President’s Letter – September 2012
Well just like that two thirds of the year has come and gone. As we settle down for September and say goodbye to a hot summer it is now time for some to get back to school and most of the rest of us back to business. The Chamber, after another successful carnival/fair is already back to business continuing its work on securing funds to improve a few more areas throughout the Main St & County Route 19 areas. As our VP Kevin Guilfoyle reported in last month’s column, we’re in the process of negotiating with a few commercial property owners regarding improving the front areas of their locations. The Chamber is extremely hopeful that some of these projects will come to fruition before the winter sets in.
The reason the Chamber is so focused on making continuous improvements is that we’re 100% confident in the fact that if the aesthetics of the business community look good it will help promote commerce for all even in these extremely challenging economic times. Let’s face it, where would most people prefer to shop in a clean, well maintained and updated establishment or an outdated shop strewn with litter and un-kept landscaping? For anyone who takes pride in their community and has an expectation for quality as well as a good value the answer is give us a downtown we can all be proud to call our own. The Chamber to date has made an enormous headway with improvements along Main St & Union Ave. but looking around we still have our fair share to accomplish before we can tackle other areas that need work along the southern portion of our town.
Thanks to the help of many great people, cooperating weather and a huge turnout from the community the Chamber was able to host its 18th Annual Fair and put it in the books as another success. With four good days of weather sandwiched between an overnight shower or two, once again we were able to draw our usual large crowd for the Saturday evening fireworks. Friday night ‘s free concert with “That 70’s Band” had a decent turnout but with threatening weather had to be cut short about 20 minutes. The rest of the weekend was seasonably mild and well attended.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank a number of individuals and organizations who helped the Chamber host this wonderful event for the residents of our community and their guests. Special thanks go out to the Sachem School District & its Board Members for supporting this event 100%. First and foremost without the permission to utilize the Seneca Middle School property this would not have been possible. Additionally, the cooperation from both Sachem Security and the maintenance dept was absolutely top notch.
Thank you to the Holbrook Fire Dept for their support in donating the “water buffalo” and free water bottles as well as their EMT and Fire Protection Service throughout the 4 days. Neil Heffernan and the Junior Firefighters were also a great help during the fair and special thanks to Neil for all his help leading up to the fair with signage and anything else we asked him for. I love our Fire Dept., we should all be extremely thankful for having such a great group of volunteers from our community protecting us.
A special thanks to Holbrook’s very own Suffolk County Legislator Bill Lindsay and The County for sponsoring our FREE concert with “That 70’s Band” on Friday evening. It was great to see the Presiding Officer of the Legislature out and about in good spirits both Friday & Saturday nights. The Chamber wishes him both well and a speedy recovery. The Chamber would also like to thank our friends from the Suffolk Police dept. Thanks to their strong presence on the grounds we had no significant issues with the large crowds that attended every evening.
Thank you to Islip Town Supervisor Tom Croci & Deputy Park Commissioner Ed Smith for providing us with the staging for the weekend as well as the trash cans and snow fence for the fireworks. We would also like to thank State Assemblyman Al Graf for his assistance and support in helping the Chamber make this another great event for Holbrook.
The Civil Air Patrol did a highly commendable job down at the fair with both the parking and assisting with cleanups throughout the weekend. It was great having them and we hope they are available to return next year. Thank you to S.Y.A.G for their hospitality with the use of their office and surrounding property.
A huge thank you to Fair Committee Chair Bea Hoffer from Our Place Newspapers and her entire Committee. From John Giordano of the Arbors Assisted Living Communities with the scheduling of the parking, cleanup & maintenance crews to Christine Banks from Friendly Drugs with coordinating all of our Entertainment. Rita Passeggio of Minute Man Press in Selden helped with the ticket & Chamber booth scheduling. Fern from Spies Travel & Board Member did another super job with our 50/50 Raffles. My Assistant Jeanne, thank you for all of your help and attention to all of the little things that make this a great weekend for our staff. Can you say coffee (LOL).
Thank you to Joyce Mahoney and George Spies for coordinating and setting up the craft area.
Thank you to Board members Kenny San Pedro (Carpet Cleaning Guys), Joe Storzinger (Ameriprise Financial), Marilyn Wenz (Attorney), Mike Ruscillo (Starlite Auto Glass), and Debbie O’Rourke (Eventide) for you assistance and support both before and during the event.
Kevin Guilfoyle VP (Realty Solutions) & Fred Coste Treasurer (the Coste Agency) both did a super job in supervising the event and handling the finances.
Last but by no means least, a huge thank you to our Chamber you name it I’ll get it done guy…Bill Hagemeyer. Bill, we thank you for making our lives easier by doing so much both before and during the fair and taking care of things that we never even think of. If I missed anyone else…. my apologies but you know you’re greatly appreciated and we look forward to working with you again next year!
Congratulations to our new little Mr. & Miss Holbrook for 2012-2013 Peter LaGatta and Kyleigh Pacello.
In closing, one more expression of appreciation goes to our very own Holbrook & surrounding area residents. We cannot thank you enough for supporting this annual event once again. For those residents who live around the school area, we greatly appreciate your patience and understanding with this event as it is the goal of our Chamber to ensure everyone had a safe and enjoyable time at our fair this year.
Rick Ammirati, President
Holbrook Chamber of Commerce