No. 437: Surviving the 13th, walking the Path and watching your cholesterol – plus, the opioid war rages 

Brave face: Nothing to fear but fear itself, triskaidekaphobian -- there are 13 weeks until the next Friday the 13th. (Ooh, that can't be good.)


Scary good: Welcome to Friday, intrepid innovator, and the last leg of another busy workweek.

It’s Sept. 13 out there – yes, Friday the 13th – and whether or not you suffer from triskaidekaphobia (extreme superstition regarding the No. 13), there’s no doubt this date gets a bad rap.

Apogee accepted: Let’s say half-full, since it’s Positive Thinking Day.

Micromanaging: This particular Friday the 13th will be brightened by a rare “micro moon,” a pretty big deal.

Happy thoughts: Speaking of the bright side, today also marks the 16th annual Positive Thinking Day, so stop worrying.

Glowing recommendation: Influential African American innovator Lewis Latimer patented the electric lamp – actually, a lightbulb that advanced Edison’s design by adding a longer-lasting carbon filament – on Sept. 13, 1881.

Other patents attached to this date include one issued in 1898 to the Rev. Hannibal Williston Goodwin, who invented “nitro cellulose transparent flexible photographic film pellicles” – a.k.a. celluloid photo film.

Degrees of separation: The World Meteorological Organization officially recognizes a 1913 reading from Death Valley, Calif. (134.1 degrees Fahrenheit) as the hottest air temperature ever recorded. But for 90 years, a now-discredited report from Sept. 13, 1922 – when the mercury allegedly touched 136.4 degrees in Aziziya, Libya – wore the crown.

Hall pass: With Doubleday debunked, Alexander Cartwright – who compiled the modern rulebook and thereby invented baseball – was posthumously inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Sept. 13, 1938.

Office max: IBM’s “Random Access Method of Accounting and Control” filled its first room on Sept. 13, 1956.

Big Blue breakthrough: And it was this date in 1956 when IBM introduced the first supercomputer with a magnetic hard-disk drive – the RAMAC 305, which weighed more than a ton and was moved by forklift.

The candy man can: American tycoon Milton Snavely Hershey (1857-1945), who founded his global chocolate corporation in 1894, would have been 162 years old today.

Also born on Sept. 13 were “Robinson Crusoe” novelist Daniel Defoe (1660-1731); overlooked American inventor Oliver Evans (1755-1819), who invented the automatic corn mill, pioneered high-pressure steam engines and created the first automated production line; Canadian war heroine Laura Secord (1775-1868); U.S. Army pathologist and Washington hospital namesake Walter Reed (1851-1902); and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” author Roald Dahl (1916-1990).

Elbows off the table: But wooden posts are OK, according to Miss Manners.

She’s very Emily Post: And curtsy politely, Judith Martin – the American journalist, author and etiquette authority known best as “Miss Manners” turns 81 today.

Wish the princess of protocol and all the other Sept. 13 innovators a happy birthday at – and (graciously) include a story tip or calendar item, please and thank you.


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On the path: Enhancing resiliency against future storms, promoting waterfront access and providing a wealth of recreational opportunities, the Path to the Park is complete.

Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced that the Town of Hempstead and the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery had finished work on a $3.8 million construction and renovation effort targeting a North Shore public greenway in South Valley Stream. The project – which included bulkhead reconstruction, a new vegetative buffer, numerous aesthetic upgrades and a host of surge-protection and storm-related improvements – rehabilitated a stretch damaged significantly by 2012’s Superstorm Sandy.

“The increased severity and frequency of future storms on Long Island means that we must make a substantial investment in the resiliency of South Valley Stream,” noted State Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D-Rockville Centre), chairman of the Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee. “This project will help strengthen the shoreline by mitigating future storm damage and reducing flooding.”

Carb conundrum: A moment on the lips, a lifetime of lipogenesis.

Lipid service: Adios, cholesterol. Feel the terror, triglycerides. Northwell Health is coming for you.

With a nod to National Cholesterol Education Month, the state’s largest healthcare organization this week opened Long Island’s first lipid center, built to target the fatty blood invaders known to block arteries and stir up cardiac trouble. Guy Mintz, director of cardiovascular health and lipidology at the Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital in Manhasset, and Benjamin Hirsh, the heart hospital’s director of preventive cardiology, are serving as co-directors.

With the two distinguished cardiologists at the controls, the Great Neck-based Northwell Health Lipid Center will focus on cardiac disease prevention and cholesterol management. “Our team, including nurse practitioners and registered dieticians, is here to help patients with high cholesterol, high triglycerides … or patients unable to tolerate cholesterol medications,” Mintz said Thursday. “Lifestyle modification such as diet and exercise will be reinforced, and when appropriate, medical therapy is provided.”



Turning the tide: Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council CEO Kevin Dahill opines on the opioid crisis, as a stinging legal defeat for Big Pharma stirs hopes.

Stronger foundation: More than two dozen Long Island high schoolers will pursue science degrees at Farmingdale State, thanks to the National Science Foundation.

Sure ABET: Two Hofstra computer-degree programs have earned key international accreditations.



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

From Oregon: Portland-based mobile DevOps maestro PortlandLabs earns a coveted federal designation, and a place in the government’s lucrative FedRAMP Marketplace.

From California: Dublin-based business brokerage introduces a ProSell Program to help owners sell their small businesses.

From New Jersey: The Princeton-based NotForgotten Digital Preservation Library aims for immortality with a “personalized time capsule.”



David Lessing

+ David Lessing has joined the Board of Directors of the Middle Market Alliance of Long Island. He is director of new business development at Great River-based Lessing’s Hospitality Group.

+ Oren Shefet has been promoted to director of counseling and psychological wellness at SUNY Old Westbury. He has held various clinical services positions at the school.

+ SUNY Old Westbury has announced two new hires: Jerrell Robinson is now director of the Educational Opportunity Program; he previously worked at Long Island City-based LaGuardia Community College. Nicole Sasu-Twum is now sports information director; she previously held an assistant position in the school’s Athletics Department, in addition to working at the Martin De Porres Group Home.

+ Rockville Centre-based Mercy Medical Center has named two co-directors of orthopedic surgery: Alexandre de Moura, founder and medical director of the Westbury-based New York Spine Institute, and Salvatore Corso, former co-chief of orthopedics at Northwell Health’s Plainview Hospital.


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Bees do it: How the little workers are helping to spread organic pesticides.

Even educated fleas do it: Theater veterans will light up the 2019 Broadway Flea Market.

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