President’s Letter – March 2012
What a difference a year makes. Last February we were covered in snow and shoveling out of storm after storm. Fast forward to 2012 and we have been enjoying one of the mildest winters ever. Go figure, folks were walking around town in shorts and tank tops in the middle of February. The only issue I see is the latest trend with the seasons ending later and going out on rather extreme notes. I can still recall those eighty degree temperatures in mid October followed by a light snow fall. That being said, take heart all you snow lovers as this is not over yet. The one benefit to not having any significant snowfall thus far is that there has been virtually no interruption of business which is a good thing given this current economy. Personally, I think the snow is beautiful and a lot of fun to play in but as a business owner I don’t miss it this year.
Outside of a few wreck less drivers damaging our berm area by 7/11 and the DiGuardia/Vietnam Memorial on Grundy Ave as well as our careless litterers, the town held up pretty well over this winter so far. Thanks to the tireless efforts of The Chamber’s year round maintenance program, the business community still looks relatively clean considering the time of year. Both residents and business people alike should really take pride in how well the town is shaping up. Granted we still have a ways to go as there are some areas in and around town that still need to be addressed but much has been accomplished to date. One longtime blighted area that is going to receive a facelift is the Railroad Ave, corridor between Main Street & Coates Ave. The Chamber has successfully coordinated efforts along with our local State Assemblyman Al Graf in securing a commitment from the M.T.A. in cleaning and re-grading the areas along the track. Additionally, some new shrubbery will be installed and the Chamber is currently speaking with the Town of Islip about widening the road a bit and installing a much needed curb along the track side of the roadway. This will dramatically improve both the appearance and navigation aspects of the corridor. There are also plans currently in the works to improve the track area along the opposite/east side behind the Outback Steakhouse. Work is currently scheduled to commence later this month.
As spring approaches later this month, it is a major mission of the Chamber that more businesses join or in some cases rejoin our organization and plant some good seeds in helping the Chamber help your business grow. Basically, you plant your seeds by joining and the Chamber will provide the soil (our general monthly meetings), the water (our marketing & networking opportunities), the sun (a time for you and your business to shine within the community with a volunteer or sponsorship opportunity at several of our annual cultural events) and subsequent mutual growth with the lead organization within the Holbrook community. Sound a bit corny? Well that for the most part is how corn grows too. Seriously, the Chamber understands money doesn’t grow on trees and joining does cost $ 175. per year but by the same token new business doesn’t grow on trees either. So if you do presently own or operate a business that you’re looking to grow, come and reap the benefits of pairing up with the Chamber as a whole harvest of new business opportunities await within our organization.
In closing, on behalf of the entire Chamber I would like to wish all of our Irish friends a very happy St. Patrick’s Day and don’t forget to stop into Irish Times for a little St. Paddy’s cheer and try their “Fried Pickles” as they’re pica dilly delicious.
All the Best, always!!!
President, Holbrook Chamber of Commerce