No. 209: Morey, Saulle, Fortunoff, Melvin and Bergman. Oh, and Tuesday.

It’s Friday out there: The last week of April is nigh upon us, leaving scant days to wrap up your celebration of National Welding Month. Please butt, corner and lap responsibly.

Not really related: Members of Boston’s elite Weld family like to joke that they didn’t arrive on the Mayflower – they sent servants over on it to get the cottage ready.

Most famous Weld you’ve likely heard of: NYC-born actress Tuesday Weld, a third cousin once removed of the aboves, was the first of Dobie Gillis’ many loves and an Academy Award nominee for “Looking for Mr. Goodbar.”

Happy birthday Neal Lewis and Roz Goldmacher.

But first, this: The tech sector did a collective exhale this week as President Trump called for repairs to the H-1B visa program, not a demand to kill it outright as part of his America First effort.

There is, to be fair, much to fix. As the president notes, the program is run as a lottery, meaning many foreign workers are selected by the luck of the draw, not because they possess the hard-to-find skills the visa was designed to recruit. Foreign-based job placement services win thousands of the visas each year, as do big tech firms like Google, Microsoft and Apple that say they simply can’t find qualified Americans.

U.S. universities clearly graduate more than enough engineers to fill the jobs, but tech firms find it easier – and cheaper – to import foreign talent. Trump cited two cases – both actually true! – in which Disney and the University of California laid off U.S. workers to hire cheaper H-1B immigrants from an outsourcing company.

The program grants 65,000 visas a year, plus an additional 20,000 for foreign workers with top degrees, and an unlimited number for universities, teaching hospitals and other programs. Applications are accepted beginning April 1 for the new fiscal year in October. This year, the government stopped taking applications after five days, having received almost 200,000.

The president has vowed to “end forever the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program, and institute an absolute requirement to hire American workers first. No exceptions.”

We assume that would have included the Slovenian fashion model who came over on an H-1B in 1996 and decided to stay. Her name then was Melania Knavs.


Moving on: Jed Morey has sold his beloved Long Island Press to Queens-based Schneps Communications, which had already acquired his Best of Long Island feature.

ICYMI: CountryBox, a digital platform that would send Old Country care packages to expats living abroad, won the $20,000 top prize in Hofstra’s big-bucks student pitch contest.

They want to pump you up: Clean energy startup ThermoLift is teaming with Plainview’s Composite Prototyping Center to get advanced materials into version 2.0 of TL’s breakthrough heating and cooling device, which will one day cut your energy costs by 50 percent. The deal includes two $25,000 state grants.

Weak jobs data: The region added more than 16,000 jobs over the past year, but March pretty much sucked.

Pomp and a whole lotta circumstances: Stanley Bergman, CEO of high-flying med products firm Henry Schein, will join NASA astronaut Leland Melvin in addressing Farmingdale State College’s split commencement crowds this year.

Bergman will address business and health services graduates and receive an honorary doctorate. Melvin, who will handle the arts/sciences/engineering and technology crowd, already has four pro causa degrees.

Bulking up: Applied DNA Sciences has a new agreement to supply bulk DNA to a leading chemical company supplying the in vitro testing market. No names named, but the deal should generate about $500,000 a year, beginning with Applied DNA’s next fiscal year.

You’re so vein: NYIT researchers think they’ve found a novel way to diagnose the artery hardening that precedes having the I’m Coming to Join You Elizabeth big one.

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Because I said: Start-Up NY companies should continue reporting job and investment data to the state, even though the requirement was inadvertently killed in this year’s budget, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told Newsday’s James T. Madore this week.

Joint project: Northwell Health is teaming up with Philly’s Rothman Institute, a top-notch orthopedic and musculoskeletal practice, to launch co-branded locations in the NY metro area.

Must see: Vincenzo Saulle, founder of the make-your-own vintning facility WineUDesign, keynotes the next meet of the Nassau County Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club, April 24, 7 to 9 p.m., county HQ in Mineola.

Missing Tom: ACIT’s annual Monsignor Hartman Humanitarian Luncheon and Trade Show (always liked that title) is Friday, April 28, 11:30 onwards. Carol Silva is mistress of ceremonies for an all-woman cast including keynoting Mayor Patricia McDonald and awardees Janine Dion, Merrill Zorn, Nicole DeMichael-Cadena, Christine Riordan and Brittany Schiavone. Pricing options here.

Don’t miss this: EisnerAmper’s Pivotal conference combines deep thought, tech talk, Grade A networking, performance and apres-beveraging in one giant happening. May 9, 3 to 8 p.m., The Space in Westbury, register here.

Gonna be big: The Imagine Awards.

Broach, the subject: Fireside chat with Esther Fortunoff and pitch event, LaunchPad Huntington, Monday April 24, 6 to 8 p.m., free jewelry, beer and pizza. (Wait. No jewelry. Sorry.)

We have the meets: The rest of the Innovate calendar is here.

Lift off: Flying car company AeroMobil is taking orders for its first model, which does 100 mph on land and 224 mph aloft, with a range of about 450 miles. Converts in under 3 minutes. $1.3 million now, delivery in 2020. Includes a parachute and outer air bags in case of an inflight mishap.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.