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Motz sentenced to 8 years in federal prison

Last night I was chatting with a buddy of mine who has a Quogue vacation home. He is a Surf Club member. He noted that Motz treated being Surf Club president as if emperor-for-life, demonstrating little regard for members he felt did not meet his rigorous Quogian social standards. The comment above about thieves cloaking themselves in respectability, + social pretense, is very, very true. Motz will likely serve his "bit" at a minimum security facility like Allenwood, yet may have a tough time when some of his inmate colleagues learn he'd been mayor of a fancy Hamptons village." Apr 29, 10 12:10 PM

Dog poisoned; was it whale meat?

Glad the pooch pulled through, and sorry that the vet went long on the charges. For something like this, where the Riverhead emergency facility got some valuable publicity for its skills, a nice rebate would be in order. Pooches are truly innocents, givers of love and devotion. So it takes a particular person to walk away from doing the utmost to try saving a poisoned dog." May 6, 10 3:45 PM

Police: Westhampton Beach Village Trustee Joan Levan trespassed on former candidate's property

Joan Levin is a personable, sincere woman with a lot on her personal plate. If her two friends, notably Frear P. Barnwell, an honest woman, vouched for Joan, that's solid testimony. The recent mayoral/trustee election has doubtless resulted in frustrated feelings for backers of the Tucker slate, including Ms. Levin. I mean, a 12-vote plurality? That's close! Then I learned that 40+ voters who'd committed to the Tucker ticked didn't make it to the polls last Friday. If that's the case, the village got what it ordered. I only hope that Mayor Teller and his Trustees can make decisions and set policies that are for the greater good of village residents and property owners." Jun 24, 10 11:31 AM

Robert Morgan, former mayor of Westhampton Beach, dies at 75

Bob was his own man, whose agenda as mayor was, ironically, unfriendly to the mostly quiet, tennis-playing weekend group houses in the village that were linked to the erstwhile SandBar Beach Club. I say "ironically" because he welcomed our business at Morgan's Whitecap. Would see him around the village periodically, most recently this past spring as he quietly was advising a local restauranteur. In the main, a nice man." Jul 15, 10 5:36 PM

Blumenthal Runs Against Thiele In Assembly Race

I intend to vote straight Republican but for this dude. He's not a nice man. Plus, Fred seems to be a hard worker who knows his stuff." Oct 27, 10 12:08 PM

Westhampton Beach Eruv Proposal Moves Forward

The reason this is a problem is its divisive nature, with places like Penn Wynne PA, Teaneck NJ, and Lawrence NY in Nassau County as stark examples of what eruvs have wrought. Installation of eruvs is followed by a major publicity push to Orthodox Jews, then a major population shift.

Just as I would object to Baptist tent rallies held on the land across from the Westhampton Country Club (happens in Ocean City NJ every summer), I object to eruvs as pernicious religious balkanization. Rabbi Schnier and his congregants know this, and clearly don't care. They know they likely won't be called anti-Gentile (are they?), yet are spring-loaded to yell anti-Semitism if there is an outcry against the eruv in Westhampton Beach. This is a heterogeneous community, commercial and residential that's far different from the suburban and urban areas that have had eruvs approved.


" Oct 28, 10 4:37 PM

Group Pushing For Religious Boundary Files Suit Against Southampton Town, Westhampton Beach And Quogue

Our vacation/weekend house is near the Temple. Rabbi Schneier promised that his congregants would walk to Temple prior to its construction being approved by the Village board. Never happened and congregant cars are illegally all over the place on Brook Road (breaking religious laws, no eruv anyway). Other local churches in WHB and Quogue have parking lots or are on Mill Road, a wide street with legal parking.

Local laws are clear: No religious signage or symbols on public properties. Many communities have gateway signs like "The Episcopal Church Welcomes You." Not Westhampton Beach. The signs are illegal, and St. Mark's Church obeys the law without whining or threatened litigation.

I remember Westhampton Beach, with pre-Temple interfaith comity, e.g. Howard Cosell on Main Street as Irish guys yelled to him "Howard, my man!" " Jan 20, 11 5:31 PM

View The Kabot DWI Police Tape

It doesn't look good for her, which is a shame. Yet the WHBPD seems to selectively enforce careless driving and DWI, going after high-end sedans and SUVs. Drivers of tricked-out pickups frequently speed and tailgate. I've never seen one pulled over. Ever. My suspicion is that WHBPD gives them a pass because their friends drive tricked-out pickups." Feb 3, 11 11:30 AM

Comedy Central Airs Parody About Proposed Eruv In Westhampton Beach

The phrase "ludicrous and laughable" is insulting, indicating what lies ahead if the eruv is forced onto the village. It's not the physical dimensions of this religious symbol that permits Orthodox Jews to break the laws they should obey. Rather, it symbolizes power and influence, and a message that would be sent well beyond village borders.

"The Daily Show" is well known for promulgating a political agenda. It seems that it is now migrating into a religious agenda as well. But enough commentary, if you will. Here's a suggestion: Why can't Rabbi Schneir petition for all of Suffolk County to be designated an eruv? This would stop the villagel controversy and any other local controversies in the county. Orthodox Jews in Suffolk County could then be anywhere in the county and be able to circumvent inconvenient religious laws. " Mar 24, 11 5:46 PM

The solution to this controversy would be for an eruv to be approved, but for all of Suffolk County. I'm unsure if this would require a referendum, or if the Suffolk County Board would need to vote on it. Either way, I bet many village eruv opponents would get right on board to support a county-wide eruv. " Mar 25, 11 10:11 AM

The Open Book In Westhampton Beach To Close

After the other book store opened in 2009, I hatched an idea to lessen direct compeition, and help the newcomer carve a needed retail niche. My attempt to discuss this idea with the owner, as a business proposal, was spurned. So, I really rooted for Terry just on that account, along with with my and my wife's business, and my ideas to help Terry. It gets me nuts that there is so much personal liqudiity sloshing around in or near the village, yet no one will step up to invest in The Open Book to improve its structure/signage, its merchandising, and its awareness in a pretty extensive trading area. Terry and her staff are village assets. Main Street can't keep devolving into real estate storefronts and seasonal retail. The newer bookstore should, but likely won't, feel some shame for this preventable situation." Sep 20, 11 11:38 AM