Greg Galant – Long Island’s Social Media Visionary

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Greg Galant and his buddies watched in dismay, day after day, as the parade of vessels barreling through Huntington Harbor sent the sea creatures they were trying so desperately to hook scurrying for safer waters.They continued to cast their lines for an entire summer, hoping something would bite; anything. Yet the season passed to no avail—the group with nothing to show for their determination.“I was never an expert fisher by any chance,” Galant laughs.No worries; he’d be reeling in a much, much bigger catch soon enough.The Huntington-born whiz kid cast a much wider net, turning his real love—technology—into a social media-inspired juggernaut that now carries him across the globe, worlds away from the North Shore waterfront village where he first began developing websites for local businesses.It was the mid-’90s, and many Americans—at least those who owned computers at the time—were just getting acquainted with the World Wide Web. Galant, however, the son of two Newsday journalists, had already been dabbling with coding and the inner workings of the Internet and was more than ready for the oncoming revolution about to sweep the globe. He credits suburban melancholy.“Growing up on Long Island I was always very much into tech,” he says, “very bored like a lot of kids were.”At 14 years old he began drilling into local businesses the importance of creating a website. Local newspaper The Long Islander and a French philosopher, of all people, were among his first patrons. His client list would soon be replete with businesses the world over—willing to take a shot on someone not yet old enough to drive because “nobody knew what they were doing on the Internet,” at the time, he says.Galant, now the CEO of Sawhorse Media, the umbrella company for Muck Rack, a social media site for journalists, and the Shorty Awards, which annually honors the best in social media, is an unassuming 30-year-old who wears a full dark beard and carries himself with quiet confidence.Social media drives everything he does. The Shorty Awards, which appeared on the scene in 2008, went viral on Twitter, forcing his team to make accommodations for more journalists than they initially expected. Shorty Awards was also one of the first to use Twitter as a nomination site.Galant wasn’t sold on Twitter at the social media site’s outset and actually admits he didn’t think it would be a success, but he became one of its first million users—his Twitter handle @gregory putting him in its exclusive “first name” club. It’s because of his initial skepticism that Galant chose the famous Big Duck in Flanders as his profile picture instead of his own headshot—an icon of his roots which he keeps to this day.A lot of what Galant has done in his short and wildly successful career has been on the whim.And to think, it all happened because he was a bored teenager on Long Island.last_img read more

SpaceX To Launch Human Ashes Into Orbit

first_imgAn upcoming SpaceX launch is slated to carry human ashes, or “cremains” into orbit for a “funeral flight.” Lift-off of the Falcon Heavy rocket from Florida is scheduled sometime between this Tuesday morning and Wednesday afternoon depending on weather conditions. In addition to a payload of 24 satellites (including one with NASA’s Deep Space Atomic Clock), the Falcon Heavy will be carrying the ashes of 152 humans.The remains are in capsules provided by Celestis Memorial Spaceflights.The company pays for any available location in a space flight to carry the cremated remains of its clients who spend between $5000 and $12,000 for the service.last_img

Minibus driver jailed, fined $19.5M for possession of narcotics

first_imgA minibus driver was on Tuesday sentenced to four years imprisonment and fined more than .5 million, after he was found guilty of possession of 12 kilogramms of compressed marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.Ossie Mc Farlene, 35, of Hopetown, West Cost Berbice, was found guilty of the charge by Magistrate Rhondell Weaver at the Blairmont Magistrate’s Court.It was alleged that on September 29, 2015, Mc Farlene drove his car through a roadblock in front of the Fort Wellington Police Station after which he was apprehended and found with the quantity of narcotics.Prosecutor Inspector Althea Solomon presented evidence to establish that after Mc Farlene failed to stop at the roadblock, officers gave chase and caught him at Plantation Hope, West Coast Berbice.A search was conducted on the vehicle he was driving and eight packets of compressed marijuana were discovered in the trunk.Defence Attorneys Mursalene Bacchus and Perry Gossai had argued that their client was innocent of the allegations, pointing out that he was oblivious that marijuana was in the trunk of the vehicle. This was however insufficient and did not influence the decision of the court.last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgSanta’s reindeer will also make an appearance, and children will be able to visit with them. The entire family will also be able to enjoy train rides. A craft area designed for children ages 3-11 will be set up. For $2, Santa Claus will be available for pictures with children eager to tell him their Christmas wishes. In addition, a variety of vendors will be selling unique and special holiday items. For information call (562) 863-4896. Tour historic holiday homes WHITTIER – The Whittier Cultural Arts Foundation is presenting the 2007 Holiday Home Tour featuring three unique historic homes decorated for the holidays. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today patrons will be able to view the homes, indulge in holiday shopping, view art for sale and savor hot chocolate, coffee and spiced cider. Tickets are $25 at the door of the first home on the tour. For information call (562) 464-3360. Bid for symphony soloists begins WHITTIER – Applications to participate in the Rio Hondo Symphony’s Young Artists Competition on Feb. 2 are now available. Categories accepted this year are voice and strings. The winners in each category will perform as soloists at the free finale of the symphony’s 75th Diamond Jubilee on April 13. Each winner will also receive a $1,500 cash prize; the runner-up in each category will receive a $500 cash prize. The contest is limited to the first 25 eligible musicians. String players through age 26 and vocalists through age 30 at the time of the contest are eligible. All contestants must be either California residents or students attending a California university, college or school, or studying with a private California music teacher. Applications must be submitted with a $50 nonrefundable fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope, postmarked no later than Jan. 4. To apply, visit For information or applications, call (562) 631-5262. Enter Christmas decoration contest SANTA FE SPRINGS – Join your neighbors in celebrating the holiday season and enter your home in this year’s Christmas Home Decorating Contest. The judging committee will tour the city at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17. If you would like to enter your home in the contest, you can enter one of two ways. You can use the online entry form at by downloading and printing it and taking it to either the City Hall receptionist or the City Clerk’s Office. You can also pick up an entry form at either location. For information call the City Clerk’s Office at 868-0511, Ext. 7314. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – The sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station will hold its annual 10K Mug Run today. The event is open to the public and law enforcement. Sheriff’s officials said it promotes physical fitness plus lets the public and station personnel meet. Registration begins at 7 a.m. today and the run starts at 8 a.m. in front of the station at 6631 Passons Blvd. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe cost is $20 and includes a T-shirt to all participants. Medals are awarded to the top three runners in each age group. Enjoy snow and tree lighting SANTA FE SPRINGS – Join the city of Santa Fe Springs at its Holiday Fest and Tree Lighting Ceremony from 3-8 p.m. today at the Town Center Green, 11740 E. Telegraph Road. The tree lighting will take place at 7 p.m. There will be plenty of holiday activities to enjoy, including a winter play area with tons of real snow for children to build snowmen and experience winter life. last_img read more


first_imgA taxi-driver is facing a bleak Christmas after heartless thieves stole a set of seats from his specially-adapted taxi-van.Dickie McGranaghan had left the specially-made seats outside his Letterkenny home when he went to collect two wheelchair-bound pensioners.But when he returned to refit the seats back into his taxi, they were gone. The theft of the seats, which were specially made at a cost of almost €1,000, now means Dickie won’t be able to collect passengers in his car.Dickie, from Ballymacool Terrace, explained “I take the seats out to allow me to collect wheelchair-bound passengers.“They were specially made and fit onto rollers in my taxi. They cost me more than £750and had to be made in Northern Ireland.“Christmas is the busiest time of year but now I can’t collect bigger parties in the eight seater because I don’t have these seats,” explained Dickie. Dickie says whoever stole the seats on Tuesday night last knew exactly what they were doing.“It would have taken two people to lift them and they initially moved them a couple of hundred yards before someone must have collected them in a van,” he revealed.But the fed-up taxi-driver said the expensive seats are useless to anybody else.“It’s sad because nobody will be able to use them as they have been especially made to fit my taxi.“I’m not sure if they were just taken by someone passing in a van or if they planned it. But the problem is that they are useless for anybody else because they only fit my taxi. “The sad thing is that they have probably just dumped them in a field where they’ll rot away,” he said.The theft has been reported to Letterkenny Gardai who are investigating the matter.TAXI-DRIVER FACING BLEAK CHRISTMAS AFTER THIEVES STEAL SPECIAL SEATS FROM CAB was last modified: December 4th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Ballymacool TerraceDickie McGranaghandonegalGardairobberyseatstaxilast_img read more