The Garbage Can Fly Trap will be available soon at Hammer & Nails Ace Hardware.  PHOTO BY DAVE SCHWAB
The Garbage Can Fly Trap will be available soon at Hammer & Nails Ace Hardware. PHOTO BY DAVE SCHWAB
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Pacific Beach couple’s innovative flytrap out on store shelves soon
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The Garbage Can Fly Trap will be available soon at Hammer & Nails Ace Hardware.  PHOTO BY DAVE SCHWAB
The Garbage Can Fly Trap will be available soon at Hammer & Nails Ace Hardware. PHOTO BY DAVE SCHWAB
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Thanks to an enterprising Pacific Beach couple, a better household flytrap may be on a store shelf near you soon. Dennis and Joylyn Darnell have spent two years developing and marketing a new product named the Garbage Can Fly Trap, marketed at Hammer & Nails Ace Hardware at 890 Turquoise St. “The owners said OK for that to be our first retail location,” said Dennis adding, “as soon as our (first) shipment clears customs (in L.A.) we'll stock his store. It will basically be a pilot for us.” "We're excited to help local inventors get their first product on the shelves,” said PB Ace Hardware owner Ron Roman. “Even better if it solves a local problem." Inventing a product, testing and marketing it, getting all the necessary permitting and licensing, copywriting it as well as finding a Chinese manufacturing site, has all been a real learning experience for both Darnells. “We knew it would be a challenge – and it was,” said Dennis. “The packaging, the graphics, the design, the content – it's just constantly been working and re-working, learning, receiving feedback from (potential) customers,” said Joylyn. “We're excited to (finally) get it out there.” The Darnells were sitting in their North PB kitchen a couple of years ago when Dennis, an engineering graduate from UC San Diego, had the proverbial “light bulb” go off over his head. “Dennis really hates flies,” noted Joylyn, an SDSU marketing graduate. She pointed out Dennis had “tinkered” with developing flytraps previously, and that they both had become irritated noticing flies walking around the rim of their indoor garbage cans trying to get in. Dennis went to a home appliance store that very night to buy parts to construct his better flytrap. A year later, the couple had a patent pending for their “Garbage Can Fly Trap.” They then launched a fundraising campaign on kickstarter.com to get prospective buyers to help them launch early development of their new household flytrap. Dennis noted the couple was successful in their Kickstarter campaign, raising $13,000 in pre-orders for the Garbage Can Fly Trap. District 2 Councilwoman Lorie Zapf was one of the Darnell's Kickstarter pre-orderers. “She's the one who put us over the top,” Dennis said. With Kickstarter funds, the Darnells hired a local engineering firm to optimize trap design for injection molding. The pair said UC San Diego student Du Chen from China reached out to them about her parent's manufacturing firm, which the Darnells, with their 3-year-old son Dakota in tow, visited in May. Subsequently, the Darnell's reduced their 24-piece fly trap design down to a 4-piece, plastic injected molded version. Their first shipment of 500 fly traps and 3,000 cartridges just arrived and will be transported to San Diego. Dennis is also working on an “industrial size” fly trap to go in dumpsters, but added he and Joylyn are just focused on their garbage can prototype for now. All that's needed to install the Garbage Can Fly Trap is to bore a small hole with a drill into the side of the garbage can, and the plastic trap cartridge lined with fly paper just pops right in. The Darnells also conducted a pilot test with local residents for the city of San Diego, which has determined their invention works, and said it's OK to modify curbside cans to incorporate their trap into the lids. Is this the end of product invention and development for the Darnells? No way, said Joylyn, noting Dennis already is working on something new, something totally unrelated to the fly trap – though he won't disclose exactly what it is. Yet. For more information, www.garbagecanflytrap.com.
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New start date, programs and paint at Mission Bay Cluster schools
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Principals at Mission Bay Cluster’s six schools – Barnard Asia Pacific Language Academy, Crown Point, Mission Bay High, Pacific Beach Elementary, Pacific Beach Middle and Kate Sessions – say there's a lot to look forward to in the new school year. The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 29, a week earlier than normal, so mark your calendars, notes the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD), the second largest school district in the state, of which the Mission Bay Cluster is a part. “Pacific Beach Elementary (PBE) has undergone some major changes,” noted principal Denise Goulart, who joined the PBE team in April. “Starting with beautification efforts, PBE has brought families and community members together to clean the school grounds, paint murals, and to de-clutter excess materials. All hallways have been repainted, and the main office got a much needed face-lift.” Goulart added PBE, in partnership with the community, has “co-created new mission and vision statements that allow us to build a culture at our school that focuses on strengthening all disciplines by using a scientific lens. We were lucky enough to receive a 'Project Lead the Way' grant, which will allow us to bring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teaching to all of our students.” The principal added PBE is also “proud to announce that we have received our Maker-Space/Science Lab building that will be outfitted with state-of-the-art furniture, allowing the space to be versatile in nature.  And, thanks to our Foundation, we have received access to premier programs like RMC Music, hands-on Science, MysteryScience.com, NWEA/MAP testing, and R-AZ kids.” Furthermore, noted Goulart, SDUSD has purchased Envision Math and ST Math/Jiji, to “help align our math instruction to California State Standards. We are ready for the school year to begin.” “Crown Point Junior Music Academy is moving forward with creating our academy focus,” noted principal Muriel Bartolini. “The staff has attended trainings throughout the summer to deepen our focus in science, math, literacy and music. We have  established new partnerships with the Yokohama Sister City Society Japanese Arts and Music Society (JAMS) and the Balboa Friendship Garden. We are energized and ready for a fabulous new school year.” Ernest Remillard, Mission Bay High School's principal, now in his third year, said the institution has “a new look for Mission Bay with its newly painted campus.” Remillard said MBHS recently “wrapped up four amazing days of student orientation with Mr. Palacios and Mrs. Littlefield along with our Link Crew Leaders introducing ninth-grade students to our campus. They completed a number of engaging activities in order to introduce students to the Buccaneer Way.” The high school skipper added, “Our ASB and cheer team have been working throughout the summer to bring spirit and leadership to our early school events. I am looking forward to seeing what they do during the school year.” Noting the high school's first football game is 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, Remillard “encourages the community to come celebrate with the students of Mission Bay.” At Kate Sessions Elementary, principal Margaret Joseph noted “staff is energized and excited to begin the 2016-2017 school year.” Joseph said Sessions is proud to introduce two new third-grade staffers: PB resident Jennifer Deaton, and Kristin Cardrant. “Both teachers are experienced, enthusiastic, and amazing,” Joseph said adding the Families of Kate Sessions (FOKS) and the former fifth-grade class, “donated funds to have three new murals painted on campus. Local artist Tom Plonka continued his original beach theme and ingeniously incorporated the International Baccalaureate attitudes and learner profile tenets into the murals. The murals look awesome.” Joseph thanked Julia Seiders “for her leadership around this project.” At Kate Sessions, new student orientation will be 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 25 for military families only. The elementary school's non-military families' orientation will be 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 26. “We will hold our transitional kinder and kindergarten orientation then,” said Joseph. “Students will meet their new teachers and parents will learn about our school. At 11 a.m., we will hold our new student orientation for new students in grades 1-5. These students will receive a tour of the school by former Student Council members.” Aida Hernandez is principal of Barnard Asian Pacific Language Academy at 2445 Fogg St. She said Barnard is looking forward to a great year of learning.  “Our Mandarin program this year will feature the Better Immersion Kindergarten through fifth grade Mandarin curriculum that has a clear, comprehensive Mandarin language pathway for our students,” Hernandez said. She added, “Barnard is the only Mandarin immersion school in San Diego County that offers Mandarin curriculum emphasizing a balanced literacy approach, based on the Common Core State Standards K-5 grades, and that is specifically designed for the non-native speaker.”
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