No. 336: Beer, legalized marijuana, supermodels and a three-day weekend. You’re welcome.

L’chaim! Beloved violinist, conductor and music teacher Itzhak Perlman turns 73 today.

Labor of love: Glory be and welcome to Friday, dear readers – and not just any Friday, but (for most of us) the start of a glorious three-day holiday weekend, marking (unofficially) the end of the Summer of 2018.

It’s Aug. 31, the last Friday in August, to be followed promptly by the first Monday in September – and the 124th observance of Labor Day since it became a federal holiday in 1894.

Programming note: So, no calendar newsletter on Monday … but Innovate LI will be back with fresh content Tuesday and a shiny new newsletter in your inbox Wednesday morning.

Since we normally highlight the new additions to our busy online calendar in our Monday newsletters, here’s a quick rundown of cool stuff we added this week:

September 7
LIMBA 2018 Breakfast Series: Errol Toulon Jr. 
8 a.m., Courtyard by Marriott, Ronkonkoma
Long Island Metro Business Action presents Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon Jr. in an interactive discussion with LIMBA’s Bill Miller and Ernie Fazio on the challenges faced by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office and the department’s future. The 2018 Breakfast Series is supported by premiere sponsors Bradley & Parker and Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles LLP. The Sept. 7 meeting is co-sponsored by Twomey, Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin & Quartararo LLP. Registration and more information.

September 25
IND Enabling CRO Workshop
10:30 a.m., Long Island High Technology Incubator, Stony Brook
Stony Brook University’s LIHTI and the SBU Center for Biotechnology present a networking workshop designed to help contract research organizations navigate the complex world of investigational new drugs, with WuXi IND Services and Charles River Laboratories introducing their IND-enabling programs. One-one-one counseling opportunities are available. The event is free but pre-registration is required. Registration and more information.

October 24-25
Life Sciences Summit 2018

Weds.-Thurs., 10 On The Park, New York City
The Stony Brook University Center for Biotechnology presents its annual innovation-highlighting conference for early-stage investors and business-development professionals, designed to connect emerging biotech companies and academic innovators with capital and strategic partners. Company presentations, informative plenary sessions, business workshops, copious networking and more. Registration and more information.

And now back to your regularly scheduled recap of this exciting week of socioeconomic progress.

Observe: It was also pretty exciting on Aug. 31, 1842, when the U.S. Congress authorized the United States Naval Observatory, still one of the nation’s most prestigious scientific agencies.

Split decision: Things got very exciting in upstate Saratoga Springs on Aug. 31, 1902, when equestrian Emily Stevens Ladenburg created a high-society meltdown – and fashionably advanced women’s liberation – by sporting the first-ever split skirt.

Center of attention: Turning to sports, Philadelphia manufacturer A.J. Reach Co. patented the cork-centered baseball on this date in 1909 (baseballs previously featured rubber cores).

Real news: It was Aug. 31, 1920, when 8MK, a predecessor of Detroit radio station WWJ-AM, transmitted radio’s first news broadcast.

Sunroof comes standard: The world’s first solar car – the 15-inch “Sunmobile,” invented by General Motors engineer William Cobb – took its first public spin at the Chicago Powerama convention on Aug. 31, 1955.

Something for everyone: And it was Aug. 31, 1968, when pioneering cardiovascular surgeon Michael DeBakey led the first-ever simultaneous multi-organ transplant.

After a 20-year-old woman died from a gunshot wound, both of her kidneys, part of her lung and her heart were successfully transplanted into four men at Houston’s Methodist Hospital. The multiple procedures required more than 60 doctors and nurses.

It means “little soldier’s boot”: Born Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, Roman Emperor Caligula – a noble and moderate ruler until he descended into cruelty, extravagance and sexual perversion – would be 2,006 years old today.

Speaking of Roman emperors falling off the beam, Commodus (161 A.D.-192 A.D.) – whose brutal misrule ended almost a century of imperial stability – was also born on Aug. 31.

So were: Italian physician and educator Maria Montessori (1870-1952), whose educational philosophies still bear her name; American psychologist Edward Thorndike (1874-1949), the “father of educational philosophy”; American forensic scientist Robert Borkenstein, who invented the Breathalyzer; and “American Gigolo” Richard Gere (born 1949).

And take a bow, Itzhak Perlman – the Israeli-American violinist, conductor and polio victim (and cousin of Howie Mandel, true story) turns 73 today.

Family ties: So … Itzhak and Howie? Siblings Warren Beatty and Shirley MacLaine? Cousins Dakota Fanning and Kate “Duchess of Cambridge” Middleton? Third cousins (four times removed) Tom Hanks and Abraham Lincoln?

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Joint sessions: Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced a series of statewide “listening sessions” to take the public’s pulse on the notion of legalizing recreational marijuana.

Including a Sept. 27 gathering on Long Island (time and location to be determined), a total of 15 sessions are being planned for September and October, with members of the governor’s Regulated Marijuana Workgroup in attendance. With Cuomo’s administration considering a “regulated adult-use marijuana program” for the state Legislature to consider, community members and “key stakeholders” are invited to share their ideas and concerns.

Pre-registration is required to attend one of the listening sessions, which are being planned in each of New York City’s five boroughs and several other statewide locales. “Community input is critical as we work to draft balanced and comprehensive legislation,” Cuomo said Thursday.



Buds with suds: Workaday BFFs Dan Burke and Greg Martin mused often about their dream jobs – then made Long Ireland Beer Co. the happiest microbrewery on Long Island.

Model behavior: Author, entrepreneur and all-time supermodel Carol Alt is scheduled to keynote the Long Island Capital Alliance’s inventors-meet-investors Technology Capital Forum in September.

Bond residence: The Town of Hempstead Local Development Corp. is inching closer to approving a $15 million tax-exempt bond deal that will help build a new dormitory at Rockville Centre’s Molloy College.



A squeezable cell phone is on the edge of functionality, blockchain tech is on-target for researchers and telemedicine for Hispanic diabetes patients is on the way.



Innovation is no accident: So, Forbes offers these concrete steps to making it happen.

The end of Middle-earth? Decades after his death, J.R.R. Tolkien’s saga of orcs, balrogs, hobbits, rings, wraiths and all that good (and evil) stuff may finally conclude with “The Fall of Gondolin.”

Tariff troubles: From rising costs to layoffs, Newsday explores how President Trump’s trade wars are hurting Long Island businesses.



+ George Beauregard has been named vice president of value-based care for Rockville Centre-based CHS Physicians Partners. He was previously vice president/chief physician executive for St. Luke’s Health Partners in Idaho.

+ Frank Bonura has been named director of menopausal health and osteoporosis at Smithtown-based St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center. He is an obstetrics and gynecology specialist in Smithtown.

+ Raymond Homburger has been appointed chairman of the board of Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk County in Middle Island. He is a manager of customer quality assurance at PSEG Long Island in Melville.

+ Scott Capustin has been hired as a physician for pulmonary medicine and sleep disorders at St. Catherine & St. Charles Center for Health & Wellness in Commack. He previously ran a private practice in Smithtown.

+ James Murphy has been elected chairman of the Nassau-Suffolk Trial Lawyers Association in Garden City. He is managing partner at Garden City-based Montfort, Healy, McGuire & Salley.

+ Rockville Centre-based Molloy College has made two new appointments: Christopher Malone has been named founding dean of the School of Arts and Sciences; he was associate dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences at Lehman College in the Bronx. Joanne O’Brien has been named dean of the Division of Education; she was the associate dean and director of graduate programs at the college.



Thank you, Grover Cleveland: Ten Labor Day facts you probably didn’t know.

Puppy wow: They’re cute and loyal and every bit a family member, but the true cost of owning a dog is surprisingly high.

Have a great holiday weekend: And please remember to support the amazing institutions that support Innovate LI, including SUNY Old Westbury – truly an educational Best Value, according to Money Magazine.