On The Beach Blog | September 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Blackout Lifted!

The big news late this afternoon:

"The Federal Communications Commission voted 5-0 to eliminate its sports blackout rules Tuesday..."

...but the other shoe dropping:

"...but the NFL said that it doesn't plan to change the way its broadcasts are handled."

In the FCC's view, the rule, established in 1976 to prevent cable operators from airing sports events that were black­ed out on local TV, was outdated and unnecessary. More...

Friday, September 26, 2014

Only Ted Williams...

...in my recollection... had as fitting a farewell as did Derek Jeter last night against the classy Baltimore Orioles1 in Yankees Stadium.

USMC fighter pilot Ted Williams

"The Splendid Splinter" didn't hit a game-winner in his final Fenway at bat... his tremendous home run, number 521 life­time, brought the Red Sox one run closer in a game they won in walk-off fashion an inning later... but it was no less a dramatic finish to a re­markable 19-year career that had twice been interrupted by military service. More...

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

September Trustees Work Session

Little transpired during the Public portion of an unusual Village Board Work Session, delayed a week due to the unavailability of Mayor Maria Moore and Deputy Mayor Charlie Palmer last week, but bumped up to a 5:30 pm start.

Permission was given for the Westhampton Beach Student Government's Homecoming Parade to be held Friday, Oc­tober 10th from 4:430 to 5:30 pm.

The Alzheimer's Disease Resource Center was given per­mission to hold its annual 5K Walk through the Village with Lunch on the Village Green, Saturday, October 18th. More...

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

And that man is...

...the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Florida State's Jameis Winston!

On the surface, one has to chuckle at the image of the suspended quarterback popping out of the Doak Campbell Stadium tunnel in full FSU home uniform, including pads, guards and cleats, seemingly unaware that he wouldn't be taking the field last Saturday against Clemson.

(Yeah, I know... he was given a sports award last December, not a Phi Beta Kappa key!) More...

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Drop everything...

...and get to the Hampton Arts Cinema and catch "The Drop" – it's just that good!

It's difficult to compare it to any other film other than it's as hard-boiled as it gets in the genre of "Eastern Prom­ises" and the original (1971) "Get Carter," two movies I've es­pecially admired in my extensive movie-going career.

The screenplay by Dennis Lehane from his short story "Animal Rescue" (collected in the 2009 anthology "Boston Noir," and not to be confused with the novelization based on the movie), is tough, taut and scrupulously honest with the movie-goer. More...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

White Light and Healing Prayers...

...should be directed toward Albany Medical Center where 21-year-old Tyler Giancola is fighting for his life after an alcohol-related event early Sunday morning left him with critical head injuries requiring admission to the Neurological Intensive Care Unit.

Joseph P. Schof, 18, of Orange County's Bullville, was charged with second-degree assault and released on $5,000 cash bail.

Young Giancola is the son of local Rotarian Beth Flanagan.

There's no turning back now!

The end of th original Sunset Avenue Firehouse

Photo courtesy of Hugh M. Merle.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Happy birthday to me and those others...

...who believe in the sanctity of the Constitution (partic­u­larly the Second Amendment) and who feel that "The Media" has been purposefully lying to its readers and viewers about firearms... you know, guns... for decades!

The four leading offenders in this regard have been The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine and the News Division of NBC. More...

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Helluva week for the NFL!

And while I not going to spend a lot of time blowing smoke at my own prescient insights into how the National Football League works, I will note that now, at week's end, Mon­day's OtBB entry was pretty much spot on!

What I did not foresee, though, was just how much trouble NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is in as damning, and veri­fiable, information keeps surfacing on a daily basis!

In addition to that of now-indefinitely suspended Baltimore Colt's running back Ray Rice, the names of Carolina Pan­thers defensive end Greg Hardy and Minnesota Vikings run­ning back Adrian Peterson have been in the More...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Awwwwww, Rick, Rick, Rick...

...And that's you, Rick Murphy! When are you gonna realize that you're red-lined in Westhampton Beach?

No one here-a-bouts gives a rusty rodent's rump about the "controversy" you and The East End Independent have for­ever been attempting to foment in our little Village. More...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

There's an old axiom...

Updated Thursday, 09/11/2014 – 10:27 am

...first articulated by English physicist Sir Isaac Newton which states:

"What goes up must come down."

(Look ashamed if you thought it was just a line from Blood Sweat & Tears' "Spinning Wheel.")

Before all else, it was a physical law of nature. More...

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Ray Rice, the NFL and TMZ...

...being the three elements of the story that blew up ESPN and sports talk radio yesterday, with just about everyone missing the major points.

The most obvious one which everyone punted is that the TMZ-released video surveilance footage of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then fiancé-now-wife Janay Palmer out cold in an Atlantic City hotel elevator Feb­ru­ary 15th, has afforded National Football League commis­sion­er Roger Goodell a "do-over" regarding the two-game suspension he handed out to Rice1, and for which he has been widely criticized. More...

Monday, September 08, 2014

A pox on the house of A&E!

This one kinda caught me, and others, by surprise:

'Longmire' Cancelled By A&E....


This means that ten of my Monday nights next year just became much less anticipated.

Despite being the most-watched original drama series in cable A&E's 30½ history, its three season, 30-episode run, the plug has been pulled! More...

Sunday, September 07, 2014

A day of rest?

Not in my neighorhood!

Following weekdays filled with the maddening noise of His­panic homunculi wandering back and forth with leaf blowers plus lawn mowers and hedge trimmers, we are this morning beset with a gaggle of pre-adolescent young ladies (and someone's miscellaneous kid brother) who set up a stand opposite us, whooping to attract attention while hollering:

"Lemonade 50¢! Save our theater!"

Main Street Sunday morning

Asked which theater they wished to save, the young fellow waved his hand to the West and responded:

"The one down there...."

Only a hardcore curmudgeon could raise an objection.

A mildly grumpy one would write about it, however!

Joan Rivers' final wishes

"When I die (and yes, Melissa, that day will come; and yes, Melissa, everything's in your name), I want my funeral to be a huge showbiz affair with lights, camer­as, action. I want Craft services, I want paparazzi and I want publicists making a scene! I want it to be Holly­wood all the way. I don't want some rabbi rambling on; I want Meryl Streep crying, in five different accents. I don't want a eulogy; I want Bobby Vinton to pick up my head and sing 'Mr. Lonely.' I want to look gor­geous, better dead than I do alive. I want to be buried in a Valentino gown and I want Harry Winston to make me a toe tag. And I want a wind machine so that even in the casket my hair is blowing just like Beyonce's."

Let it be so!

I was never a big fan of the lady, but I admired her re­mark­able facility for self-deprecation.

Friday, September 05, 2014

George Donneson (1929-2014)

I just learned from today's Southampton Press that my one-time Driver's Eduction instructor George Donneson passed away last week, age 85, at his home here in the Village.

When I was 16 and about to test for my Learner's Permit. my mother felt it prudent to invest $5 in a session with George, who among his other duties, served as the Driver's Ed. teacher at Westhampton Beach High School... it was money well-spent as he pointed out something I was doing that the DMV Examiners aways fail people on. More...

Thursday, September 04, 2014

September Village Board Meeting

With attendees at the monthly meeting of the Westhampton Beach Village Board poised to hear about the "proposed con­solidation" of the local police department with that of Southampton Town, it took two members of the audience to even broach the subject.

Upon questioning by me 'n' Angelo de la Fuente (talk about "odd couples!"), all five members of the Board pro­fessed not only ignorance, but asserted that the first they knew of it was when they were contacted for comment by South­ampton Press reporter Kyle Campbell for his story. More...

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Last evening...

...at 6:57pm, while still daylight, a good-size doe saun­tered right into our front yard with an eye to making supper out of the carefully-tended flora on our front porch.

Would have, too, had not Gracie and Rosco alerted in time for Jeanne to curse her out of the yard and West down Main Street.

Cheeky! Very cheeky! Never used to see the damned things out in the open like that and in that much daylight. More...

Monday, September 01, 2014

Red Fortune redux

We didn't make out so well when we initially tried to see what the new Red Fortune restaurant had to offer... it hadn't opened yet!

Several days later, Jeanne brought some unremarkable take-out home, and prudence decided it needed a shake-down cruise to get everything in order.

Realistically, 3½ months is time sufficient, and as that encompassed the crucible of a Hamptons Summer, we returned last evening with a modicum of optimism that growth pains had subsided to an acceptable level. More...