Middlesex 3 Regional Development Group Assesses First Year
Discovering Nature through the Lens of Fluorescence
Meet Charlie Mazel from Bedford, Mass., founder of NIGHTSEA, which provides solutions for viewing and photographing fluorescence underwater, on land, and in the laboratory.
What's fluorescence, you ask? Simply put, it's when something glows a visible color when exposed to specific light sources, for example, ultraviolet light. (I apologize to all the scientists out there for my overly simplified explanation.)
NIGHTSEA lights use high intensity LEDs for steady illumination, and for electronic flash units, it supplies custom filters that only allow the desired light to pass through. To view fluorescence, you simply carry the NIGHTSEA blue light flashlight while wearing the NIGHTSEA yellow visor. To photograph, put a NIGHTSEA blue filter over your camera's flash to provide a blast of blue light, and a NIGHTSEA yellow filter over the camera lens to capture the fluorescence. The results are spectacular!
For Charlie, fluorescence has been a long-time interest and hobby. He started in 1972 as a sport diver, wondering what would happen if he swam around in the middle of the night with an ultraviolet light in the cold waters of Massachusetts. He developed his own specialized equipment, and once he got everything working, it was down to the warm waters of the Caribbean to take fluorescent photos of corals. He showed the photos to a marine biologist and asked if he could explain what was happening. The biologist could not, so Charlie's curiosity led him back to school to learn more.
"I didn't start with the idea of a business in mind," Charlie says.
After earning a Doctorate in Biology, with a focus on fluorescence and marine organisms, Charlie considered starting his own business. "I thought 'Maybe other people want to see this.' I thought of selling equipment to divers, but a friend in the dive business advised me not to go that way." So he began working first at MIT and then at a private company, conducting research on underwater optics and fluorescence.
Timing played a big part in Charlie's decision to take the leap into NIGHTSEA. "The funding for research work had decreased. I had been learning business stuff on the side while running another company. And I saw an opportunity for fluorescence in the industry," Charlie says.
So in 2009, he took the leap into small business ownership and established NIGHTSEA. "I like being in business for myself, and I like making things that people use," Charlie says. "I like hearing from people who have been diving for years and get a totally new view of the underwater world using our gear."
Early on, Charlie experienced a crisis of confidence moment. Worried that he made the wrong decision, he reached out to an experienced entrepreneur friend for advice. "He told me, 'There's going to be ups and downs. You just have to deal with it,'" Charlie says. "That really brought me back down to earth."
Celebrate July 4th in Bedford
Submitted by the Bedford Recreation Department
Spend the day at Springs Brook Park
11 am to 2 pm: Free admission for Bedford residents (must show license or i.d.) entering the Park
- Swim, relax and enjoy the day at the Park!
- Discover the spray park
- Play sand volleyball, tetherball or basketball
- Try the waterslide
- Explore the playground
- Enjoy kids' games and contests
- Picnic in the shaded, sandy picnic grove beneath the old pines (grills available, concession available)
1:00 - 2:30 pm: Watermelon served
Then enjoy a concert of patriotic music on the Town Campus
5 - 7 pm: Early-evening Concert at 12 Mudge Way
Back by popular demand, Dan Clark the Singing Trooper will sing national anthems, military tributes, patriotic and broadway tunes, opera, Elvis and more from 5 to 7 pm.
|What the Chamber did in June?|
Tee it up Golf
Chamber Directors Retreat
Many thanks to Boardroom Bistro for providing dinner!
Working Women Alliance -
Many thanks to Panera Bread for providing lunch!
Multi-Chamber Networking @ Stonebridge
Adam Schwartz leads the Chamber Retreat
Working Women Alliance
Participating members as of 5/2
B & D Advertising Agency - 10% discount on any size
advertisement placed in the Bedford (or surrounding town) "Town
Bedford Vision Center & Dr. Kiana Kaymanesh - 20% off any
frame & lens combination
Bedford Plaza Hotel - 10% discount off rack rate - use code SP10
Garrison Knight Financial Planning, LLC -Complimentary "get
acquainted" meeting plus 15% discount on all hourly financial
Great Road Gallery & Framing - 10% off all complete customframing
Quality Data Base Design -Free initial consultation, 10 %
discount on development fee
Baldwin Insurance - 5 % member discount
JRM Antiques - Purchases $1-$50.00 - 10%, $50.00 and up- 20%
The UPS Store - 15% off packaging/shipping supplies, 5% off shipping charges, 25% off Printing/Copying/Large format printing/blue printing, 20% off Notary Service
SORA - 10 % off any food in the restaurant or lounge
Bedford Florist - 10% off all purchases
First Parish of Bedford - 10% discount on cost of building usage
New England Nurseries, Inc. - 10% on all purchases except year end clearance items
Art Smith & Associates - 2 hour design consult
Christine Pinney Marketing - 10% off on all interent consultin services
Watson Law Offices - I-9 Annual audit review offered at half price to
OrganizingWorks!- 10% off first organizing session, 5 % off second session
existing members & free to potential members who agree to attend one Chamber function
Connected View -25% of subscription
|Bedford Day will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2013. This a town wide community event where you can get tremendous exposure for your business. Applications must be submitted to the Recreation Dept. by August 9. Click here for info and the application
September 13, 2013
Westin-Waltham Boston Hotel
ALEWIFE SHUTTLE TO CROSBY DRIVE
offers guaranteed ride home program
Did you know the 128 Business Council's offfers guaranteed ride home, along with several other member benefits such as
- DEP Rideshare Regulation Compliance
- Guaranteed Ride Home
- Commuter Benefits Events
- Shuttle Bus Services
- Transportation Advocacy Programs
128 Business Council could be your one-stop resource for alternative transportation and pro-sustainability solutions for the 128 West region. Their shuttles connect major employers, institutions and communities to public transit (MBTA stations), making commuting more effective and reducing Route 128 West and related roadway congestion.
Please contact the Chamber office at 781-275-8503 if your company is interested in participating in this Shuttle Program and/or if you know some other companies in the Crosby Drive area that you think would be interested.
I am a Bedford Business
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
TEE IT GOLF
Patriot Golf Course
200 Springs Road
42 Mall Road
128 Business Expo
Westin -Waltham Hotel
70 Third Ave
Click here to register
Applications are due August 9
2013 CHAMBER MEMBERS
Art Smith & Associates
Atlantic Capital Strategies
Atlantis Sports Club
Atria Longmeadow Place
B & D Advertising Agency
Baldwin Insurance Agency
Baudanza Electric Company
Bedford Car Wash
Bedford Center for the Arts
Bedford Family Connection
Bedford Florist Bedford Funeral Home
Bedford Historical Society
Bedford Vision Center
Bedford Plaza Hotel
Brown & Brown, P.C.
Callahan's Karate Studio
Calling All Pets
Cambridge Savings Bank
Carlton & Duran CPAs
Christine Pinney Marketing
Cormier Law, LLC
Debbie Spencer HigginsGroup
Design 1 Kitchen & Bath
Design 2 Order
Dr. Dianne Bridgeman
Diane Cadogan Hughes/The Higgins Group
Doubletree Bedford Glen Hotel
Dr. Kiana Kaymanesh
Elm Brook Place
Enterprise Bank & Trust Co
First Parish Church Flatbread
FUJIFILM Recording Media USA, Inc.
Garrison Knight Financial Planning LLC
Genetti's Wine & Spirits
Get in Shape for Women
Great Road Gallery & Framing
Hanscom Federal Credit Union
Harold Nichols Insurance Agency
Heritage At Bedford Springs
Independent Living Innovations
Inside Out Staging and Design
Keller Williams Realty
Kimberly Bee Design
Leary Auto Repair
Live Life Well
McColough Associates, Inc.
Mead Bors. Tree Serice
Mettler-Toledo Thorton, Inc.
Middlesex Savings Bank
Minuteman Volkswagen Inc.
New England Nurseries, Inc
North Road Chiropractic
Organix Spa & Salon
Oscar S. DePriest IV, DMD,PC
Patrick Sullivan/The Middlesex Group
Peter C. Quinn Insurance Agency
Quality Data Base Design
Rental Car Momma
Richard Egan Insurance
Right At home
Slak Chiropractic Group
St. Michael Parish Center
Strawberry Hill Properties
Summit Health & Fitness
The Bedford Citizen
The Bedford Minuteman
The Boardroom Bistro
The Goddard School
The Higgins Group Realtors
The UPS Store
Pulte Homes of New England, LLC
Watson Law Office
William Raveis Real Estate