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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

Hicksville improv sketch comedy group, Unrehearsed, will be performing this weekend at Crossroads Farm in Malverne.

The group, which consists of performers from Hicksville, will put on a fast-paced, interactive improv sketch show which will be made up completely on the spot. The only thing the actors know is which improv game they will be playing.

An Unrehearsed show follows a format similar to popular improv sketch comedy television shows, such as "Whose Line Is It Anyway," using games to create hilarious situations that are completely made up on the spot.

Superintendent Maureen Bright and the Hicksville School District are parting ways, a year earlier than originally planned.

At a Board of Education meeting May 20, Bright announced that she would not be renewing her contract when it expired at the end of the 2014-15 school year. However, a notice posted last week on the Hicksville School District website stated that she is leaving her position July 31, 2014.


Sports

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its fourth tournament on Thursday, July 17. We had 34 golfers and only three who scored under 40. Low overall score was won by Charlie Hong with an impressive 34. Joe Sander scored a solid 49 and won low overall net with a 31.

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more. The league is a 100% handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season. The league meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m., but the formal tournament dates are only the first and third Thursday of the month through late October. We will have a final luncheon with prizes on our last meeting.

The Michael Magro Foundation is once again partnering with The Mastermind Unit to put on the annual Soccer For A Cause tournament. The event, which raises money for the Michael Magro Foundation, will take place at the Kevin Kolm Memorial Field in Hicksville this Saturday.

The soccer tournament is an enjoyable event, which offers participants the chance to enter in the competitive game. In years past, approximately 20 soccer teams from the tri-state area have played. All participants will be able to enjoy music and entertainment while supporting a worthy cause. Each registrant will receive a special event t-shirt. Teams can register online at http://www.mastermindunit.com/ with a $500 donation.


Calendar

Soccer For A Cause

August 2

Blood Drive

August 2

Holy Family Church Fair

August 13-16



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