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No. 330: Fine wines, twice the coding, a $10M score for Central Islip and littering on Venus

Spend your bread, lose your head: You’ve done the five-day drag once more, dear readers, and if you’ve had Friday on your mind, congratulations – you’ve made it. It’s Aug. 10 out there, also known as International Biodiesel Day, marking the date in 1893 when German mechanical engineer Rudolph Diesel used nothing but peanut oil to power a simple engine. Mean time: Construction began on Aug. 10, 1675, on the Royal Observatory in Greenwich –…

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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…


No. 320: Calling ET, incentivizing the HBD, hopping the Huntington shuttle – and happy birthday, Dalai Lama!

Well, that was quick: Whether you vacationed the first or second half of the week, or merely slept in on Wednesday’s national holiday, here we are, dear readers – the end of a sweet, sweaty and abbreviated workweek. It’s July 6 out there, and if you had Epaminondas defeating Cleombrotus I in the Battle of Leuctra on his date (or thereabouts) in 371 B.C., you’re a winner. Finger-lickin’ good: It’s also National Fried Chicken Day,…


No. 319: Attack of the ladybugs, rise of the Northport Hotel and how to enjoy a (really) long weekend, courtesy of Smirnoff

Yeah, baby: Marinate those sirloin tips and grab yourself a frosty one, dear readers – you’ve made it to the precipice of another glorious weekend, this leading into a blessed holiday week (and for a fortunate few, a rare and precious five-day weekend). To wit: British beverage baron Smirnoff, suggesting it’s “un-American” for the Fourth of July to fall on a Wednesday, is paying people to take off July 2 and 3 and make it…


No. 318: On Helen Keller, Ross Perot, J.J. Abrams and Captain Video (and yes, that iced tea IS very spicy)

Welcome, welcome: It’s the midpoint of another exciting week of socioeconomic innovation, dear readers, with just seven days to go before the nation’s 242nd birthday. Mathematically, that must mean it’s June 27 out there, a.k.a. Multicultural Day in Canada and Mixed Race Day in Brazil. In the States, we have to settle for the 125th anniversary of the Great Stock Crash of 1893, which set off a four-year depression. Wire to wire: Marking the first…


No. 317: Anid’s big promotion, Adelphi’s big award, keeping it local and why you need grumpy employees

The end: Another busy week concludes and another blessed weekend dawns, dear readers – congratulations on successfully navigating the choppy waters of socioeconomic innovation, once again. It’s Friday, June 22, the first full day of the Summer of 2018 and the last day of school for most Long Island tykes. It’s also Anti-Fascist Struggle Day in Croatia, kicking off a four-day holiday weekend that concludes with the republic’s national independence celebration, Statehood Day. Uživati! Bay…


No. 316: The winds of change blow at SBU, the BeerBox keeps tabs and Keith Hernandez steps up

Wednesday welcome: And a happy midweek to you, dear readers, as we hurtle together through an exciting (and blessedly summerlike) week of socioeconomic innovation. It’s June 20 all over the world. Here in the United States, it’s also American Eagle Day, the 236th anniversary of the date the U.S. Congress selected the bald eagle as our national bird. Now arriving: Before we dive in, a heartfelt welcome to freshly minted newsletter subscribers Jim, Tywana, Gerry,…