Benjamin Conard

Morning of a thousand stars

(Photos by Bob Giglione) A dazzling array of sensational scientists, energetic entrepreneurs and regional rainmakers gathered April 24 for the 2018 Innovator of the Year Awards. Innovate Long Island’s third-annual innovation celebration, held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, honored 2018 Master of Innovation Michael Faltischek, senior partner at Uniondale law firm Ruskin Moscou Faltischek and chairman of the Long Island Angel Network. The breakfast banquet also recognized more than 40 of the…


Chris and Ben’s exhaustive search for a better vacuum

By GREGORY ZELLER // Vacuuming with those canister-shaped wet/dry vacuum cleaners can lead to a real dust up. That, at least, is the problem encountered by East Setauket father/son inventing duo Christopher and Benjamin Conard, who found the canisters do as much messing as cleaning, doubling the required cleaning time. The culprit: the canisters’ exhaust port, an almost-always circular vent usually located on the unit’s rear side. The powerful machines kick up some serious backdrafts,…