No. 441: Golden in Montauk, healthy at Hofstra and an anniversary with a Big A

Post time: Now sharing a slot with the Resorts World Casino, Aqueduct Racetrack turns 125 today.


End run: Protect the ball and follow your blockers, dear readers, as we break from the scrum of another busy workweek and sprint toward the first weekend of Fall 2019.

It’s Friday out there, and a rare one indeed, when even Forbes is excited about the New York Giants.

Highly koala-fied: Holding out for a hero.

Make a day of it: It’s Sept. 27 and that brings an unusual selection of “holidays” – Ancestor Appreciation Day, Hug a Vegetarian Day, National Bakery Day, Morning Show Hosts Day, Save the Koala Day, National Crush a Can Day and more. Some interesting combos there.

Working vacation: Today also marks World Tourism Day, a United Nations function designed to encourage international visits and support a global industry responsible for 10 percent of the world’s employment.

All aboard: English engineer and “Father of Railways” George Stephenson’s “Locomotion No. 1” became the first steam locomotive to carry passengers on a public rail line on Sept. 27, 1825.

Hot property: The “Friction Match Card,” the first recorded book of matches, was patented on this date in 1892 by Pennsylvania inventor Joshua Pusey.

Other U.S. patents attached to Sept. 27 include a 1910 patent application for Walter Smart’s gun cleaner and a 1956 patent award for Kenneth Frye’s cap gun.

And, they’re off! Aqueduct Racetrack, the jewel of South Ozone Park, opened on Sept. 27, 1894.

The Big A, New York City’s only horseracing track, was built on 210 acres formerly belonging to Brooklyn Water Works, a utility with a large water conduit on the site.

“Squared” roots: Energetic Einstein adds it all up.

Do the math: Arguably the world’s most famous scientific equation, Einstein’s culture-crossing E = mc2 formula first appeared in the journal Annalen der Physik on this date in 1905.

Hit the gas: Ford’s first Model T rolled off its innovative Detroit assembly line on Sept. 27, 1908.

Reading, writing, ho-ho-hoing: And the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus Training School, billed as the world’s oldest, opened on this date in 1937.

Throws like a girl: Five feet, 4 inches, 120 pounds and memorably fierce, Mamie “Peanut” Johnson (1935-2017) – one of only three women to play in the Negro Leagues, and the only one to pitch – would be 84 years old today.

Also born on Sept. 27 were American revolutionary and politician Samuel Adams (1722-1803); Mississippi Republican Hiram Revels (1817-1901), the first African American U.S. senator; American astronomer Benjamin Gould (1824-1896), who catalogued constellations in the Southern Hemisphere; and British Nobel Prize laureate Robert Edwards (1925-2013), who perfected in-vitro fertilization.

Hot patootie: Happy birthday, Mr. Loaf.

Bat out of hell: And take a bow, Michael Lee Aday – the American rocker and actor known best as Meat Loaf turns 72 today.

Give the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Wayne’s World” alum your best at – and show us paradise (by the dashboard or any other lights) with some story tips, calendar suggestions and op-ed submissions (two out of three ain’t bad).


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Name dropping: A bevy of big Long Island brains – lawmakers, educators, economists, business execs, leading researchers and more – are gathered today in Montauk for a golden salute to a regional economic-development stalwart.

They actually started gathering Wednesday, when the Long Island Business Development Council opened its 50th annual conference at Gurney’s Star Island Resort & Marina. Featuring awards dinners, golf tournaments and a cocktail or two, the three-day pow-wow is punctuated by an incredible assortment of ingenuity and expertise and a boggling array of panel discussions and networking sessions.

Among the speakers welcomed to the half-century celebration by LIBDC co-chairmen Ed Mirabella and Theodore Sasso were Long Island Association President Kevin Law, Long Island Builders Institute CEO Mitch Pally, Hofstra University Executive Dean Lawrence Levy, Caithness Energy President Ross Ain, ace government affairs consultant Desmond Ryan and both Long Island county executives, among others.

South next: Welcome to Mount Sinai South Nassau, new name for Oceanside’s old friend.

Name that hospital: Speaking of big names – by any other moniker, it’s still the Long Island flagship of the Mount Sinai Health System.

And so, what was South Nassau Communities Hospital shall henceforth be known as Mount Sinai South Nassau, reflecting the 455-bed, 90-year-old institution’s recent affiliation with the New York City-based health network. The new name – which creates “a clear and consistent identity with the Mount Sinai Health System brand,” according to Mount Sinai President Arthur Klein – has been approved by the Oceanside-based hospital’s Board of Trustees and the New York State Department of State and takes effect immediately.

The renaming, which follows an extensive market study and lengthy executive discussions, “reflects our new partnership with Mount Sinai while recognizing the long history of South Nassau,” noted Mount Sinai South Nassau President and CEO Richard Murphy. “Our legacy of serving this community and providing patients with extraordinary healthcare will only grow stronger as a result of our partnership.”



The beach bum’s guide to financial prosperity: Thrive on Wall Street or design awesome hoodies? One outdoorsy investment ace is trying on both.

You are what you app: A mobile app for making better (maybe life-saving) nutritional choices won the day at Hofstra’s 2019 Healthcare Entrepreneurship challenge.

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

From Massachusetts: Boston-based virtual reality startup VINCI VR, founded by a 22-year-old undergrad, has won a million-dollar U.S. Air Force training contract.

From Washington: DC-based IT ace Artemis Consulting introduces CONAN, an interactive Library of Congress website featuring an annotated U.S. Constitution.

From Massachusetts: Lowell-based biotech Versatope Therapeutics lands a $17.9 million NIH contract to develop its universal influenza vaccine.



John Sendach

+ Jon Sendach will become executive director of North Shore University Hospital on Jan. 1, succeeding Alessandro Bellucci, who is returning to full-time clinical practice. Sendach currently serves as the hospital’s deputy executive director.

+ Lee Silberman has been appointed executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk. He previously served as executive vice president at Duralee Fabrics and as CEO of The Robert Allen Duralee Group.

+ Patty Hasselbring has been promoted to manager of agent education at Cold Spring Harbor-based Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty. She previously served as training/technology coordinator.

+ Steven Meditz has been hired as a supervisor at North Massapequa-based Perlson LLP. He previously served as senior accountant at Ronkonkoma-based Grassi Franchise Services.

+ Gregory Garrett has been promoted to chief operating officer at Greenport-based Peconic Landing. He previously served as executive vice president.

+ Nick Vaerewyck has been promoted to senior vice president of programming and business operations for NYCB Live-Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. He previously served as senior director of programming.

+ Vincent Paolucci has joined Woodbury-based Gettry Marcus as a tax partner. He was previously partner-in-charge of the Tax Department at Woodbury-based Mazars USA.


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