No. 361: Meteors! Mark Twain! Carter DeLuca relocates! And some very fine fellows lead LI’s labs

There’s something about Ben: Son of veteran comedian/actor parents Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, award-winning actor, comedian, writer, producer and director Ben Stiller turns 53 today.


The month that wouldn’t die: It’s eight days since Thanksgiving and still November, dear readers, a calendar quirk that makes this Nov. 30, and Friday, and the end of another busy week of socioeconomic innovation.

It’s also the 531st anniversary of Reinheitsgebot, the German beer-purity law requiring that beer be brewed from only water, malt and hops. Please commemorate responsibly.

Route canal: In other water-related Nov. 30 news, ground was broken today (in 1824) on the Welland Canal, an eight-lock Canadian ship canal connecting Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.

For the record, the canal – still a key section of the St. Lawrence Seaway – opened for trial runs five years later to the day, on Nov. 30, 1829.

Forward thinking: Austrian brothers Franz, Heinrich and Carl Gräf patented the first front-wheel drive system for gasoline-powered carriages on this date in 1900.

Other inventions patented on Nov. 30 include the iconoscope, the first all-electronic camera tube for television transmissions, concocted by Russian-American scientist Vladimir Zworykin.

It came from outer space: And it was Nov. 30, 1954, when unfortunate Ann Hodges, napping on her couch in Alabama, was struck by a meteorite that crashed through her roof – history’s only confirmed case of a space rock hitting a human.

Poor Hodges, who was bruised but survived, bucked some long odds indeed: One scientist calculated the lifetime chances of suffering a meteor strike as 1.6 million-to-1 (of course, that would mean that of the 7.5 billion people currently on Earth, about 4,700 will be struck by meteorites … but we digress.)

Brainy birthdays: Speaking of guys who did math good, Ernst Chladni (1756-1827), a German sound-wave specialist regarded as the “father of acoustics,” and Andrew Moyer (1899-1959), an American microbiologist who invented a method for mass-producing penicillin, were both born on Nov. 30.

So were “Gulliver’s Travels” creator Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), entrepreneurial rifleman Oliver Winchester (1810-1880), the one-and-only Samuel “Mark Twain” Clemens (1835-1910) and “Anne of Green Gables” author Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942).

Reality bites: And take a bow, actor/director Ben Stiller – Jerry Stiller’s kid turns 53 today.

Moving tribute: Before we wrap up the week, happy trails to longtime Long Island law firm Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt, which has pulled up its stakes and relocated – thankfully, not very far. Look them up at their new address in Melville, at 576 Broad Hollow Road.

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Now arriving: Deemed “third world” in stature at least twice – by then-Vice President Joseph Biden and then presidential-candidate Donald Trump – LaGuardia Airport jets into the future Saturday, when the first gates inside its much-ballyhooed Terminal B are scheduled to open.

Joined Thursday by representatives of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and LaGuardia Gateway Partners, a private consortium rebuilding and operating Terminal B, Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled the terminal’s 250,000-square-foot concourse, a big part of the airport’s multi-year, $8 billion transformation project.

Eleven gates are slated to open this weekend, with other gates and new terminals – including Delta Air Lines’ $4 billion Terminal C, which will add another 37 gates – scheduled to follow through 2021. According to the governor, the opening of the new Terminal B concourse “marks another significant milestone in the transformation of LaGuardia Airport into a modern, global gateway worthy of the State of New York.”

Hi-ho silver! Congratulations to our good friends at Adelphi University, where the Nexus Building has earned LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The 100,000-square-foot Nexus Building is the jewel of the Garden City campus, serving as the main facility for Adelphi’s College of Nursing and Public Health and a hub for student services, admissions, alumni outreach and other programs. On its LEED scorecard, the circa-2016 building earned copious credits in the Sustainable Sites, Energy and Atmosphere and Indoor Air Quality categories.

The Nexus Building is the third Adelphi University facility to earn LEED certification, following the Performing Arts Center and the Center for Recreation and Sport – proving that “Adelphi’s commitment to the environment is evident in and outside the buildings on campus,” according to university Special Projects Coordinator Kathleen Watchorn.



Comfy new genes: A cutting-edge gene-therapy procedure could bring new hope to Parkinson’s disease patients, according to Feinstein Institute researchers.

Proper advances: Ten Long Island scientists, representing numerous institutions and a plethora of disciplines, have earned prestigious AAAS Fellowships.

Patients are a virtue: A longtime company executive known for breaking glass ceilings has taken the reins at a Jericho-based patient-recruitment specialist.



Marc Alessi wants his 5G and NYIT researchers want to break a link between kidney disease and heart disease.



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

From Maryland: Rockville-based biopharma CASI Pharmaceuticals announces plans for a state-of-the-art manufacturing site in China’s Jiangsu Province.

From Connecticut: Stamford-based startup Safer Alarms Inc. introduces wireless “heat sensors” for attics, laundry rooms and other common fire areas.

From Texas: Houston-based Sober Up, serving a “detoxification drink” that reduces alcohol toxicity and prevents hangovers, shatters its Indiegogo goal in just 72 hours.



+ Clifford Feiner has been appointed chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at South Nassau Communities Hospital. He previously served as founding chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Jamaica-based Queens Hospital.

+ Danielle Oglesby has been appointed deputy executive director of the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency. She was previously chief operating officer at the Global Institute at LIU Post.

+ Anthony Fullington has been hired as chief financial officer at Deer Park-based United Way of Long Island. He was formerly CFO/senior executive leader of global financial operations for The Hunger Project in Manhattan.

+ Maryann Ashworth has been hired as senior project manager at Bohemia-based P.W. Grosser Consulting. She held the same position at Continental Placer Inc. in Albany.

+ Gilbert Anderson has been hired as senior project director at Brookhaven-based L.K. McLean Associates. He was previously the Suffolk County public works commissioner.

+ The Long Island Association business group has elected five new board members: Maureen Evers-Willox, managing partner at KPMG; Alan Guerci, president/CEO of Catholic Health Services of Long Island; Catherine Verrelli, managing partner at Ernst & Young; William Golden, CEO for employer/individual markets at UnitedHealthcare; and Jeffrey Alter, board member of CityMD in Manhattan.

+ Oren Cahlon has been hired as associate deputy physician-in-chief for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Regional Care Network. He will retain his role as vice chairman of MSK’s Department of Radiation Oncology.

+ Melville-based EGC Group has announced five new hires: James Acierno is now the group digital account director; previously, he was an account supervisor at Manhattan-based VaynerMedia. Parth Jhaveri is now the front-end software developer; he previously performed web-related work for Harvard University. Tricia Zorn is now digital account supervisor; she was a user-experience architect/digital project manager at Hauppauge-based Austin Williams. Deana Meccariello is now a content developer; she previously served as assistant director of communications and events for Hofstra University’s Office of Graduate Admission. Claire Kennedy is now public relations coordinator; she was an intern at the firm.



Dream on: A new national survey redefines the American “dream job.”

A horse of a different color: A five-year-old Icelandic stallion sports what equestrian observers say is a never-before-seen coat.

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