You made it: The week and the winter did their best, dear readers, but you’ve prevailed – welcome to March 23, and a clearly shoveled path to a well-earned weekend.
This week’s spring blizzard was frustrating and all, but still nothing like the Great Blizzard of 1888, another March madness that blew in on 80 mph winds, dumped nearly five feet of snow on Saratoga Springs, crippled the Boston-NYC corridor for three days and buried parts of Long Island under drifts exceeding 50 feet.
Liberty, for sure: We assume the weather was better on March 23, 1775, outside a church in Richmond, Va., where founding father Patrick Henry, before an audience including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, requested liberty or death – a convincing allegory given significant credit for urging the colonies toward revolution.
OK by us: Some say the phrase OK – as an abbreviation for oll korrect – debuted this date in 1839, in the Boston Morning Post. Others disagree.
Giving innovation a lift: The first commercial passenger elevator by inventor Elisha Otis got busy on March 23, 1857, inside the E.V. Haughwout and Co. department store on Broadway.
So, Haughwout’s had this magical little room that instantly transported people from one floor to another. Just saying.
Speaking of carrying passengers: E.A. Gardner of Philadelphia patented streetcars (1858), London’s first tramcars went into service (1861) and the Wright brothers obtained their first airplane patent (1903), all on March 23.
Fiat Lux: Happy anniversary University of California, founded this date in 1868.
A who’s-who’ski: And take a bow, Vladimir Lenin, Leon Trotsky, Joseph Stalin, Lev Kamenev and Nikolai Krestinsky – you revived the Politburo and gave the Soviet Union its creamy political center on March 23, 1919, during the 8th Congress of the Russian Communist Party.
Still putting Fannies in the seats: Happy birthday Fannie Farmer (1857-1915), the Beantown-based culinary expert whose 1896 publication “The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book” would become a seminal text of American cookery.
And many more: Joan Crawford (1904-1977, born Lucille Fay LeSueur, which sounds much prettier) and German rocket pioneer Werner von Braun (1912-1977, and he really sounds German) tack on a year today. So does English four-minute-mile man Roger Bannister, who was born in 1929 and passed away this month in Oxford.
We don’t disagree: And Happy Birthday Rex Tillerson (born 1952), who thinks Washington is mean.
What Ed said: Interesting note this week from reader “Ed,” who laments the red tape he sees choking the life out of Long Island commercial development. Says Ed:
I spend three weeks a month in Texas these days, compared to one week on LI. In Texas, a developer does not have to put up with what a developer does in Calverton or anywhere else on LI. It is much easier to do business in Texas (where most local elected positions are not full-time).
Interesting point there, about the nature of work and the nature of government. Do you agree with Ed’s take? Share your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BUT FIRST, THIS
Cleaning up: Stony Brook University’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program is especially excited about Advanced Energy Conference 2018, the premier New York State advanced-energy showcase happening Monday through Wednesday in New York City.
Eight different CEBIP client companies are taking part in AEC 2018 as either technical-session speakers or exhibitors or both. Representatives of Bonded Energy Solutions, StorEn Technologies and Sulfcrete will speak during conference sessions, while those companies will be joined by fellow CEBIP clients Allied Microbiota, NeuralNet, Energystics, ThermoLift and Urban Freight Corp. on the exhibition floor.
With major sponsors including Stony Brook University’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center, the New York Institute of Technology, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, the Empire State Development Corp.’s Division of Science, Technology and Innovation – and more than three dozen other regional utilities, educational institutions, corporate leaders and business-development organizations – AEC 2018 returns to the global stage March 26-28 at NYC’s Marriott Marquis hotel. Much, much more awaits here.
You saw it here first: Innovate Long Island is tickled to announce the next batch of winners in our 2018 Innovator of the Year awards program (with an extra-special shout-out to our friends at Applied DNA Sciences and Cameron Engineering for their continued support of our annual shindig).
In addition to 2018 Master of Innovation Michael Faltischek, we’re excited to recognize Software and Technology Innovator kidOYO; Biotech Innovator NeuroGuard; Food & Beverage Innovators Don’s Finest Living Foods and Five North Chocolate; and in our No Boundaries category, innovative products SmartBox, The Shlocker and SmartGAME.
Dedicated to the memory of founder and publisher John Kominicki, who saw a big future in Long Island’s brilliant researchers and risk-taking entrepreneurs, our show of shows is coming April 24 to the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. Awardee and event information awaits here, while registration and sponsorship information is also a click away.
A few words from our sponsor: Farmingdale State College is New York’s largest public college of applied science and technology, and a national pioneer in environmental sustainability. With over 9,600 students, Farmingdale has Long Island’s second-largest undergraduate enrollment among four-year institutions and offers rigorous academic programs in business, engineering technology, health sciences and liberal arts and sciences. Farmingdale also offers a master’s degree in Technology Management. Learn more here.
TOP OF THE SITE
Um, that’s kind of our thing: With a $600 million strategy in play, Albany is heralding its new Life Science Advisory Board – but the 15-member panel seems a little light on Long Island representation.
Leaping Lou: A legendary advocate of Long Island’s food and beverage industries has changed kitchens, as Lou Biscotti looks to duplicate his recipe for success at accounting giant Marcum.
The art of biology: Not to get too specific – or less specific, as the case may be – but Stony Brook University has introduced a new biology bachelor’s with a somewhat broader scope.
Another big finish: Add Medford’s Chembio Diagnostic Systems to the list of Long Island public companies finishing their FY2017 with a bang.
Hauppauge’s SmartCoparent is taking some good advice, Stony Brook’s Applied DNA is taking the fight to global bedding bandits, Long Island’s SBIR awardees are taking a victory lap and Uniondale’s Farrel Fritz is taking Albany.
STUFF WE’RE READING
New formation: From Newsday, why Edgewood’s CPI Aerostructures isn’t just widening its wingspan by acquiring Hauppauge’s Welding Metallurgy Inc.
Analyze this: From the Harvard Innovation Lab, soaring startup Experfy, an innovative tech consultancy that’s closing skills (and employment) gaps by pairing students with Big Data pros at Amazon, Apple and elsewhere.
Roaches check in: A new study cracking the American cockroach’s DNA code explains how the critters can survive extreme environments and even regenerate limbs – and why humans may someday share these traits.
Big Blue’s biggest bet: With massive investments in artificial intelligence, blockchain and quantum computing, IBM is going all in on innovation.
ON THE MOVE
+ John Terrana, a partner at Forchelli Deegan Terrana in Uniondale, has been appointed to the advisory board of the Mattone Family Institute for Real Estate Law at St. John’s University.
+ Michael Lardieri has been appointed chief operations officer and information officer at Advanced Health Network in Commack.
+ Richard Yung Lam has been hired as a mortgage loan officer at Jet Direct Mortgage in Bay Shore. He was previously vice president/business relationship manager at East West Bank in Manhattan.
+ Michael Valentin has been hired as chief technology officer at Sandata Technologies in Port Washington. He was previously senior vice president/global head of engineering at Zodiac Interactive in Hicksville.
+ The Long Island Association has elected three new members to its board of directors: Erika Bruce, vice president of private client services at Marsh & McLennan Co. in Melville; Alton Byrd, vice president of business operations for the Long Island Nets, Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, in Uniondale; and Gregory Penza, president and CEO of ULC Robotics in Hauppauge.
+ The Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington has appointed two new members to its board of trustees: Bruce Segal, a key account executive for Pfizer Inc. in Manhattan, and Trudy Calabrese, a retired president of the board of St. Johnland Nursing Center in Kings Park.
+ The Nassau Suffolk Water Commissioners’ Association in Bethpage has elected five new officers to its board of directors: Vincent Abbatiello, serving as president, is commissioner in Westbury; Michael Rich III, serving as first vice president, is commissioner in Oyster Bay; William Schuckmann, serving as second vice president, is commissioner in Hicksville; Kenneth Wenthen Jr., serving as secretary, is commissioner in West Hempstead; and Lawrence Zaino Jr., serving as treasurer, is commissioner in Carle PlaBELOW THE FOLD
Egg scramble: If you want to get in on the festivities at the third-annual Easter Open House at the Executive Mansion in Albany, better get cracking – there’s a lottery.
First-world problem: The harsh winter has revealed an unforeseen snafu with Long Island’s lower-heat LED traffic lights – they’re not warm enough to melt snow off their lenses.
F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S: From Lee Bailey’s (?) Electronic Urban Report, the Top 10 Spring Fashion Trends you simply MUST know about. How you got this far without understanding tulle is simply baffling.
Free news? Like the elusive Yeti, bipartisan government and other fantastic fables, it may be myth, it may be real. We’ll keep searching, while you keep supporting the great institutions that support Innovate LI, like Farmingdale State College. Did we mention that Technology Management master’s? Cool stuff.