On The Beach Blog | March 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

Coming (back) and going...

Hampton Arts Twins

...to it's new home just down the highway.

Once again there's move­ment on the marquee at Six Corners as the projector lamps (actually pulsed xenon bulbs) will soon be lit at the Hampton Arts Twin Cinemas.

Let movie-goers' joy reign unconfined!

Westhampton True Value Hardware

And on Tuesday of this week, Westhampton True Value Hardware left its Petty quarters to the West and opened its doors where Ronny Avalone once operated his photography shop.

I just went into the brand new store for a simple little pur­chase and all I could say was "Wow!"

"We've been getting that a lot this week," one of the staff told me.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Just how sleazy is George Demos?

In Monday's (updated) OtBB entry, "Demos outed as a 'rat'" examining the perennial Congressional wannabe's un­scrupulous dealings with whistle-blower Peter Sivere, the ques­tion of "Why?" was raised... and speculated on:

"Who knows? Perhaps Sivere's approach and motiva­tion offended Demos's personal sense of propriety."

Perhaps more important is why SEC Attorney Demos told Sivere that, according to Bloomberg News' investigative report of the matter: More...

Monday, March 24, 2014

Demos outed as a 'rat'

Updated 03/25/2014 – 01:51 pm

Part of Conservative-Republican George Demos' curriculum vitae which hasn't gotten enough scrutiny was his career as a United States Securities and Exchange Commission En­forcement Attorney from 2002 through 2009, focusing on pros­ecuting corporate fraudsters.

Demos the rat

As with any enforcement agent's investigation efforts, a major aid in tracking wrong-doing in the form of misconduct or illegal ac­tivity occurring in an organiza­tion, is the whistle-blower, an insider more intimately involved with the workings and personnel than any outsider... no matter how good a detective he or she maybe, without the help of a whistle-blower, the investigation is often stillborn. More...

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Awww, for cryin' out loud!

Earlier this week when I saw the hysterical Chinese woman being forcibly carried from a news conference, one she and a swarm of other relatives of the missing Malay­sia Airlines passengers has literally crashed into, I was incredulous!

"Exactly what does she think she was going to accom­plish? Wailing and screaming and carrying on like that?"

"I think it's a cultural thing," my wife suggested. More...

Friday, March 21, 2014

Hoops Notes

Unlike Barack Obama and a large number of the rest of the country, I have little or no interest in "March Madness," "bracketology" or the games of the NCAA Tournament.

Still, when I turned on the television set this afternoon and found basketball behemoth Duke (#3) tied with 14th seed Mercer (who?) at 68 all, I got interested.

As with any David v. Goliath tale, this was very watchable!

By this time as the interested part of the world is More...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Anyone else catch 'Loredana, Esq.?'

One place I never expected Donald MacPherson and George Guldi to show up was on The Sundance Channel (cable channel 192) in a show about a former Los Angeles Police Officer-turned-lawyer!

"Loredana, Esq.," launched Monday evening, is an LA-based "reality show" featuring criminal defense attorney Loredana Nesci who, aside from her quick legal accumen, has upper arms that would make female Michelle Obama admirers take notice.

One of the cases featured concerned Lorri Moore, a big-eyed, long-haired bottle blonde of a certain age who, for reasons not quite clear, gave MacPherson More...

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Giuliani Conservative? My aunt fanny!

Which is as polite a way as I know to say in an OtBB header, "My ass!"

This past week's most offensive effront to my U.S.P.S. mailbox has to be the giant postcard from the George Demos campaign featuring that Leroy Lockhorn-looking, Republican-in-name-only Rudy Giuliani attesting to Demos' Conservative credentials when he cannot even attest to his own. More...

Monday, March 17, 2014

Appearing on Shaw TV this week...

...my darling daughter, the St. Patrick's Day birthday girl!

Frostbites is the syrups and cordials business Pegs and her husband Martyn started two years ago.

Shaw TV is a major provider throughout Western Canada.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Preview of an upcoming tabloid story...

...and while in this age, that could mean print, television or digital, this definitely has the feel of front page 96 point black letters:

FLIGHT 370 TAKEN BY ALIENS

This will be accompanied by the traditional graphic of a dome-headed, oblong-eyed extra-terrestial and some fanciful text slightly less assertive than the headline.

A source from some official-sounding non-governmental organization, i.e., the Center for Outer-Space Observation and Studies [coos] will provide a quote that can be inter­preted as supportive of the notion that the missing Malaysian Airways flight didn't crash in the Indian Ocean, it was sucked through the ozone and into an enormous intergalactic craft for the purposes of studying Oriental homo-sapiens.

(Phew!)

But not to worry, another source from a competing NGO will dispute that one and counter that all indications are that Flight 370 was drawn into what Steve Jenkins has theorized is a Sagittarius Black Hole.

And yet a third egghead from an outfit centered high in the Himalayas will postulate that the Boeing 777-200ER was caught in a Geomagnetic Reversal of Timewave Zero.

Yeah, really! Look how long tabloid writers made hay with the likes of Judge Crater, Amelia Earhart and Jimmy Hoffa... and they haven't quite pleaded out the last one yet!

And those were just individuals! With Flight 370 we're talking 277 people!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

What the hell happened...

...to the grand tradition of Saint Patrick's Parade Weekend in Westhampton Beach? It used to be... upon personal recollection... a blast!

Schoolyard scene from "The Birds"

I would start celebrating... now-a-days it's called "party­ing..." Friday evenings at 111-113 Main Street where, like that celebrated scene in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" as the flock steadily gathered onto the pipes of the jungle gym, the warmer weather regulars would straggle into Magic's and The Dodger to belly up to the bars.

Firm grips and manly abrazos were exchanged, tales told and in the background Maddog Harry Maddox thundered on his 12-string as adult beverages freely flowed. More...

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Erratum

In last week's report on the Westhampton Beach Village Board meeting, OtBB incorrectly asserted that Village Police Officer Joeseph Pesapane's suspension continued but with pay.

This was inaccurate.

In this morning's Southampton Press Western Edition, mirrored on 27East, correspondent Carol Moran does her best to explain why Officer Pesapane's unpaid suspension remains in force. More...

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Can you say 'pandering?'

What else would the National Basketball Association's league-wide promotion, Éne•bé•a Noche Latina, observed earlier this month when the Knicks visited Chicago?

Special Noche Latina jerseys

(But shouldn't the home team's jerseys more properly have read "Los Toros?")

Certainly Major League basabool (per Chico Escuela) has been dominated over the past three decades by More...

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Spring Forward?

Really? I don't think so... not after what I saw heading for the Quogue Canal Friday!

But go ahead, set your clocks an hour forward tonight! Of­ficial Spring is just a fortnight away! 'Til then, brrrh!

Thursday, March 06, 2014

March Village Board Meeting

So I missed the last several meetings of the West­hamp­ton Beach Village Board... but based on personal observation and all accounts, I didn't miss much.

(Well, yes, I did miss the 30-day suspension of Village Police Officer Joseph Pesapane... yes, he's still sus­pended... but he's back on the payroll, so now it's a paid leave of absence, courtesy of the taxpayers. All his prior suspensions seem to have taught him is how to play the system to his greatest benefit.)

This evening's 1½ page agenda was dispensed with in 25 minutes, including almost ten minutes at the More...

On second thought...

...Albany may have a problem with its Draft Mute Swan Management Plan, the deceptively entitled final solution for New York State's Cygnus olor population.

Protesters flock together to stop swan killing in New York

...which subject was discussed here January 17th. (For the record, OtBB was agin it!) More...

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

This is one 'Guilty' Plea...

...I'm following with considerable interest:

‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’ stars Teresa and Joe Giudice plead guilty to fraud charges

The bet here is that both husband and wife do the mini­mum... she skates with probation, and he goes for no more than three years. More...

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

The Who knew

Updated March 06, 2014 – 09:17 am

...when they sang "Won't Get Fooled Again!"

First off, I acknowledge that I did it to myself... I'd spotted a 30-minute show on the cable program guide announcing simply "Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Peter, Paul and Mary."

(The time slot, 4:00 am, shoulda been a clue.)

The pulse quickened... for 50 years come this Fall, I've been looking for a black & white performance given by Bob Dylan of "The Ballad of Hollis Brown" one Sunday afternoon on, I believe, WOR-TV, New York's Channel 9. More...

Monday, March 03, 2014

After Oscar Action Report

First full Oscar telecast I've managed in over ten years... based on last night's showing, it might be another ten years before I blow off a Sunday evening to subject myself to such a non-spectacle.

Wow, Ellen DeGeneres isn't exactly Ms. Dynamic, is she? I did, however, think her bit about trying to set a record for re-tweets was amusing. More...

Sunday, March 02, 2014

True Detective? True Dat!

This one kinda sneaked up on me, and as I recall the "teaser" promotions cable HBO did for the series... almost exclusively replying on the "star power" of it's two male leads, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson... it may have sneaked up on HBO as well.

(This one I hadn't seen before, though, nails it!)

In short, I don't think they knew what they had... although they must have an inkling at this point now that six of the eight hour-long episodes have aired since "True Detective" debuted January 12th. More...