On The Beach Blog | June 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

Dean and done...

...to salutes and applause and well-deserved approbation.

It's called a "Walk Out Ceremony," and while it may have it's roots with the Native Canadian Cree Nation, it's been loosely adopted by police and fire departments to honor retiring Chiefs.

Westhampton Beach's own Ray Dean got his this morning, a surprise event informally organized by his sisters More...

Sarah Clifton Rankin (1979-2014)

Sarah Rankin, dancing with her dad Rick Clifton at her 2004 wedding.

Sarah, elder daughter of former Westhampton Beach residents Rick and Jane Clifton, passed away last evening, surrounded by family members at her home in Portsmouth, New Hampshire after a cou­ra­geous eight year battle with stage 4 breast cancer. She was 34 years young.

She is survived by her Coast Guardsman husband Colin, son Cameron, 9, daughter Annabelle Jane, 8, as well as her brother Gorham and sister Erica Clifton Keay, her parents of Brooklin, Maine, maternal grandparents Pete and Nancy Cuthbert of Moriches Island, and numerous uncles and aunts including Lynne Jones of Westhampton. More...

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Local boy making good

If you don't remember Randy King, here's a quick refresher:

Randy, always keen on traditions, is a graduate of West­hampton Beach High School, Class of 1967.

Friday, June 27, 2014

It used to freak me out...

...now it just pisses me off, getting telephone calls which, when I try to return them, am met with the recorded mes­sage that I've reached a non-working number!

(How does that happen? How can that happen?)

That's not supposed to happen, but if I've learned anything over the past 15-20 years, telemarketers don't play by the rules, and do so with impunity!

Please attend to this, Fred Thiele and Ken LaValle.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Cringe-worthy, I tell you!

During the course of what we who serve of Suffolk County Board of Elections think of as "the longest day1," the poll workers look around for a diversion, any diversion, to help pass the interminable hours.

(In the grand ol' days of polling at the firehouse, by 1:00pm we'd all read every year old FireRescue Magazine, thumbed-through the current firematic equipment catalogue, and glanced at Big Jugs in Bunker Gear! Yeah, that kind of boredom!)

But now the local polling place is the LGI2 Room at West­hampton Beach High School where one would think More...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The dirtiest primary I can recall is over

And now that Lee Zeldin is the last man standing for the GOP, and for the successive third cycle George Demos has been counted out, incumbent Democratic Congressman Tim Bishop must be having a good chuckle!

(Unofficial Suffolk County Board of Elections 1stCD Results show Zeldin finishing with 9,641 to Demos' 5,870, roughly 62% to 38%.)

No matter who won today's Republican Primary race in the First Congressional District, the mud-slinging opponents have done a great deal of the Bishop campaign's work for them!

It was the worst campaign for a primary, special or general election I've every suffered through, bar none. It was increasingly ugly, mostly on Demos' side, but Zeldin got sucked into it and did himself no favors.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Ray Dean to step down

Having successfully navigated the Scylla and Charybdis of an at times hostile Village Board and the anonymous venom of ignorant commenters on 27East, Westhampton Beach Chief of Police Ray Dean last month put in his 30 year retirement papers, effective June 30.

With eleven months remaining on his often controversial contract, Chief Dean felt that now was the perfect time to leave the position in which he has served for the past 15 years.

In finalizing his decision, the Police Chief said: More...

Friday, June 20, 2014

A change at the top...

Updated Saturday, 06/21/2014 – 05:41 pm

...as political newcomer Maria Moore easily bested four term incumbent Conrad Teller to become the first woman Mayor of Westhampton Beach in its 86 year history.

In winning the election, Mrs. Moore garnered 284 votes to Mayor Teller's 187 as 457 residents showed up at Village Hall to vote in person between Noon and 9:00 pm.

Running unopposed, Trustees Ralph Urban totaled 265 votes while Charlie Palmer, who shared line C with Mrs. Moore, finished with 301 votes. More...

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Someone at The Press...

...has been paying close attention, and it's there for all to view when you open this morning's Western Edition and read the Editorial endorsement ("The Village Ballot," p.A8) for incumbent Mayor Conrad Teller.

That "someone" almost certainly is Editor Frank Costanza, and the part which most clearly demonstrates his under­standing of what Friday's Westhampton Beach mayoral election is all about is... More...

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

They're b-a-a-a-c-c-k!

...the same gutless forces of slime and misrepresentation as came after me three years ago with an anonymous mailing attacking Connie Teller.

Headlined "Voter Fact Sheet," it's all negative and heavily slanted to cast Teller's administration in the worst possible light.

Every single "issue" cited, if anyone had raised it in an open forum or debate would have been addressed. More...

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Gwynn death at 54 a caution

One of the top five pure hitters in Major League Baseball over the past 30 years, Tony Gwynn, passed away ye­sterday morning in Poway, California.

An eight-time National League Batting Champion during his 20 year career, he was a master student of the art of hitting... but had an unfortunate personal habit.

"Gwynn had undergone surgery for cancer of the mouth and salivary glands in recent years.... He attributed the cancer to having dipped tobacco throughout his career."

I just never got the "pleasure" or "satisfaction" in that.

Tony Gwynn

His brother Chris played for the Dodgers, his son, Tony Jr. now with the Phillies, played with the Dodgers, but Tony was a San Diego Padre from debut 'til retirement.

Monday, June 16, 2014

World Cup... stop the flop!

The ABC/ESPN televised FIFA World Cup matches have been interesting, often exciting and on occasion thrilling to watch, fútbol fan or not.

But one thing caught my attention over the weekend, that being the number of "flops" and drops like they've just been poleaxed, and Sunday afternoon's Group E match between France and Honduras displayed the perfect example. More...

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Images, sounds, smells...

...I'm at an age when all manner of unanticipated things evoke a brief flash of memory, an association of something usually from the distant past.

What did it this week was an awwwwwwwwwwww-inspiring E-mail, forwarded by my wife, with 23 photos of infants and toddlers in the company of dogs that's currently making the rounds at the speed of the Internet:


Summer 1960 I lent Andy Vennard $2.00 drinking More...

Friday, June 13, 2014

Better get with it, Mrs. Moore...

...'cause time's running out with the 2104 Westhampton Beach Village elections just a week away.

From last evening's Newsday:

"Moore said she would push the village's small police department to achieve state accreditation...."

In process for over a year now... why don't you know that?

(Or are you suggesting that you can call an uncle in Al­bany who'll snap his fingers and make it happen before the week is out?) More...

Thursday, June 12, 2014

As a reminder...

...that there's an election coming eight days from now in Westhampton Beach, we have:

  • Three letters in this morning's Southampton Press supporting Mayoral candidate Maria Moore.

    The one from Chuck Cary is relatively soft. Another is signed by "Tom and Patti Fahey1," a couple of heretofore invisible Village residents.

    Then there's Joan Levan, architect of Mrs. Moore's candidacy in an attempt to retake control2 of the Village and remake it entirely to her liking. More...

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

More on Murray Frank, Take 2

If it's not God who works in mysterious ways, then the late Murray Frank has some powerful friends in very high places!

Word came several hours following this morning's OtBB entry that Murray's sister Joan had thoughtfully provided the solution to the entire problem by the simple expedient of passing away herself last weekend. More...

More on Murray Frank, R.I.P.

...except that whatever pace in which he'll be requiescat, isn't what he intended... or, we're from the Government and we're going to bury you in Calverton National Cemetery whether you wanted it or not!

The rub is that when Murray Frank passed away last month, he died intestate, and without a documented Will to provide instructions on how one wishes heirs or the State to pro­ceed, like it or not. the Suffolk County Public Administrator has a procedure it is obliged to follow. More...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Anti 'Redskins' Campaign

Call me an insensitive old fud, but I'm with Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington National Football League fran­chise, in his unwillingness to change the nickname of his team.

The latest weapon being brought to bear is a 60-second version of this advocacy video airing in seven television markets1 during tonight's Game 3 of the National Basketball Association finals between the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat.

(That's right... a basketball game!) More...

Monday, June 09, 2014

While I wasn't paying attention...

...and other thoughts on baseball announcing.

WFAN logo

Sometime during this past off-season, WFAN (660am) switched baseball teams, dropping the Mets who they'd been broadcasting since 1987, and picking up the Yankees from WCBS (880am), their home since 2002.

Not that there's anything wrong here... I'm sure it was a basic business decision... but for me the re-alignment has had terrible consequences as "The FAN" has been a con­stant when I'm in my car, and has been since it moved down the dial (from 1050am) in October 1988. More...

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Mona Freeman (1926-2014)

Monica Elizabeth Freeman

Although far from a household name, Mona Freeman's was a familiar face throughout the '40s and '50s, usually as the ingénue, being typecast as a teenager into her 30s.

She died May 23 in her Beverly Hills home after a lengthy ill­ness according to her daughter, actress Monie Ellis. More...

Friday, June 06, 2014

The Heat can't handle the heat...

...and I just had to write that before everyone else did.

Besides 38 year-old Tim Duncan, 32 year-old Toby Parker and 36 year-old Manu Ginobili, the NBA's Spurs had another strategic weapon to deploy against the visiting Miami "Big Three" of Lebron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade (average age: 30.7 years): the broken air conditioning system in San Antonio's AT&T Center. More...

Thursday, June 05, 2014

O M G !

Anyone taken a look inside the main entrance to Gabreski Airport the past several days and seen this?


Up close, "Walking Figure" is even more so: More...

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

'Zim' (1931-2014)

Donald William Zimmer, who broke into the major leagues with my Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954 and spent more than 60 years in professional baseball, passed away this evening in Dunedin, Florida from heart, lung and kidney problems; he was 83.

Don Zimmer's 1955 Topps baseball card

He had no more chance of beating out 36-year-old Pee Wee Reese, a Dodgers fixture at shortstop since 1940, More...

Why didn't I think of this?

"Progress For Westhampton Beach," the party of Mayoral candidate Maria (Mrs. Tom) Moore and Trustee Junior Palmer is up and running.

It cites some issues facing the Village, including:

  • The Asphalt Plant. The subtitle, "14 Years of Litigation, No End in Sight," suggests an attitude, but takes no position. More...

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Suspicions Confirmed!

[sigh] According to the National Academy of Sciences...

Female hurricanes are deadlier than male hurricanes

"Feminine-named hurricanes (vs. masculine-named hurricanes) cause significantly more deaths, apparently because they lead to lower perceived risk and conse­quently less preparedness."

Whatever the reason, the female of the species has tradi­tionally been considered "more deadly that the male."

2104 Atlantic hurricane names include: Bertha, Dolly, Fay, Hanna, Josephine, Laura, Nana, Paulette, Sally and Vicky.


Monday, June 02, 2014

Who doesn't like cowboys...

Robert Taylor as "Walt Longmire"

...particularly of the lean and lanky sort, men of few words with weathered faces and a hankering to help those in need.

Could be describing Sam Elliott, but in this instance, it's "Walt Longmire" played by Austra­lian-born Robert Taylor who has every­thing that Elliott has but the purring baritone and Katherine Ross for a real-life wife.

Based on the novels of Craig Johnson, "Longmire" enters its third season this evening on A&E, and is one that has had me involved throughout its 23 episodes. More...