Anheuser-Busch Buys Blue Point Brewing Company

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Anheuser-Busch InBev, the country’s largest brewer, has agreed to buy the Blue-Point Brewing Company.

Blue Point Brewery, known for their wide variety of craft beers, won a World Beer Cup award in 2006 for their Toasted Lager, and is known as Long Island’s oldest and largest craft brewery.  Last year they sold about 60,000 barrels of beer, half of that can be attributed to their flagship Toasted Lager.  The company is also known for craft beers branded Hoptical Illusion, Blueberry Ale, Oatmeal Stout and many more.

“Together, our talented brewing team and Anheuser-Busch will have the resources to create new and exciting beers and share our portfolio with even more beer lovers,” Mark Burford, a co-founder of Blue Point, said in a statement.

Terms of the deal between Blue Point and Anheuser-Busch InBev have not been disclosed, but are expected to close in the second quarter of 2014.

Blue Point Brewery will continue to operate out of Patchogue NY, where it has been based for the last 15 years.

“As we welcome Blue Point into the Anheuser-Busch family of brands, we look forward to working with Mark and Peter to accelerate the growth of the Blue Point portfolio and expand to new markets, while preserving the heritage and innovation of the brands,” Luiz Edmond, the chief executive of the United States arm of Anheuser-Busch InBev, said in a statement.

Posted On 05 Feb 2014

Gov. Cuomo Issues State of Emergency due to Salt Shortage


Governor Cuomo this morning issued a state of emergency for the state of new york due to “dire salt shortages.  The shortage is mainly affecting the New York City area as well as long island, and is due in part to the amount of winter storms we’ve seen in the early part of 2014, as well as possibly the state contractor that supplies salt to the state government having over-extended their reach.

Governor Cuomo ordered 3,500 tons of salt out of the state’s reserve and into the city and parts of Long Island as soon as possible, where around 4 inches of snow fell last night into early this morning.

“We have a statewide storm that is ongoing right now. It is affecting all regions of the state,” Cuomo said. “We have enough of a supply now to be able to help localities that have a truly dire situation.”

The salt shortage comes coupled with a Winter Storm Warning issued by the National Weather Service due to freezing rain on top of earlier snow.

Posted On 05 Feb 2014

Pitbull bites family


Police says three people in Farmingville were bitten by a pit bull in their apartment.

News 12 is reporting that 50 year old Cassandra Cosgriff called police when Zen, the family pitbull bit her and her two sons.  All three were taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The Zen was removed from the Vista View Drive home and taken to the Brookhaven Animal Shelter


Public Assistance Integrity Act passes

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Senator Ken LaValle reports that the NY State Senate today passed the “Public Assistance Integrity Act”, which would prohibit the use of welfare funds for the purchase of alcohol, tobacco, or lottery tickets. A sponsor of the bill, Senator LaValle said, “Now, we need the Assembly to pass the legislation, so the Governor can sign it into law. Taxpayer funds should not be used for these types of activities.”

“In addition, New York State also stands to lose $120 million in federal funds if this doesn’t become law. The legislation will ensure monies are available for those truly in need.” Senator LaValle continued. Currently, disreputable people are utilizing the Electronic Benefits Transfer cards (EBT cards) to pay for items that were never intended to be covered by the welfare system.

The penalties under the measure would result in the individuals being removed from the welfare programs after a 3-strikes-you’re-out penalty phase. The Senate passed the legislation during last year’s session, but the Assembly did not act.

Posted On 05 Feb 2014

Arrests in connection to Hoffman’s death


Four people have been arrested in connection with the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Police nabbed three men and a woman and seized more than 350 bags of heroin at a Mott Street apartment Tuesday night saying they may have supplied the actor with the heroin that killed him.

Hoffman was found dead Sunday with a needle in his arm and 70-bags of heroin in his apartment.

Posted On 05 Feb 2014

Got Salt?


With a stormy January in our rear view mirror, the first week of February has been no better.  Thanks to the awful weather, LI communities have run out of supplies to treat the roads.  The state is lending a hand to Long Island communities in need of road salt.

Many communities have exhausted their supply with January snowstorms and the second of three storms hitting this week. State DOT officials are providing towns with 400 tons of salt until they can restock their own supplies.

“Newsday” reports that January alone was the second snowiest on record at Long Island MacArthur Airport.

Posted On 05 Feb 2014

A wintery mix for today


The brutal winter continues with another winter storm.  This one can be dangerous with sleet and freezing rain.  Watch for heavy tree branches that could snap from the heavy ice.  Anticipate treacherous driving conditions as well as power disruptions and long delays on mass transit.

Winter Storm Warning through 6pm.   Snow, Sleet, freezing rain and some rain through 9am. Wintry mix and rain throughout the day.   Icy Roads. 2 to 6 inches of snow before a change to wintry mix. Winds East/Northeast 5-15 mph. Highs near 36.

Posted On 05 Feb 2014