No. 309: Gandalf grays, Northwell walks, Islip eyes the CFA and why they’re lining up to fund Envisagenics

Hot dawg: An American icon marked a birthday this holiday weekend -- and according to the official record, his real name isn't "Goofy."

Oh, you SO earned it: Congratulations, dear reader – you’ve completed another busy week in socioeconomic innovation, and not just any week, but the week leading up to a long holiday weekend and the unofficial start of summer. Well done.

It’s May 25 out there, and still shaking from last night’s premier of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (really good, not great), we’d like to wish you a very happy Geek Pride Day.

Doppler on our radar: Suggesting that perception of the physical changes in states of motion, physicist Christian Doppler presented his findings – now known colloquially as the Doppler Effect – to the Royal Bohemian Society in Prague on May 25, 1842.

The very model of a modern major musical: Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic comic opera “H.M.S. Pinafore,” known alternately as “The Lass That Loved a Sailor,” opened at the Opera Comique in London on this date 1878.

(Yeah, yeah … the “Major-General’s Song” is from “The Pirates of Penzance.” You think it’s easy coming up with all these little witty headlines?)

End of the road: It was May 25, 1927, when Henry Ford announced the Ford Motor Co. was ceasing production of the Model T. The next day, the last Tin Lizzie – according to Ford Motors, also the 15 millionth – rolled off the line.

Because it was hard: And it was this date in 1961, before a joint session of U.S. Congress, when President Kennedy announced the ambitious goal of putting a man on the moon before the end of the decade.

A dog’s age: Mickey Mouse’s canine companion Goofy turns 86 today. The cartoon klutz, known first as “Dippy Dawg,” actually debuted as an anonymous background character in “Mickey’s Revue,” an animated short that premiered in theaters on May 25, 1932.

Among the non-animated, essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), helicopter pioneer Igor Sikorsky (1889-1972), spy novelist Robert Ludlum (1927-2001), talk-show host Sally Jesse Raphael (born 1943), Muppet master Frank Oz (born 1944) and “What Not to Wear” fashionista Stacy London (born 1969) all add a notch today.

Ian the gray: And take a bow, Sir Ian McKellen – the British thespian who brought the wizardly Gandalf to life (and back to life) turns 79 today.

So, who wins in a fight – Gandalf or Magneto? Tell us how this McKellen-on-McKellen violence plays out at, and maybe share a story tip or calendar item, too. That’s what fellowships do.

In Memorial: The Innovate LI crew is getting of Dodge for the long holiday weekend, so no calendar newsletter on Monday. We’ll be back at you May 30 with your regularly scheduled Wednesday newsletter and yes, we’ll miss you, too.

Until then, take a gander at our online calendar of events and check out these fresh listings added this week:

May 30
How Enlisting a PEO Can Enhance Profitability and Productivity
6-8 p.m., LaunchPad Huntington
Global insurance brokerage HUB International and Prestige Employee Administrators present an interactive discussion on how professional employer organizations can help ease regulatory HR burdens for startups and small businesses, and help them attract topflight talent. Registration and more information.

June 13
Small Business Transformation: Advancing Women Leadership

6-7:30 p.m., Microsoft Community Room, Huntington
The small-business-networking group Long Island Advancement of Small Business’ LIASB Women in Business Partnership presents an interactive discussion an advancing female entrepreneurs through the small-business ranks. Registration and more information.

June 20
LIASB: The Golden Rules
7:30-10 a.m., Adelphi University Conference Center, Hauppauge
The small business-networking group Long Island Advancement of Small Business presents a panel discussion offering a broad overview of critical concepts of key employment issues. For more information, call (516) 473-7202. Registration here.

Walk-off win: Before we wrap up the busy workweek, a big-time round of applause, please, for the nearly 5,000 participants who strolled long and far enough to raise $725,000 (and counting) in Northwell Health Walks held Sunday across Long Island, Westchester and Staten Island.

Braving inclement weather, the proactive pedestrians stepped up to support cardiac, cancer, women’s health and pediatric medicine initiatives at Northwell Health facilities throughout Greater New York – including Cohen Children’s Medical Center and the Katz Institute for Women’s Health, both beneficiaries of the Jones Beach Health Walk. Retroactive donations for the May 20 event will be accepted through June 8.


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All the world on stage: Marking “a global event,” the New York Institute of Technology held its 57th commencement exercises Tuesday at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, with grads from 30 states and 81 countries letting the mortarboards fly.

Students from NYIT’s campuses in Old Westbury, New York City, Canada, China and the United Arab Emirates – as well as several online students – attended the ceremony, which was webcast in real time. All told, 2,734 students walked off with fresh degrees, including a whopping 63 percent earning graduate, medical, professional or post-graduate diplomas.

CFA all the way: The Town of Islip will host a public information session on New York State’s Consolidated Funding Application – doorway to an array of opportunities (translation: $750 million in economic-development funds) up for grabs in the eighth round of Albany’s Regional Economic Development Council competition.

Islip will present the information session in concert with the Empire State Development Corp. – the state’s main economic-development engine and master of the REDC system – to help the local business community understand the CFA process, which is designed to streamline and expedite the application procedure. The session is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. June 4 at Islip Town Hall; more information awaits here.



Trade ya: With more than 375 exhibitors and unparalleled networking opportunities, the HIA-LI’s 30th annual Trade Show and Conference is shaping up as the Hauppauge Industrial Association’s biggest yet.

Buying into bioinformatics: Envisagenics, a 2013 biotech startup spun out of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, is piling up the private investments and government research grants.

Fun in the sun: Numerous Long Island-based campaigns are among the thousands of statewide programs supported by Albany’s NY-Sun Solarize Initiative, which just completed its third funding round.

Pleasant pattern: Recurring monthly service revenues are steadily rising, one of several favorable factors that propelled Amityville manufacturer Napco Security Technologies to a record third quarter.



Digital decorating by Daniel Gale Sotheby’s, better breathing with Stony Brook Community Medicine and a significant senior moment for the Suffolk County IDA.



Sure sign of summer: Like the swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano, Northwell Health’s seasonal urgent-care clinics have returned to Fire Island.

The Poseidon adventure: Add a few cents to every purchase and you can buy “carbon credits” that offset the transaction’s entire carbon footprint – a pay-it-forward environmental solution from The Poseidon Foundation.

Sweet music: Why Spotify’s successful April IPO is likely to fuel massive innovation throughout the music industries.

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+ Patrick Minson has been hired as vice president for development and alumni relations at New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury. He was chief development officer at Wagner College in Staten Island.

+ Kristina Sornchai has been hired as director of communications at Uniondale-based Forchelli Deegan Terrana. She was a senior marketing associate at Farrell Fritz in Uniondale.

+ Oyster Bay Town Councilman Louis Imbroto has joined Uniondale-based Rizzuto Law Firm as an associate attorney.

+ Anthony Parisi has joined Hauppauge-based Discover Long Island as partner and visitor relations manager. He was previously a donor relations coordinator at DKMS.

+ Alayna Soriano has joined Hauppauge-based Discover Long Island as domestic and international sales manager. She was previously the project manager at Lounge Lizard Worldwide.

+ Laura Mulholland has been hired as an associate, focusing on commercial litigation, at Uniondale-based Rivkin Radler. She was an associate at Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone in Lake Success.



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It (kinda) started in New York: And it used to be called Decoration Day, plus a bunch of other things you didn’t know about Memorial Day.

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