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Red Hook: Federal agents have ordered a Red Hook brewery to stop making its popular “Hop Obama” ale — a beer that was first brewed during the presidential campaign as a way of supporting the then-underdog candidate. Comments (5)
Page 1: It doesn’t get better than this week’s Brooklyn Paper — what with stories about a federal bust of a Red Hook brewery for making “Hop Obama” beer, more troubles at the Brooklyn Bridge Park development, Madoff’s Brooklyn victims (hint, Smartmom is on the list!), the man who got a ticket for drinking beer on his stoop, and what you should do (or who you should do) for Valentine’s Day. Plus, check out all the regular calendars, listings and features for which The Brooklyn Paper is internationally known. Read more…

Pier pressure at Brooklyn Bridge ‘Park’

Bridge ‘Park’: There’s a ticking time bomb beneath the murky surface of the East River that could wreak havoc on the recently hiked budget of the Brooklyn Bridge Park development. Comments (4)

Bernie’s Brooklyn victims

Bernie’s Brooklyn victims

Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme touched people all over the world — from celebrities to schools to saints to Smartmom. Comments (9)

What’s the meter? Slopers cool on city’s higher cost parking plan

Park Slope: A city plan to free up parking spaces — by charging more at meters during prime times — looks like it’s coming to Park Slope. Comments (4)

Om-bads-man!

Atlantic Yards: Atlantic Yards ombudsman Forrest Taylor faced down an inquisitive public on Wednesday night — but many left the meeting feeling that the project’s troubleshooter had nothing to offer. Comments (2)

The deal hunter

The deal hunter

The economy is in shambles and you need all the help you can get. But the New York Times doesn’t care about real Brooklynites like you, instead devoting endless column inches to the trials of Manhattanites who claim their lives will be turned upside down if their salaries are capped at $500,000. Comments (1)

The Brooklyn Paper mailbag

Letters: The mailbag is filled with criticism of The Brooklyn Paper’s front page editorial last week that supported the use of federal stimulus money to build Bruce Ratner’s Atlantic Yards basketball arena. The editorial, signed by Publisher Ed Weintrob, was called “bizarro,” “nuts” and “ethically challenged.” Comments (1)

Pool plan goes swimmingly

Fitness: The city’s $50-million plan to convert Greenpoint’s decaying McCarren Park pool from a dingy concert venue into, well, a pool is still on track — minus the proposed diving area. Comments (2)

Enjoy Valentine’s Day thanks to Park Slope’s vibrator queen

Checkin’ in with: Our exclusive interview with a woman who loves vibrators! Comment

Pfizer Pfails to Pfix Pformer Pfactory

Williamsburg: The faltering economy has killed plans to erect a large-scale residential development at the closed Pfizer plant in Williamsburg. Comments (1)

This bites!

Bay Ridge: Talk about bookworms! Workers renovating the Fort Hamilton Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library in Bay Ridge discovered that termites had chewed through wooden beams in the 104-year-old building, which is undergoing a $3.6-million rehab. Comment

NuNu chocolate, new home

Shopping: Atlantic Avenue just got a whole lot sweeter — just in time for Valentine’s Day. Comment

Get your Gersh on

TV: Brooklyn Paper Editor Gersh Kuntzman was once again in the moderator chair for Brooklyn Independent Television’s top show, “Reporter Rountable.” Check it out! Comment

‘Real World’ house gets Buzz-ed!

Red Hook: The first star of the MTV’s “Real World” to book its next leading role is the Red Hook set itself. Comments (1)
Prospect Heights: “Kings” came to Kings on Monday, as cast and crew for the new NBC drama turned the Brooklyn Museum into a war zone Comment
Bay Ridge: The former owners of Lowen’s, a Bay Ridge pharmacy whose ex-proprietor committed suicide last year as cops closed in during a drug probe, have been charged with conspiring to illegally distribute steroids. Comment

Toro — bike lane advocate — back as CB1 committee chair!

Mean Streets: Williamsburg and Greenpoint are back on a roll. Comments (14)

Rushdie, still facing fatwa, to appear in Heights

Books: Millions of Muslims want him dead — but you can see Salman Rushdie live in Brooklyn Heights next month. Comment

‘Trail’ of cheers: Conrad Keely leads ‘Trail of Dead’ to Music Hall

Music: For some, Williamsburg is a post-collegiate playground dotted with discos and drinking establishments. For Conrad Keely — the lead singer in the indie rock band …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead — it’s an inspiration. Comment
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Amos sings! Bard of Coney belts it out in our offices!

Coney Island: Amos Wengler, the Bard of Coney Island, stopped by our DUMBO offices on Monday to sing his hit single, “Save Coney Island” — and, more important, send a message in song to the Bloomberg Administration. Comments (2)

Sweets from the ‘Sweet’

Sweets from the ‘Sweet’

Our baking columnist reveals a perfect and pretty easy Valentine’s treat. Comment
Books: A prominent black bookstore and publisher in Fort Greene will close next month, its owner says, because the Department of Education cancelled a lucrative deal to buy textbooks from it. Comments (11)

She still loves Hepcat, the lug

Smartmom: If it’s Tuesday, it’s Smartmom day on BrooklynPaper.com. This week, our columnist takes stock on Valentine’s Day and decides that marriage is tough, but she still loves her Hepcat. Comments (4)

Thar she blows!

Theater: The night belongs to the freaks and the people who adore them on Friday, Feb. 20, with the return of the Blowhole Theater’s “Winterlude,” a pageant of oddball entertainers and musicians. Comment

Well, recuuuuuuse me! Judge takes himself off stoop-drinking case

Brooklyn Angle: The long-awaited trial of a man accused of drinking beer on his own stoop will have to wait a few more days, thanks to the stunning recusal of a judge who took himself off the case on Monday because — his words, not ours — my coverage of the trial of the century has been “too good.” Comments (11)

(House of) Detention deficit disorder

Boerum Hill: The city comptroller has delayed Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to renovate and reopen the Brooklyn House of Detention by saying that the costs for an initial portion of the project had almost doubled without a detailed explanation. Comments (2)

How sweet it is!

Brooklyn Heights Councilman David Yassky wants to decriminalize beekeeing, finally giving the borough’s underground beekeeping community (what, you didn’t know there was one?) a chance to legally harvest their honey and turn it into some real money. Comments (3)
Art: Owning a piece of artistic history was never so dreamy. Comment

Girls’ basketball round-up: Bushwick pulls off miraculous comeback

The Bushwick girls’ basketball team went into the fourth quarter down by 17 points to East New York Transit Tech. But the Tigers turned what should have been garbage time into a monumental comeback. Comment

Girls’ basketball round-up: JFK beats Ford in two OTs

The John F. Kennedy girls’ basketball team rarely makes it look easy. But over the last few weeks, there aren’t many teams in New York City getting it done quite like the Knights. Comment

Late-game demons continue to plague Jefferson

The Thomas Jefferson boys’ basketball team has made a habit out of blowing second-half leads. Comment

CONSUMERS’ CORNER

Williamsburg: Frigid winds and icy roads - not to mention a troubled economy - may deter shoppers from making their rounds, but there are bargains out there and the Consumer Corner is dedicated to bringing them to you. Here’s what’s out there this week. Comment

Vikes lose to Eagles: South Shore falls short in Kennedy Classic

The South Shore girls’ basketball team wasn’t just playing with nationally ranked St. Michael Academy. The Vikings were actually beating the Eagles. Comment

Roos win at the buzzer: 3-pointer lifts Boys & Girls over Orange Wave

Mike Taylor certainly wasn’t on a hot streak. The Boys & Girls basketball team’s pure shooting sophomore’s shot wasn’t falling. He had struggled mightily in his last three games, two of them losses, averaging barely over 10 points, well below his usual quota. Comment

Obama inspires students: Judge calls election ‘an historic and momentous occasion’

New York Supreme Court Justice Deborah A. Dowling told the new student government officers at David A. Boody Middle School (I.S. 228), that the election of Barack Obama as President should inspire them to achieve their highest ambitions. Comment

Fight night at Gleason’s Gym

Rafael “El Torito“ Concepcion (12-3) returns to the ring February 3 against former World Champion Kermin Guardia (37-8) in Brooklyn. Comment

Back in the ring

Gleason’s Gym re-enters the world of Professional Boxing Promotions February 3 at the Masonic Temple in Fort Greene, after a 20-year hiatus. The celebrated boxing gym located under the Manhattan bridge in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, has not been an active player in professional boxing promotions since 1989, when such notable fighters as Riddick Bowe fought on its shows. Comment

Brooklyn girls’ hoops notebook: Odom growing up

Jasmine Odom is only a sophomore on the South Shore girls’ basketball team, but she’s already receiving interest from the likes of St. John’s, Kentucky and Alabama. Coach Anwar Gladden has had coaches from Seton Hall, Providence and Louisville ask about her, too. Comment

Falcons soaring again, looking to stay in flight

Call Bishop Ford Dr. Jekyll one day and Mr. Hyde the next. Comment

Betting on Brooklyn: Nets beauties now call borough home

Bay News: The Nets’ move to Brooklyn in the proposed Barclays Center arena may be stalled due to ongoing litigation and a crumbling economy, but two of the team’s star dancers have already made the move to the Borough of Kings. Comment

POLICE BLOTTER

Bay News: Assaults on the NYPD Comment

‘Smile power’

Bay News: February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, so “Turn on Your Smile Power.” The Second District Dental Society and American Dental Association will present events throughout Brooklyn to heighten awareness of the importance of dental care and ensure that children have healthy smiles. Comment

‘Brown’ novelist inspires students: John Michael Cummings at Mark Twain

Bay News: Young adult novelist John Michael Cummings, author of “The Night I Freed John Brown,” and Park Slope resident, visited sixth and seventh grade creative writing students at the Mark Twain Intermediate School 239 for the Gifted and Talented. Comment

Xaverian takes CHSAA title

Bay News: Tom Agustino rolled a 246 and John Mosco had a 233 in the decisive second game to lead the Xaverian bowling team to a 3-2 win against Archbishop Molloy to win the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan championship for the second straight year Wednesday at Whitestone Lanes. Comment

Tiny laces into shooters

Bay News: NEWARK, N.J. — It was about the most powerful statement Dwayne (Tiny) Morton could make to his highly touted, underachieving and inexperienced team. Comment

Thanks for the support, coach

Bay News: Former New York Giants’ head coach Jim Fassell (center) scores a civic touchdown after being presented with a commemorative plaque at KeySpan Park for his support of the Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance Foundation. Comment

Sex rap for yeshiva principal

Bay News: A yeshiva principal who volunteered his time as a paramedic for the Flatbush Hatzolah Ambulance Service was put behind bars this weekend on charges that he had sexually abused two teenage boys. Comment

Rolling with a winning ‘Posse’: Scholarship recipients chart bright academic careers

Bay News: Three talented and enthusiastic students from Park Slope’s Secondary School for Law were chosen for the “Posse” scholarship last month, earning free college tuition in recognition of their outstanding leadership skills. Comment

NYPD brass salutes Coney Island cop

Bay News: A no-nonsense Coney Island police officer credited with ridding the famed amusement area of both guns and the criminals who use them received top honors from Brooklyn South’s top cop last week. Comment

16 new eucharistic ministers

Bay News: Sixteen Bishop Kearney High School seniors were commissioned as Eucharistic Ministers during a Mass attended by their parents and friends, as well as pastors from the parishes they represent. These girls […] Comment

National Blood Donors

Bay News: Every day, hospitals in the United States need approximately 39,000 units of blood for patients with cancer and other diseases, accident victims and organ transplant recipients. During the winter months, because of illness, travel schedules, bad weather and holidays, blood is often in short supply. January, in particular, is difficult – perhaps for that reason, it has been designated National Blood Donor Month. Comment

MTA steers B-23 bus towards end

Bay News: If the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has its way, Brooklyn residents will take a direct hit with the loss of the B-23 bus. Comment

MTA sound off

Bay News: What would you say to the MTA if you had the opportunity? The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the Manhattan, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island Chambers of Commerce will offer that opportunity, February 2 from 8:30-10 a.m. when they host an open forum, “The State of the MTA,” featuring Elliott Sander, executive director/CEO, MTA. Comment

Monkeying around during wintertime

Bay News: Moja, a baboon at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo, gets acquanted with a new “freezey” friend. Zookeepers Jennifer Plummer and Astra Kalodoukas made this cold-weather pal as a form of enrichment for the baboons; these playful primates are often treated to snowmen because they include such edible delights as peanuts and carrots, and also because they’re big enough for the animals to play with and knock over – which is exactly what happened after Moja ate all of the snowman’s peanut “buttons.” The Prospect Park Zoo is located at 450 Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Park. For more, call 718-399-7339 or visit www.prospectparkzoo.com. Comment

Manhattan Beach dog run staying put: Financial crunch delays proposed move

Bay News: Manhattan Beach residents unhappy about activities at the Manhattan Beach dog run on Oriental Boulevard have more reason to growl at the recession this week - they’re going to have to put up with Fido for some time to come. Comment

Local B’nai B’rith Awards and accolades

Bay News: Leonard Simon, past president of the Brighton-Atlantic Unit of B’nai B’rith (left), presents William Peirez, president of the Metronorth Region of B’nai B’rith, with a “Hamsa – Hand of G-d-Evil Eye” pictorial during an Oneg Shabbat held at Temple Beth El in Manhattan Beach. Comment

Leon M. Goldstein vs. Clara Barton: Students take TV ‘Challenge’

Bay News: All-star student scholars from Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences will go head to head against Clara Barton High School in the first round of the 12th season of Cablevision’s “The Challenge,” an academic quiz show designed to test students’ knowledge in a Jeopardy-style format. Comment

Landmark status for Hubbard House: Gravesend residence dates back to 1830

Bay News: Every house has a story, and the Hubbard House in Gravesend has a particularly unusual one. Comment

Kiwanians make special deliveries

Bay News: Every club in the Brooklyn Division of Kiwanis, part of a global organization of volunteers and do-gooders, attended the charitable organization’s annual Christmas party, in which more than 400 presents were given out by Santa Claus (Kiwanian John LaGreca from Gravesend) to the children of service members at Fort Hamilton. Comment

I.S. 14 students get their holiday cheer on

Bay News: The sounds of the season rang joyfully at Intermediate School 14 as festivities kicked off a week early at the school, 2424 Batchelder Street, with a medley of music, dance and singing during their holiday showcase. Comment

Hall of Fame skater dies: Marjorie Parker Smith skated on Olympic world stage

Bay News: Brooklyn resident Marjorie Parker Smith, a member of the first official US ice dancing championship team and an inductee in the US Figure Skating Hall of Fame Class of 2009, passed away in her sleep at her home. She was 92. Comment

Free tax services

Bay News: State Senator Marty Golden’s district office will provide free basic tax preparation service, as part of the Internal Revenue Service Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program for the 12th consecutive tax season. Comment

Four hurt in Gerritsen crack-up

Bay News: A motorist was trapped in his car for 20 minutes following a bone-jarring three-car smashup in Gerritsen Beach. Officials said that a total of four people were rushed to area hospitals after the 2 p.m. collision at the corner of Gerritsen Avenue and Avenue V January 22. Witnesses told authorities that at least one of the cars involved in the smash was knocked into a row of parked cars, damaging two. No life-threatening injuries were reported and no arrests had been made as this paper went to press. Comment

Fire erupts in Brighton: Bungalow blaze is the latest to strike nabe

Bay News: A man was reportedly killed last week after a raging fire ripped through a Brighton Beach bungalow — a blaze that had some worrying that the spree of arsons that terrorized the small beach house community last year was continuing. Comment

Fear for student rolls

Bay News: Educators fear a new middle school placement policy will devastate School District 21. Comment

Deep into culutral roots

Bay News: Diversity-awareness was the central theme of an informational booth and “Lunch and Learn” about Hungary event held at Beth Israel Medical Center-Kings Highway Division on the United Nations-declared International Migrants Day. Comment

Critics jeer amphitheater: Park advocates denounce plan for new Coney Island Ctr.

Bay News: Plans to break ground on the new $64 million Coney Island Center at Asser Levy Park are running full throttle this week, but increasingly vocal opponents say it’s a bad idea. Comment

Cops: Two; Crooks: zero: Crime busters take down thugs

Bay News: The cracker-jack crime fighting team recently honored for taking a machine gun off the streets of Bath Beach is once again in the sights of a grateful community. Comment

Coney ULURP hearings

Bay News: Pins and needles. Comment

Coney Island son welcomed as a hero

Bay News: Brooklyn patriots paid tribute to one of their own ‘president’s men’ — who felt “good to be home” — during a tribute in Coney Island, presented by Urban Neighborhood Services (UNS). Comment

Civic meetings

Bay News: The following is a list of local community organizations that are meeting in the near future in your area. If you have any information that can update this listing, newspaper at 718-615-2500, ext. 3332. All meeting notices are accurate as of press time; however, they are subject to change from the organization. Please contact the organization at the number provided for confirmation of date, time and location. Comment

Chronic crime inside the community

Bay News: Cops are redoubling their efforts to combat neighborhood car break-ins, identity theft and credit card fraud. Comment

Carbon-copy loss for Falcons: Bishop Ford falls 70-55

Bay News: GARDEN CITY, L.I. — Chaz Williams wanted to prove a point on Sunday. The Hofstra-bound senior wanted to show his Bishop Ford team deserved to be mentioned among the elite in New York City boys’ basketball this season. Comment

Cancer sent to penalty box

Bay News: Aviator Sports & Recreation became an attack zone for a killer disease as it swayed the big-hearted to part with their cash — plus take in a game of hockey — during a benefit for the American Cancer Society (ACS). Comment

Brooklyn Marine dies: Julian T. Brennan was 25

Bay News: In many ways, he was your typical twenty-something Park Slope resident, hanging out at the local bars and aspiring to be a successful actor. Comment

Brighton Beach rezone: CB13 to hold hearings on plan to revamp 50 blocks

Bay News: The Brighton Beach downzoning plan is now in the public review phase. Comment

Auxiliary Cops shine in the 60th Precinct spotlight

Bay News: The ‘eyes and ears’ of Brooklyn’s Finest received a tall salute during an awards ceremony for the 60th Precinct’s Auxiliary unit in Coney Island. Comment

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