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.”
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00
City Stadium in Glen Cove was a mob scene of tiny egg hunters on Thursday, April 17, as at least 100 kids scoured the fields and claimed more than 8,000 eggs in less than three minutes. The annual egg hunt attracted kids from ages 3 to 10, most of whom were prepared with baskets, bags and buckets for storing the candy-filled plastic eggs.
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 00:00
Zachary Gotterbarn, a member of Boy Scout Troop 72, is an extraordinary 9-year-old who recently exhibited maturity and courage beyond his years. While riding in a car with his mom, Zachary sprang into action to help his young cousin who was choking on a cookie. Without hesitation, Zachary quickly used the “finger sweep,” a technique he learned in Scouting, and dislodged the cookie blocking his cousin’s airway. Zachary saved his cousin’s life. During a recent City Council meeting, Mayor Reginald Spinello and the City Council commended Zachary for his heroic act. Glen Cove Volunteer EMS Chief Tom Kenary presented Zachary with an honorary EMS member pin and tee-shirt. Zachary is pictured with Mayor Spinello, the City Council, and his family.
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00
It finally felt like lacrosse weather last Sunday for North Shore’s PAL lacrosse teams. Mike Gilliam’s fourth-grade Lady Vikings traveled to Manhasset. Playing a strong lacrosse community like Manhasset is always a daunting task, but one which the Lady Vikings were clearly ready for. North Shore won the game 6-2 with goals coming from 5 different players: Kate Gilliam (2), Ava Vaccaro, Christina Dade, Evelyn McCreery, and Nora Schatz.
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove “Two Knights” began their season last Sunday by traveling down to Wantagh for a tough test to start the season. After spending the winter indoors and the last several weeks outside practicing, the Knights were hungry for real-game action. This
Knights’ team has a great mix of experience and new talent that is sure to lead to continued excitement throughout the year. Starting the game in goal, first-year man Pandelis Tursi made several sparkling saves behind a tough defense led by Colby Burns. With the
Knights down 2-0 in the first, Jack Spoto, another first-year player, provided the offensive spark by tallying the Knights’ first goal of the year. Spoto was also among the team leaders in ground balls and provided hustle that kept the Knights competitive in this game.
Tursi continued to keep his team in the game in the second half while Travis Shea and Matteo Cameron contributed defensively in front of the goal. Rocco Rainone was the offensive leader and kept the Knights close throughout by recording five goals. In the end, it wasn’t enough and the Knights’ endured a tough loss, 9-6. Congratulations to Tursi, Spoto, Burns, Dylan Jenkins, Charlie Muth, Page Bennett, Daniel Salerno, Grayson Kopetic and Vincent Pascucci for great play in the first game of their careers.