On The Beach Blog | October 2016

Saturday, October 29, 2016

John Zacherle (1918-2016)

John Zacherle

Almost on the eve of, fittingly, All Hallows Eve, the broadcast media personality most closely identified with October 31st passed away Thursday, age 98, at his Manhattan home on West 96th Street.

Known professionally as "Zacherley" and celebrated for the past 60 years for his whimsical hosting of classic black & white macabre films, first as "Roland" on WCAU-TV in Philadelphia, then on WABC-TV in New York City where the "Y" was added to his family name to aid in viewers' pronounciation. More...

Friday, October 28, 2016

I got your 'October Surprise' right here!

FBI reopens Clinton probe after new emails found in Anthony Weiner case

"The FBI has reopened its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server while secretary of state after discovering new emails – apparently during the probe of former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s sexting – in a stunning turn of events just days before the presi­den­tial election." More...

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Edward Guild Dean (1939-2016)

The Village lost one of its more prominent citizens Monday evening when Eddie Dean passed away at his Oak Street home in hospice care after a valiant two-year toe-to-toe fight with lung cancer.

Founder and for many years proprietor of Dean's County Market on Mill Road before retiring and passing it on to his son Bryan, Eddie is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former JoAnne Chaplic, and numerous progeny both natural and adopted.

Visitation is today, October 27, at Follett & Werner Funeral Home, 2:00-4:00pm and 7:00-9:00pm, with services at Immaculate Conception on Quiogue Friday morning.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Shock and Horror in Eckart's

Wednesday is my day for the meal which 15 month's ago supplanted McDonald's Sausage Egg McMuffin as my favorite midday repast, the Sausage, Eggs and Cheese Wrap as served at Eckart's Luncheonette, now in its second century (and counting) on Mill Road.

It's a venerated locale, known as much for it eclectic decor and friendly staff as for its lack of pretension both in its ambiance and on its menu.

A distinctive element of that decor is an old timey More...

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Why are we not surprised, II?

Or, "George, George, George..." redux. From 27East:

State Parole Board Again Denies Former Lawmaker's Bid For Early Release

"Freedom has once again eluded former Suffolk County Legislator George Guldi, who, earlier this month, was denied parole for the second time since being incar­cer­ated at an upstate prison five years ago for his role in a multimillion-dollar mortgage fraud scheme." More...

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Suppose they held a debate...

...and no one showed up!

In the timeless words of Miss Emily Litella, "Never Mind."

I see by the issue of October 27, the Press News Group did host a debate and I (and another) couldn't find the correct venue. Mea culpa and abject apologies. More...

Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Night Sights

Updated Saturday, 10/22/2016 – 08:25 am

I went to a football game this evening and a Dylan Laube broke out... repeatedly, scoring five touchdowns in just the first half.

After last Saturday's 33-14 victory over Eastport South Manor, it's the second consecutive week he's tallied five scores.

(Laube had already scored more than two dozen touchdowns in the team's first six games, all wins, for the season.) More...

Remember that old game...

...some would play, "Who would you throw out of the boat?" where someone would throw out two famous names and the other person would have to decide who was worthy of remaining in a crowded lifeboat, and who would be tossed overboard?

Screen capture from CNN

It's well-documented here the disdain I hold for former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and I've always kinda enjoyed entrepreneur Mark Cuban, so on balance, if someone posed those choices to me, old Leroy Lockhorn-looking Rudy better have a pair of water wings.

So I was surprised at how poorly Clinton-supporter Cuban came off on CNN against Giuliani this week in the by now common Point-Counterpoint format.

That screen shot pretty much encapsulates that debate.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

October Trustees Work Session.html

A full Board attended this afternoon's monthly Work Session to consider a number of items, requests and projects.

It was announced that the Village had made their objections to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers adopting the draft plan which would modify the groin field protecting the barrier beach, and filed it timely. More...

Today's the final day...

...to make your comments known to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about their draft plan to truncate the groins that have been protecting Stillwaters from being transformed into oceanfront property for almost 50 years.

This is a specimen letter/E-mail to aid in preparation of your message.

Due to the late hour, it needs to be done by E-mail to Robert.J.Smith@usace.army.mil and Mark.f.Lulka@usace.army.mil.

Do it now!

Something is serious freakin' wrong here!

Another terrific game last evening with the Dodgers... my Dodgers... shutting out the prohibitively favored Chicago Cubs for the second straight game, 6-0.

That was all right!

The wrong part was on display during the post-game show on FS1 (Channel 213) hosted by Kevin Burkhardt and a panel of three former baseball players. More...

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Almost buried amidst all the...

..."Grope-gate" accusations on last evening's national news programs was this tidbit:

New FBI files contain allegations of 'quid pro quo' in Clinton's emails

"FBI interview summaries and notes, provided late Fri­day to the House Government Oversight and Intelli­gence Committees, contain allegations of a 'quid pro quo' between a senior State Department executive and FBI agents during the Hillary Clinton email investiga­tion, two congressional sources told Fox News." More...

Monday, October 17, 2016

For thems what are struggling...

...with just what to say when contacting the Army Corps of Engineers about the element of their draft plan to lop off 100 feet of each of the 13 jetties in the groin field which has protected the barrier beach in Westhampton Beach and the unincorporated area of Southampton Town to the West of the Village, here's a specimen letter covering what seem to be the salient points: More...

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Candor in Chicago!

Los Angeles Dodgers... my Los Angeles Dodgers 1
Chicago Cubs 0
Winning Pitcher: Clayton Kershaw.


This makes me a very happy chappy... anytime my Dodgers win, I'm happy... so much of my emotional well-being rises and falls with the fortunes of the teams I follow, the Dodgers and a pair of hangovers from my youth in Detroit: the Lions and the Red Wings! More...

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

About those groins...

Hank Beck

...and the Army Corps of Engineers draft plan to circumcise 13 of them, interest in which caused 22 individ­uals, speakers and media included, to attend a meeting hosted by Hank Beck of the Citizen's Advisory Com­mittee-West at Westhampton Free Library (thank you, Danielle Waskiewicz) this evening.

Aram Terchunian

While the size of the audience was relatively small, the quality and and scope of the information was enor­mous, mostly due local fellow and First Coastal principal Aram Terchunian's familiarity with the subject of beach renourishment in general and the Westhampton barrier beach in specific.

Rare is an informational meeting I've ever attended which changed my thinking on a subject as decided as did this 85 minutes. More...

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Zeldin whifffffs

Updated Wednesday, 10/12/2016 &ndash 12:17 am.

Received this past week from the Honorable Lee Zeldin [r, ny], our 1st Congressional District representative, men­tioned en passant by Mayor Maria Moore at Thursday's Monthly Village Board meeting in respect to the Army Corp of Engineers scheme to reduce the length of the jetties in the Westhampton Beach groin field.

(Basically, the message was "Congressman Zeldin says he'll support whatever we decide.") More...

Monday, October 10, 2016

About that loud noise...

...that everyone seems to heard late Saturday morning, but for which no one seems to have an explanation.

(A month from now, pundits might look back and mark that "Boom" as the sound of Donald Trump's Presidential campaign imploding.)

Historically, we can eliminate George Plimpton's ill-made pyrotechnic device at the old Westhampton "dump," that rattled the area one Fall afternoon in 1975, or the No­vem­ber 1983 Grucci fireworks plant explosion that rocked much of Suffolk County from its Bellport epicenter. More...

Sunday, October 09, 2016

The question no one asked...

...after the truly devastating 11-year old video footage of Donald Trump's piggish conversation with celebrity journalist Billy Bush was released.

Where has this tape been until now, and who released it?

Doubtless many conspiracy theories will emerge, but the source of the videotape remains of prime interest to me.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

September Village Board Meeting

Mayor Maria Moore called the meeting to order at 7:03 pm, and opened with a Public Hearing on the Planning Board's recommendation to partially approve the application for Out­door Tables, Chairs and Benches by Sydney's Taylor Made Cuisine at 32 Mill Road. After brief testimony from a concerned neighbor representing several concerned neigh­bors, the hearing was closed subject to a determina­tion at the October meeting.

Motion was carried 3-0, with Trustee Rob Rubio absent.

Village Clerk-Treasurer Elizabeth Lindtvit was directed to post a Notice of Public Hearing on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Village Hall to consider a Local Law amending the Building Permit Fee. More...

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

This is what everyone sees...

Melina Abdullah - click to enlarge

...and this is what too few bother to hear:

"'I don’t care if he had a gun,' Melina Abdullah shouted. 'His life matters.'"

There's no question that 18-year-old Carnell Snell Jr.'s life mattered, but then, so too did the lives of the police he confronted with that handgun.

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

How can you tell if a politician is lying?

As the old gag goes, it's when his lips are moving! But because of the 19th Amendment, that has to be rewritten to read...

"Because her lips are moving!"

The "her" in this instance is, no great surprise, Democrat­ic challender Anna Throne-Holst, desperate to unseat in­cum­bent Representative Lee Zeldin (R, Shirley). More...

Saturday, October 01, 2016

CBS becoming as bad as NBC

CBS black eye

On the CBS Evening News of Friday, Sep­tem­ber 30, 2016, anchor/managing editor Scott Pelley introduced a report that only CBS seemed to have:

"A mass shooting in South Carolina last year has exposed a flaw in background checks for gun purchases. Jeff Pegues has the new report from the Justice Department." More...