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POST-GAZETTE, NOVEMBER 8, 2013 Page 7 Iit s ... You can email your questions to postgazette@aol.com to the attention of Freeway. Don't forget folks, Freeway is not a vet, so please keep the questions light-hearted! Thanks. WHAT WOULD I DO IF I FOUND A STRAY? Not sure what I would do. After reading this article I thought the following tips from experts about how to handle picking up a stray dog or cat would help my readers if they ever found a stray cat or dog. Even though an animal may look friendly and sweet, if it's lost. injured or frightened, it may be more likely to bite or scratch if you reach out to touch it. Always consider your safety first. Even if a stray looks like it comes from a good home, you don't know for sure. I strongly recommend approaching a stray dog or cat with care. That means: * Being ready to rescue by keeping an extra leash, cardboard box and gloves in your car, along with important phone numbers, blankets, water bowls, non- perishable snacks, etc. Never corner an animal or chase it onto a busy road. Luring the animal with food and gentle coaxing, tossing snacks to the side of the animal and avoiding direct eye contact. Win the animal's trust by crouching down, speaking softly and holding out a (if possible, gloved) hand for the, animal to sniff before petting. Restrain the stray (in a box or your car) or getting it J somewhere safe and, if you are uncomfortable with ani- mals, contacting your local animal control. Find the owner via tags and shelters. If you prefer to find the owner on your own, first check for identifying tags and collars. If you find them, contact the owner to figure out a time and safe place (e.g., in public with a friend) to return the animal. Ask the owner to bring proof that the animal you found is indeed theirs, such as a pic- ture of them with their pet versus the pet alone. If there's no identifying information, take the stray to a local animal shelter since it's the first place most pet owners will go to search for their missing pet. You can find one by calling direc- tory assistance or going to Pets911 or Petfinder.com. Once there, place a "found notice" for owners who may be searching and check for any "lost" notices that might be a match. Also, have the shelter check to see if the pet has been micro chipped. In addition to the shelter, you can also: Take the stray to a vet, who can also check for a microchip. Search lost and found databases like the one at Lostpets.com. (Continued on Page 14) \\; HAPPY THANKSGIVING from O00el,600ra c.qalon HAIR MAKE-UP THREADING f WAXING KERATIN TREATMENT Shaida - Kristen - Jenna & Marie We would like to THANK all of our new clients with a FREE eyebrow threading when you book any hair service. Call us at 617.726.1511 or stop by 26 Parmenter Street, North End to schedule your next appointment f Thank you for sending me back to City Hall with a first place finish in both East Boston and the North End! Have a happy, healthy, and safe Veteran's Day Weekend! Paid for by the Flaheny Committee I I I I J Nardella Family to be Honored at Cosmas & Damian Society The Nardella Family have been active and dedicated participants with the Saint Cosmas and Damian Soci- ety since the early 1970s. Christina Vitale Nardella, the family matriarch, was born in 1920 in Gaeta, Italy and later was married to Pietro Nardella in 1955, with the blessing of the Pope. In November of 1956 Pietro and Christina came to America and took up resi- dence in Cambridge, Massa- chusetts where they raised their four children, Cosmo, Maria, Salvatore and Jo- seph, who were taught to honor their deep Italian heritage. In the tradition of honoring their heritage, Pietro and Christina were instrumental in the incep- tion of Saint Cosmas and Damian Society of Cam- bridge. Christina went on to serve as recording secretary for over 25 years and re- ceived multiple awards for her work and dedication in- cluding in 1988 the Award of Appreciation and in 1998 she was honored with the Woman of the Year Award. She continues to be an ac- tive member to this day and enjoys coming out to take The Nardella Family part in the annual Feast and parade each September. Pietro and Christina's children also continue the family tradition of dedication and involvement to this day as active participants in the annual Feast celebration. Cosmo, Salvatore and Jo- seph march in the parade assisting where needed and Maria (Nancy) continues to be active as a ribbon holder. Today, Christina contin- ues to pass on the family's Italian heritage to her two grandson's, Peter and Jonathan more than 40 years after first becoming a part of the Saint Cosmas and Damian Society instill- ing in them the understand- ing that the Saints are about healing, as well as, the rich tradition of their family and their community. For more information, please call 617-354-7992. Surprising Victory for Casino Opponents in East Boston , by Sal Giarratani Everyone knew in the past few weeks, especially with the news that Caesar's Entertainment was no longer going to be the Suffolk Downs casino operator that the vote was tightening up but most were unsure how tight the campaign battle had gone. Both sides were forecasting victory before Tues- day, November 5 but even the No Eastie Casino supporters knew the victory they were about to get. Many observers thought the vote would be close, really close. Even Celeste Myers, one of the No Eastie Casino founders said following the 56-44 percent victory to stop the casino, that the percentage of victory even surprised her. However, one of the strongest voices in East Boston against a casino in East Boston, Tom "The Colonel" Domenico told this reporter over one month that the vote would be 60-40, he was just a few percentage points off. He did see victory on the horizon and was overjoyed on Elec- tion Night as the results started flowing in. I was over at Kelley's Square Pub at the LaMattina Victory Party where Sal LaMattina thanked all his supporters for all their hard work. He acknowl- edged that he had been work- ing for a YES vote on the casino but also acknowledged all the hard work that the No Eastie Casino folks did in getting their great victory. Following his thanks to all at this celebration, he headed SONS OF ITALY Boston Lodge #208 North End Sons of Italy Boston Lodge #208 will he holding their monthly meeting on Novem- ber 20, 2013 beginning at 7:00 pm at the Nazatro Cen- ter, 30 N. Bennet Street, North End, Boston. Everyone is welcome to attend. It's an opportunity to join the oldest chab-in -the North .Fred: ..... I,i S ' Tom Domenico and Joe D'Amelio celebrated their anti-casino victory for the neighborhood. over to the No Eastie Casino campaign head- quarters to personally congratulate them too on their well earned victory. LaMattina also told everyone that it is now time for all East Bostonians to work together to improve the great East Boston neighbor- hood and he stressed together One East Boston Strong. 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