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Beautiful morning here at the Kentville Hotel in Hampton Beach. This is one our favorite hotels up here and I was saddened to learn that this is it’s final season in business.  This fall it will demolished and a condo building is going up in it’s place.

The building is a little run down but still comfortable and one thing I like about it that they don’t care if you smoke on the balconies.  The hotels on either side of it, The Ashworth and Hampton House, don’t allow smoking on their balconies.  (I do it anyway.)

Here are some photos I just took.

That’s Dave’s Garage down there.  He’s been here forever and does Hampton’s towing and impounding and I can tell you that’s a very lucrative business here during the summer.  He’s serviced our cars on previous trips up here and we needed his services this time too.  On the way up here condensation from my Honda’s AC started running from underneath the dash onto the passenger side floor.  Karen’s pocketbook and backpack got soaked and the carpeting was drenched.  We had to do the rest of the trip with the AC off.  Dave’s got it up on the lift Friday morning and found the AC drain hose for some reason had a bad kink in it.  The mechanic heated the hose a little with his cigarette lighter and it mostly straightened out.  They refused to charge me but I tipped the mechanic.

We also ended up, for various reasons, not interested in any of the rental houses we had come up here to see.  The strongest contender was 9 Taft Rd in Portsmouth.  Problem with that house, aside from being kind of expensive, was that it was actually too nice and he was leaving his furniture there which was also very nice.  We were afraid our dog might damage something.  Also, the owner is a DHS official going on temporary assignment in DC.  Wouldn’t want to get into a dispute with him.  He probably already knows what brand underwear I’m wearing (Hanes) and I would hate to imagine what else he would learn about me living in his house for a year.

Just so happens we were in the neighborhood of our new property yesterday afternoon and we spotted a for rent sign on a house just a few blocks away.

It’s a little bit campy and doesn’t have a garage but it has plenty of parking for all my cars, a fenced in yard for Sophie, two full bathrooms and, importantly, low rent.  The owner lives right across the street and he’s not a G-man so that’s good.  Actually we were invited to a neighborhood block party last night and a few of our close neighbors know the guy and said he’s a great guy.  Looks like this might be the one.


  1. non-smoker wrote:

    “The hotels on either side of it, The Ashworth and Hampton House, don’t allow smoking on their balconies. (I do it anyway.)” because you are a jerk??? why should others have to smell your stench? why can’t property owners set rules on their own property? wow.. just wow.. smoke stinks and it is toxic to all that have to breathe it in.. talk about self centered and entitled..

    Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 6:27 am | Permalink
  2. admin wrote:

    Relax. Nobody within a hundred feet of me to “smell my stench”. I never smoke close to people who it might bother.

    Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 6:39 am | Permalink
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    I find it interesting that you would blatantly disregard rules about smoking
    ( in your own words) , and yet constantly attempt to nail folks for doing the wrong thing Like checking for where cars are parked when they should be elsewhere ( according to you) . Not knowing the circumstances of why they may not be at a borough job. Or your wrong assumptions about what’s going on in town. The self-appointed town do-gooder who is always on the lookout so that you can criticize on this blog . Yet you would break the rules because it suits you to smoke where you shouldn’t. Hysterical and hypocritical. Ready to find fault with forms being filled out, and having to eat your words when the corrections were already made.

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 1:03 pm | Permalink
  4. admin wrote:

    When a car illegally parks up against an intersection it blocks the view of vehicles trying to enter that intersection and creates a hazard. Very dangerous, particularly for cyclists. The former mayor was abusing his power by doing this regularly.
    I can understand why some hotels don’t want people to smoke on their balconies because many smokers are slobs and throw their butts on the ground or over the side of the balcony. I carry a portable ashtray with me at all times and never leave a trace. I also stay very alert as to where the smoke might be going and never smoke where it might disturb some people. This is why no hotel ever complained to me about it. Now if I was a politician and just did what I wanted because a hotel would be afraid to complain to me then yes that might be equivalent.

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 1:22 pm | Permalink
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    Missed the point. You are over zealous in finding fault with what you deem wrong/inappropriate, but you can do whatever makes you happy. It’s not justabout the example you cited. It’s about you taking the position of judge and jury of all things Belmar, but you exclude yourself from the high standards you hold for folks you think
    Are “Watching.” Then you post your ideas and have your supporters compliment you, and will miss you when you move. ” I do it anyway. ” Self-serving and hypocritical.

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 2:19 pm | Permalink
  6. excuse me wrote:

    One person smoking vs crookery and duplicity by a borough government are not equal matters. Admin “fessed up” – give him credit for that. Doherty and gang have not admitted to any wrongdoing, as obvious as the crap is that they have pulled. Vote those bums out, starting with Magovern (dense) and Nicolay (denser), both thinking they are above the law. Clear Deadwood of the dead wood.

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 2:30 pm | Permalink
  7. Anonymous wrote:

    What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. If you hold yourself above aboard, and critize even the most insignificant things, then with all that is high and mighty, you should abide by the rules too. He fessed up because he thought his wrong-doing is insignificant.

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 2:53 pm | Permalink
  8. admin wrote:

    Our mayor being a parking scofflaw is not insignificant. It is an abuse of power and could lead to a tragedy and you do not have to be a perfect angel to complain about it.

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 2:58 pm | Permalink
  9. Anonymous wrote:

    Clarification-You fessed up because you think breaking the smoking rule is insignificant. I wasn’t referencing anything about the former mayor to begin with. Over a period of time you have reported on matters that were your assumptions, and your supporters lined right up to interject their negative opinions in agreement with you. But now that you brought up the former mayor, you reported on this blog when his car was parked at his home ( in his driveway),when you thought he should be elsewhere ? Really?? I think you even took a photo. So quick to jump on wrong doings that were corrected. Allowing commentary about families of council members? Keep riling the waters, and continue to smoke in areas where it is prohibited. I guess that’s Ok.

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 5:43 pm | Permalink
  10. admin wrote:

    1) It was a hotel rule, not a law like a parking violation. If I check out of a hotel past the 11:00 check out time does that mean I can never criticize the mayor also?

    2) The mayor was supposed to be at a Council meeting doing what we elected him to do. If I recall correctly he was skipping meetings to avoid having to recuse himself for violating our campaign finance laws.

    3) I don’t recall anyone ever mentioning any Council family members except when they are involved in politics or used for politics. Certainly no child was ever criticized or attacked on these pages and actually the only comments like that that ever came in were some disparaging comments about my own children which of course I immediately deleted.

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 5:46 pm | Permalink
  11. Anonymous wrote:

    Hey Dave looks like you struck a chord with a real down tooten mouth breather.

    Never knew you even existed until I found your Commonsense blog. As a true admirer of Thomas Paine I was fascinated by your ability to overturn the filthy dirty rocks in Belmar.

    I salute you and your family for your honorable perseverance and respect for Belmar and all of its citizens.

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 6:07 pm | Permalink
  12. excuse me wrote:

    Those who choose to remain blind to the illegal and duplicitous antics and lies of the former and probably the present, mayor and concurrence by two of the four current council members are part of the reason why positive change may not happen, if a majority of voters are bought off by the prevalence of booze and favors granted by presumed slanted votes of some boards, spot zoning, pass through contributions, etc. I was appalled by the decision of the Monmouth County Board of Elections to count illegal/questionable votes in the hand recount (circled instead of boxes checked), resulting in the win by Mr. Brennan by something like two votes. And how did Brennan know that three votes were not counted, if my memory is correct? That sounds more than fishy to me. Go on and defend the local administration. Did Rome not fall by corruption within, according to some?

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 6:23 pm | Permalink
  13. Anonymous wrote:

    Former Mayor’s children were mentioned on this blog. Why would you ever mention them, whatever the reason? You mentioned them for political reasons? If you deleted remarks about your children, why not delete them which reference all children? You allowed a negative comment about another child whose parent is politically connected. Again, I still can’t get over the fact that you photographed the mayor’s car. You don’t know why he was home…there you go…assuming again. You know what they say about the word assume?

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 6:43 pm | Permalink
  14. admin wrote:

    This is all nonsense. I’m done with you.

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 7:14 pm | Permalink
  15. ms.perspicacity wrote:

    #11 Amen and Dave rules!

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 7:02 pm | Permalink
  16. not her wrote:

    Everything is fine…

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 7:32 pm | Permalink
  17. Claire? wrote:

    Claire please tell us when Dave mentioned the Doherty kids. I do know Matt said Joy said bad things about them and that he told his daughter that Jim Bean wrote a letter bashing not only Matt but his girls too. He told his own daughter that. I kept trying to tell her that can’t be true but she insisted her dad told her Jim Bean said mean things about her in a letter to Matt. Disgraceful. The man uses his kids for political leverage, and feels he needs to gain their support by lying even to them (!). Show me when Dave ever mentioned his kids or the children of any council person. You must be thinking of some of the more pathetic bloggers on this site (who are no better than Matt, only without power).

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 8:27 pm | Permalink
  18. admin wrote:

    That commenter wasn’t Claire.

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 8:31 pm | Permalink
  19. not her wrote:

    Funny how some people remember the “everything is fine” phrase and from whom it came. And how she had been discredited. Just another former mayor apologist. Politicians who do not want family members referred to should not be in the political arena, and just what is an arena? Remember Roger Clinton?

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 8:47 pm | Permalink
  20. not her wrote:

    “Matt said Joy said” we know how truthful the former mayor was. He was the master of the twist.

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

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