No. 358: Softheon speeding, Central Islip redeveloping and Vision Long Island seeing things a little differently

He ain’t heavy: November 16 marks the International Day for Tolerance, asking humanity to respect and appreciate the rich variety of the world's cultures.


Done deal: You’ve made it, dear reader – it’s Friday, Nov. 16, another week of socioeconomic progress is in the books and another weekend (followed by a blessedly short holiday week) lies ahead.

Make a day of it: To our Icelandic readers, happy Dagur íslenskrar tungu. To all members of the United Nations, remember to observe the International Day for Tolerance.

It’s also National Fast Food Day. Only in America.

Live at five: Now considered one of the world’s most elegant and expensive thoroughfares, New York City’s Fifth Avenue opened for business on this date in 1824.

The right to bear facts: The National Rifle Association was originally chartered by the State of New York on Nov. 16, 1871.

Hammer time: Inventor William Bonwill patented the dental mallet – an “electro-magnetic dental plugger” used to “impact” gold fillings into teeth – on this date in 1875.

Other Nov. 16 patents include the first U.S. life preserver (made of cork), issued to New York City inventor Napoleon Guerin in 1841, and a U.S. patent covering a unique method of “ruling books and paper,” issued to engineer Marc Brunnel in 1796.

Sooner the better: Happy anniversary to Oklahoma, which became the 46th U.S. state on this date in 1907.

Happy anniversary also to UNESCO – the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization was founded on Nov. 16, 1945.

Please hold: And it was Nov, 16, 1974, when scientists at the Arecibo Radio Telescope in Puerto Rico sent out humanity’s first-ever interstellar message meant specifically to communicate with other intelligent life.

The roughly 3-minute call was composed of binary digits, a mathematical construction no intelligent listener could mistake (which is why we can’t explain it). This much we know: The frequency-modulated wave isn’t due to reach the M13 star cluster for about 25,000 years.

If you really wanted to get their attention: The scientists could have sent this classic by American composer W.C. Handy, the undisputed “Father of the Blues,” who would have been 145 years old today.

Other Nov. 16 birthdays include influential American chemist Joel Hildebrand (1881-1983), Washington National Cathedral architect Philip Frohman (1887-1972), “Rocky” mentor/“Batman” nemesis Burgess Meredith (1907-1997) and fantasy/children’s book author Robin McKinley (born 1952).

What’s up, Doc? And take a bow, Dwight Gooden – the talented, troubled New York Mets phenom, whose greatest individual professional achievement actually came as a Yankee, turns 54 today.

So … an in-his-prime Dr. K or newly minted Mets Cy Young Award-winner Jacob deGrom? What about Tom “The Franchise” Seaver or Johann Santana, who kinda-sorta threw the only Mets no-hitter? They’ve had a ton of aces – but who stands alone as the greatest Mets hurler of all time? Lay one in there at, and pitch in with a story tip or calendar suggestion. Hey, batter, batter.


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Ripped from the headlines: A North Fork candle company and a Southampton bike-sharing biz snagged top honors Saturday, when i-hamptons – the first “community and resource guide” dedicated to East End innovators – held its second-annual Riptide event.

The “Shark Tank”-like pitch-a-thon pitted five early-stage enterprises against each other before an expert panel of regional business experts and a standing-room-only crowd at the Southampton Arts Center. Some 20 local entrepreneurs submitted new business ideas in videos posted on the i-hamptons website, with the five finalists selected through thousands of online votes.

Mattituck’s Wick & Wine Candle Co. earned first-place honors – and the competition’s $20,000 top prize – while in-development Peddle Share, self-billed as “Southampton’s first bike-share app,” took second place and the $10,000 consolation award. i-hamptons founder Ashley Heather said he was pleased with the progress of the second-annual Riptide, noting that “we have seen a growing interest from local innovators and startups to join this platform to help accelerate their growth.”

Central strategy: With $10 million burning a hole in its pocket, Central Islip is seeking applicants pitching transformational downtown-redevelopment projects.

The hamlet, located within the Town of Islip, was the regional winner of the 2018 Downtown Revitalization Initiative, Albany’s $100 million annual downtown-redevelopment competition. Central Islip’s $10 million grant can serve as gap funding for “eligible capital projects that have the potential to increase economic vitality and growth in downtown,” according to the Town of Islip, which is calling for applications (special attention for proposals strengthening the Carleton Avenue corridor, enhancing Central Islip LIRR station connections and creating transit-oriented development opportunities).

Private applicants and nonprofit entities are encouraged to submit their project proposals online through the Open Call for Projects form available here. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Dec. 10.



Soft touch: Stony Brook-based business-intelligence expert Softheon and two other progressive players salvaged Long Island’s honor in Deloitte’s 2018 Technology Fast 500.

With hindsight, new foresight: With its 2018 Smart Growth Summit coming into focus, Vision Long Island factors two decades of experience into its new mission planning.

Precision handling: The Feinstein Institute’s bioelectronics brigade will seek new abdominal nerve-stimulation targets, thanks to a hefty NIH research grant.



Rocking sustainability on Jones Beach, singing the post-hurricane blues and icy ThermoLift feeling hot, hot, hot.



Innovate LI’s inbox overrunneth with inspirational ideas from all national corners. This week’s brightest out-of-town innovations:

From Miami: Twicycle, a unique two-way bicycle that transforms between arm-crank and leg-crank propulsion to work the whole bod.

From Houston: RotoView, a “tilt-to-scroll” tech that has earned Innoventions Inc. its eighth U.S. patent.

From Seattle and Napa Valley: A new marketing tech for rare wine collections from popular wine-cellar tracking software maker CellarTracker! and the Benchmark Wine Group.



+ Port Washington-based Sandata Technologies has announced five new hires. Kevin Wade is now the director of strategic accounts; he previously was a sales operations manager at Quartet Health in Manhattan. Todd Sorensen now serves as a tier three production-support engineer; he formerly was a senior systems analyst/administrator at Jericho-based Intelligence Pursuit. Stephanie Chernoff will serve as technical project manager-scrum master; she held a similar role at Cigna HealthCare in Connecticut. Brenda Gill will serve as deputy general counsel; she was a partner at BurgherGray in Manhattan. And Lisa Piro is now the billing supervisor; she held a similar role at Melville-based Medisys Management.

+ Kyle Burkhardt has been elected chairman of the Commercial Industrial Brokers Society of Long Island’s advisory board. He is senior director at Cushman & Wakefield in Melville and president of the Syosset-based CIBSLI.



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Pet project: Happy tails from Fast Company, which explains why so many successful CEOs grew up with a pet.

Personal playlist: Music can obviously affect your emotions – but to what extent might surprise you.

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