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Reader Feedback: Holtsville Ecology Center Ideas

Several readers have been writing in what they think should be done with Holtsville Ecology Center.

A few readers have written into Patch regarding their ideas to avoid a possible closing of Holtsville Ecology Center. Here they are below, add your own thoughts to the comments:

Irene: The Holtville Ecology Site is a wonderful place and gives such a positive environment to local residents. I am sure many wouldn't mind paying a small fee to see the animals. I have seen school groups and tourists come there. Many people take there pre school children there for a positive learning experience. 
I do walking, biking and running there and come from Patchogue to enjoy the center. It would be awful to see this site close.

C. Triolo: Non residents should certainly pay a nominal fee for zoo admission or pool admission. A fee to park is another alternative. I have no doubt periodic fund raising events would be popular as well.

Wendy Hollowell: The zoo could require a fee. Perhaps $1 per adult, children free. That would help. Nothing else should be charged. And this is if absolutely necessary.

joan senator October 05, 2012 at 12:08 AM
There will be a meeting about the Holtsville park next Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Jewish Center on Oak St. in Patchogue. I am not sure of the time, but if interested in attending, you can call the center.@475-1882
James Gagnon October 05, 2012 at 01:28 AM
It's just sad that no one saw this coming.. They should have been charging a small fee 20 years ago and they (we) wouldn't be in this situation...
Mary Winch October 06, 2012 at 06:55 PM
My dentist's husband is a vet who is into saving dolphins, whales, birds, etc...there are many pet owners who may be able to set up a not-for-profit organnization or put the Holtsville Ecology park on and existing NYS Wildlife Rehabilitation center - There are plenty of them upstate catering to the local wildlife (turlles, ducks, etc.) just Google NYS Wildlife Rehabiilitation to see info on 3 day conference ending tomorrow (Suunday). I would volunteer to participated in fundraising.
Ben Vitale October 06, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Mary: I am not on the Ecology Center Committee. I would hope that a member of the committee will see your post, and contact you. It may be a good idea to paste your comment on their Facebook Page. I still would like to see our Politicians, do what they are being paid to do; solve problems. Honestly I would like to see the Committee plan a protest, with the intent of getting 50,000 people to attend! Brookhaven refused to listen to 27,000 people, maybe 50,000 people would get their attention! I stand beside myself!
Louis Minafra October 12, 2012 at 02:53 PM
I'm not sure that this crisis was not just fabricated, just to see what they can get away with. There are probably dozens of pet projects, more for personal gains then we will ever know that can be cut or reduced to keep the center. WE need to know the who's and why's first.

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