On The Beach Blog | July 2015

Friday, July 31, 2015

The real story...

...behind the brief entry in today's Moore/Palmer Agit­prop site, curiously captioned "No Shoes Today..."

"The quote 'A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes.' is often incorrectly ascribed to Mark Twain."

The reader would not unreasonably expect that the blogger would reveal the identity of the true author...

(If one is going to say what it's not, one is then obliged to say what it is!)

...but noooooooooooooo, nowhere is found even a hint (or a link) to the actualy origins of the Twain-esque bons mots.

Not to worry... OtBB herein addresses that deficiency: it was Jonathan Swift!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Telling only part of 'The Story'

When I saw the small headline on page A5 of this morn­ing's Southampton Press Western Edition...

Village To Seek Aide

...my immediate reaction was, "What took'em so long?"

I mean, this was broached at this past February's Village Board Meeting, and there seemed to be general acclaim for the idea. More...

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Separated at birth?

Camilla Parker-Bowles and Pat LaLama

Which one is Camilla Parker-Bowles, consort to the heir apparent to the throne of England and which one is Pat LaLama, a tele-tabloid hack on the celebrity journalism (i.e., trash TV) and "true crime" beat?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Few seem to have noticed this, II

The fall-out from the July 17 shootings in which a radi­cal­ized "devout Muslim" shot and killed four Marines and a Navy petty officer at two recruiting offices and one ad­jac­ent motor pool enclosure in the Chattanooga, Ten­nes­see area, has fallen across a broad spectrum.

After it was learned that military policy dictates that service personnel staffing recruiting centers not be armed... the return fire came from one of those in the motor pool... came the announcment:

Military Plans Increased Security at Recruiting Stations After Chattanooga Attack

"The officials could not discuss the nature of the security measures – but they did say that the measures will not include arming personnel at off-base facilities like the ones attacked in Chattanooga." More...

Saturday, July 25, 2015

'Loredana, Esq.' canceled...

...and not just The Sundance Channel "reality show," but its star, 47-year old Loredana Nesci whose body was dis­covered in the Redondo Beach, California, home she shared with her accused killer.

What interested me in her "Loredana, Esq." series when it aired last year was the revelation of just how far the tainted tenacles of the mortgage fraud for which area residents George Guldi and Donald MacPherson are pres­ently incarcerated, spread. More...

Friday, July 24, 2015

The problem with 'one-hit wonders' is...

...that after that initial big success, no matter how medi­ocre the string of follow-ups they produce, studios and networks are always eager to provide financing for another project with the fond belief of "Well, they did it once...."

Case in point, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan caused a stir in 1999 with "The Sixth Sense," and was run­ner-up to "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" as the top grossing film of that year. More...

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Why Westhampton Beach was excluded...

...from the deal which has just seen the other two South Fork Waldbaum's locations acquired by Stop & Shop of Quincy, Massachusetts, which has also acquired 23 other A&P-owned stores in the New York area1."

Stop and Shop Acquires Southampton and East Hampton Waldbaum's Stores

"What happened there?" one may ask. More...

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

At times like this past weekend...

The famous 'Gloria's' tee-shirt

...I feel an almost over­whelming urge to resur­rect my most celebrated tee-shirt, one from 1974 popularly known simply as "Gloria's."

I was traveling up Mill Road and saw large semi rig coming the opposite direction was waiting to make a left turn into the Westhampton 7-Eleven store, and had a line of traffic stacked behind it from the the hillock coming up from Montauk Highway and the Beaver Dam traffic light. More...

Monday, July 20, 2015

[s i g h !]

From the latest entry on the Progress For Westhampton Beach (a/k/a "Moore/Palmer Agitprop") under the heading of "House Special:"

"Larry and his wife Maureen, with their nephew Evan, live in the old Howell House on the corner of Aspatuck and Main Street another old home brought back to life to keep the interesting history of our village alive."

Someone should explain to the Moores the difference be­tween the "Howell House" and The Howell Homestead.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Much ado about... what???

I try to watch as much of the Sunday morning network news shows as possible, and with my cable box I'm able to get in an hour each of "Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace" and "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" plus the last 30 minutes of CBS' "Face The Nation."

Today's central focus was evenly split between the murderous "Lone Wolf" attacks on the military recruiting offices in Tennessee, and the pending nuclear arms treaty with Iran. More...

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Few seem to have noticed this...

...much less commented on it in the wake of the horrifying single shooter assault on two United States Military recruiting offices in Tennessee this week:


Friday, July 17, 2015

Ask not why 'The Donald' polls as high...

...as he does among the Republican Primary candidates, even with that ridiculous hair-do.

Ripped from a current headline on 27East:

Man Flees After Hitting Pickup Truck In East Hampton Village

"The man, described by witnesses as five feet four inches tall and Hispanic, was driving a Honda Accord and crashed into a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck on Railroad Avenue just before 11 a.m." More...

Sending Skip off...

...was a grand occasion under balmy skies and the fairest of winds on the South Bay Avenue dock jutting into Seatuck Cove off Eastport.

It was the memorial service for Emmett E. Boone III who had passed away the week earlier, and Peter Botsford, surveying the large assemblage, had probably the best encapsulation of it:

"It looks like 1969 at The Artful Dodger."

"Or the Long Island Potato 1971," I added. More...

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A momentous re-christening

"Sassy" Speir

Last week we welcomed into our home a new four-footed member, a 16-month old Rotty pup named at the time, "Jade."

In my experience with house­hold animals, the most propitious events occur spontaneously... never more so than with the arrival of His Royal Highness Charles of Flatbush in 1986, the peripatetic 13-inch beagle with 15-inch ears who maintained a tab at Restaurant at Hampton Square. More...

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The fiction endures

Updated Wednesday, July 15, 2015 – 04:27 pm

Current headline on 27East:

Westhampton Beach Village Secures Permission To Connect With Gabreski Sewer System

Here's the fiction part of the story:

"...the mayor and board members have said that the space would be needed to allow new restaurants to open on Main Street while also providing additional protection to nearby Moniebogue Bay."

So, in addition to the one-time fee of $1.5 million More...

Monday, July 13, 2015

The blog entry that died aborning...

...being the one which was to occupy this space, but which I thought better of as the day progressed, and following a night's sleep I decided to spike.

With the warm weather comes the annoyance of the big green flies (Lucilia sericata), and that's how the subject of the "retired" blog entry should be considered.

One of the deep-Winter Depression Era strategies of some rural families, was to send a member down to the railroad tracks to throw stones at the cabs of passing trains in the expectation of engineers and tenders returning fire with chunks of coal which would be carefully collected and taken home to provide heat for the domicile.

I'll not oblige him any further... let him shiver in solitude.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Li'l Andy Cuomo's week didn't end well

New York State Gorvernor Andrew Cuomo

In East Hampton it was outsiders bussed in to bust his chops, but before he left Albany his distress was self-inflicted and he was hoping that no one noticed.

Saturday evening an economy-sized crowd... they came in "busloads..." of ad-hoc activists caused a ruckus in front of the premises of hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb. More...

Friday, July 10, 2015

Emmett Boone III (1937-2015)...

Skip Boone, cira 1966, from the cover of the "Autosalvage" (1966) album

...or, more familiarly across the world, Skip Boone, passed away earlier this afternoon, just hours before he and his brother Charlie were to attend a "reunion" concert of their brother Steve's The Lovin' Spoonful at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead.

Skip had several song-writing credits on The Spoonful's 1965 debut album, "Do You Believe in Magic," as well as on the soundtrack of "What's Up, Tiger Lily?" More...

Not sure what else I'd expect from...

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley

...a Governor with a porn-star name, but South Carolina's Nikki Haley made one of the most moronic statements of any state's Chief Executive I've ever heard!

(And in my lifetime those I've heard speak include Orville Faubus, George Wallace, Arnold Schwar­zen­egger and Andrew Cuomo.)

Madam Governor, yesterday, fresh from the exhilaration of signing into law a measure to remove the beleagured Con­federate battle flag from the state Capitol, spoke of the murder victims, memorialized as the "Emanuel 9:" More...

Thursday, July 09, 2015

One of this week's Letters

...to the Editor (Southampton Press Western Edition, pg. A10) authored by one Christian Bruun of Remsen­burg, is stunning in its ignorance and assumptions.

Bruun writes:

"I also find it more than a little disingenuous to hear avid hunters proclaim how inhumane the sterilization program is when they, as a hobby, kill the same ani­mals, often in a very slow and painful manner." More...

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Look what followed us home...

...and it looks like we're going to keep her.


We were not looking for another pooch, but higher More...

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Impressive Line-up at PAC...

...for this Summer's World Cinema series, with the first four selections announced for this month alone averaging 91.75% on the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomato meter.

(A fifth title, "Back in Time," won't be released 'til October so no reviews are available.)

The series, with opening evenings again hosted by Andy Botsford, kicks off tonight with "About Elly," and con­tinues in ensuring weeks with... More...

Monday, July 06, 2015

July Village Board Meeting

...which by custom and code is Westhampton Beach's annual organizational meeting where the newly elected Trustees are administered their oaths of office attended by raucous huzzahs by friends and well-wishers, appoint­ments are made, finanacial institutions and media are given official designations, etc.

Village Clerk Elizabeth Lindtvit swears in freshman Trustee Bryan Tymann

After the swearing in of Trustees Rob Rubio and Bryan Tymann by Clerk of the Village Elizabeth Lindtvit, the evening's agenda was called, highlighted by:

  1. The Riverhead law firm of Esseks, Hefter & Angel were re-appointed to serve the Village Attorneys for the Boards of Trustees, Planning and Zoning Appeals for an annual retainer of $63,000.00. More...

Sunday, July 05, 2015

True Detective, Season 2, and...

The "Bullshit" penalty flag

...it's time to throw the B.S. flag!

Hereinafter be spoilers!

...if you've not seen this week's epi­sode of "True Detective," don't click on More...

True Detective, Season 2... so far

As with the inaugural season of HBO' "True Detective," Season Two has required some patience on the part of the viewer.

True Detective, Season One

In point of fact, I didn't get into Season One with it's weird framing narrative device of the co-protagonists, former Louisiana police detective partners portrayed by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, being interviewed separately in the present day and relating events at several different times in the past... throw in recurring references to Ambrose Bierce's fictional city of "Carcosa" and Robert W. Cham­bers's "The King in Yellow" from the late 19th Century, and at the end of three hours, you realize that you've been watching these episodes with a big WTF balloon hovering above your crinkled brow. More...

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Really, Mr. Sulu?

Someone, most notably of recent gay actor George Takei of "Star Trek" fame, needs to take "Yes" for an answer.

Angered by the language of Justice Clarence Thomas' dissenting opinion in this week's remarkable opinion legitimizing same-sex marriage across the United States, Takei called the African-American jurist...

"...a clown in blackface sitting on the Supreme Court."

The 84-year old actor, standing beside his marital partner Brad Altman, defiantly made the comment this week in a television interview. More...

Friday, July 03, 2015

The Summer of '75...

'Jaws' movie poster

...will probably best be remembered for the release of wunderkind Steven Speilberg's aquatic horror flick "Jaws."

And I'll forever associate that blockbuster movie with the evening at the then United Artists theater on Main Street when I learned how serious my four-year old son's hearing disability had been.

It was the Monday after the smash opening weekend of June 20, 1975, the biggest film event since 1973's "The Exorcist," and the theater was truly "standing room only." More...