#666: Devilish fun with Lady Liberty, Mark Twain and flying cows – plus fast times at Kellenberg High

A bit offbeat: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, as we wrap up a surprisingly spring-like week of socio-economic innovation and look forward to a well-deserved three-day weekend – or at least about a third of us do.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statisticsonly 58% of state and local government employees get paid time off on President’s Day (February 21 this year), along with 19% of private sector employees (tied with Good Friday, well behind Martin Luther King Jr. . Day).

Fish and sips: Either way, the weekend is upon us – and so is the terrific combination of menus from National Crab-Stuffed Plaice Day and National Drinking Wine Dayboth celebrated annually on February 18.

Today is also Cow milked while flying in an airplane daywhich is real and pretty self-explanatory.

Port Patrol: It is also the French sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, who was obtained a US patent for his design of the Statue of Liberty on that date in 1879. (Bonus points for knowing Bartholdi’s original name for his famous copper queen…no google search, answer below.)

The Twain will meet: Another shining beacon of Americana, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain, was first published on this date in 1885.

Still a controversial masterpiece of American literature, “Huck” was trashed by critics at the time, who found it immoral, vulgar and a bit trashy.

Iso-exalted: Far less controversial are isotopes, which became a thing on February 18, 1913, when British chemist Frederick Soddy first used the term to define elements with the same atomic number but different atomic mass.

He prefers “small planet”: Speaking of small things, Pluto – officially a dwarf planet – was discovered 92 years ago today by Illinois astronomer Clyde Tombaugh.

Need transportation? And it was February 18, 1977, when NASA’s space shuttle Business performed its first flight in “inert captive mode”, tied in the back of a specially modified Boeing 747.

The two-hour test was intended to demonstrate the prototype orbiter’s ability to fly in the atmosphere and would be followed in August by the ship’s first free flight test.

This girl: American author, publisher and businesswoman Helen Gurley Brown (1922-2010) – a outspoken lawyer of women’s sexual freedom, author of the best-selling ‘Sex and the Single Girl’ and editor of Cosmopolitan for 32 years – would be 100 today.

Also born on February 18, the Italian physicist Alessandro Volta (1745-1827), who invented the electric battery; French poet, essayist, critic and publisher André Breton (1896-1966), considered the founder of surrealism; The Italian automobile manufacturer and designer Enzo Ferrari (1898-1988), who high idle; American novelist Chloe Anthony Wofford “Toni” Morrison (1931-2019), Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner and otherwise imposing giant; and American filmmaker John Hughes Jr. (1950-2009), who created the “modern american teenager“Cinema genre.

Imagine this: And bow down, Yoko Ono! The Japanese singer, songwriter, performance artist and peace activist – always imagine a better world – turns 89 today.

Give the Grammy Award-winning artist (it’s true) your best at [email protected], where you can tell we’re dreamers, but we’re not the only ones, and we hope one day you’ll join us with topical tips and calendar events.

Give me freedom: We know her as the Statue of Liberty, but sculptor Bartholdi originally named her masterpiece “Liberty Enlightening the World.”

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Spiritual link: Kellenberg Memorial High School will get a new fine arts/athletics center with the help of the Nassau County Local Economic Assistance Society.

LEAC approved a $10 million bond funding request by the Province of Meribah Society of Mary, which operates as the Hempstead-based high school. The bond will be used to construct an approximately 60,000 square foot two-story building on the school’s Glenn Curtis Boulevard campus, giving the Catholic school – opened in 1987 grades six through 12 by the Society of Mary, also known as the Marianists – an extensive fine arts center and athletics facility.

Nassau County LEAC President Richard Kessel said the company was pleased to approve the bond application. “Our educational institutions are extremely important to the economy of Nassau County,” Kessel said in a statement. “This bond endorsement…will expand and enhance the educational offerings of an institution that has been a mainstay of our county for more than 30 years.”

Great Expectations: The State University of New York Graduate Research Talent Empowerment and Acceleration Program announced its 2022 list of winners, with half of the more than two dozen awards going to students at Stony Brook University.

Reserved for graduate students who earn honorable mentions from the National Science Foundation, the GREAT program targets a wide range of disciplines in the SUNY system, with $5,000 scholarships intended to “incentivize” students to apply for highly competitive scholarships. and other graduate programs. Fourteen of this year’s 28 winners are from SBU – including eight graduate students representing Stony Brook’s medical scientist training program, each focused on neuroscience, genetics, pharmacology or another heavy science.

Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis said she was “incredibly proud” of the entire list of SUNY honorees and beamed at her university’s GREAT performance. “We are passionate about supporting the spirit of research and innovation that drives our early-career faculty and graduate students,” McInnis added. “It is clear that the passion for knowledge is growing in all disciplines among our brilliant graduate students.”


Recipe for success: The new boss of the Stony Brook University food business incubator in Calverton knows all about aggressive commercialization efforts.

Slow and steady: An ambitious Long Island biotech and a cutting-edge Italian biopharmaceutical are taking a big step closer to producing a pancancer vaccine.

Law degrees: Our fun and informative podcast series measures the long arm of Kevin Law, a true socioeconomic champion of Long Island (and Empire State Development honcho-in-waiting).


Offshore wind lands in East Hampton, popular acid blocker lands one on COVID’s chin.


Innovate LI’s inbox is overflowing with inspiring innovations from all over North America. This week’s brightest foreigners:

From Florida: Tampa-based AI specialist Lumina Analytics scales up machine learning with Random contrast training.

From Wisconsin: Good Source Foods, a Milwaukee-based conscious muncher, is expanding its innovative line of snacks rich in superfoods.

From Utah: Provo-based home monitoring pioneer Care.Life is revolutionizing the detection of light, moderate and severe falls by elderly relatives.


+ caro carter was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. She is a professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University and an adjunct professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics.

+ Michel Guerriero joined Uniondale-based Farrell Fritz as an associate in the Tax Certiorari department. He was an attorney at Koeppel Martone & Leistman, based in Mineola.

+ Nandini Chowdhury was hired as a partner in East Meadow-based Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman’s banking group. She was a partner at Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti in Manhattan.

+ Justine Di Giglio was hired as Vice President of Communications and Partner Relations at Hauppauge-based Discover Long Island. She previously served as senior communications advisor for former Nassau County Executive Laura Curran.

+ Charles McLeod was elected to the board of directors of Manhattan-based Keen Company. He is the CEO of Smithtown-based SMM Advertising.

+ Andrea Cotter was appointed to Mondays at Racine Cancer Care Foundation in Sayville. She is the founder and president of Virgilio and Cotter, based in Brightwaters.

+ Georges Xipoleas was appointed Director of Plastic Surgery at Mount Sinai South Nassau Hospital. The board-certified plastic surgeon is a partner of the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group.

+ Thomas Grech was elected Vice-Chairman of the Town of Hempstead Industrial Development Agency and the Town of Hempstead Community Development Corporation. He is President and CEO of the Queens Chamber of Commerce.

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BELOW THE FOLD (Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia edition)

Do not be afraid : So you are afraid of the number 666… well, you’re not alone.

The ghost of the great Caesar! The book of Revelation did not simply refer to the “number of the beast” – 666 is also a secret greek code.

Dead “Studio” Performance: Yes, “Studio 666” is really a rock/horror/comedy with the Foo Fighters.

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