Del. Humane hopes new facility attracts adopters

The image of the dark, dank dog pound, one that traumatizes children and opens the floodgates whenever that Sarah McLachlan "Angel" ASPCA commercial comes on, is becoming a thing of the past.Animal shelters nationwide are starting to realize that creature comforts aren't just for their four-legged guests. Human visitors want to enter an environment that's calm, clean and cozy.And conservation-friendly. In recent years, shelters from Texas to Rhode Island have become LEED-certified for energy efficiency, featuring low-flow toilets and floors made of recycled tires."We have to be competitive. We have to up the ante," explained Patrick Carroll, executive director for the Delaware Humane Association. The Wilmington nonprofit recently spent $4.4 million constructing a new 13,100-square-foot building at its 701 A St. location.Visitors enter a sleek lobby with wood and gunmetal accents, leather ottomans and a jumbo mounted television. Meet-and-greet rooms give potential adopters quiet playtime with the furry rescues. When one meets a "friend for life," it gets announced on the intercom.The public is invited to a DHA "ribbon-chewing" ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 6-8 p.m., featuring drinks and dessert and a newly opened dog park on-site.Over at the Delaware SPCA's New Castle County shelter off the busy Stanton Christiana Road, visitors are similarly greeted by a modern, odorless lobby and precious animals behind glass doors.In June, the shelter completed a renovation at a cost of nearly $500,000. Future plans call for an estimated $1.4 million dog daycare, expected to open in June of 2016, a dog park, and a proposed 11,400-square-foot retail development.Already, Royal Farms has agreed to lease a portion of the Delaware SPCA's land for a convenience store and gas station, according to SPCA executive director Andrea Perlak. Such projects are estimated to generate revenue for the 142-year-old nonprofit to fulfill its core mission – promoting the protection and Continue Reading

In aftermath of Hurricane Irene, fishing waters calm again; porgies, bluefish and sea bass popular

Party boats are all sailing again. They are also back up to speed with porgies, bluefish and sea bass, particularly popular quarries. By Thursday, metro waters were reported to be mostly clear and calm. Hurricane Irene did cause Long Island Sound's Greatest Bluefish Tournament on Earth to be postponed until the weekend of Sept. 10-11. That means the sign-up deadline is extended until Friday, Sept. 9. See for additional information. Otherwise, forecasts and light easterly winds bode well for an excellent holiday weekend of fishing. We surely deserve it! Youngsters ages 4-12 always look forward to the annual holiday Junior Snapper Derby at Molnar's Landing in Hampton Bays. The fun starts Sunday at 1 p.m. As usual, most everything's free: Bait, tackle, barbecue and raffle prizes. Need to know more? Phone Judi at (631) 728-1860. There's another bit of welcome news coming up for New York porgy people. Starting Wednesday, if you are fishing from a party or charter boat, your daily allowance will increase from 10 to 40 porgies per person as long as they measure at least 11 inches. Clam strips are among preferred baits. On the other hand, regs for New York anglers - as well as for their Connecticut counterparts - who are fishing on shore or from private boats can continue to catch only 10 porgies a day measuring at least 10-1/2 inches. And that's only until Sept. 26 when the porgy season closes for that group. Seems porgy postings for our tri-state area are all pretty confusing. For instance, as of two days ago, Connecticut party boat patrons have been allowed to catch up to 45fish, with an 11-inch minimum. Meanwhile, New Jerseyans, whether on party or private boats, can take 50porgies a day if they measure nine inches or more clear through December. Perhaps compensating for that numerical imbalance, Garden State guys can take 25 sea bass at 12-1/2 inches until Sunday, Sept. 11, when their season closes temporarily until reopening Nov. 1. Continue Reading

Pre-Easter events going on in Louisville this weekend

Celebrate Easter events with the kids or attend any of the other great activities going on around the city this weekend. Here's a list!Big Brims & Fancy Trims: Hat Sample Sale. Kentucky Derby Museum, 704 Central Ave., 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday. Over 400 hat samples available, along with the Kentucky Derby Museum 2017 hat collection, a complimentary beverage from 14 Hands, live music, local boutiques and stylist, meet and greet with Jenny Pfanenstiel of Formé Millinery (official Milliner of the Kentucky Derby Museum, hors d’oeuvres), raffles, contests and more. Early bird entry from 4:30-5:30 p.m. (best hat selection), $20; 5:30- 7:30 p.m. $10, $5 for museum members. Bank First Friday Hop. 5-11 p.m.Friday. The hop covers the two downtown ZeroBus routes, on Main and Market streets between Campbell and Tenth streets, and also along the Fourth Street corridor between the Galt House and Breckenridge St. (bus run until 7 p.m.). All rides are free. Annual Art [Squared] Preview, Sale & Party. Louisville Visual Art, 1538 Lytle St., 7-9 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Preview, sale and party, Friday with more than 200 pieces of 8” x 8” works of art for $100 each; also food and drinks. Saturday, public sale. Artists will remain anonymous until the squares are purchased. Proceeds to benefit Louisville Visual Arts Children’s Fine Art Classes. Advance, $25, $20 members; at the door, $30, $25 members. Public sale Saturday, free. Zoo’s Party for the Planet. Louisville Zoo, 1100 Trevilian Way, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Monday. Free with zoo admission. to the Root! Cocktail Reception. Monnik Beer Company, Monnik Beer Company, 6-8 p.m. Sunday. New Roots is looking for volunteer chefs, cooks and culinary enthusiasts to lead on-site cooking demonstrations for New Roots’ Fresh Stop Markets. The reception Continue Reading

Hudson Valley’s farms sprout real estate appeal

On a Saturday morning in June, Tessa Edick drove 6 miles from Copake Lake to Herondale/Sol Flower Farm to pick up her weekly produce. On the way back to her wood-cabin home, she stopped at Pigasso Farms to buy a free-range chicken, eggs laid that morning, a flank steak and farm-made sausage. The bill came to $90. Edick fed seven people on a table filled with votive candles, sunflowers and food as fresh and antibiotic-free as humanly possible. The vivacious culinary consultant has been dining like this every weekend for the better part of a decade. Shuttling two hours between New York City and Hudson Valley, the foodie entrepreneur who founded Sauces n’ Love has helped chefs become superstars by packaging and marketing their recipes. (At left: Tessa Edick at ABC Kitchen in Manhattan) “Farming is sexy and cool,” she says, emphatically. “You have to know your farmer and where your food comes from. It’s time to opt out of processed food and celebrate the table and what’s on it as a center of pleasure. We also have to ensure succession happens, so that children of farmers take over their farms. First, we celebrated food, then the chef, but no one was cheerleading the farmer. The farmer is the secret ingredient.” On July 30, Edick’s company will launch the Friends of the Farmer Hudson Valley Food Lovers Festival at Copake Country Club. The all-day fair highlights farmers, restaurants and the resurgence of Hudson Valley as a top agriculture draw. It will raise money for a scholarship for high school students to continue studies in agricultural sciences. “Hudson Valley is primed to become the Napa Valley of the East Coast,” says Edick, who coined the phrase “Farm On” to promote succession for future generations of farming families. Ironically, as farming and land preservation increases in popularity, so has the real estate market. Continue Reading

Fire in the sky: The Hindenburg 80 years later

LAKEHURST – Preparations are underway to mark the upcoming 80th anniversary of the Hindenburg disaster, which is expected to bring dignitaries, historians and media from around the globe to Ocean County.They will commemorate a human tragedy that has long captivated the public’s imagination.Representatives of the Navy Lakehurst Historical Society, which organizes the memorial ceremony each year to honor the 36 lives lost in the crash of the German airship on May 6, 1937, have been trying to keep up with the interview and speaking engagement requests arriving into its office, museum and gift shop inside historic Hangar One at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.“The Discovery Channel, the History Channel; we’ve had calls from media here, and from in Germany and France,” said Carl S. Jablonski, 75, of Beachwood, the longtime president of the society.Ocean County Freeholder John C. Bartlett Jr. recently said there is no doubt that the Hindenburg disaster was the single biggest historical event in the county's 167-year history, making the Lakehurst naval base and its flight operations there known throughout the world. In 1987, for the 50th anniversary, the Board of Freeholders built a permanent memorial at the crash site that shows the outline of where the Hindenburg's control car fell in the inferno."The military had been there since World War I, when it was the Army's Camp Kendrick," Bartlett said. "The Navy acquired it as a base for its airship program and it eventually served as the nation's first international airport when the German Zeppelin company began passenger service to the United States."To commemorate the 80th anniversary, a dinner and exhibit of Hindenburg artifacts are planned for the night of May 5 at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center in Toms River for invited guests and dignitaries, with a select number of tickets available to the general public for $50 per plate.The next day, the Continue Reading

Retiring NYPD Sgt. Paul Hargrove was a cop’s cop in 35-year career

It was the grand finale to a distinguished career with the New York City Police Department. Sgt. Paul Hargrove was flanked by family, fellow cops and other well-wishers as he walked out of the Emergency Service Unit 10 headquarters in Queens last Friday. Daily News Police Bureau Chief Alison Gendar was on hand to speak with Hargrove and soak up the scene. "Often we're saving people from themselves," said Hargrove, who joined the NYPD in 1974. The ESU, the saying goes, are the people the cops call when they need help. They're called when a deranged man goes off his medication and threatens to kill his wife and children. They're called to rescue people when buildings collapse or planes crash-land. They're called to keep alive an officer who has been shot. "We do all of that, but what I'm thinking about now are the guys I worked with over the years," said Hargrove, 62, who acknowledged he was only leaving the job because of the NYPD's mandatory retirement age. "When the higher echelon comes on a scene - some hostage situation or whatever - you would look around, see him there handling things, and you'd know things were being taken care of," said Chief of the Department Joseph Esposito. Hargrove could point out an officer he served with as a cop. Now he works with that man's son on the NYPD. The ESU's technology and training may have changed since he joined the elite unit in 1983 - officers now train to handle chemical terror attacks and dirty bombs. But the dedication remains the same. "That's what I'm going to miss," he said, just before fellow officers led him, his wife, Marilyn, their family and grandchildren onto a restored 1930s ESU truck. "The joke is that he rode this truck when he first arrived," said ESU Detective Donald LaSala. "Not quite," Hargrove said. "But close." Benefit golf outing The annual golf outing for the Lt. Thomas F. Healy Foundation will be held Monday at the Links at Cherry Creek in Riverhead, Continue Reading

Civil Service: New baseball stadiums won’t be using city workers

THE NEW Citi Field ballpark has wider seats, better sightlines and all the $5.75 slices of pizza you can afford to eat. But it doesn't have any city workers. Parks Department workers, especially members of its stadiums division, were charged with maintaining Shea Stadium and the old Yankee Stadium. But Citi Field and the new Yankee Stadium, both built on city land, will be maintained by the workers hired directly by the teams. Parks officials said the workers who had worked on the old ballparks will be reassigned throughout the agency. One of the final tasks for stadium workers, as well as contractors, was dismantling Shea Stadium last fall. As part of that operation, toilets, lighting and other usable fixtures were removed so they could be used at other Parks Department facilities. Bikers benefit in memory of Finest THIS SUNDAY, the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, Nassau County Chapter X will hold its fourth annual ride in memory of Police Officer Philip Cardillo. Cardillo, was fatally wounded on April 14, 1972, at the Nation of Islam Mosque No. 7 in Harlem. He responded to a phony 911 call of a cop in trouble. As the infamous story goes, more than a dozen witnesses were let go because police and city officials feared a race riot. No one was ever convicted of his murder. Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly re-opened the investigation two years ago. Last year, more than 150 people participated in the memorial ride. This year's event will start at the Embassy Diner on Hempstead Turnpike in Bethpage about 10 a.m., stop at the New York State Trooper Barracks in Valley Stream and is scheduled to arrive at Calvary Cemetery in Queens, where Cardillo is buried, by 11:30 a.m. for a wreath-laying. The ride will continue into Manhattan past the mosque, the 28th Precinct stationhouse and finally to the Police Memorial in lower Manhattan. Strongest honor fallen worker THE NEW YORK City Sanitation Department recently Continue Reading

Your weekly entertainment calendar, Sept. 22-28

NIGHT LIFE ACOUSTIC/FOLK Unitarian Church North: Wisconsin Singer Songwriter series featuring Amy Speace, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23, 13800 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon.BLUES District 14 Brewery: Andrew Koenig Band featuring Benny Rickun, 9 p.m. Sept. 22, 2273 S. Howell Ave.Iron Mike’s: Steve Nitros & Friends Jam Session, 8 p.m. Sept. 22, 6357 S. 27th St., Franklin.Italian Community Center: Leroy Airmaster & Little Maddie B, 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 26, 631 E. Chicago St.Mamie’s: Maple Road Blues Band, 9:30 p.m. Sept. 22, Stokes open jam, 8 p.m. Sept. 26, 3300 W. National Ave.Silver Spring House: Jonny T-Bird & the MPs, 9 p.m. Sept. 23, 6655 N. Green Bay Ave., Glendale.Von Trier: Robin Pluer & The R&B Coquettes, 7 p.m. Sept. 22, 2235 N. Farwell Ave.COUNTRY Scotty's Bar & Pizza: Billy Spaulding & Friends, 4-8 p.m. Sept. 24, 3921 S. Clement Ave.JAZZ/SWING The Astor Hotel: Chris Hanson Band, with Robin Pluer, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25, 924 E. Juneau Ave.Blu: Scott Napoli Quartet with Mark Davis, Eric Schoor and Jeff Hamman, 8 p.m. Sept. 22, Pfister, 424 E. Wisconsin Ave.City Lights Brewing: Swing & A Miss, 8 p.m. Sept. 22, 2200 W. Mt. Vernon Ave.Clarke Hotel: Dick Eliot, 6-9 p.m. Sept. 22, 314 W. Main St., Waukesha.County Clare: Dick Eliot, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 24, 1234 N. Astor St.Moose Lodge: Swingreen, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23, 5476 S. 13th St.The Packing House: Dave Miller Jazz & Blues Quartet, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Sept. 22, Donna Woodall Trio, 6:30-10:30 p.m. Sept. 23, Jazz Unlimited open jam with Suzanne Grzanna Quartet, 1-4 p.m. Sept. 24, Carmen Nickerson & Kostia Efimov, 6-10 p.m. Sept. 27, Barbara Stephan & Peter Mac, 6-10 p.m. Sept. 28, 900 E. Layton Ave.The Uptowner: Jerry Grillo Band, 9 p.m. Sept. 23, 1032 W. Center St. KARAOKE/OPEN MIC Bremen Cafe: Comedy Open Mic, 8 p.m. Sept. 25; Open Mic, 10 p.m. Sept. 25, Karaoke, 9 p.m. Sept. 26, 901 E. Clarke St.Scotty's Bar & Pizza: Karaoke, 9 p.m. Sept. Continue Reading

Renaissance Charter School raises money for New Orleans

Students at a Jackson Heights charter school are hoping to do justice to the school's name by lending a hand to the renewal of New Orleans.Thirty-one high schoolers from the Renaissance Charter School are planning a trip to the Big Easy and are hunting for cash to get there. The school at 35-59 81st St. is set to host a dinner and talent show tonight to raise funds for the trip and to donate money once they arrive. "I wanted to go the very first time I heard about it," said Kaui Williams, 17, a 12th-grader from Corona. "I see this as an opportunity to contribute - I want to be able to say I helped out." Since January, students have devoted two lunch periods each week to studying the factors that led to the 2005 devastation in New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina. "I never knew the full story of exactly what happened," said Francois Nicolas, 17. "All I knew was there was a hurricane and it affected the whole town," added the 11th-grader from Far Rockaway. In class, he learned about how the land formations and natural barriers that had protected the area historically were useless after the levees collapsed. "I think it will really help me to see what's going on down there," Francois said. "The government is not helping to their full potential." While in New Orleans, students will gut ruined houses, renovate salvaged homes, and visit residential sites to interview former residents from the flooded Ninth Ward. Ali Rosow, Renaissance's social worker and trip organizer, said children in the lower grades helped raise money, too. "It's a really community-based effort," Rosow said. Grades kindergarten through five collected donations at bake sales and raffle ticket drives, and sold pencil cases to pay for airfare and accommodations, she said. The trip will cost about $20,000, paid for in part by a grant from the National Geographic Education Foundation. Students will host a 6 p.m. potluck dinner for $6 a plate. The 7 p.m. talent show is $6 per ticket. Tickets for both events are Continue Reading

Haunted houses, pumpkin patches, dress-ups Halloween weekend

It's Halloween weekend – time to carve your pumpkin, pick up a last-minute bag of candy to hand out and squeeze into that hand-me-down costume from your older sister. No matter what you are doing for this fun and frightful holiday, we've got you covered – even if that skimpy costume doesn't. Haunted houses Halloween Haunt, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason. Haunted attractions, shows, mazes and rides. Ages 13 and up. $48, $31 advance online. 513-754-5700; Brimstone Haunt, 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Brimstone Haunt, 472 Brimstone Road, Wilmington. 2 unique experiences: Family-friendly Haunted Hayride and high intensity fright event Forgotten Forest. $20 combo, $13 hayride, $10 forest. USS Nightmare, 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday-Saturday, 7-11 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday, BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport. 2 levels of pure horror, over 30 minutes long. $60 front of line and RIP experience, $40 RIP fast pass, $20 general admission, $17 Wednesday general admission. 859-740-2293; MORE: Find out your Greater Cincinnati community trick-or-treat times MORE:  Things to do this weekend: Oct. 26-29 Get the best of Cincinnati on your phone. Download the Things to Do app on both the Apple App Store and Google Play. The Dent Schoolhouse, 7:30 p.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, 7:30-10 p.m. Sunday, Dent Schoolhouse, 5963 Harrison Ave., Dent. Haunted attraction. Taking place in actual haunted school, attraction boasts movie quality sets and Hollywood animations. $50 front of line pass, $40 fast pass, $25 general admission Saturdays, $20 general other days. 513-445-9767; Haunted House Lost Soul Asylum, 7:30-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Aurora Firehouse, 5950 Dutch Hollow Road, Aurora. $8. 812-926-1122; Continue Reading