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Glen Cove Resident Invents Gardening Tool

Vincent Suozzi, of Glen Cove, is in the process of launching and producing a new gardening tool that he hopes will make the cumbersome task of weeding a whole lot easier. 

In addition to teaching physical education and health at the Westbury Middle School, Suozzi has been in the landscaping business for over 30 years. He came up with the idea of the tool he calls the “Ring Weeder” while weeding his garden one day. He found weeding to be tedious and boring, so he invented a tool that is effective, easy, and quick. 

 

He made several prototypes of the Ring Weeder and analyzed other weeding tools before coming up with the most perfect working tool, and he is confident that this is the version that gardeners will love.

 

Suozzi compares his tool to the fictional character ‘Edward Scissorhands’ because it becomes an extension of the gardener’s hand. It removes the weed root with a forked end that penetrates the soil and scoops up the root, so the weed doesn’t grow back. 

 

Despite the Ring Weeder’s small size, Suozzi believes it gets the job done faster than bulkier gardening tools. The Ring Weeder is to be made from ABS plastic, which is lightweight and durable, and is meant to be worn on top of a glove like a ring. The tool is especially useful because it is perfect for areas where larger weeding tools cannot fit. 

 

 “This product appeals to people who love gardening, and love the joy that they feel in making their garden look beautiful,” Suozzi explained. “Millions of people still love to take care of their own gardens, and this tool makes the job quicker, more efficient, and most of all less boring.” 

 

He currently has a patent pending for his innovative gardening tool, and he hopes to get startup cash through Kickstarter, a website which helps finance creative projects via crowdfunding. He launched a video about the Ring Weeder—along with a tutorial—live on Kickstarter the first week of July, so everyone can learn more about the creation he is so passionate about.  

 

With the funds, he intends to invest in tooling and making injection molds, so he can create and produce his first batch of Ring Weeders. He plans on selling them one day on Amazon and major retail stores so they are available to gardeners everywhere.

 

Suozzi would like to design and invent other gardening tools in the future and hopes the Ring Weeder is just the beginning.  

 

“I hope to bring a whole new way of weeding gardens to the millions of people that are passionate about gardening,” Suozzi said. Even if it doesn’t turn out to be the proverbial mousetrap, the budding inventor has a palpable achievement. 

 

 “I had an idea, I found out how to get it to the public, and if it’s successful that would be great, but if not, I saw it through and gave it my best shot,” Suozzi explained. “I always tell my students and my two sons to always give everything your best effort, because if you don’t, you will always have regrets.”

News

In order to meet the necessary budget requirements, the Glen Cove School District will reduce school staff members, starting in the 2014-15 school year. One administrative staff member and nine instructional staff members will be let go, according to Superintendent

Maria Rianna’s report at the Monday night school board meeting. Staff reductions will also be made to teaching assistants, school monitors, substitute teachers and custodial and maintenance workers. The total savings for the district is $1,227,669.

 

As of March 31, revenues for the district total $79,281,428. The revenues include the tax levy ($64,780,719),  P.I.L.O.T.s ($1,908,060), tax on consumer utility bills ($1,250,000)n use of reserves ($1,250,000), State Aid ($8,751,799), all other revenues ($635,850) and appropriation of unassigned fund balance ($750,000).

 

The total appropriations for the district are $80,509,097 and revenues are $79,281,428 with a budget gap of $1,227,669.

 It has been five years since a particularly heavy rainfall closed all the beaches in Glen Cove including Crescent Beach. As per Nassau County Department of Health standards, beaches are ordered closed after heavy rainfall because of storm water runoff that adversely affects bacteria levels at local beaches. Typically, bacteria levels subside within a day or so, allowing for the beaches to be reopened. This was not the way it went with one popular beach after the June 2009 rain storm.

 

“Unfortunately, this was not the case with Crescent Beach,” said Glen Cove Parks & Recreation Director, Darcy Belyea, at last Wednesday night’s public forum at Glen Cove City Hall. “Elevated levels of microbiological contamination continued to be found in the bathing water months after the heavy rain and recent samples show they are still elevated today.”

 

Belyea was one of a number of panelists at the public forum, which included Glen Cove Mayor Reginald Spinello, City Attorney Charles McQuair, Director of the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee Eric Swenson and representatives from the Nassau County Department of Health. 


Sports

 

Glen Cove High School players, from left, Tajah Garner, Dejon Taylor, Manny Sican, and Ralik Jackson, after the Long Island Colts u18’s team vs. St. Anthony’s at Robert Finley Middle School last week. Touchdown ‘tries’ by Garner, Taylor and Sican.


The third- and fourth-grade Knights took to the road last weekend as they faced off against Jericho early Sunday morning, April 6.  Jericho’s teamwork and hustle brought down the Knights by a final score of 5 – 0.  The early game may have been a factor as the boys started to play better and more like a team as the game went on.  Once again, goalie Tyler Shea played outstanding in goal and was relieved by Christian Maiorano, who did just as well in the second half.  Andrew Guster played solid defense in the loss.


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