No. 430: Growing up fast, helping Northwell’s ‘dependents’ and plugging Innovation Park

Dropping in: Celebrated every Aug. 16, National Airborne Day commemorates the first U.S. military parachute jump, made in 1940 by 29th Infantry Regiment Platoon Leader 1st Lieutenant William Ryder. Many sky soldiers have followed.


In country: You’ve done it again, intrepid innovator – another workweek in the books, another weekend on tap.

It’s Aug. 16 on Long Island and around the world – and soon to be Friday Night in Dixie, as noted by Rhett Atkins.

Ghost rider: Sayonara, spirits.

The hills are alive: To our readers in Kyoto, a blessed Gozan no Okuribi, the traditional Aug. 16 “send-off fire” concluding Japan’s annual Obon festival and ushering visiting spirits back to the spirit world.

Special operations: Back on this metaphysical plane, or slightly above it, today is also National Airborne Day, saluting the anniversary of the first military parachute jump (1940) and the service of all brave U.S. paratroopers.

And it might seem trite to the 101st Airborne, but the slightly less adventurous can strap in today for National Roller Coaster Day.

On track: Roller coasters were officially invented 14 years earlier – or in 17th century Russia, depending on the story – but for sure, innovator Edwin Prescott patented his design for the loop-de-loop coaster on Aug. 16, 1898.

Other patents issued on this date include one in 1949 for Mineola’s own Leonard Greene, who invented a “Stall Warning Device for Airplanes.”

Chang and Eng: Ladies’ men.

Joined at the hip: The original Siamese twins – Chang and Eng Bunker, connected at the waist by four inches of cartilage that, it was discovered posthumously, could have been easily removed – arrived in Boston (from Siam) on this date in 1829 to begin their infamous (and lucrative) side-show careers.

They also had quite the sex life.

No swimsuit edition (yet): But the long-running periodical Sports Illustrated was first published on Aug. 16, 1954.

Artificial flavor: And what is now an evolving Skynet-type global network quietly and efficiently plotting the destruction of all organic beings kicked off on this date in 1988, when IBM introduced the first commercial AI software.

Before his time: Speaking of science fiction, American inventor and publisher Hugo Gernsback (1884-1967) – who collected 80 patents and is credited with establishing science fiction as a literary form (and with imagining such wild innovations as television, juke boxes, solar energy and radar, among others) – would be 135 years old today.

Also born on Aug. 16 were second-generation, first-rate botanist Francis Darwin (1848-1925); physical-fitness crusader/magazine magnate Bernarr Macfadden (1868-1955); British adventurer and author T.E. Lawrence (of Arabia, 1888-1935); “Felix the Cat” cartoonist Otto Messmer (1892-1983); and circus master Robert Ringling (1897-1950).

Thanks for everything: The prolific Julie Newmar, in her most famous role.

Cat’s meow: And take a bow, Julie Newmar – the American actor, dancer and singer, beloved by millions as the first (and best) Catwoman on the campy classic “Batman,” turns 86 today.

Wish the extra-special guest villainess, the Big Top baron and all the other Aug. 16 innovators a happy birthday at Story tips and calendar suggestions? That would be purrrrrfect, darling.


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Grid unlock: Major-league utility National Grid is supporting the Hauppauge Industrial Association of Long Island’s marketing campaign for the Long Island Innovation Park at Hauppauge.

Announced Thursday, a $24,750 grant from National Grid’s Cooperative Business Recruitment Program will bolster marketing initiatives designed to attract out-of-town businesses to the 1,400-acre former Hauppauge Industrial Park. The CBRP provides matching funds for marketing initiatives at National Grid’s “local economic-development partners,” according to the HIA-LI.

Promoting the freshly rebranded industrial park – already home to 55,000 daily workers and $13 billion in annual economic activity – is Job No. 1 for the industrial association, and the “valuable financial assistance” from National Grid will go a long way toward that end, according to HIA-LI Board of Directors Chairman Joe Campolo. “We’ll soon be launching an aggressive outreach campaign to broaden our tenant roster,” Campolo said Thursday.

Dankeschön: Junior (and not-so-junior) Long Island firefighters show off their new gear.

Flame out: The Garden City-based Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center now has as trove of authentic German firefighting equipment to share with visitors, thanks to a donation made through an international goodwill program.

Pairing the Nassau County Junior Firefighters Association with counterparts from Germany, the Wunderbar Together  program – which encourages good relations between Deutschland and the United States – brought eight German youngsters to this year’s Camp Fahrenheit 516 program, held annually at the Nassau County Fire Services Academy in Old Bethpage.

All told, 45 junior firefighters representing departments across Nassau and Suffolk trained with the international visitors, including lessons on the specialized equipment the Youth Fire Brigade brought all the way from Haverlagh, Germany. “The donation of this equipment will help us to show how fire services around the world operate, and to further teach our visitors about the long history of firefighting,” noted Chief John Murray of the Nassau County Firefighters Museum.



Need for speed: Inc. Magazine counts 39 Long Island up-and-comers among its 5,000 fastest-growing U.S. firms.

Fringe benefits: Northwell Health’s new STEM Scholarships Program benefits employees, their college-bound dependents and the health system itself.

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Long Island’s starting LINAP, Downtown Baldwin’s big win, Applied DNA’s new acquisition.



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

From Virginia: Alexandria-based support system 4VETS4LIFE embarks on a mission to help 10 disabled veterans rebuild their lives.

From California: San Luis Obispo-based startup supporter RELENTLESS Management Group offers ready-made teams – engineering, sales, etc. – and a “new approach” to tech investing.

From California: Campbell-based analytics ace Mobile Experts predicts rapid, multibillion-dollar growth in the Fixed Wireless Access market.



Valentin Pavlov

+ Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell Professor Valentin Pavlov has been elected vice president of the International Society for Autonomic Neuroscience. He is also a professor at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research’s Institute of Bioelectronic Medicine.

+ Noah Kauff has been appointed chief of cancer genetics for the Northwell Health Cancer Institute. He previously directed clinical cancer genetics at the North Carolina-based Duke Cancer Institute and directed the Ovarian Cancer Screening and Prevention Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan.

+ John Paniccioli has been hired as vice president and general manager at Rocky Point-based Watchdog Advertising. He previously served as senior account manager at Patchogue-based radio station WALK-FM.

+ Caterina Castagna has been hired as director of accounting and auditing at Garden City-based DeMarco & Nesi CPAs. She previously directed corporate accounting at AMC Networks in Manhattan.

+ Melville-based H2M architects + engineers has announced six new hires: Shane Dean is now an accounting assistant; he previously was an accounting clerk at Hauppauge-based Globecomm Systems. Shavaronn Thomas is now an application support coordinator; he previously was a junior business analyst at Melville-based US Mortgage Corp. Anthony Spantidakis is now a senior environmental scientist; he previously was a senior project manager and environmental scientist at Cardno in Manhattan. Taylor Reynolds is now an accounting supervisor; she previously was a senior accountant at Manhattan-based 5W Public Relations. Amelia Veitch is now a staff engineer; she previously was a chapter relations, advertising and outreach coordinator at Engineers for a Sustainable World in Manhattan. Joan Word is now a project document control coordinator; she previously was a licensing coordinator at Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Huntington Station.



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