On The Beach Blog | December 2015

Thursday, December 31, 2015

In an array of striking photos...

...from The Atlantic Monthly's Website presentation of "The Most Powerful Images of 2015," this one stood out:

It is a paratrooper of the 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group tossing a salute at 17,000 feet over Germany as he steps off the after ramp of a C-130 Hercules transport dur­ing a NATO training mission.

The full-size image is even more impressive!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A once unimaginable perp walk

...though there some who would breathe a sigh of relief and say "Finally!"

Cosby arraigned

It's not a conviction, only an arraignment for an More...

Upon reflection, Elyse may have...

...a legitimate bitch to pitch.

Giant holiday blow-up decorations at Boom Burgers on Montauk Highway

Sauce for the goose, etc.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Initials that could derail Donald Trump...

Book cover

...being U.S.F.L., the United States Football League (1983-1985), the short, turbulent history of which is chronicled in an ESPN 30-for-30 film, "Small Potatoes: Who Killed The USFL?," directed by Mike Tollin.

In 1982, Tollin's production com­pany was awarded exclusive film and video rights to the start-up U.S.F.L. and not only has con­sid­erable good quality footage of the teams, the players and the games, but also has the "Hell, I was there!" chops to add verisimilitude to the subject. More...

Monday, December 28, 2015

The Kasich question...

...is a simple one that no one seems to want to ask:

Why is Ohio Governor John Kasich still in the race
for the GOP Presidential nomination?

Upon observation, Kasich has been a nebbish from the jump, right down there with George Pataki at the bottom of the Republican hierarchy who had an itch to compete for the White House next November.

He should have never been considered a major candidate, yet he's been afforded exposure on the "Big Boys" stage in all of the televised debates to date. More...

Sunday, December 27, 2015

NBC (again) in the tank...

...for the Democratic Party, as evidenced with this morning's "Meet The Press."

Just before the hour-long program concluded, host Andrea Mitchell segued into a brief segment of video clips featuring "a few funny things that happened along the campaign trail:" More...

Friday, December 25, 2015

One of my best Christmas presents ever!

It was, of course, courtesy of my wife who is an absolutely brilliant gift-giver when it comes to me... for my part, I pale by comparison!

Hurricane Superstorm Sandy did a number on our vehicles (see: "Upon Reflection..."), and while Jeanne took her in­sur­ance money and purchased a new car, I had mine fixed up and got it back on the road.

(Something of a fatalist, I decided that my 2001 Ford Escape was going to be my last-ever car when I got it new from Chet Morris... so far so good.)

After about 15 months, though, the running boards More...

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Who comes up with this dreck?

Google alerted me to this sad notice:

Airman from Long Island Killed in Afghanistan

It's bad enough that the Bonacasa family in Coram is going to have an especially wretched Christmas this year, and probably every Christmas here after, but this was the capper: More...

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Include me out!

It was the year before I went on-air at WRCN-FM with "Waldo at the Movies," and knew little about "Star Wars" (since re-titled "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope") when it opened in May 1977, but my six-year old son Colin had heard enough that he wanted to see it.

Purely by happenstance, we were in Wantagh on the morning of the day following the movie's opening, and for reasons which now escape me, we wound up at the Hicks­ville theater on Broadway, sitting in a huge, mostly empty auditorium... this was before it was multiplexed into a dozen "screening room" sized theaters.

We'd just settled in when it started with: More...

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Official Confirmation...

...at least to the extent that any media reports are to be trusted:

San Francisco Corrections Officer Left Glock
and Cocaine Behind on Family Disneyland Trip

"A fanny pack with a loaded Glock 20 handgun and .45 grams of cocaine that was accidentally left in an Ana­heim hotel room earlier this month was linked to a San Francisco juvenile corrections officer who was on a family vacation to Disneyland."

Yup, dope makes you stupid!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

'Homeland' leaves me breathless...

...on the edge of my seat and my stomach in a knot, none of which I'm aware of 'til the end credit have rolled and the trailer for the next week is showing.

That likely won't be the case this evening, as it's the fifth season finale of the ultra-contemporary cable Show­time series in which, prior seasons have shown us, anyone can die at any­time and in economy-size quantities. More...

Friday, December 18, 2015

The best 'Death' yet...

...in a week in which I seem to have been doing little else other than writing about the recently deceased!

(But then as I've oft noted, this is a tough time of the year for those of us on the "back nine of life," or per­haps it just seems that way because The South­amp­ton Press skips the issue between Christmas and the New Year, so the obits page is fuller than usual the first issue in January.)

But this is about a fascinating... to film buffs, at least... 144-minute documentary examining a "Superman" movie that was never made. More...

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Agnes 'Dolly' Schirmer (1925-2015)

My mother-in-law closed her eyes sometime Monday, and breathed her last yesterday afternoon with both her daughters at her side, in the mountaintop home she and her late husband Daniel built in Margaretville when he retired from Grumman more than 30 years ago.

She was herself retired from Grumman, by Grumman, 70 years ago.

While still in her teens "Dolly" became a real deal "Rosie the Riveter," one of those who took off their aprons to take over the defense plant jobs left by their husbands and sons who'd been called up to serve in WWII. More...

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

En passant Jimmy Doyle

O, the battles I (and others like Jim Warren) had with the Police Chief during Jim Doyle's tenure as "top cop" of Westhampton Beach during the '80s!

The ones he and then Mayor Stu Tobin had with fireworks aficionado Warren were epic and often hilarious, but the one I remember best was when Columbia Pictures was trying to make a movie here in 1986, and everyone was on board but the Chief. More...

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

After Debate Observations...

...and questions, Gawd knows I have questions after watching the CNN Republican Presidential "Final" Debate, late-starting but live, from Las Vegas, Nevada.

So long, Mardy

Long time resident, Board of Education Member and former Southampton Town Supervisor Mardythe Di Pirro passed away on Sunday.

One of the brightest gals I'd ever heard speak at a meeting of a group of parents back in 1969, she was a quiet force in her community and her church for half-a-century.

One of her major accompishments, however, was beating, by a two-to-one margin, five-time Supervisor Marty Lange for the top job in Southampton Town in 1987.

A funeral Mass will be held on Friday, December 18, at 11:00 am at the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Quoigue.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Heard something this morning...

...that I haven't heard in a loooooong time, the sound of a ship's foghorn from somewhere off-shore.

It's a sound that I grew up with when my Dad was posted to Fort Story on Virginia Beach with considerable maritine activity at that junction of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean... the device itself was attached to the Cape Henry Lighthouse, and what a mournful sound it made... my father referred to it as "the dying cow."

I was in the backyard with the dogs when I heard it, several times, and given the gray mists in which we were enveloped, it was a comforting sound.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

After watching the Sunday morning...

Trump hair-do

...news shows, with today's focus favoring in equal parts Donald Trump and the just concluded 2015 Paris Climate Conference with a smattering of terrorism en passant, one step that should be taken to remediate the problem with the ozone layer immediately presented itself.

Aerosol hairspray can

The multifold dangers of a hole in ozone layer are long accepted by the scientific community, and while man-made chlorofluorocarbons are no longer used as a propellant in aerosol products, it's difficult to assess how deleterious their decades-long usage has been.

This is truly one of The Donald's greatest offenses.

Friday, December 11, 2015

I am breathless in anticipation!

One of the discouraging realities learned from my years in the darkness of movie houses and screening rooms when I was a film reviewer for WRCN-FM, WWHB-FM and, briefly, WSNL-TV, was to play close attention to the trailers or, as the animated black-and-while title cards of my youth used to call them, "Previews of Coming Attractions."

The "discouraging" part was the fact that the trailers were too often much better than the full length features they were hyping, as I learned to my shock with 1978's ap­pallingly dull "The Cheap Detective," Neil Simon's all-star follow-up to his successful all-star "Murder By Death" two years earlier. More...

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Never too early to posture for AT-H...

...which is exactly what she did this week if the report in Newsday is to be trusted (always a dicey proposition):

Anna Throne-Holst delivers gun control petitions to Lee Zeldin's office

"Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst, who is looking to oppose Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin next November, dropped off petitions with 800 signatures at the congressman's local district office Monday urging him to back fellow Republican Rep. Peter King’s proposal to bar those involved in terrorism from being able to get guns."

And none can fault her when, in a press release, she referred to this as "no-brainer measure." More...

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Getting Called out on 27East...

...in Comments appended to its report on last week's Village Board Meeting, which report seems to be rea­son­ably accurate even though I did not see corre­spond­ent Greg Wehner in attendance.

First, from someone posting as "realistic," a Village resi­dent whose view of Westhampton Beach... yea, the world!... is filtered through the lens of a real estate broker:

"The local yokel blogger Speir thinks like the old timer he is."

In the memorable words of Marvelous Mark Slackmeyer: "Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Guilty!" More...

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

The hypocrisy abounds in...

Natalie Portman's 'Jane Got a Gun' movie poster

...learning that the title character of the upcoming "Jane Got a Gun" is portrayed by Israeli-born actress Natalie Portman, well-identified as an advocate for gun control.

Never let it be said that political beliefs will interfere with an actor or an actress and their pay check.

The movie opens in late January.

Monday, December 07, 2015

Variety is just now exploring...

...where Jennifer Lawrence sprang from!

A Look Back at Jennifer Lawrence's
Bizarre Pre-'Hunger Games' Career

'Bullshit!' burgee

"Jennifer Lawrence's career can be divided into two distinct parts: before and after Katniss Everdeen."

Here's where I have to throw the B.S. flag!

For openers, there was nothing "bizarre" about her career either before or after she landed the lead role More...

Sunday, December 06, 2015

And this is what the country...

...came to an 8:00 pm halt for, pre-empting broadcast media everywhere?

Obama: 'This was an act of terrorism'

"So far, we have no evidence that the killers were directed by a terrorist organization overseas, or that they were part of a broader conspiracy here at home."

The President... our President and still in denial regarding Islamic terrorism in this country... spoke to "my fellow Americans" for 13-14 minutes, and while he is no longer in full denial about this past Wednesday's killing More...

Pot, Kettle. Hel-lo?

There it was on Page 1 of the December 4 edition of The New York Times, a strongly worded Editorial:

End the Gun Epidemic in America

"It is a moral outrage and national disgrace that civilians can legally purchase weapons designed to kill people with brutal speed and efficiency."

It is not OtBB's intention to poke holes in More...

Thursday, December 03, 2015

December Village Board Meeting

A crowded room this evening for the monthly Village Board meeting as the main feature was a Special Exception hear­ing on the application of the current owner of the old bowling alley property for 10,000 square feet of retail use where 3,000 square feet is allowed as a right.

The considerable interest in the project is because the owner intends to build to suit CVS Pharmacy as a potential tenant, and many attendees were concerned about the negative impact such a store would have on neighboring Barth's Pharmacy just down Sunset Avenue. More...

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Media's moronic 'Assault' overkill

How serious was the news coverage of this afternoon's mass killings at the Inland Regional Center for develop­ment­ally disabled youth in San Bernardino, California?

Given that it was an on-going event, and no one... not ABC, not CNN, not Fox, not NBC and certainly not CBS which gave over its entire 6:30-7:00 pm network slot to it... wanted to miss out on possible footage of someone being shot or something blowing up.

They were, in short, all over it! More...

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Deepest condolences...

...to our own Clerk of the Village Elizabeth Lindtvit on the loss Thanksgiving Day of her husband Frank, to a heart attack at age 54.

Respects may be paid tomorrow afternoon and evening at Follett and Werner in Westhampton Beach.