Friday, 10 February 2012 00:00
On Friday, Feb. 17 at 12 noon, a rally to Save Tackapausha Museum and Preserve will take place at the museum, located at 2225 Washington Ave., Seaford.
Tackapausha Museum, located on 84 acres of a nature sanctuary and preserve, offers unparalleled environmental education programs, which teach children about the unique environment and ecology of our area, and has well served the community for 65 years.
According to Richard Suhary, president of Friends of Massapequa Preserve, local residents are outraged by the current complete closure of Tackapausha Museum in spite of the county’s promise to reopen it in January 2012. In December, the director of the museum was laid off, and the museum was closed indefinitely, notwithstanding the fact that hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars were spent to repair and renovate the museum and pond.“We must show the county how important this museum is to our children,” Suhary said. “Please demonstrate your support for Tackapausha Museum by joining the Friends of Tackapausha and others who want to save this historic and beautiful site at a rally on Feb. 17, at 12:00 noon, in front of the museum.”
The Friends of Tackapausha is a recently-formed organization with the express mission of working with Nassau County to assist the museum’s director and its staff to operate the museum and to maintain and preserve natural habitats, wildlife, animal exhibits, collections, hiking trails, environmental educational programs and nature walks so that this gem of a preserve and museum can serve current and future generations of Nassau County residents. It does not wish to see the museum or the preserve privatized.
The Friends of Tackapausha is a non-partisan organization with charitable 501(C)(3) tax exempt status pending, and comprised of people who are members of a broad spectrum of environmental, neighborhood, civic and economic organizations including South Shore Audubon Society, Seaford Chamber of Commerce, Lions Club of Massapequa, Chamber of Commerce of Massapequa, Friends of Massapequa Preserve, Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference, Seaford Wellness Council, Long Island Horticultural Society, Drug Free Long Island, Nassau County Auxiliary Police and Troop 90 Boy Scouts.