No. 348: Lobsters and babies in Huntington, a no-fly zone in Riverhead and gunning for greatness with Janam Tech

American as apple pie: Oct. 12 is National Farmer’s Day, when we say “thank you” for all the hard work done on the 2 million-plus farms stretched across the nation. So drink your milk, eat your broccoli and hug an agricultural engineer.

TGIF: The finish line approaches, dear readers – the end of another productive workweek and the beginning of another autumn weekend.

Speaking of autumn weekends, check out this handy dandy pumpkin-picking guide by our friends over at the Long Island Press.

Dig it: Continuing the theme of things grown and picked, today is Oct. 12, which also happens to be National Farmer’s Day.

That doesn’t mean what it once did on Long Island. But agriculture is a major part of our regional history and, considering the popularity of Island-based vineyards and wineries, remains a viable employer and revenue-generator today. So, go hug a vintner.

It all comes out in The Wash: Oct. 12, 1216, was a very bad day for Bad King John, the fabled villain of Robin Hood lore who lost a king’s ransom in stolen jewels and coins when a flood tide swamped his royal caravan.

John, known to hoard jewels and other riches, was crossing an East England bay called The Wash when a flood arose, washing away the baggage carriage carrying the royal treasure – including jewels, silver plates, gold goblets, the sword of Tristram and more.

Current value of the treasure: $70 million. And according to legend, it was never found.

Medicine women: The Female Medical College of Pennsylvania (later the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania), the first U.S. medical school for women, opened on this date in 1850.

Name that house: The White House – known previously as the “President’s Palace,” the “Presidential Mansion” and the “Executive Mansion” – officially received its ivory ID on Oct. 12, 1901, by order of President Theodore Roosevelt.

Although The Rough Rider made if official, the mansion was actually dubbed “The White House” as early as 1811, when it was repainted white to cover up fire damage inflicted by British forces.

Given the shaft: A groundbreaking ceremony for a ventilation shaft marked the beginning of the seven-year construction of the Holland Tunnel – known then as the Hudson River Vehicular Tunnel – on this date in 1920. The Manhattan-to-Jersey City tube finally opened in November 1927.

Iron girl: And happy birthday to the iron lung, the artificial respirator that was first used on Oct. 12, 1928, to help a young girl at Children’s Hospital in Boston, paralyzed by polio, breathe normally.

Actual biological birthdays on this date include famed American playwright Alice Childress (1916-1994); Weight Watchers founder Jean Nidetch (1923-2015); Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti (1935-2007); and Australian “Greatest Showman” Hugh Jackman (born 1968).

This is gonna hurt: And take a bow, Adam Rich – cute little Nicholas from “Eight is Enough” turns 50 today.

Fifty? Yeah, that stings. Ease your pain by sending a story tip or calendar suggestion to

Hagar the horrible: And thank you, newsletter reader Jody Fisher, for writing in to note that David Lee Roth’s vocals “defined” Van Halen – and Sammy Hagar merely “stood on the shoulders of the giant that came before him.”


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Funding, in store(age): Through the state’s $1 billion NY-Sun program, Albany is making $40 million available for solar projects that integrate new energy-storage technologies – accelerating progress toward NY-Sun’s ambitious goal of storing 1,500 megawatts of electricity by 2025, as mandated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2018 State of the State Address.

Storing solar-generated electricity without losing the lion’s share in the process is quite the technological challenge. Wednesday’s announcement, made at the annual Alliance for Clean Energy-New York conference in the state capital, is meant to promote collaboration between the evolving solar-energy industry and innovators working on new-and-improved storage technologies.

The $40 million investment complements the $200 million the NY Green Bank – a division of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority – is looking to make in storage related-investments, “which will help drive down costs for the strategic deployment of energy storage at scale,” according to the governor’s office.

Aiming high: Score a big one for Woodbury-based Janam Technologies, which announced Wednesday that American Nutrition – a leading manufacturer of pet foods and treats for national brands and private retailers – is now arming its workers with Janam’s XG3-ER mobile computers.

The gun-shaped devices, capable of accurately reading barcodes from distances of up to 50 feet, are shooting the lights out at three of the Utah-based pet-food-peddler’s world-class distribution facilities, according to a statement from Janam, which noted improved supply-chain visibility and real-time access of business-critical data among the bull’s-eye benefits.

Noting it’s “imperative that we meet performance metrics,” American Nutrition Information Systems Manager Jim Dalpias said the rugged handheld devices were proving to be a silver bullet. “The XG3-ER has allowed us to use modern apps and data techniques,” Dalpias said in a statement, adding the wireless computers “increased employee productivity and efficiency by 20 percent in a very short amount of time.”



Copter robber: Luminati Aerospace founder Daniel Preston wanted to land his new rotor-craft division in Calverton, but stalled negotiations with the Town of Riverhead rerouted those jobs upstate.

Lights, camera, abscess! Melville-based healthcare products and services distributor Henry Schein has launched a brand-building video series marketing its dental-business chops.

The mother of all centers: Huntington Hospital has delivered its new Center for Mothers and Babies, a state-of-the-art birth-o-drome complete with private bathrooms and lobster dinners.



Northwell Health is exploring new dimensions, while the U.S. Small Business Administration is helping New York startups explore the world.



Spreading it around: Shocking news from Forbes, which says the next electric revolution might short circuit the centralized-power-station model.

Running start: Inside Innovation explores how today’s transportation disruptors can influence tomorrow’s transportation regulations.

Because one mentor won’t do: Fast Company explains why the modern young professional needs a personal board of directors to help chart a career path.



+ SUNY Old Westbury has announced three personnel moves: Jacob Heller has been promoted to assistant vice president for institutional research and assessment; he was formerly an associate sociology professor. Claudia Marin Andrade has been hired as dean of students; she previously served as assistant dean of students and director of student advocacy at Hofstra University. Rossano Rovello has been hired as director of advancement initiatives; she previously served as associate director of individual giving at St. Francis College in Brooklyn.

+ Wayne Buchen has been hired as vice president of strategic sales at Applied DNA Sciences. He most recently served as Lacoste’s senior vice president of global sourcing and operations in Hong Kong and senior vice president of global sourcing in New York.

+ Mazars USA has announced two promotions in its Long Island office. Stacey Barbaro has been made partner in the consultancy’s Entrepreneurial Services Group and Jennifer Safran has been made partner in its Real Estate Group. Both served previously as senior managers for Mazars USA.

+ Michelle Nettuno has been hired as a technology marketing manager at Jericho-based E&I Cooperative Services. She was previously marketing manager at Melville-based Honeywell.

+ Lindenhurst-based AARCO Environmental Services has announced two new hires: Katherine Jones has been hired as an executive assistant; she was previously a waitress at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews in West Babylon. Victoria Whelan has been hired as director of remediation; she previously was an associate at Plainview-based CA Rich Consultants.



Where the ghouls are: Travel + Leisure crosses the country to scare up the best Halloween road trips.

Albergo diffuso: That’s “scattered hotel” in Italian, a potential destiny for one tiny Swiss Alps village looking to repurpose itself as a single, sprawling inn.

Innovation is a road: Before you book your next trip, check out this primer on how innovation is reshaping the vacation-rental industry.

Bon voyage: Wherever this weekend takes you, be safe and happy. And please remember to support the great causes that support Innovate LI, including the Town of Islip’s world-class Office of Economic Development.