Book Collection Set to Replace Depot Road Park Losses

The Huntington Manor Fire Department will host a book drive Sunday to replace books lost to vandals at the Depot Road Richard Holst Park.

Realtor Eliot Lonardo announced a $500 reward this week after his family discovered that the little free library at the park had been vandalized, set on fire and books strewn on the grass.

And Huntington Supervisor Chad Lupinacci said the town had cleaned up the debris, and added, “”It is disheartening to see how someone could have such disregard for our beautiful public spaces but it is heartwarming to see so many people unite in support of community, including Mr. Lonardo’s offer of a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest. We encourage anyone with information to contact the Suffolk County Police Department 2nd Precinct.”

The fire department responded to reports of the rubbish fire at the park, and is supporting the effort to replace the lost books. Its substation at 2100 New York Ave. will host the drive Sunday between 3-5 p.m., in the rear parking lot.


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