No. 181: Hot wearables, top stories and real news about fake news

Northwell Health CEO Michael Dowling.

TG it’s OVER: A happy end to the year, everybody, and welcome new readers including Jason, Gil and Stefanie. It’s Dec. 30, on which the USSR was formed, Hubble spotted another galaxy and England stopped using canaries in coal mines.

(The canaries ended in 1986. Interestingly, most came back around when exposed to fresh air.)

It’s National Bacon Day. Those who do not partake of the pork product may celebrate by watching “Footloose.”

The Innovate staff is taking a long weekend, so no Monday newsletter. We look forward to seeing you at the AVZ business outlook breakfast on Thursday, Jan. 5, 8 to 10 a.m. at Crest Hollow.

The future of healthcare in a populist America: Northwell Health honcho Michael Dowling keynotes the LIBDC’s Islip dinner meeting, Feb. 2. Watch this space for more details.


Emotional rescue: In the war on fake news, it’s not what you know, it’s how you feel about it. Blake Cornell can help you know.

A really (really) good gig: Departing congressman Steve Israel will become chair of the Institute for Global Issues at LIU. The university will also house his papers and is encouraging him to write additional satire like his much-praised literary debut, “The Global War on Morris.”

A site for sore eyes: Northwell’s Ocular Surface Center takes on keratoconus.

ICYMI: Clean energy entrepreneur Ramuel Maramara is peddling a high-end exercise bike that also creates and stores electricity.

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Cannabinoids could offer a cure for Lupus.

Daniel Preston, the thrust behind Luminati Aerospace

The Moiety app finds its legs

Alyssa Bossio is all about high intensity

Novel Parkinson’s procedure

A cure for allergy sufferers

Accidental COPD breakthrough

When Elon Musk came to Shoreham

Ms. Michelle’s cookies now available in a big box


+ The Innovator of the Year awards are March 21, at 8 a.m., Crest Hollow Country Club, winners names coming right after the holidays.

+ The Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs – yes, that’s what SBIR and STTR stand for – award more than $2.6 billion in high-risk, non-diluting R&D funding annually to qualified small businesses. You could get some.

But best to first attend the Center for Biotechnology’s two-day seminar on how to apply, this one for companies with a National Institutes of Health focus. Jan. 18, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Jan. 19, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the High Tech Incubator at Stony Brook University, $60, registration a must, but easily accomplished here.

+ Tech Together with LISTnet and Innovate, Jan. 10, Jewel, 5 p.m. onwards. Free apps but BYOB. Let us know you’re coming.

+ NYIT and LICA team up for a session on financing your startup and ensuring cash flow. Jan. 12, 5:30 to 8 p.m., NYIT’s Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center, Old Westbury campus, $10 for friends and faculty, $15 for the unwashed, networking, register here.

+ Long Island Tech Jam featuring musical artists Blue Movie, Jan. 20, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Digital Ballpark in Plainview, free but register.

+ Tourism chief Kristen Jarnigan speaks at the next Women Economic Developers of LI meetup, Jan. 12, 8 to 10 a.m., the Woodlands, $25 for members, $35 for the hoi polloi, register here.

About our sponsor: The Rauch Foundation invests in ideas and organizations that spark and sustain success in children and promote systemic change in our communities. To read more about the foundation’s many efforts, including the Long Island Index and the Build A Better Burb program, visit us.

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Wrist shot: Fitbit won the holiday wearables war.

A gutn: The Carnegie Deli shuts down in midtown tonight, ending a run that began in 1937. The satellite stores remain open at MSG, Las Vegas and Bethlehem, Pa. (But why would you?)

Related: Jewish delis? Grub Street ranks the best of the rest.

Last call Florence Foster Jenkins: Northport Chorale needs all voices for its spring concert. Contact Debi at 631-223-3789.

Bubble rap: The best champagne to drink with really good friends if you’re staying in on New Year’s Eve.

Conversely: What to drink with the ones who don’t know anything about champagne.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading. Happy New Year.

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