No. 317: Anid’s big promotion, Adelphi’s big award, keeping it local and why you need grumpy employees

Mastering the art: Recognized with multiple awards and nominations for her outstanding performances, Hollywood icon Meryl Streep turns 69 today.

The end: Another busy week concludes and another blessed weekend dawns, dear readers – congratulations on successfully navigating the choppy waters of socioeconomic innovation, once again.

It’s Friday, June 22, the first full day of the Summer of 2018 and the last day of school for most Long Island tykes. It’s also Anti-Fascist Struggle Day in Croatia, kicking off a four-day holiday weekend that concludes with the republic’s national independence celebration, Statehood Day. Uživati!

Bay watch: It was June 22, 1611, when the crew of the exploratory ship Discovery mutinied against English navigator Henry Hudson and set the captain, his teenaged son and seven others adrift in a lifeboat in the icy labyrinth of modern-day Hudson Bay, never to be seen again.

And yet, it moves: It was 385 years ago today – June 22, 1633 – when the Roman Catholic Inquisition forced astronomer Galileo Galilei to recant his “false doctrine” that the Earth moved around the sun, not vice-versa.

They know better now: In unrelated astronomical news, the Royal Greenwich Observatory was established on this date in 1675 by King of England Charles II.

The observatory, home base of Greenwich Mean Time, is credited as Britain’s first purpose-built scientific research facility – and was also the site of England’s first-ever act of international terrorism, when a French anarchist unsuccessfully attempted to bomb it in 1894.

He met his … well, you know: After his defeat at Waterloo, Napoleon Bonaparte abdicated his throne (for the second time) on June 22, 1815.

Just their type: It was this date in 1841 when Frenchman Adrien Delcambre and Englishman James Young earned a U.S. patent for the first typesetting machine.

Time to make the donuts: According to pastry legend, it was June 22, 1847, when American sailor Hanson Gregory cut a hole in a tin pepper box, applied his mother’s fried-dough recipe and invented the ringed donut. Sprinkles came later.

Justice for all: It was this date in 1870 when President Ulysses S. Grant signed the “Act to Establish the Department of Justice” into law.

Birthday bad guy: And infamous gangster John Dillinger was first named “Public Enemy No. 1” by the FBI on June 22, 1934 – a special birthday present from the feds for the ruthless desperado, who was born on this date in 1903.

Speaking of birthdays, Arthur Rosenfeld (1926-2017), the American physicist remembered as the “father of energy efficiency,” and Richard Gurley Drew (1899-1980), a 3M engineer who earned 30 U.S. patents and invented masking tape, also add notches today.

So do: “The Da Vinci Code” author Dan Brown (born 1964), environmental activist Erin Brockovich (born 1960), American popstar Cyndi Lauper (born 1953), “Bionic Woman” Lindsay Wagner (born 1949) and Dame Cicely Mary Saunders (1918-2005), an English nurse, social worker, physician and writer best known for championing the modern hospice movement.

And take a bow, Meryl Streep – the “French Lieutenant’s Woman” and 21-time Academy Award nominee (three wins) turns 69 today.

Bonus points: Without Googling, can you name Streep’s three Oscar wins? Answer below.

While you’re mulling, vote for your favorite Streep tour de force at (we actually loved her in “Julie & Julia”) and stuff your envelope with a story tip or calendar suggestion, too – then everyone’s a winner.


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While the Gettin’s good: Former Visa executive and current Long Island entrepreneur Peter Daly has co-founded a first-of-its-kind mobile-marketing solution projected as a game-changer for small businesses.

GettinLocal, which will be introduced first to businesses across Greater New York (including Long Island), is a software service designed primarily to create mobile apps for virtually any business. It eschews long-term participation agreements, coupon-redemption fees and other financial trappings usually associated with commercial app creation and digital-payment solutions, all in the name of helping local merchants ramp up their mobile marketing and consumer interactions.

GettinLocal also includes a comprehensive social media component, advanced keyword-based search functions and protocols designed to share real-time deals and specials with customers. Daly, COO of the NYC-based startup, said the goal is to help small businesses “struggling to compete for visibility and sales as a direct result of the growth of mobile advertising.”

This time, it’s personal: Adelphi University’s heartfelt effort to “personalize” its enrollment processes has caught the eye of a national research institution dedicated to modernizing the collegiate admissions process.

The National Research Center for College and University Admissions has bestowed upon the Garden City school an Eduventures 2018 Innovation Award, a national honor intended to recognize organizations that share NRCCUAs vision for innovations in support of institutional programming. The spotlight here is on Adelphi’s “Personalizing the Enrollment Process” campaign, created to address changing demographics and increased competition across the higher-education enrollment landscape.

Adelphi’s personalization program emphasizes the university’s distinctiveness among state universities and other private institutions, highlighting its small class sizes, LGBTQ and veteran programs and other unique attributes. The Long Island school and Georgia State University were the only two universities recognized by the NRCCUA this year for their enrollment-management innovations.



The message is clear: By promoting former engineering/computing Dean Nada Anid to vice president of strategic communications and external affairs, NYIT shows it’s serious about spreading the word.

Broad strokes: The Empire State Development Corp. has welcomed another early-stage Long Island biotech (and Broad Hollow Bioscience Park resident) into the Start-Up NY Program.

Playing ketchup: Revenues rose nicely, but income and earnings were way down for the fourth quarter (and all of fiscal year 2018) at Westbury-based tube steak titan Nathan’s Famous.

Pass it on: Be sure to forward this newsletter to all of your innovation-minded friends and encourage them to subscribe for free, so they can pass it along to their friends, and so on, and so on, like a 1980s shampoo commercial.



Keith Hernandez swings away, the BeerBox can do and the head of SBU’s new artificial-intelligence institute is the genuine article.



An ouch upon your Amazon: The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for states to collect sales tax from online retailers – a win for brick-and-mortar businesses and a major blow to the Internet marketplace.

Intentional innovation: From Forbes, how to innovate like you really mean it (your long-term ambitions will thank you).

City life: The Big Apple is about to be flooded with life-sciences enterprises, according to experts at the inaugural Life Sciences 2018 Real Estate Development Symposium.

As if on cue: Johnson & Johnson Innovation Labs, a 30,000-square-foot life-sciences R&D mecca created in cahoots with the New York Genome Center, officially opened this week in the heart of SoHo.



+ Tricia Folliero, a vice president at Smithtown-based SMM Advertising, was honored by SHRM-LI with its Joseph C. Duffy Award for Professional Excellence, in recognition of her contributions to the human resources profession.

+ Daniel Feinblatt, a recent graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, has been hired as an associate technical account manager at Melville-based Yardi Systems.

+ Julie Allegretti has been hired as a marketing coordinator at Garden City-based Russo Law Group. She was previously a programs coordinator at Stony Brook University.

+ Noreen Chen has been hired as an associate in commercial lending at East Meadow-based Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman. She previously was counsel at Lake Success-based Newtek Small Business Finance.

+ Thomas Cudahy has been named an assistant vice president in the mortgage division for Melville-based M&T Bank. He was previously a mortgage sales manager for HSBC Bank.

+ Joe Campolo, managing partner of Ronkonkoma-based Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, was elected to the board of advisors of the Energeia Partnership at Molloy College in Rockville Centre.

+ John McCaffrey has been hired as the chief information officer for The LiRo Group, a Syosset-based national multidisciplinary project and construction management, engineering, architecture and technology firm.



Is ‘nice’ overrated? A Wharton professor and renowned organizational psychologist explains why the best employees aren’t always the most agreeable ones.

Burger ’bot: From the Rube Goldberg File comes a startup San Francisco restaurant serving burgers prepared exclusively by automatons.

Streep cred: The Hollywood legend won Oscars for her work in “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979), “Sophie’s Choice” (1982) and “The Iron Lady” (2011).

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