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Runaway Pooch Gets Pampered

One fortunate New Hyde Park resident was rescued from the freezing cold on Tuesday, Feb. 25 thanks to Dr. Julia Harmon, DVM, of the New Hyde Park Animal Hospital. That night, at approximately 8 p.m., Harmon was going to her car after work when she saw Spike, a wandering bulldog near Brooklyn Avenue, one block from the vet’s office on Jericho Turnpike. 

 

Harmon immediately brought Spike, who was not wearing a collar and did not have a microchip implanted for identification, back to the vet’s office. The temperature outside was already at 31 degrees, but felt like 20 degrees with the windchill. Luckily Spike was

brought in from the cold early; temperatures dropped down to 25 degrees that night.

 

Joanna Wilkerson, a veterinary assistant at New Hyde Park Animal Hospital, told the Illustrated News, “We thought he [Spike] looked familiar, but maybe because he’s from the neighborhood.” She quickly posted a photo of the dog on Facebook and shared with some of the local pet professionals. Dozens of responses poured in. 

 

Wilkerson said, “We posted his picture on Facebook and got in touch with Cathy at Jo-Mar because we knew she deals a lot with the bulldog rescue; if anyone would know what to do with a lost bulldog it would be her.” 

 

When the animal hospital opened again the next morning, Cathy Grasman, owner of Jo-Mar Grooming and Boarding in Floral Park, said she was at their door waiting to help reunite Spike with his still-missing owner. Spike was moved to Jo-Mar’s salon where he was treated to a full spa treatment, complete with a blueberry facial while Grasman continued to try her sources to find Spike’s owner. 

 

“We could tell he was someone’s pet,” said Grasman. “He was clean and well cared for and had a great disposition.”

 

By 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, Grasman told the Illustrated News that Spike had been reunited with his family. 

 

A client of the New Hyde Park Animal Hospital, Rose Doering, of New Hyde Park had seen the Facebook postings about the “found bulldog” and within hours, had seen a poster in her neighborhood about a “lost bulldog.” She knew the similarities between the bulldogs could not be a coincidence. Doering grabbed the contact information from the poster and helped connect Spike’s owner, Aceneth Curra, to Grasman at Jo-Mar Grooming, where Spike was staying.

 

Curra was so excited to be reunited with her lost pooch. She said, “We were so worried about Spike because he has epilepsy and needs medication every day.”

 

Four-year-old Spike was in the yard when the Curras’ babysitter left for the night. He made his escape and began wandering the neighborhood, possibly with the help of a loose yard gate.  

 

“He has gotten into trouble like this before,” said Curra. “Within about an hour we realized Spike was missing; my kids, Miguel and Luna, were so upset.” She said her son, Miguel, 16, went out searching for Spike for a long time and even posted signs.

 

Days later, Grasman, who was still so excited about reuniting Spike with his family said, “I knew we could help reunite this baby with his family.” She shared her advice to all pet owners, especially pet parents of animals with medication conditions. “Pets should be microchipped, or at the very least should be wearing a collar; Spike’s epilepsy condition could have changed this story, luckily he didn’t have a seizure with all of this excitement,” she said.

News

The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is planning improvements to a district that has already seen much success in recent years. The school year has only just begun and the Board of Ed is already setting its sights on the future. 

 

At the Sept. 8 board of education meeting, Superintendent Robert Katulak’s monthly report outlined the major goals set for the district last month. While approved in August, the three goals were made available to the public this month and each target different areas for improvement throughout the district. 

 

The first goal deals with English Language Learners (ELL) within the student population. ELL students are those that speak a language other than English at home and score below proficient on assessments. 

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.


Sports

Sewanhaka boys soccer coach Peter Burgess wasn’t sure how long his team’s playoff drought was when it was broken last season. 

 

“Somebody said it was 13 years,” said Burgess, whose entering his fourth year coaching varsity. “But I think it was five or six, I don’t know maybe longer.”

 

But one thing’s for certain, he wants to keep last year’s momentum going. 

 

The Indians, who started their season with a 3-0 loss at Hewlett, will aim for their second straight trip to the playoffs this year. 

The Sewanhaka Indians made their Nassau Conference II debut with a bang.  The Indians opened their season at home against the Calhoun Colts, unsure what to expect, as all they had ever seen of the Colts was one tape of a scrimmage. 

 

“It was nerve raking leading up to the game,” said Head Coach George Kasimatis. “We weren’t sure what to expect on offense or defense, you have to guess early on. “

 

But it didn’t take the Indians long to introduce themselves to the conference, as junior, Quarterback, Elijah Tracey broke a 75-yard run taking it the distance to put the Indians up early, which ended in a 27-7 rout of the Colts. 


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

Herricks Meeting - September 18

Bike Safety Day - September 21


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