Hayes Handpiece Turns 20

by The Editors on March 5, 2009

Cap 311442.JpgCarlsbadistan’s dental handpiece repair company Hayes Handpiece turned 20 years old this month. In those years the company has grown from one location to include nearly 75 franchised locations worldwide.

In 1989, John and Jo Hayes started Hayes Handpiece Company in a 10’x10′ garage space in the San Diego area. Prior to starting Hayes, John and Jo owned and operated California Dental Equipment Company. . . Today, Hayes Handpiece Company remains a family-based business with sons David and Joe at the helm.

Happy Birthday, Hayes.

[Link: Dental Office Mag]

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Carlsbad Marathon This Weekend

by The Editors on January 20, 2009


The 2009 Carlsbad Marathon & Half kicks off on Friday January 23, 2009 with the Health & Fitness Expo in the parking lot at the Westfield Plaza Camino Real. Saturday will feature the Keebler Kids Marathon Mile at Legoland, and then Sunday January 25, 2009 runner’s feet hit the pavement of Carlsbadistan.

Click here to check out photos from the 2008 event.

[Link: Carlsbad Marathon & Half]

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Judi Missett Must Be Jazzed

by The Editors on September 17, 2008

Jazzercise RedThe economy may be down, but it looks like more people are Jazzercising than ever as Carlsbad’s Jazzercise has had it’s best year in the company’s 39 years of operation.

System wide sales topped 93 million for the past fiscal year, marking a 9% increase over last year’s totals. The increase marked the seventh consecutive year Jazzercise has posted system wide sales growth, including company divisions of Jazzertogs fitness apparel and award-winning JM Digitalworks. Jazzercise has more than 7,500 instructors teaching 32,000 classes weekly in all 50 states and 32 countries worldwide.

It’s amazing how much money can be made by charging women to jump around to music. Crazy.

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Poop Spill Closes State Beach

by The Editors on August 10, 2008

Last night at 8:01 PM a pump (that pumps “wastewater” into the ocean) failed and the poop backed up, busting out 1,000 gallons of sewage onto Coast Highway and, according to the County of San Diego Department of Evnironmental Health about 100 gallons made it to the beach through a storm drain.

This “100-gallon-spill” was large enough to force the closure of Carlsbad State Beach from “Palomar Airport Road to the breakwater,” according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune. The beach will reportedly open just as soon as the water tests show that its cleaned up.

Carlsbadistan’s poop surfers rejoice.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]

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West Nile Strikes Carlsbadistan

by The Editors on August 2, 2008

A 38-year-old Carlsbad woman has been hospitalized for “treatment of meningitis after developing symptoms of West Nile virus, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.”

Most people infected with the virus display no symptoms. About 20 percent suffer headaches, fatigue, fever, nausea, skin rash or swollen glands. Symptoms can become serious in older patients, or in people with weakened immune systems.

There were 15 human cases in San Diego County last year according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune. And we’re up to three so far this year. Be sure to sport that insect repellant if you’re going to be out with the mosquitos.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]

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Carlsbad Beaches Go Up In Smoke

by The Editors on July 16, 2008

According to a story in the North County Times:

In a 4-1 vote, with Councilman Mark Packard absent, the Carlsbad’s City Council decided Tuesday to . . . prohibit smoking at the beach, city parks and trails.

Thanks to the City Council for finally getting on the program. The ban could go into effect in 30 days. So smokers: get ready to kiss your butts goodbye.

[Link: North County Times]

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Clifton’s Harley Ride For Breast Cancer

by The Editors on May 29, 2008

Dave2Carlsbad’s David Clifton, 62, left this morning from VG Donut & Bakery in Cardiff to ride his motorcycle for three months to raise money for the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation. We’ve never figured out how this stuff really works, but apparently, just saying you’re going to do something silly, like ride a motorcycle aimlessly around the county all summer, is enough to get people to donate money.

I’ve been thinking about making the trip for a zillion years,” David Clifton said. “And I’m hoping this is a unique enough deal that it will raise awareness for all women . . . If one lady goes to get an exam, that’s all I would need. I’d like to help find the cure sooner, quicker, faster.”

Clifton says that by showing up places he’s going to be doing great work for to find a cure. Guess it’s better than cruising the country for Satan. We wish David lots of luck. Click here to make a donation.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune and Cruising For The Cure]

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Carlsbad Athlete Ranked #1 In SPARQ

by The Editors on May 8, 2008


In an athletic fitness contest sponsored by Nike called The SPARQ Training My Better Championship, 3000 high school athletes tested their fitness at Velocity Sports Performance Centers around the nation.

The current number one ranking belongs to Eric Pao Pao who was tested at the Carlsbad location. Three other athletes from Velocity Carlsbad where also in the top 12 they include: Michael Leonard, King Holder, and Aaron Harris.

Must be something in the water.

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CHS Student Presses For Smoke-Free City

by The Editors on May 3, 2008

Carlsbad HIgh School sophomore Michael Caraglio has written an opinion piece for the North County Times on the need for the City of Carlsbad to go smoke-free.

This is to all the citizens of Carlsbad who are wondering why Carlsbad has not passed a smoke-free ordinance like many other cities in San Diego County. I am really wondering, too. . . .My sister and I have been working on encouraging the city to pass such an ordinance for almost three years. . . .I am tired of hearing that there are more important items on the city council agenda. What could be more important than protecting its citizens from secondhand smoke and litter?

Michael, we agree completely. Wonder if it has anything to do with our “pro-smoking” Mayor and council members?

[Link: North County Times and San Diego Union-Tribune]

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Beam Me Up, Dr. Streeter

by The Editors on April 22, 2008

Phome HeadA Carlsbad man, Dr. Jackson Streeter, is working on an investigative light therapy that he says can help save injured brain cells, specifically in cases of nerve and spinal cord injuries, as well as Parkinson’s disease. The company is called PhotoThera and it’s device works like this:

A hand-held probe delivers an infrared energy signal into the brain. It stimulates mitochondria, which provide energy to each living cell. The mitochondria in neurons shut down when the brain is injured. “When that energy transfer takes place, it keeps cells alive inside the brain that might otherwise die,” Dr. Streeter says.

We wouldn’t mind trying to rescue some of our damaged brain cells. Streeter hopes to get FDA approval by next year.


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