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Subaru Supports Shelter For 'Adopt A Pet' Event

In keeping with Subaru’s corporate social philosophy of giving back to the community, North Coast Subaru recently hosted a Love a Pet adoption and donation drive in association with the Glen Cove Animal Lovers League.

 

The dealership in Glen Cove has been owned and operated by the Santoro family for more than 35 years and is now managed by brothers Bill and Angelo.  Bill Santoro explained, “We wanted to do something that fit with our clientele and give back to the community as well. The idea came to create an awareness of the Animal Lovers League.”  

 

Thomas Robbins, Internet and marketing manager, spearheaded the event, “but really,” said Robbins, “everyone who works here pitched in.”

 

On Saturday, March 8, the showroom floor was taken over by animals and animal lovers alike. Volunteers from the shelter brought cats and dogs available for adoption, members of the community came to drop off donations of food and supplies for the shelter animals and customers were treated to free give-aways, including Subaru dog leashes and bright tee shirts from the Animal Lovers League. Alison Robbins, owner of Caring 4 Paws, helped run the raffle booth and donated three gift certificates for in-home pet grooming services to round out the three raffle bags of products. All proceeds from the raffle were donated to the shelter.

 

Joan Phillips, president and co-founder of the Animals Lovers League, was delighted to partner with North Coast Subaru for this event and was pleased by the response. “We rely heavily on donations and the efforts of all the volunteers,” said Phillips, “since only about 25 percent of our operating expenses are covered by the city.”

 

The Animal Lovers League was founded in 1994, when, under then Mayor Tom Suozzi, the city privatized the shelter in an effort to provide a more humane setting for homeless animals. “The conditions were horrendous,” said Phillips, “and the shelter was sadly in need of renovation and an adoption program. Every Friday animals were being euthanized.”

 

Today the Animal Lovers League operates out of a clean, modern facility and is the only privatized municipal shelter in Nassau County.  “We provide 365-days-a-year coverage for the city,” said Phillips. 

 

In addition to running adoption programs and providing long term homes for cats and dogs that are not adoptable, the Animal Lovers League takes in injured animals and also removes dead animals from our roads. Their Trap Neuter Release program trains volunteers to trap feral cats which are neutered at the shelter by volunteer veterinarians and then released back into the wild. 

 

“After three years of running the program,” said Phillips, “we started to see a huge decline in the number of stray kittens.”

 

Future plans for the Animal Lovers League include expanding to create an education center where children can learn about the plight of the animals and proper animal care and where trainings for careers in animal welfare can be conducted. Future plans for the Santoro brothers and North Coast Subaru include more events such as this one, to give back to the community that has been so supportive of them for so many years. 


News

The completion of eight interpretive signs on Hempstead Harbor now makes it fun and easy for area residents to learn about Hempstead Harbor. The signs posted  in Roslyn, Roslyn Harbor, Cedarmere, Glenwood Landing , Sea Cliff and Glen Cove give easy to read information on the harbor’s history, nature,  environmental impact and water shed protection.

On Sunday, Sept. 21, the only place to be for lovers of local music is the Homestead in Oyster Bay, where a full day of live music is planned at GlenFest featuring 25 different performances. The lineup includes big names like Richie Cannata to Sea Cliff mainstays Kris Rice and Chicken Head to up-and-comers like Matt Grabowski and Lisa Vetrone.

 

GlenFest is the brainchild of Dave Losee, 53, of Glen Cove, who plays in the Crosstown Blues Band.


Sports

Hundreds of supporters turned out on Monday, Sept. 8 to golf, socialize with friends and dine beach-side at the 25th anniversary of SCO Family 

 of Services’ Howard F. Treiber Memorial Golf Open, SCO’s major fall fundraiser benefiting the 60,000 children, teens, adults and families served each year. The event began with brunch and shotgun tee offs at Meadow Brook Club in Jericho and The Creek Club in Locust Valley and concluded with dinner beach-side at The Creek. 

More than 475 runners from all across Long Island came together on Aug. 30, for the tenth annual Companions in Courage one-mile run. 

 

For Daniel Badalament, 71, of Glen Cove, the Main Street Mile was just a warm up. Running for the past 57 years, Badalament said the mile long sprint is a great workout and helps him better prepare for the more rigorous races. 

 

“Monday, I run the 5-mile [Labor Day Run] in long beach,” he said, “so this helps loosen me up.” 


Calendar

Club Closet Sale - September 19

International Coastal Cleanup - September 20

Salute to Freedom Program - September 20


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