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Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic and its evolving aftermath are reshaping the world around us, and myriad Long Island forces – large and small, corporate and nonprofit, industrial and academic – have risen to the challenge. Innovate Long Island presents Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus as a real-time journal of this region’s resourceful response to the greatest global challenge since World War II. Stay healthy, dear readers.   Suffolk EOC offers federal funds for rent, food…


No. 500: Voices from the past, eyes on the future

That’s, like, half-a-thousand: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and a special edition of your Innovate Long Island newsletter. It’s May 13 out there, midpoint of another busy workweek, and this is our official 500th newsletter. Reaching this milestone years after losing Publisher John Kominicki – entrepreneurial founder, tireless promotor, driving engine – was highly unlikely. Doing it without you would have been literally impossible. So thank you, newsletter subscribers and website visitors, inventors and investors,…


No. 499: In which Vasco da Gama resurfaces – and moms, PPE and coconut pies have a day

  The mother of all weekends: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, as we wrap up another work-from-home workweek and kick off a bittersweet, locked-down Mother’s Day weekend. Freedom (to choose): It’s May 8 out there, and if states aren’t being liberated as quickly as you’d like, perhaps you’ll find solace in the Czech Republic’s Liberation Day. If not, try Parents Day in South Korea, Veterans Day in Norway or World Red Cross Day. Cream of…


No. 471: Hike! It’s your Super Bowl newsletter, starring Michael Sahn, the Jingle King and Ham the space chimp

  The time warp, again: It’s happened once more, dear readers – that blink-and-you-missed-it jump to the left (or was it a step to the right?) and the whole first month of 2020 is gone, poof, just like that. Yep – it’s Jan. 31 already, a Friday this year, wrapping up both the month and the week in socioeconomic innovation. Ad on: Speaking of socioeconomic innovation (and the first weekend in February), we already know…


As resolutions crumble, dishing on doomed diets

By AMBROSE CLANCY // How’s that New Year’s diet going? What? You’re back to Danish and bacon for breakfast, chicken nuggets for lunch and beers and pizza-with-extra-cheese (you know, with the gang) for dinner? And who’s the evil person who left black-and-white cookies in the break room? Don’t they know you’ve become a healthy, weight-conscious person? What happened? Simple, according to Mag Selig, writing in Psychology Today: “Diets don’t work!” But you’re not alone in…


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

  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. 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…


No. 434: Kodak clicks, ATMs arrive, Edison flips out – and surf’s up, dudes!

  Welcome back: Summer is unofficially over, schools are open and there are only 118 days remaining in 2019, dear readers, as we get back to it on this Wednesday, the fourth day of September. Actually, you’re already halfway through this latest workweek – and it’s Eat an Extra Dessert Day, too, so turn that frown upside down. La-La Land: Happy anniversary Los Angeles, founded (by 44 disparate Spanish settlers) as El Pueblo de Nuestra…


Trust fading, brand reps bank on Social Responsibility

By DAVID CHAUVIN // For a professional communicator, nothing is more important than trust. Have it, and your message can be powerful and effective; lose it, and, well, your career might be over. But it’s not that simple. Trust – specifically, how to maintain it – is a complicated subject in 2019. Our country is characterized by a stubborn, entrenched polarization that encourages us to label any media outlet, personality or influencer espousing different viewpoints…


Sun rises on new ‘STEAM Shack’ for kids with cancer

By GREGORY ZELLER // A unique day camp for children with cancer is kicking on its STEAM engines. The Wheatley Heights-based Sunrise Day Camp-Long Island, a no-charge summer camp for young cancer patients and their siblings, has cut the ribbon on the Laura Rosenberg STEAM Shack, a 1,050-square-foot facility dedicated to science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, now open to seasonal campers. Stocked with tools for 3D printing, computer programming, robotics, graphic design, photo editing,…


No. 420: Wheels up in Suffolk, Alda’s new Discovery, a vagus wedding and the survey says…?

  You win: The Friday finish line approaches and you’ve done it again, dear reader – another steamy workweek in the books, another well-earned weekend on tap. It’s July 12 out there, and if you had the Ottoman Empire capturing Euboea in Central Greece on this date in 1470, finally ending the month-long Siege of Negroponte, aferin sana! Here’s your receipt for 50 silver akçe, redeemable anywhere on the third-floor promenade. Freshly squeezed: To our…


Bethpage backs a new gear for Suffolk tourism

By GREGORY ZELLER // An ambitious “micro-mobility” program will look to change traffic patterns, pedestrian potential and carbon footprints in four Suffolk County communities. County Executive Steve Bellone announced this week that Bethpage Federal Credit Union will sponsor Bethpage Ride, Suffolk’s digitally enabled rent-a-bike program, coming this summer to downtowns in Patchogue, Babylon and other county hotspots. Billed as a first-of-its-kind for Long Island, Bethpage Ride – modeled after big-city bike-share efforts like Citi Bike…


No. 417: Riding the Cyclone, battling preterm births, ERASE-ing racism – and the truth about Abner Doubleday

  June swoon: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as we hurtle toward the end of June and the end of the first full week of Summer 2019. “School’s Open, Drive Carefully,” the old bumper stickers said, but that never made sense to us. It would seem that when schools are closed (most across Long Island go dark today, for the next 10 weeks) and kids are playing outdoors is when safety is paramount. But we…


Habitat Suffolk’s milestone moment is on the house

By GREGORY ZELLER // With projects all over the county and a bevy of happy homeowners moving into new digs, busy Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk is closing in on a major milestone. The independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International plans to complete its 200th house in September, an affordable home in Wyandanch that will rise via a “special three-week blitz build,” according to the Middle Island-based nonprofit. Habitat Suffolk Director of Development Les…


Employees honor Island CEOs with Glassdoor nods

By GREGORY ZELLER // Two visionary Long Island leaders made the cut Wednesday, when digital employment hub Glassdoor named its top United States CEOs of 2019. Northwell Health Chief Executive Michael Dowling ranked 44th overall among national large-company CEOs – making him the country’s top-ranking healthcare/hospital CEO and the fifth-best head honcho in New York State, according to Glassdoor’s 2019 large-company list. Wayne Grossé, chief executive of Bethpage Federal Credit Union, placed No. 21 among…


Future female pilots wing it at 2019 Air Show preview

By GREGORY ZELLER // With female pilots set to soar high in this year’s Bethpage Air Show, nearly two dozen high school girls flew out in front of the Memorial Day festivities – and maybe taxied some aviation careers toward takeoff. Twenty girls from Westbury High School visited Republic Airport in Farmingdale on Wednesday to meet the GEICO Skytypers, a “world famous” air show team featuring a squadron of six vintage World War II aircraft…