On The Beach Blog | May 2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Authorities a little late on this...

...but at least they're looking in the right direction!

Cincinnati gorilla incident: Police investigating boy's family

"The family of a boy who entered a Cincinnati Zoo gorilla's enclosure last weekend -- spurring zoo officials to shoot and kill the animal -- will be the focus of an investigation into the incident, Cincinnati police said Tuesday."

Now I want to know that it's a serious investigation, not just some eyewash in response to grumblings from the public.

Following... the on-line "Justice for Harambe" petition, at this writing, has 400,403 signatures.

Monday, May 30, 2016

I am seriously peeved about...


...what happened at the Cincinnati Zoo Saturday afternoon when staff killed 17-year-old, 450-pound silver­back gorilla Harambe in order to protect the life of a four-year old male child who'd eluded his family to slip into the Great Ape's habitat.

Gorilla killed after 4-year-old falls into zoo enclosure

This was a tragic enough story when it was initially More...

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Why does this seem so familiar?

Sunday headline on 27East:

Southampton Town Police Arrest Six During DWI Task Force Enforcement

"Six motorists were arrested during a segment of the Suffolk County district attorney's office's East End DWI Task Force, which was conducted from 8 p.m. Saturday through 4 a.m. Sunday. "

Among those arrested on DWI charges were Pablo Carchipulla, 31, of Flanders; Geovany Plaza, 27, of Sag Harbor; Sebestian Ospina-Henao, 20, of Hampton Bays; and Maguiber Ramirez-Barrera, 24, of Farmingville.

(Also arrested were Lori Ligrace Snyder, 53, of Great Neck Plaza and Mollie Bower, 27, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.)

Of particular interest now is how tomorrow's Police Blotter will read.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

The next big step..

...set for this Fall, is the re-opening of the entrance at the SouthEast corner of the Best Market parking lot, closed over 30 years ago in an odd decision by the Westhampton Beach Planning Board, Charlie Kirsh, then Chairman.

The view from Hansen Place

It will allow large delivery trucks to come down Potunk Lane, turn onto Hansen Place for a straight shot into Best, around the rear and later out the NorthEast end.

Friday, May 27, 2016

And now the bad news about Best

Two words: Zone Pricing!

I accompanied Jeanne on her maiden voyage to the 70 Sunset Avenue renewal yesterday for a "price shop" 'cause she, like everyone who routinely makes the weekly trip for household groceries, instinctively knows what stuff costs.

Generally, the prices are higher in Westhampton Beach than the Best store on Route 58 in Riverhead, per the full color newsprint sales flyers in effect "Fri., May 27th to Thurs., June 2nd." More...

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The other shoe falls for Hillary

Or perhaps I should say "Another shoe," 'cause the FBI has yet to be heard from!

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton's shrinking email defense

"...the State Department's Office of In­spector General has raised the stakes with the release of a remarkable report finding that Clinton's actions violated State Department policies and were in­consistent with federal record-keeping laws."

(Note that the source is Clinton-friendly CNN.) More...

Fool me once...

...O well. Try it again? Fox Network can suck eggs with last night's Season 2 debut!


Thanks, but after last season, not on a bet! I'm out!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Today's the big day!

"O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!"

Best Market is now open for business

Okay, so the exterior looked like a pre-urban renewal effort, but inside? More...

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

'No surprises!'

When "Ham" Andon was swept into office in 1986, the first thing the new Mayor did was meet individually with Village of Westhampton Beach department heads and lay down his simple rule: "No surprises!"

But then that particular Mayor had leadership experience, serving as an officer in the U.S. Army during WWII, while the current Mayor has in that stead an almost Pollyanna-esque trust that everyone around her will, as a default instinct, "do the right thing."

Unfortunately, there are vipers at her bosom. More...

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Stealth visit affords a sneak peek

Tipped off by a high level member of Village Government that Best Market was much closer to opening than an OtBB entry earlier this week suggested, I just returned from a covert call on 70 Sunset Avenue to see for myself.

Carefully coming up Glover's Lane and parking to the South of the building, I was busted within 60 seconds of arriving, immediately after snapping this photo of the work being performed at the front of the store: More...

Friday, May 20, 2016

And a quick follow-up

As promised in the addendum of earlier today, Jeanne and I hit mid-Main Street this evening for a good dinner at Post Stop Café, then strolled Westward.

Beach Bakery was out of raspberry croissants 'til tomorrow morning, but Elyse had a terrific new confection at Shock Ice Cream: a made-on-the-spot S'mores Bubble Waffle Cone! I stuffed mine with Chocolate Moose Tracks, and I'm going to have to be especially careful to not regain all the weight I shed since last Summer!

Lines being drawn in cyberspace

What a furor the "Smorgasburg" deal/non-deal turned into, extended by yesterday's report on 27East:

Smorgasburg Food Expo Chances Looking Dim In Westhampton Beach

The story by Erin McKinley has generated a series of pseudonymous comments by those praising Trustee Brian Tymann for aggressively advancing the Smorgasburg agenda, and excoriating the local food purveyors, with terms like "parochial, selfish and short-sighted" and "greedy few businesses," for opposing it. More...

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Hillary 'Woman Card?' Pfffui!

I'll take Daenerys's Conflagration Card any time.

(If'n ya haven't yet seen the current episode [VI-4] of HBO's "Game of Thrones" (as aficionados should have by now), hereinunder be spoilers.)

Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen, Mother of Dragons, is not only a knockout blonde, but her survival instincts are nonpareil, even when her three winged pets are not available to incinerate her enemies. More...

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

May Trustees Work Session

It was, for a monthly Work Session, well attended, and after a trio of resolutions which...

  • Appointed, provisionally, Jennifer Gaudi­ello as Village Tax Clerk at a salary of $48,000/annually;
  • Authorized Mayor Maria Moore to sign a revised (but unspecified) Memorandum of Agreement with the West­hampton Beach Department of Public Works; More...

I'd have to say that...

...based on this photo from today, Best Market is com­mitted to making 70 Sunset Avenue a serious shop­ping destination in Westhampton Beach...

Parking lot of Best Yet

...something neither Waldbaum's nor it's predecessor A&P ever did!

This, as Martha use to say, is a good thing!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

East Quogue voters reject Junior Heaney

Former Southampton Town Supervisor Patrick Heaney managed to fool 600 voters in the East Quogue School District in his try for a seat on the Board of Education, but still finished up the track to incumbent Dianna Gobler (709 votes) and newcomer Jessica Stalters (606 votes).

Almost 1150 district residents turned out to deny Heaney, and pass a $23.8 million budget with more than 70% of the vote.

And in Westhampton Beach...

...162 residents voted against the successful $55 million school budget, while more than twice that many voted against the Westhampton Library budget, 141 short of defeating it.

It suggests that the ad hoc group, led by the Tragers, agitating for an elected Library Board by voting down the budget, did have some effect.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Glad I don't live in East Quogue!

Anyone reading the Letters to the Editor page in the cur­rent Southampton Press Western Edition may have noticed an entry from former Southampton Town Supervisor Pat­rick Heaney, declaring his candidacy for the East Quogue Board of Education.

Great... if you have a short memory and are a sucker for a suit and a smile!

Junior Heaney sold the soul of Southampton Town to his Western Suffolk political cronies before being booted from office in 2007, and was then rewarded with a County pa­tron­age job as Commissioner of Economic Development for his fealty to the Hauppauge "bosses." More...

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sending Susan off from Starr's

It seems odd that anyone would require an explanation of who Susan McAllister was, but then I remember how many years decades ago it was that she entered my life, a salty dervish of a dame with a cigarette in one hand and more often than not, in the words of Father Peter Colapietro, "an adult beverage" in the other.

She was a force of nature, though I'm not quite sure that Susan would have ever met with Mother Nature's unqual­i­fied stamp of approval. More...

An 'oops' for Sarah Spain

Sarah Spain would likely be described as a "rising star" at cable sports giant ESPN, and is usually a bright face on one's TV set... this morning on "The Sports Reporters" she looked like she had an especially rough Saturday night, which might account for her opening remarks:

"I'm also from Chicago where the two best teams in baseball reside... is it too early to start talking about a 'subway series?'"

Of course, there's no "subway" in Chicago.

That city's rapid transit system is the "L," the popular name for the Chicago Transit Authority's elevated railway.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

For one reason why Donald Trump's...

...bombastic candidacy has resonated so strongly across red state America and, yea!, into many middle class non-GOP families as well, one has only to scan the Police Re­ports atop Page 2 of this morning's Southampton Press Western Edition.

Containing eight separate vehicular events for incidents West of the Canal, all but one of the offenders identified by name appear to be Hispanic.

Add in the similar nine names listed in the DWI Arrests just below that, and six more can be added to that total.

"The Wall" may be an impractical fantasy, but it's easy to understand why it sounds like a good idea to so many.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

WFL May Board Meeting

The Westhampton Free Library held its monthly Board of Trustees meeting at 7:00 this evening, and fifteen minutes into the moderately attended session, things got ugly.

<bette davis>whot a mess!</bette davis>

Board President Tom Moore and Treasurer Susan Rosen­berg delivered their reports before the meeting was opened to attendees who had signed up to speak, were called to the lectern. More...

It's not getting any better!

Cringe-inducing headline of the week... so far!

Trump floats Giuliani as possible head of commission to study Muslim ban

"Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on Wednesday said he’s thinking about setting up an investigative commission in the wake of his proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States, and floated former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani as someone who might lead it."

What could The Donald possibly be thinking? The Leroy Lockhorn-looking Giuliani needs to be locked in a Rikers Island cell and kept there!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

All Justin's Chop Shop needs now..

...is a liquor license, a brass rail and some bar stools!

A wall of wide screen TV sets

It's certainly not anything I would have thought of, More...

Sunday, May 08, 2016

May Village Board Meeting, concluded

Reporting on the Public Discussion portion of Thursday's meeting, focussed almost exclusively on the immediately contentious "Smorgasburg" question.

Many spoke about the Brooklyn export proposed for the Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce Glover's Lane parking lot, for Fridays, 11:00am-8:00pm starting June 24 and running through September 9.

A key piece of information emerging from the two hour plus discussion was that while the application came from the Chamber, this was a surprise to at least one of that organization's Board members. More...

Friday, May 06, 2016

Behold, the Post-Graduate!

...being she who I delight in calling "my wicked step-daughter" and who is anything but:

Katrina Rakowski in mortar board with proud mama, Jeanne Speir

Ms. Katrina Rakowski received her Masters Degree in Education (M.Ed.) this week from Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.

Way to go, Kate!

Today's the day..

Post Stop Café re-opening announcement

...we've been awaiting with increas­ing anticipation since last Fall, 'cause no one makes a Cranberry Turkey­burger or a Jack Cheeseburger, both served with crispy Waffle Fries, like the Post Stop Café.

Welcome back, Sandy... there haven't been a whole lot of dining options on Main Street of late, and we sure missed ya!

Thursday, May 05, 2016

May Village Board Meeting

Mayor Maria Moore settled in at the front of the room placing not one but two (2!) wooden gavels on the desk in front of her... but the way the Public Discussion portion of the evening went, she should've brought along a greasy two-pound ball peen hammer!

Noting that Deputy Mayor Charles Palmer would be absent from this evening's meeting as he was traveling, the Mayor expressed condolences to the family of Architectural Board Member Marion Covello who died earlier this week. Mrs. Covello was the widow of Pascal "Pat" Covello who had served as a Village Trustee in the '70s and '80s. More...

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

It raised the hair...

...right off the nape of my neck! Or at least it physically felt like it at the 55-minute mark of the current episode of "Game of Thrones" after last season's shocking finale.

This was the setting, with his direwolf Ghost asleep below Jon Snow's assassinated corpse:

Jon Snow's corpse

...and moments later, this is what happened: More...

Monday, May 02, 2016

Talk about 'a confused message!'

On Sunday morning's "This Week with George Steph­an­opoulos," declining Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz told co-host Martha Raddatz:

"I am very much a happy warrior."

That tremor felt on East Main Street shortly after 10:00 am was me falling out of my TV chair, propelled by the archly Conservative Texas Senator's choice of self-description. More...

Sunday, May 01, 2016

1 May 2011 on OTL

The "S" in cable ESPN represents "sports," and since its launch on September 2, 1979, it's been the "Go To" re­source for contemporaneous scores and news sports.

One of its regular features, however, goes beyond (and beneath) what the now-behemoth network ordinarily deals with, it's own investigative (sports) news program, "Out­side the Lines," or "OTL" as it's commonly referred to, and promoted as. More...