On The Beach Blog | May 2014

Saturday, May 31, 2014

It's getting pretty thick in the 1st CD

This has got to be a very laid back time for Congressman Tim Bishop (D, Southampton) even though he faces a tough re-election campaign in November.

While his Republican opponents, the party designee Lee Zeldin and perennial challenger George Demos, are locked in a bitter primary battle, the do-nothing Bishop1 can keep his head down for at least another four weeks and enjoy the perquisites of his office on The Hill.

The most recent salvo in the intra-GOP struggle was a TV spot, less for Demos than it was aimed at Zeldin, More...

Friday, May 30, 2014

Who doesn't love a pirate?

Pirates at a Pirate Festival

...and I'm not referring to the modern day variety of the impossibly skinny Somalis who motor into the Indian Ocean to prey on passing vessels as depicted in last year's fact-based "Captain Phillips."

I write of the 18th Century buccaneers1 and freebooters of the West Indies, celebrated by Raphael Sabatini in More...

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The other store at 223 Montauk...

...being the first ever fast food franchise permitted in Westhampton Beach, Dunkin' Donuts, which opened just in time for Memorial Day weekend.

My initial assessment is that, if they couldn't've gotten it together a week earlier, they should've put the actual open­ing off several days and had their shake-down cruise in a less customer-intensive period.

Stuck my nose in there Day #2, that Saturday around 9:30 am, and they were out of control! More...

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

If it bleeds, it leads...

...has been the axiom of tabloid news media for more than a century, but now it's permeated the mainstream and turning them into little more than ghouls, witness this CNN "interview" with Isla Vista murder victim Christopher Martinez' father from earlier this week:

I understand Richard Martinez' grief and anger... however misplaced it is... but what I find unprofessional, unconscion­able and, frankly, disgusting in the way correspondent Kim Lau lead the "interview."

That seems to be an routine practice of CNN's on-air staff, something I first noticed last Fall in the debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney when "moderator" Candy Crowley injected herself forcefully into the debate.

I dislike and distrust CNN almost as much as I do NBC.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Berle has finally made me laugh

Movie poster

My introduction to Milton Berle was right after Thanks­giving in 1949 in a movie entitled "Al­ways Leave Them Laugh­ing" but which had the com­pletely opposite effect on my parents.

We were several years away from the family's first TV set, so had zero exposure to Berle and his hugely popular Texaco Star Theater which was pulling 80% of the view­ing audience on Tuesday nights.

We piled into the family Packard and made the six More...

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Voyage to The Bays

At least that's what it seemed like for the final mile or so of our trip last evening to Hampton Bays for dinner with the Miggins girls... Dune Road was sooooooooo wet that I would've been better off in one of my Dad's old DUKWs than my four-wheel drive Escape.

At one point, about one-quarter mile short of Ponquogue Bridge, in second gear with Jeanne reminding me "No wake!" as we waded along at parade ground speed, I look­ed out the window and saw two small ducks...

...making better time to the East than we were! More...

Friday, May 23, 2014

Meanwhile, in Westhampton Beach...

...it seemed like it was still 1984! In the story on 27East this morning, originally by-lined "Kyle Campbell..."

Westhampton Beach Lawyer To Challenge Mayor

...but updated within the past half hour and now carrying the by-line of Alexa Gorman, what some would call "critical information" had been removed.

"Ms. Moore has never held elected office. Her husband, Thomas, was appointed to the Westhampton Beach Village Zoning Board of Appeals in 2008, but resigned in 2010, three years before his term was up. Mr. More...

Thursday, May 22, 2014


From today's Southampton Press Western Edition "Moore Versus Teller" story on the up-coming Village Election:

"All terms are for five years."

That'll give people pause about voting for an octogenarian!

Press writers Alexa Gorman and Kyle Campbell likely still had their heads in their school board elections stories.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Murray C. Frank (1932-2014)

Not a great deal is known about Murray Frank whose re­mains were discovered by Village Police during a "welfare check" last Friday evening at his home at 55 Old Riverhead Road, but many knew him by sight from around Westhamp­ton Beach for decades.

Born on Groundhog Day early during the Great Depres­sion, Murray was often viewed as an "oddball" and a "grizzled old crank," but looks were deceiving.

Golly, yes! Murray was definitely grizzled... but few More...

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Demos running low on funds?

Republican Congressional hopeful George Demos' most recent Campaign Finance Report is dated April 15th and reveals that five weeks ago the challenger had in his coffers $1,271,946.98 after expenditures totaling $964,808.02.

Hardly an unhealthy figure, especially compared to GOP designee Lee Zeldin's "cash on hand" $410,746.08.

But then Zeldin has spent only $192,425.78 of his overall war chest of $603,171.86, which includes monies carried over from his successful runs for New York State More...

Monday, May 19, 2014

Jack's back...

Title art

...in a big way and this has made Monday evenings a great deal more interesting for the past three weeks!

After a hiatus of four years... remember this is a series whose primary conceit was that it takes place in "real time" as the omnipresent digital clock ticking on screen always reminded us... hard case Jack Bauer has "intercepted intel that there will be an assassination attempt on President Heller."

And with that, "24 Live Another Day" hit the Fox Network running, breathlessly, pulse-poundingly, lethally! More...

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sollicitatio Precox

We received the extensive menu for Red Fortune, the new Oriental restaurant at 141 Montauk Highway1 in the mail yesterday and were immediately struck by three things:

  1. While the "coming soon" sign earlier this year ad­vis­ed that it would be "Japanese Cuisine," that has been amended to add "Chinese."
  2. The large format paper menu could have been from any strip mall Chinese take-out joint... cf: Chinatown on Old Riverhead Road.
  3. Some of the listed entrees... particularly Orange Chicken... reminded me of Johnny Chih's best of­fer­ings, and the prices were highly attractive.

We're not Jewish and this isn't Nassau County, but it was Sunday night so we resolved to check it out! More...

One uncertainty resolved...

...by the post card mailed by the Board of Elections this week... with the Village Firehouse no longer available, the designated polling place for any June 24th Primary Contest and the November 3d General Election, is the Westhampton Beach High School.

The CCD Center in Quiogue wasn't given serious considera­tion, and Mechanic's Hall, currently Agave's Tequila Bar & Res­tau­rant, is no longer available.

I made this OtBB entry because some who've received that card glance at it and think it's from the Board of Education as a reminder of this week's School District Election.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Donald Sterling heads to court

Three weeks ago few knew the name of Donald T. Sterling (née Tokowitz), and now he's a leading candidate for "Most Hated Man in America" thanks to a media-driven campaign assault on the 80-year-old Los Angeles Clippers' owner.

OtBB took note of the hubbub when it blew up, and while the furor over his "racist rant" has faded from the front page, the fall-out from that event has entered the next stage. More...

Friday, May 16, 2014

Setting back the cause of...

...not just blondes but their entire gender while they are at it, this Dallas, Texas-based knock-off of ABC's wildly popular hen-fest "The View" carrying on about the most notorious "Kiss" since Rodin's sculpture was unveiled in 1889.

Lisa Pinero, supposedly in charge of "The Broadcast," quickly lost control of the show as everyone had a More...

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Saddest story of the day

From Longview, Texas by way of USA Today:

Woman in her 30s faked age to enroll in high school

School photo of Charity Anne Johnson

Charity Anne Johnson, age variously given as 31 or 35, enrolled at New Life Christian School last October as 15-year-old "Charite Stevens."

Ratted out by a housemate, Ms. Johnson was arrested by police for providing a false identity and was sent to jail with a $500 bond. More...

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Swimming Pools!

It's not that I hate them, it's just that I don't understand the requirement for them... particularly when one has a home on Dune Road... with the Atlantic Ocean right here!

Wanna take a dip? There's the ocean, never far away. And when we were kids, we swam in the bay and never once were inconvenienced by typhus, polio or horseshoe crabs.

Thought of this with a headline on today's 27East: More...

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Library w-a-a-a-y in the black?

When Jeanne called my attention to page 3 of Westhamp­ton Free Library's recently mailed "May 2014 Budget Informational Issue/An­nual Report," I was stunned!

By their numbers, WFL's "Full Market Valuation for 2014-2015" is an estimated $4,269,054,376, down 2½% from 2013-2014's $4,378,517,309.

Yet the Library's tax rate still increased 3.2%.

I guess that's why neither Jeanne nor I are accountants... in words those gross figures are billions!

I know land on Library Avenue is valuable, but are is the inventory of books and DVD enough to bring the current number up to one billion, three hundred seventy-eight million, five hundred seventeen thousand, three hundred and nine dollars?

What are we missing?

Friday, May 09, 2014

A harbinger of the warmer season...

...and it couldn't have occured soon enough for me 'n' Jeanne! Sandy Patterson's back and The Post Stop Café reopened this evening with genial Rob Sheldon on the stick.

So we once again have a destination one night each week­end through the end of October.

We were not alone in rejoicing at its return... we got there at 6:20 and the barroom was SRO as all the regulars had a lot of catching up to do More...

Thursday, May 08, 2014

For all the freakin' hype...

...leading up to the event, Day 1 of the National Football League's annual draft was as big a bust as the recent Kevin Costner movie, "Draft Day," which opened and closed less than a month ago with a box office gross of $26.5 million against a production budget of $25 million.

I tuned in ESPN this evening just to see who my Detroit Lions would select with the tenth pick in the first round be­cause over the past four weeks their two featured "insider experts," Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, released at least six different versions of their Mock Drafts and had at least nine different names headed for the Lions, including the memorable Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, a Safety from Alabama. More...

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

More Politrix from Demos

Can that be the increasingly pungent odor of desperation emanating from the Republican challenger's camp?

Here's a guy, his third time out for the same nomination, who three months ago hit the deck running full bore at the GOP designee on his alleged support for Obamacare, is now on his heels flailing away at information he wishes wasn't "out there."

We're seven weeks away from the Republican prinary and I'm already tired of the Demos giant post card mailings and the Demos automated 'phone calls! More...

Monday, May 05, 2014

Junior Palmer's mess updated

The posting of this entry was delayed because as I was literally about to hit the send key the 'phone rang and I found an exercised Trustee Charles Palmer Jr. on the other end of the line.

We had a (mostly one-sided) conversation as the subject of today's earlier blog felt the need to:

  • Set the record, as he sees it, straight. More...

The old ways die hard for Junior Palmer...

Liberty Street

...so it's not because he's a Westhampton Beach Trustee and feels that rank hath its priviledges. He was doing this sort of thing well before he was ever elected.

The photo arrived Saturday afternoon with the accom­panying text message:

"In front of Charlie Palmer's house in the street. I guess since he's a Trustee he thinks the rules don't apply to him." More...

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Nets nearly robbed by ref's blown call

Brooklyn Nets logo

Still a Knicks fan here, but they're all out pampering their over-paid selves at night clubs with fancy ladies or hanging out and chillin' with their homies in the 'hood.

So, since I bear them no malice and actu­ally used to attend their home games in the Island Garden Arena 45 years ago, I've been following the Brooklyn (née New Jersey out of New York) Nets this post season out of general ennui and also because my wife is a huge fan of Nets' coach Jason Kidd. More...

Elyse makes The Post...

...and, not coincidentally, so does the Village of Westhampton Beach!

Hamptons town spent $18K fighting an ice cream cone statue

Typical of a New York City tabloid... a ten-word headline containing three factual errors!

Translated, it signals that Summer is near and The Post... can The Daily News be far behind?... is taking formal cognisance of its gum-chewing, strap-hanging readership's need to scoff enviously at anything Hamptons-related.

It also means that our local lady in black, Ms. Richman, is not without friends in the media.

Friday, May 02, 2014

Moron of the Month, April 2014

Sandra Hines

Meet Michigan activist Sandra Hines of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality who actually crit­i­cized that city's Police Chief for promoting "vigi­lan­tism" because he supports home-owners right to armed self-defense.

Chief James Craig

What Police Chief James Craig said earlier this year was that in the hands of legal, law-abiding citizens, firearms "could be a deterrence to violent crime."

When Chief Craig appeared on WJR's The Paul W. Smith Show, the host asked him whether he knew of any instances in Detroit of the More...

Thursday, May 01, 2014

New meaning to 'mobile computing'

I had to laugh when I stopped into Fluid Imagery Computing to see if my eight-year-old Dell laptop could get its act to­gether for one last productive trip to Florida (it couldn't) and saw the brace of Fi vans sitting shoulder to shoulder in the parking lot.


I was impressed... Scott Hofmann and his merrie little band of techno-whizzes have come a l-o-n-g way from working out of Hugh Merle's upholstered garage.

(From 'umble beginnings, doncha know!)

Mark me down for "impressed" with what Scott has created and managed to grow despite a practical set-back last year... the entrepreneurial spirit is kicking up its heels just across the Village line in Westhampton!