BY ANGELA MATUA
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 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.