On July 9, local Glen Cove author Mariah Leal will be hosting a workshop at Bayville Public Library to talk about her series of children’s books, The Adventures of Piper. They revolve around a Bull Mastiff puppy named Piper as she is taken into her new home and learns how to live and interact with people and other animals.
Leal writes to educate others about puppy training and socialization in order to promote fruitful training and handling of dogs. In the United States there are an estimated 4.7 million dog bites a year and half
of them involve children; out of all the dogs that are put into shelters, 90% of them have had no training. Leal hopes to decrease these statistics.
“When I began going through the research, I was astonished by the statistics,” said Leal. “Piper and I are really trying to spread the message and educate children so we can cut down on dog bites. We want to protect dogs and children so they can have well-behaved companions that won’t end up in shelters because people are getting frustrated with uneducated puppies.”
After a car accident left Leal disabled and unable to return to work, she adopted Piper to act as her service dog and was inspired to combine her passion for writing and love of dogs to help people realize the importance of dog care within the home. She hopes that her workshop will educate both children and parents on the significance of puppy socialization.
“My first workshop was in Locust Valley and I was surprised with the amount of interaction and participation I got from the children. They were really great and I got great feedback from adults and children
who love the book. We’re hoping to reach out to other libraries and schools to educate people.”
The Adventures of Piper is a series of five books and two have been released thus far: Piper Gets a New Home and Piper’s First Experiences. Leal has completed the other three books in the series and already started her next project, a book about Piper’s adult years where she tells children the benefits of owning a dog.
“I want to show kids that there are a lot of positive aspects about owning a dog. Family activities, walks for charity, competitions, dog parks, there are so many ways that dogs can help people. Piper gave me a gift to be able to use my knowledge and experience to teach children about how great dogs are and how to take care of them.”
Leal has lived in Glen Cove for the past 20 years and takes Piper to Morgan Park for some fresh air and exercise. She will be at Bayville Public Library on July 9 and again with Piper on July 16 at 2 p.m.
Registration for the event is now open. For more information about the event, go to Bayville Library’s website at www.bayvillefreelibrary.org. For more information on Leal and Piper, go to www.mariahleal.com.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
Local residents were out in full force at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting at Glen Cove City Hall in opposition of a new 7-11 convenience store that is set to be built at the corner of 4th Street and Cedar Swamp Road. According to Stuart Grossman, chairman of the Zoning Board, the meeting was officially supposed to be focused on sign variances for the new store, but residents wanted to make sure their voices were heard.
New York State Assemblyman and Frost Pond Road resident Michael Montesano said that he hopes the board will deny the application for the new 7-11 because of the traffic impact and light pollution the new store will create.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
If you missed the 6th annual champagne party at Coe Hall in Planting Fields, put it on your calendar for next year, because this is the party of the summer. A total of 175 guests attended, many in costume, a new addition to the popular event. The always ebullient Henry Joyce, executive director of Planting Fields Foundation, greeted his guests with his date, Daphne, a 3-month-old long-haired Dachshund, who is a companion for his Great Dane, Lucy.
“This is a splendid event to celebrate Coe Hall and Planting Fields; everything looks so wonderful in the summer,” said Joyce. “The gardens are glorious and we have a new exhibition to celebrate and it’s just so lovely to be out here in these gardens.”
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
The Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (LICADD) is holding its 34th Annual R. Brinkley Smithers Golf Invitational, a charity tournament, on Monday, Sept. 22, at The Creek and Piping Rock Clubs in Locust Valley.
This year, LICADD will have Kristin Thorne, Emmy Award Winning WABC-TV news reporter and personality joining them as Emcee and Auctioneer. The live auction boasts playing opportunities at some of the country’s top golf courses, along with dozens of silent auction and raffle prizes to please the most discriminating of tastes.
Thursday, 21 August 2014 00:00
All athletes interested in putting their bodies to the ultimate test can hop on over to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, which will once again be the site of Long Island’s premiere multisport event – the 27th annual Runner’s Edge - Town of Oyster Bay Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 23, and the Runner’s Edge – Town of Oyster Bay Junior Triathlon for youngsters ages 8-13 on Sunday, Aug. 24.
The Saturday main event is a “sprint” triathlon, which consists of a half-mile swim in Oyster Bay harbor, a one loop 15 kilometer bike ride over hill and dale through beautiful Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove and Laurel Hollow, and a 5 kilometer run through Mill Neck and Brookville, “up” to Planting Fields Arboretum and “down”to the finish at back at Roosevelt Park.