President’s Letter – November 2011
Fall is officially in the air and the leaves are falling everywhere. Travelling around the north end of town you can clearly see that there is a lot of work finally getting done. The Union Avenue project should be completed prior to the end of this month. The Furrows/Patchogue Holbrook Road intersection widening project is also nearing completion. The Chamber is pleased to see the HESS service station is being completely re-done. I guess when folks visit us during the holidays they may not recognize the town with all of these improvements. Finally, hooray for Holbrook as we have waited long enough to see our community receive some much needed facelifts.
Late last month, the Chamber along with Legislator Lindsay and the Holbrook Beautification Committee hosted our semi-annual community clean-up day. Thank you to everyone who participated, we could not believe what a wonderful turnout we had especially with the young people. Keep Islip Clean Executive Director Nancy Cochran tallied up over 100 volunteers which was our largest turnout to date. Special thanks to Islip Supervisor Phil Nolan and Islip Councilman Gene Parrington for joining our efforts as well. Last but by no means least, thank you to Bill Lindsay’s Legislative Aid Jason Zove for a super job in coordinating this huge “make a difference” volunteer event. Although it is a never ending battle, Holbrook has definitely seen a lot less litter throughout the entire community both residential & business. Looking forward to seeing an even larger turnout when we hit the streets again in May.
To all of our fine men & women who have courageously served our country over the years, a deep heartfelt thank you as we observe Veteran’s Day on November 11th. No matter all the debts this country may have to repay in this challenging economy……it can never repay our Veterans and their families enough!!!
Once again as we prepare to give thanks with our families on Thanksgiving, let’s all keep in mind and heart that even in these difficult financial times we all have so much to actually be thankful for. Thankful for living in the greatest country in the world in which freedom and opportunity still prevails. On a more local level, thankful for a great school district like Sachem, thankful for an amazingly helpful Holbrook Fire Department, thankful for some great local government officials who care to make a difference for Holbrook specifically. Thankful for a united group of business owners and organizations who form a great Chamber of Commerce that provides our community with exceptional events throughout the year to keep us entertained and most important of all……. together.
As we head down the homestretch towards the holidays, don’t forget to keep it as local as possible for gift giving, catering and dining. You can get a lot done for this festive season right here in Holbrook. Right around the corner you have great shops, restaurants, pubs & numerous services that require your support as they’re truly the backbone of our business community.
A blessed and happiest of Thanksgivings to all.
President, Holbrook Chamber of Commerce