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The Doorstop With A Holy Touch

You could say Darren Butler has quite the entrepreneurial disposition. The Hicksville resident not only founded a church, but invented a doorstop that does not require screwing any holes into your wall or door. The device simply clamps on to the bottom of any sized door without requiring tools.

“I never envisioned myself as being an inventor,” explained Butler. “I became one by accident and out of frustration.”

After Butler and his wife purchased their home, they wanted to decorate and maintain it.  “We have four children and at the time we wanted to minimize the damage that occurs from doors slamming into walls because as young children do; they have a tendency to aggressively open doors, and as a result the door knob created holes in our wall,” said Butler. “We purchased conventional doorstops so at the very least we could minimize that reality if not eliminate it all together.”

“The conventional doorstop presented another problem,” explained Butler. “After consistent use they tended to wear out and fall off. They were creating unsightly holes in our walls and our doors. They weren’t compatible with every door and wall, and the last one I purchased even fell off the door.”

Butler, who is the pastor of the International Good News Fellowship Church, says he was so frustrated that he asked God what do to about his problem.

“Being a spiritual person of deep faith, I told God ‘I am so tired of this’ and I heard him talk back to me. He told me to get a piece of paper and a pencil and draw. He is the one who gave me this idea for the adjustable doorstop,” says Butler.

Butler’s wife Patricia recalled the time when he told her about his idea. “I thought it was awesome and it could really fix the problems we were having,” she said. “My husband has always had things in the works. He is a very creative person.”

Being a young husband and father who had just purchased a new home and did not have the proper funds, Butler had to sit on the idea until he had enough money to get his apparatus out into the market.

“Bringing invention ideas to the market has changed radically from when I first received this idea 15 years ago to when I got it to the prototype stage that I have now,” said Butler. “The most significant change is how relatively inexpensive it has become to effectuate the process. When I first began it took quite a bit of money to go through the entire process. I had to get the concept and some kind of workable representation.”

Butler went through the formal process and hired attorneys to do a patent search to make sure his product was unique. When he got the okay back from them, he was able to get the ball rolling.

Today Butler works with a company called Invention Home, which markets his product to companies interested in possibly selling the doorstop. Invention Home describes the doorstop on their website as being able to be “attached securely to a door to protect walls from nicks and scratches effectively. It features an adjustable clamp that can adhere to doors of all sizes. The device transfers effortlessly from one door to another and saves money by eliminating the need to frequently replace a doorstop or repair a wall.”

 “Everyone that gets exposed to the concept and idea is extremely excited about it,” said Butler. “I remember the first time I told my congregation about it. Seeing their excitement and enthusiasm alone was very encouraging and very rewarding. Many of them began to see a multitude of settings and atmospheres that the product could work for. They saw it way beyond what I envisioned.”

Butler is optimistic that the product he created will come to a local hardware store near you very soon. “I just need to reach out to as many people as possible so they are able to see the great possibilities this doorstop has,” he said. “Then it will really take off.”

For more information, call Invention Home at 1-866-844-6512.

News

Dance has a variety of benefits for children. Just like other sports like soccer, tennis or basketball, it promotes good health, emotional and mental stability.

The Dance Place in Hicksville is the brainchild of former dancer, Miana DeLucia. As a child, DeLucia found relief in her local dance studio. She says, “When I was young, my brother was very sick. I used to go to the studio just to get away. There, I found my passion and it became like a second home to me. It was my safe place.”

The community is invited to show off their Comets pride at Hicksville’s Homecoming Fair, which takes place Saturday, Sept. 13, starting at 10 a.m.

The festivities start at 10 a.m. at Hicksville High School’s John A. Walker Soccer Field. A number of fun activities will be featured, including attractions like a giant slide and an obstacle course, plus many game booths courtesy of the individual PTA units and school clubs. Lunch and snack items will be available for purchase.


Sports

At 6 a.m. on a blustery Saturday morning 1,600 people arrived at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park to participate in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge Tobay triathlon and tri- relay race. The participants were from all over Long Island, some from upstate NY, a few from out of state and were all ages and some even with disabilities but all came with one goal in mind, to finish.

The course starts out as a half mile swim in Oyster Bay Harbor, then a 9.3 mile bike ride through Oyster Bay, Laurel Hollow, and Cove neck which is very hilly but finishes with a 2.9 mile downhill to the finish. Then the riders have one more leg of the race which is 3.2 mile run through Mill Neck and Brookville, up to Planting Fields Arboretum and back down to Roosevelt Park to the finish line.

Second year head coach Rob Carroll is encouraged by what he has seen from the Hicksville Comets in the preseason. For this reason, he feels the team is better than their preseason ranking of No. 13.

“Last year was a tough year for us,” he said in regards to their 1-7 season. “But we improved as it went on and played in some very competitive games.”

The team ended a 15-game losing streak last season with a 26-19 victory over Uniondale.  They also were barely edged 20-14 by Hempstead on a last minute score. The rest of the games featured several lopsided scores, which is why Carroll believes the team is being overlooked.


Calendar

BOE Meeting

September 10

HHS Class of 1954 Reunion

September 12, 13

Cruizin’ For A Cure Car Show

September 14



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