Travel Bloggers

No. 543: On SUNY’s Thanksgiving plans, and Harvard–educated immigrant chocolatiers

Shower: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, as Halloween approaches, COVID is raging, there is talk of a coup and winter is suddenly in the air.

It’s October 28th out there, and yes, that’s all pretty daunting – but it’s also stuffed animal lovers’ day. So squeeze your beloved teddy boo and let’s roll.

If one comes, everyone comes: Of the 195 sovereign countries in the world, only one is the melting pot of humanity – National Immigrants Day, which is celebrated this and every October 28, is one of the most significant of all US observations.

Come for the 244 year tradition of graciously welcoming all races and creeds. stay for dessert. Today is also National Chocolate Day.

Display by subtraction: What do Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Lee Zeldin, Nancy Goroff, Andrew Garbarino, Jackie Gordon and everyone else have in common? Nothing appears on this political ad asking for us to be voted Long Island’s top blog.

We’re neck to neck with some of the island’s best bloggers in the Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s Best of Long Island 2021 contest (“Best Blog” is in the contest’s arts and entertainment section). Polls are now open and you can vote once a day for island favorites in dozen of categories until December 15th. thanks for your support!

Well this is new: Welcome to Harvard University (then New College), founded on that day in 1636 in Newtowne (now Cambridge).

Who is this “Edison” guy? Also in Massachusetts, the US Patent Office in Boston received a patent application from an unknown inventor on October 28, 1868 to protect his Whizbang “Electrographic Vote Recorder”.

The patent, Thomas Edison’s first, was granted on June 1, 1869. The Menlo Park Wizard would secure about 1,500 more – in fact, on October 28, 1890, he would score twice and receive US patents for an electric lighting system and his unique carbonation chamber.

Atomic Age: On that day in 1946, President Harry Truman appointed the first five members of the Atomic Energy Commission – a multi-specialty body tasked with promoting the public benefits of atomic energy and world peace.

Exaggerated: The famous St. Louis Gateway Arch – Missouri’s tallest accessible building, the tallest man-made monument in the Western Hemisphere, and the tallest arch in the world – was completed that day in 1965.

British in Spaaaaace: And it was October 28, 1971 when England became the sixth nation to put a satellite into orbit.

True story: the successful launch of the experimental orbiter Prospero remains Britain’s only independent satellite launch.

The word got around for sure: Speaking of English things orbiting the earth, the global British writer, biographer, journalist, travel writer and book critic Evelyn Waugh (born Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh, 1903-1966) – arguably the best satirical writer of all time – would be today 117 years old.

Also born on October 28th was the French priest / physicist Pierre Bertholon (1741-1800), whose pioneering research is now being used in agriculture and health sciences. Oscar-winning Hollywood costume legend Edith Head (born Edith Claire Posener, 1897-1981); Polio-pounding American doctor / researcher Jonas Salk (1914-1995); and Microsoft co-founder William HenryBill ”Gates III (born 1955), currently the second richest person in the world.

Very Intel-yes: And bow, Marcian “Ted” Hoff Jr. – the American electrical engineer who led the Intel team that invented the first commercial single-chip microprocessor turns 83 today.

Wish the computer pioneers and all other innovators all the best on October 28th at [email protected], where we are happy to process story tips and calendar events, micro and others.

About our sponsor: Sahn Ward Coschignano is one of the most prestigious and recognized law firms in the region. Our lawyers are thought leaders and are committed to achieving success through excellence. With extensive experience in land use, development, litigation, real estate, corporate and environmental law, we have the vision and knowledge to serve our clients and our communities. Please visit


Ion motor: Molloy College is the first Long Island College to install the O2PrimeTM NPBI, a next-generation indoor air purification system that blasts away COVID-19 and other pathogens with an ionic arsenal.

Siemens Smart Infrastructure, a division of the German multinational conglomerate, has begun installation in the three dormitories of Rockville Center College, which will be funded with CARES Act funding of approximately $ 1 million (through a grant from the City of Hempstead) . Siemens’ patented Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization Technology is connected to an existing HVAC system and floods the air with ions – molecules with net electrical charges – that reduce or eliminate air and surface contaminants such as viruses, bacteria and mold.

The system provides “reliable, long-term protection for our students and anyone who visits our dormitories,” said James Lentini, President of Molloy College, who counted the NPBI alongside Molloy College’s abundant temperature kiosks and “strict masking and hand sanitization protocols” precautions on the front line against pandemics. “This system goes way beyond keeping everyone as healthy as possible,” added the president.

Care package: While the pandemic has ravaged the national childcare industry, the biggest engine driving New York state’s economic development is the cornerstone of a new center that will continue a long tradition of childcare in the East End.

Empire State Development Corp. has begun construction of a new 7,828 square foot facility to expand the childcare and education program for low-income families offered by the decade-long Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center. The $ 2.9 million new building in the Hamlet of Bridgehampton, part of the city of Southampton, will be partly operational by the fall of 2021 and partly financed by a capital grant of USD 300,000 from the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council.

With a US $ 25,000 grant from the Long Island Community Foundation, the center will also offer professional training programs designed to provide participants with higher-paid employment opportunities. “The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated pre-existing inequalities in our society, and nowhere is it as prevalent as in childcare,” noted Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, Chair of the Albany Regional Economic Development Council Initiative. “We are focused on investing in childcare and professional training to help individuals and families get back to work.”


Homeward bound: SUNY requires all dormitory students – and commuters who use campus facilities – to take a COVID test before Thanksgiving break.

Character development: A poll by Adelphi University that measured unconscious prejudice puts Joe Biden in front of the controversial president’s race.

Innovation in the age of the coronavirus: Island manufacturers are rising, new states are falling, and New York Tech tuition fees stay right where they are. Keep track of LI’s only pandemic primer.


There is no avoidance of politics in your professional communication, not in this climate – the better strategy, advises media maestro David Chauvin, is to understand the issues and own your positions.


Quick change: The coronavirus has sparked innovation among the biggest brands. Forbes shares some of the more ingenious pivots.

Place your bets: The good money goes into telemedicine, genomics and Tesla. Barron’s puts short chances for disruptive innovators.

See it coming: A look at the future of the national and global economies, from subdued inflation to rising healthcare costs. The balance sheet shows the next decade.


+ Sirnaomics, a Maryland-based biopharma focused on RNAi therapeutics, raised $ 105 million in Series D funding from the Rotating Boulder Fund, Walvax Biotechnology, Sunshine Riverhead Capital, Sangel Capital, Longmen Capital, HongTao Capital, and Alpha Win Capital.

+ Enviral Tech, an Oregon-based biotechnology focused on environmental virus surveillance solutions, completed a $ 1.5 million seed funding round led by Rogue Venture Partners with additional investments from the Cascade Seed Fund and private individuals Investors.

+ Allonnia LLC, a Massachusetts-based waste management company focused on bioremediation, was founded with $ 40 million Series A funding. Supporters included Ginkgo Bioworks, Battelle, General Atlantic, Cascade Investment and Viking Global Investors.

+ Budderfly, a Connecticut-based energy efficiency-as-a-service provider, raised $ 7.8 million in funding, led by Edison Partners and Balance Point Capital, in which Connecticut Innovations was involved.

+ Welcome Homes, a New York City-based online home building, customization, and purchase platform, funded under the direction of Global Founders Capital with the participation of 8VC, Adapt Ventures, Elefund, V1 VC and Kokopelli Capital, One Way, $ 5.35M seed ventures, Founders First Capital Partners, AAVCF3, Arkin Holdings, Josh Buckley, Foundamental, Soma Capital, Gaingels, Fission Ventures, and Tuesday Capital.

+ Perch, a Massachusetts-based technology-driven trading company that acquires and operates top Amazon Marketplace companies, has raised $ 123.5 million in funding led by Spark Capital Tectonic Ventures and Boston Seed.


Dirt cheap: How microorganisms in the ground can drive electric light – and maybe houses too.

Costly campaign: At just under $ 11 billion, this is already the most expensive choice in US history.

Expensive pandemic: Why you bought so much during quarantine and what you can do about it now.

Pay the bills: Please continue to support the great law firms that support Innovate LI, including Sahn Ward Coschignano, where real estate, tax and labor experts – and entire teams of commercial law specialists – balance your ultimate goals and bottom line. Look at her.

Show More

Related Articles