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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 23, 2012 Page7 The Community Education Center Awarded a 2011-2012 Grant by The Lenny Zakim Fund The Community Educational Center was one of over 55 grassroots, community based organizations that received a grant from The Lenny Zakim Fund at the Awards Cer- Due to his increasing popularity and several suggestions from readers (and after much negotiating on our part with his huge salary demands), our friend Freeway has consented to try emony on February 27 at the Courtyard Marriot in Boston. to answer readers' questions concerning him or any of our little four-legged friends. You can Grantees include many youth serving organizations and email your questions to to the attention of Freeway. Don't forget folks, organizations working for social justice in diverse ways. The mission of the East Boston Adult Ed. Center (Cam- Freeway is not a vet, so please keep the questions light-hearted! Thanks. munity Educational Center) is to assist immigrants, refu- ingly, as they were originally weight. Because carrots are rYes, and U.S. school dropouts (both youths and adults) learn ~~~ designed for the growth of so high in sugar, you should English, obtain the GED diploma, learn computer skills, pass ~~ meat rabbits. The healthiesttreat them as a fruit and the U.S. Citizenship test, take the ATB Vocational School ~~~ diet for a pet rabbit is appor- serve them just as sparingly. Entrance Exam, be proficient in the five academic subjects, ~~I tioned this way: How to help your rabbit be admitted to a college or a university, and to become a ~Iv~ Hay at least 85 percent of lose weight. successful member of our society in the United States. ~~~~ a pet rabbit's diet should be An overweight bunny must a grass hay like timothy, oat lose weight the same way an About Lenny Zakim and The Lenny Zakim Fund or barley. Hay is essential to overweight person does by Lenny Zakim believed that one person can change the Freeway says, I am always a rabbit's digestive process, eating right and exercising. world. As the executive director of the New England Region writing about my pooch and it also helps their teeth. Exercise for wild rabbits of the Anti-Defamation League, he fought tirelessly to put friends now it is time for You can give a rabbit unlim-usually cover a home range an end to prejudice, civil rights violations, anti-Semitism, something different. Is yourited amounts of hay. Alfalfaof about two acres every day racism and bigotry of all kinds. After Lenny was diagnosed pet bunny too plump? Hay, hay is also acceptable, but in their hunt for food. Keep- in 1995 with multiple myeloma, he created, with the help vegetables, pellets and fruit keep in mind that it must ing your pet bunny cooped up of friends and supporters, a philanthropic organization that -- rabbits love to eat all four, be doled out because it has all day is a surefire route to would transform his vision of social justice into an endur- but do you know how much more protein and calories rabbit obesity. You need to ing legacy: The Lenny Zakim Fund. your pet should be getting of than grassy hays. get him out of the cage an The Lenny Zakim Fund supports grassroots community each? Here's how to prevent Vegetables the second hour or two every day and organizations and programs that many large charitable your bunny from gaining too most important rabbit food is encourage him to run around groups and government grants do not support in Boston. much weight. They love to fresh leafy greens such as and play. You also can pro- The Lenny Zakim Fund provides assistance to those who eat and they adore sweets kale, collards, romaine let-vide some toys in his crate demonstrate the will and potential to make a difference and in turn, pet rabbits have tuce, mustard greens, beet for him to chew and enjoy. but lack the necessary resources, a tendency to become over- tops, carrot tops, parsley, Diet if your rabbit is obese, The Community Educational Center is honored to have weight bunnies. In fact, obe- endive, and radicchio. You you should cut out the pel- had the opportunity of Lenny Zakim visiting the Center in sity is the second most com-should serve your adult pet lets and fruit completely. You 1995. Lenny Zakim was impressed with the great number mon health issue faced bunny about two to four cupscan also limit the veggies if of people the Center assists with so little funds. The Com- by pet bunnies, after tooth of leafy greens daily for every your bunny doesn't start los- munity Educational Center is grateful to the Lenny Fund problems. What's more, they five pounds of body weight, ing weight. A pet rabbit can for their support of the Education for New Americans often spend a lot of time You also can provide smallerlive on an all-hay diet for a program and more. inactive in cages, so they amounts of other vegetables month or two, if necessary. tend not to burn off the food like Brussel sprouts, broc-Rabbits can become over- 25th Annual . they eat. This can lead to a coli, green peppers, and pea weight very quickly through number of health problems, pods. a poor diet and sedentary including digestive issues, Pellets you can supple- lifestyle. Feed your pet rab- urinary tract problems, a ment your pet rabbit's diet bit right and you'll have a weak heart, and dirty fur. An with pellet rabbit food, but happy companion who will be overweight bunny also can you should do so sparingly, around for years. face problems performing an An adult bunny only needs I know that any of my read- essential part of their diet. one-quarter cup of pellet feed ers that has a pet rabbit en- Rabbits produce a type of daily for every five pounds of joyed this piece of informa- night feces called cerographs, body weight. Be sure to buy tion. For those that don't -- which are rich in protein, pellets with 18-20 percenthave a carrot on myTH vitamins, and minerals, and fiber and between 14--16 per- That's all for now ... they need to eat some of cent protein. And don't buy PLEASE REMEMBER TO PICK these feces to stay healthy,more than six weeks worth UP AFTER YOUR PET! Overweight rabbits cannot at a time because it will go reach their rump to eat the bad. I thought I'd add another cerographs, and they may Fruit (carrots, too) think of joke for the kids and maybe become malnourished as a fruit as your pet bunny's ver- the-adults would enjoy it too. On Good Friday, April 6, 2012 the 25th Annual Way of the result. The Dutch rabbit is sion of sweets. A bunny will Cross for Life" procession will take place beginning at The Most Holy Redeemer Church, 72 Maverick Street at one of the most common rab- likely eat all the fruit you Q. What does a snowman bit breeds in the United provide, but will gain weight eat for breakfast9 9:00 am. The procession will proceed to Our Lady of States, featuring fur that is as a result. Limit fruit to no Assumption Church, 404 Sumner Street. Next stop will be often white mixed with brownmore than two ounces for Sacred Heart Church, 303 Paris Street, moving on to or black. Some people preferevery six pounds of body "saalOld pmso4_4 "V St. Joseph/St. Lazarus Church, 59 Ashley Street. The pro- the smaller dwarf rabbits or cession will end at the Madonna Queen National Shrine at lop rabbits, which have ears II| | 110 Orient Avenue at 12:45 pm. Come join the peaceful processon for the Stations of the that hang down rather than 1 standing up. Other pet i| Cross. owners like angora rabbits, ~ For more information please contact Sebastian Martelli which have long hair that is ~ at (617) 567-4077 or (617) 846-9077. always in need of grooming. ~ tt LUCIA =ho. ca. ouk. or ,, pet rabbit in shape? Choose the healthiest rab- bit food for your pet. Pet bun- nies are vegetarians, so rab- bit food should mostly consist RISTORANTE & BAR of fiber and carbohydrates. Traditional Italian Cuisine When people think about a pet rabbit's diet, they are 415 Hanover Street, Boston likely to think manly of food pellets. However, a diet of I 617.367.2353 just pellets is a sure way to an overweight bunny. 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