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The first-ever Crushies are, um, in the can

By GREGORY ZELLER // A little later than expected – but still fresh – the first national competition saluting the best in craft-beer marketing has announced its inaugural champions, including clever campaigns based on Long Island. The 2020 Craft Beer Marketing Awards – a.k.a. “The Crushies” – were presented live June 16 in a virtual ceremony on Facebook. Billed as “the first of [its] kind in the USA,” the competition began accepting entries from smaller…

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At Renaissance School, a closer look at depression

By GREGORY ZELLER // A hefty federal grant will support a multi-disciplined team of Stony Brook University researchers with a unique take on the enigma that is depression. Combining experts in psychological health, pharmacological sciences and next-generation scanning technologies, the team hopes to better understand how inflammation in the brain is related to the leading worldwide disorder and its myriad forms – and it now has a $3.5 million National Institutes of Health grant to…


Debrief: Schnirman, on Nassau’s instant ‘revenue crisis’

Released Monday, an executive summary of Nassau County’s sales tax revenues (historically good for 40 percent of total county revenues, Nassau’s single-largest income source) shows a predictable and potentially devastating decline in the Age of Coronavirus: as much as $360 million (28 percent) off county projections for 2020, and maybe $1 billion short for 2020-21, if a second COVID-19 wave forces further shutdowns. Nassau had a running start on another year of handsome sales tax…


High honor for Farmingdale State high school effort

By GREGORY ZELLER // An innovative Farmingdale State College program built for eager high school students who can’t wait to crack the collegiate books has earned prestigious national accreditation. Farmingdale State’s University in the High School program, which offers high-achieving high schoolers courses from 19 departments across Farmingdale State’s four schools, has been officially endorsed by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships. The circa-1998 program is rather literally named: University in the High School…


Debrief: Topper, on a world of reinvention and hope

Thirty years later, Hilary Topper – part marketing ace, part social influencer, all 21st century It Girl – is still going strong. Game-changing technological jolts, 9/11, the Great Recession and now, of course, the great 2020 coronavirus pandemic … none have stopped the clever self-promoter and fierce businesswoman from building Long Beach-based HJMT Public Relations into one of Long Island’s best-known and most-respected marketing brands. With a new book (“Branding in a Digital World: How…


Gains on two fronts: Same-day test, virus ‘neutralizer’

By GREGORY ZELLER // An ambitious Long Island biotech is reporting exciting progress in a two-front battle against the raging novel coronavirus. Stony Brook-based Applied DNA Sciences on Tuesday announced that it has applied for FDA approval of its Linea COVID-19 diagnostic kit, which detects SARS-CoV-2 – the novel coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease – with same-day results. The announcement comes one day after Applied DNA and Italian biopharma Takis Biotech said the first…


A fate worse than death? Docs decry drop in ER visits

By GREGORY ZELLER // A disturbing and growing trend of the 2020 pandemic sees non-COVID-19 patients in medical distress avoiding hospital emergency rooms – with detrimental, sometimes fatal consequences. This dangerous development is evident at Stony Brook University Hospital, where both Emergency Department visits and hospital admissions – minus Persons Under Investigation for the novel coronavirus – are way down. The lockdowns and quasi-quarantines have myriad effects on emergency room activity; for instance, motor vehicle…