Awards and Events

The coronavirus ate our awards show

By GREGORY ZELLER // If you thought banning travel to Europe and suspending the NBA season were big deals, hope you’re sitting down. Yes, the nefarious pandemic that closed Italy, sparked a global toilet paper shortage and broke this little girl’s heart has now done the unthinkable – the 2020 Innovator of the Year Awards show, scheduled for March 24 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, has been canceled. (Or postponed. Or reformatted….

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Social justice shines in annual ERASE Racism awards

By GREGORY ZELLER // A civic-minded entrepreneur, a leading Long Island educator and a longtime champion of social-equality causes have been honored by the region’s most progressive civil rights group. Syosset-based ERASE Racism, which formed in 2001 to lead public-policy advocacy and regional initiatives promoting social justice, has saluted its 2019 award-winners, each responsible for promoting equity in education, housing and other critical social arenas. Jericho-based low-income housing developer Georgica Green Ventures earned the ERASE…


Employees honor Island CEOs with Glassdoor nods

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two visionary Long Island leaders made the cut Wednesday, when digital employment hub Glassdoor named its top United States CEOs of 2019. Northwell Health Chief Executive Michael Dowling ranked 44th overall among national large-company CEOs – making him the country’s top-ranking healthcare/hospital CEO and the fifth-best head honcho in New York State, according to Glassdoor’s 2019 large-company list. Wayne Grossé, chief executive of Bethpage Federal Credit Union, placed No. 21 among…


SBU commercialization shines at Incubator Showcase

By GREGORY ZELLER // Innovation is always on display at the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology, but it truly shined this week, when the stars of Stony Brook University’s economic-development universe soaked up some spotlight. The university’s fourth-annual Incubator Showcase, a one-day ingenuity bazaar highlighting Stony Brook’s complex commercialization ecosystem, filled CEWIT with imagination Wednesday, as residents and clients of SBU’s myriad incubators and business-development programs shared their progress with potential investors,…


Science meets fiction at inspirational Cradle-Con 2019

By GREGORY ZELLER // The Cradle of Aviation became the Cradle of Creation this weekend, as one of Long Island’s brightest museums hosted one of the region’s hottest cultural conventions. Cradle-Con 2019 lit up Garden City’s Cradle of Aviation Museum Saturday and Sunday, splashing an interdimensional spotlight on classic comics, cult cinema and the coolest innovations in modern pop art. The museum, of course, is knee-deep in its 50th anniversary observances of the Apollo 11…


Worldly Adelphi alumna among latest ‘Fulbrighters’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A recent Adelphi University graduate will ride a prestigious Fulbright scholarship all the way to Costa Rica. Adelphi alumna Carolina Medina, who earned her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in December 2018, will spend 10 months in the Central American republic after winning a Fulbright Award for the 2018-2019 academic year. While in Costa Rica, Medina will serve as an English teacher’s assistant and focus on environmental work with local students,…


Island student entrepreneurs shine in NY Biz Plan finals

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island may be a state-designated biotech corridor, but its student entrepreneurs have some pretty bright ideas regarding the environment, too. That according to the 2019 edition of the New York Business Plan Competition, a privately funded venture-creation competition established in 2009 to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship throughout New York’s colleges and universities. Each of the state’s 10 economic regions, including Long Island, hosted regional competitions earlier this month, with 92…