No. 603: Don’t panic … we’ve got cherry tarts, a Silver Telly and the Watchman – plus sushi, if you want – Innovate Long Island

enterprise 6Glide path: Space Shuttle Enterprise detaches from its mother-plane over the Mojave Desert on June 18, 1977, en route to making history.

Season’s greetings: Amazing but true, dear readers – another busy workweek in the books (not to mention the whole of Spring), another well-earned weekend on the way (with Summer officially starting Sunday).

Welcome to your Friday innovation newsletter … let’s close the week, and the season, in style.

Spell check: It’s June 18 out there, a.k.a. International Panic Day, which encourages you to either chill out or freak out, your choice.

That’s not to be confused with June 18’s fairly self-explanatory International Picnic Day, though we’d understand if you mixed those up.

With a cherry on bottom: Menu-wise, it’s definitely a date for acquired tastes – today is both International Sushi Day (best with wasabi and fresh ginger) and National Cherry Tart Day (best with a honking scoop of vanilla chocolate chip).

He ain’t heavy, he’s my City of Brotherly Love: Happy birthday, Philadelphia, founded on this date in 1682 by William Penn – or was it? (Either way, flesh-and-blood birthdays below).

Flash photography: The oldest-known photograph of lightning was captured 174 years ago tonight in Missouri.

For those keeping score, shutterbug T.M. Easterly captured the phenomenon using a French invention called the daguerreotype.

Raise the shields! Actually, there weren’t any heat shields – or engines, phasers or transporters – but the Space Shuttle Enterprise, named for the beloved starship of “Star Trek” fame, conducted its first crewed flight on June 18, 1977, piggybacking aboard a jumbo jet and gliding to a landing in the Mojave Desert.

Exactly six years later – on June 18, 1983 – astronaut Sally Ride became the first American woman to fly into space aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger. Ride, 32 years old at the time of her historic mission, also holds the record for youngest American astronaut (but stay tuned on that).

Vaccine machine: The world’s first genetically engineered vaccine, targeting foot-and-mouth disease in livestock, was announced by U.S. scientists on this date in 1981.

“Murder hornets,” the first generation: And “killer bees” became a thing on June 18, 1993, when an Arizona laboratory confirmed that Africanized honey bees killed a small dog in Tucson – and the media buzzed with that homicidal handle.

Mountain man: British adventurer George Herbert Leigh Mallory (1886-1924) – the daring mountaineer whose 1924 disappearance near Mount Everest’s summit would become one of the 20th century’s most enduring mysteries – would be 135 years old today.

Also born on June 18 were American ornithologist, paleontologist and conservationist Alexander Wetmore (1886-1978), who was truly for the birds; influential American economist, journalist and author Sylvia Porter (1913-1991), among the 20th Century’s most-admired women; mightier-than-the-sword movie critic, screenwriter, journalist and film historian Roger Ebert (1942-2013), the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize; iconic American illustrator and children’s book author Chris Van Allsburg (born 1949), who created “Jumanji,” “The Polar Express” and many other classics; and Bellport’s own Isabella Rossellini (born 1952), the Italian-born movie star, model and philanthropist.

Long and winding road: And take a bow, Sir Paul McCartney! The English singer, musician, songwriter and producer turns 79 today.

Wish the legendary Beatle well at, where A Day in [Our] Life is never complete until you Come Together and have your Say, Say, Say with a news tip or calendar event (please Let It Be … we need your Help!).

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High Jo silver: Melville-based marketing and digital agency EGC Group has brought home the silver, once again, capturing a prestigious television-commercial award with a four-decade legacy.

The agency and client Jovia Financial Credit Union have earned a 2021 Silver Telly Award for Best Social Video Series, part of the Education and Discover category in the 42nd annual Telly Awards, announced in May. Representing excellence in local, regional and cable television commercials, as well as non-broadcast video and television programming, this year’s winners included the “Jo from Jovia Financial Literacy Series,” a five-video set designed by EGC Group to impart banking basics on behalf of the Westbury-based credit union.

The win marks the 42nd Telly Award for the Melville agency since 2005, including 29 Bronze and 13 Silver awards, each earned on behalf of Sterling Optical, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Mather Hospital, Red Mango, Canon USA and other well-known regional brands. “The team developed Jo with one thing in mind: entertain while educating our audience,” noted EGC Vice President and Creative Director Rich DeSimone. “The financial space has a tendency to be somewhat flat and dry … so we created the fun, quirky, lovable spokesperson.”

Equatorial effort: Just weeks after organizing a massive COVID-19 relief effort that sent desperately needed supplies to India, Northwell Health’s Center for Global Health has sent help to Ecuador, the Northern and Southern hemisphere-straddling nation where a deadly coronavirus outbreak has taken hold.

Traveling beyond U.S. borders for the first time since the global pandemic began, members of Northwell’s CGH team – including doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants – traveled to the South American country June 13 at the request of Ecuador’s Ministry of Public Health. Their mission: to administer nearly 2,000 COVID-19 vaccinations per day, a critical play in a nation where only 9 percent of 17 million residents have been fully vaccinated.

Emergency medicine physician and CGH Director Eric Cioe Peña, who was on the front lines when COVID’s first two waves crashed over New York City, said the equatorial mercy mission matched the center’s mandate. “In the U.S., we have resources to pull clinicians from unaffected areas to offset and replenish staff,” the doctor said Wednesday. “We have to be global citizens and help in the fight against COVID wherever and whenever we can.”


Chain gang: New nonprofit OSW Supply Chain will unite stakeholders across Long Island’s burgeoning offshore wind-power industry, and beyond.

Small packages: Boston Scientific’s Watchman FLX device, now in play at the Stony Brook University Heart Institute, is tiny – but its upside is huge for high-stroke-risk patients.

Please in a pod: Catch up now on Episodes 1-9 of Spark: The Innovate Long Island Podcast, featuring a bevy of special guests and interesting conversations. You’ll be glad you did.


Millions invested in Hofstra’s new Science and Innovation Center; millions to be invested in Nassau County’s post-pandemic recovery.


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

From Florida: Orlando-based product innovator Astreea North America cleans up with analytical, IoT-enabled smart hand-sanitizer dispenser.

From California: Palo Alto-based software specialist My Legal Einstein speeds up virtual contract negotiations and collaborations with Legal AI technology.

From Texas: Houston-based custom-music service Bring My Song to Life offers to sing what you just can’t say during life’s emotional moments.


+ Christopher Storm has been appointed provost and executive vice president at Garden City-based Adelphi University. He most recently served as senior associate provost for faculty advancement and research.

+ Dominic Pernice has been named chief operating officer for St. Catherine of Siena Hospital in Smithtown. He was previously administrative director of imaging services and cardiac catheterization at St. Catherine of Siena and St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson.

+ Garden City-based Adelphi University has announced new appointments to its Board of Trustees:

  • Marc Strachan will serve as chairman. He is founder and head coach for New York-based Coach Marc Consulting, and principal and chief marketing officer of New York-based Adgile Media Group.
  • Carmen Ortiz will serve as vice chairwoman. She is a partner at the Boston law firm Anderson & Kreiger.
  • Loretta Cangialosi will serve as vice chairwoman. She was most recently senior vice president and controller for Pfizer.
  • Leonard Achan will serve as secretary. He is president of the Innovation Institute at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

+ Melville-based EGC Media Group has announced two new hires: KayCee Baumgarten has been named executive assistant; she previously held the same position at New York- and Miami-based Insticator. Margo Romero has been named social media manager; she previously served as a digital marketer for Edgewood-based SMS Nutra.

BELOW THE FOLD (Filmed In Front Of A Live Studio Audience Edition)

Revaluing reruns: How the pandemic turned old sitcoms into major moneymakers.

King Lear: Approaching 100, all-time sitcom sage Norman Lear jousts with Proust.

Psychic sitcom: From President Trump to COVID, all the times “The Simpsons” predicted the future (so far).

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