On The Beach Blog | September 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Doncha think it's time to police...

...your campaign signs, Ernie Wruck!

Oak Street Montauk Highway at Fruit King

I mean, it's been over two weeks since the primary polls closed, and your signs are still litter­ing the Villagescape.

C'mon, Ernie... losing at the polls is no fun (I know, I've been there!) but do the right thing, show some leadership!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Shock and sadness

What a terrible headline to read on an otherwise lovely Autumn Sunday morning:

Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez tragically killed in boating accident

Jose Fernandez

No non-Dodgers pitcher was more enjoy­able for me to watch than the 24-year old right-hander. He was the most gifted pitcher on a middle-of-the-pack team, and after winning the National League's Rookie of the Year award in 2013, and missing a season's worth of games over 2014-2015 due to Tommy John surgery, he returned without missing a beat.

Seeing a star player taken so suddenly during the baseball season, it's impossible not to think of California Angels 27-year old star outfielder Lyman Bostock, New York Yankees Captain and MVP-winning catcher Thurman Munson and St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile in 1978, 1979 and 2002 respectively.

And from there it's an easy recollection to A.E. Housman's "To an Athlete Dying Young." We are all diminished.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Everyone's making a big fuss...

...and deservedly so, over the retirement of Dodgers announcer Vin Scully after 67 seasons of calling baseball games on both radio and television.

Vin Scully at work

(The Dodgers held a special ceremony honoring the man in front of 52,330 fans before last night's game with the Colorado Rockies.) More...

Friday, September 23, 2016

As Weiner's explanations go...

Another Anthony Weiner sexting scandal

..."likely?" OtBB rates this one "Highly Unlikely!"

Anthony Weiner Faces New Scrutiny After Report About Girl, 15

"Federal authorities in New York have issued a subpoena for records pertaining to allegations that Anthony D. Weiner exchanged sexually explicit messages with a 15-year-old girl...."

In the history of "Non-Denial Denials" by political figures, given Weiner's track record, this one insults credulity.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The vacuity of the AT-H candidacy...

...has been abundantly exposed in her current 30-second campaign spot airing here and there on local television stations and cable channels.

Set against a classroom of elementary school-age children while sporting a furrowed brow and affecting a throbbing voice that would make WCBS-TV's Kristine Johnson blush, Throne-Holst attempts to portray incumbent Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin as tone-deaf to gun violence in the United States. More...

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

More cautious optimism afoot

It's still 10-11 days away, but the lights at 141 Montauk Highway should again be aglow with the promise of spirits and dining fare.

The Claddagh

While I'll always think of the premises as the "Papa Joe's" of my youth, most recently it was the single-season less-than-successful "Red Fortune." More...

Saturday, September 17, 2016

One would never imagine...

Brianna Hassett booking photo

...from this police booking photo that 24-year old Brianna Hassett had just fatally injured a Flanders father of three while she was driving high on mostly illegal drugs.

"Ms. Hasset allegedly ad­mitted to snorting half a bag of 'dope,' injecting the other half and snorting a line of cocaine at 3 a.m. the day of the crash. She also admitted to con­suming Xanax the night before and the morning of the crash...."

Probably why it's called "dope!"

Friday, September 16, 2016

To hell with AT-H!

And her damned campaign... yeah, Throne-Holst spokes­man Andrew Grunwald, you!... as well after this from Newsday:

GOP super PAC to spend $900,000 in East End Congress race

"'I'm very confident we'll have the resources to win the race,' Grunwald said, 'Zeldin's right-wing special inter­est allies in Washington who share his extreme views on guns are stepping in in an attempt to save Zeldin.'"

Lee Zeldin's "extreme views on guns?" More...

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Pick-up plows into Beaver Dam Creek

Damnedest thing! It wasn't there when people had gone to bed Friday night.


But when people were crossing the bridge on South Country Road last Saturday morning, there it was in the reeds at water's edge, a faded reddish-orange truck with its front axle immersed in Beaver Dam "Crick."

Whatever the driver had in mind, the pick-up, presumably pilfered from its home on Apaucuck Point Road, was not equipped with the necessary flotation devices.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Money well spent?

In Westhampton Beach alone, the Suffolk County Board of elections spent well over $4000 in just the cost of staffing four Election Districts (#10, #14, #30 and #37) to service a total of four (4, count'em, 4!) registered members of the Conservative or Working Families parties who showed up to cast ballots in yesterday's Southamp­ton Town Justice primary contest between Democrat Andrea Schiavoni and Republican Ernie Wruck.

For the record, Town-wide with all 42 Election Districts re­porting, Schiavoni beat the hapless Wruck, 80 to 54 to gain the Conservative line in November's General Election, and nine to four on the less-than-robust Working Families side of things! More...

Monday, September 12, 2016

Of all the things I hate...

...not being able to breathe is at the very top of the list, and pneumonia is a significant causality with my suscep­ti­ble upper respiratory system.

(And I stopped smoking just over 50 years ago!)

So this is by way of saying that for the first time in my life, I feel a certain amount of empathy for the Democratic Presidential Candidate... but not enough to excuse her from leaning down to greet and embrace a small child knowing that she was carrying a communicable illness in what was clearly an orchestrated photo/video "op." More...

Friday, September 09, 2016

Remember, you read it here first...

...Optimum (née Cablevision, and before that LICATV) has its corporate eyes on further acquisitions after itself being acquired earlier this year by offshore-owned Altice.

Right now they're doing their due diligence and trying to decide which is the "better buy," to satisfy their customers' need for entertainment content, and rather than starting at the bottom and working their way up, they're swing for the fences from the jump. More...

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Now all I gotta do is...

...wish for a winning New York State Lottery ticket or an honest-to-Marc-Schneier weight loss pill that won't have me gnawing large chunks out of my headboard at three o'clock in the morning because one of my fondest wishes from earlier this year has (nearly) been realized.

Popping into the not-so-wayback machine of February 10:

What did we learn this season?

"(Adam) Schein (is) a New York City kid and More...

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

View from the boardwalk

Taking to heart the lessons of Superstorm Sandy (still not rated "hurricane"), Jeanne parked her Nurse Practitioner-mobile at Six Corners well clear of the paths of any wind-toppled trees and took to Village streets on her bicycle, shopping bag in hand.

The front yard after 'Sandy'

The storm damage at 256 East was, fortunately, min­imal, unlike what occurred after "Sandy" when for three solid days the front yard of the ole family homestead be­came the number one photo destination for all of Eastern Long Island. More...

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Nothing much surprises me anymore...

...but this certain did:

Fired Mizzou professor Melissa Click hired at Gonzaga University

Video footage of Melissa Click

"She achieved national attention after video footage of her as­sault­ing a student journalist went viral. Later, video emerged of her yelling profanities at a police officer."

I don't know much about the university aside from the fact that it is regularly invited to the NCAA Tournament where it is invariably described as "tiny Gonzaga." More...

Thursday, September 01, 2016

September Village Board Meeting

In the chilliest meeting room to date, Mayor Maria Moore called the monthly session to order and led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance at precisely 7:00 pm.

(There seemed to be thermostatic issues.)

Following the recommendation by the Westhampton Beach Planning Board, a Special Exception for a Change of Use to allow a "dance studio" at 202 Montauk Highway, was un­animously approved, 3-0, Trustee Brian Tymann absent.

Another Special Exception, also reccommended by the Planning Board, was approved for Espressio Cafe on the corner of 65 Main Street at Mitchell Road to have three outdoor tables, 12 Chairs and and two umbrellas. More...

AT-H's tongue turned black...

...when the former Southampton Town Supervisor and Democratic Congressional candidate issued this tweet on August 9th:

"No Show Zeldin continues to miss work, missed 2/3rds of Veterans Affairs Hearings"

Her campaign claimed in Newsday that same day:

"Lee Zeldin claims to work for veterans, but he skipped two out of three hearings that addressed veterans issues."

When I first read that, I was disappointed... but then I wondered how they measured predecessor Tim Bishop's attendance record, 12 years serving New York's 1st con­gressional district with one hand hanging onto Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi's apron strings and the thumb of his other hand in his mouth. More...