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Camp Bow Wow Barks Up Business

Hicksville welcomes new doggy day care and camp

When brothers-in-law David Levine and Doug Kesselman found out that they could have the opportunity to work together and spend their days working with dogs, they jumped at the chance to combine their passions and opened Camp Bow Wow, a day care and boarding center for dogs.

Levine, who previously had an electrical business, and Kesselman, who used to work in the garment district, are proud to bring the first Camp Bow Wow, which has more than 120 locations nationwide, to Long Island.

“We wanted to provide a safe environment for animals as well as be a positive addition to the community and surrounding areas," said Levine. “The chance to be in business with my brother-in-law and our love of animals makes this a win-win situation."

Open for about three weeks, Camp Bow Wow has been ramping up for continued positive growth by hiring staff members and making sure that they all get the proper training to deal with animals and emergencies.

“Camp Bow Wow is all day play monitored by a counselor and all of our counselors are trained and pet CPR-certified,” Levine said.

Currently, the camp has about 15 employees and is looking to hire more. “We would rather be overstaffed with extra people to make sure that things continue to go smoothly as we ramp up,” Levine said. The brothers-in-law have also been hiring locally, which has seen a great response from the community. While New York State mandates that the employee to dog ratio be 25:1 in a setting such as Camp Bow Wow, Kesselman said that they would like to keep it at 15:1 to ensure that the dogs get the attention they need throughout the day.

Prior to a scheduled stay at Camp Bow Wow, the dogs need to be brought in for a thorough interview process. They need to be up-to-date on all of their shots, spayed/neutered and need to demonstrate that they can handle being around other dogs.

“The number one deterrent is aggression,” said Kesselman. “For the safety of our employees and the other dogs, if a dog shows signs of aggression, we cannot take them.”

The dogs have access to an indoor dog park as well as an outdoor one with playground equipment. They are separated by size and temperament.  Kesselman said that they mix and match energy levels that jive with each other and create a harmonious environment. However, the dogs are not allowed balls and toys while they are on the playground; nothing, added Kesselman, that they would guard and become protective over. Although, he added, that if a dog is boarding with Camp Bow Wow, toys are allowed in their cabins (there are 61 of them) or suites for families of dogs (of which there are four) to make the animal feel more at home and less anxious. In addition, pet parents can monitor their furry friends on a webcam all day long and see what they are up to.

“Our counselors keep the dogs stimulated and keep them socialized all day long so that when they go home, they are tired,” Kesselman said.

But if there is one thing that both Kesselman and Levine want the community to know about them, it’s the fact that they just want to bring something new and exciting to Hicksville.

“We are just two hardworking guys that are looking to provide a service to the community,” Levine said.

Camp Bow Wow is located at 174 Miller Place. To learn more, visit www.campbowwow.com/us/ny/hicksville

News

Vastra boutique finds a niche

in hand-embroidered dresses

Who says a bride has to wear white on her wedding day? For South Asian brides, no color is off limits including brilliant reds, blues and golds. For the past 17 years, Vastra in Hicksville has been helping brides from New York and across the country find the perfect dress for their special day.

There’s no lack of Indian sari boutiques in Hicksville but according to Marketing Director Prachi Jain, what sets Vastra apart from the others is its emphasis on one of a kind, hand-embroidered Indian dresses.

Many would consider it rude to play with your food. That is unless, you’re participating in the Long Island Potato Festival. The event, which was held in Cutchogue, NY, included a mashed potato sculpting contest which was dominated by Hicksville’s Sarah Tsang, who won first place in the youth division.

Contestants were allowed to use any tools and materials to help bring their creation to life. Sculptures were left on display throughout the day and voted on by festival goers.


Sports

Somehow LSA, the Levittown Swimming Association, has always been a part of our Hicksville summers. My family’s introduction to the organization in 1975 began when our two older daughters tried out for the Parkway Swim Team, one of the nine teams that competed through July and most of August.

It was no small task for the younger girl, swimming her first full lap in the deep end of the pool to qualify at age six, but both girls made the team and donned the coveted gray tee shirts as the trees cast their shadows over the pool water at the end of practice.

I’m convinced that the soul and the center of Hicksville is Cantiague Park. And why not? Every weekend it’s a beehive of activity ranging from tennis matches, hand ball games, basketball and baseball games, swimming, hockey and of course ‘the beautiful game’ called soccer. Cantiague has two professional soccer fields that are perfectly manicured and begging to be played on. And they were. This weekend was the finals of the East Meadow Soccer Tournament which is one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the nation, sponsored by the US Soccer Federation. There were 18 boys and girls teams in the finals and a large staff of referees.

Two of the refs were Steven Orozco and Randy Vogt who told me how soccer had been growing and has now become the second most popular participation sport in America with 25 million of us watching this year’s World Cup.  I also met and interviewed Joe Codispoti who along with Tim Bradbury is the head coach of Rockville Centre United, a U16 boys club.  This U16 team has a group of standout players led by  Jack Graziano, AJ Codispoti and Pat Basile who have been playing together for six years.


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