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World’s largest gingerbread village getting facelift 


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Andrew Kelly/NY Hall of Science

BY ASHA MAHADEVAN

GingerBread Lane, the 1.5-ton, 450-square-foot village made of gingerbread, is undergoing a makeover at its home in the New York Hall of Science.

More New York City icons, such as the S.C. Kringle & Co. department store guarded by GBL nutcrackers and CandyCorn Commons, featuring 10 varieties of candy corn, are going to be added to the village, and a transparent area for visitors to walk underneath will be built, according to the NY Hall of Science.

It will get a new format and be circular in shape. It is expected to be made with 3,000 pounds of icing, 600 pounds of candy from 14 countries and 600 pounds of gingerbread dough.

The reinvented village will be open to the public from Nov. 14 to Jan. 11. The village’s creator, Jon Lovitch, will give away all the houses in the village on the last day of the exhibit.

GingerBread Lane was acknowledged as the largest gingerbread village in the world by the 2014 Guinness World Records. The new village is once again going to contend for a world record.

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Cards for Christmas: Students help ill boy reach record


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photos by Elizabeth Smalios

Bayside youngsters have risen to the challenge of fulfilling a terminally ill Kentucky boy’s dying wish.

Students at P.S. 46 have joined a worldwide initiative to help nine-year-old Dalton Dingus reach a world record for receiving the most holiday cards.

Dingus, who is in stage 4 of cystic fibrosis, skyrocketed to national stardom this month, when thousands of cards poured into his Salyersville home from international and countrywide well-wishers supporting his goal.

More than 1,000 holiday cards have been mailed to Dingus from students of every grade at P.S. 46, according to Janet Elias, the school’s technology facilitator.

“It was overwhelming – the beautiful things they wrote to him. They all told him to be strong and to believe in Christmas miracles. I wanted to cry,” Elias said.

Students in kindergarten through fifth grade designed 1,056 holiday cards on the computer, and then printed and mailed the compassionate creations to Dingus on December 17.

“It really means that these kids are so incredible. They have so much love to give,” said Elias, who added their next project is to fashion snowflakes to hang in the Sandy Hook Elementary school’s students’ new academic home.

Guinness World Records said it “currently does not monitor a category” for the task Dingus is tackling, but added the record on track was about 205,000.

According to the “Cards for Dalton” Facebook page, close to 130,000 cards had been received as of press time, with still plenty left to be counted.

The Dingus family is accepting cards until December 31. They can be sent to Dalton Dingus at HC 62 Box 1249 in Salyersville, KY 41465.