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In innovative ‘opera,’ a new weapon in the opioid war

By GINA CZARK // How bad is our opioid epidemic? Consider these stats: In 1993, America’s peak year of gun violence, we lost approximately 40,000 people to firearms. The AIDS crisis claimed about 45,000 lives in 1995, the grimmest year on record, while 1972 was the worst year ever for car crash fatalities, claiming the lives of about 50,000 Americans. Some 70,237 people died in 2017 from drug overdoses in America, making this current crisis…


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…


Reality takes a twisted turn (virtually) at MindYolk

By GREGORY ZELLER // At MindYolk Animation Studios, ’tis the season … for demented clowns, undead beasts and other freakish feasts. Sure, you’re loosening your belt from leftover turkey gravy, Walk 97.5 has gone all “Jingle Bells” and the car commercials remind us incessantly that this is (largely) the season of Christmas lights and Hanukkah menorahs and the Baby Jesus (in no particular order). But at the Plainview-based 3D animation studio, it’s full-on Halloween, thanks…