No. 311: IPS wins again, Adelphi’s robots return, Uber Eats the East End and the Iron Horse steps up

Batter up: Streaking slugger Lou Gehrig stepped in on this date in 1925, after Yankees first baseman Wally Pipp popped "the two most expensive aspirins in history."

Well that was quick: Welcome to the end of a shortened workweek – and welcome to June, dear readers, as we usher in the month of dads, grads, honeysuckle, the Beta Taurids and, here in the Northern Hemisphere, the glorious summer solstice (though you wouldn’t know it from this lousy weather).

It’s indeed June 1 out there, and also National Donut Day, so if you need to leave now, we understand.

A toast: There are many barstool tales about the invention of scotch whiskey. One of the most popular says it happened June 1, 1495, when King of Scots James IV ordered the local friar to “make aqua vitae VIII bolls of malt.”

(Possible red flag: That’s enough malt for 1,500 whiskey bottles, so unless James was launching a microbrew startup with an Edinburgh Economic Development Corp. grant, line your rocks glass with a grain of salt.)

They probably drank wine: It was June 1, 1533, when Anne Boleyn was crowned Queen of England (it did not end well).

Shakes and rattles: The first major earthquake in what would become the United States, the Great New England Earthquake of 1638, occurred on June 1.

Coincidentally, California’s first-ever seismograph observatories – the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton (the world’s first permanent mountaintop observatory) and a second observatory at Berkeley – opened June 1, 1888.

Speaking of quakes: It was June 1, 1657, when the first Quakers arrived in New Amsterdam (later New York), and June 1, 1660, when do-gooder Mary Dyer was hanged for allowing Quakers into the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Southern charm: Happy anniversary Kentucky, admitted as the 15th U.S. state on this date in 1792, and Tennessee, admitted as the 16th state on June 1, 1796.

He has our vote: There’d be 2,331 more to come, but Thomas Edison – arguably the greatest inventor of all time – earned his first global patent (and the first of his 1,093 U.S. patents) on June 1, 1869.

His invention: the Electrograph Vote Recorder, which electrically facilitated and registered “yes” or “no” votes with the flip of a switch.

Pipp off the old block: It was June 1, 1925, when some nobody named Gehrig replaced Wally Pipp at first base for the New York Yankees. He’d last awhile.

Here’s to you: And the Simon & Garfunkel hit “Mrs. Robinson” reached No. 1 on the charts for the first time a half-century ago, on this date in 1968.

Yeah, that hurts … but 50 years later, still a snappy tune, yes? So, what’s your favorite from Paul and Artie? (We’re rather partial to “Cecilia.”) Weigh in at, and top off our weekend with a story tip or calendar item, too.


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Eastern Eats: Starting this week, Uber Eats – the online food ordering and delivery service launched in 2014 by ridesharing pioneer Uber – is hitting the Hamptons, with deliveries to Hampton Bays, Shinnecock Hills, Tuckahoe, Southampton, North Sea and Water Mill.

Jon Feldman, general manager of Uber Eats New York, said Thursday the company is “delighted to be expanding Uber Eats out east,” with ordering and delivery now available from regional hotspots Rumba, CowFish, Southampton Publick House, Union Cantina, Sundays on the Bay, Oakland’s Restaurant & Marina and Centro Trattoria & Bar.

Hungry East Enders can download the Uber Eats app or head to and log in with their Uber account, or simply create a new account to get started.

Charged up: In cahoots with the New York Power Authority, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced the launch of Evolve NY, a $250 million stake for a new statewide electric-vehicle expansion effort and a key pillar of Cuomo’s Charge NY 2.0 initiative.

Charge NY 2.0 aims to install at least 10,000 charging stations across the state by 2021. While providing funding to that end, Evolve NY will also encourage private-sector partnerships that “aggressively accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles throughout New York State,” according to the governor’s office.

“We are making a significant move to make driving an electric car a viable choice and an affordable option that can make significant strides in cleaning the air for all New Yorkers,” Cuomo said Thursday.



You can’t take the girl out of the hood: After 10 years, innovator Laurie Russo was beginning to wonder if she’s really cut out for entrepreneurism – but a bit on “Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch” has lifted her spirits.

Open and shut case: Make that two prestigious international design awards – just this month – for Hauppauge’s Intelligent Product Solutions, which has been honored for helping to create a super-smart safe.

Speaking machine language: An annual statewide robotics competition aimed at underprivileged middle- and high-school students returns to Adelphi University this weekend.



Albany is doubling down on apprenticeship programs, while the Feinstein Institute’s molecular-medicine grad school has doubled up on its 2018 PhDs.

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Look who’s stalking: Mineola marketing firm Didit has emerged as the “stalking horse,” a.k.a. the leading bidder, after the first round of bidding for what’s left of gossip website

There’s something about Mary: Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Mary Meeker has presented her highly anticipated 2018 Internet Trends report at California’s annual Code Conference.

One follows, one disrupts: From Forbes, a primer on understanding the difference between digital transformation and innovation.



+ Stefan Muehlbauer, a physician and director of emergency infection oversight at St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center in Roslyn, has been appointed the hospital’s chairman of emergency medicine.

+ Westbury Arts has elected three new members to its board of directors: Jacki Beder, executive vice president of Small Cap Consumer Research in Manhattan; Dorcas Kiptoo, jewelry specialist at Westbury’s Fortunoff Fine Jewelry; and Angelica Medina, a bilingual outreach coordinator at the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Program in Garden City.

+ United States Junior Chamber-Long Island Chapter has made two new appointments: Eric Kim, an insurance broker at Smithtown-based M.W. Morse Agency, has been appointed president, and Christopher Haner, an associate in estate administration and litigation at Jericho-based Capell Barnett Matalon & Schoenfeld, has been appointed director of community engagement.

+ Bohemia-based Contemporary Computer Services has announced two new hires: George Chanady, previously senior cloud solutions architect at Garden City-based WebHouse Inc., is now a senior sales engineer, and Isaiah Wesson, formerly in sales at Islandia-based Eastern Industrial Automation, is now an account manager.



Positive steps: How just five minutes every morning – with the right exercise program – can help you feel better all day.

(Virtual) positive steps: How Stony Brook University researchers helped along a new virtual-reality tech that tricks the brain into taking longer walks.

Now hiring: How innovation attracts and retains talent in the Digital Age, according to our friends at HR Dive.

Free news? Like Bigfoot, bipartisan government and other legends, it’s pretty difficult to track down. We’ll keep looking – you keep supporting the great institutions that support Innovate LI, like Farmingdale State College. Did we mention that Technology Management master’s degree? Very cool stuff.