On The Beach Blog | March 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

This afternoon's Special Meeting

In point of fact, I blew it off.

It was advertised on the Village's Website five days ago:

"PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Village of Westhampton Beach Board of Trustees will hold a Special Meeting/Work Session on Tuesday March 31, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. in the Trustee Meeting Room at Village Hall 165 Mill Road. This meeting is for the presentation of the 2015-2016 Tentative Budget."

While that might be "true," it's not exactly accurate. More...

Bring it to Westhampton Beach...

...before it suffers a mishap in Queens! The big news last evening:

Coyote spends afternoon on Long Island City roof

Coyote in Queens

"A wild animal resembling a coyote wandered onto the roof of a bar in Queens where it appear­ed to be stranded for sev­eral hours Monday..."

(Video footage.)

Assuming that the animal was in fact actually of the species Canis latrans, I'd like to offer it a Fresh Air Fund type of opportunity in the western Hamptons this Summer. More...

Monday, March 30, 2015

Resting Comfortably...

...following her surgery Friday afternoon at Hampton Vet­erinary Hospital, here's Gracie:

Gracie recuperating in the den

She'd slept off the effects of the anesthesia by late Satur­day, and by Sunday evening was able to do a decent ap­prox­imation of her little happy dance that caused Jeanne and I to bring her home from the Brookhaven Animal Shelter back in 2003.

And this morning, she was back on her regular squirrel watch, for which blessing we are all very most delighted.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

So, you wanna hook up...

...to the Gabreski Airport sewage treatment plant (a/k/a Sewer District No. 24, Gabreski-Municipal, con­sist­ing of a sewage treatment plan, pumping station, force main, and gravity sewers and other appurtenant facilities?

Some background:

According to the March 21, 2011 meeting of the Suffolk County Sewer Agency... More...

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Lewis Black came to WHB PAC last night..

Updated April 01, 2015 – 04:41 pm

The Southampton Press Western Edition front page of March 20, 2015

...picked up last week's edition of The Southampton Press Western Edition, and in less than five minutes dismantled the eruv prob­lem more effectively than the combined seven year efforts of Irene Barrett of the Quiogue Christian Citizens' Council, Jacqueline Sprotte, Bob Dillmeier, Arnie Sheiffer's JPOE and late-comer Jack O'Dwyer.

Visiting the issue twice in his F-Bomb crammed 90-minute performance before a sold-out Westhampton Perform­ing Arts Center, Black used his celebrated rant device to brilliantly take the mickey out of both factions in the re­heated eruv/lechi battle.

Unfortunately, due to OtBB's self-imposed language prohi­bitions, his remarks will not be published... they were, I assure all, on point and should be the final word if the 450+ attendees go forth and spread that word.

But here's a 16+ minute sampling of the PAC Show.

Friday, March 27, 2015

I knew that look immediately

Amazing Gracie

Gracie had developed a boo-boo on her left ribcage several months ago, a hairless spot of flesh smaller than a dime that didn't seem inclined to heal on its own, so we took her to Dr. Wen at Hampton Vet­er­i­nary Hospital in Speonk.

He diagnosed it as a cut, treated it with an antibiotic and suggested that she wear an old tee-shirt for awhile to prevent her licking the spot as the more traditional "cone of shame" prevents her from navigating the stairs. More...

Thursday, March 26, 2015

If you haven't been keeping abreast...

...of issues of importance to you, then don't pitch a bitch because you don't know what's happening!

Part-time Bridle Path resident Jack O'Dwyer, who has been frantically stirring the eruv brew for the past two months, has now enlisted the help of another area part-timer (Quiogue rather than the claimed "ten-year resident of Westhampton Beach") Carol Goodale to challenge Mayor Maria Moore and the Trustees:

Public Discussion of Eruv Needed in Westhampton

The attendant text parrots, if it wasn't in reality More...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

First Amendment null and void in MSG?

This story makes me and my buddy Marty glad we never went for our lungs for a courtside seat to see our New York Knickerbockers perform in Madison Square Garden... a couple of cots in The Tombs would have been reserved for us several times over this season!

Anthony Rotondi

Former ING broker Anthony Rotondi is pursuing an amended lawsuit against the Garden for not just being ejected from the January 7, 2014 game against the Detroit Pistols, but for losing his job when a representative of the NBA franchise contacted his employer the following day and reported that... More...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Joyful nuptials... and candor

Just caught up with this not-run-of-the-mill Wedding Announcement in the current Southampton Press Western Edition (A13):

"Sherry|Gerzack

Ann Louise Sherry, daughter of the late Joseph and Lea Sherry of Sag Harbor, and William Gerzack, son of the late Charles and Henrietta Gerzack of Poland, were married on March 2.

The couple met in the fellowship of Alcoholics Anony­mous and celebrated their nuptials by going to a meet­ing afterward."

Aside from being charmed, I wish the recovering couple and their combined family of five all the best.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Couldn't help but think...

...of the high cost of "keeping kosher" one Orthodox family paid in Brooklyn this past weekend when a hot plate set their home on fire, killing seven of Gabriel Sassoon's children and gravely injuring his wife Gayle and the sole surviving offspring, 14-year old daughter Siporah.

The hot plate was used to keep food warm as cooking is a disallowed activity on Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath. More...

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Memo to Buoy One

When my wife, who knows about these things, spotted this headline on-line...

Locals uncork arsenic in wine lawsuit

...she wasn't overly concerned since "local" in this in­stance related to San Diego, California.

Then she read the rest of the story: More...

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Down goes #11 Griffing

Updated Thursday, March 19, 2015 – 04:45 pm

At this start of this morning's work day, this...

August 19, 2014

...became this: More...

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

March Village Board Meeting*

(* Rescheduled from March 5th due to weather.)

The two-hour long monthly meeting of the Westhampton Beach Village Board was highlighted by an appealing visual presentation by planner Kyle Collins of his preliminary vision of a make-over of the Village's B1 thoroughfare between Potunk Lane and Beach Road/Beach Lane.

Entitled "Main Street Streetscape," it showed through a series of projected slides a Now and Potential version of the area, one aspect of which posited that if the present 159 30° diagonal parking spaces were reconfigured to 45°, would allow for up to an additional 60 cars. More...

Monday, March 16, 2015

We're from NYS DEC, II...

...being a follow-up to March 4th's "We're here from New York State Department of Environmental Conserva­tion." As noted in that previous entry...

"One of the attendees tonight made a request from the floor that the Comment Period period be extended, a request which DEC representatives said is routinely accommodated."

And so it was:

"The public comment period about the proposed remedy to address contamination related to the Suffolk Airport Canine Kennel Site #152079 (Westhampton Beach, Suf­folk Co.) has been extended through April 26, 2015."

(A link is provided to a revised "Factsheet.") More...

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Mr. Pott, Mr. Kettel.

Old news, I know, but the incredible gall of former United States Democratic Congressman from New York, Anthony Weiner, never ceases to astound me.

Anthony Weiner blasts Citi Habitats broker

The source of the disgraced NYC mayoral candidate's ire?

Real estate broker Brian Morgan spilled details of an apart­ment search by Weiner and wife, Huma Abedin, long-time personal aide to Hillary Clinton, to the New York Post's notorious Page Six.

Weiner didn't mince any words, calling Morgan a "no-class broker" and "slimey."

Detail of Weiner sexting image

Hel-LO?

This from the serial sexter and social media exhibitionist/philanderer?

Pffui!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Damn! An awful week!

Ndamukong Suh

For five seasons defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh roared as the Detroit Lions... my Detroit Lions... All-Pro defensive tackle.

I'm devastated at the Lions'... my Lions'... loss of the All-Pro defensive tackle to the Miami Dolphins through that damnable free agency. More...

Friday, March 13, 2015

A model for 'girl sports reporters'

The best of the "sideline chicks" covering any of the four major professional team sports is Alanna Rizzo who I first came across as MLB Network's "token female" during the 2013-2014 baseball seasons.

(Actually my ideal for female sports reporters is ESPN's Hannah Storm, but even though she's not-so-hot lighting a gas grille, she's one-of-a-kind as an anchor or correspondent.) More...

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Be sober and vigilant...

...for the New York State Depart­ment of Environmental Conserva­tion is back among us with their swan eradication agenda, except that now they are re­ferring to it as "reducing the population of mute swans using 'non-lethal' techniques."

New York State Revises Plan To Deal With Mute Swan Populations

Part of the rationale for this state-sponsored assault on the swan community is given: More...

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Yes, Westhampton Beach, the lechis...

...have been approved by LIPA/PSEG, but whether they have actually been installed on the utility poles is another issue.

In response to a FOIL request filed with Long Island Power authority by OtBB on February 27, 2015, the public utility responded earlier today with a copy of a Licensing approval granted to East End Eruv Association and with a list of a total of 46 poles, broken down in a marginal notation as "27 LIPA 19 TEL." More...

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Here's how big a bullet the Village dodged

From OtBB's not-so-wayback machine:

The Village dodges the Wilson bullet

"The Westhampton Beach Village Board on Friday with­drew an offer it had made less than a week earlier to former Southampton Town Police Chief William Wilson Jr...."

We revisit this matter to reveal a telling Public Record (em­phasis added) that was available from the Suffolk County Clerk's Office during the Village's hiring search, but seems to have been overlooked in the process. More...

Monday, March 09, 2015

Really now???

Headline on 27East:

Westhampton Beach Accused Of Beating Infant Enters Not Guilty Plea

All I can say is that the municipality never had such damn­ing press coverage during the Strebel Administration!

Sunday, March 08, 2015

I may vomit!

...with this being the powerful emetic:

Harrison Ford 'Saved Several Lives' by Avoiding Suburbs in Plane Crash

"Harrison Ford 'saved several lives' by avoiding crashing his vintage plane into a densely populated area, an eyewitness told NBC News on Friday. The 72-year-old star was hospitalized after he ditched his World War II training plane on a Los Angeles golf course Thursday after losing engine power."

Never mind that the "eyewitness" was an NBC cameraman who happened to be playing a round of golf at the time, this is the most hurl-inducing spin of the year. More...

We may have 'sprung forward...'

Dodgers totem

...overnight (everyone did change their chronometers, right?) but it's difficult to think of Spring with all the freakin' snow outside and the Vernal Equinox still a dozen days away.

The "Spring feeling," however, is beating in every baseball fan's heart as the sounds of cowhide on leather and the crack of the bat are again heard, if not throughout the land, then at least all over Florida and Arizona. More...

Friday, March 06, 2015

No matter how one measures it...

...this has been a helluva month and it's only six days old! It struck me when I looked out the back door this morning...

...and saw the snow-covered laundry Jeanne had hung out on Tuesday.

(An early "Baby Boomer" from Linderhurst, she pre­fers the fresh smell of line-dried wash to anything done in a machine!) More...

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Enough!

Looking out our front door

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

We're here from New York State...

...Department of Environmental Conservation, and we're here this evening at the Westhampton Free Library to let you know all about the wonderful polychlorinated biphenyl remediation program we're about to undertake at Gabreski Airport, answer your questions and listen to comments.

And just to simplify for everyone, we're calling it...

DEC presentation slide

Our Citizen Participation Specialist, Aphrodite More...

Serious Peeve...

...and as any even semi-regular OtBB follower is aware, I have a bunch of them!

I flipped onto last evening's Knicks/Sacramento Kings game with about two minutes left in a humiliating 124-86 loss to the visitors with a 21-37 won/loss record.

A homunculus in the Knicks uniform, Shane Larkin (wearing number "0"), was at the foul line shooting two with the home team down by just 37 points at that point.

When Larkin missed the first free throw, while the official was retrieving the ball, every one of his four teammates moved out of position to give the unsuccessful shooter a flaccid palm slap!

(I mean, WTF? He missed the shot!)

When is the National Basketball Association going to put a stop to this time-wasting, game-delaying useless ritual?

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Ripped from the headlines...

...of Dredging Today:

Westhampton Beach Interim Project Completed

"Work on the nearly four-mile stretch from Westhamp­ton Beach to Cupsogue Beach County Park included restoring berms and dunes, tapering existing groins, and constructing an intermediate groin. Sand was placed within existing groin compartments to build up beaches and encourage sand transport."

This should gladden the heart of recovering West Hamp­ton{sic} Dunes strong man Gary Vegliante.