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Island networker gets out in front of Social Media Day

Long Island’s own Social Media Association is getting a jump on Social Media Day. While June 30 marks the actual anniversary of Social Media Day, founded in 2010 by the digital media company Mashable to recognize and celebrate social media’s impact on global communication, the SMA – a networking group dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs, business owners and other strategic decision-makers through social and digital media – is hosting its observance a day early, with a…


Plugging yesterday’s cinema in the land of tomorrow

By GREGORY ZELLER // Generations collide, in more ways than one, at Huntington’s Cinema Arts Centre, a retro movie theater using a decidedly 21st century method to promote its yesteryear content. The theater, founded in 1973 by Vic Skolnick and Charlotte Sky to promote an eclectic mix of classic, international and arthouse films, has been stoking its passion for the silver screen’s golden era in a manner befitting the Digital Age: a twice-monthly (or so)…


With help, Adelphi researchers target common STD

Two Adelphi University professors exploring a common sexually transmitted disease have earned a healthy federal grant. The National Institutes of Health has awarded associate professors Brian Stockman and Melissa VanAlstine-Parris, both PhDs and members of the university’s Chemistry Department, a $310,934 grant to further their research into trichomoniasis, the most prevalent non-viral STD. The grant is designed to involve undergraduate students in the professors’ cutting-edge research, including hands-on use of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, medicinal…


Stuff we’re thinking about going to

June 21: Nassau County Chief Information Officer Ed Eisenstein discusses “Cybersecurity: Top Hackers and Crimes (and How to Avoid Being a Target),” 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Digital Ballpark in Plainview. Free admission. Registration and more information. June 22: Suffolk County Industrial Development Agency regular meeting, 12:30 p.m. in Media Room No. 182 of the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge. Free admission. June 22: The Amagansett Food Institute hosts a South Fork Kitchens Food…


Cuomo to MTA: Cut LIRR fares during ‘summer of hell’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Andrew Cuomo wants the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to give Long Island commuters a break. The governor on Monday called on the MTA to reduce fares for Long Island Rail Road passengers who can’t travel to Midtown Manhattan’s Pennsylvania Station because of Amtrak’s scheduled track-repair work this summer. Amtrak’s emergency repair work is slated to begin in July and run through September. While it’s ongoing, some LIRR trains will terminate at either…


Familiar names abound in Center for Biotech awards

By GREGORY ZELLER // Several breakout research projects – and a few familiar faces from the cutting edge – scored funding this week through Stony Brook University’s annual biotechnology awards program. The Center for Biotechnology at SBU, an Empire State Development Division of Science, Technology and Innovation Center for Advanced Technology, has announced the recipients of the 2017-18 Applied Research and Development awards. The awards, along with matching funds from the recipients and other stakeholders,…


Plant 6 reopened, Luminati says it’s ready for takeoff

Long Island is taxiing back toward the forefront of aerospace manufacturing. One year after a ballyhooed test flight of its solar-powered VO Substrata solar-powered aircraft, Luminati Aerospace LLC held a grand reopening of sorts Friday, cutting the ribbon on Plant 6 at its Enterprise Park at Calverton facility – once a thriving manufacturing hub for Grumman Aerospace Corp. The ceremony included former NASA astronaut Terry Virts, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean…


New link improves health-data exchange for millions

By GREGORY ZELLER // In a move designed to fill the gaps between public and private healthcare data networks, Northwell Health has plugged into New York’s (and the nation’s) largest public Health Information Exchange. New York City-based Healthix, a Big Data firm focused on patient information, has also connected to the Mount Sinai Health System’s private Health Information Exchange, creating a new three-way HIE connection that provides “tight integration” between the public and private systems…


A super idea, from Impish Lee’s wonder women

By GREGORY ZELLER // The dynamic duo at Impish Lee are looking to produce their own summer blockbuster, with a little help from the world’s most famous Amazonian princess (and Aunt Claudia). Noelle and Kali Ventresca, cofounders of the Sea Cliff-based customized-lingerie manufacturer, have embarked on what the Impish Lee website dubs a “Wonder Woman mission” – encouraging customers to draw inspiration from the heroine of the biggest summer movie so far, or perhaps the…


Strong local jobs growth in April and past year

The number of private sector jobs on Long Island grew by 20,100 in the year ending in May, an increase of 1.8 percent, to 1,156,700. The state’s over-the-year private sector growth rate in the same period was 1.7 percent; the nation’s was also 1.7 percent. Month over month, the local private sector job base increased by 20,000 between April and May, well above the average gain of 13,600 jobs. The leisure and hospitality industry is…


Billionaire machinist Haas backs FSC manufacturing

By GREGORY ZELLER // An educational foundation dedicated to fostering the next generation of Computerized Numerical Control-trained machinists has boosted Farmingdale State College, once again. The Gene Haas Foundation has donated $10,000 to the Farmingdale College Foundation, earmarked for scholarships for students in FSC’s Manufacturing Engineering Technology program. The Farmingdale College Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 organization that turns donations and other gifts into scholarships, grants and projects that benefit Farmingdale State students and staff. The Gene…


State: Northwell leads pack on heart procedures

By GREGORY ZELLER // In the unfortunate event that you require open-heart surgery, look north. That’s the word from the New York State Department of Health, which for the sixth consecutive time has ranked the Northwell Health system head-and-shoulders above other New York provider networks and independent hospitals regarding outcomes from certain open-heart surgeries and other cardiac procedures. Topping the list was the Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Although the New Hyde Park hospital’s cardiac…


For breast cancer survivors, 10 CCs of love

A breakthrough “tissue expander system” is offering new reconstruction options to breast cancer survivors. Calling it the “first significant innovation in breast reconstruction in over 40 years,” surgeons at Northwell Health’s Long Island Jewish Medical Center spotlighted AeroForm – a needle-free, patient-controlled, wireless remote-controlled tissue expander system – during a recent press event featuring patient Rhonda Bayrami. Bayrami, a 53-year-old Whitestone resident, discussed the revolutionary breast-constructive system – and actually employed it – during the…


Infrastructure, Big Data: It’s all in a day for busy Bill

By GREGORY ZELLER // These are busy days for William Biamonte, a forward-thinking entrepreneur with multiple oars in promising waters. Bustling Bill heads not one but two startups with breakout potential, each looking to capitalize on an industry that figures prominently on national levels. First there’s Green SulfCrete LLC, which is leveraging decades of Brookhaven National Laboratory research and multiple small-scale grants in its quest to remake the construction trades with sulfur polymer, a next-level…


An eye on changing (forever) how medicine is taken

By GREGORY ZELLER // As a writer of mystery novels, Barry Libin understands the creative process. (His “The Mystery of the Milton Manuscript,” in fact, may be the vanguard of an entirely new genre: historical-poetry adventure). As a successful entrepreneur, he understands the touch-and-go world of business formation (he sold off a prior startup, Manhasset-based BML Pharmaceuticals, for a “significant” sum back in 2005). And as a trained periodontist, the graduate of Stony Brook University’s…