No. 70: Pot-free Riverhead, good-bye Dean Jones and what color do you pee?

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MONDAY ALSO IS: National Salami Day. If you happen to be in St. Louis, the best in the nation is reportedly at a place called Salume Beddu. They ship.

POLITICAL PUFFERY: The Town of Riverhead has set a public hearing on a medical marijuana dispensary proposed by one of the firms recently licensed by the state. Supervisor Sean Walter said he is opposed to a dispensary anywhere in the town on grounds that medical use is “incremental legalization” of recreational pot.

SOCIAL MEDIA 101: Stony Brook’s Karen Sobel-Lojeski, an assistant prof in the technology and society department, is advising incoming freshmen not to substitute being online for making friends in person. And study outside the dorm, she suggests, where you might actually meet people. But after you do, don’t post photos of yourself with a cup and funny hat, she adds.

ON THE RUN: The Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma, located in North Shore-LIJ’s Lennox Hill Hospital for the last 40 years, is moving to bigger digs on 64th Street after a $5.9M reno, Crain’s reports.

PASSED: Seb Albrecht, the A in accounting firm AVZ and a founder of what is now ACIT, among many other good works – including hiring Tom Murray – has died. He was 98.

BIRTHDAY: Newsday is celebrating its 75th with 42 slides of clickbait featuring advertisements of yesteryear. (Subscription required.)

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EVENTS: Innovate LI’s first Innovator Awards breakfast – celebrating Long Island’s best and brightest ideas – is set for Oct. 21. If you’d like to nominate a deserving student, inventor, researcher, entrepreneur, startup or established company, shoot us the basics at or call 516-314-8982. Sponsorships still available.

Also: WEDLI hosts a panel discussion on the regional tech scene with Adelphi’s Michael Wentz, Angel Dough’s Andrew Hazen and Rong Zhao from the wireless tech center at SBU. Sept. 10, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Woodlands. $25 members, $35 rank and file, cash, check or card at the door. Call 516-577-8345 for more info.

And: LIFT is holding a refresher course on lean thinking and problem solving.

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CLICKED IN: Top click-throughs from last Friday’s blast: The Debrief withDave Calone, upcoming political action firm Millennial Strategies and, in a tie, our features on positive news meistress Donna Drake and Mary Ann Malizia’sProgressive Leg Stretcher.

NEW DEAN: Stony Brook University has named Fotis Sotiropoulos, director of the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory at the University of Minnesota and an engineering professor at UMN, to take over SBU’s engineering college effective Oct. 15. He succeeds Yacov Shamash, who remains SBU’s chief of economic development.

A LEAGUE OF ITS OWN: Manorville-based startup SemiPro is readying the launch of an app and web platform that helps amateur athletes track their performance and challenge their friends. No sport too small here, from backyard horseshoes to organized softball league. Cool stuff.

WASTE NOT: Long Island Compost is building a giant anaerobic processing plant in Yaphank that will digest 120,000 tons of food waste, 30,000 tons of fats, oils and greases and 10,000 tons of grass clippings annually, while producing biogas that will fuel its trucks. Another firm with Long Island roots – ScottsMiracleGro – is partnering.

WE SHOULDA THOUGHT OF IT: Inventor Jeanne Cilmi’s Happe Holder is a frightfully simple elevated cup holder that keeps beverages – even stemmed wine glasses – out of the grass and sand when you’re partying at the park or beach. Perfect for Labor Day weekend.

SCANNING THE HORIZON: Researchers at North Shore-LIJ’s Feinstein Institute are using MRIs to predict if, or how well, patients with psychotic conditions will respond to medication, Innovate reports, opening the door to long-sought precision medicine.

MONEY IN MEDS: Revenues from acquisitions and its fast-growing insurance plan, plus lower payments to insurers, helped NS-LIJ post record operating results for the first six months of the year.

MAYBE WE CAN BE NEXT: Gov. Cuomo took to the Huffington Post this week to extol his economic redevelopment of Upstate, which he said was considered a fool’s errand by many but is showing real results.

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BEEMERED UP: Zirx, the San Fran valet startup that launched service in lower Manhattan last month, has landed a strategic investment from BMW i Ventures, the luxury carmaker’s VC arm, Crain’s reports. Zirx launched in DUMBO and Brooklyn in June and is planning to extend service to the Upper Both Sides in the coming months. No firm number on the BMW infusion, but it was “multimillions.”

DUEL A DAY: Fantasy sports platform FanDuel, which compresses an entire season into a single daily game, is expanding into 41,000 sf at 300 Park Ave. S after closing on a $275M Series E round, The Real Deal reports.

INCREASING CREDIBILITY: NewsCred announced it has raised $42M, doubling total funding for its content marketing management software. But, as Xconomy reports, it’s a crowded field.


TESTING: SAT scores are at their lowest in a decade, causing concern that advances in the lower grades are not making it to high school, WaPo reports.

SPOONFUL OF PREVENTION: Called out last year for not doing enough to combat climate change, General Mills announced this week that it will invest $100M in renewables and improve energy efficiency across its entire supply chain, from wheat fields to the breakfast bowl.

A CURE, MAYBE: Researchers at Texas A&M have pinpointed the group of neurons that moderate – or not – addiction, suggesting they will soon be able to shut down the D1 “one more round, please” receptors that spur alcoholism and other diseases.

ALBANY WATCH: UAlbany is offering students the use of IsItOn, a pretty cool meeting and event management platform developed by junior Matthew Jaslove.

EYE ON BEANTOWN: Censio, a Boston startup funded in part by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, has inked a partnership with Ohio-based Progressive Insurance. Censio offers a mobile app that acts as a “Fitbit for drivers” to monitor and promote good driving habits that can help motorists save money on car insurance.

CHAIN REACTION: The White House plan to cut carbon emissions is unattainable unless the country’s 100 nuclear plants are licensed well past their planned 40-year operating limit, a study by MIT and centrist think tank Third Way suggests. The reason: Almost all retiring nuke facilities would be replaced by natural gas-fired plants.

Bonus data: Only five of the 67 nuclear plants being constructed around the world right now are in the United States. China has 24 going up.

Kinda related: State Sen. Tom Croci, in town for a rally in support of the proposed Caithness II power plant in Yaphank, suggested PSEG officials should recrunch their data about Long Island’s needs for new power capacity. In response, PSEG said its forecast of the date new power will be needed, originally 2022, has actually been pushed back to 2024.

Also: Jerry Kremer has been writing the papers about the need for greater transparency in the state’s Reforming Energy Vision plan.

Plus: Given the costs, dangers and decade-long effort needed to pump the first drop, why would anyone want to drill in the Arctic? A primer from Vox.

THE NEXT TREND: Venture capital firms that pick a single, narrow niche and stay in it. One good example is Cloud Apps Capital Partners, which focuses solely on Web-based software applications for businesses. The firm has raised $53M, or enough to fund 10 to 15 startups.

HP IN 3D COMING: Hewlett-Packard, which has been tinkering with 3D technology for years, will finally release a commercial product after the firm splits in November, Fortune reports.

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IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME: A New Jersey woman gave birth in an Uber car this week at the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel. The company said driver Erick Rodriguez would receive free tickets to a Yankees game and a “deep clean” for his vehicle. The company is also sending the new mother an Uber onesie and a free ride home from the hospital.

THE RIGHT TRACT: The Cleveland Clinic on what you can tell from the color of your pee. (Spoiler: If it’s consistently blue or green, call your doctor.)

WATCH OUT NETFLIX: Hulu, the sole streaming service that has forced viewers to sit through commercials, announced an ad-free version that costs an extra $4 a month.

IN CASE YOU NEED TO KNOW: Inside Hook on “how not to be a douchebag at an art opening.”

MISSED: Dean Jones, who starred in just about everything I was allowed to watch in the 1960s – from TV’s Ensign O’Toole to Disney’s The Ugly Dachshund and The Love Bug – has died at 84. He reportedly will be buried under the yum yum tree.

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Compiled by John Kominicki. Thanks for reading.