No. 422: Forty whacks, mighty winds, collegiate values and Long Island’s season of the nurse

Doc holiday: Acclaimed British actor Benedict Cumberbatch -- known for his portrayals of intelligent characters, his distinctive voiceovers and his vocal support for closing the gender pay gap -- turns 43 today.


Hot stuff: Just in time for the muggiest stretch of the year, Friday has arrived, dear readers, and you’ve reached the end of another sweltering summer workweek.

Ice move: Baby, it’s hot outside.

It’s July 19 out there, and with heat indexes forecasted to soar into the 100s this weekend, you might want to check out Good Housekeeping’s top tips for keeping cool when summer spikes.

This should also help: Frozen in time, today is National Daquiri Day.

And unless you’ve been living under a space rock, you know that tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of 1969’s historic Apollo 11 moon landing. Still plenty of ways to celebrate at Garden City’s Cradle of Aviation Museum.

Cosmic calculation: According to the story, German astronomer, mathematician and astrologer Johannes Kepler had an epiphany on this date in 1595 and began developing his theories about of the universe’s geometric underpinnings.

A bigger boat: The steamship SS Great Britain – the first ocean-going craft with an iron hull or a screw propeller, and the world’s largest floating vessel at the time – left drydock in Bristol for its first transatlantic voyage to New York on July 19, 1843.

The Great Britain departed Bristol six years to the day after the SS Great Western, an oak-hulled steamship that was also the largest in the world when launched. Both ships were designed by iconic British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Rights stuff: Remembered as the first U.S. women’s rights conference and the unofficial start of this country’s women’s suffrage movement, the Seneca Falls Convention convened on July 19, 1848, in upstate New York.

Segregated squadron: World War II’s Tuskegee Airmen.

Black skies: Alabama’s Tuskegee Army Air Field, home base of the African American World War II aces known as the Tuskegee Airmen, opened on this date in 1942.

That’s cool: And with the big heatwave of 2019 boiling up, we look back 52 years to July 19, 1967, when the then-New York City Transit Authority rolled out its very first air-conditioned subway cars.

Forty whacks, no answers: Did-she-or-didn’t-she cultural icon Lizzie Borden (1860-1927) – except for maybe O.J. Simpson, arguably history’s most infamous acquitted murder suspect – would be 159 years old today.

Also born on July 19 were America’s first firearms manufacturer, Samuel Colt (1814-1862); geologist Curtis Marbut (1863-1935), remembered as a founder of modern soil science; surgeon, philanthropist and Mayo Clinic cofounder Charles Mayo (1865-1939); “Betty Boop” and “Popeye the Sailor Man” animator Max Fleischer (1883-1972); and multibillionaire Howard Schultz (born 1953), the two-time CEO of Starbucks.

Dr. Strange, love: And take a bow, Benedict Cumberbatch – the award-winning English thespian and “Avengers: Endgame” survivor turns 43 today.

Wish the big-screen master of the mystic arts, the coffee kingpin and the rest a happy birthday at We’ll take the presents – story tips, calendar items, all shapes and sizes, please and thank you.


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That’s convenient: Former Vice President Al Gore (left) and Gov. Andrew Cuomo celebrate New York’s clean-gen commitment.

Wind, wind: Determined to push New York to the head of the offshore-wind class, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday executed the nation’s largest offshore wind-farm agreement and issued the single-largest renewable energy procurement by any state in U.S. history – both promising substantial socioeconomic impacts on Long Island.

In selecting the Empire Wind and Sunrise Wind offshore projects – and greenlighting the combined generation of 1,700 megawatts of green energy, enough to power 1 million homes – the governor projects a $3.2 billion statewide economic impact, including the creation of 1,600 project-development, manufacturing, installation and operations/maintenance jobs in the $100,000 salary range.

Cuomo on Thursday also inked the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which the State Legislature approved in June and is self-billed as “the most ambitious and comprehensive climate and clean-energy legislation” in the nation. “Even in today’s chaos of political pandering and hyperbole, there are still facts, data and evidence – and climate change is an undeniable scientific fact,” the governor said. “New York will lead the way in developing the largest source of offshore wind power in the nation.”

Bang for buck: After reviewing educational quality, tuition costs, student debt, alumni earnings and other critical financial and employment factors at some 700 colleges and universities in all 50 states, Forbes has ranked a handful of Long Island schools among America’s Best Value Colleges.

The 2019 list, which Forbes bills as “the definitive guide for those looking for an excellent return on their college investment.” totals 300 public and private schools offering four-year degrees. Leading the way is Utah’s Brigham Young University ($5,460 average in-state tuition), followed by New Jersey’s Princeton University ($47,140) and the University of California, Irvine ($11,502).

Riding the average SUNY in-state tuition of $6,670, No. 29 Stony Brook University, No. 152 SUNY Farmingdale and No. 221 SUNY Maritime College in Throggs Neck all made the list, as did Hofstra University ($42,900), squeaking in at No. 296.



Nursing them along: Several Long Island institutions are bolstering their nursing-education efforts this summer.

Tough break: Janam Technologies’ newest dare-you-to-damage-it handheld computer is specially designed for the retail world.

Accounted for: Adelphi University has graduated the first students to complete its Master’s Degree in Professional Accounting.



Adelphi has something to admit to SUNY’s Upstate Medical University; federal health officials have something to give to Hofstra-Northwell nurses.



Family thing: Vidsig founder Jeff Dudam and his godfather, the late, great Willie McCovey.

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

From California: San Francisco-based software specialist Vidsig partners with the National Baseball Hall of Fame to provide virtual meet-and-greets with living legends.

From Arizona: Tucson-based flow-control expert Alicat introduces the world’s first mass flow controllers built specifically for bioreactors.

From Florida: Melbourne-based low-level laser leader Erchonia Corp. earns FDA approval to target nociceptive musculoskeletal pain.



+ John Penn has rejoined Hauppauge-based Kaufman & Associates as a partner in its growing Securities Law practice. He previously served as managing director and senior counsel at New Jersey-based RBC Capital Markets and as special counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of Mergers & Acquisitions.

+ Melville-based Korg USA has announced two new hires: Emily Shortell has joined as a digital content specialist; she previously served as a digital content creator at Betches in Manhattan. Ian Pritchard has joined as a product manager; he previously served as an administrative professional at The Law Offices of Suzanne N. Pritchard in Pennsylvania.

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+ Gregory Demetriou, CEO of Edgewood-based Lorraine Gregory Communications, has joined the Board of Directors for the Long Island Capital Alliance.

+ Christina Ho has been appointed president of the Roslyn-based Junior League of Long Island. She previously served as director of the Huntington Learning Center in Massapequa Park.

+ Vincent Mattei has been hired as SEO strategist at Hauppauge-based Austin Williams. He previously served as a media analyst for Jericho-based Publishers Clearing House.

+ Jacqueline Rehak has been appointed assistant superintendent for business in the North Bellmore School District. She previously served as an assistant business official in the Valley Stream Central High School District.

+ Melina Healey has been hired as director of clinical programs and assistant clinical professor at the Central Islip-based Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. She previously served as an acting assistant professor at NYU School of Law in Manhattan.



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