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Editorial: Big Dog’s Gotta Eat

An article from page 3 of last week’s issue of The Westbury Times sparked (barked, in this case) some conversation around the water cooler here at Anton.

The article highlighted a New Cassel man who was recently arrested for animal cruelty, among other charges. The man’s 3-year-old pit-bull terrier, Bronco, weighed in at 29 pounds when police officers found him, while pit-bull terriers that age normally weigh 60 or 65 pounds.

Many co-workers who came across the article pointed out the same portion of the article: As part of his plea, [the defendant] is prohibited from owning, harboring or having custody or control of any animals for five years.

Luckily Bronco was rehabilitated and has since found a new home, but I couldn’t help but think about the fate of Bronco, Jr. five years down the road.

Coincidence or not, I received an email from Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice’s office a few days later regarding some newly proposed legislation to strengthen animal cruelty laws here in Nassau.

As part of the legislation, several animal cruelty and animal fighting charges in the first degree would result in felonies punishable by up to seven years in prison. If someone commits second-degree animal cruelty twice in a 10-year span, they will be charged with first-degree animal cruelty. The proposed legislation would also create four new charges, including animal abandonment and endangering the welfare of an animal.

Most people I know quickly change the channel when those animal cruelty commercials pop up, but it’s reassuring to know that steps are being taken to ensure there are fitting punishments for the heartless people guilty of those crimes on the screen.

Keep an eye out for animal cruelty here in Hicksville and our surrounding communities. While adopting or rescuing may not work for you and your family, please remember all dogs, big and small, gotta eat.

– CT

News

Levittown Hall in Hicksville comes alive every Thursday night with music, dance, fun and laughter as students are swept away into the world of Latin dance.

Under the instruction of professional teacher Mark James, dance hopefuls learn a trio of Latin dance, including salsa, meringue and what James describes as the biggest craze in Latin dancing today, bachata.

 book shops in Hicksville and around the country will hand out free comics on Oct. 25, to celebrate the second biggest free comic book event of the year—Halloween ComicFest. On Saturday, anyone who goes into a participating comic shop can choose from 19 free comics and participate in fun activities comic shops host for their customers to enjoy, while discovering new types of comics and the treasures found in store.

In Hicksville, both Game Master Games (954 S. Broadway) and Amok Time (108C New South Road) will be taking part in the Halloween ComicFest festivities. Game Master Games just recently started carrying comic books and this will be the store’s first comic book-related event. Coincidently, the event runs in the middle of an in-store gaming convention, and store owner Dave VanderWerf is looking forward to the increased exposure for the store.


Sports

The Hicksville girls volleyball team improved to 7-1 by knocking off Oceanside in three consecutive sets by scores of 25-13, 25-19 and 25-14.

Emily Markakis played terrificly, using a powerful serve to record three aces, seven kills and added nine digs. Nikki Chase added six kills and eight digs. Additionally, Raeann Dong was versatile—recording three aces, seven kills and nine digs.

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School


Calendar

Board of Education Meeting

October 22

Oktoberfest

October 25-26

Pancake Breakfast

October 26



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