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 THE NEWSPAPER AT THE HEART & SOUL OF OUR COMMUNITY  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2013  WWW.ARLINGTONTIMES.COM  75¢ Local ‘Internet star’ donates to Purrfect Pals Animal shelter to receive 100,000 cans of food thanks to ‘Oskar the Blind Cat’ BY KIRK BOXLEITNER SPORTS: Richard Sherman is known for being great cornerback, big talker. Page 14 ARLINGTON — A local cat shelter recently received a big boost from the Internet fame of an area cat, whose owners teamed up with Friskies to provide free cat food to the shelter. “Oskar the Blind Cat” is owned by Mick Szydlowski and his wife Bethany, who moved to Seattle from Omaha, Neb., about a year ago. They acquired Oskar in July of 2011 when he was only eight and a half weeks old, and they began posting videos of him on YouTube “just for silly fun.” Oskar’s distinctive appearance, which owes to the microphthalmia that’s left him blind since birth, earned him lots of fans on the Internet, and before the Szydlowskis knew it, their kitten had become online peers with Grumpy Cat, Colonel Meow, Nala Cat and Hamilton the Hipster Cat, all of whom were chosen by Friskies to costar in their holiday music video this year. That same online music promotion generated 100,000 cans of cat food from Friskies for Purrfect Pals of Arlington, which was chosen by Mick Szydlowski to be Oskar’s pet charity. Kirk Boxleitner/Staff Photo “We were relatively new From left, Purrfect Pals veterinary assistant Fran Ellison greets Internet pet celebrity ‘Oscar the to the area, so I started Blind Cat,’ whose owner Mick Szydlowski came to visit the shelter for which he was able to generate a donation of 100,000 cans of cat food from Friskies. SEE OSKAR, PAGE 13 ‘Night of 1,000 Stars’ kicks off extra patrols though New Year SPORTS: Aviators remain undefeated at home. Page 12 INDEX BY KIRK BOXLEITNER CLASSIFIED ADS 19-22 LEGAL NOTICES 11 OPINION 4 SPORTS 12 WORSHIP 17 Vol. 124, No. 23 Kirk Boxleitner/Staff Photo Arlington Police Officer Erik Moon checks his computer before driving his patrol car out for the ‘Night of 1,000 Stars’ impaired driving emphasis on Dec. 13. 932115 SMOKEY POINT — Arlington Police Officer Erik Moon has taken part in three of the annual “Night of 1,000 Stars” impaired driving emphasis patrols in Snohomish County over the course of the past seven years. When he headed out to cover the south Arlington, Smokey Point and north Marysville areas on the evening of Dec. 13, he already had a pretty good idea of what he could expect to find, although he acknowledged that this year would offer a few new wrinkles. “The holidays can be depressing for some people, so they drink a bit too much,” Moon said. “What’s different now is that people can smoke marijuana in their homes, but then they might decide to go for a drive to the store. It’s not alcohol, but it’s still driving under the influence. We have to administer a blood draw to test for that, since you can be high on marijuana and blow all zeros on the breathalyzer, so that SEE PATROLS, PAGE 2

Arlington Times, December 28, 2013

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