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Anti-bullying contest winners honored at 112th Precinct meeting in Forest Hills

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via Facebook/112th Precinct Community Council


The four winners of the 112th Precinct Community Council’s anti-bullying script contest were honored during the council’s June 17 meeting in Forest Hills.

Precinct Council President Heidi Chain, Chief Diana Pizzuti of NYPD Patrol Borough Queens North, other officers in the precinct and children from the precinct’s youth council read the 31 scripts submitted to the contest and awarded the four winners with plaques and gift cards donated by Ridgewood Savings Bank.

“The people who wrote these scripts, you are all to be congratulated because you captured real life and I think when they do the production everybody who sees it will benefit because it will give a deeper understanding,” Chain said.

The winners, students from Kew Forest School and Russell Sage Middle School, will have their scripts combined and adapted by producer Jay Rogers and performed by participating students at Queens Theatre in August.

Kenia Torres, a seventh-grader from Russell Sage Middle School, was the first-place winner. Sofia Rubin, Annie Podedworny and Genesis Azor, who are ninth-graders from Kew Forest School, were second-, third- and fourth-place winners respectively.

In other news, Deputy Inspector Judith Harrison, the 112th Precinct’s commander, said that crime is down across all disciplines for the year and that the burglaries around Forest Hills High School have severely decreased in large part to increased patrols. The last burglary in the area occurred on May 26.

Harrison said the precinct is offering to survey specific houses and make recommendations for alarm systems and other preventative measures homeowners can take to secure their property.

Finally, Police Officers Wilking Nunez and Anthony Fallacaro and Sgt. Walter Padilla were awarded Cop of the Month honors for apprehending an individual who stole a vehicle. Nunez, who detected the stolen car with a plate reader on 71st Avenue, called Fallacaro and Padilla to the scene because they were in an unmarked car and dressed in plain clothes.

THE COURIER/Photo by Angela Matua

THE COURIER/Photo by Angela Matua

The perpetrator rented the 2015 Chevrolet Suburban from a Rent-A-Car at John F. Kennedy International Airport with a fraudulent Pennsylvania driver’s license and kept the car beyond the agreed upon time. Padilla and Fallacarro performed a screen observation and surveillance and were able to arrest the perpetrator when he tried getting into the car.


114th Civilian Patrol gives back

| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr.

The 114th Citizen Observation Patrol (Civ OP) works to improve the quality of life of the residents of northwest Queens.

In recognition of accomplishments over the past year, the patrol held its annual awards ceremony on October 26 at Riccardos’ by the Bridge Catering Hall in Astoria.

The Civ OP was joined at the ceremony by Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr., NYPD Chief Diana Pizzuti, current 114th Precinct Inspector Stephen Cirabisi and former Inspectors Brian McCarthy and David Barrere.

Vallone, who is the chair of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, presented the award bearing his name to 114th Civ OP member Peter Cassulis for his efforts in erasing unwanted graffiti.

“As our police force dwindles, it’s more important than ever that our citizens become involved, and Peter Cassulis is leading the way,” said the councilmember.