On The Beach Blog | September 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

A little seen classic...

"Mystery of the Wax Museum"

...1933's "Mystery of the Wax Museum " is being shown Saturday morning (10:30am) on cable TCM, Channel 97, and it's well-worth recording if you're otherwise engaged.

The reason why it's "little seen" is that for decades it was thought to be a "lost" film... only some production stills survived to tantalize cinema buffs. More...

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Beware Barry Bernstein bearing gifts...

...as yesterday's mitzvah probably led to today's yetzer hara as we see from a report in this week's Southampton Press Western Edition:

Main Street Park's Days Could Be Numbered In Westhampton Beach

A close reading of Kate Riga's story leads one to conclude that Barry Bernstein must think Westhampton Beach Village government is comprised of shmendriks. More...

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Aww jeez, not again!

While not quite breaking news, I didn't become aware of the posibility that the Disney conglomerate will be with­holding network ABC and the ESPN family of cable sports channel from the Optimum (that's us!) line-up over a carriage dispute and, what else!, rights fees.

This is not the first time our cable provider has had a dispute with a content provided to the detriment of consumers... remember the Cablevision/Fox-News Corp. freeze-out of 2010 that cost subscribers the first two games of the World Serious between the Texas Rangers and the San Francisco Giants.

(Both games were won by eventual champion Giants.) More...

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Did I see Dylan Laube at his best?

I went to one Westhampton Beach High School football game last year, a "Friday Night Lights" deal against Amity­ville Memorial, a team that was once a Suffolk County scholastic powerhouse, and with a student body size that dwarfed that of the local high school.

That was then (the '70s), this was 2016 and the student body sizes have reversed... and the Hurricanes, led by running back Dylan Laube, literally glided away from the team from western Suffolk, 49-20. More...

Friday, September 22, 2017

Qu'est que c'est "dotard?"

It's the question on the lips of every French-speaking person around the globe, as well as other nationalities everywhere... in their own tongue, of course.

It's a wonderful word, well used by the man with one of the world's worst haircuts, speaking of the man with whom he vies for that dubious title.

That the two coiffure-challenged National leaders seem intent on hauling one another into nuclear armageddon, which one's high stakes woofing will finally cause the other to say, "O yeah? Watch this!"

We tremble as we watch our all-news network of choice!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

In memoria, Hallie and Mike...

...neither of whom I knew, as I suspect no one on The Southampton Press did either, but it didn't stop them from cogently editorializing about their deaths last week in tomorrow morning's edition.

(The second item on A8 of the Editorial page.)

What the newspaper has done is mention the existence of two "tribute" videos posted on line, and which are herein­under presented. More...

Sunday, September 17, 2017


...we're talking the pro football pre-game shows Sundays at Noon during football season and this one's an easy pick for me.

Regular OtBB readers are likely aware that I'm a 66+ year Detroit Lions fan from a time when there were only 12 professional teams in the country, and being something of a traditionalist, most would suspect that I'd be partial to "Fox NFL Sunday" anchored by Terry Bradshaw, but that immediately falls out of consideration because: More...

Friday, September 15, 2017

Harry Dean Stanton (1926-2017)

Harry Dean Stanton in "Cisco Pike" 1972

One of the best character actors I've ever had the pleasure of watching, passed away this afternoon of natural causes at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

More than just a craggy face, Harry Dean Stanton was seemingly incapable of a less than memorable perfor­mance in any of the 199 roles he assayed over a 63-year career before a television or movie lens. More...

Another victory, of sorts...

...and somewhere Gerry and Budd Schulberg are smiling to themselves as last week New York State's Department of Environmental Conservation announced the completion of a significantly revised draft management plan for mute swans.

That DEC has backed off its plan of 2014 to murder them in Cranberry Marsh and anywhere else they could be found on Long Island and in the Hudson Valley, is emblematic of the good fight well fought against a Government agency not always responsive to the public it is supposed to serve.

(cf: the juvenile female humpback whale who was ignored to death in Moriches Bay last December. Different agency, but same awful result!) More...

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A good guy wins one...

Updated Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – 12:05 pm

...and beats the machine while he's at it!

(Even though it's not the Suffolk County GOP behemoth of yore... hey there, Dick Zeidler!... this was an impressive win.)

Oddly, only local gal Lisa Finn, writing in Southampton Patch reported the story fully and accurately...

Larry Zacarese Wins Suffolk County Sheriff GOP Primary Race

...and it wasn't 'til more than 15 hours after the polls closed that the Suffolk County Board of Elections took official note of the Primary results.

And while my sentiment is that once-vaunted Newsday has devolved into little more than a bird cage liner, they got this one startlingly right in an editorial last week:

Suffolk County sheriff primary reeks of the political swamp

"Your [primary] vote is an opportunity to take a stand against party bosses who rig races. Against cross-endorsement scams that rob all voters of real choices. Against backroom deals in which political leaders divide the spoils of victory, rewarding operatives with patron­age jobs regardless of merit."

Just so!

The back room deal rigged by those "party bosses" was so blatant that even Newsday felt compelled to call it out, and the rank and file registered Suffolk County GOP voters by a 56% to 44% margin, stuck it to the power brokers.

That's a good feeling!

Zacarese will meet Democratic candidate Stuart P. Besen, a 53-year old lawyer from Northport, is November's General Election.

Zacarese: si! Boyle: no!

Lawrence Zacarese

In any language available at any of the polling places throughout Suffolk County in today's Republican Primary, it should be clear: Lawrence Zacarese should be the GOP standard bearer in the November General Election!

Friday, September 08, 2017

By far the better candidate...

...for Suffolk County Sheriff in Tuesday's Republican primary is challenger Lawrence Zacarese.

Yeah, I'm not enchanted with his campaign's association Rudy Giuliani and Curtis Sliwa, but he gets the nod over the political hack the County GOP put up for Sheriff.

Vote for Larry Zacarese

On Tuesday, September 12, vote for Larry Zacarese.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Phil Boyle must think we're all dummies

Otherwise why would he be campaigning for Suffolk County Sheriff with a message like...

Campaign flyer

After eight years in the New York State Assembly and another five in the New York State Senate, one would think that if he sincerely wanted to "increase the penalties for heroin," he would have introduced legislation to that effect then, and not wait 'til he's running for Sheriff! More...

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

In this week in 1939...

...I not only wasn't born, I wasn't yet conceived, but my father, two days shy of his 29th birthday, knew what this event portended.

Nazi Germany invades Poland

Employed as an actuary at Metropolitan Life Company, he was part of the ROTC from his years at MIT from which he'd graduated in 1932.

As the radio report came through that Friday, my father told my mother, "We... I am going to war, and we need to plan accordingly."

With me on the scene and my sister still five months from drawing her first breath, my father did go to war, just as he foresaw 29 months earlier.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

A clear choice in next week's GOP primary

And my only question is, how could the Suffolk County Republican "bosses" have gotten this one so wrong?

Tuesday, September 12th will see a primary election between party designee New York State Senator Phil Boyle (5th District, Bayshore) and challenger Larry Zacarese, a Smithtown resident and veteran of the NYPD. He is currently an Assistant Chief for Stony Brook University Police Department.

No Boyle

Not a tough decision, really... a law enforcement pro­fessional for the County's top law enforcement position, or a career politician. More...

"Sweet Tuesday"

It's the day after an uneventful Labor Day, and it's one the late Walter Fritchie called "Sweet Tuesday" because the air smelled sweeter and fresher for the Summer invaders having made a mass exit.

It was said without rancor or opprobrium, more as an observation of the obvious to anyone who ventured down Main Street and could smell the air and feel the difference between yesterday and this morning.

I don't know that it's unique to Westhampton Beach, but I've never experienced the sensation anywhere else, and I've been around a bit.

All hail "Sweet Tuesday!"

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Whew! Dodged a bullet.

Conspicuous by their absence are the names of any locations along the barrier beach (Dune Road) between Moriches and Shinnecock inlets!

Officials Warn Against Swimming at 14 Long Island Beaches

"Officials expect high bacteria levels at the 14 beaches after heavy rain Saturday night on the South Shore. Levels of bacteria are expected to exceed the standards for New York State."

Didn't miss by much, however... one Brookhaven Town site, Shirley Beach, is several miles West of Cupsogue as the seagull soars.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Best Press Headline in Ages!

And I can't remember when the last one was!

Fire Damages The Clamman Seafood Market Thursday Night; Lobsters Rescued

The straightforward report is accompanied by long-time Press correspondent Michael Wright's on-the-scene photo­graph of two non-standard Southampton ladies hauling a container of marine crustaceans out of harm's way.

This is a lock for a Best Spot News award in the next NY State Press Association's Better Newspaper competition.