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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

A forecast for steady rain did not deter hundreds of children, students, faculty members and community residents from attending Hicksville’s Homecoming on Sept. 13 at Hicksville High School.

 

The day was full of festivities for everyone, including the High School’s traditional family fair, which was held across the backfield before the hometown Comets’ game against the

Levittown Macarthur Generals. The fair featured a variety of foods, games, a bouncy house and booths for various school clubs and many other attractions. Faculty members reconnected with their students — both past and present — and there were countless community members and alumni proudly wearing combinations of Hicksville’s orange and black.

Dutch Lane Elementary School teacher Jaimie Fleschner went from the classroom to the pitcher’s mound recently, winning KJOY’s “Best Teacher On Long Island” contest.  

 

Fleschner still doesn’t know who nominated her for the contest and only found out she had been entered after she got a phone call from the radio station. 

 

“They told me I was nominated and I was completely shocked and flattered. It was a great feeling,” says Fleschner. 


Sports

This November, Hicksville resident Marlo Signoracci will head to Florida for Ironman, a demanding, long-distance triathlon that includes biking, running and swimming. Here, she shares her story as she prepares for one of the most physically challenging athletic events out there.

 

If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you! 

At 6 a.m. on a blustery Saturday morning 1,600 people arrived at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park to participate in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge Tobay triathlon and tri- relay race. The participants were from all over Long Island, some from upstate NY, a few from out of state and were all ages and some even with disabilities but all came with one goal in mind, to finish.

The course starts out as a half mile swim in Oyster Bay Harbor, then a 9.3 mile bike ride through Oyster Bay, Laurel Hollow, and Cove neck which is very hilly but finishes with a 2.9 mile downhill to the finish. Then the riders have one more leg of the race which is 3.2 mile run through Mill Neck and Brookville, up to Planting Fields Arboretum and back down to Roosevelt Park to the finish line.


Calendar

Board of Ed Meeting - September 17

Back To School Night - September 18

Pasta Dinner Fundraiser - September 20


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com