No. 461: Creative cones, melodious Molloy and an architect for New York Tech

Clean sweep: Emmy-, Tony- and Grammy-winning entertainer Dick Van Dyke (Bert the chimney sweep in the 1964 Disney classic "Mary Poppins") turns 94 today.


But not least: Welcome to Friday, dear readers – not only the last leg of this busy week of socioeconomic innovation, but the last Friday the 13th of the decade.

Coneheads: Keep the fruitcake, we’re good here.

That makes this Dec. 13, of course, a favorite of sweet tooths: It’s both National Cocoa Day and World Ice Cream Day (not to be mistaken with National Ice Cream Day, which is the third Sunday in July).

Never forget: Today also marks Acadian Remembrance Day.

Who were the Acadians, you ask? Well, that’s precisely why they have a day.

Play us a tune: America’s first music store opened 260 years ago today in Philadelphia – radical, in a town full of Calvinists and Quakers.

Vox clamantis in deserto: Happy semiquincentennial anniversary, Dartmouth College! New Hampshire’s Ivy League institution, officially the ninth-oldest U.S. institution of higher learning, was chartered on Dec. 13, 1769.

Here’s the scoop: Speaking of World Ice Cream Day, Italian emigrant and New Jersey vendor Italo Marcioni patented the ice cream cone on this date in 1903.

Other creamy and delicious patents attached to Dec. 13 include one for American inventor Mary Ella Carpenter, who applied to patent her breakthrough “Brick Ice Cream Holder” in 1923; one for Chicago inventor Nicholas Cummings, who applied to patent his unique “Method of Making a Wrapped Ice Cream Cone” in 1954; and one for Conopco Inc., which filed to patent its “Container for an Ice Cream Cone” (and the process that makes it) in 2012.

Making Hague: It was this date in 1920 when the League of Nations Assembly approved the creation of the Permanent Court of International Justice – predecessor of today’s International Court of Justice – at The Hague.

Weak link: Relay 1 quickly ran out of juice.

Around the world in 900-or-so days: And NASA launched its Relay 1 satellite – the first Earth orbiter to transmit television, teleprinter and facsimile signals – on Dec. 13, 1962.

For the record, a leaky battery shut the spacecraft down less than three years into its mission.

Now you Siemens: German electrical engineer Werner von Siemens (born Ernst Werner Siemens, 1816-1892) – who played a critical role in the creation of the modern electric industry and founded Siemens & Halske, a telegraph company that expanded into today’s innovative multinational conglomerate bearing Siemens’ name – would be 203 years old today.

Doggone: JYD, now tussling in that big squared circle in the sky.

Also born on Dec. 13 were First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln (1818-1882); French botanist Pierre-Marie-Alexis Millardet (1838-1902), who developed the first successful fungicide; Norwegian scientist and aurora authority Kristian Birkeland (1867-1917), remembered alternatively as “the first space scientist” and “the father of plasma experiments”; professional wrestler Sylvester Ritter (1952-1998), known best as The Junkyard Dog; and American economist Ben Bernanke (born 1953), former chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Still dancing: And take a bow, Richard Wayne “Dick” Van Dyke – the Emmy-, Tony- and Grammy-winning American actor, comedian, writer, singer and dancer turns 94 today.

Wish the “Mary Poppins” alumnus, the former Fed chair and all the other Dec. 13 innovators well at Story tips, calendar items and general howdy-do’s always welcome.


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Building something new: Veteran architect Suzanne Musho brings a unique skillset to New York Tech.

Designing woman: A licensed professional architect and veteran entrepreneur with more than 25 years of strategic-planning experience will fill two key roles at the multi-campus New York Institute of Technology, including a critical new position.

New York Tech President Hank Foley this week introduced Suzanne Musho as the school’s new vice president for capital planning and facilities operations. Musho – who founded New York City-based Musho Architecture and Design in 2000 and has served as vice president of NYC-based capital-projects management firm Zubatkin Owner Representation since 2015 – will also fill the new position of NYIT chief architect, overseeing maintenance, renovation and construction projects for the Old Westbury- and Manhattan-based university.

Foley trumpeted the new VP’s “impeccable credentials and experience in project design, planning and project management,” while Musho expressed both excitement and a sense of responsibility. “To be a part of New York Tech’s transformative master planning initiative is a dream come true,” she said Wednesday. “I look forward to helping position New York Tech even more firmly in the world stage of exemplary higher education.”

Simply the Beth: Glassdoor has released its annual list of the employee-selected Best Places to Work, and if you clock in every day at Bethpage Federal Credit Union … well, consider yourself lucky.

With an average employee rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars, BFCU landed at No. 23 on Glassdoor’s top-50 ranking of small and medium-sized businesses (the job-recruiting site also ranked the top 100 “large” companies). While other firms that operate on Long Island – such as California-based Trader Joe’s supermarkets and British Columbia-based retailer lululemon – also graced Glassdoor’s lists, BFCU was the only Long Island-based firm to make the 2020 cut.

“Our corporate culture promotes inclusion, engagement and growth, and so developing and fostering a positive work environment for our employees is a top priority,” BFCU President and CEO Wayne Grossé said in a statement. “We know that our employees are our greatest resource, and we are as committed to them as we are to our members.”



Got a bad feeling about this: A galaxy very, very near is filled with perilous dangers for online “Star Wars” shoppers, warns the Better Business Bureau.

Sweet music: Molloy College’s new president-elect hums a different tune, but will riff on familiar themes.

Boosters engaged: Melville-based satellite specialist Comtech Telecommunications blasted into the stratosphere with a stellar first-quarter effort.



Island institutions embrace diversity; drones and robots inspire young minds.



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

From Massachusetts: Lexington-based artificial-intelligence researcher Dynamic Object Language Labs reveals its not-so-secret LAIR for curious robots.

From Maryland: Towson-based support group Immune Deficiency Foundation launches a new website for parents of babies with a rare immunodeficiency condition.

From California: San Jose-based software specialist AudiBrow reads you the news with an AI-powered app for Apple and Android.



Merton Gollaher

+ Merton Gollaher has been hired as a partner at Great Neck-based Garfunkel Wild. He previously served as partner at Connecticut-based Wiggin and Dana.

+ Elizabeth Vail, of counsel in the Water Mill office of Uniondale-based Farrell Fritz, has joined the board of East Hampton-based girls-empowerment organization i-tri.

+ Richard Quatrano, an associate at Uniondale-based Farrell Fritz, has joined the board of Flushing Town Hall.

+ Port Jefferson Station-based Hayduk Engineering has announced five new hires: Robert Brennan, a former principal at Stony Brook-based Brennan & Priest, is director of construction administration services; Philip Pendergast, a former inspector at Ridge-based Laser Industries, is construction inspector; Nicholas Diers, a recent graduate of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, is a staff engineer; Christopher Butkos, a former engineer at the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, is a staff engineer; and Kathy Rae, the former associate publisher at Dan’s Papers in Southampton, is public relations coordinator.

+ Joao Pereira has been hired as a graphic designer at Woodbury-based D&B Engineers and Architects. He earned a bachelor of technology degree in visual communications from Farmingdale State College.



Location: So Amazon is coming to New York City after all, sans incentives.

Location: Inc. unveils its 2020 Surge Cities, the best places to start a business.

Location: Why do so many startups incorporate in Delaware, anyway?

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