Long Island Cares

On Long Island, innovation never takes a holiday

By GREGORY ZELLER // As holidays are wont to do, Thanksgiving brings out the best in people – and Long Island has no shortage of can collections, stuff-a-bus campaigns and other holiday-themed charity drives. In addition to their regular assortment of collections and programs, the region’s largest anti-hunger agencies really cook this time of year. Last week, Bethpage-based Island Harvest Food Bank completed its 11th annual Turkey Drive, centerpiece of its master plan to provide…


No. 378: Applied DNA in Asia, tech in the classroom and golfers on the moon (plus: why King Kullen still cares)

  Stuck in the middle with you: Here we are, dear reader, together again at the midpoint of another busy week of socioeconomic innovation. Welcome to Wednesday! It’s Feb. 6 out there, marking both Ronald Reagan Day in California (where the future president served two terms as governor) and the UN’s International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, which is no joke. Sick days: Before we get started, yes, you have the flu…


Collaboration cooks up unique ‘Food as Health’ effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the You Are What You Eat file comes a New York State first: a hospital-based initiative designed to comprehensively address hunger-related issues. The New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health system and Bethpage-based Island Harvest Food Bank have announced the launch of Food as Health, a unique effort to address “the full range of factors that can lead to food insecurity,” according to Northwell Health, including poverty, lack of nutritional awareness, difficulty…


No. 321: Integrating LI schools, fighting crime with TV, and why the sun shines so brightly on J. Kings

Half full: Over the hump we go, dear readers, as another summery week of socioeconomic innovation reaches its midpoint. It’s July 11 out there – “7-Eleven Day,” according to the marketing geniuses behind the international convenience store chain, with participating locations marking the date with free Slurpees. Pop culture: It’s also World Population Day, a function of the United Nations Development Programme designed to raise awareness of global population issues. Among World Population Day’s touchstone…


For LI brewers, Craft Beer Week is a show of strength

By JIM McCUNE // With a jumpstart on this year’s American Craft Beer Week, the seventh-annual Long Island Craft Beer Week returns with a Nassau County Cask Kickoff May 11. The event’s mission is to promote patronage at Long Island’s breweries, bars and restaurants and to raise awareness of local craft-beer culture, while doing some good through the Craft Cares food drive. But for those who are new to the scene, Long Island Craft Beer…


HIA-LI gala shines light on hunger, LGBT rights

By GREGORY ZELLER // Community-minded Long Island business leaders will take a bow under the HIA-LI spotlight. The Hauppauge Industrial Association of Long Island has filled an impressive dance card for its annual Those Who Make a Difference Gala, scheduled for Dec. 14 in Smithtown. In addition to posthumous awards for two well-respected Island professionals lost in 2016, the HIA-LI will honor a wide range of volunteers and professionals covering a spectrum of critical social…