On The Beach Blog | December 2017

Friday, December 29, 2017

Like a lemming...

...I went to the local Post Office this afternoon, stood in line and mailed off my 2018 Property Tax payment to Southampton Town.

It was easy: the line was one person long, the clerk at the U.S.P.S. window knew exactly what I was mailing and machine franked the envelope (very important... more later), collected 49¢ and I was outta there in under three minutes.

Even though for the first time ever I'd pre-paid the whole year's Town property taxes, I was a happy chappie know­ing that I'd, for 2018 at least, I'd worked the system and saved some money. More...

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Lee Zeldin's sop to the Left

Just as at least one Bernie Sanders die hard I know voted for Donald Trump solely because he wasn't Hillary Clinton, I began supporting Lee Zeldin (R, Shirley) because he wasn't Tim Bishop.

Nor, 15 months ago, was he former Supervisor Anna Throne Holst with whom I'd reached my limit in her years on the Southampton Town Board.

(But then, by 2015, my disgust with anyone on the Town Council was bipartisan.) More...

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Well done, Michael Brunetti!

Yeah, I know it's the barely-hanging-on Newsday, but in a current feature entitled "Long Island's best pizza: 10 pies worth the drive," Brunetti's Vongole Bianca ranks number three over all.

Described as a...

"...white clam, pie, topped with nothing more than fresh-shucked local clams, garlic butter and herbs. Ocean, meet pizza."

(Ignoring for the moment that "local clams" come from the bays not the ocean....) More...

Monday, December 25, 2017

A Christmas Smile

This came to my wife this week, courtesy of my eldest step-daughter:

Christmas Wheel of Fortune

Neither of us "got" it... me, because I didn't read the thing, and just tried to "solve" it.

Then Jeanne figured it out, explained it to me and we both had a good yuletide chuckle!

Merry Christmas to all.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

On, brave old Army team!

I'm an "Army brat," and have been since I was sixteen months old... so when it came to college foot­ball, have always rooted for the team from the United States Military Academy at West Point (NY).

(My father didn't attend "The Point," but since MIT hadn't fielded a football team since 1900....)

The "Black Knights of the Hudson" were worthy of my interest when I was a youngster, six undefeated seasons between 1943 and 1958, and in that time featured three Heisman Trophy winners in the persons of "Doc" Blanchard (1945), Glenn Davis (1946) and Pete Dawkins (1958). More...

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Anthony DePalma is a tool of...

...the dishonest Democratic apparat, as he so plainly demonstrates on the Letters page [A9] of today's South­ampton Press Western Edition.

Under the caption "Endangers Us," DePalma spends three (mercifully) short paragraphs babbling about a non-issue he neither understands nor is enough informed about to even identify by name, H.R.38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017.

"This bill amends the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms."

This not what DePalma would have one believe, however, writing: More...

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

I was just two weeks a teenager when...

Bobby Greenlease

...six-year old Robert Cosgrove Green­lease Jr. was kidnapped from elite Notre Dame de Sion (pre-school through grade 12) in Kansas City, Missouri by 41-year old former prostitute Bonnie Brown Heady, posing as his aunt.

It was national news, and it is vivid in my recollections mostly for the speed with which justice was administered.

Within hours, Bobby Greenlease had been murdered by Heady's accomplice Carl Austin Hall and his body buried near her house in St. Joseph, Missouri, even though the demanded $600,000 ransom was in the process of being paid by the parents. More...

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

This should boost sales of...

...the type of home security camera we've all seen advertised lately in a television commercial for the Ring Floodlight Cam.

The impetus would come from this "feel better" story on 27East today: More...

Monday, December 18, 2017

An on-going reclamation project is...

...threatened anew, and voices in the wilderness of the Riverhead Plains are still fighting the good fight.

There was a letter in this week's Southampton Press Western Edition by a very familiar name, Forest Markowitz, the de facto ombudsman for Hampton West Estates, née "base housing."

At issue is 48 housing units on the North side of Steward Avenue, ajacent Hampton West Estates and commonly referenced as "Coast Guard Housing," recently demised by the U.S. Government. More...

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Winterfest flops...

...as the undefeated, championship Westhampton Beach Hurricane football team ruled the day!


Arriving by flatbed as the celebratory parade progressed from Mill Road along Main Street, the victorious team... More...

Saturday (today!) is not only...

...the weather-delayed Winterfest between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm along Westhampton Beach's Main Street, but a Parade of Champions there as well (1:00 pm) celebrating the Hurricane's undefeated football team.

The concurrent events are advertised on page A16 of this week's Southampton Press Western Edition:


Seems like a grand way to kick off the Christmas season.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Gillibrand Tract

Kirsten Gillibrand, 2011

When interim Governor David Paterson named Represent­a­tive Kirsten Gillibrand (NY, 20th) to succeed Senator Hillary Clinton who President Barack Obama had named Secretary of State, I and many of my colleagues in the shooting community thought this was a great selection.

Considered a "Blue Dog Democrat" based on her single term in the House, it took a single career counseling session with New York's senior Senator Chuck Schumer for her to abandon the Second Amendment and enlist in the ranks of the gun control advocates.

Since then it's only gotten worse. More...

Monday, December 11, 2017

Boom! ... BOOM!

That's what those in and around New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal at 7:20 am heard today, as an improvised explosive device attached to the person of 27-year Akayed Ullah, detonated, injuring the actor and three others in the vicinity.

None of the injuries are considered to be life-threatening, and the suspect was the most seriously damaged with burns to his mid-section.

(Originally from Bangladesh, Ullah has been living in Brooklyn.) More...

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Others may disagree...

...but I feel Dylan Laube and Westhampton Beach have been slighted by the Hansen Award Selection Committee, now in the hands of Newsday.

And given the way things have been going for print media in general and Newsday in specific of late, I suspect that "committee" is one person, Gregg Sarra, the resident high school sports columnist/writer.

Yeah, I know... I've been openly touting Laube to win the 58th Carl A. Hansen Memorial Award all season long; he was, after all, runner-up in 2016, and his 2017 season was even more spectacular! More...

Friday, December 08, 2017

Day of Infamy for not only...

...the United States on the 76th anniversary of Japan's sneak attack on American military bases at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, but disgraced Westhampton Beach Police Officer Joseph Pesapane who was formally and finally separated from the force from which he had been suspended (for at least the third time) since early 2014.

(Translation: Joe's been fired by the Village Board!)

Can this really be the end of the sad Pesapane saga that began more than eight years ago?

Probably not... if he can find an attorney who'll take him on as a client and litigate against Westhampton Beach.

The last one to represent Pesapane in an action against the Village, a lawyer whose palms perspired at the sound of a siren in the distance, resigned his client, apparently when he realized the young man was a head case.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Cinema de Lux, more than just a name

I have experienced the future of my movie-going, and it's just off the Long Island Expressway in Holtsville, the Island 16: Cinema de Lux.

(Yeah, it's a 20 mile drive, but with the venue's new... to me, at least... appointments, it's well worth the schlepp.)

I disremember my first time there... probably April 2004 for "Crash" on our way upstate to visit Jeanne's parents, so it was just a two-hour stop-over. More...

Sunday, December 03, 2017

What's the real message here?

Every so often I spot a TV commercial that causes me to scratch my head, hit re-wind and re-watch the spot more carefully while wondering what's really going on with this one.

This is one such...

It's been running regularly for over a year now. More...