On The Beach Blog | April 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015

All of these guys have some college...

...but one wouldn't know it listening to some of them in their post-draft interviews with ESPN's Suzy Kolber this evening.

My immediate impression was "Didn't they do anything but play football or work out in the weight room?"

But one who provided a moment of great hilarity was West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White taken at No. 7 overall by the Chicago Bears when his first excited utterance into Kolber's microphone was:

"I am ready to turn this city around!"

His quick response to her next question, "What do you want them to know about you?"

"I'm a great guy, I'm humble, I'm confident...."

Not quite sure how "humble" plays with "confident."

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

One of life's biggest lessons...

...I've had to come to grips with over my decades of hanging out on this tiny little orb, is that there are times when everything I thought I knew, is wrong!

And so it was again this week when a New York State Appellate Court decided that:

Trustees Have No Authority Over Oceanfront

And here I'd come to think of the Dongan Patent as inviolate!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bal'mur Bedlam

What a mess! The upheaval in Baltimore has already surpassed what happened in Ferguson, Missouri last year and is approaching the level of the post-police trial verdict in South Central Los Angeles 23 years ago tomorrow.

The latter event, termed "the most destructive U.S. civil disturbance of the 20th century," may yet be matched by the protests/riots over the death of 25-year-old African American Freddie Gray despite the declaration of a state of emergency by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. More...

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Helluva afternoon at Citi Field...

...as the Mets won their franchise record-tying 11th straight game... against their frequent tormenters, the Atlantas, yet... but the umpires helped them out with an obvious blown call that no one caught!

With Bridgehampton native A.J. Pierzynski on first base and two out, pitcher Bartolo Colón made a quick reverse step off the mound and caught the Atlanta catcher (14 of 36 suc­cessful stolen base attempts over an 18-year career) trying to steal second base. When the hapless runner stopped Colón made the textbook play. More...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

I know it's been a tough Winter...

April 9, 2015

...and I know that Wald­baum's corporate parent Great Atantic & Pacific Tea Company of Montvale, New Jersey went through all sorts of legal contortions a decade ago before West­hampton Beach's Planning Board to avoid the expense of performing repairs on the entire park­ing lot at 70 Sunset Avenue, but whatever they spent on resurfacing, they got gypped!

The above photo was snapped ex tempore on April 9th, a drizzly dreary afternoon, and it's clear that the arrange­ment of two shopping carts and a delivery pallet were improvised to prevent damage to the tires and axles of unwary vehicles while A&P arranged for more permanent repairs. More...

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Alan Hallock (1940-2015)

I was saddened to note the passing of an old grade school classmate last week, Alan S. Hallock Sr., at his adopted home in Sarasota, Florida.

Predeceased by two of his four sons and his wife Beverly, I don't think I'd seen him since he was working for Alpert Moving and Storage I don't know how many years ago.

When I saw his obituary on 27East this afternoon, my im­mediate reaction was, "Another one!"

I shouldn't be surprised, given our ages... but off-hand the only ones from Miss McNeill's first grade class at Six Corners that occur to me are still around, are Milt Raynor, George Carmany and the Allan twins, Chrissy and Davie.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Everyone up for GoT!

Season 5

It's here at last, the Season 5 premiere of the successful-beyond-HBO's-wildest-expectations "Game of Thrones," goes live this evening!

My expectations... greatly reduced since "King Joffrey" received his agonizing due last season and his grandfather Tywin died fittingly and humiliatingly on a privy at the hand of his misshapen and tormented son... are lots of dragons and dire wolves... and perhaps a nubile maiden déshabillé or three.

Dracarys!

Friday, April 10, 2015

What's missing from this photo?

Where's the fire truck?

If you noticed that Mike Araujo's old fire truck is missing from its regular spot in front of 196 Montauk Highway in the Village, then you are indeed observant.

Mike has sold his popular Firehouse Pizza business to a young woman named Odeth who came from Guatemala by way of Jak Deli in Speonk. More...

Thursday, April 09, 2015

O, pul-ease!

I have no idea of who Denise DeSarlo of East Quogue is, whether she's the little old lady in tennis shoes who gets up at 3:00 am to spray paint "Turkey Shoot Canceled1" on the Riverhead Pistol And Rifle Club sign on the Westhamp­ton-Riverhead Road each Fall, or a starry-eyed 14-year old Ingrid Newkirk idolator.

Or just a twit!

I saw her Letter to The Editor in this morning's Southamp­ton Press Western Edition with a heading "Tasteless Photo." More...

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Opening Day is in the books...

Los Angeles Dodgers

...and I'm a happy chappie: the Dodgers won on a late home run from new comer Jimmy Rollins, and one of my favorite players over the past nine seasons, Matt Kemp, now in a different uniform, made a personally successful return to Los Angeles by driving in all three San Diego runs.

(My only downer here was that last season's Most Valuable Player and three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw wasn't the winning pitcher.)

But the most notable season launching performance for me was that of the New York Mets who have somehow More...

Sunday, April 05, 2015

P-l-a-a-a-a-a-a-y Ball!

It is the time of year... receding snow and all... when men young and old start thinking about what Chico Escuella immortalized as "beisbol," and all that comes with it like the crack of the bat, the thump of the ball into leather and screams of frustration by the players with a sudden bad knee or a bum elbow before they've signed a long-term $100 million contract.

Opening Day featuring the St. Louis Cardinals visiting the Chicago Cubs within the cosy confines of the ivy in historic Wrigley Field also gives me comfort about America.

Today's words are 'He has risen...'

...and so too has a little bit of my hope for the America in which I was raised.

I've watched with rising revulsion over the past ten or so days while a horrific blizzard of crap has rained down on the state of Indiana, begun by what has come to be known as the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans­gender) seg­ment of the population.

It became so intense that Indiana Governor Mike Pence, who had withstood the badgering of the normally rational Chris Wallace on last week's Fox News Sunday, More...

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Spelling Counts!

Seen at Lakewood Springs in Plano, Illinois:

In fairness, the visual clues (length and word-spacing) in the first line suggest that this was a prank by vandals.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

April Village Board Meeting

Pro forma Monthly Meeting of the Westhampton Beach Village Board this evening, and with the clocks set to the correct time for the first time in three years, Mayor Maria Moore called the sparse attendance to order with the Pledge of Allegiance at exactly 7:00 pm.

Approvals for outdoors tables, chairs and benches were re­newed for Boom Burger and Dee Angelo's, and the multi-board process for the re-zoning of the one-time Petty Hardware property at 133 & 137 Montauk High­way/92 Oak Street was set in motion. More...

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Memo to Maria, April 2015

From today's Southampton Press Western Edition, page A8:

Moore Unveils Her First Budget

(Similarly on 27East.com.)

The draft budget totals $9.92 million, up $180,000, or 1.6%, over the budget adopted one year ago.

One part, relegated to the very end of Kyle Campbell's report was bothersome: More...