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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

New Hyde Park Village trustee Donald Barbieri contends helicopters are still flying right over New Hyde Park and other residential parts of the north shore, harming citizens and the town with excessive and unlawful aircraft noise. In spite of what federal law says and in spite of what a federal court says, the noise levels are still an issue.

 

Barbieri drafted a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration, apprising the entity of New Hyde Park’s situation. The FAA did not return calls for comment.

Operation Main Street, a plan that would see a section of Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park revamped with traffic calming features and aesthetic updates, is finally in the home stretch, New Hyde Park village officials say. Village contractor J. Anthony Enterprises will be putting the finishing touches on the $1.46 million project this week.

 

“It’s all but finished,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Honestly, I feel good. It’s looking solid. It took forever to get it done. They’re going to put more benches in and plantings; striping the road.”

 

New Hyde Park’s department of public works will maintain the planters and medians installed for the project. Twenty-five potted plants were recently installed along the turnpike, officials stated. More than 10 benches will be available on the turnpike.


Sports

 Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park recently received belt promotions after successfully completing a series of extensive exams.

 

“Our goal at Charles Water Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Charles Water, owner and director of the school.

“Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”

Runners and walkers from New Hyde Park are invited to join in the fun on one of the most unusual 5K courses on Long Island at the Saturday, Aug. 9 Sands Point Sprint.

 

 The run presents the Long Island running community with an opportunity to traverse a unique combination of paved paths and runner-friendly woodland trails at the Sands Point Preserve. 

 

The August 2013 edition of the Sands Point Sprint attracted 313 finishers, including top New Hyde Park finishers Michael Ringel, who scored first in the 11-14 age group and Dave Frisone, who earned first place honors in the 65-69 age group. Race organizers are looking for both Ringel and Frisone, and a host of other New Hyde Park runners, to be back next week.


Calendar

Literary Club - July 30

Boot Camp - August 2

Six Gun Concert - August 3 


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