No. 276: John Kominicki remembered and Island manufacturing re-imagined, with just two minutes left until the apocalypse

Remembering John Kominicki: Friends and family will be gather Sunday, Feb. 18, from 4-6 p.m. at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

Happy Friday, everyone: And welcome to another well-earned weekend.

Tribute To A Friend

Friends and colleagues of Innovate Long Island founder John Kominicki are invited to a memorial remembrance on Sunday, Feb. 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.

We will talk, share stories and celebrate his life.

Friends may remember that John liked to dress casually, and had a couple of sartorial preferences: a silk pocket square stuffed nonchalantly in his jacket for business events, and for everything else a gray or black T-shirt, preferably frayed at the neck, and (whenever he could get away with it) rubber crocs.

So, whether you want to wear a sloppy pocket square, a fading T-shirt or crocs, John would approve.

A Facebook event page has been created. Registration isn’t required, but it would be an enormous help to the good folks at Crest Hollow Country Club to form some idea of the number of guests to expect. Knowing John, it will be a crowd, so please take a moment to swing over to Facebook and RSVP.


It’s Jan. 26: And while textbook-fillers ranging from Francisco Franco to JFK to Boris Yeltsin all made significant marks on this date, this will forever be the anniversary of Mickey Spillane’s “Mike Hammer,” which debuted on the CBS Network this date in 1984.

Happy birthday: Gen. Douglas MacArthur (1880-1965), legendary actor Paul Newman (1925-2008), film critic Gene Siskel (1946-1999), rocker Eddie Van Halen (1955), actress-comedian Ellen DeGeneres (1958), hockey great Wayne Gretzky (1961) and Impish Lee co-founder Noelle Ventresca (whose birthday is actually Sunday, but we’re big fans).

(Yeah, you’re right … we definitely should have included R&B great Anita Baker on the birthday list. If we missed anyone else, let us know at, and please share your story tips and calendar items, too.)



Going to The Well: Northwell Health has officially launched a new “health-focused editorial platform” designed to demystify medicine and help consumers make informed healthcare decisions.

The Well features “journalistic-style editorial features,” real-life stories from community members and expert medical opinions, all designed to answer difficult (and sometimes personal) medical questions in straightforward and informative ways.

While it includes content of interest for both men and women, The Well is subtly geared toward women, who “bear an unequal burden of stress regarding household and community care,” according to Northwell Health. Articles posted this week include the first-person recollections of a breast cancer survivor (“as much a disease of the mind as the breast”) and a rundown of what to expect during your daughter’s first trip to the gynecologist (“it won’t be as traumatic as you think”).

New cancer sheriff in town: The New Hyde Park-based health system also this week welcomed a noted breast surgeon into its fold.

Alice Police, widely recognized as a game-changer in the surgical treatment of breast cancer, is now accepting patients at the Northwell Health Cancer Institute at Sleepy Hollow’s Phelps Hospital and The Breast Institute at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco.

The good doctor is a proponent of SAVI SCOUT, a groundbreaking surgical-guidance system that allows for greater precision during breast cancer surgeries, leading to the removal of less healthy tissue. Police is also proficient in leading-edge Interoperative Radiation Therapy, which targets small cancers and can be effective after only one treatment, reducing the need for follow-up radiation therapies.


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Little house on the campus: Eastern Suffolk BOCES’ Brixhorn Technical Center hosted a unique showcase this week highlighting an innovative “tiny house” program with big ideas about Long Island manufacturing.

High and mighty: Another day, another potentially ginormous vertical for Stony Brook-based Applied DNA Sciences, which is now preparing to molecular-tag and track legal cannabis supplies around the globe.

We hear bells: After a year-long courtship, Oceanside’s South Nassau Communities Hospital and the New York City-based Mount Sinai Health System finally made it official this week.



The Middle Island Solar Farm wants to talk, stakeholders want to grow the Hauppauge Industrial Park and newly acquired Intelligent Product Solutions wants everyone to know it’s staying in Hauppauge.



Dangerous minds: It you thought artificial intelligence was just killing jobs, think again – it’s whacking out entire business models.

Blowin’ in the wind: Federal incentives and plunging costs are turning once-quirky renewable projects into major players in an industry where fossil fuels have dominated for almost 200 years.

Tick, tick, tick…: Nuclear threats, climate change and President Trump have convinced The Bulletin of Atomic Sciences to turn humanity’s infamous Doomsday Clock closer to the apocalypse than it’s been in 65 years.



+ Brian Malone was welcomed as a managing director and vice president of commercial banking at Sterling National Bank in Melville. Malone was previously a vice president at Capital One Bank.

+ Dennis Jurs also joined Sterling National Bank as a managing director and vice president of commercial banking. He is a former executive vice president and chief lending officer for New York Community Bank.

+ Shakia Hall has been appointed food services director for Herricks Public Schools. She was previously school service manager for New York City SchoolFood.

+ Charlene Thompson has been appointed commissioner of the Hempstead Community Development Agency. An attorney and certified HUD trainer, Thompson is a former general counsel for the Village of Hempstead Housing Authority.

+ Benjamin Boccio has joined Jercho-based BloomSchon CPAs as a senior accountant. The certified public accountant previously worked for Bruce Berkowitz, CPA, in Rockville Centre.

+ Anita John has joined Brightwaters-based Sheehan & Co. as a semi-senior accountant. The CPA was previously an audit associate with Grant Thornton in Melville.

+ Michelle Fritz joined Sheehan & Co. as a senior accountant. She was previously an associate at Cullen & Danowski in Port Jefferson Station and a senior accountant at KPMG in Melville.

+ Marc Alper, vice president and sales manager at Sabre Real Estate Group in Garden City, was named an affiliate board member of the Commercial Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island.

+ Michael Salzman, who is the coordinator of fine and performing arts for the Syosset School District, was named president of the New York State School Music Association.

+ Adrienne Robb-Fund has been appointed to the board of trustees at the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City.



Good Eggie: Congratulations to Jericho-based freight and package specialist Purolator International, winner of a 2018 Eggie Award as Newegg’s Best International Logistics Partner.

Ride sharing: After six months of service on Long Island, Uber has revealed its top 10 Island destinations, which include the Garden City Hotel, Nassau Community College, Roosevelt Field Mall, The Tap Room in Patchogue and LIRR stations in Hicksville, Mineola, Valley Stream, Babylon, Hempstead and Ronkonkoma.

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