On The Beach Blog | July 2016

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Not-So-Guilty Saturday Morning Pleasures

There was a joke going around when I was a youth which neatly encapsulated the essence of the popular Western movies with Gene Autry:

"The outlaws burned down my ranch house, shot my dog and rustled my herd! I'm gonna form a posse and track down those varmints... but first I'm gonna sing a little song!"

I've written before about my affection for the serials of my youth, the chapterplays as they were known, shorts that were the staples of Saturday matinees which were always "...Continued Next Week" just as the hero was about to be crushed between spiked walls in an underground dungeon or seen hurtling off a cliff in a speeding vehicle. More...

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Memo to the suits at ESPN...

Rachel Nichols

...who had enough accumen to hire Rachel Nichols for certain on-air duties, and whoever in Bristol, Connecticut who had her sitting in on "Pardon The Interruption" two consecutive days this week, first for Mike Wilbon and then Friday for Tony Kornheiser:

You now need to name her permanent Designated Sub­stitute Host of the popular weekday afternoon 30 minute sports commentary program. More...

Friday, July 29, 2016

Now this is one event...

Updated Friday, 07/29/2016 – 07:47 am

...that I could get behind, and more than likely a whole lotta others as well: a Bacon Festival.

(Except them plastic shoe-wearin' vegan types.)

The Bacon Conference

The idea came via m'daughter out in Squamish, B.C., with a link to the event September 24-25 in Vancouver. More...

Thursday, July 28, 2016

There's a problem with Hampton Jitney...

...which no one will acknowledge because neither the Village of Westhampton Beach nor the Lynch family which oper­ates the service, can do anything about it.

As is implicit in the the report by correspondent Erin McKin­ley on page A7 of today's Southampton Press Western Edition...

Board Ends Jitney Trial Run
Stops will be moved to airport for time being

...the real problem is Hampton Jitney's customers themselves. More...

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Where once was...

Dean's and Jeanne's weather-beaten signal flags

...like Old Glory the morning after that rough night at Fort M'Henry with the British, is now, thanks to the good offices of Matt at Modern Yachts who doped out a less than orthodox way to mount them:

Dean's and Jeanne's new signal flags

All is again shipshape at U.S. Speir on East Main Street!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Cedar Island what? Where?

Headline from Monday's 27East:

Cedar Island Lighthouse To Get $300,000 From County For Renovations

"The Cedar Island Lighthouse renovation is closer to completion after 15 years of planning and fundraising, and now $300,000 from Suffolk County could be on the way."

Uh oh... "could be on the way" ... "after 15 years of planning?" More...

Monday, July 25, 2016

Pesapane skates on an SCPD screw-up...

...but his status as a member of the Westhampton Beach Police Department is still "quo."

For those for whom the name "Joseph Pesapane" does not immediately resonate, he was one of the two Village police officers at the root of the protracted intra-depart­ment­al "missing handgun" investigation that began over seven years ago, if not as the primary actor then in the at­tempt­ed cover-up. More...

Sunday, July 24, 2016

"Sunday morning woke up yawnin'...

...filled the pool for a swim" (apologies to the Bee Gees), except that it was a plastic fish pond for a fanny dunk in case the temperatures got too hot.

My traditional Sunday routine starts with "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" and this morning's hour was a lively one, with supporters of unsuccessful Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders calling for the resignation of DNC Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz because of the systemic "rigging" of the primary process against their candidate. More...

Saturday, July 23, 2016

WTF is wrong with The Daily News?

Made a make-up trip to Eckart's this noon (having missed my weekly breakfast wrap Wednesday) and this is the first thing I spotted on page 3 of today's edition:


In a country a world where terrorists and wannabees are assassinating police and murdering civilians every More...

Friday, July 22, 2016

We were all over this 45 years ago

And by "we," I mean The Moniebogue Press, published out of the Howell homestead on Beach Lane by Jay Dudley, Van Howell and myself.

Acknowledgement by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation:

Water Quality Advisory for Private-Well Owners in Areas of Westhampton

"Through monitoring conducted under a US EPA program known as the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule, PFOS was detected in public supply wells in the vicinity of the New York State Air National Guard Base at Gabreski Airport located at Old River­head Road in Westhampton Beach." More...

Never thought I'd live to see this!

I have to say that the Trump women are terrific to look at, and The Donald Republican Presidential Candidate Donald J. Trump delivered a rousing nomination acceptance speech in Cleveland last evening.

(The nattering nabbobs of effete Eastern Liberalism are, predictably, acerbicly dismissive of that speech.)

But the most stunning moment of the closing night of the RNC came when PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel took to the stage and declared without equivocation: More...

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Breaking News...

Well, not exactly of the "Stop the presses, replate the front page!" variety, but of interest to voters in Southampton Town Election Districts 10, 14, 30 and 37.

After more than two years of casting ballots in the Large Group Instruction Room of Westhampton Beach High School, the Board of Elections is returning the local polling place to Sunset Avenue, the new fire house, definitely for the November 8th national election, possibly for a Sep­tem­ber 13th primary.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

An excited utterance...

...i.e., utterly spontaneous, by Mrs. Speir during this evening's ABC World News broadcast, flogging the already stale issue of Melania Trump's Monday evening address to the Republican National Convention.

Jeanne's words, directed loudly at the TV set:

"Nobody died on the stage in Cleveland, damnit, not like Benghazi!"

It must be noted that Mrs. Speir and I share few political sensibilities, in witness whereof the pups and I will be holding down the homestead this weekend while she's in Philadelphia expressing her enmity of Hillary and agitating for Bernie Sanders.

Though I don't know what she'll do come November, but for her it's never hillary!

This morning began with such promise...

...but by 10:00 am had turned to crap in a most un­expected way.

Up betimes... ah, there, Samuel Pepys... preparing for a 9:00 am coffee date with visiting ex-pat Barb Ramsay at Simon's Beach Bakery, parking in front of the demised Magic's Pub and wondering how a "wet" premises in the middle of Main Street could still remain shuttered halfway through a fifth consecutive Summer season.

(The last time the lamps at 113 Main Street were lit was 2011 when Dee Perfido and Lenny Angelo took a brief crack at it.)

By 9:35 am, the first ominous sign appeared in More...

From the not-too-wayback machine

Since her retirement/leave-of-absence from her career as a Nurse Practitioner, my wife, instead of laying in the cut with a 750 ml. bottle of Cook's Brut cooling in an ice-filled Champagne Bucket, her Kindle Paperwhite in hand, has been a dervish, in the garage, in the kitchen and the attic.

I'm exhausted watching her... and lending an occasional helping hand, of course. More...

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Oooooooh Noooooo!

This just can't happen!

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7: HBO Confirms Shorter Episode Count, Summer Premiere

More than a year without direwolves and Daenerys, as comely a wench as ere rode a fire-snorting dragon into battle... too cruel, too cruel!

Monday, July 18, 2016

A final nail in CBS Evening News' coffin...

...happened just now with anchor Scott Pelley's almost strident addendum to a report about Baton Rouge sniper ambush Gavin Long.

Following Field Correspondent David Begnaud's piece in which he incorrectly referred to the murderer's "AR-style rifle," Pelley added, forcefully:

"And to be clear, the gunman was armed not only with the rifle you saw in David's report, but also an AR15."

This seemed to be important to Pelley because the More...

Sunday, July 17, 2016

It is furiously to be desired!

Chris Berman

Been waiting for this to happen for years:

ESPN should just get rid of Chris Berman now if network really wants to blow up ‘Sunday NFL Countdown’

Think of it... never again being auricularly assaulted by that fake booming voice, seemingly activated by a plastic ring in his jowl-obscured neck, pronouncing "Back, back, back, back, back, back... Gone"

It won't be a moment too soon!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

It's becoming a world of wimps...

...and it's inevitably going to lead to the end of Western Civilization.

Studio Pulls Ads for 'Bastille Day' Action Movie after Nice Terror Attack

"Studiocanal, which is distributing the film in France, yanked all billboards and digital adver­tising for the film in the country, and also pulled posters from city train stations."

Conventional wisdom at the highest levels has held that if one does something like that, then the other side has already won.

Friday, July 15, 2016

CBS retraction... of sorts

It took CBS Evening News and host Scott Pelley five days to get to it, but they corrected, in part, Monday's error-filled "Biden sets sights on restricting sale of armor-piercing bullets" segment.

In the 24th minutes of the broadcast, Pelley said:

"Now we'd like to correct some information on the Dallas story; early in the investigation a city official told us the ammunition the killer used was 'armor-piercing.'" More...

What in the ever-lovin', blue-eyed...

...li'l world has happened with the telephone service out here?

Time was when, and it doesn't seem all that long ago, if I wanted to make a call to my friend Simon-the-one-they-called-Richard over in Remsenburg, I'd pick up the black handset, a voice would say "Number please?" (and that voice didn't sound anything like Lily Tomlin's "Ernestine"), I'd say "Eastport 81," and a 'phone off Basketneck Lane would start ringing.

Then we went, incrementally to exchanges, WE-4-xxxx, then the one which endures today, 288-xxxx. More...

Thursday, July 14, 2016

There's always a risk involved...

...with referring to an idea as a "no-brainer," but an exception may be found on page A13 of this morn­ing's Southampton Press Western Edition:

Zeldin Bill Would Create Zip Code

"U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin is still pushing for a new zip code for the hamlets of Flanders, Riverside and Northampton, introducing a bill this week that comes nearly eight months after the U.S. Postal Service's postmaster rejected his request."

(That postmaster is likely a Democrat!) More...

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Traffic Advisory...

...for Mill Road at the Church Lane intersection.

Mill Road at Church Lane

A little late on this one today, but from the number of hard hats and yellow safety vests observed around the Village just now I get the sense that there will be other advisories in the not-too-distant future. More...

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

When the Village Board was outed...

...as pawns of the local real estate establishments:

Watch the video of the May 5th Village Board Meeting; at the 01:07 mark, when realtor Phil Grossman interrupts recognized speaker Erin Finley and says "That's why we brought Maria and Bryan and Rob in."

Later, at the 01:48 mark, he asserts, again in a cat-call from the audience, that he was speaking as a resident.

(Watch and decide.) More...

Monday, July 11, 2016

V.P. Joe Biden is an idiot...

...and CBS Evening News talking head Scott Pelley isn't much better, as my television set was the recipient of some vehemently expressed objurgation just now.

It began with Pelley asking "the Vice President about the availability of armor-piercing bullets," asserting "Dallas' Mayor has blamed them for penetrating officer's vests:"

(It wasn't Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, though, but the city's former Deputy Police Chief Craig Miller who told reporters "perhaps the bad guy was using armor-piercing bullets.") More...

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Gotta cut Rudy some slack this time

Ordinarily there mere mention of Rudy Giuliani's name is an immediately turn-off, and any reference to him as "America's Mayor" induces a reverse peristaltic response.

But his recent criticism of Black Lives Matter for its sin­gu­lar focus on (mostly white) police causing black deaths, while completely ignoring the much higher frequency of black-on-black murders, commonly reported in the inner city communities of Chicago, Detroit and elsewhere.

I still can't stand the Leroy Lockhorn-looking opportunist, but he's spot-on in those comments and the first to go on the record with them. More...

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Our Supreme Leader has spoken!

In Poland, Obama says an abundance of guns helps fuel tensions in America

"'We don’t know what happened, but we do know that there was a gun in the car that apparently was licensed, but it caused in some fashion those tragic events,' Obama said of (Philando) Castile’s shooting."

Yup, the gun did it... again!

Friday, July 08, 2016

An East Ender overcomes...

...the Suffolk County Democratic Machine:

Anna Throne-Holst wins 1st Congressional District primary

"Former Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst has won the Democratic primary in the first Congressional District by 319 votes over former chairman of the Suffolk Planning Commission David Calone, Suffolk election officials said Friday." More...

Cops on the hot seat, then targets

First Louisiana, then the next day Minnesota...

Shooting by Baton Rouge Police Sparks Outrage

Philando Castile Killed By Police During Traffic Stop

And then as a consequence last night in Dallas: More...

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

And... out!

Royal Pains title art

It wouldn't be appropriate to list among my "Guilty Pleasures" the cable USA series, "Royal Pains" which con­cluded an eight season, 104 episode run tonight.

It was, following it's debut in September 2009, almost a Thursday, then Wednesday, evening obligation to see how the producers were treating my Village following gratui­tously vicious dialogue labeling Westhampton Beach "the Worst Hampton" 20 minutes into the series premier. More...

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

July Village Board Meeting

No real surprises transpired at tonight's Westhampton Beach Village Board annual Organizational Meeting... newly elected Trustee Stephen Frano was sworn in (and concurrently resigned from the Planning Board) along with hold-overs Mayor Maria Moore and Trustee Ralph Urban.

(Mr. Urban was reinstated to his position as Deputy Mayor following a two-year hiatus.)

An extensive agenda was methodically addressed, More...

Don't be fooled by off-shore scammers

This one is slightly trickier than Bryan Dean crying out for help after being mugged in Dubai, but there are still many clues that it's a scam intended to rob you electronically:

Screenshot of fake Chase Webpage

The E-mail directing me to that screen read: More...

Monday, July 04, 2016

The 'experts' and 'insiders' all...

Kevin Durant as a Golden State Warrior

...about this off-season's biggest free agent signing had it wrong!

Kevin Durant will leave the Thunder to join the 73-win Warriors

"Durant has agreed to sign with the Golden State Warriors, making a team that won an NBA-record 73 games last season even better and devastating their top rival in the process."

With the National Basketball Association's More...

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Not that this is momentous...

...but after four years of service the Moore/Palmer Agitprop link in the "blue menu" to the right, has been consigned to the dustbin of local history, along with the dubious stewardship of Charlie Palmer Jr.

In its stead may be seen the Tom Moore Agitprop link since it is he alone who on an irregular basis blogs on behalf of his wife's administration.

Additionally, OtBB herein introduces a cautionary More...