No. 532: A new look for Long Island, new life for old junk and cheeseburgers for all

Made you look: Beloved founder Kominicki always extolled the virtues of the burger beauty shot -- a natural choice for National Cheeseburger Day.


End run: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, as we hustle down the stretch of this somewhat autumnal workweek and look forward to another well-earned weekend.

No respect: No respect at all, not in this day and age.

It’s Sept. 18 out there – National Respect Day, which started as a statement against domestic violence but is badly needed by all as our nationwide insolence spreads, from the top down, like a brain cancer.

On a more positive note: To our many readers in Azerbaijan, a joyous National Day of Music, which sure sounds nice.

Watered down, beefed up: Earth observes the start of World Water Monitoring Day today, actually a month-long international effort focused on protecting water resources.

And back here in the States, Sept. 18 is about as American as it gets: Please enjoy National Cheeseburger Day responsibly.

History mystery: Also symbolizing American exceptionalism (with fewer calories) was a District of Columbia groundbreaking ceremony on this date in 1793, at which President George Washington laid the original cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol.

True story: Washington hid an inscribed silver plate under the cornerstone, which has never been found.

Fit to print: Still wielding global influence and a worldwide readership base, The New York Times began publishing facts on Sept. 18, 1851, and hasn’t stopped.

Put your back into it: History’s first recorded chiropractic adjustment got cracking on Sept. 18, 1895, in Davenport, Iowa, site of the future Palmer Chiropractic College.

According to the story, elevator operator Harvey Lillard was cured of deafness via vertebral subluxation adjustment, performed by chiropractic-medicine founder Daniel David Palmer.

Eyes only: The elephant bleeds at midnight.

Code change: Seventy-three years ago today, less than two months after President Harry Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947, the Central Intelligence Agency picked up where several predecessors – including the Office of Strategic Service – left off.

Space races: And it was Sept. 18, 1980, when Cuban cosmonaut Arnaldo Tamayo-Mendéz became the first person of color in space, aboard the Soviet capsule Soyuz 38.

Tamayo- Mendéz checked off a number of firsts during his 188-hour trip to the space laboratory Salyut 6, as the first Latin American, first person of African descent and first Cuban in space.

Start your engines: German inventor Siegfried Marcus (1831-1898) – who pioneered gasoline-powered automobiles, dabbled in electrical appliances and earned some 76 global patents – would be 189 years old today.

Dies at the end: Gandolfini, author of one of Hollywood’s greatest performances, gone way too soon.

Also born on Sept. 18 were French physicist Jean-Bernard-Léon Foucault (1819-1868), a real swinger; British biologist Sir John Graham Kerr (1869-1957), who broke down vertebrate evolution and came up with naval camouflage; Academy Award-deprived Hollywood legend Greta Garbo (born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson, 1905-1990, three nominations, no wins); American nuclear physicist Edwin McMillan (1907-1991), who invented the synchrotron and earned a Nobel Prize for discovering neptunium; and late, great “Sopranos” centerman James Gandolfini Jr. (1961-2013).

Computer associate: And take a bow, John David McAfee – the antivirus innovator, cryptocurrency exponent, McAfee Associates founder and two-time U.S. presidential candidate turns 75 today.

Wish the software-security ace well at, where bots get bounced and malware gets mangled – but you can always master our domain and broaden our band with story tips and calendar events.


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To the rescue: Discover Long Island’s Kristen Jarnagin (at podium) joins regional lawmakers and stakeholders to trumpet new legislation supporting New York’s crippled tourism trades.

On tour: State lawmakers and Long Island tourism leaders are making the rounds in support of New York’s travel industries, which have been decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The numbers are stark: The U.S. Travel Association calculates more than $500 billion in national travel-related losses by the time 2020 limps to a close, and nowhere is that felt worse than on Long Island, where a $6.1 billion annual tourism industry – generator of some 100,000 full-time and seasonal jobs – has taken a thrashing. Enter State Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre (D-Wheatley Heights) and New York State Sen. Timothy Kennedy (D-Buffalo), who’ve introduced joint Assembly and Senate bills that would create Tourism Recovery Improvement Districts across New York State, opening a “dedicated funding stream” to qualifying municipalities and providing “vital relief to Long Island and New York State’s tourism economy,” according to regional booster Discover Long Island.

“Tourism and hospitality have taken the brunt of the negative impacts related to COVID-19,” noted Discover Long Island President and CEO Kristen Jarnagin, who joined the state legislators this week to plug the “innovative funding mechanism” and recovery plan. “There has never been a more critical time to take the lead for this industry, [which] generates more than $740 million in local and state tax revenues … we applaud Sen. Kennedy and Assemblywoman Jean-Pierre for their steadfast support of our industry [and] our businesses.”

No time like the present: The virus persists, widespread vaccines remain months off and a “second wave” may yet rise – but Stony Brook University is already memorializing its unique role in the Age of Coronavirus.

Both SBU and Stony Brook University Hospital were on high alert, for months, as COVID-19 ravaged the Long Island region, with everything from 3D-printed PPE and homemade hand sanitizers to prototype respirators and groundbreaking surgical procedures in play. While it’s all still fresh, Stony Brook University Libraries has announced “Documenting COVID-19: Stony Brook University Experiences,” a digital archiving project meant to preserve and publish Stony Brook’s institutional history during this unprecedented time.

The project is looking for contributions to the digital pile, which will include official documentation along with submissions from students, faculty, staff and alumni. “The archive will primarily be formed from submissions … that document life during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said University Archivist Kristen Nyitray, SBU’s director of special collections. “Interviews, firsthand accounts, flyers, photographs and more will be important sources to consult in the future to study, interpret and derive meaning from this historical time period.”



The shape of things to come: The Long Island Regional Planning Council predicts some significant land-use changes in COVID-19’s wake.

Fish tale: Albany has once again dumped tons of crap in Long Island waters – good news for porgy, larger predators and the critical LI fishing industry.

Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus: Pictures of checks, pictures of porches … your one-and-only Long Island pandemic primer is still focused. Get the picture?



Hear that? Neither do pro athletes or fans, who are definitely missing something.



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

From California: Los Angeles-based 501(c)3 Madhatter Knits Foundation develops CDC-compliant flip-up face shields for newbies and preemies born into the pandemic.

From Virginia: Alexandria-based facial-recognition software specialist Luxand adds thermal imaging to create face-based COVID-19 detector.

From California: San Francisco-based video platform vendor VIDSIG opens The Vault, a members-only marketplace tapping the private collections of athletes and artists.



William Mannix

+ William Mannix has been hired as partner/economic development at Melville-based Buck Realty of Long Island. He previously served as executive director of the Town of Islip Industrial Development Agency.

+ Sara Lipsky has been promoted to executive director/Metro New York for the Melville-based Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She previously served as executive director for the Long Island region.

+ Stephen Hernandez has been hired as an associate in the Labor and Employment Group at Mineola-based Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein & Breitstone. He previously served as a summer intern.

+ Michael Gorton Jr. has been elected president of the Nassau-Suffolk Funeral Directors Association. He is director of the McManus-Lorey Funeral Home in Medford.

+ Laura Schaefer has been hired as counsel and a senior associate at Melville-based McBride Consulting and Business Development Group. She is also of counsel for Garden City-based Walsh Markus McDougal & DeBellis.

+ The Hauppauge-based Financial Planning Association of Long Island has elected three new Board of Directors members: Mitchell Goldberg, president and CEO of Melville-based ClientFirst Strategy; Donna LaScala, a broker/dealer for Holbrook-based American Portfolios Financial Services; and John Marchisotta, managing partner of Melville-based Pivotal Planning Group.



Nothing cooking: So over it already.

Stale bread: Why only updated customer data will do.

Fresh cream: A new startup competition whips up New York’s dairy industry.

Old flame: Overcoming pandemic-induced cooking burnout.

New ideas: When it comes to helping small and medium-sized businesses succeed, the quick-thinking Town of Islip Office of Economic Development is always brainstorming. Check them out.