GoodLifeStudio/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — Attorney Michael Avenatti was abruptly taken into federal custody in Los Angeles Tuesday evening, following a day-long disciplinary hearing in which the California State Bar is asking a judge to prevent Avenatti from practicing law based upon their belief he poses a “threat of substantial harm to the public” if he continues to perform legal work. Avenatti was on the stand when the court took a break and IRS agents placed him under arrest. Multiple sources told ABC News that Avenatti is accused of violating the terms of his pre-trial release. It was not immediately clear what he allegedly did to violate those terms because the documents are under seal.The lawyer, who is facing multiple federal criminal charges in California and New York, will likely spend the night at the Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles or the Santa Ana jail before his appearance Wednesday in a Santa Ana federal court. Avenatti skyrocketed to celebrity status alongside his former client, adult film star Stormy Daniels, who filed multiple lawsuits — unsuccessfully — against President Donald Trump. Eighteen months ago, the lawyer was a fixture on cable news shows and the topic of pieces in Vanity Fair and The New York Times magazine. Reporters asked him about his skin-care routine and Tom Ford suits while he and Daniels posed for photographer Annie Leibovitz.The celebrity attorney, with his trademark Twitter hashtag #basta, also dipped his toe into the presidential candidacy pool for a brief moment, dining with potential donors and forming a PAC to accept donations. Then last spring, after the Los Angeles city attorney declined to file domestic violence charges stemming from an earlier incident, federal prosecutors in New York and California indicted Avenatti on charges of extortion, fraud and embezzlement, which included allegations that Avenatti stole millions of dollars from a paraplegic client. In May, New York federal prosecutors filed additional charges, this time alleging Avenatti stole $300,000 from his most famous client, Stormy Daniels.Avenatti has plead not guilty to all charges and has been vocal on social media maintaining his innocence.At Tuesday’s hearing, the state bar’s senior trial counsel, Eli Morgensternm laid out his case for why Avenatti should be placed in “involuntary inactive status,” which would prohibit him from practicing law, but is separate from disbarment. The state bar has already filed their disbarment case as a separate procedure. Proceedings in the matter began last June, when the state bar filed their application for inactive enrollment against Avenatti. The complaint included allegations that Avenatti stole nearly $840,000 from former client Gregory Barela, who testified earlier Tuesday. In previous court filings, Avenatti’s attorney denied he misappropriated Barela’s funds. During Avenatti’s heated testimony before his arrest, he appeared disturbed and at times raised his voice, calling the hearing “nonsense” and claiming that his former client Barela testified to “a lot of things that weren’t true.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Statement from Sen. BeckerState Sen. Vaneta Becker (R-Evansville) made the following statement today regarding theconclusion of this year’s legislative session and the passage of several important bills:“This session, the Indiana General Assembly passed a variety of bills to benefit Hoosiers.“Many states across the country, including Indiana, have been experiencing problems presented by under-funded roads. As a result, lawmakers passedHouse Enrolled Act 1001 and Senate Enrolled Act 67, which work together to provide $1 billion for state and local road projects over the next two years without raising state taxes or creating new state debt.“In response to problems with homes in my district that were built over underground mines, I authored Senate Enrolled Act 336. This passed the legislature and enables owners of homes built over formerly mined land to be eligible for mine subsidence insurance coverage.“Another initiative that I authored and passed was Senate Enrolled Act 172, which allows private clubs, such as Germania Maennerchor, to open their doors to the public four times a month, while relaxing the weekly stipulation. Private clubs that had tried to schedule their guest nights four nights in a row kept running into a lot of red tape. This bill will open up the opportunity for these clubs to host festival events that are open to the public without running into any costly regulations.“Lastly, I am pleased the funding for a third Regional Cities grant was approved, which funds 19 projects in Southwest Indiana to improve livability and connectivity, attract talent and workforce into the area, and leverage the new IU School of Medicine facility in downtown Evansville.“We’ve been very busy these past few months, and I am pleased with the outcome. These bills were the right thing to do for our state and show that lawmakers heard the most immediate concerns of their constituents.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
In Amir Bar-Lev’s extensive new Grateful Dead documentary, Long Strange Trip, the director looks at the history of the legendary original jam band, examining the beautiful and dark moments from the Grateful Dead’s storied past. Long Strange Trip sees interviews with members of the band and those who knew them along the way, including former tour manager Sam Cutler. Within the movie, Cutler gets a good amount of screen time and become one of the more memorable characters in the film, with his frank offerings and perspective about his time as the tour manager for the band during the early 1970’s.‘Long Strange Trip’ Red Rocks’ Screening Offers Light And Dark Moments From The Grateful Dead’s PastIn a recent Facebook post, Cutler outlined his thoughts of the film, addressing some of the controversies and difficulties surrounding the film while reiterating that he “loved the film” and considers it a “magnificent achievement.” The former Grateful Dead tour manager, in his statement, first reiterates the difficulty of fully capturing the depth of the band’s history. He then notes that he felt some parts of people’s interviews during the movie were “articulated as ‘apporpriate for posterity’,” highlighting the hypocrisy of laughing at the idea that Deadheads could be told to only come to shows with tickets in hand while simultaneously complaining about the presence of Hells Angels backstage — he commends Jerry for refusing to participate in either, always keeping his part in the Grateful Dead in balance because he “welcomed anyone who loved the music.”From there, Cutler gets distinctly more emotional and discusses the fact that Long Strange Trip made him cry, though not shying away from the beauty in this: “It was, at times, unbelievably painful to see the mistakes we made, the errors of judgement, the poor planning, the rampant nihilism, that led like some tragic operatic shuffle towards Jerry’s demise. BUT, conversely, it was thrilling to see how all of those too-human errors that we made were happily embraced by the family and the band and laughed about, and thus in some crazy unexplainable way ‘survived’. Embracing ‘failures’ was surely one of the distinctive markers of the magnificence of the Grateful Dead. There was room for all.”After talking about the serendipitous way the band has been credited for creating an outstanding business model when it really just an error of convenience in not trying to regulate tapers at shows, he notes, “When Barbara said that Jerry told her “I’d just like to live on the ice-cream money”. I thought THAT was so poignant that I cried like a baby. Poor Jerry, the thing that he had spent his life creating and nurturing consumed him in the end, and it seemed as if no-one could save him, though they all surely tried. The ONE thing that they COULD have done, they DIDN’T DO !!!! Namely, they could have ‘abandoned ship’. Called the whole thing to a halt and simply STOPPED. Jerry could have scuba-dived for the rest of his days. BUT, no-one could bring themselves to do it, and Jerry, poor Jerry, disappeared down the dumb rabbit-hole of heroin.”You can read Sam Cutler’s full statement on Long Strange Trip below or on his Facebook page.LONG STRANGE TRIP – my thoughts on the filmWhere the hell to BEGIN? Well, let’s begin with love. I loved the film. I loved that so many of the people in the film expressed love, LIVED in love, loved one another, and MOST OF ALL, loved Jerry. I became for a few years another person in that psychedelic army of people all over the planet who loved that gentle and so-loving man and his band. I was just so amazingly fortunate to have been his tour manager, co-manager (with Jon McIntyre and David Parker) and his agent, through my company Out of Town Tours from 1970 – 74.Amir Bar Lev, the mountain-climber’s mountain-climber, sure picked one hell of a hill to climb when he decided to make this film! Solo unaided up the face of El Capitan in Yosemite has nothing on the perils associated with trying to ‘capture’ who what where how and when on the Grateful Dead. It’s an ‘impossible task’ on a rational level, but thankfully rationality was never a particularly necessary attribute around the band and the family – in fact, it seemed sometimes that the wackier things were, the better. It never seemed to represent too much of a problem, and (of course) people loved the madness, but only up to a point! When it got to be too much, the good ol’ Grateful Dead simply ‘retreated’ or ‘practiced invisibility’.Jerry might not have been the whole ship, but he sure as heck was the vessel. AND the anchor! I was struck by what people decided to say in the film – what they articulated as ‘appropriate for posterity’. How (for example) some of the more ‘fey’ representatives of the family laughed uproariously at the notion that latter-day dead-heads could be told (or asked) to behave and not come to shows if they didn’t have tickets; whilst on the other hand, these same modern day ‘libertarians’ (so hip and so free) could happily suggest that there were too many nasty hairy Hells Angels back-stage for their taste. Jerry, bless him, kept it all in balance. For example, he point-blank refused to sign any letter to the fans when their behaviour became an issue, and he pointedly welcomed the Hells Angels to concerts as he welcomed anyone who loved the music.The film left me an emotional mess. In the midst of it all I burst into tears and had to be comforted by my son Bodhi. It was, at times, unbelievably painful to see the mistakes we made, the errors of judgement, the poor planning, the rampant nihilism, that led like some tragic operatic shuffle towards Jerry’s demise. BUT, conversely, it was thrilling to see how all of those too-human errors that we made were happily embraced by the family and the band and laughed about, and thus in some crazy unexplainable way ‘survived’. Embracing ‘failures’ was surely one of the distinctive markers of the magnificence of the Grateful Dead. There was room for all.One little thing stands out as a perfect example of the Grateful Dead’s approach and how posterity has somehow ‘misinterpreted’ what happened. The record company hated the tapers because they believe it would damage the band’s record sales. The band was in a quandary. It was decided that the taping couldn’t be allowed. Myself and the crew had the unenviable task of implementing this ‘edict’. That lasted for two shows at the most, then we brought up the situation in the dressing room prior to a show. We had all taken a trip and were getting high. We explained to Jerry “we aint cops, we don’t wanna be cops” and the policy of stopping taping was then and there abandoned as it was unanimously agreed that asking ANYONE to ‘police’ the tapers was a bridge too far. That was it. No big deal. We tried it. (banning the tapers) It didn’t work, so we immediately abandoned it and moved on. This was later interpreted by some Wall Street people as a supreme example of the Grateful Dead’s business ‘acumen’ which directly led thru the distribution of the tapers recordings to the bands huge commercial success. As if we’d planned it all ! You have to laugh!WHERE did I cry in the film? Where did I laugh? When Barbara said that Jerry told her “I’d just like to live on the ice-cream money”. I thought THAT was so poignant that I cried like a baby. Poor Jerry, the thing that he had spent his life creating and nurturing consumed him in the end, and it seemed as if no-one could save him, though they all surely tried. The ONE thing that they COULD have done, they DIDN’T DO !!!! Namely, they could have ‘abandoned ship’. Called the whole thing to a halt and simply STOPPED. Jerry could have scuba-dived for the rest of his days. BUT, no-one could bring themselves to do it, and Jerry, poor Jerry, disappeared down the dumb rabbit-hole of heroin. PigPen had died, Keith had died, Brent had gone before him – tragic and ghastly precursors of what was to come. Vince followed thereafter.The film captured it all. It was heart-breaking, and yet in the end it was MORE than simply THAT. It was an epic trip those guys wrote on the pages of their lives, an adventure of Homeric proportion and Shakespearian intensity, that has had no equal. Phil said some beautiful soulful things, as did Micky and Billy and Bobby – these guys were the true psychedelic explorers of their time and showed us how to LIVE. Phil said: “the Grateful Dead was the best thing that ever happened to me” and that goes for me too, and everyone else that was ‘on the bus’. As soon as I’ve ‘recovered’ I want to see the film again .. and again. It has so MUCH depth and is so subtle.Amir Bar Lev is to be congratulated on a magnificent achievement. The Grateful Dead never quite managed to capture the ‘sound of heavy air’ in the recording studio, but Amir got it on film. In the end, the movie rendered me speechless and just simply GRATEFUL to all the guys in the band and all the people in the family for the four years I was involved. They were the best years of my life.
A compound called rutin, commonly found in fruits and vegetables and sold over the counter as a dietary supplement, has been shown to inhibit the formation of blood clots in an animal model of thrombosis.These new findings, led by investigators at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and published in Tuesday’s online issue of The Journal of Clinical Investigation (JCI), identify a novel strategy for preventing thrombosis, and help pave the way for clinical testing of this popular flavonoid as a therapy for the prevention and treatment of stroke and heart attack, as well as deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism.“It’s not always fully appreciated that the majority of Americans will die as the result of a blood clot in either their heart or their brain,” says senior author Robert Flaumenhaft, an investigator in the Division of Hemostasis and Thrombosis at BIDMC and associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Approximately half of all morbidity and mortality in the United States can be attributed to heart attack or stroke.”The study focused on protein disulfide isomerase (PDI), which is found in all cells. Investigators in BIDMC’s Division of Hemostasis and Thrombosis had previously shown that PDI is rapidly secreted from both platelets and endothelial cells during thrombosis, when a clot forms in a blood vessel, and that inhibition of PDI could block thrombosis in a mouse model.“This was a transformative and unanticipated finding because it identified, for the first time, that PDI is secreted from cells in a live animal and is a potential target for preventing thrombosis,” says Flaumenhaft. However, because intracellular PDI is necessary for the proper synthesis of proteins, the scientists had to identify a specific compound that could block the thrombosis-causing extracellular PDI — without inhibiting the intracellular PDI.They began by conducting a high-throughput screen of a wide array of compounds to identify PDI inhibitors. Among the more than 5,000 compounds that were screened, quercetin-3-rutinoside (rutin) emerged as the most potent agent. “Rutin was essentially the champion compound,” says Flaumenhaft.A bioflavonoid that is naturally found in many fruits and vegetables, including onions, apples, and citrus fruits, as well as teas, rutin is also sold as an herbal supplement, having received a special designation for safety from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Surprisingly, studies of the rutin molecule demonstrated that the same part of the molecule that provides rutin with its ability to inhibit PDI also prevents the compound from entering cells.“That finding explained how this compound can be both a potent inhibitor of PDI and a safe food supplement,” says Flaumenhaft. “Our next questions were: Is this compound anti-thrombotic? Can it prevent blood clots?”The team went on to test rutin in a mouse model of thrombosis. Because they knew that humans would be taking rutin in pill form, they included studies in which the compound was administered orally and determined that it successfully retained its anti-thrombotic properties when it was metabolized following oral ingestion.“Rutin proved to be the most potently anti-thrombotic compound that we ever tested in this model,” says Flaumenhaft. Of particular note, rutin was shown to inhibit both platelet accumulation and fibrin generation during thrombus formation. “Clots occur in both arteries and in veins,” explains Flaumenhaft. “Clots in arteries are platelet-rich, while those in veins are fibrin-rich. This discovery suggests that a single agent can treat and prevent both types of clots.”Even with the use of existing anti-clotting therapies, such as aspirin, clopidogrel (Plavix), and warfarin (Coumadin), each year there are approximately 400,000 recurrent episodes among patients who previously experienced a stroke or heart attack, says Flaumenhaft.“A safe and inexpensive drug that could reduce recurrent clots could help save thousands of lives,” he adds. “These preclinical trials provide proof-of-principle that PDI is an important therapeutic target for anti-thrombotic therapy, and because the FDA has already established that rutin is safe, we are poised to expeditiously test this idea in a clinical trial, without the time and expense required to establish the safety of a new drug.”
In an effort to increase student safety on campus, members of the Campus Life Council (CLC) discussed the possibility of putting additional lighting on Mod Quad during their meeting Monday afternoon. Student body chief of staff Claire Sokas said she hopes the project is one the University can begin to work on over Christmas break. “We’ll be gone for over a month then,” Sokas said. “That’s something that could potentially be taken care of by the time we come back for the spring semester.” Sokas said the CLC safety subcommittee has also discussed printing a map of off-campus student housing, especially for students venturing off on the weekends. “This can give students an idea of how far off campus they are and if it is or isn’t a good idea to walk home,” she said. Student body president Pat McCormick also reminded students to be mindful of safety during the end of the semester and Christmas break. McCormick said students living off campus should set alarms while away from their homes if possible during the break. He encouraged students to make use of the NDSP safe room, where they can store valuables over the break. Diversity Council representative Alexa Arastoo said her subcommittee has also discussed the meaning of inclusion and how it applies to Notre Dame students. “There are two types of inclusion,” she said. “One is about students who feel like they don’t fit on campus and how we can make them feel more included. The other is about inclusion amongst the different groups here on campus.” In this spirit of inclusion, Arastoo said her CLC subcommittee is working on the possibility of putting a Virgin of Guadalupe statue on campus to reach out to the Latino student population. “The first step in that process is contacting the University architect,” Arastoo said. “So that’s something we would really like to get the ball rolling on and to have the backing of the entire CLC on.”
Students from the tri-campus community will march from Notre Dame to downtown South Bend on Friday, joining other protesters to demand government action to curb climate change and environmental degradation. The local demonstration, run by the South Bend hub of the Sunrise Movement, is one of hundreds of protests planned around the world for the Global Climate Strike, occurring from Sept. 20 to Sept. 27.Notre Dame senior and Sunrise Movement South Bend organizer Greg Campion said the upcoming strike would be “a watershed moment for the planet.”“We have an existential crisis here,” Campion said. “We know that the cost of inaction is huge in the long run and that serious action is needed now. A little more specifically, the message of the global strike is, ‘Hey, governments and politicians, for the most part, you’ve been beholden to special interests and have not been treating this crisis with the urgency that it demands. That’s not acceptable, and we need to do better.’”Started in 2017, the Sunrise Movement is a national youth movement that advocates for government action on climate change and works to elect proponents of environmental action to political office. The movement boasts over 300 community-led hubs, including one in South Bend.While the demonstrations address a global issue, the South Bend demonstration will also push for action at the local level, Campion said.“Our action here in South Bend is going to focus on is urging the South Bend government, particularly Mayor Pete [Buttigieg], as he’s running for president, to take the climate change resolution that they passed last spring and move forward with implementing that,” he said. “It’s great to go on record and say ‘Hey, we resolve that this is a problem, we need to do something about it.’ But if that’s all we do, we’ve done nothing. We’re urging Mayor Pete to show the country just how serious he is about climate change on the national scale and [to] put his money where his mouth is and start implementing the resolution that was passed last spring in our city here.”In April, the South Bend Common Council passed a climate control action plan outlining steps to be taken to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change.The Global Climate Strike is led, in part, by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, Campion said. Beginning in August 2018, Thunberg began skipping school to protest outside the Riksdag, the Swedish national legislature, demanding that Sweden comply with the Paris Agreement and reduce carbon emissions. She has since gained widespread media coverage, speaking at conventions and demonstrations in numerous countries to demand governments take action to address what she calls the “climate crisis.”The movement is focused on promoting political change, Sunrise Movement South Bend organizer and Notre Dame sophomore Duncan Donahue said.“Climate activism is important because it’s sort of a challenge to this neoliberal understanding of what politics can do in the realm of the environment, because it challenges the idea that what we as a society do to the environment is a sum of individual choices,” Donahue said. “It’s not. It’s the result of structures, which condition people and put people in positions to make certain choices. They only give people certain options and therefore they’re picking the lesser of two evils, but that’s still an evil. Climate activism is important because it challenges the idea that it’s all about individual choice and instead calls for change in the structures that create the issues.”Students from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross will meet at Notre Dame at 10 a.m. to walk over to the Jon R. Hunt plaza, where a rally is planned for 11 a.m., according to a Facebook page for the event. Beginning at noon, organizers from the Sunrise Movement will host a “Climate Change Teach-in,” featuring several speakers from the Greater South Bend region.“We don’t want to encourage anyone to miss class, but it is a strike,” Donahue said. “Given the amount of time we have left to take climate action, I would just encourage everyone to think about whether an hour of class or an hour calling for saving our future is more important, five years down the road.”Tags: Climate Action Plan, Climate change, Global climate change, Global Climate Strike, Greta Thunberg, Sunrise Movement
Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Trapezing is like riding a bike, right? Priscilla Lopez returns to the Broadway cast of Pippin on November 11 as Berthe. The Tony winner, who took her first bow as the high-flying granny back in July, assumes the role from Lucie Arnaz at the Music Box Theatre. Arnaz rejoins to the show’s national tour in Costa Mesa, California. Pippin features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson and tells the story of a young prince searching for his corner of the sky. The current cast also includes Josh Kaufman as Pippin, Carly Hughes as Leading Player, John Dossett as Charles, Charlotte d’Amboise as Fastrada and Rachel Bay Jones as Catherine. Pippin received four 2013 Tony awards included Best Revival. The Diane Paulus-helmed production will play its final performance on January 4, 2015. Pippin Related Shows View Comments Lopez appeared in the original cast of A Chorus Line and was also a replacement for the role of Fastrada in the original production of Pippin in 1973. She received the Tony for her performance in A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine. Her other Broadway credits include In the Heights, Anna in the Tropics, Nine and Company.
By Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo July 27, 2016 Special Operations Forces from the Argentine Army, Navy, andAir Force carried out the Castor V joint exercise between June 9th and 17th atthe Baterías Naval Infantry Base in the province of Buenos Aires. In the exercise’s fifth edition, Argentine military membersperfected their ability to carry out different missions, such as raids ontargets, infiltrations, extractions, and parachute jumps. “Close to 200 Special Operations troops and another 300personnel in various operational support roles participated,” CaptainMiguel Portela, joint-training officer of the Operational Command of the JointChiefs of Staff of the Argentine Armed Forces, told Diálogo. Castor V was carried out by Argentina’s Joint SpecialOperations Group, composed of units from the three armed services: the Navy’sAmphibious Command Group and Tactical Divers Group; the 601st, 602nd and 603rdCommando Companies; the Army 601st Special Forces Company and SpecialOperations Forces Support Company; and the Air Force Special Operations Group. According to Capt. Portela, the objective of the exercisewas to integrate three dimensions: verifying plans and doctrines,interoperability between the different armed services, and exchanginginformation, which strengthens trust. “The Castor exercise highlights joint military actionas basic and essential criteria for obtaining our maximum operationalcapabilities,” Capt. Portela said. “We understand that to achieve greaterefficiency in terms of resource use and goal attainment, each specific armedservice should be directed under a single command with unified procedures andmutual support criteria.” Integrated Training The Castor V exercise began with integrated training, wherethe different troops gave presentations on specific techniques and shared theirexperiences. They marched to the Naval Infantry’s Instruction and Evaluation Center located inside the Baterías Base, and were divided into three platoons. They practiced firing rifles at the shooting range; ascending, descending, and rappelling from a multipurpose tower; and diving in an indoor swimming pool. They then moved to the inner harbor at the Puerto Belgrano Naval Base, where they toured the sea fleet and were instructed in amphibious techniques, according to an Argentine Navy statement. The activities continued at the Comandante Espora Naval AirBase, located in Bahía Blanca, in the province of Buenos Aires, where theypracticed parachute and amphibious infiltration. “On board an Army CASAC-212 aircraft, and an Air Force Fokker F-27, they deployed to the Ibsen grovearea, where they jumped from various altitudes using manual and automaticrelease,” the Argentine Navy reported. Service members also carried out high altitude-high openingjump techniques to transport men and supplies; boat operations; and fast ropedescents from a helicopter, Capt. Portela added. Hostage Rescue The Castor V participants created a plan in response to ahypothetical situation designed by military strategists. “The situation they were given was the rescue ofnon-combatants in occupied territory, within the framework of a conventional,low-intensity armed conflict,” Capt. Portela said. To complete the rescue, service members used varioustechniques and tactics, such as infiltration, air and amphibious extraction,urban combat, reconnaissance, and direct action. “The experience of Castor is incredibly enriching. Yearafter year, the challenge and level of difficulty increases,” Capt.Portela said “[The exercise] is not only highly motivating, but alsoallows us to properly measure and visualize the degree of training andcapabilities of these troops in joint military action.” Faced with continual situational changes during theexercise, service members also had to put into practice impromptu plans, thecaptain said. “Makingreal-time decisions on strategic matters and ethical questions regarding theuse of force, as well as with regard to the forces standing in the way ofachieving the objectives and the complex system of arbitration, gave thisexercise a unique realism,” Capt. Portela concluded.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Just a few miles away from Theodore Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill home, in the heart of downtown Oyster Bay, is a brewery that would satisfy the thirst of Teddy’s Rough Riders.Oyster Bay Brewing Co. was founded in 2012 by longtime friends Gabe Haim and Ryan Schlotter, who bonded over their shared love of beer. After home-brewing many batches, they followed their dream and opened a brewery. At the time, Nassau County had only one brewery: Barrier Brewing in Oceanside.The brewery opened for business in June 2013 in a 1,400-square-foot space on South Street that barely housed a 3-barrel brewing system and small tasting area. Word quickly spread and the tasting area started to overflow with visitors. But the brewery reached a tipping point after the founders, both lifelong Islanders fans, brewed a special beer in 2015 for the Islanders’ last season at the Nassau Coliseum.“We named it ‘Barn Rocker’ after the nickname for the coliseum and we couldn’t keep up with demand,” said Haim.The crisp, lightly hopped ale helped make Oyster Bay Brewing a household name among Islander fans and craft beer fans across Long Island. It proved so popular that the Islanders requested it the next year at their new home at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and the Mets requested it at Citi Field Haim and Schlotter needed to expand but they didn’t have to look far for a new space.In late 2015, the brewery closed for a short time and reopened the following year around the corner in a 6,000-square-foot space on Audrey Avenue. The new space, located next door to an Oyster Bay institution, Canterbury’s Oyster Bar & Grill, had ample room for a 15-barrel brewing system and a spacious tasting room.Around this time, the founders hired a new brewmaster who could fully utilize the new system. Oyster Bay brought in Ivan Dedek, a graduate of Oregon State University with a degree in Fermentation Science, who apprenticed at Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, near where he grew up. He had also been a research and development brewer at Sam Adams in Boston and a supervising brewer at Schmaltz Brewing.Last year, Oyster Bay made a major investment in canning equipment and new fermentation tanks that increased production by more than half. According to Dedek, the brewery should be at an annual production level close to 2,500 barrels by the end of the year. The new canning line makes both 12-ounce and 16-ounce cans, which will come in handy this summer for supplying expected orders from Citi Field.In addition to pumping out Barn Rocker, Dedek has been experimenting with beer styles ranging from pilsners and German-style Helles lagers to porters and stouts, including an Imperial Stout aged in bourbon barrels and pinot noir wine barrels. Oyster Bay recently brewed a collaboration beer with KCBC (Kings County Brewers Collective) from Brooklyn.The beer, cheekily named The Adventures of Troutman and Oysterboy Downunder, was brewed using only hops from the Southern Hemisphere such as Motueka and Vic Secret. Dedek is experimenting with other recipes, including a Gose made with Ethiopian coffee beans from neighboring coffee shop Southdown Coffee, and Baymen’s Oyster Stout brewed with two dozen Oyster Bay oysters added to the boil in the last five minutes.Oyster Bay Brewing began distributing its beers through Manhattan Beer in 2015, focusing primarily on Long Island and NYC. Distribution expanded to Connecticut last year and, according to Haim, will focus on the current locations this year.“We want to control our growth as much as possible,” says Haim.Both Haim and Schlotter quit their day jobs to focus full time on the brewery.“Ryan is heading up marketing and sales, spending a lot of time on the road,” says Haim, “and I’m overseeing our brewery operations.”This commitment is clearly paying off as Oyster Bay Brewing was recently voted the 2018 Bethpage Best of Long Island winner for Best Craft Beer Brewery. The brewery is celebrating its fifth anniversary in early June, and as it has done for each anniversary, will brew a special beer to mark the occasion. Haim says the weekend-long celebration will include special collaboration beers and a party with food from local restaurants.The celebration will surely include a few pints.Oyster Bay Brewing Co. is located at 36 Audrey Avenue in Oyster Bay. They can be reached at 516-802-5546 or oysterbaybrewing.com.Bernie Kilkelly is the editor and publisher of LIBeerGuide.com.
People walk past the New York Stock Exchange in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., November 10, 2020.Carlo Allegri | Reuters (This story is for CNBC Pro subscribers only).JPMorgan’s top-rated equity strategist Marko Kolanovic said Friday that the positive news about Pfizer’s vaccine candidate was a “game-changer” that could help the market jump more than 10% in the next few months.Kolanovic, the bank’s head of macro quantitative and derivatives strategy, said in a note that the expected vaccine should spur investors to look through the rising Covid-19 cases this winter and focus on the economic recovery ahead. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –