On The Beach Blog | August 2013

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Getting Cable FXX

FXX logo

I was getting a little concerned after weeks of mentions of the new FXX basic cable network and still zilch from Cablevision as to whether they would be carrying it, and if so where?

The anxiety was amping up because several of the series on Cable FX which my wife and I enjoy were migrating to the new sister channel... shows like "The League" and "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." More...

Friday, August 30, 2013

The ineluctable eruv battle drags on

Updated August 30, 2013 – 10:58 am

The E³A folks with their deep pockets and white shoe law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Robert Sugarman pro bono for the plaintiffs, have formally launched their next legal action, an appeal of the Southampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals denial of their application to overturn Chief Build­ing Inspector Michael Benincasa's determination that lechis necessary to define the boundaries of an eruv are signs prohibited by Town Code when posted on utility poles.

The original application asked for 28 lechis on 15 utility poles on Summit Boulevard, Montauk Highway and Tanners Neck Lane in Westhampton, and would delineate the Western-most extension of the proposed eruv chatzerot. More...

Thursday, August 29, 2013

I call 'Meadow Muffins' on...

...the NCAA and its entire "resolution" to the Johnny Manziel "autographs for pay" investigation.

The headline on the NCAA Website announcement states:

Texas A&M declares Manziel ineligible, determines he must sit half a game

...but the operative portion of the press release reads:

"Texas A&M University and the NCAA con­firmed today that there is no evidence that quarterback Johnny Manziel received money in exchange for autographs...."

Yeah? Then why the forced half-game benching More...

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

This happened in Florida as well...

...and while the circumstances were quite different, one aspect remains the same: an African-American lost his life when he confronted someone who had the means to defend himself.

Pizza Delivery Driver Stands His Ground...

...or... More...

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Mets toss in the towel...

Mets no mo' - Buck 'n' Byrd

...and the only question is what took'em so long?!?

Pirates add Byrd, Buck in deal with Mets

To be perfectly clear, the New York Metropolitans didn't throw in the towel on John Buck and Marlon Byrd, but on the 2013 season, any possibilities for which went in the toilet four weeks ago when David Wright went on the Dis­abled List with a strained hamstring. More...

Sunday, August 25, 2013

An Excess of Ostentation

Remember this? Well someone... no names or speculation... has surpassed even that Lamborghini Twin-Turbo Gallardo!

Just seen on Main Street:

Chrome-encrusted Rolls Royce on Westhampton Beach's Main Street

And with dealer plates, yet! That's like wearing an More...

Friday, August 23, 2013

'The Dream' dies at 65

Dean 'the Dream' Meminger

He was the first draft choice (#16 overall) of the World Champion New York Knickerbockers in 1971, a 6'1" All-American guard out of Marquette University where he had played for coach Al McGuire.

Late this morning Dean "the Dream" Meminger was discovered stricken and unconscious in his room at the Hamilton Heights Casablanca Hotel on Harlem's West 145th Street, where responding emergency medical personnel were unable to revive him. More...

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

August Trustees Work Session

Despite a calendared item postponed from the Village Board meeting of August 1st, in a prefatory statement Mayor Con­rad Teller had this to say about that:

"Discussion about opening our current Business Dis­tricts' Master Plan has been removed from this Work Session agenda based on input from the majority of the Board members and myself."

While that was being digested by would-be B3/I1 developer Andrew Mendelson's attorney Frank Isler, the Mayor continued: More...

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

"Dutch" (1925-2013

Elmore 'Dutch' Leonard

My flag is at half-staff today.

Inarguably the greatest author of crime fiction over the past 45 years, Elmore "Dutch" Leonard passed away this morning in his adopted home of Bloomfield Vill­age, Michigan at age 87.

It would've been longer except that the man didn't delve into the crime genre 'til the late '60s, hav­ing begun his writing career with westerns and actually enjoying some success, selling three of those tales, "The Tall T," "3:10 to Yuma" (both 1957) and "Hombre" (1967), to Hollywood.

Many of his crime novels, starting with "The Big Bounce" in 1969, were also made into movies, some more successfully than others, but probably his widest recognition and acclaim came with cable FX's "Justified," set to start it's fifth season this January.

Leonard had suffered a stroke on July 29 while working on his 49th novel.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Me? I'll pass!

Keith Olbermann

Just caught up with the news that the stridently "progressive" Keith Olbermann, having sufficiently groveled in sack cloth and ashes before the lairds of Bristol, Connecticut, is being allowed to return to ESPN in an eponymously entitled show launching one week from tonight at 11:00 pm on ESPN2.

Wow! Here's a clown who worked for the cable sports giant from 1992 to 1997, left in a very public spat while biting the hands that had fed him for five years... going so far as to call ESPN "the bush leagues." More...

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Little things that make me go urp, #32

August 2013 cover of 'Avenue'

From the current issue of Avenue's "On The Beach" slick-zine, page 85, a puff-piece on a cosmetics heiress:

"...Alex Chantecaille is constantly circumventing the globe."

Now I am all about the creative use of language, and interesting and hope­fully entertaining word forms, but a malaprop is a malaprop, and there's no circumventing the fact that profile author Haley Friedlich, listed on the masthed as "Senior Editor" no less, was out of her depth and was struggling for "circumnavi­gating," and her own editor was too busy peering at photos of all the pretty people to back-stop her.


Friday, August 16, 2013

Campaign 2013 – I

Term-limited Southampton Town Councilman Chris Nuzzi gets to anchor this series by dint of the fact that his was the first campaign literature I retrieved from my mailbox, a letter dated August 7, 2013.

He's running for the Suffolk County 2nd District Legislative seat presently held by Jay Schneiderman, and while I don't know Nuzzi well... we've met around the Village on occa­sion... I find him an affable enough fellow, but have grave concerns about his public service record. More...

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A harbinger of renewal

Anyone who's been through the intersection of Mill Road and Sunset Avenue over the past six days has to have noticed there's something happening there, and that it appears as if the long-delayed remodeling and construction along the West side of Sunset Avenue between the Astoria Federal Savings property and Mill, has started for fair.

(i.e., those holding out hope for the reopening of the bowling alley are out of luck.) More...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

On the other side of it...

Los Angeles Dodgers logo

...for a change, and what a glorious change it's been for this long-time Dodgers fan over the past 7½ weeks.

On June 21st, the Los Angeles team, which for the past 13 months has been spending money like the Yankees under George Steinbrunner, lost to the San Diego Padres and fell to 30-42, 9½ games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National League Western Division. More...

Monday, August 12, 2013

Say Wha-at?!?

Floyd D. Weatherspoon

From Capital University Professor Floyd D. Weatherspoon's perspective on Paula Deen's use of the "N" word:

"...African-Americans should be focused on why there is a shortage of Black doctors in our community, yet the NBA finals and draft were dominated by highly-skilled African-American male basketball players."

Several responses spring readily to mind, but eschewing any snark, I got this one. More...

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Corny stunt, but she was a cutie

Hadn't thought of her in ages when I saw the news last night:

Singer Eydie Gorme dies at 84

One cannot hear her name without thinking of husband (and performing partner) Steve Lawrence, and the trick she and the producers of a nearly forgotten popular CBS Sunday evening television show played on him on September 29, 1963.

Well, see for yourselves when Gorme signed in (as Gormé) as the mystery guest on "What's My Line" when Lawrence was one of the panelists.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

And coming in for the 9th inning save...

...the greatest of all-time, Mariano Rivera, needing three outs to hold the Yankees 3-1 lead over the red-hot Detroit Tigers and secure the win Friday night.

Not an easy task, but #42 in pinstripes... the last #42 forever1 in the major leagues... has for 19 seasons proved equal to the challenge a record 643 out of 719 times.

Make that 720 opportunities... after a one-out double to Austin Jackson, he got Torii Hunter to ground out before facing the most feared hitter in baseball over the past two seasons, third baseman Miguel Cabrera. More...

It's a wrap!

As discussed Tuesday, cable Starz pulled the plug on "Magic City" last evening after a 16 episode, two season run.

"Magic City" title art

But unlike other recent series like Starz' "Boss," AMC's "Rubicon," FX's "Terriers" and HBO's "Luck," show­runner Mitch Glazer must have had an inkling that his baby was "on the bubble" and a serious candidate for not being renewed. More...

Friday, August 09, 2013

Karen Black (1939–2013)

Karen Black

News last night of Karen Black's passing following a 33-month battle with am­pul­lary cancer, caused an anguished utterance from this seat... she had been a personal favorite for almost half-a-century.

Statuesque... although only 5'7"... and always with a head rich with wavy hair... rarely the same color in two successive films... she was an iconic counter-culture figure of the late '60s and throughout the '70s with roles in films as diverse as More...

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Who did it?

<jimmy cagney>Whooooo did it?</jimmy cagney>

No, not "Who stole my rubber tree plant?," but which political organization commissioned the sophomoric telephone poll currently being conducted throughout Southampton Town? More...

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Ever-Valid Advice

In the time-honored tradition of parents to their progency, "be careful who you get in bed with" are cautionary words which should endure through life.

(And they were offered long before HIV began ravag­ing the land.)

But the warning should extend far beyond the realm of sex­ually transmitted diseases, and to whatever part of his mind young "Johnny Football" consigned such advice, he More...

Tuesday, August 06, 2013


Well, there goes my sole Friday evening Guilty Pleasure!

Starz Cancels ‘Magic City’ After Two Seasons

Was the series great television? Far from it! More...

Monday, August 05, 2013

Jack O'Connell watch

Remember my friend Jack O'Connell, the bartender-turned-actor, last seen as a recurring character on CBS' "Blue Bloods" and in "Men in Black 3?"

Jack O'Connell as "Mr. Hartman"

Jack's battered "map o'Ireland" mug debuted this More...

Friday, August 02, 2013

EłA's losses mount

"...baby better come back later next week
'Cause you see I'm on a losing streak"
– Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Satisfaction

That's kinda the way it's been going for the East End Eruv Association when they attempt to make their case before judges and municipal boards, contrary to the braying brag­gadocio of attorney/spokesperson Marvin Tanzer. More...