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Forces unite to kickstart Maryhaven greeting card biz

By GREGORY ZELLER // A program dedicated to assisting Long Island manufacturers has partnered with a regional nonprofit that provides resources for people with disabilities on a project that has created a new greeting-card business. FuzeHub, a statewide New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership center, has long partnered with the New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation to provide assistance at manufacturing facilities that employ people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. On Long Island, the Stony…


With $500K bump, Northwell Playbacks it forward

By GREGORY ZELLER // A Westchester County startup focused on patient-engagement solutions has earned a chunky Northwell Health seed investment. Northwell Ventures, the investment arm of the New Hyde Park-based health system, has boosted Mount Kisco-based technology startup Playback Health Inc. to the tune of $500,000, part of what the health system termed “a targeted $1.25 million seed-round financing in software designed to improve communications between physicians and patients.” The investment will help the early-stage…


Broadridge, Chembio shine, Applied DNA stumbles

  APPLED DNA Sciences Headquarters: Stony Brook Industry: Biotechnology Nasdaq: APDN Reporting Date: Aug. 13, 2018 Reporting Quarter: 3Q FY2018 Quarter Ended: June 30, 2018 Numbers: Reported third-quarter revenues were an even $1 million, down 44.4 percent from the $1.8 million reported for the same quarter last fiscal year. Total quarterly operating expenses were $3.6 million, down 14.2 percent from the $4.2 million reported for 3Q FY2017, but the company still posted a net loss…


Stuff we’re thinking about going to

  August 18 Krazfest 2018 Noon-8 p.m., 166 West 21st St., Huntington Long Island Visual Professionals board member Michael Krasowitz and his wife, Wendi Krasowitz, along with LIVP founder Paul Lipsky, present a day-long mashup of Long Island’s most creative visual and spoken-word artists, featuring music, dancing, poetry, singing, rapping, visual arts and other live performances. Admission is free but visitors are requested to bring a food or beverage to share. Registration and more information. August…


A new Hope: Altruistic e-retailer occupies The Edit

By GREGORY ZELLER // A California-based e-company offering children’s clothing made exclusively from organic and recycled fibers has opened its first physical store on Long Island. Hope & Henry LLC, brainchild of former Gymboree Group Inc. Chairman Matthew McCauley, has occupied The Edit @ Roosevelt Field, a permanent space that offers a temporary brick-and-mortar home to established and up-and-coming online retailers. In this case, the transient retailer is Hope & Henry, which is unofficially based…


With artificial reefs, loving that sinking feeling

By GREGORY ZELLER // A 744-acre site located three nautical miles off Long Island’s South Shore will become a haven for all manners of aquatic life, thanks to the deployment of recycled materials. Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday announced the deployment of materials to create a new marine habitat at Hempstead Reef, which is now part of the largest artificial-reef expansion in state history – and part of Albany’s ongoing efforts to develop a more…


South Nassau, Mount Sinai eye internal-med residencies

By GREGORY ZELLER // Thirty physicians will receive specialty training in a new Internal Medicine Residency Program at South Nassau Communities Hospital. South Nassau has received approval from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for the new residency program, which kicked off last month and is being run in conjunction with the Mount Sinai Health System. The New York City-based health system “provided the 30 graduate medical education slots for use at South Nassau,”…


Programming note: Second ‘CoderSchool’ set for Roslyn

By GREGORY ZELLER // One of the hottest franchises in the world of computer coding will soon open its second Long Island location. TheCoderSchool, a Silicon Valley-based program focused on teaching students ages 7 to 18 both coding lingo and the critical-thinking mindset required of coders, will cut the ribbon on a new Roslyn facility Sept. 15. The second Nassau County-based school joins the company’s Syosset school, which opened its doors in 2017. Like that…


Central Islip snags $10M prize in Albany’s annual DRI

By GREGORY ZELLER // Following wins by Westbury in 2016 and Hicksville in 2017, Central Islip has earned the nod – and the $10 million prize – as the Long Island regional winner in Albany’s yearly downtown-revitalization competition. The 10 regional winners in the third-annual Downtown Regional Initiative contest – a statewide competitive-application process that doles out $10 million stipends to spruce up distressed downtowns in each of New York’s 10 economic-development zones – were…


As 3D printing soars, startup provides the missing ink

By GREGORY ZELLER // With some help from Stony Brook University, a high-tech startup is helping the additive manufacturing industries find their form. Additive manufacturing, a splashy term for manufacturing via 3D printing, is quickly becoming an everyday thing. Everything from machine parts to deadly weapons to entire life-sized buildings is now being “printed” in composite materials – potentially, a redefinition of basic construction and manufacturing principles as we understand them. But a science with…


FSC scores engineering-tech ‘leader’ as new dean

By GREGORY ZELLER // Farmingdale State College has selected an accomplished new dean for its School of Engineering Technology. Barbara Christe, who served most recently as an associate professor and chairwoman of the Healthcare Engineering Program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, will assume her new duties Aug. 20, according to a statement issued Monday by FSC. Her appointment was first reported July 23 by The Campus Times, a publication of the college’s Office for Institutional…


At the CPC, Robotics Camp and the world of tomorrow

By GREGORY ZELLER // Robots invaded the Composite Prototyping Center in Plainview on Aug. 3, but stay calm – humans remained in control. Some very young humans, in fact, representing school districts from across Long Island in a pilot Robotics Camp presented by the Stony Brook University-based Manufacturing & Technology Resource Consortium, the Island’s regional Manufacturing Extension Partnership center. The MEP is a public-private partnership with centers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, each…


Adelphi taps national firm to bump up bookstore

By GREGORY ZELLER // A global distributor of hardcopy and digital entertainment products for schools and other clients has taken the reins at Adelphi University’s campus bookstore. Illinois-based Follett Corp. – known best for providing educational products to schools, colleges and public libraries through a number of subsidiaries – officially took over management of the Adelphi University Bookstore on July 30, according to the Garden City-based school. Specifically, management of the store – located on…


Perpetual flight, endless optimism at Luminati

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Bodies in Motion Tend to Stay in Motion file comes Luminati Aerospace, which has achieved what it’s calling “perpetual stratospheric flight.” According to the Calverton-based company, a “groundbreaking in-flight experiment” and two years of subsequent data-crunching prove “perpetual stratospheric flight by means of fully automated vortex-seeking formation flight” is possible. In English: The startup aerospace company’s solar-powered planes can stay aloft virtually forever – a potentially ginormous breakthrough that…


Evolving SmartCoparent app adds a vital piece

By GREGORY ZELLER // A simple app launched to help separated co-parents manage shifting childcare schedules has ignited its second-stage boosters – and a new partnership with a leading online portfolio company could blast it into the divorced-parents stratosphere. Hauppauge-based Aeonic Ventures – producer of the SmartCoparent app, an all-in-one digital platform designed to simplify the often-chaotic lives of separated co-parents – has announced a new collaboration with California-based Internet Brands Inc., a portfolio company…