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New Ro Humane Society Benefit Tonight

January 24, 2009 - 14:42

The New Rochelle High School Animal Rights Club is sponsoring a benefit for the New Rochelle Humane Society TONIGHT Saturday January 24th.

Location: New Rochelle High School auditorium on Clove Road.
Time: 6:30pm – 10:30pm.
Concert: various High School performers and bands.

Raffles for baskets of goods from Chow Down, Paws on Palmer and other area merchants.

Come hear our community's outstanding student musicians and support the Humane Society and Animal Rights.

Jeff and Lulu
www.welovewardacres.net

New Dog Walking Rules at Ward Acres

December 26, 2008 - 23:15
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So, what are the new rules?

The 59 acres outside the dog run are free - no fees, no special licensing, but dogs must be leashed. Only users of the 3 acre dog run, where dogs may run unleashed, must purchase the permit at $50 per resident household or $100 per non-resident household (limit of 4 dogs) per year.

More info at http://www.welovewardacres.net

Jeff and Lulu

City Relents on Dog Fees, Ward Acres Case Settled

December 23, 2008 - 15:59
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Dog owners and the city of New Rochelle have settled the lawsuit over the Ward Acres dog walking ordinance. After a year and a half of litigation which went up to the Appellate Division in Brooklyn and back, the city has agreed to eliminate the fees and special licensing required to walk a dog on a leash in Ward Acres' parkland.

Our Neighbors talk about the real world impact of the Ward Acres ordinance

October 15, 2008 - 15:24

Our video "Born to Run", aired on many local stations in 2007. It shows the very disturbing real world impact of Mayor Bramson's Ward Acres ordinance. Click on the video link below to view the opening segment of "Born to Run".

The ordinance needlessly eliminated the wonderful, grass-roots community that enjoyed and cared for Ward Acres (at no expense to the city). View more segments of "Born to Run" and other videos at our We Love Ward Acres website.

Dog Owners Win Appeal as Judge Sends "Dog Tax" Case Back to Trial Court

October 14, 2008 - 16:51

Last week the Appellate Division Second Judicial Department reversed Judge Donovan's dismissal of the case dog owners brought gainst New Rochelle's Ward Acres ordinance (Local City Ordinance 21-2007) and granted their request for production of certain documents by the city. The decision was based on oral arguments which took place on September 15th at the end of which the presiding judge urged the city settle the matter.

You can read the full press release on our "We Love Ward Acres" web site.

For those new to this issue, the case was brought by two New Rochelle residents, a non-resident and the Dog Federation of New York who joined the case as amicus curiae or "a friend of the court". They argued that the the city ordinance was unprecedented because it imposes a special license and per dog fee on dog owners to simply walk a dog in a public park. The ordinance illegally discriminates against dog owners and non-residents, imposes an illegal dog tax and an impermissible public park admission fee, and usurps the uniformity of state dog licensing.

Our Reply to Mayor Bramson's Fiction that Ward Acres Was "under-utilized"

August 12, 2008 - 23:37

The Journal News published our letter responding to Mayor Bramson's recent comments on Ward Acres.

What in the world could Mayor Noam Bramson have meant by describing Ward Acres recently as "under-utilized" before his bitterly divisive interventions there? Ward Acres used to be busy all day long in every kind of weather as hundreds of families enjoyed the woods with their pets.

Since the imposition of Bramson's fees and restrictions, the park sits empty most of the time. Perhaps Mayor Bramson meant that Ward Acres had been "under-utilized" by people without dogs - but now, more than a year since the restrictions on off-leash dogs, usage of the park by non-dog-walking visitors remains negligible.

It appears what Mayor Noam Bramson meant is that anyone who disagrees with his personal agenda simply ceases to exist. Citizens of New Rochelle, be warned.

Ward Acres in The New York Times

August 12, 2008 - 23:33

In today's (June 29, 2008) New York Times, Diana Marszalek reports on New Rochelle's new dog run and Ward Acres licensing and fees:

"If the city can get away with charging money to walk a dog on a leash at Ward Acres, then why can't they do that at Hudson Park and Twin Lakes Park in front of the high school?" said Jeffrey P. Wiegand, a resident of New Rochelle who is part of the group fighting the city.

"That's not what our city is supposed to be about," he said.

Read the complete article here: New 3-Acre Dog Run Doesn’t Please Owners

We thank the New York Times for covering this controversy.

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New Ro Humane Society Benefit Tonight

The New Rochelle High School Animal Rights Club is sponsoring a benefit for the New Rochelle Humane Society TONIGHT Saturday January 24th.

Location: New Rochelle High School auditorium on Clove Road.
Time: 6:30pm – 10:30pm.
Concert: various High School performers and bands.

Raffles for baskets of goods from Chow Down, Paws on Palmer and other area merchants.

Come hear our community's outstanding student musicians and support the Humane Society and Animal Rights.

Jeff and Lulu
www.welovewardacres.net

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Journal News - "common sense" prevails at Ward Acres

Read the Journal News editorial (12/26/08) "common sense" prevails at Ward Acres. Click on the link:

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New Dog Walking Rules at Ward Acres

So, what are the new rules?

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City Relents on Dog Fees, Ward Acres Case Settled

Dog owners and the city of New Rochelle have settled the lawsuit over the Ward Acres dog walking ordinance. After a year and a half of litigation which went up to the Appellate Division in Brooklyn and back, the city has agreed to eliminate the fees and special licensing required to walk a dog on a leash in Ward Acres' parkland.

Read more

Our Neighbors talk about the real world impact of the Ward Acres ordinance

Our video "Born to Run", aired on many local stations in 2007. It shows the very disturbing real world impact of Mayor Bramson's Ward Acres ordinance. Click on the video link below to view the opening segment of "Born to Run".

The ordinance needlessly eliminated the wonderful, grass-roots community that enjoyed and cared for Ward Acres (at no expense to the city). View more segments of "Born to Run" and other videos at our We Love Ward Acres website.

Read more

Dog Owners Win Appeal as Judge Sends "Dog Tax" Case Back to Trial Court

Last week the Appellate Division Second Judicial Department reversed Judge Donovan's dismissal of the case dog owners brought gainst New Rochelle's Ward Acres ordinance (Local City Ordinance 21-2007) and granted their request for production of certain documents by the city. The decision was based on oral arguments which took place on September 15th at the end of which the presiding judge urged the city settle the matter.

You can read the full press release on our "We Love Ward Acres" web site.

For those new to this issue, the case was brought by two New Rochelle residents, a non-resident and the Dog Federation of New York who joined the case as amicus curiae or "a friend of the court". They argued that the the city ordinance was unprecedented because it imposes a special license and per dog fee on dog owners to simply walk a dog in a public park. The ordinance illegally discriminates against dog owners and non-residents, imposes an illegal dog tax and an impermissible public park admission fee, and usurps the uniformity of state dog licensing.

Read more

Our Reply to Mayor Bramson's Fiction that Ward Acres Was "under-utilized"

The Journal News published our letter responding to Mayor Bramson's recent comments on Ward Acres.

What in the world could Mayor Noam Bramson have meant by describing Ward Acres recently as "under-utilized" before his bitterly divisive interventions there? Ward Acres used to be busy all day long in every kind of weather as hundreds of families enjoyed the woods with their pets.

Since the imposition of Bramson's fees and restrictions, the park sits empty most of the time. Perhaps Mayor Bramson meant that Ward Acres had been "under-utilized" by people without dogs - but now, more than a year since the restrictions on off-leash dogs, usage of the park by non-dog-walking visitors remains negligible.

It appears what Mayor Noam Bramson meant is that anyone who disagrees with his personal agenda simply ceases to exist. Citizens of New Rochelle, be warned.

Read more

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