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Transit riders voice calls to ‘#FixWoodhaven’ in social media campaign


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Photos via Twitter/@Jslyyynnn and @jam14063

Woodhaven Boulevard commuters took to social media on Wednesday afternoon to voice their frustration over crowded bus lines, deterioration and other problems along the thoroughfare.

The Riders Alliance and Transportation Alternatives organized the #FixWoodhaven event, which encouraged Queens subway and bus riders to use the hashtag on social media to call for bus rapid transit (BRT) and street improvements along the heavily-used boulevard bisecting Elmhurst, Rego Park, Middle Village, Glendale, Woodhaven and Ozone Park.

“The Twitter campaign had over 250 tweets under the hashtag #FixWoodhaven,” according to a spokeswoman for the Riders Alliance and Transportation Alternatives.

“The people who were tweeting and part of the campaign included commuters who ride the bus daily along the Woodhaven corridor. The campaign was designed to speak to elected officials so they know the importance of BRT to their communities and constituents,” she said.

Volunteers with both transit advocacy groups also met with afternoon rush-hour commuters waiting for buses at stops along Hoffman Drive near Woodhaven Boulevard in Elmhurst. In pictures posted on Twitter and Instagram, riders were shown holding up signs noting that BRT would help reduce commute times and ease congestion.

In many instances, those who vented tagged or retweeted local elected officials seeking support for their cause, including City Council Members Elizabeth Crowley and Donovan Richards and Assemblyman Mike Miller.

“The proposed layouts for Woodhaven have benefits for pedestrians also. It’ll be safer and prettier! #FixWoodhaven #VisionZero,” tweeted @SamSamuelitoo.

“I support better, faster buses! Visiting fams in the Rockaways takes too long. #fixwoodhaven @RidersNY @brtfornyc,” added Twitter user @Jslyyynnn, who attached to her tweet a photo of herself holding a sign reading, “I live in Jackson Heights and I’m tired of overcrowded buses.”

“Let’s make public transportation, more efficient and desirable to ride! @transalt #FixWoodhaven @brtfornyc,” tweeted Juan Restrepo, @juan_john_hans.

For years, drivers, pedestrians and non-drivers have experienced commuting pains while traveling along Woodhaven Boulevard, especially during rush hour periods. Buses operating on the roadway — including two limited lines, the Q52 and Q53 — are often packed door-to-door with riders and are slow because of traffic congestion. The street also has a history of vehicular accidents involving pedestrians, many of which resulted in fatalities.

The city Department of Transportation in recent years started a “Congested Corridor” study for Woodhaven Boulevard, and recommended physical changes to the road’s configuration to make it safer and easier to travel. Working with the MTA, the DOT also recommends implementing Select Bus Service, a form of BRT, along both Woodhaven and Cross Bay boulevards, with stations created at major intersections such as Metropolitan Avenue and Jamaica Avenue.

As the Select Bus Service plans are still being finalized, the DOT is presently creating bus-only lanes along Woodhaven Boulevard between Eliot and Metropolitan avenues as a means of speeding up bus operation. Only buses would be permitted to travel in these lanes during the morning and afternoon rush hours on weekdays.

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Con Edison reduces power in south Queens, urges customers to conserve


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Photo via Flickr/Con Edison

Equipment problems and a power strain related to today’s hot weather forced Con Edison to cut back voltage by 8 percent in several southern Queens neighborhoods.

The reduction affects customers in the areas of Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Kew Gardens, Lindenwood, Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, South Ozone Park and Woodhaven. In all, 138,000 customers are affected in the area generally bounded by the Jackie Robinson Parkway, Queens Boulevard, Van Wyck Expressway, Jamaica Bay and the Brooklyn/Queens border.

Con Edison said the cutback aims “to protect equipment and maintain service as repairs are made.” Until further notice, residents in the reduction zone should not use heavy-duty appliances such as washers, dryers and air conditioners and should turn off any unnecessary lights or televisions.

Queens is in the midst of this summer’s first heat wave, with temperatures today forecast at 92 degrees. Combined with oppressive humidity, it’ll actually feel more like 102 degrees, according to accuweather.com. Thunderstorms are also forecast for this evening.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation also issued an air quality health advisory through 10 p.m. Monday for the New York City area, as the stifling, muggy air may also include heavy amounts of pollutants such as ozone. Children, seniors and those with respiratory disorders should limit their outdoor activity.

The city will have cooling centers around the five boroughs open on Monday, including at senior centers, NYCHA facilities and parks. Call 311 or click here to locate the nearest center.

Con Edison urges customers who experience power outages to report them immediately to 800-75-CONED and visit its website to check the status of service restoration efforts. When reporting an outage, customers should have their account number available and notify the operator if neighbors on their block also lost power.

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Ozone Park man wins Nintendo World Championships


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Photos courtesy of Nintendo World Championships

John Goldberg doesn’t remember when he first started playing video games but Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo was always one of his favorites.

The years of playing the game paid off on June 14, when Goldberg beat 15 other contestants during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles to be crowned the Nintendo World Champion, a title that was last awarded 25 years ago before the competition went on hiatus.

Goldberg, a Stony Brook University graduate who lives in Ozone Park, learned that Nintendo was holding a qualifying round for the championships at a Best Buy near his house and thought it would be fun to participate, he said.

“Being an avid Mario fan and an advanced player at most puzzle games, especially Dr. Mario, I was even more determined to attend, and make it to the Nintendo World Championships,” Goldberg said in an email.

After qualifying for the championship, Goldberg said he wasn’t planning on doing any “special practicing” until the gaming company announced that contestants would play “The Legend of Zelda,” a game Goldberg was not familiar with. He played the game and used an online guide to gain experience before competing with other contestants but only had to beat level 1 to advance to the winner’s round.

“We would later find out that we only had to defeat the first boss as the challenge, and I didn’t even have to play it during the competition,” Goldberg said. “What a letdown.”

In addition to The Legend of Zelda, contestants played Splatoon, Blast Ball, Super Metroid, Mario Kart 8, Balloon Fight, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Mario Maker. Goldberg competed with around 2,500 people in the audience and even more watching online. The large audience did not distract him, he said.

I actually wasn’t nervous at all during the event,” Goldberg said. “Coming from a competitive history of playing in tournaments for Super Smash Bros. games for years now, I have become very acclimated to nerves in cases of big events or large crowds. If anything, it was really exciting.”

During the last challenge, Super Mario Maker, Goldberg thought he would experience a “fake-out,” where he would be tricked into playing more challenges after thinking he won. He was shocked and relieved when the announcer called out his name. Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong and others presented Goldberg with a trophy in the shape of Mario.

“It was an amazing feeling, and it was really great to meet Shigeru Miyamoto in person, too,” Goldberg said. “It was really something to accomplish something of this caliber simply from playing and enjoying video games.”

Though no dates have been announced for the next Nintendo World Championships, Goldberg said he will “throw his hat in the ring again” if Nintendo or any other gaming company decides to host a similar event.


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Ozone Park man dies in high-speed South Jamaica car crash


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Photo by Robert Stridiron

Speeding on a South Jamaica street proved fatal for a 41-year-old Ozone Park man who died when he lost control of his car and struck a tree Sunday evening, police reported.

Authorities said the accident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. in front of a home on North Conduit Avenue near 159th Street.

Police said Troy Smith of Rockaway Boulevard was behind the wheel of a 2010 Hyundai sedan traveling in the center lane on North Conduit Avenue at what was described as an unsafe speed.

Reportedly, the vehicle suddenly veered to the right, struck the curb and mounted the sidewalk, then turned on its side and smashed into a tree.

Officers from the 113th Precinct responded to the scene along with EMS units, who pronounced Smith dead at the location. No other injuries were reported.

An investigation by the NYPD Collision Investigation Squad is ongoing.

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Ulrich secures a record $5.6 million in funding for district


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Southwest Queens will receive $5,685,000 in funding from the City Council, the most that has ever been awarded to the 32nd City Council District.

Councilman Eric Ulrich, who represents neighborhoods including the Rockaways, Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Woodhaven and South Richmond Hill, secured $685,000 in expense funding for local community groups, civic associations, senior centers, volunteer fire departments and other local groups.

New York Families for Autistic Children, Inc.Queens Chamber of CommerceHoward Beach- Lindenwood CivicRockaway Point Volunteer Emergency Services and Girl Scout Council of Greater New York were among the grant recipients.

“Above all, this year’s budget keeps New Yorkers and their families safe and protects the vital services we all rely upon,” Ulrich said. “It also provides funding for local groups that serve my constituents in every corner of the district. Since taking office, I have made sure that we receive our fair share of city services and resources in the budget. This year is no exception.”

Local schools in the district will receive funding for SAT programs and the $5 million allocated to capital projects will fund technology upgrades at 17 local schools and school library and auditorium renovations.

Forest Park will receive a number of enhancements and improved security measures. Residents who voted in the participatory budgeting process chose to refurbish the 9/11 Memorial and the Forest Park Dog Run and to install emergency call boxes throughout the park.

Libraries in Ozone Park and Richmond Hill have been awarded $200,000 for security upgrades and renovations.

The Richmond Hill library will look to install self-check-in and check-out machines, renovate the basement and purchase new computers and tablets, according to Rebecca Babirye-Alibatya, the library’s manager.

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Property thefts drive 106th Precinct crime numbers higher: commander


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angela Matua

Watch your belongings when strangers visit your home, the 106th Precinct‘s commander warned residents during Wednesday’s 106th Precinct Community Council meeting in Ozone Park.

The precinct is up five crimes for the month and 19 crimes for the year, according to Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff. Unattended property theft is up 83 percent for the month and is the main factor driving up crime numbers.

Schiff said six of the 15 perpetrators arrested for theft this month were hired contractors, food delivery people or other hired help who had access to the victims’ homes and, subsequently, their property.

“If you have strangers in your house, you need to be aware of their whereabouts,” Schiff said.

But the precinct has seen reductions in other crime categories, the commander noted. Grand larceny, which had been a major problem in the precinct, is down by 17 percent for the month and 34 percent for the year. Car thefts are down 90 percent for the year, but tire and rim thefts are still up slightly, according to Schiff.

The precinct was also successful in taking more than $100,000 in illegal fireworks off the streets ahead of the July Fourth holiday, he said.

“My officers and special operations team did a very good job of conducting a search warrant,” Schiff said. “We got information about $100,000 worth of fireworks. It was a huge catch.”

Schiff also announced the addition of 12 new cops to the precinct. Southern Queens, including the 113th Precinct, received the “lion’s share” of the new rookies, he said.

The precinct also conducted a sting on June 20 on nine bars in the area and five of those bars were selling alcohol to underage patrons. There were five arrests and the precinct reported the businesses to the State Liquor Authority.

“We want to make sure everybody’s safe and we want to make sure this community isn’t getting a black eye because of some nonsense that may emanate from such locations,” Schiff said.

At the end of the meeting, P.O. Joseph Lanzetta received Cop of the Month honors for arresting a perpetrator who stole from a Rite Aid on Rockaway Boulevard on June 10. After fingerprinting the suspect, police found that the man was wanted for murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the 113th Precinct.

The award was donated by the Ridgewood Times.

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Alleged robber fatally shot by off-duty corrections officer in Ozone Park


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An off-duty New York State corrections officer shot and killed a man who allegedly tried to rob him and four other individuals on an Ozone Park street Saturday night, according to police.

The incident took place at about 10:30 p.m. in front of an auto body shop on Rockaway Boulevard near 95th Avenue.

Detectives determined that the suspect, whose identity was not immediately released, walked up to the group of five men, displayed a handgun and demanded the keys to their motorcycles.

According to published reports, a struggle ensued, during which the off-duty corrections officer shot the suspect in the head.

Officers from the 102nd Precinct and EMS units responded to the scene. Paramedics rushed the suspect to Jamaica Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

An investigation is ongoing.

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Crime up for the month at 106th Precinct


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Angela Matua

BY ANGELA MATUA

Crime increased in the 106th Precinct over the last four weeks, with robberies and car thefts being mostly responsible for the slight uptick.

Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, the precinct’s commanding officer, said at Wednesday’s 106th Precinct Community Council meeting that the command is up 14 crimes in the last 28 days and that robberies, specifically in South Ozone Park, have been a problem.

According to Schiff, many of the victims and suspects in the robberies were minors. More than 50 percent of the victims in the “youth-on-youth” robberies knew the people who robbed them, he said. Schiff said phones are the most popular items being stolen and that robbers force their victims to disable any tracking device on the phone.

“It starts off as a bullying factor and then turns into a robbery,” Schiff said.

If this problem continues to exist, Schiff and the precinct will look to visit the schools in the 106th Precinct’s jurisdiction to discourage bullying.

The two perpetrators who police believe were most responsible for the robberies were caught on Wednesday, and officials are looking to tack on additional robbery charges.

The 106th Precinct also has the most reported stolen cars in the city, according to Schiff, and the problem has been hard to stop because the crime is not rampant in any particular neighborhood.

The 102nd and 105th precincts also saw an increase in car thefts, making this a trend in southeast Queens.

There were 121 stolen cars reported last month and 90 cars were recovered in the 106th Precinct’s command. Schiff said he thinks this problem may be tied to fraud, as individuals who cannot afford to pay the lease on high-end cars may end up dumping them and reporting them as stolen.

Capt. John Sanford, of Highway District 3, attended the meeting to update the community on a plan to combat the large amount of ATVs and dirt bikes illegally driven in the precinct’s command.

“It’s very difficult for us to combat because I can’t in good conscience ask my guys to chase these people when they’re doing this behavior because it’s putting you at risk, it’s putting them at risk and it’s putting my guys at risk,” Sanford said.

Sanford said his department analyzes 911 calls and tries to find patterns in problem areas.

Highway Patrol 3 has confiscated 2 quads and 15 dirt bikes and has also handed out 43 summonses.

Police Officers Daniel Rivera and Mark Shackel also received Cop of the Month honors at the meeting for apprehending a suspect who robbed a Metro PCS store on Rockaway Boulevard in Ozone Park.

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According to Schiff, the officers were called to the scene after an employee hit a panic button in the store when he became suspicious of the suspect. The perpetrator fired a round into the store and duct taped the employee in a back room before police arrived.

It took three minutes for officers to restrain the perpetrator and the suspect was shown in a video trying desperately to escape.

“While this may be three minutes, it’s a lifetime when you’re fighting for your life,” Schiff said.

Schiff and Precinct Council President Frank Dardani presented the officers with plaques donated by the Ridgewood Times.

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Ozone Park burglars check out with supermarket loot


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

The NYPD is looking for two suspects wanted in connection with a recent burglary at an Ozone Park supermarket.

Authorities said the burglary occurred at 8:45 p.m. on June 2 inside the New Century supermarket located at 88-16 Liberty Ave.

Reportedly, one of the suspects entered the store and took $8,000 in cash as well as numerous lottery scratch-off tickets. Police said the other perpetrator remained outside the location acting as a lookout.

Once the first suspect exited the market, both individuals fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Crook wanted for stealing jewelry in Ozone Park burglary pattern: NYPD


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Photo courtesy NYPD

Police released a video Wednesday night of a suspect who swiped jewelry and other items from five Ozone Park homes in a series of recent burglaries.

All of the burglaries took place within the confines of the 106th Precinct – the NYPD did not disclose the exact location where each break-in occurred.

According to authorities, the first burglary took place at 11 p.m. on May 9, when the suspect entered a home through a rear window and removed jewelry and cash. The crook reportedly struck again in the neighborhood the following evening on May 10.

The third incident occurred at an unknown time on May 14, when the suspect entered a home through a rear window and stole jewelry, police said.

Jewelry, ceramics and car keys were stolen from another Ozone Park home burglarized at 12:20 p.m. on May 20, according to authorities. In this caper, police said, the suspect entered through a side window.

The burglar struck once more on the morning of May 21, when the suspect- after entering through a rear door- stole jewelry and cash from another neighborhood residence.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Cable theft causes A train shutdown in south Queens: MTA


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Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Ad Meskens

Updated 1:55 p.m.

Limited service is back on the A line in south Queens Wednesday morning after crews worked to repair damage caused by the theft of nearly 500 feet of copper cables powering the tracks.

According to the MTA, the train troubles were discovered at about 11:22 p.m. Tuesday night, when a Manhattan-bound A train suddenly lost power just north of the Howard Beach-JFK Airport station. The MTA dispatched another train that pulled behind it, allowing some 150 passengers in the disabled train to safely walk back to the Howard Beach platform.

Upon investigation, crews reportedly discovered that copper cables which supply power to the third rail were missing. Signals and other related equipment were damaged due to the interrupted electrical equipment.

Photo courtesy MTA New York City Transit / Marc A. Hermann

Photo courtesy MTA New York City Transit/Marc A. Hermann

The cable theft caused a commuting nightmare during the morning rush hour Wednesday. The A line was entirely shut down between Rockaway Boulevard and Broad Channel, and shuttle buses were brought in to transport thousands of affected riders to the nearest working subway stations.

The MTA also noted the disruption made it impossible to dispatch trains stored at the Rockaway Park yard for morning rush hour service, thus reducing service along the entire A and C lines between upper Manhattan and Brooklyn. Some A trains were forced to terminate at Euclid Avenue in Brooklyn, the normal C train terminus.

MTA crews made emergency repairs to restore limited service by about 10 a.m. Wednesday, but the authority indicated the line would again be shut down tonight for further repairs. Shuttle buses will again replace A trains between Rockaway Boulevard and Broad Channel during the disruption.

Photo courtesy MTA New York City Transit / Marc A. Hermann

Photo courtesy MTA New York City Transit/Marc A. Hermann

“This morning’s service disruption was directly caused by the theft of cable from along the subway right of way,” MTA New York City Transit President Carmen Bianco said in a statement. “We are working closely with the NYPD Transit Bureau to help them investigate this crime and identify the culprits responsible.”

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In the wake of the shutdown, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder called for an immediate investigation and the MTA to beef up security along the A line.

“Families in southern Queens and Rockaway have some of the longest commute times in the entire city. On a normal day, our roads, trains and buses are stretched to capacity. Outages like this have devastating consequences for families simply trying to commute to work or school,” Goldfeder said in a statement. “I am alarmed by reported security breaches along the A train and the failure to put in place effective alternative travel plans for our families. I demand a full investigation by the MTA to ensure that this never happens again.”

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Husband scares away Ozone Park home invader after hearing wife’s screams


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Video courtesy NYPD

Authorities continue to search for a man who invaded an Ozone Park home and assaulted a 46-year-old woman.

Police said the incident occurred at 8:15 a.m. on March 13 at an undisclosed location in the neighborhood within the confines of the 106th Precinct.

According to police, the woman was sitting on the ground floor of her residence when the perpetrator entered her home, grabbed her by the neck and arm, and demanded cash.

The victim reportedly screamed, prompting her husband — who had been upstairs — to run down and help her. Police said the suspect then fled out of the home empty-handed in an unknown direction.

No injuries were reported.


Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Final workshops for Jamaica Bay Greenway plan announced


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

BY ANGELA MATUA

The first of the final workshops for the Jamaica Bay Greenway Implementation will take place this week.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) will be adding bike lanes to the 11-mile bike path that connects Brooklyn and Queens.

The additions are a result of resident calls for an expansion to Ozone Park to connect the greenway to the soccer and baseball fields on Conduit Avenue.

Currently, the greenway runs through Howard Beach, Broad Channel and the Rockaways and across the Marine Park Bridge to Brooklyn.

The DOT proposed using 155th Avenue or 156th Avenue to connect Ozone Park to the greenway and also plans to improve existing bike lanes including the lane that connects the Joseph P. Addabbo Memorial Bridge to the Belt Parkway in Howard Beach.

A workshop will take place in Howard Beach on Wednesday, May 13, at Old Mill Yacht Club located at 163-15 Cross Bay Blvd.

Rockaway and Broad Channel workshops will take place on Thursday, May 21, at Knights of Columbus at 333 Beach 90th St., Rockaway Beach.

Marine Park and Sheepshead Bay workshops will take place at Carmine Carro Community Center located at 3000 Fillmore Ave. on Wednesday, June 3.

The last workshops at Canarsie and Spring Creek are scheduled for Wednesday, June 10, at P.S. 272 at 101-24 Seaview Ave.

All workshops will be held at 6:30 p.m.

According to the DOT, the final report will outline community preferences for route selection and enhancement projects, prioritize proposed connector routes and long-term projects, and serve as a tool to increase awareness of and support for the Greenway among residents and political leaders.

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‘Invention Convention’ showcases student inventors in Ozone Park


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER / Photo by Angela Matua

BY ANGELA MATUA

Student inventors gathered at St. Mary Gate of Heaven on Friday to display their work at the first “Invention Convention” in Ozone Park.

The sixth-graders were tasked by their science teacher, Joan Sorrerio, with creating a complex machine made of several simple machines, which can include levers, wheels, inclined planes and nuts and bolts.

“It’s really a test to be functional. It’s meant to be innovative and kind of get them involved in technology and practicing their presentation skills,” Sorrerio said.

In the past, St. Mary Gate of Heaven hosted science fairs but decided to take a different approach after the state requested that schools focus more heavily on science, technology, engineering and math. Through this project, students have been exposed to activities such as making blueprints and taking measurements.

Nayasha Ramnauth created a machine to help a specific segment of the population.

“My goal was to help the handicapped get their clothes,” Ramnauth said.

She used wood, a 20-foot rope, two 20-foot chalk lines, nuts, bolts and screws to fashion a machine she calls “Handy Dandy” that pulls clothes toward a person when they twist the crank on a chalk line.

Michael Panarse created “Fish Feeder” using simple tools such as an incline plane, metal wires, a toy railroad car and rubber bands. The feeder worked on a pulley system and when Panarse pulled a string, it triggered the fish food holder to spring forward and drop fish pellets into the tank.

Joshua Rampioray wanted to “make you a coffee in an instant” with his invention, “Hot Stuff.” He used wood, pipe holders, valves, hoses, sugar, diluted coffee, milk, a funnel and gears to build a coffee machine. The liquids and sugar were poured into different hoses and met in the funnel. To mix the coffee, he attached a spoon to a crank and then arranged a set of gears to twist the spoon into a cup.

Students presented their project to Sorerio and three were crowned winners at the end of the convention.

Nicole Morales won for “The Bucket Trap,” a mousetrap that lures mice on to a ramp and then to a cylinder covered in peanut butter. As they reach the peanut butter, they become trapped into the cylinder, which drops them into a bucket.

Jonathan Ruano received a second-place prize for the “The Fast Track Abstract,” which helps painters paint a canvas, and the third-place winner, Jose Acevedo, created an egg-cracking machine titled “The Eggonator.”

Democratic District Leader Frank Gulluscio and state Sen. Joseph Addabbo attended the event to show their support and browse the inventions.

“As a former teacher here and a member of the board of directors I’m really excited that the kids have taken initiative to go to the next level,” Gulluscio said. “The buzz and the smiles on the kids faces, it’s just enormous. I’m very happy for the kids and very happy for the school.”

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Burglar steals thousands in cash, lotto cards from Ozone Park bodega: cops


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Photos courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for a burglary suspect who got away with $4,500 in cash and thousands more in scratch-off lottery tickets from a corner bodega in Ozone Park on Wednesday.

The suspect entered AK Family Deli/Grocery on 101st Avenue at 98th Street at about 4:30 a.m. and took the money and lottery cards, which had a total value of $3,000, cops said. He then fled in an unknown direction.

Authorities describe the suspect as a black male who was wearing a black baseball cap, red sneakers, blue jacket and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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