Huntington


.03/19/2020 – Heckscher Park Pilot Program Up for Renewal

 

Heckscher Park Leashed Dog Pilot Program Up for Renewal March 31st

Please Support the Resolution to Renew the Pilot Program!

The pilot program allowing leashed dogs in Huntington’s Heckscher Park is up for renewal on March 31st! A resolution to extend the program from April 1st through June 30th will be introduced by Councilwoman Joan Cergol at the Huntington Town Board Meeting on Tues., March 31st. Please email or call the Huntington Town Board NOW and urge them to support the extension of the pilot program! Get contact information and details at Heckscher Park Leashed Dog Pilot Program Up for Renewal!


03/19/2020 – Heckscher Park Pilot Program Up for Renewal

 

Photo Credit: Karen Thomas

Heckscher Park Leashed Dog Pilot Program Up for Renewal on March 31st

Support the Resolution to Renew the Pilot Program!

The pilot program allowing leashed dogs in Huntington’s Heckscher Park is up for renewal on March 31st! A resolution to extend the program from April 1st through June 30th will be introduced by Councilwoman Joan Cergol at the Huntington Town Board Meeting on Tues., March 31st. Please email or call the Huntington Town Board NOW and urge them to support the extension of the pilot program! (See contact info below.)

Councilwoman Cergol sponsored the resolution that created the pilot program, which has been running successfully since Jan. 1st. (To read more about the program and why the Town Board approved leashed dogs on a trial basis, go to Huntington Opens Heckscher Park to Leashed Dogs!)

The pilot program has been going well with no problems reported by the Town’s Public Safety and Animal Control officers. Any minor issues brought to the attention of the program’s oversight committee, which includes Councilwoman Cergol and her staff as well as representatives from LI-DOG have been addressed, according to the resolution. For example, one concern about dogs sitting on park benches meant for people has been addressed with a proposed new rule that dogs are not allowed on the benches.

LI-DOG’s experience is that dog owners are happy and excited about finally being able to walk their dogs in Huntington’s main community park and they are hoping the program will be extended into the summer. A report submitted by Huntington dog owner Karen Thomas on behalf of LI-DOG and the Park Ambassadors who hand out flyers and let dog owners know about the pilot program in the park notes:

  • Most dog owners are generally aware of the rules (To see the rules, get the Card Flyer Heckscher Pilot Program.)
  • Dog owners are following the rules and will pass the word on to others.
  • Off-leash dogs are a rare occurrence.
  • Dog waste is not a problem.
  • Goose droppings on the paths appear to be reduced.
  • The dog population is not excessive, even on busy weekends.

One issue that needs more attention is that some dog owners need further education on keeping the paths clear and allowing others to pass, especially when distracted or talking to other dog owners. Also, some dog owners continue to use retractable leashes. The rule is dogs must be on a 6′ maximum leash, as people have been tripped up by retractables in the past. Please help spread the word about these issues to other dog owners!

What You Can Do: While the pilot program appears to be working well for all park users, it’s important that Town Board members hear from those of us who support leashed dogs in Heckscher Park. Please email or call Huntington Town Board members TODAY, tell them what it means to you and your dog to be able to walk in Heckscher Park, and urge them to support the extension of the pilot program!

Huntington Town Board members to call or send emails to with your support for the Heckscher Park Leashed Dog Pilot Program:

Hon. Chad A. Lupinacci, Supervisor, Town Hall, 100 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743 Phone: (631) 351-3030 clupinacci@huntingtonny.gov

Hon. Joan Cergol, Councilwoman, Town Hall, 100 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743 Phone: (631) 351-3173 JCergol@huntingtonny.gov

Hon. Mark Cuthbertson, Councilman, Town Hall, 100 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743 Phone: (631) 351-3172 MCuthbertson@HuntingtonNY.gov

Hon. Edmund J.M. Smyth, Councilman, Town Hall, 100 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743 Phone: (631) 351-3175 ESmyth@HuntingtonNY.gov

Hon. Eugene Cook, Councilman, Town Hall, 100 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743 Phone: (631) 351-3174 ECook@HuntingtonNY.gov

Thank you for your support!

 


.02/15/2020 LI-DOG Barkentine’s Day Puppy Prom

Puppy Prom dog

LI-DOG Barkentine’s™ Day Puppy Prom

Saturday, February 15, 2020, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Star Ballroom, Huntington, NY

Love is in the air making it the perfect time for your pup to “dress to impress” and get ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day at the”LI-DOG Barkentine’s™ Day Puppy Prom”. There will be music, games, food, raffles and more! For all the details go to “Barkentine’s Day™ Puppy Prom”!  Please Note: The Puppy Prom is Sold Out!


02/15/2020 LI-DOG Barkentine’s Day Puppy Prom

Puppy Prom dog

Photo Credit: Joann Garguola

LI-DOG Barkentine’s™ Day Puppy Prom!

Saturday, February 15th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Star Ballroom, 1730 E. Jericho Tpk., Huntington, NY

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Love is in the air. It’s the perfect time for your pup to “dress to impress” and get ready to celebrate Valentine’s Day at the ”LI-DOG Barkentine’s™ Day Puppy Prom!”  Please join us on Saturday, February 15th from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Star Ballroom in Huntington, NY.

There will be music, games, food, raffles and more! Your dog will get their “corsage” or “boutonniere” and their “Goody Bag” at the door.  Now your pup will be ready to join the fun!

Enjoy music and tasty Valentine-inspired treats as you and your pup mingle with all the guests. Sign up your pup for a chance to be Prom King or Queen! The pups will get a chance to walk past the judges and let everyone know why they should be crowned prom royalty! In addition, be sure to stop by the photo booth for some fun and memorable photos of your dog, like the adorable pup above, then take your chances on winning a great raffle basket or 50/50 raffle prize.

Space is limited to 30 dogs so click the link below to purchase advance tickets – $15 per DOG. PLEASE NOTE THAT TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. 

Please note: The Puppy Prom is sold out!

Please be aware that no paper tickets will be issued. We will have a list of everyone who has purchased advanced tickets through PayPal at the check-in table.

PET PARENT ESSENTIALS FOR THE PUPPY PROM: Make sure to walk your dog outside the venue before entering, bring poop bags and watch your dog closely! We do not want any accidents on the dance floor.

For the safety and enjoyment of everyone, dogs must be leashed at all times during the event. Retractable leashes will not be permitted as space is limited and dogs and people can get tangled.

We look forward to seeing you and your dog at LI-DOG’s Barkentine’s™ Day Puppy Prom on Saturday, February 15th!


.10/13/2019 – Resolution Intro’d to Allow Leashed Dogs in Heckscher Park!

 

Resolution To Allow Leashed Dogs in Heckscher Park!

Proposal is Result of OnLine Petition with 2,000+ Signatures

People would be allowed to walk their leashed dogs in Huntington’s Heckscher Park under a pilot program proposed by Huntington Councilwoman Joan Cergol. The proposal for a pilot program is up for a vote at Huntington Town Hall Wednesday evening, Oct. 16th! The proposal is the result of an online petition that has generated more than 2,000 signatures that asks the Huntington Town Board to make Heckscher Park a dog-friendly park by allowing leashed dogs. To get details on the proposal and what you can do to help make it happen, go to Resolution Introduced to Allow On-Leash Dog Walking in Heckscher Park!


10/11/2019 – Resolution to Allow On-Leash Dog Walking at Heckscher Park!


Resolution Introduced to Allow On-Leash Dog Walking in Huntington’s Heckscher Park!

 

Pilot Program Proposal is Result of Successful Petition to Allow Leashed Dogs in Heckscher Park

 

People would be allowed to walk their dogs on-leash in Heckscher Park under a pilot program proposed by Huntington Councilwoman Joan Cergol. The pilot program is included in a resolution introduced by Councilwoman Cergol and is scheduled to be considered at the Wed., Oct. 16th Town Board meeting. Thank you, Councilwoman Cergol!

All interested Huntington dog owners are invited to attend! No need to speak, just show up in numbers. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, located at 100 Main St., Huntington, NY 11743.

Councilwoman Cergol’s resolution is the result of an online petition that has gotten more than 2,000 signatures since it was posted in late August. Started by Huntington dog owner and PR pro Karen Thomas, the petition asks the Town Board to make Heckscher Park a dog-friendly park by allowing leashed dogs. While 2,000 signatures is great, we are still looking for more signatures, especially from Huntington residents. The Town Board needs to see overwhelming public support for making Heckscher Park dog friendly. Sign the petition NOW! 

The petition notes that a dog-friendly park policy works well in nearby Northport Village Park keeping the park clean of goose droppings, creating a socially-friendly environment, and supporting local businesses. “Northport Harbor Park has allowed leashed dogs for years and is very busy with happy dog owners walking their dogs and enjoying events at the park,” noted Thomas. “But outdated laws have prohibited Huntington’s dog owners from walking their leashed dogs (in Heckscher Park), making the paths virtually empty when there are no events…and covered every day with goose droppings.”

The Town of Huntington opened virtually all its parks to leashed dogs in August 2017. The policy has proven both popular and successful. However, in opening virtually all town parks to leashed dogs, the Town carved out an exception for Heckscher Park, saying there was concern the park was too busy to accommodate dog owners and their pups.

In order to address that concern, the resolution maintains restrictions on dogs in the playground, in picnic areas, on the ball fields when they are in use, and in other active recreation areas. This is consistent with park policy throughout the town. The resolution also states that on-leash dog walking will be allowed on the walkway surrounding Heckscher Park Pond under the strict rule that dog owners yield to other pedestrians on the path. This also is consistent with town rules that require dog owners to keep dogs on leash and under control and that dogs yield to other park users on trails.

Restricting dogs from active recreation areas, having dogs on leash and under control at all times, and yielding to other park users on the paths should address any remaining concerns about allowing leashed dogs in Heckscher Park, said Ginny Munger Kahn, president of LI-DOG. “The leashed dogs policy works well in Northport, not to mention thousands of other community parks around the country,” she added. “There’s no reason to think Heckscher Park should be different.”

In an important first, Councilwoman Cergol’s resolution would also allow leashed dogs in the area around the Harry Chapin Rainbow Stage during events, provided dogs remain quiet and are in no way disruptive.

The resolution would also set up a public education campaign to help inform everyone about the pilot program, its rules and responsibilities. LI-DOG and other dog owners have volunteered to help create, promote and participate in such a public education campaign.

If the resolution is approved, the pilot program would start January 1, 2020 and run for one year. The Director of the Dept. of Parks & Recreation with input from the Dept. of Planning & Environment are to report back to the Town Board by Nov. 30, 2020, with any recommendations on the pilot program. At that time adjustments can be made.

In 2017, Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone was quoted saying if the town’s dog-friendly park policy proved successful, the town would consider expanding it to other parks. Since that time, the policy has proven both popular and successful, with no reported incidents or issues.

“Northport Park…has demonstrated consistently that dog owners can be responsible and dogs can coexist in a park environment provided they are leashed at all times and waste is picked up…It’s worth at least a trial period,” wrote Loretta Milanese of Centerport in signing the petition. To read more great comments from people who have signed the petition, go to Quotes from Petition Signers 8-19.

Given the intense interest Huntington residents have demonstrated in being able to walk their leashed dogs in Heckscher Park, the steps that have been taken to address concerns, and the ability to adjust the pilot program as needed, LI-DOG is urging the Town Board to support the resolution to create a pilot program to allow leashed dogs in Heckscher Park.

“It’s time to let Huntington dog owners enjoy this wonderful public recreational resource just like every other Huntington resident,” said Munger Kahn.

What You Can Do:
Please let Supervisor Chad Lupinacci and the other members of the Huntington Town Board know that you support allowing leashed dogs in Heckscher Park and why you’re reaching out to them. The more calls and emails elected officials get, the more likely the resolution will pass! Please call or email the following elected officials NOW:

Hon. Chad A. Lupinacci, Supervisor
Town Hall (Room 200)
100 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743
Phone: (631) 351-3030
clupinacci@huntingtonny.gov

Hon. Joan Cergol, Councilwoman (please thank Councilwoman Cergol!)
Town Hall (Room 303)
100 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743
Phone: (631) 351-3173
JCergol@huntingtonny.gov

Hon. Mark Cuthbertson, Councilman
Town Hall (Room 303)
100 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743
Phone: (631) 351-3172
MCuthbertson@HuntingtonNY.gov

Hon. Edmund J.M. Smyth, Councilman
Town Hall (Room 303)
100 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743
Phone: (631) 351-3175
ESmyth@HuntingtonNY.gov

Hon. Eugene Cook, Councilman
Town Hall (Room 303)
100 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743
Phone: (631) 351-3174
ECook@HuntingtonNY.gov

The more calls and emails our elected officials get, the more likely they’ll approve the pilot program. Let your voice be heard!


.08/26/2019 – New York Dog Film Festival

New York Dog Film Festival

Mon., Aug. 26th, 7:30 p.m.
Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington, NY

Aug. 26th is officially International Dog Day! Come celebrate Man’s Best Friend with PRoud Rescuers of PR and the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington for a one-time screening of the New York Dog Film Festival. The NY Dog Film Festival is an annual celebration of the love between dogs and their people through short films from around the world. For details, go to New York Dog Film Festival. 


08/26/2019 – New York Dog Film Festival

 

New York Dog Film Festival

Mon., Aug. 26th, 7:30 p.m.
Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington, NY
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Aug. 26th is officially International Dog Day! Come celebrate Man’s Best Friend with PRoud Rescuers of PR and the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington for a one-time screening of the New York Dog Film Festival.

The NY Dog Film Festival is an annual celebration of the love between dogs and their people through short films from around the world designed to inspire, educate and entertain, which benefits local animal welfare groups.

These films are free of physical or verbal abuse toward people or animals. The only tears you might shed would be tears of joy. Two hours.

The film festival is being co-presented with PRoud Rescuers of PR.

For more information: go to The New York Dog Film Festival on Facebook or The New York Dog Film Festival on the Cinema Arts Centre website.


.08/18/2018 – Pet-A-Palooza!

Pet-A-Palooza!
Sat. & Sun. Aug. 18th & 19th
9am – 6pm
The Little Shelter
Huntington

 

Find fun for the whole family at The Little Shelter’s 21st annual Pet-A-Palooza! There will be live entertainment from WBLI, games for the kids and fur babies, a blessing of the animals, food, face painting and more, including hundreds of adorable animals available for adoption!  For more information, check out Little Shelter’s Pet-A-Palooza!


08/18/2018 – Pet-A-Palooza!

Pet-A-Palooza!
Sat. & Sun. Aug. 18th & 19th
9am – 6pm
The Little Shelter
33 Warner Rd, Huntington

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Find fun for the whole family at The Little Shelter’s 21st annual Pet-A-Palooza! There will be live entertainment from WBLI, games for the kids and fur babies, a blessing of the animals, food, face painting, and much more. Take a chance to win many exciting prizes at the Chinese auction. Little Shelter alumni and guests are invited to participate in many special events including the “Dogs on Parade” and  The Doggie Swimsuit contests. You may even find a new furry family member among the hundreds of animals available for adoption!

Admission is free, so leash up your pup and come join the fun!

For more information, check out The Little Shelter on the web!