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.”
Friday, 22 August 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove City Council’s decision to allow amplified music at outdoor cafes at last week’s special meeting was music to the ears of The View Grill manager Frank Venturino. The council voted 6-1 in favor of the decision to allow music from the period of Aug. 12 to Sept. 30. Councilman Efraim Spagnoletti was the only council member to vote no on the resolution.
“We just want to have some background entertainment for our patrons while they are at our restaurant,” said Venturino. “We don’t plan to get wild with the music. We just want to support local talent who entertain people with a microphone and maybe an acoustic guitar from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.”
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
Mayor Reginald Spinello is pictured with students at the School for Language and Communication Development in Glen Cove. The students had prepared a showcase of their projects for a “World Day Celebration.” They spoke to the guests about the many different cultures and languages spoken around the world.
“The administration, faculty, and staff at the School for Language and Communication Development provide the students with an exceptional education and I am very proud that they are a part of our great city,” said Mayor Spinello.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.
The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at Roosevelt Park.
Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00
Kristen Gillman earned a come-from-behind two-up victory over Brooke Mackenzie Henderson in the 36-hole championship match of the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, being conducted at the 6,297-yard, par-70 Nassau Country Club in Glen Cove. The final match was held on Sunday, Aug. 10.
Gillman, 16, of Austin, Texas, was three down through 26 holes to Henderson, 16, of Canada. But Gillman, a junior at Lake Travis High School, birdied five of the final 10 holes to complete the remarkable rally.