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Fine Arts Shop

Fine Arts Shop
 
See our January
specials online!
 visit our new website

 

67 years of Jewelry

& So Much More

 

 15% discount for

shipyard & military 

 

10178 Warwick. Blvd.

595-7754

HILTON ANIMAL HOSPITAL
Hilton Animal Hospital



Pets are family... 
Welcome to ours!

Office Hours:
By Appointment
Mon-Fri  8 am to 6 pm
Sat 8 am to 12 pm

reception@HiltonAH.com

 

9804 Warwick Blvd.

223-9414

 

Your Community Veterinary Hospital

 

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99 Main

Restaurant  

 

Seasonal Menu

Seasonal Beers & Cocktails

 

gift certificates

available  

 

Reservations

757.599.9885

    
99Mainwine

 99 Main Street  

Tues -Thurs 5:00 - 9:30

Fri - Sat

5:00 until 10:30 p.m.

 

99 Main 

   

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Hilton Village Goldsmith
goldsmith
creative jewelry
custom designs

Garnet Jewelry



599-6300

10345 Warwick Blvd.

Hilton Village

 visit our website 

Rooms, Blooms & More 

10239 Warwick Blvd

599.9299 

 

Rms/Blms Strefront

Furniture, Antiques, and Home Decoratives

Consignment Sales

  10 Years in Business

 

Over 1700 Consignors

 

Items stay for only 90 days so inventory is always changing.  Updates on our facebook page.

 

 Stop by often for great deals on beautiful items for your home! 

 

Find us on Facebook

The Deli Basket 

Lunch & Catering


Over 20 years in Catering
serving
sandwiches, salads & desserts
 
Try our famous Chicken Salad
or

Made-to-Order Sandwiches  


SERVING LUNCH
Mon. - Fri. 11 - 2 p.m.
 

 

599-9444

10198 Warwick Blvd.

Hilton Village

Spencer's

   Furniture   since 1894 

Spencer's logo
serving
  
Greater Hilton for over 100 years  

 Paramount Sleep 
  mattresses made in Norfolk 
$100 off in stock
mattress sets 
 
Go Green
Buy Local

Quality & Service
Solid American
Hardwoods Furniture

 596-5211

9959 Warwick Blvd.

Rivermont

 visit our website  

Your Local Pub
over 100 craft &
micro-brews

HILTON TAVERN

Hilton Tavern logo
Good food, good beer, good company!

LIVE MUSIC 
Six nights 
Karaoke on Thursdays 

Sunday
Brunch
10 am - 3 pm

Sunday football
open late
Lunch & Dinner
Mon. - Sun.

11 am - 2 am

Come join your neighbors!

10184 Warwick Blvd.

599-9888   

 

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Trophy World

Trophy World new

Unique ideas in trophies and plaques  

 

Tues. - Fri. 10 - 5:30

Sat. 11 - 2

 

10235 Warwick Blvd.

Newport News, VA  

595-7354

Silverman Furs 

Serving Newport News since 1938 & in Hilton Village since 1976

Fur coats, hats, jackets & vests, shearling coats, fur-trimmed coats

Cleaning, repairs, glazing & cold storage

10301 Warwick Blvd.

    595-5514     

Tues. - Sat. 10 - 5:30

silvermanfurs.com    


A POCKET FULL OF SCRAPS 

    

Carrying a wide variety of your favorite scrapbook, rubber stamping, and paper craft supplies

    

223-5114

ask about special ordering 
 
creative Holiday cards 

10355 Warwick Blvd.

Mon. - Sat. 10 - 5

 

for more info. email 

   

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Cozzy's Comedy Club

    

Entertaining the Peninsula since 1991 

great food, drinks and laughte  

 

Reservations

595-2800

book your group for a fundraising event   

 9700 Warwick Blvd.


Open Daily for
 

Happy Hour & Dinner     Mon. - Fri. 2 pm   

Sat. 6 pm 

Sun. 12 pm  

Comedy Shows  

Fri. 9pm 

Sat. 8pm & 10:30pm

 

 Cozzy's website

   

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Greetings Neighbor,  

Welcome 2013!  As the new year begins, we at GHNN are grateful for the good spirit that our community shares and hope you read your e-newsletter for all the neighborhood news & events of the month.  Enjoy Januray specials with our merchants and restaurants and celebrate all the special days of this month with friends and neighbors close to home!  Ring in the New Year here!!!  We have lots of information this month; a new feature, Merchant Profile (with photos at bottom), the feature on our furry friends, Pet Tip of the Month and three coupons at the bottom.  Happy reading!!!  

 

Support our businesses!  We have great restaurants and shops with interesting decorating and Christmas gift ideas and gift cards make great presents.  Save money on gas and keep our community strong!  See details below in News from the Boulevard......for New Year specials and inventory reduction sales! 

 

JANUARY is a great month to live in the Greater Hilton Neighborhoods: Brandon Heights, Hilton Village, Rivermont & Warwick-on-the-James!!   

Camp Morrison Proposed Development - UPDATE!!
Camp Morrison Development Plan - LATEST NEWS!!!
Drucker & Falk is planning to develop the Camp Morrison land extending from Harpersville to Hunter Rd.  The new plan consists of building 639 housing units; townhouses, quads, duplexes and some single houses adding over 1200 cars to Warwick Blvd.  They must first have the Planning Commission's approval for rezoning.  If you are opposed to this development, you can click the following link to sign the online petition.  Currently, over 425 of your neighbors have signed and the list keeps growing every month!  Click here to sign online petition opposing the current plan for Camp Morrison Development
Be informed on this important issue.  See newest update below.

LATEST NEWS UPDATE
Planning Commission work session was on Dec. 19; Drucker & Falk made their formal presentation with questions from the commission.  Following is an article by Joe Lawlor from the Daily Press.  Read here.

Drucker & Falk submitted their plans to the Newport News Planning Dept. along with the traffic study.  The request for rezoning will go before the Planning Commission on Feb. 6 at 2:00 pm in City Council chambers at 2400 Washington Avenue in downtown Newport News.  If you want your voice heard, you can comment at the meeting on Feb. 6 when the decision will be made on rezoning.  City Council meeting will be the next step after this to vote on the project after the rezoning application is reviewed by the Planning Commission.  Numbers of concerned citizens at these meetings have an impact on decisions and outcomes

If you wish to meet with the new attorney, Tim Trant, to view and discuss the plans, send an email to: totrant@kaufcan.com

Write to City Council about your concerns.  The Planning Dept. at City Hall has copies of the new plan book to distribute.    

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HVARB meetings first Wednesday of each month

Architectural Review Board  

The Hilton Village Architectural Review Board meets at 7 pm the first Wed. of each month at the Main St. elsewhere in the Village due to renovations at the library until further notice; call the Planning Dept. for this month's location.  They are looking for members of the community to serve a four year term on the board.  If you are interested in serving your community, see the website for requirements and how to apply.    

Your attendance at meetings shows your interest in preserving the character of the Village and helping others improve their homes.  Call Johnnie Davis in the Newport News Dept. of Planning with questions at 926-8083 or for online information: NN website.

Our Website for Greater Hilton Neighborhoods!!!!

evening at the pier3

Building connections.... 

You can always find archived newsletters on our website, greaterhiltonneighborhoods.org.  It is tailored to the Greater Hilton area neighborhoods, another step in our mission of building a strong sense of community.  You can also find links to City of Newport departments and services

   

Let neighbors know about your business or service!  For information on how to include your business or service on our website, see contact us .  For other non-professional services such as babysitting, pet sitting, lawn mowing, etc., please use our FACEBOOK group page.  Lots of neighbors visit and use it regularly as a valuable resource! 

Merchant Profile

Joan Mills 

A Pocket Full of Scraps is Joan Mills' dream come true.  Joan has spent a lifetime devoted to crafts of all sorts but about 5 years ago became intrigued with papercrafting.  With almost 40 years of retail experience and a very supportive hubby (Mike) cheering her on, Joan decided to take a bold step on her own. Mike and Joan worked several months to get the shop ready to open on July 9th.  She has many beautiful papers and supplies in her shop but Joan says they are just "the tip of the iceberg" as to what is available.  Creating beautiful mixed media collages, custom greeting cards, invitations, personal note cards, ornaments, journaling and scrap book pages are just some of the wonderful ways to use paper and supplies like ribbons, trim, elegant stickers (these are not happy face stickers), glitter, rubber stamps and die cutting.  It is truly amazing what you can create in a short time even if you're a beginner.
Joan gives classes in her shop and talks to small groups.  Like her facebook page and stay up to date with classes, crops and workshops.  With just a few tools and a little inspiration, let your imagination take you on a journey.....YOUR creative journey!
NEWS from the BOULEVARD
Merchants & Restaurants

Bye Bye For Now

- Pop Shop by Jo Louise opened for the holiday season only, and closed as planned, on December 29th. Jo, Crys and Joelle thank Hilton for having so much fun with them while shopping for treasures by local artists.  It was wonderful for them to catch up with old friends and customers, and great to make new ones. Watch for something to "pop up" in the in spring; maybe even in Hilton Village again!  Go to Pop-Shop by Jo Louise on facebook for photos of you and friends... and to see what they do next.  

  

New Addition

- Hilton Tavern has added a smoker and is preparing Carolina (dry rub) style barbeque; pulled pork, ribs, chicken leg quarters and beef brisket all cooked personally by Lee including hand pulling the pork!!!  The verdict by customers and the Daily Press is... awesome!  Due to popular demand, Lee is bottling and selling his now famous BBQ sauce.  Mmm..... good!  10184 Warwick Blvd.  599-9888.  

  

January Events

- Cozzy's Comedy Club has a special event on Jan. 25 & 26;  Bobby Collins will be here for 3 shows!  Doors open at 7 pm with showtime at 8:30 pm. Tickets on sale now.  Also every Thursday, the only comedy open mic in Va.  Sign up is at 8 pm; show starts at 9 pm.  And it's free!  See website for info. or call 595-2800. 9700 Warwick Blvd.

- Hilton Tavern hosts open mic every Monday with Vaughan Deel and Susie.  New acts every Fri. & Sat. nights.  Stop in and join your friends and neighbors for some musical fun!  10184 Warwick Blvd. 599-9888. 

    

Classes 

- Plantiques newest vendor, Artful Adventures, is offering Sat. classes in January.  Jewelry soldering, cold connections and etching on metals.  Fiber classes include fiber art projects, mixed media and art flags.   Sign up at the shop or email artfuladventures777@yahoo.com595-1545. 10377 Warwick Blvd.  Tues. - Sat. 10 - 5:30.  

  

- The Bead Store new class schedule announced on the website.  New classes include: tree of life, ornament of the month, all crossed up necklace using top drilled beads, chain mail basics with a new delicate look.  Sign up for both beginning jewelry and beginning wire held on Jan. 12 and get a delicious complimentary lunch from Pam at Plantiques.  There really is a free lunch!

 

- A Pocket Full of Scraps class schedule for Jan. will be available at the shop so sign up for the email newsletter for updates or call 223-5114.  Ask about classes for kids and teens.  10355 Warwick Blvd.

 

January news & sales

- Hilton Animal Hospital is offering this month to new clients a free office visit for your pet.  Scroll to bottom for coupon!  Come meet Dr. Martin Fink and his friendly staff..  We love our local vet!  Call for your appt. now 223-9414. 

- A Pocketful of Scraps- Look for new products from CHA (Crafts & Hobby Assoc.) arriving in Jan.  New workshops coming soon.  10 % active military discount.  Gift certificates for Valentine's Day.  Tues. - Sat. 10 - 5.  10355 Warwick Blvd. 223-5114  

- Plantiques' newest vendor, Artful Adventures, is located in the Hilton Village shop.  Verni Saunders and Patty Musgrove have teamed up to teach and sell mixed media; fiber, painting, journaling, silk painting, repurposing old t-shirts.  See the creative fun at the shop and on  itsveryverni.blogspot.com.  See vendors with interesting antiques and collectibles, jewelry and more.  10377 Warwick Blvd.  Tues. - Sat. 10 - 5:30; 595-1545.  

- The Bead Store - Classes $15; learn to make your own beautiful jewelry.  Expert repairs and advice on bead design.  Order a custom piece of handmade jewelry for yourself or a gift.  Gift certificates available.  Military discount, 15% volume discount, 5% cash discount.  See website for tutorials and class schedule.  Mon. - Sat. 11 - 6.  Open Mondays!!!    

- Trophy World has new awards for football and basketball arriving now.  Check out all the ways to make an award extra special.  Unique plaques are available too!  Bob is a long time supporter of the Greater Hilton community.  Tues. - Fri. 10 - 5; Sat. 11 - 2.  595-7354.

- Spencer's Furniture has locally made (in Norfolk) Paramount Sleep mattresses; competitive pricing on quality bedding; see their website and take at least $100 off any mattress set in stock; one premium set on special clearance price!  Go green; buy local!  In business over 100 years at 9959 Warwick Blvd. 596-5211.  

- Chelsea's Closet has quality consignment kids clothing and maternity wear.  Gently used toys make great affordable gifts.  Check out winter sales.  Tues. - Sat. 10 - 4; Wed. till 6. 10375 Warwick Blvd.  596-5369.    

- Hilton Village Goldsmith - January birthstone is Garnet which comes in many colors, not only red; savorite, rodalite, raspberry, available in rings, earrings and beautiful pendants.  Carrying new semi precious stone jewelry and lots of silver!   Selected in stock items 10 - 15 % off!  Custom designed  jewelry and repairs.  Layaway available; start thinking about Valentine's Day.  Tues. - Sat. 10 - 5.    
- Fine Arts Shop has layaway; only 20% down with six and twelve month terms available.  Jewelry is perfect for Valentine's Day!  Visit our website67 years of jewelry and so much more; 15% discount for shipyard & military.  Wed. - Sat. 10 - 6.  595-7754.
- Rooms, Blooms & More will reopen Jan. 8.; new items arriving daily.  Sterling flatware.  Follow their blog from the website.  Keep up on facebook for new arrivals!  Tues. - Sat. 10 - 5.
 

- Design & Consign will reopen Jan. 4 with 50% off Christmas collection.  Stop by for a visit.  Mon. - Fri. 10 - 6; Sat. 10 - 5.  233-7707 

- Primrose will reopen on Jan. 2 with discounts on selected items.  New arrivals coming soon.  Adorable for baby - soft seahorses, hippos and elephants!  Stop by for a visit!  Tues. - Sat. 10 - 5.     

- Pandora's Bead Box, next to Plantiques, has beads with bling!  Come to see the huge selection of beads.  Tues. - Sat. 11 - 5.  

- Magikal Attic has crystals, jewelry, a variety of incense.  Readings every Saturday from 12:30 - 4 pm.  10% discount for active duty military.  Tues. - Sat. 10 - 5.  Call 838-3450 for details.   

- Hilton Lawn & Garden, 9709 Warwick Blvd., services and repairs pressure washers, lawn vac's, generators, and blowers. Winter is coming and generators may be needed for power outages.  240-4420.  

- Village Antiques is open daily at 96 Main Street.  Lots of antiques and interesting collectibles.  Six vendors in the store.  Open Mon. - Sat. 11 - 6; Sun. 12 - 6.   

         

Food & Restaurant news  

- The Deli Basket serves lunch Mon - Fri. 11 - 2 pm.  Daily specials are anything you want so just ask for your special lunch.  Try the famous Chicken Salad and tempting desserts in a cozy, friendly environment.  Stained glass windows by local artist, Sandy Joyce.  Take out and catering available. 10198 Warwick Blvd. 599-9444.   

 - Hilton Tavern - Remember Sunday Brunch from 10 - 3.  Happy hour specials weekdays and a dinner special nightly.  Great food, cool drinks!  Live music six nights a week!  OPEN Sunday evening for football games and good food!  Call 599-9888.  See facebook for daily specials.     

- Couture Cakes by Nika. Sweets for any time, Chocolate Dipped Strawberry with Italian Meringue Icing cupcakes, Pineapple Coconut and Strawberry Lemonade Gooey Butter Bars, cheesecake slices, canolis, cookies.  Wow!!  It's not too early for Valentine's Day pre-ordering special cakes and cupcakes; reserve yours now.  Cupcakes $25/dozen.  Tues. - Wed. 10 - 5; Thurs. - Sun. 10 - 7.  Like us on  facebook for weekly specials.  

- Circa 1918 - Special dinner menu items daily.  Reservations 599-1918 

- 99 Main - Try our French onion soup gratinée to warm your heart.  New tapas menu for 'tini Tuesdays!  Wine Wednesdays are all wines by the glass $5.00 and all bottles 20% off.  Available for luncheons Tues. thru Thurs., 12:30 - 2:30, or dinner on Sun. or Mon. by special arrangement for your group.  599-9885 for more info. and reservations. 

- Do lunch any time at Plantiques, Tues. - Sat. 10 - 5:30.  Soup is on; cup or bowl!  Try the new Panini Roast Beef & Havarti Sandwich for a winter boost.  Traditional English Tea on Jan. 12 from 11 - 4; real English tea and tasty treats like Lemon Tarts!  10377 Warwick Blvd.  595-1545
- Create Bistro - watch for the Grand Opening in January!!!

There are lots of wonderful restaurants and shops right here in our neighborhoods.  Shop and dine locally!  Let them know you heard about their news here.  We love our businesses!    

Check out this month's specials from our sponsors!!!! 

Rivermont

road work

HRSD & Storm Water Renewal Project Update

 

Contractor Begins Work on New HRSD Pump Station --portions of North Avenue to be closed to through traffic--    

 

The contractor will begin installation of the steel sheeting the week of November 19, 2012. Noise and some disturbance to the surrounding areas are anticipated as steel sheeting is installed to enable the deep excavation. Concrete piles also will be installed to provide the necessary foundation for the pump station. The contractor will monitor vibrations during construction.
A new force main also will be constructed along North Avenue to the HRSD interceptor force main that parallels the railroad tracks. Construction of the force main will begin with a boring under Warwick Boulevard. Excavation of the bore pit will require that North Avenue between Burns Avenue and Warwick Boulevard be closed to through traffic for several weeks beginning the week of November 26, 2012. The portion of North Avenue between Warwick Boulevard and the railroad tracks will also be closed to through traffic during installation of the new force main.
A second construction contract for modifications to the gravity sewer, which are needed to connect to the new pump station site, will begin about seven months after the start of the pump station replacement. The gravity sewer construction will affect portions of Center Avenue, North Avenue, Franklin Road, Woodfin Road, Randolph Road and Burns Avenue. The major portion of the gravity sewer construction will be in Burns Avenue. The map on the back of this flyer shows the project route. HRSD also will construct some of the drainage improvements planned by the City of Newport News as part of its South Rivermont Community Street Improvements. To minimize disruption to the neighborhood, the city has requested that HRSD include installation of storm drainage pipe along Burns Avenue from near Randolph Road to the Government Ditch as part of its project. This portion of the project will be funded by the city.
HRSD is replacing the pump station, which was built during the 1940s, and portions of the sanitary sewer pipeline also constructed during that era because inspections have shown that these assets have reached the end of their useful life. This project will allow HRSD to deactivate old pipelines currently located between houses, and to increase the capacity of the pump station. This will help ensure HRSD's ability to protect public health and the environment for decades to come.
For a map of the plan and contact information, click.
Hilton Village

HHV row houses

Membership Drive  

 

HHV wishes everyone in the Greater Hilton Neighborhoods a beautiful New Year.  We are working on including everyone as members of HHV with membership donations at only $5.  This helps to sponsor our annual events for everyone; there are many children centered activities and events each year.

We look forward to a productive year with new projects for the Village and we hope that more residents will participate in community activities.  We welcome all new residents and give them a folder with important information about living in our community.  If you know of a new resident, please email us so that we may contact them.  Our goal is to involve more residents in their community building positive spirit.  HHV includes all Hilton residents and urges them to take part in making our community a better place to live and in helping make all the annual events even better with more fun for everyone!  We need you, your help and energy!  Contact us via email for information on how to participate.   

       

HHV Annual Events and Awards   

Easter Egg Hunt

Neighborhood Yard Sale

Green Glove Award for two most improved yards  

Pink Flamingo Garden Tour

4th of July Parade  

October - Halloween Kids' Parade & Merchant Trick-or-Treat   

December - Christmas Candle Lighting and Decoration Awards

Warwick on the James 

WoJWoJ Neighborhood Watch Meeting

Mon, Jan 7th at 7 pm - Hilton Christian Church
 
 
Road Work in "Snake Hollow" on James River Drive is  now complete. Detour signs have been removed.

Main Street Library 

Hilton Library

Library closings: The Main Street Library will be closed on Tues., Jan. 1 for New Year's Day and on Mon., Jan. 21, for Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday.

 

Main Street Library will host a six-week program series on America's Music featuring film clips, discussions and performances. The events will be held  6:30 - 8:30 pm on select Tuesdays in February, March and April.  For more info.   

 

Computer Classes: Registration required

PowerPoint 201: Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm on Jan. 8, 15, 22, & 29.

Word 201: Wednesdays, Jan 9, 10 am - 12 pm on Jan. 9 & 16

Word 202: Wednesdays, 10 am - 12 pm on Jan. 23 & 30

 

Story Times

Tiny Tots: Tuesdays, 10:00 am on Jan. 8, 15, 22 & 29

Preschool: Tuesdays, 11:00 am on Jan., 15, 22 & 29

Wee Ones: Thursdays, 10:00 am on Jan. 10 & 24 

See website or call the library 591-4858.

Peninsula Community Theatre 

Peninsula Community TheatreThe 2012-13 Season continues!   

 

Next Production is:

Always...Patsy Cline by Ted Swindley; Directed by Stephen Mason        

Runs Feb 22 thru March 16, 2013    

 

Children's Theater:

From First Landing to Freedom playing March 9, 2013  

 

Visit the website for more information or call 595-5PCT (5728).  

Open House
SAES Logo St. Andrews Episcopal School   

It is hard to believe 2013 is here!  At St. Andrew's Episcopal School, we are looking forward to the remainder of the school year and are even thinking of next year.  Please join us for our Open House on Sunday afternoon, January 13, 2013 from 1 - 3pm.  We will be accepting applications for the 2013-2014 academic year and it would be our pleasure to assist you in placing your student in an academic environment that educates the whole child.  

St. Andrew's Episcopal School is located at 45 Main Street in Newport News, VA.  Call 596.6261 or email kelliott@standrewsschool.com with questions.  Thank you and we look forward to your visit!
Community Events
open mic night Hilton Baptist Church

Open Mic Night - 2nd Thursday of every month... Come out and share your talents! 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.  

   

Men's Breakfast - every 3rd Saturday of the month at 8:00 a.m. Reservations required: contact Bob Spiers at 595-0071.

      

Ballroom Dance Lessons - Exercise and fun rolled into one! Come join us for group Ballroom Dance at Hilton Baptist. (partners are not required) Cost is $89/person for 6 classes. Please contact Albert at 880-3812.  

Hilton Book Club
Hilton Book Club meets the 3rd Monday of the month at 7:00 pm

and reads a variety of fiction and non-fiction. 3Books
Interested readers contact:   

Bev Putnam at 596.0491 or email.

 

 

Book club schedule:

Jan. 21.......The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton    

Hilton Kiwanis Club

Hilton Kiwanis Club meets Monday evenings at 6:00 p.m. at Cozzy's Comedy Club.   

Come join our growing group of caring citizens involved in their community!  For information on projects and how to join our group, contact Jan via email.

Garden Group
Horticulture Group in Hilton Village

  Christmas wreath 2   

The group will meet Wed. Feb. 13 at 10:30 am.  Details will be announced in next month's newsletter.  All gardeners and friends of the Village are invited. 
Contact:  Gladys Lash at 596-5693 or Barbara Insley at 596-5019.  

CHRISTMAS DOOR JUDGING
The annual Christmas door judging sponsored by the HHV Horticultural Group announces the winners for 2012:  225 Palen Avenue and 229 Hurley Avenue.  We appreciate all of the decorations that created a festive atmosphere in the Village and express our thanks to our chairman, Barbara Insley.
Pet Tip of the Month

Hilton Animal Hospital  

    

Fluffy and Fido's New Year's Resolution

As everybody will tell you, weight loss is achieved by eating fewer calories than you burn in a day. Sounds simple, but unfortunately that is where the easy advice ends. That is also true for our dogs and cats. In our modern society with high quality pet foods it is easy for our pets to over eat and gain weight.

To initiate a successful weight loss program, first increase your pet's activity level. A couch potato will never lose weight. Playing ball or romping around with a friend in the backyard is a great way to increase the metabolic rate of a dog. For cats we recommend laser pointers, a bunch of small fuzzy mice or any of the new interactive cat toys on the market.

The second part of weight loss is the restriction of calories. Large amounts of simple carbohydrates should be avoided. Remember dogs, and especially cats, are carnivores that naturally do not eat high carbohydrate diets. If you need product recommendations ask your veterinarian or their staff.

The most important part of a successful weight loss program is to know how many calories to feed your pet. Each pet has a different metabolic rate. Your veterinarian will be able to tell you exactly how much calories to feed. The charts on the back of the food bags are only a general guide. For your specific pet your veterinarian can calculate an exact amount. Do remember to subtract any calories that are added in the form of treats and snacks. Also, weight loss is supposed to be a slow and steady process. Starving a body of calories is a dangerous idea. It is important that your pet consumes the correct amount of calories every day; not too many but also not too few. Pets that are very obese should be monitored by a veterinarian during their weight loss program to avoid serious complications.

Lastly, have your pet weighed regularly throughout the year at your local veterinary hospital.  That way you can measure the success of your program. If your pet still is not losing weight, ask your veterinarian about additional tricks to promote weight loss.

It is important to mention: If your cat or dog starts losing weight, for no reason, without any effort, and without the usual sweat and tears that are expected from a weight loss program, you should take note. We strongly recommend that these pets are examined by a veterinarian ASAP, because more than likely you are dealing with an underlying disease.

Weight loss is hard and unfortunately does not occur spontaneously without effort.  

Best Wishes for the New Year 
from the Doctors and Staff of Hilton Animal Hospital  
Dr. Martin Fink, Hilton Animal Hospital
Contact Dr. Fink and the staff at: 223-9414; hiltonah.com or email.  
Village Gardener

Gardening in (and around) the Village

 

The Village Gardener will return next month with more gardening information.   

 

Beverly Martin - VillageGardenDesign 

Your Yard Beautiful
camellias

The South - Heart of Camellia Country

    

Now that the leaves have fallen and the days are shorter, we can look for the colors and textures to brighten our days.  Among the many plants to enjoy during the winter months are the prolifically blooming Camellias.  With over 3,000 varieties there is a wide range of colors, forms, textures and sizes.  The most common is the Camellia japonica typically blooming in our area during early spring though it can bloom from early January through April depending on variety and location.  Flowers can be single or double blooms in a huge array of colors and patterning of color.  Camellia sasanqua blooms are generally smaller.  They are fall blooming and in season late October through January depending on lack of hard freezing temperatures to allow all the buds to blossom.  They can be grown in more sun than japonicas or can be grown in shade, tolerate more heat and a wider variety of soil conditions.  The leaves are generally very dark green, a showy contrast in the landscape setting.  Variations in form and size allow for many uses in design.  The fragrance of larger plants with abundant blooms perfumes the fall and early winter air with a rose-like scent. 


Protect yourself and the environment.    

Contact Tom Joyce with further questions at: youryardbeautiful   

Featured Merchant Profile

Paper, Paper & More!  


 

 

 
           
        
   
FREE Office Visit!!!
for all New Clients
A $48 Value!
 Hilton Animal Hospital
Hilton Animal Hospital

Special Offer for November only!
Offer Ends January 31, 2013

Call for your appointment: 223-9414
9804 Warwick Blvd.  
Your Community Veterinary Hospital