first_imgDepartment(s): Position Summary: JULY 01, 2021 Principal Duties: The University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Medicine,Division of Cardiovascular Medicine seeks applications for a BC/BEcardiologist to join a dynamic academic program, with opportunitiesto create a unique clinical practice and engage in teaching andclinical research at a world-class university.The School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profoundcommitment to diversity both as an end in itself but, also as avaluable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, westrongly encourage applications from candidates who foster andpromote the values of diversity and inclusion. Institutional Statement on Diversity: Work Type: Eligible for Wisconsin medical license License or Certificate: A534225-MEDICAL SCHOOL/MEDICINE/CARDIOLOGY Clinical track duties:Position responsibilities for patient care include inpatientcardiovascular medicine service and night call for UW Health systemto include coverage at Meriter (a partner of UW Health); outpatientcardiovascular service including clinic, echocardiography, nuclearmedicine, ECG interpretation and stress testing; and coverage atclinical regional sites based on the needs of the division.Responsibilities will also include clinical teaching of medicalstudents, residents and fellows, and other service appropriate tothe position.CHS track duties:The incumbent will be expected to provide patient care, includinginpatient cardiovascular medicine service and night call for UWHealth system to include coverage at Meriter (a partner of UWHealth); outpatient cardiovascular service including clinic,echocardiography, nuclear medicine, ECG interpretation and stresstesting; and coverage at clinical regional sites based on the needsof the division. Responsibilities will also include clinicalteaching of medical students, residents and fellows, and otherservice appropriate to the position. Participation in researchendeavors of the Division expected. NegotiableANNUAL (12 months) Official Title: The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and TotalCompensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensationstructures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles oncurrent job postings may change in Fall 2020. Job duties andresponsibilities will remain the same. For more information pleasevisit: will require a criminal background check. It will alsorequire you and your references to answer questions regardingsexual violence and sexual harassment.The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identitiesof applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except thatthe identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis.Stat. sec. 19.36(7).The Annual Security and FireSafety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinarypolicies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, andon-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statisticsfor the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a papercopy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin PoliceDepartment . This position has been identified as a position of trust withaccess to vulnerable populations. The selected candidate will berequired to pass an initial Caregiver Check to be eligible foremployment under the Wisconsin Caregiver Law and then every fouryears. Job Number: Applications Open: Dec 23 2020 Central Standard TimeApplications Close: Degree and Area of Specialization: Job no: 229263-ASWork type: Faculty Full or Part Time, Faculty-Full Time,Faculty-Part TimeDepartment: SMPH/MEDICINE/CARDIOLOGYLocation: MadisonCategories: Health Care, Medical, Social Services, Research,Scientific Appointment Type, Duration:center_img Please click “” to upload your CV and letter of interest. You willalso be asked to provide contact information for three (3)references as part of your online application.The deadline for assuring full consideration is January 24, 2021,however positions will remain open and applications may beconsidered until the position is filled. Fellows are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the candidate willbe BC/BE in internal medicine, cardiology andechocardiography; have training in Nuclear cardiology, a strongclinical background with demonstrated excellence in patient careand teaching, and a commitment to scholarly achievement.Candidates for appointment as Clinical Associate Professor orAssociate Professor (CHS) rank will demonstrate academiccredentials for the title per established SMPH guidelines. ASSOC PROFESSOR (CHS)(D02NN) or ASST PROFESSOR (CHS)(D03NN) orCLINICAL ASSOC PROF(D52NN) or CLINICAL ASST PROF(D53NN) Full or Part Time: 50% – 100% MD or DO required Instructions to Applicants: Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation forUW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respectthe profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience,status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. Wecommit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching,research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linkedgoals.The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission bycreating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from everybackground – people who as students, faculty, and staff serveWisconsin and the world.For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, pleasevisit: Diversity andInclusion The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity andAffirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence throughdiversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability,you can find information about how to make a request at thefollowing website: Academic Staff-Renewable Additional Information: 229263-AS Salary: Kelly [email protected] Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS:800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for furtherinformation. ) Employment Class: Anticipated Begin Date: Contact: Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience: Ongoing/Renewablelast_img read more

ETFCU’s Bill Schirmer Honored As Indiana’s Top Credit Union Leader

first_imgETFCU’s Bill Schirmer Honored As Indiana’s Top Credit Union LeaderBill Schirmer, president and CEO of Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union, was honored by the Indiana Credit Union League as its Professional Achievement Award winner for 2018.Schirmer is the first recipient from an Evansville-based credit union in the award’s 29-year history. The recognition came at the ICUL’s annual meeting in Indianapolis.Criteria for the ICUL Professional Achievement Award includes understanding and personifying the credit union philosophy of “people helping people”, promoting the credit union ideal, exhibiting leadership and management ability, possessing an ability to coordinate and work with volunteers and staff, maintaining a record of success in improving the financial fitness of the credit union, being dedicated to the importance of continuing education and training, and successfully developing and expanding services to credit union members.Schirmer joined ETFCU in April of 2012 after serving as Vice President and CFO of Lake Michigan Credit Union in Grand Rapids. His nomination noted that, since he joined ETFCU, the organization has grown from 68,000 members to more than 202,000 and now operates 15 branches in Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee, with another five expected to open in those states by mid-2019.With more than $1.5 billion in assets, ETFCU is Indiana’s second-largest credit union. In 2017 alone, ETFCU added 26,421 new members; increased net worth by $22.3 million, with total equity at $145 million; grew loans 12 percent to $1.16 billion; grew loans serviced by 13 percent to $2.38 billion; grew total assets by 14 percent to $1.46 billion; and increased mobile banking users by 11,033 – a staggering 41 percent increase. The credit union returned more than $2.3 million to members via Vertical and Platinum Rewards checking accounts that offer a 3 percent rate of return on balances up to $15,000 (increased to $20,000 for 2018) and refund fees up to $15 per month for non-ETFCU ATM transactions.That work earned ETFCU recognition by Forbes as “Best-in-State” among Indiana credit unions, based on the results of an independent survey.In 2017, ETFCU supported numerous non-profits and awarded ten $5,000 college scholarships to members and children of members. Schirmer chaired the boards at the EVSC Hangers School Clothing Resource bank and Habitat for Humanity of Evansville (which will become the 26th city nationwide to make its 500th house build this year). He championed an organizational campaign to fund a complete house build for Habitat, as well as an employee effort to boost United Way of Southwestern Indiana campaign giving from $12,000 to $45,000 – the largest increase among involved companies. Schirmer also serves as a board member of the EVSC Foundation and Junior Achievement of Southwest Indiana, and serves on the Advisory Council for the University of Southern Indiana.At the ICUL meetings, ETFCU also received notice for the Dora Maxwell Award for community service for its support of Hangers. Schirmer serves as president of the Hangers board and raises funds for the organization during its annual Celebrity Scoop Night, where he again this year was the top fundraiser.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Walmart will begin requiring all customers wear masks next week

first_img Twitter Walmart will begin requiring all customers wear masks next week Pinterest By Darrin Wright – July 15, 2020 4 765 Google+ (Photo supplied/Walmart) Walmart will soon require all customers to wear face masks.The world’s biggest retailer will require face coverings at all 9,000 of its stores in the United States starting on July 20th, according to a company press release. The company says the move comes as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise in communities throughout the US.“While we’re certainly not the first business to require face coverings, we know this is a simple step everyone can take for their safety and the safety of others in our facilities,” the release says. “According to the CDC, face coverings help decrease the spread of COVID-19, and because the virus can be spread by people who don’t have symptoms and don’t know they are infected, it’s critically important for everyone to wear a face-covering in public and social distance.”All Walmart locations will also have their multiple entrances narrowed down to a single point. The move will also apply to the company’s Sam’s Club locations. The company says it realizes that some may be unable to wear a face covering, and adds they will work with those people to find solutions.Read the full release here. CoronavirusIndianaLocalMichiganNationalNewsSouth Bend Market WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleCharges for man that led police on chase, crash on SundayNext articleSouth Bend police disciplinary matrix approved by Board of Public Safety Darrin Wright Twitter Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

News story: Appointment of Gabriella Bettiga as new member of the Tribunal Procedure Committee

first_imgWe are pleased to announce that Gabriella Bettiga has been appointed by the Lord Chancellor in consultation with the Lord Chief Justice to be a member of the Tribunal Procedure Committee (TPC) for 3 years. This post is unpaid.Gabriella Bettiga is a practising immigration and asylum consultant solicitor and accredited at Level 3 Advanced Caseworker. She is a member of the Special Control Review Panel and Chairs the Independent Funding Adjudicator and Independent Cost Assessors at the Legal Aid Agency. Gabriella has researched for SOAS University of London in the Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law. She is the author for an online newspaper and lecturers regularly on human rights, immigration, asylum and public law.The Tribunal Procedure Committee (TPC) was established on 19 May 2008 under the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 (TCEA). Its purpose is to make rules governing the practice and procedure for the First-tier and Upper Tribunals.The appointments process has been conducted in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice on Ministerial public appointments to public bodies.Gabriella has declared no political activity or conflict of interest.last_img read more

The Phish 3.0 Era Started At The Hampton Coliseum, On This Day In 2009

first_imgThe years between 2004 and 2009 were rough. Phish was on hiatus, essentially causing (not really) the major recession of 2008. They made up for it, however, with an announcement in October of 2008. Complete with a trio of reunion shows and a new album, Phish was back.On March 6th, 2009, the group took the stage for the first time in five years. Emotions were at an all time high. By now, everyone must know that the band opened with a song not played since 2000, a song so beloved despite its current “de-songed” nature that fans were literally screaming with joy. Yes, it was indeed a glorious “Fluffhead.” Let’s sure hope those powerful pills work.The rest of the show featured some more incredible tunes, as Phish mostly stuck to their old classics with the exception of one cover, a finale of The Rolling Stones’ “Loving Cup.” The band also debuted a new song, “Backwards Down The Number Line,” which has since become the most commonly played song in the years following. Phish would release the Joy album, with “Number Line,” in September of ’09.There are too many moments to count from this show. The pause in “Divided Sky,” the jammed out “Tweezer” flowing seamlessly into “Taste.” The “Waste > YEM” combo with the restart. It’s hard to believe this was seven years ago, because this band has grown exponentially in the years between 2009 and 2016. If Phish was learning how to swim again in 2009, they’re olympic level swimmers now.Listen to the whole show below, courtesy of fromtheaquarium:Setlist: Phish at Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA – 3/6/2009Set 1: Fluffhead, Divided Sky, Chalk Dust Torture > Sample in a Jar, Stash, I Didn’t Know, The Oh Kee Pa Ceremony > Suzy Greenberg > Farmhouse, NICU, Horn > Rift, Train Song, Water in the Sky, The Squirming Coil > David BowieSet 2: Backwards Down the Number Line[1] > Tweezer -> Taste, Possum, Theme From the Bottom, First Tube > Harry Hood, Waste > You Enjoy Myself[2]Encore: Grind, Bouncing Around the Room, Loving Cuplast_img read more

#TransformHIT: Making Healthcare Digital Transformation a Reality

first_imgNext week, the Dell EMC Healthcare and Life Sciences team will join over 45,000+ health IT professionals, clinicians and executives from around the globe at the HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, the largest health IT event in the industry.Not only will we gain up to date insight into the accelerated pace of change taking place in healthcare fueled by exponentially growing data and applications, but we will also discuss how the use of information and transformative technologies are helping healthcare organizations further improve the quality, safety, and cost-effectiveness of patient care outcomes.The world is quickly becoming a place where everything is connected, creating greater disparate sources of data and insight. Making the digital transformation real is the focus across numerous industries – and healthcare is no exception.We are all living in the digital era where clinicians need faster access to all available patient information, actionable insights to prescribe the best treatment plans to improve patient care outcomes at lower cost and protection of all of this sensitive information against cyber threats. From healthcare integrated delivery networks (IDNs) to rural health centers, Dell EMC provides transformative technology solutions, products, services, and financial offerings that make the future of healthcare real today – from the point of care to the data center to the cloud.This year at HIMSS, Dell EMC executives will be available to host customer, partner, and analyst discussions, providing perspective on how we provide essential infrastructure solutions aligned with our partner ecosystem that address healthcare’s toughest challenges including clinical application optimization, multi-cloud environments, healthcare cloud, clinical genomics, high performance computing (HPC), IoT, innovative devices, and data protection.Along with these strategic discussions we are also featuring customer speakers in our Dell EMC booth # 3613 who will highlight how Dell EMC solutions have been deployed as part of their digital transformation journey in our four focus areas of heath IT transformation, precision medicine transformation, connected health transformation, and security transformation.In addition, there will be experiential demos highlighting our four focus areas of health IT transformation, precision medicine transformation, connected health transformation, and security transformation, focus groups, social media activities and customer events. If you’re in Las Vegas, we hope you will stop by Dell EMC booth #3613. If not, check out our sessions and get social at @DellEMCHealth #TransformHIT #HIMSS18! Making healthcare transformation real!Wednesday, March 7 | 12:30 pm What’s Your Cyber-Attack Recovery (CR) Plan?Cyber-Security is often discussed in terms of prevention and perimeter defenses, but what about Recovery of mission-critical Healthcare Applications when a successful Cyber-Attack Event occurs? In a Healthcare environment resiliency and a layered data protection approach is essential to preserving continuity of critical patient services. In this session, learn how Dell EMC Isolated Recovery Solution and Services can help you perform successful recoveries from a Cyber-Attack event.Tweet UpsTuesday, March 6 | 2:00 pmData Hygiene in Healthcare: The First Step to Getting Value Out of Your DataDigital transformation in healthcare. With digitization, comes automation. With automation comes more applications. With more applications, comes more data. ‘Dirty data’ might cost you more than you realize…especially when it’s stored in legacy applications that are not managed well. Join the discussion taking place in the Dell EMC booth #3613 to share your insights.Wednesday, March 7 | 11:00 amData Innovation: Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare – it’s happening… It’s no secret, the healthcare industry has an (over) abundance of data. There are lots of mergers/acquisitions and consolidations taking place in the industry which only complicates matters and intensifies the playing field. There is likely a ton of analysis that’s not currently being done that could potentially provide better insights and results for healthcare organizations—their doctors, researchers and patients. Now that we have the data, how do we make it useful? How can we deploy machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies into driving better results in a healthcare environment? How do you take the data and make it actionable? We invite you to join us in the Dell EMC booth #3613 to discuss this hot topic.last_img read more

Mamie Parris is Cats’ New Grizabella

first_img Star Files Cats Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 30, 2017 can exclusively reveal that Mamie Parris is about to go from rocking to purring for Andrew Lloyd Webber. School of Rock’s current Patty will assume the role of Grizabella in Cats on Broadway, taking over for Leona Lewis. As previously reported, the Grammy nominee is schedule to sing her final “Memory” at the Neil Simon Theatre on October 9.Prior to originating the role of Patty in School of Rock, Parris appeared on Broadway in On the Twentieth Century, Ragtime, 110 in the Shade and The Drowsy Chaperone. Her other credits include Wicked, 9 to 5 and Legally Blonde on tour.In addition to Lewis, the current roster of Jellicles includes Andy Huntington Jones as Munkustrap, Ricky Ubeda as Mr. Mistoffelees, Tyler Hanes as Rum Tum Tugger, Kim Fauré as Demeter, Sara Jean Ford as Jellylorum, Christopher Gurr as Bustopher Jones, Jess LeProtto as Mungojerrie, Shonica Gooden as Rumpelteazer and Christine Cornish Smith as Bombalurina. (Photo: Monica Simoes) Related Shows Mamie Parris View Comments Mamie Parrislast_img read more

FABricate Finale

first_imgOn March 27, students from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) will be sharing their business ideas with the rest of the university during the finale of CAES’ FABricate entrepreneurial competition on March 27 at UGA’s new Student Center for Entrepreneurship.Launched in 2017, the FABricate program offers CAES students with new ideas for a food product or technology, agribusiness or sustainability start-up companies the chance to win $2,500 to help launch their ideas into reality. Competitors have the opportunity to enroll in a one-credit-hour class that teaches students about best business practices, marketing products and how to make their ideas a reality. For Eileen Schaeffer, an agribusiness graduate student whose focus is on medicinal herbs native to the Southeast, this competition is a way to advance her growing interest in medicinal herbs and sharpen her skills as a businesswoman. “As an aspiring business owner, I was drawn to the word entrepreneur,” said Schaeffer, who will be pitching an herbal supplement that can be added to coffee. “UGA offers so many resources that I want to take advantage of in the short time I am a student here.”For students like Luke Kosko, FABricate provides the opportunity to test out products that could revolutionize the future of the industry. As reserves of the phosphate rock used for phosphorus-enriched fertilizer are dwindling, Luke and his team have developed a way to meet growing demand by extracting phosphorus from poultry litter to use in fertilizer. Because the poultry industry is so dominant in Georgia, Kosko sees the idea as a great opportunity to provide a sustainable alternative in fertilizer production. Other students decided to focus on more appetizing business plans. Blake Carter and his team have incorporated a local brewery’s beer into a new brand of barbecue sauce. Thanks to the unexpected success of the product, Carter is excited to enter the competition with what started as a kitchen experiment.Other students see FABricate as one step in a long-envisioned product launch. Sydney Mai’s goal is to launch a cosmetics line that is safer for children to use. With more and more young people using makeup and nail polish full of chemicals, she could not help but worry about what her little sister was using on her skin, she said.“My mission statement is to promote natural beauty and safe cosmetics for children, but eventually I want to create products everyone can use,” Mai said. “In the end, whether this becomes an actual company or not, I think it is very important for me to develop my business skills.”Annakay Newell, a doctoral student in plant pathology, see the competition as her opportunity to give an audience a sneak peek into the world of plant pathology. She is developing and will be pitching a water-permeable membrane designed to protect blueberry plants from the spread of fungal diseases. “I think FABricate can help make this idea a reality by exposing it to the collection of individuals who will converge at the contest,” Newell said. The FABricate final pitch competition will be held from 5:30-8:00 p.m. on March 27 at the UGA Student Center for Entrepreneurship, 225 W. Broad Street, Athens, Georgia. All faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend, enjoy refreshments and vote for their favorite pitch. For more information about the FABricate program, please visit read more

Affordable Youth Camp Planned near Fontana Lake

first_imgWestern North Carolina abounds with summer residential camps, but many are too expensive for kids living here. That’s about to change.A 900-acre YMCA summer camp is planned near Fontana Lake, just three miles from the Nantahala Outdoor Center. YMCA Camp Watia will serve children from Western North Carolina who might not have the opportunity to experience the mountains, streams, trails and wealth of recreational activities throughout the region, said Paul Vest, president and chief executive officer for the YMCA of WNC.The overnight youth camp is expected to cost $550 a week and will open in the summer of 2016. Initially, it will feature a two-story dining hall and eight cabins that will each sleep 12 campers. It’s being built on land owned by Ken and Nancy Glass, who gave the YMCA a 125-year charitable lease on the land.Read more about the camp here.last_img read more

Long Island Dog Parks on the Rise

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Photo by Katherine Schroeder courtesy of North Fork School for DogsImagine a place where dogs run freely together, playfully romping on fresh green grass. Where canines of myriad breeds share the same water fountain while their owners exchange ideas. A place that’s clean, accessible, popular, safe.While it may sound like dog heaven, this is actually a common description of a dog park—designated off-leash areas where canines can get much-needed exercise and socialization time while their owners trade tips on everything from training to proper nutrition. And following a national trend, they’re sprouting up all across Long Island.“We’ve seen a really big increase in dog parks on Long Island, both in Nassau and Suffolk counties, over the last five or six years,” says Ginny Munger Kahn, president of nonprofit LI-Dog Owners Group. “It’s been the result of collaborations between organizations of dog owners and elected officials and parks department officials.”Currently Nassau has 10 dog parks and Suffolk has 11, she adds. Just six years ago Suffolk had only one. Just within the past year, three new dog parks opened in Nassau County: in Valley Stream, Massapequa and Eisenhower Park. And more are set to open in both counties.Supporters point to several reasons why dog parks are gaining ground.Advocates contend that dog parks provide much-needed open space for those owners who may otherwise not have adequate backyards for their pets to roam in.“There’s a lot of people that can’t exercise their dogs off-leash, especially the elderly, and it’s a great way to exercise your dogs,” says dog trainer Dawn Bennett.Another major benefit, they say, is that socialization and exercise have been known to positively impact a dog’s behavior.“People talk about how they see their dog’s behavior change for the better because they are getting adequate exercise at a dog park,” says Munger Kahn. “Over the last ten years it’s become common knowledge that dogs need exercise and socialization.”Additionally, Kahn points out, dog parks are great place for owners to meet like-minded people.“They build communities,” she says. “Many of my best friends I’ve met through the dog park.”There’s definitely a need here on Long Island. Dogs are only permitted in Suffolk County parks if they are on a leash, she explains. In Nassau, no dogs are allowed in county parks—leashed or unleashed. Most town parks across Long Island carry the same or similar rules.“I adopted a dog and realized that there is no place to walk your dog in parks or take her off leash,” says Peggy Heijmen, an Oyster Bay resident, dog owner and nonprofit LI-Dog Owners Group board member. “It’s very, very difficult.”The group, founded in 1998, is dedicated to increasing public parkland for Long Island dog owners and their four-legged companions. Their efforts are paying off. Heijmen was the driving force behind the Massapequa dog park.“We went to several town board meetings and did petitions and wrote letters to get this park running and successful,” she says.Opened in June 2012 on Louden Avenue, the park features such amenities as doggie water fountains and separate areas for small and large dogs.“It has been incredibly successful,” she continues. “We have a Facebook page so that people can share their pictures and their experiences, and we have over 200 people actively using the page.”The Valley Stream dog park opened a month prior, mainly the brainchild of the Friends of Valley Stream Dog Park, an all-volunteer group organized to support and provide facilities to local dog owners.President Richard Infield says the project went off without a hitch after receiving the support of the Valley Stream Mayor Edwin Fare and other members of local government.“Once we started, it was very much a team effort between us and the village,” he says. “It’s really been an easy relationship and continues to be.”UNLEASHEDGovernment officials and dog park proponents have been joining forces to open more spaces in Suffolk County, too. In July a dog park in Calverton opened under the guidance of Riverhead Town Councilman Jim Wooten and nonprofit Move the Animal Shelter (MTAS).“We initiated the Calverton dog park to address the needs of our senior community, who live in modular homes or smaller lots,” says Woonten. “It gives their pets a chance to run about and play and socialize with other dogs.”MTAS secured funding for the park, he adds, which along with private donations of benches and fencing, helped keep the cost down for taxpayers. After all, it’s the startup costs that can pose hurdles. Lack of funding was one of the obstacles Bennett faced when she tried to secure a bigger dog park in Southold, she says.“I had come back from California and I was blown away with how many dog parks were there and how dog-friendly they were,” explains Bennett. “And here, where we live, the only off-leash area we had was this pitiful, very barren quarter of an acre dog park that wasn’t used by anybody.Bennett and her business partner Asha Gallacher, who together run the North Fork School for Dogs, decided to create a petition for their cause. After two months, the duo collected about 500 signatures.“I just put the petitions in every store,” Bennett says. “We collaborated with all the pet stores and the animal shelter. The squeaky wheel gets the oil—I just went to every town meeting and got all the petitions together.”While the request to build a new park was ultimately denied, officials agreed to expand upon an existing dog park. The environmental nonprofit Group for the East End donated trees for shade, and the town installed benches. After a year, the park was completely overhauled and is now more than an acre in size and full of people and dogs every weekend.Bennett is grateful for the help from Southold Town Supervisor Scott Russell.“He was very corporative and he was a big help,” she says. “He listened. Even though we had a strict budget, he gave us a piece of the recreational pie.”PUPPY LOVEDog parks aren’t just gaining popularity here on Long Island. According to data from the Trust for Public Land’s 2011 City Park Facts, dog parks in major U.S. cities jumped 34 percent over the last five years. In comparison, parks overall only increased 3 percent during that time.“This is not unique to Long Island,” says Munger Kahn. “There’s a tremendous demand for these areas, and a love for them.“They are now what the playground movement of the 1950s was,” she adds.So far, Long Island’s new dog parks have garnered so much positive reception that more are in the works. In Suffolk, the LI-Dog Owners Group is working on a campaign to build a second dog park in Centereach with Town of Brookhaven Councilwoman Kathleen Walsh. Councilman Wooten also hopes to create another dog park this spring at Stotzy Park in Riverhead. In Nassau, Heijmen is now looking to add more dog parks in the Town of Oyster Bay.Besides the additional parks, owners also seek more on-leash access in both counties’ parks.“A lot of people exercise with their dogs,” says Munger Kahn. “Dog walking is their primary form of exercise. At most Long Island town parks you’re not allowed to even walk your dog on a leash. So dog owners are regulated to walk on the sidewalks in the neighborhoods that have them or in the street, and it’s dangerous.”Munger Kahn says the main criticism against this is concern about people not picking up after their dogs. Yet with increased access, she says, comes increased accountability among responsible dog owners. And that can only lead to more access for dog lovers.“We understand by asking for more access it means we have to be responsible. We have to pick up after our dogs,” she says. “I am confident that as long as the majority of us dog owners are responsible and pick up after our dogs that we will continue to see improvement in gaining access to public park land.”“I think that as more dog parks have been developed, elected officials have seen how successful and popular they are,” she adds.It’s a sentiment Councilman Wooten shares.“Dog parks are a wonderful thing,” he says.last_img read more