On The Beach Blog | October 2015

Saturday, October 31, 2015

The countdown's begun on Sunset Avenue...

...as the end times for Westhampton Beach's beleaguered Waldbaum's store approaches.

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(An acting store manager, speaking on back­ground, earlier pinpointed the date as Monday, November 23rd.)

The inventory "fire sale" began, as reported here Wednesday, at 9:00 am Friday, with large signs in the windows, and this morning, a lone employee carrying an "up to 40% discounts" sign on the corner of Sunset and Mill Road. More...

Friday, October 30, 2015

Stop the presses, re-plate the front page!

Updated 10/30/2015 – 09:48 pm

...or, "ding dong," the Dowager Empress of Oneck has stepped down from the Board of Trustees of the West­hampton Free Library at their meeting this morning.

Beside Joan Levan, also resigning from the Board were Treasurer June Sellin and newest member Marth-Ann Betjemann before a near capacity room of attendees suddenly interested in how things are being done on Library Avenue.

Those gathered on the sidewalk awaiting entrance to the building were handed a cartoon depicting a throng of reform-minded activists storming a door against which Ms. Levan and four other women of a certain age are braced. More...

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Of more than casual import...

...is the Friday morning meeting of the Trustees of Westhampton Free Library, and the 9:30 am time of the meeting is but one of the issues a group of activists led by Peter Zegler and fired employee Sabina Trager, as well as, independently, former Village Attorney Hermon Bishop wish to raise.

(See "Bo Knows...")

Getting the Trustees to revise the library's charter to allow for an elected Board will be the biggest issue, for it's unlikely Board president Joan Levan will ever willingly accede to that request. More...

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Tonight's 'Great' CNBC Debate

Far and away the weakest performers in this evening's "Your Money Your Vote" debate were the three modera­tors... Becky Quick, John Harwood and Carl Quintanilla... they weren't just not up to the challenge, they were un­abashedly biased beyond all reason!

(Especially egregious and offensive was New York Times columnist Harwood!)

Participating were top Republican candidates Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie and John Kasich. More...

Best Market award confirmed

Updated Wednesday, 10/28/2015 – 03:15 pm

In the end, the emotional pleas by the unionized em­ploy­ees of the moribund Westhampton Beach Wald­baum's store fell on deaf ears in United States Bank­ruptcy Court, Southern District of New York as Judge Robert Drain formally approved the acquisition of the business by Best Market of Bethpage.

As a result of the final decision rendered yesterday in White Plains, members of United Food & Commercial Workers Local 342 won't come away completely empty-handed as Best agreed to retain 25% of the employees at the Sunset Avenue store as a concession to the union. More...

CBS' Supergirl nothing special...

...in my never quite humble enough opinion, but then, what do I know?

CBS' Supergirl Soars as the Fall's No. 1 Series Debut

Whaaaaa? I have no idea of what sort of metrics the net­works are using, but I'm astonished.

But before I get too excited, let's see what sort of numbers Week #2 delivers. More...

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Instant gratification in the digital era

I have no idea how I came to stumble across this Saturday morning...

Dublin Coddle -
Irish Sausage, Bacon, Onion and Potato Hotpot


This traditional supper dish of sausages, bacon, onions and potatoes dates back at least as far as the early eighteenth century. It seems to be more of a city dish than a rural one: it was a favourite of Jonathan Swift....

...as I most assuredly do not regularly browse any food sites! More...

Monday, October 26, 2015

The mind boggles at the sheer lunacy...

Representative Joaquin Castro, D, TX

...of some of the Liberal Democrats that get elected to Congress, one Representative Joaquin Castro [d, tx] who last week took to the floor of the House to introduce legislation entitled the...

Correcting Hurtful and Alienating Names
in Government Expression Act

...or "CHANGE," and in short would strike the term "alien" from any Federal Law and replace it with "foreign national." More...

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Maureen O'Hara (1920-2015)

Maureen O'Hara

One of the all-time great green-eyed, red-headed actresses of the techni­color screen passed away yesterday, age 95, in her sleep at her Boise, Idaho home.

What a gal! Wuff!

Director John Ford was well-known for his stock company of supporting actors who always seemed to have a role in his movies, but his two primary leading players over the decades were "The Duke" and O'Hara! More...

Friday, October 23, 2015

To borrow one of Edward G. Robinson's...

...most notable movie1 lines:

"Mother of Mercy! Is this the end of Rico?"

What the flock?!?

This crossed my mind this week at the putative conclu­sion of cable TNT's "Public Morals," right after an all-too-familiar red thought balloon popped up over my head! More...

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

When there are two Cinderella teams...

...such as the Chicago Cubs and the New York Mets, in­exorably the clock must strike midnight for one of them.

The witching hour came early tonight as the visitors from Flushing easily completed a sweep of the Midway North­siders in a game that was over before the Cubs came to bat in the second inning. More...

The Rick Pitino question...

...is the same one famously asked by Senator Howard Baker (r, tn) in June 1973 during the Senate Watergate Hearings:

"What did he know, and when did he know it?"

This entire subject, which yesterday burst all over national prominence like a pus-filled boil, is one of the sleaziest in recent memory. More...

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

A Rose by any other name...

...would still be a liar and a cheat, and if 26 years ago Baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti banned Peter Edward Rose, Sr. from Major League Baseball for life...

(Text of the agreement Rose and Giamatti entered into on August 24, 1989.)

...then what in the name of Willie Howard Mays, Jr. was Rose doing in the Fox Sports 1 (cable channel 213) More...

Monday, October 19, 2015

Breathes there a soul,

...sports fan or not who owns a television set or has a high-speed Internet connection, who hasn't seen a replay of the final six (6!) seconds of Saturday's Michigan-Michi­gan State football game in Ann Arbor?

Here's the raw footage of the play that has had the world talking for the past two days. More...

Sunday, October 18, 2015

The NY Post delves into...

...the seamy underswide of the Incorporated Village of West Hampton{sic} Dunes, and look what they found!

Essentially the same thing I've been saying about West­hampton/Westhampton Beach for the past five decades:

"Real estate has reckoned the soul of the area."

Even allowing for the fact that it's one of the New York City tabloids that dotes on anything even remotely unflattering about "The Hamptons," this one resonates. More...

Platitudinous drivel, III

Jeez, Bridget, cut it out... I mean, just stop it!

2015 Bridget Fleming campaign mailer

Just whose "special way of life???" More...

Friday, October 16, 2015

Doggone it!

The Speir household, and others in the Village we can name, as suckers for most of the canine persuasion.

(The exception is for yappy little dogs, but even some of those are actually nice if you take the time to get to know them.)

Not surprisingly this caught our attention:

Yeah, it's pretty syrupy in a Paul Harvey kinda way, and while neither of us are particularly religious, it struck a resonate chord here.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Amos working on his double-speak...

...and he hasn't even been elected to office yet! This was today's mailing piece:

Amos Goodman mailing card

Suck it up and pick one, Goodman... you can't have both!

The bambiist pacifying "humane" method is sterilization, and when a representative of the Department of Environ­mental Conservation appeared before the Village Board several years back and was braced with this question, he categorically deemed it as "expensive and ineffective."

The only "effective" deer management program is culling... and that is completely unacceptable to the bambiists!

So don't try straddling the line on the one, Amos... make your choice and stop wasting time with appeasement.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

It took me awhile before...

Senator Bernie Sanders

...I figured what it was about Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (d, vt) that was niggling at me.

Yeah, there was that self-described "Demo­cratic Socialist" thing, but that wasn't it, it was his voice and his delivery, and I finally figured it out watching the Sunday morning talking heads, specifically "Meet The Press" with Chuck Todd.

He could have taken speaking lessons from Larry David on imitating George Steinbrunner on "Seinfeld." More...

Monday, October 12, 2015

Once again, California leads the way...

...in political correctitude, for "The State" absolutely knows what is best for its citizens subjects!

California becomes first state to ban 'Redskins' as team name for schools

"The California Racial Mascots Act, which was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown, bans all public schools in the state from using the name 'Redskins' as an athletic team name, mascot, or nickname."

It's a shameful and naked attempt at thought-control!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

It took me awhile before...

...I figured what it was about Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (d, vt) that was niggling at me.

Yeah, there was that self-described "Democratic Socialist" thing, but that wasn't it, it was his voice and his delivery, and I finally figured it out watching the Sunday morning talking heads shows, specifically "Meet The Press" with Chuck Todd.

He could have taken speaking lessons from Larry David on imitating George Steinbrunner on "Seinfeld." More...

Sassy made her social debut...

Updated Sunday, 10/11/2015 – 01:07 pm

...yesterday morning at the "1st Annual Harvest Festival" on central Main Street, before the teeming masses had ar­rived and two-and-four-footed navigation between Li­brary Avenue and Moniebogue Lane became problematic.

For her first public outing, Sassy behaved perfectly...

(The toughest part was on the way there and back when she had to sniff every tree and utility pole between Seafield Lane and the Post Office.) More...

Saturday, October 10, 2015

What's going on with this adv., on...

...page A22 of the current edition of The Southampton Press Western Edition?

Westhampton Beach Animal Hospital fractional advertisement, Page A22 Southampton Press Western Edition, October 8, 2015

Honest to Wladziu Valentino Liberace, what does a buff male model in tight swim trunks and a yachtsman's cap, have to do with either Columbus Day or the practice of veterinary medicine?

Thursday, October 08, 2015

October Village Board Meeting

A fairly short monthly meeting of the Westhampton Beach Village Board (less Trustee Ralph Urban) given the number of attendees... not quite a "full house" but close enough for this time of year.

The bulk of the attendees, employees of the local Wald­baum's and their representatives from Local 342, during the Public Comment part of the evening expressed dire con­cern for the imminent loss of their jobs with the acqui­si­tion of the Sunset Avenue store by Best Market. More...

Bo knows...

...when it's time for Joan Levan to go, and he's expli­cated his reasoning in a Letter to the Editor in today's Southampton Press Western Edition.

At the core, it's about the democratic process, and if them Bishops know anything, it's about Democracy.

After raising the serious legal implications of the Dowager Empress of Oneck's purported political activities in her role as a library Trustee, Mr. Bishop plunges into a fac­tu­al matter with a testicularity that is rare for anyone native-born: More...

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Good luck with that!

With the news broken here Monday that Best Market plans to take over the moribund Waldbaum's at 70 Sunset Ave­nue, there's been a flurry of related activity starting with an in-store petition by employees to Judge Robert D. Drain asking him to reject that high bid because Best...

"...apparently does not intend to hire union employees."

Accompanying UFCW Local 342 counsel Martin L. Milner's filing to United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York, were approximately 80 letters from union members and Westhampton Beach Waldbaum's shoppers, requesting that the judge allow the store to be sold to a company that will retain the union.

Sign 'n' We'll Send form letters were available this week at the check-out registers.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Platitudinous drivel, II...

...or, monkey see, monkey do; in this case, doo-doo!

The mailer from Bridget Fleming adopts that More...

Platitudinous drivel!

My mailbox overflows with it, and with five weeks remain­ing 'til Election Day, experience suggests that it's only going to get worse!

Prime examples, in the order they were received:

2015 Southampton Town Democratic Mailer

Now I have no idea of who Julie Lofstad is, so the mailing by the no-longer-a-joke Southampton Town Democratic Committee was my first introduction to the woman. More...

Monday, October 05, 2015

Is there a Best Market in our future?

Updated 10/06/2015 – 1:51 pm

Confirmation of yesterday's OtBB entry may be found at What Will Become of the Remaining A&P Stores? The Latest List.

Of note: the winning bidder for the Waldbaum's locations in Center Moriches and Mattituck is Key Food Stores.

The original...

With the local Waldbaum's having already missed More...

Friday, October 02, 2015

An eternal argument over Capital Punishment

There's the moral question as to whether it's right to take a life for taking a life, and the financial consideration about whether it costs a government more to incarcerate someone for Life or to execute them.

Here's something to ponder stemming from the execution Thursday night of one Alfredo Prieto, a serial rapist and murderer convicted of those charges in both California and Virginia.

(And based on DNA and ballistics evidence, there were at least nine additional homicides with which Prieto could have been charged!) More...

Everyone properly prepared for Joaquin?

Hurricane warning flags

In case you're not, our friend Library Director Danielle Waskiewicz, in keeping her commit­ment to making sure the Westhampton Free Library is providing good value to its tax-paying community, has a Storm Preparedness page mounted on their Website.

So, whether Joaquin is classified as a full force (Category 5) hurricane or a tropical storm, or it follows the rest of the United States of recent and takes a turn to the right and misses us entirely, it can't hurt to be ready.

The up-to-the-minute progress of Joaquin can be tracked on the National Weather Service site, or by clicking on the Accuweather "bug" in the menu at the right.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

'The Hills' are alive with the sound of...

...discord as the attorney for the developer proposing "a luxury golf community in East Quogue" has sent what is essentially a cease and desist letter (also known as an "infringement letter") to the Southampton Town Trustees which seeks to infringe on citizens' rights to free speech and public assembly.

The story so far:

Discovery Land Company Attorney Wants To Control Discussion On 'The Hills'

...and my compliments to 27East's headline writer for so encapsulating the issue that the text of the story is all but rendered extraneous. More...