Editorials

Thumbs up, thumbs down: Fulton Street goes wild. Abandoned huskies adopted. Baby seat recall.

Peter “PJ” Kuzmitski gets a visit from his peeps, cheering him up as he recovers from a serious leg injury.
Peter “PJ” Kuzmitski gets a visit from his peeps, cheering him up as he recovers from a serious leg injury. ckohlruss@fresnobee.com

Thumbs up to all the folks involved in the redesign and restoration of Fulton Street and the grand gala that celebrated this milestone. The reviews were overwhelmingly positive, and now it’s time to take it to the next level. No. 1 is committing to meticulous maintenance so it never is allowed to deteriorate again and giving folks every reason to have a case of FOMO (fear of missing out!).

Cadette Girl Scout Miranda Deis will lead her first official art tour of downtown Sunday from 2-4 p.m. It’s part of an art guide for kids which earned Miranda a Girl Scout Silver Award. Meet at 845 Fulton. It’s two miles. Details, 577-9829 or on Facebook.

Thumbs down to the flaming baby seat recalled this week by Fisher-Price. Its Soothing Motions Seat or Smart Connect Soothing Motions Seat can overheat and have its motor catch on fire. Fisher-Price is issuing a recall for nearly 63,000 of the infant seats located in the United States.

The “Soothing Motion Seats” with model numbers CMR35, CMR36, CMR37 and DYH22 and “Smart Connect Seats” with model number CMR39 are included in the recall, the Consumer Product Safety Commission wrote. “The seat bounces, sways, or bounces and sways together,” according to the recall. “The seat also vibrates, plays 10 songs and nature sounds, and has an overhead mobile. The model number is located on the underside of the motor housing.”

The affected infant seats – made in China – were sold at Target, Toys R Us, Walmart and BuybuyBaby, both in store and online nationwide, from November 2015 to October 2017. They were also sold on Amazon.com.

Thumbs up to Fresno State and Saint Mary’s College for raising $6,400 during an exhibition men’s basketball game Wednesday in Moraga, with the proceeds going to organizations assisting victims of the wildfires that have devastated Northern California. There was no entry fee, as any donation to the North Bay Fire Relief Fund was accepted.

Proceeds will go to North Bay Fire Relief via the Redwood Credit Union Community Fund Inc., a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

“We’re going to get a chance to really help a good cause,” Fresno State coach Rodney Terry said. “All the proceeds are going to a situation where there are a lot of people in need right now.”

Thumbs up to Mona Ahmed for placing two abandoned huskies that were left at the Woodward Park dog park earlier this month into a forever home.

The 1-year-old huskies, Layla and Jada, made the news after it appeared that they were left at the park with a container of dog food, several dog toys and a handwritten note. The note gave the dog’s names, their age, and a request: “Please don’t split us up. Layla gets scared w/o her sister.”

Ahmed, who also runs a nonprofit group, Fresno Furry Friends, said she received numerous requests for people wanting to take the dogs. She carefully screened the pool of potential owners and found a suitable family in Fresno. A previous owner of the dogs has made an agreement with the new owners for occasional visits. It’s a win-win.

Incidentally, if you can no longer care for your pet, there are far better options than just dumping them. There are no-kill shelters in Fresno, including Valley Animal Center.

Thumbs up to the 16-year-old Clovis Unified girl who posted about the racist Snapchat messages on Twitter to show students it’s not only OK but courageous to call out the knuckleheads and report their behavior when they see racist postings online. She has received threats to herself and her family, but top-level revisions to procedures are under consideration.

Thumbs up to the Yosemite High and Clovis High football teams for their ceremony to cheer up Peter “PJ” Kuzmitski, 14. A Yosemite High junior varsity football player, PJ is rehabilitating from a horrible injury that required the amputation of his right leg below the knee.

Last weekend, PJ’s teammates and Clovis High players visited him at Valley Children’s Hospital. He is now recovering at home. Among the gifts delivered was a get-well banner from the Caruthers High football team and a football signed by the Clovis varsity team.

A bank account has been set up at Chase Bank for PJ and his family. Checks can be made out to Yosemite Football Boosters with PJ Kuzmitski in the memo line of the check, and sent to Chase Bank, 40003 Highway 49, Oakhurst, CA., 93644. Checks can also be taken to the bank on the northwest corner of Highways 41and 49.

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