Written by Anthony Dobrini Friday, 11 July 2014 08:28
Two inventors, one local and one international, have come together to launch an online fundraising campaign for a product they hope to bring to the market by the end of the year.
Farmingdale resident Rafael Avila is one half of the duo behind the Chocolazer, which is a hot glue gun used to melt chocolate for culinary purposes.
The Chocolazer is branded as a no-mess product that is meant to inspire people to be creative with chocolate. The gadget features a removable heating barrel, wherein special chocolate sticks are melted down into a manageable liquid form.
Avila began working on the invention nearly seven years ago and almost saw its success, but miscalculated one very important thing... Someone else already owned the patents.
Enter the other half of the team—Monica D’Agostino, a woman from Canada who had thought of a similar product years earlier. Avila had several half-hearted attempts to contact her as he wanted his own invention to be the one he took to success.
“You have to act on your ideas,” Avila said, “because you are probably not the only person thinking of it.”
While working on some other inventions, Avila held a seminar last September to introduce the idea of bringing a 3D printing system, called the Makerspace, to Farmingdale.
Although receiving minimal support from the community left him a bit dismayed, the few people attending the seminar convinced Avila to utilize social media to reach out to D’Agostino after he had told the
story of his chocolate creation that almost was.
It took nearly 15 minutes when he got home to find her contact information online and a few days later the two formed a partnership.
“Our objective was to bring this product back to life,” Avila says.
Fast-forward nearly a year and twenty-something prototypes later, a working device for the Chocolazer had been created.
The two business partners turned to Kickstarter, an online crowdfunding website, to help raise money for the product and share the backstory of how it came to be.
On the site, users can pledge different dollar amounts and get rewards in return—from a collector’s edition prototype, chocolate stick refill packs, and the Chocolazer device itself.
“Kickstarter is brilliant because people are enthusiastic about products,” Avila said. “You can say you were there from the very beginning and that you helped get that product off the ground.”
Avila hopes that the project will be fully funded so he can put Farmingdale on the map. With less than a month to go and a pledge goal of $60,000, he is determined to succeed.
If the Kickstarter fails to reach its goal, all of the money raised will be returned. “Whether funded or not through Kickstarter, this will still be a product,” Avila added. “I really have an ulterior motive of bringing a Makerspace to Farmingdale... and the success of this product will clearly show everyone that there is a value to having, in our community, this type of thing.”
Saturday, 30 August 2014 00:00
There was a time when people knew what they were eating. Frozen meals, fast food chains and ingredients impossible to pronounce were non-existent. Instead, simple ingredients and meals were all made from scratch.
Joann P. Magri, owner of The Divine Olive, is keeping this way of eating alive. Offering hungry customers with a choice in quality foods and ingredients, Magri encourages customers to make their own meals. With shelves stocked full of 18-year-old vinegars straight from Modena, Italy, to extra virgin olive oils infused with various herbs and flavors, the Divine Olive features a variety of organic and vegan products, all 100 percent natural. It even has handmade spaghetti and fresh bread, which perfectly pairs with all of their other products.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.
An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of LI designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.
“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.
“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia. “Flying through the air never gets boring. At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.”