On The Beach Blog | May 2018

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

I've been to Las Vegas numerous times...

...over the past 30 years, usually to cover the SHOT Show when I was a gunzine writer, and the abundance of neon, especially the indoors variety, invariable induced a headache and a sense of disorientation.

Just getting from an elevator to an exit door is chal­leng­ing: garish orange-red neon slot machines emitting high-pitched electronic noises that would sterilize frogs at 100 yards... successfully navigating one of those sensory-numbing areas was a noteworthy accomplishment. More...

Sunday, May 27, 2018

'The King' just left me slack-jawed...

...in a way that no NBA Game 7 has in almost half-a-century, the celebrated finals between the Knicks and the Lakers, the one where Captain Willis Reed limped out on the Madison Square Garden Court and sank his first two jumpers to lead his team to their first championship.

For his heroic and inspirational effort, Reed was named the Most Valuable Player for the series, but I watched the entire game, one in which Reed scored only those first four points while the Knicks' Alll-Star guard, Walt Frazier, scored 36 points, dished out 19 assists, and hassassed the Lakers non-pareil guard Jerry West, making several steals along the way.

Until tonight, it was the greatest individual Game 7 per­for­mance I'd ever seen. More...

Monday, May 21, 2018

Remember how I said...

...back at the beginning of March in a critique of Season 2 of ABC network's "Desig­nated Survivor:"

"So, sadly, I'm out!"

Less than two months later, ABC said the same thing, and canceled the series. More...

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Letter(s) to my Representatives (Part 2)

Being a continuation from last Thursday.

Following the speedy but hopelessly inadequate response from New York State Senator Ken LaValle's office, I waited more than a fortnight to hear from Assemblyman Fred Thiele (I, Bridgehampton).

Then, on April 19th, I did... and unlike with Senator Ken, this was by no means a brush-off. More...

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

There goes the game(s)

This week's top story, nationally...

Supreme Court strikes down ban on sports betting in victory for New Jersey

"New Jersey won a landmark ruling from the Supreme Court on Monday that could lead many states to legalize betting on college and professional sports."

While I've been known to wager a bob or two on a sporting event, this decision saddens me, for when the NFL, More...

Friday, May 11, 2018

This just in...

Candidates' petitions to stand in the 2018 Westhampton Beach Village Elections had to have been filed by 5:00 pm Friday afternoon, and when the deadline had passed, only one, bearing the names of Mayor Maria Z. Moore and Trustees Ralph Urban and Stephen A. Frano had been accepted by Clerk of the Village Elizabeth Lindtvit.

The three incumbents will enjoy the political luxury of running unopposed on the ballot on the June 15th election, held in the Municipal Building at Six Corners.

A rumored challenge from one of the recently high profile Trager family members appears to have been illusory, so failing a successful write-in vote or Russian intervention, the make-up of the Village Board will remain the same for the next 13 months.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Letter(s) to my Representatives (Part 1)

...as in New York State Senator Ken LaValle and Assemblyman Fred Thiele, about a frustrating situation pertaining to our bottled gas supplier.

(Note: it used to be "suppliers" which is likely at the root of the the issue.) More...

Thursday, May 03, 2018

May Village Board Meeting

A well-attended meeting considering that there was no pressing issue(s) to draw people to watch their local Goverment in action, passing 31 Resolutions, holding one Public Hearing, and having perhaps four attendees rising to speak during the Public Discussion portion.

But by the time Mayor Maria Moore called the meeting to a close and moved into Executive Session, I was left with a large question mark floating above my head and the words "Cui bono?" in my ear. More...