Tucker in that position. More...