No. 453: In which the tide rips, the puns fly and Adelphi students phone out

Thanks a blot: The late Hermann Rorschach, who created the namesake inkblots used to unlock our psychological conditions, marks a birthday today.


Cap it off: You’ve done it again, dear reader – another five-day gauntlet completed, another well-earned weekend in sight.

That’s a good cup of joe: Yes, please.

It’s Friday, Nov. 8, out there, and we’re ending the workweek in style – National Cappuccino Day, as if you need an excuse to enjoy a creamy cuppa.

About town: It’s also World Urbanism Day, a.k.a. World Town Planning Day, when eyes turn to the orderly spread of humanity in livable communities.

Brain matters: And representing both ends of the cerebral spectrum, Nov. 8 is also Abet and Aid Punsters DayDo the French play videogames? Wii! – and National Dunce Day.

Big Sky: Happy anniversary Montana, admitted as the 41st state of the Union on this date in 1889.

See right through it: German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen accidentally discovered X-rays on Nov. 8, 1895.

That’s cold: Washington State inventor William Frost earned a U.S. patent on this date in 1910 for his Electric Insect Destroyer, recorded as the very first bug zapper.

Other U.S. patents issued on Nov. 8 include one in 1904 for the first detachable electric plug, by Connecticut inventor Harvey Hubbell II, and one issued a year ago today to makers Eduard Richer and Florian Gallmeier for their Longitudinal Leaf Stripper and Corresponding Beet Harvesting Machine.

The one where Xander loses his shirt: These are the Days of Our Lives.

Like sands through the hourglass: And trailing only now-concluded “Guiding Light” (59 seasons) and still-operating “General Hospital” (57 seasons), “Days of Our Lives” –currently in its 55th season, and counting – premiered on this date in 1964.

This is a test: Hermann Rorschach (1884-1922), the Swiss psychiatrist who devised the ubiquitous inkblot test that bears his name, would be 135 years old today.

Also born on Nov. 8 were English astronomer and comet calculator Edmond Halley (1656-1742); “Dracula” author Bram Stoker (1847-1912); German philosopher Friedrich Gottlob Frege (1848-1925), among the first to marry math and logic; “Gone With the Wind” author Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949); South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard (1922-2001), who performed the world’s first human heart transplant; and American electrical engineer/Nobel laureate Jack St. Clair Kilby (1923-2005), who invented the first integrated circuit.

Ramming speed: Chill out, Gordon Ramsay.

Blunt object: And take a bow, Gordon Ramsay – the fiery and forward-to-a-fault British chef, restaurateur, food critic and television personality turns 53 today.

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Outta sight: The Federal Aviation Administration has granted critical permissions that will allow drones to fly in New York airspace beyond their operators’ visual range.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that the New York Unmanned Aircraft System Test Site at Griffiss International Airport in Oneida County has received FAA approvals allowing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to operate within the first segment of New York’s 50-Mile Unmanned Aircraft System Corridor. The “BVLOS” authority – for “beyond visual line of sight” – is an “incredible milestone,” according to Cuomo, who’s invested more than $30 million in state funds into turning the Mohawk Valley into a “global leader of this next-generation technology.”

“This federal designation … will ensure that the Central New York and the Mohawk Valley regions remain the global hub for [UAV] advancement and integration for generations to come,” the governor added.

Feeder system: Student volunteers pitch in for Island Harvest’s Weekend Backpack Feeding Program.

Back support: A generous gift will help thousands of food-insecure Long Island children who rely on low-cost school meals during the week eat well on the weekends, too.

Island Harvest Food Bank has received a $30,000 grant from The Rite Aid Foundation, with the money earmarked for Island Harvest’s Kids Weekend Backpack Feeding Program. Established in 2006, the program provides supplemental food support for many of the 100,000-plus Long Island schoolkids who qualify for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch and National School Breakfast programs.

Island Harvest’s grant was one of 233 – totaling more than $5 million – the Pennsylvania-based Rite Aid Foundation gifted to nationwide nonprofits through this round of its KidCents Regional Grant Program. “Many food-insecure Long Island schoolchildren often rely on their school’s free breakfasts and lunches as the only meals they eat during the weekday,” noted Island Harvest President Randi Shubin Dresner. “The [grant] will help us give children in need essential food support over the weekend.”



Let ’er Rip: The Southampton Arts Center will rock on Saturday as five East End startups throw down for $50,000 in Riptide: Sink or Swim prizes.

Call waiting: It’s the longest week of the year for these Adelphi University students, who have voluntarily surrendered their cellphones.

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“Vaping” turns 21 in New York; APICS turns into the ASCM.



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

From Texas: Dallas-based medical device distributor Cryo Centers of America brings the world’s first “smart” cryotherapy pod to the States.

From Oklahoma: Norman-based wearable-tech tinkerer FocusBack battles ADHD and more with patented leg-bounce buster.

From California: San Francisco-based pediatrics innovator Hopelab deploys Vivibot, an uplifting chatbot for young-adult cancer patients.



Jeffrey Kuvin

+ Jeffrey Kuvin has been named chairman of cardiology at North Shore University Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Kuvin will also serve as senior vice president of cardiology for Northwell’s Central and Eastern regions and co-director of the Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital, effective Feb. 3. He previously served as chief of cardiovascular medicine at New Hampshire-based Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and a professor of medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine.

+ Northwell Health has announced two promotions: Kerri Anne Scanlon has been named executive director of Glen Cove Hospital; she previously served as Northwell’s deputy chief nurse executive and North Shore University Hospital’s associate executive director of patient services and CNO. Susan Kwiatek has been named vice president of Northwell’s strategic initiative for aging and supportive care; she previously served as executive director of Glen Cove Hospital.

+ Nancy Gianakos has been named partner at Garden City-based Reisman Peirez Reisman & Capobianco. She was previously a partner at Garden City-based Aiello & DiFalco.

+ Ade Famojuro has been hired as an associate in the general liability group at Uniondale-based Rivkin Radler. He previously served as an associate at Garden City-based Cascone & Kluepfel.

+ Tamara Stillman has been promoted to associate at Brookhaven-based L.K. McClean Associates. She previously served as director of survey and mapping.

+ Bohemia-based P.W. Grosser has announced three staff additions: Justin Livore has been hired as a field hydrogeologist; he previously served as a field stream technician at the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program in upstate Shokan. Sam Johnson has been hired as a field hydrogeologist; he previously served as a research assistant at SUNY Fredonia. Rosemarie Ausili has been hired as an office assistant; she previously served as an office manager at the Shandon Court restaurant in East Islip.


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