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No. 278: NASA in Melville, economic impact in Farmingdale, bottom-line battles and 25 years of ‘Groundhog Day’

TGIF: Welcome, friends old and new, to the end of a cold and snowy workweek. It’s Feb. 2, and it was 78 years ago today when a famous bandleader invited an unknown singer from Hoboken, NJ, to perform on stage at a bobbysoxer gig in Indianapolis. It would not be the last time Frank Sinatra would perform with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Déjà vu: It’s also Groundhog Day, again, and in case you were wondering,…


No. 277: The prodigal team returns, Hofstra ups its entrepreneurial game and yes, Florham Park is still in New Jersey

Time flies: Welcome to Jan. 31, dear readers, already one month down in 2018. Hard to believe it’s been 322 years since Aansprekersoproer, the bloody revolt by undertakers across Amsterdam sparked by Dutch funeral reforms (yes, this happened), and a year already since President Trump fired Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to defend his illegal travel ban. In between: Other Jan. 31 events of interest include the invention of condensed milk (1851); the ratification…


No. 276: John Kominicki remembered and Island manufacturing re-imagined, with just two minutes left until the apocalypse

Happy Friday, everyone: And welcome to another well-earned weekend. Tribute To A Friend Friends and colleagues of Innovate Long Island founder John Kominicki are invited to a memorial remembrance on Sunday, Feb. 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. We will talk, share stories and celebrate his life. Friends may remember that John liked to dress casually, and had a couple of sartorial preferences: a silk pocket square stuffed…


No. 275: On pipelines, solar farms, industrial parks and local innovators spreading around the world – without leaving LI

And you were there: Welcome, dear reader, to a fairly quirky Wednesday, chronologically speaking. Turns out Jan. 24 is less likely to fall on a Monday or Wednesday (56 times every 400 years) than a Friday or Saturday (57 times) or a Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday (58). It was a Thursday, way back in 41 AD, when Roman Emperor Caligula was offed by his own Praetorian Guard; a Tuesday, in 1989, when notorious serial killer…


No. 274: Out-of-the-Voxx thinking, a literal lightbulb moment, an Amazonian longshot and making waves in Hauppauge

The end of the tunnel (and lights): Welcome to the blessed end of another work week. Today is Jan. 19 and the 135th anniversary of the first-ever electric lighting system employing overhead wires – Thomas Edison’s novel system started juicing Roselle, NJ, on this date in 1883. Speaking of bright ideas: The neon tube light was patented on this date, by inventor George Claude (1915), and the granddaddy of wordy board games, Scrabble, made its…


No. 273: Legalizing pot in NY, hacking with Homeland Security and new growth for Broadridge, Digital Donations and a CA spinoff

Marching on: Welcome to another week of Long Island innovation, and to what is actually a red-letter date in African-American history. While historical icons including Augustus Caesar, Christopher Columbus and Dwight Eisenhower all surface on Jan. 17, in honor of Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, let’s spotlight Sherman’s Field Order No. 15, issued this date in 1865 by Union General William T. Sherman following his legendary March to the Sea. The order confiscated…


No. 272: Stalin says hello, MSC Industrial rides the momentum and understanding why Central Islip needs two Marriotts

Well done: Congratulations, true believers – it’s Friday and you made it! For successfully completing 2018’s first five-day workweek, approximately 37 percent of you (according to a Bloomberg study) will now enjoy a three-day weekend. Seems U.S. businesses treat Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday, about the same as President’s Day, insofar as paid vacations. (Schools, banks and stock markets get it right). All hail: However your weekend shapes up, today, Jan. 12,…


No. 271: New Discovery for New York, new co-working options for the Hamptons and cracking the Case of the Co-Opted Cashbox

Second wind: It’s Wednesday, Jan. 10, and over the hump we go. Welcome back, dear readers, to the five-day workweek. Gold standards: It was 50 years ago today that the U.S. Surveyor 7 landed near lunar crater Tycho and Matt Bodkin – cartoonist for Newsday, Long Island Business News and a zillion other regional publications – landed on Earth. This is also a fairly noteworthy date in the annals of innovation and business: London debuted…


No. 270: Med-tech in China, shorter mastheads in Uniondale and New York’s front-line role in America’s ‘economic civil war’

Any Kiowa Indians in the house? If so, have an especially peaceful and pleasant Jan. 5, known also as “The Night the Stars Fell” to the Kiowa and other Northern Plains tribes, in reference to an unusually intense meteor shower – the second such “storm” in six weeks – recorded on this date in 1834. Speaking of bomb cyclones: Winter Storm Grayson lived up to its bitter billing this week, but take a bow (carefully)…


No. 269: Cuomo’s big plans, LI’s bouncing babies and other exciting ways to start your innovative 2018

Hello, you wonderful old Building & Loan! OK, yes, enough already with the Christmas references – but the very first U.S. building & loan association organized 87 years ago today in Frankford, Pa. Thought you’d like to know. And with that quick history lesson, we turn our eyes squarely ahead toward another year of invention, collaboration and healthy socioeconomic development on Long Island. The Innovate LI team will be here every step of the way,…


No. 268: The New Year (kinda) dawns, Darwin sails again, John Kanas won’t stop and the Islanders are riding the ponies (or vice versa)

Welcome to … wait, what day is it? It’s that haziest week of the year when long weekends, vacations and holiday parties have our bellies full and our minds slightly befuddled. The Innovate Long Island team is taking a few more days to clean up this wrapping paper and prepare for the New Year, so watch for your next regularly scheduled newsletter on Jan. 3. While we’re getting ready, tell us all about it at…


No. 267: On good fellows, spoon benders, Octomoms and trends to come

Welcome, dear readers: And over the year’s penultimate hump we go. Just five more days until Christmas and 11 until tumultuous 2017 runs its course. Boy, have you earned a holiday. The Innovate LI team will be catching up on baking, last-minute shopping and gift-wrapping, so watch for our next newsletter on Dec. 27. We hope you enjoy a peaceful, safe and joyous weekend! Before there was Octomom: When Nadya Suleman famously gave birth to…


No. 266: Luminati back at the dance, LIREDC on top and the LIRR on track three

Glad tidings: Happy Friday, readers old and new, and a special hello to Innovate Long Island’s newest sponsor, Uniondale law firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek. Welcome to the show! Yellow peg: One of the great board games in history was “first conceived” on this date, according to ThoughtCo.’s unofficial History of Trivial Pursuit, which pegs Dec. 15 as the day Canadian newspapermen Chris Haney and Scott Abbott – over a game of Scrabble, natch – invented…


No. 265: Santa snickers, the Manufacturing Task Force Awakens and the Golden Globes go to…

Gut Yontiff: “Good holiday,” for our non-Yiddish speaking readers, and a Happy Hanukkah to all. Adam Sandler’s “eight crazy nights” – the Jewish Festival of Lights commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the circa-160 B.C. Maccabean Revolt – commenced Tuesday evening. A big date for breakthroughs: The dry dock (1816), the ice cream cone (1903), the first fully automated photographic film developer (1928) and the fathometer (also 1928), which measures underwater…


No. 264: Tribute to a friend

The outpouring of affection and well-wishes that followed the passing of Innovate LI founder and Publisher John Kominicki is deeply appreciated. We loved him, too. We’ll remember the humor, the wit, the generosity of spirit, the innovative vision. And we’ll especially remember the work ethic, which reminds us that time – and newsletters – stop for no man. So keep those story suggestions, calendar items and other new-economy tips coming at editor@innovateli.com. Anyone who knew…