Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A fire in Island Park has caused the Long Island Rail Road to suspend train service between Valley Stream and Long Beach, the railroad said.The fire occurred at an electrical substation in Island Park, said LIRR spokesman Sal Arena. Service between Long Beach and Valley Stream was suspended around 12:30 p.m.The Island Park Fire Department responded to the fire and the situation is still ongoing, Arena said.Buses were expected to arrive in Long Beach around 2 p.m. for customers affected by the suspension. Also, all Babylon branch westbound trains will stop at Lynbrook to accommodate Long Beach customers, the railroad said.The cause of the fire is not yet known, Arena said. It’s also unclear when service will be restored.
Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Latest Posts EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) ELLSWORTH — The Down East Family YMCA gymnastics team took to the mats at Springers Gymnastics Center on Sunday for the final home competition of the season.Eighteen of the 26 DEFY gymnasts who competed in a dual meet with the Old Town and Orono YMCAs qualified for the YMCA Regional Championships, which will take place in Amherst, Mass., in May.“We had an incredible meet,” said DEFY coach Doug Springer. “We keep seeing the girls getting better and better, which of course, is what you want to see as the season goes on.”Six DEFY gymnasts placed first all-around: Aliyah Washburn and Molly Jennings at Level 3; Lily James at Level 4; Syra Gutow at Level 5; Gilly Rice at Level 7; and Mary Lou Ross at Excel Platinum.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“We really try to have the girls peak at the state meet, and we’re right on track,” Springer said. “This meet with Old Town was great because Old Town has such a strong program. It was good to have the girls see some of their toughest competition.”Twenty-four DEFY gymnasts won individual events: Aliyah Washburn, first on uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise; Kaela Springer and Violet Davis, first on vault; Molly Jennings, first on vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise; Lily James, first on vault and balance beam; Ellie Kane and Elena Springer, first on vault; Megynn Lord, first on balance beam; Riley Crowley, first on uneven bars; Syra Gutow, first on vault, uneven bars and balance beam; Grace Morey, first on floor exercise; Paige Butler, first on uneven bars; Rachel Whitmore, first on vault; Jialan Deal, first on balance beam; and Mary Lou Ross, first on balance beam and floor exercise.“Coming off the mini-state meet we had two weeks ago, this was an even better reminder that we still have work to do,” Springer said. “It was great to see our girls focus on those problem areas we’ve addressed in the gym.”Down East Family YMCA gymnast Syra Gutow hits 180 degrees on her switch-leap at Sunday’s dual-meet with Old Town and Orono at Springers Gymnastics Center in Ellsworth. Gutow won her Level 5 age group. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSMeet Results:Level 3: ages 8-9Aliyah Washburn – 2nd VT, 1st UB, 1st BB, 1st FX, 1st AAKaela Springer – 1st VT, 2nd UB, 3rd BB, 2nd FX, 2nd AAViolet Davis – 1st VT, 2nd BB, 3rd, FX, 3rd AAEliza Levin – 3rd UB, 4th AALevel 3: ages 10-12Molly Jennings – 1st on VT, UB, BB, FX, and AANina Rozeff – 2nd VT, 4th AAJolie Deal – 3rd BB, 5th AAKasey Jordan – 6th AALevel 4: ages 8-9Lily James – 1st VT, 3rd UB, 1st BB, 3rd FX, 1st AAGenevieve Muise – 3rd VT, 2nd FX, 4th AAMercedes Ulichny – 2nd BB, 5th AAKiera Springer – 9th AA Level 4: ages 10-12Ellie Kane – 1st VT, 3rd UB, 3rd BB, 2nd AAMegynn Lord – 3rd VT, 1st BB, 3rd FX, 3rd AAElena Springer – 1st VT, 2nd UB, 3rd FX, 3rd AA Level 5: ages 8-10Riley Crowley – 3rd VT, 1st UB, 2nd BB, 3rd FX, 3rd AA Level 5: ages 11+Syra Gutow – 1st VT, UB, BB, 2nd Fx, 1st AAKajsa Brown-Morison – 3rd, VT, 3rd UB, 3rd BB, 3rd FX, 3rd AA Level 7Gilly Rice – 1st VT, UB, BB, FX, AAExcel SilverGrace Morey – 2nd VT, 3rd BB, 1st FX, 2nd AAPaige Butler – 3rd VT, 1st UB, 3rd BB, 3rd AARachel Whitmore – 1st VT, 3rd FX, 4th AABrooke Davis – 2nd BB, 6th AAExcel GoldJialan Deal- 2nd VT, 2nd UB, 1st BB, 2nd FX, 2nd AADezirae Zaman – 3rd VT, 3rd UB, 3rd BB, 3rd FX, 3rd AAExcel PlatinumMary Lou Ross – 3rd VT, 3rd UB, 1st BB, 1st FX, 1st AA Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Bio
The amount of money the university received from patent licenses, as well as the number of patents issued to USC, increased substantially from the 2009 to the 2010 fiscal year.Licensing revenue nearly tripled from 2009 to 2010 from around $4.5 million to $12.3 million, while the number of United States patents issued to the university increased from 43 to 58.The USC Stevens Institute for Innovation, which is in charge of managing the university’s intellectual property, attributes the increase in patents and patent revenue to a growing focus on specialization.The Stevens Institute for Innovation has encouraged faculty members to focus their knowledge on particular fields of study, according to Ian Murphy, director of communications for the institute.“Within the past year, we’ve dedicated industry teams, like a life sciences team, in which people who work under that licensing area have a deep background and have commercialized companies and products in that particular field,” Murphy said. “These people are uniquely qualified to work in that certain field because they have the interest and expertise to work on a project for long amounts of time.”Direct methanol fuel cells, which were invented by a USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute team and have the capability to generate clean and efficient energy from methanol, are an example of a patent the university added within the last year. The technology has since been licensed out to other institutions, such as SFC Energy Inc., a German manufacturer of methanol fuel cells for automobiles.“Direct methanol fuel technology had been in the works [at USC] for several years and the technology has incredible applications for something like recreational vehicles, because it’s very clean and off the grid,” Murphy said. “The fuel cells would allow you to park your vehicle, and then use these battery-style direct methanol fuel cells to power your kitchen and lights and other thing without hurting the environment.”The Stevens Institute for Innovation also offers services and advice for students wishing to patent their ideas or innovations, Murphy said.“Students wishing to patent their ideas can go to the legal office hours of a patent attorney on campus, which would allow them to consult with an attorney and decide the best way to pursue a particular idea,” Murphy said.The Stevens Institute for Innovation also holds the annual USC Student Innovator Showcase and Competition, where student innovators pitch ideas for new innovations in several different disciplines, such as cinematic arts, information technology and life sciences. The event is designed to encourage student innovation and entrepreneurship.Judges for the showcase award cash prizes to the most innovative and most business-savvy ideas.Sonic Edge, an device that implements ultrasound smart-sensors with disposable surgical tools such as needles, was named most innovative at the 2011 Student Innovator Showcase, held Oct. 28.