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Movie Review Written by Jon Patch with 3 paws out of 4

In the Heights

Warner Bros. Pictures, 5000 Broadway Productions, Likely Story and Scott Sanders Productions present a PG-13, 143-minute, Drama, Musical, directed by Jon M. Chu, screenplay and based on the musical stage play, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes with a theater release date of June 11, 2021.

Review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 paws

Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween

Columbia Pictures Corporation, Original Film and Scholastic Entertainment present a 90 minute, PG, Adventure, Comedy, Family film directed by Ari Sandel, written and story by Rob Lieber with a theatre release date of October 12, 2018.

Review written by Jon Patch with 4 out 4 paws

Life Itself

Amazon Studios, Stage 6 Films, FilmNation Entertainment, Nostromo Pictures and Temple Hill Entertainment present an R rated, 118 minute, Drama, Romance, directed and written by Dan Fogelman (This Is Us) with a theatre release date of September 21, 2018.

Review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 out of 4 paws

Good Time

Elara Pictures, Rhea Films and A24 present a 100 minute, R rated, Crime, Drama, directed by Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie, written by Ronald Bronstein and Josh Safdie with a theater release date of August 11, 2017.

Review written by Jon Patch with 2 out of 4 paws

Going in Style

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema and Village Roadshow Pictures present a PG-13, 96 minute, Crime, Comedy directed by Zach Braff, written by Theodore Melfi and based on the 1979 story by Edward Cannon with a theater release date of April 7, 2017.

Review written by Jon Patch with 4 out of 4 paws

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Warner Bros. Pictures and Heyday Films present a PG-13, 133 minute, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, directed by David Yates, textbook by J.K. Rowling with a theater release date of November 18, 2016.

Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws

The Conjuring 2

Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema, Atomic Monster and Evergreen Media Group present an R rated, 133 minute, based on a true story, Horror film, directed by James Wan, screenplay by Carey Hayes and Chad Hayes with a theater release date of June 10, 2016.


Maintaining Feral Cat Colonies at Jones Beach Puts Piping Plovers at Risk

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ABC's lawsuit asserts that Endangered Piping Plovers are at risk from feral cats at Jones Beach State Park, New York. Photo © Michael Stubblefield

Contact:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., ABC Director of Invasive Species Programs, 202-888-7480

(Washington, D.C. March 31, 2016)American Bird Conservancy (ABC) today filed suit in federal court against the New York Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (Parks Office) over the continued presence of feral cat colonies at Jones Beach State Park. The colonies exist in close proximity to the nesting sites ofPiping Plovers, a species listed as "Threatened" in the Atlantic Coast region under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). New York State’s own Endangered Species Act lists the species as “Endangered.”

In a March 17, 2015 letter to ABC, the Parks Office acknowledged the presence of feral cats at Jones Beach and agreed that "our goal should be the removal of feral cats within New York State Parks." Yet no significant action has been taken. “The endangered plovers are already arriving for the 2016 breeding season and are being placed at an unacceptable risk," said Grant Sizemore, Director of ABC’sInvasive Species Programs.

ABC's complaint seeks an injunction to require that the Parks Office remove the feral cats from Jones Beach and follows a Notice of Intent to Sue submitted on Dec. 1, 2015.

“We regret that legal action is our only recourse,” said Mike Parr, ABC's Chief Conservation Officer. “We would far prefer to settle this out of court.” He added, “The park has placed ‘no pets’ signs at its parking lots, yet allows cats to be fed in the same areas. It makes no sense to prevent one but allow the other.”

The State has long accommodated multiple feral cat colonies at Jones Beach in spite of the known risks to Piping Plovers. The Parks Office has allowed structures to be built to house the cats, and it permits local residents to feed them routinely.

In 2009, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) identified feral cats as a threat to Piping Plovers in the species’ Atlantic Coast range, which includes Jones Beach. As FWS stated in itsreport, “Recent research and reports indicate that predation poses a continuing (and perhaps intensifying) threat to Atlantic Coast Piping Plovers.”

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Plover chicks are especially vulnerable to predation before they are able to fly. Photo by Venu Challa

The FWS recognized that Piping Plovers are especially vulnerable to feral cats. Adult birds often feign a broken wing to distract predators, putting them at high risk of predation from non-native species. Plover chicks also move around the beach for approximately 25 days before they are able to fly, during which time they are especially vulnerable to cats.

Although many cats are beloved pets, free-roaming and feral cats are non-native predators that kill approximately2.4 billion birdsannually in the U.S.  A single feral cat can kill, on average, from 20 to 55 birds a year. Responding to this threat, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo last yearvetoedlegislation that would have supported “Trap, Neuter, Release” programs that support feral cat colonies, citing the impacts these cats can have “on wildlife, including on threatened and endangered species, habitats, and food sources for native predators.”

“Feeding feral cats, as happens at Jones Beach, does not eliminate their instinct to hunt,” said Sizemore. “And in fact, the mere presence of cats has been shown to have significant adverse effects on breeding birds. Even when cats do not directly kill wildlife, they disrupt nesting and feeding behaviors.” One 2013 studyshowed as much as a 33 percent reduction in feeding of nestlings after cats made even a brief appearance near breeding areas.

American Bird Conservancy is being represented byGoodwin Procter LLPon a pro bono basis.


American Bird Conservancy is the Western Hemisphere's bird conservation specialist—the only organization with a single and steadfast commitment to achieving conservation results for native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas.  With a focus on efficiency and working in partnership, we take on the toughest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on sound science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation.

Universal Pictures and Apatow Productions present a 125 minute, R rated, Comedy, directed by Judd Apatow and written by Amy Schumer with a theater release date of July 17, 2015.

Hotel Pennsylvania ‘Pawses’ During The Dog Days Of Summer
To Gear Up For The 2014 Westminster Dog Show

As host hotel for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is already gearing up to cater to the canine clientele for the 2014 event. The World’s Most ‘Pup-ular’ Hotel will once again be offering over the top treatment and is expecting this year to be better than ever.

The 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show takes place on February 10th and 11th, 2013 with only the Breed judging and benching at Piers 92/94. The Westminster Kennel Club has arranged shuttle buses to transport exhibitors and spectators directly from the Hotel Pennsylvania to Piers 92/94 throughout each day – visit for details. The Groups, Junior Showmanship Finals and important Best In Show will still be held at Madison Square Garden, directly across from New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania.

“While most might be relaxing during these dog days of summer, we’re taking a ‘paws’ to gear up for the VIP’s (Very Important Pooches),” said Jim Flynn, General Manager/All Dogs’ Best Friend at the Hotel. “Our perfect location and exclusive amenities are a treat for all Westminster hopefuls.”

New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is the only hotel for Westminster competitors and they know it. From ‘pup’tual Westminster wedding ceremonies to hosting an annual Pet Fashion Show, the 2012 Pet Friendly Hotel of the Year always goes the extra mile. To prepare for this special occasion, the property is planning to set up a variety of exclusive onsite daily events and amenities to coincide with the Show exclusively for guests, including:

- Direct shuttle bus service for Dog Show exhibitors and spectators from the Hotel to Piers 92/94 each day (courtesy of Westminster).
- Exclusive welcome package for Westminster guests.
- A live Westminster Kennel Club broadcast satellite feed from the Hotel’s Lobby.
- Hosting the largest in-door doggie spa in all of New York, the 1st In-Line, Inc. sponsored Green Room Salon, Spa and Canine Gym offers a variety of amenities for Show participants.
- Hosting “The Crown Jewels of Fashion and Rescue” 2014 New York Pet Fashion Show.
- Hosting a live three-hour radio broadcast of the popular pet show Talkin’ Pets with Jon Patch.
- Our exclusive on-site Doggie Concierge will be working hard to attend to all canine requirements.
- The Paw Mall, located at the Dog S’paw’, will feature all the latest accessories and gifts for both owners and pets to enjoy.
…and so much more! Visit for full details.

New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania is offering unbeatable room rates for Westminster guests with dogs and those without dogs. To stay at the host hotel where all the Westminster Dog Show action happens, contact 212-736-5000 (locally), 800-223-8585 (toll-free) or visit today.

Westminster is the oldest, continuous sporting event in America, with the exception of the Kentucky Derby.  The Dog Show is the most prestigious of National Dog Shows and has been held every year despite power shortages, hazardous weather conditions, economic depressions and World Wars.

About New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania
Since 1919, New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania has been host to millions of visitors to Manhattan, more than any other hotel in the world. The hotel is one of only two hotels in Manhattan to earn the prestigious ENERGY STAR award, which exemplifies superior energy performance and efficiency. With 1,705 rooms and over 90,000 square feet of function and adjacent exhibit space, the hotel’s location on 7th Avenue at 33rd Street is conveniently located to the Midtown business district and within walking distance to many of Manhattan’s famed tourist attractions, including Times Square, the Theater District and the Empire State Building. Directly across from Penn Station and with most major subway lines within one block makes getting to and around Manhattan exceptionally easy. Reservations can be made on-line at or by calling 212-736-5000 or toll-free at 800-223-8585. The World’s Most Popular Hotel is a registered trademark of New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania.

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