President’s Letter – October 2012
Welcome to fall and one of the most beautiful times of year to be in the state of New York. As the leaves change to a magnificent hue of orange and beige and the temperatures trend just a little cooler, it becomes for many their favorite season of the year. The children both young and old cannot wait to decorate, dress-up and go trick or treating for Halloween. Many families begin to plan for a big Thanksgiving feast with all of the trimmings and then before you know it…boom its “Black Friday” and just about everyone is thinking holiday shopping. Speaking on behalf of several local businesses, the consensus is the holiday season cannot arrive soon enough.
In times like these, given the slow economy and consumer uncertainty that arises right before a presidential election it is more paramount than ever that we support our local business people. Now I understand that most if not all of the individuals who read this column are already doing the right thing by “keeping it local” or more specifically keeping it in Holbrook and for that you should be highly commended. Frankly, we all need to spread the word to our Holbrook neighbors to join us and support our local Holbrook economy where and whenever possible.
Please keep in mind that it is these same Holbrook businesses that employ many of our very own residents. They‘re also the folks who support more fundraisers and organizations than I can even list. Do you realize how many business owners actually live within the town of Holbrook itself? Three of my favorite places to eat on Long Island are in Holbrook and all either owned and or operated by Holbrook residents as follows: Mamma’s, Holbrook Diner and Irish Times. How about Cheryl from Holbrook Village Florist who just relocated into the former jeweler’s space at 967 Main Street right across from the Diner? She’s a Holbrook Resident as is Fred Coste the Chamber Treasurer and owner of the Coste Agency…next to the Diner… or Chamber Board Member Joe Storzinger owner of Ameriprise Financial….next to the Coste Agency…..Bea Hoffer the owner and Editor of this very paper ….you see where I am going with this. Trust me, we don’t ever want to lose this homegrown/hometown business community. Doing business locally in the long run doesn’t cost…it pays!
Speaking of community, we have our semi -annual “Holbrook Community Clean-up Day” on Saturday October 20th at 9 AM, meet and pick-up supplies at the Seneca Middle School. This is hosted by the Holbrook Beautification Committee along with Suffolk County Legislator Bill Lindsay’s office. This is a great opportunity to volunteer in keeping Holbrook clean and doing something very rewarding for our town. All parents with children are encouraged to join us.
On Saturday October 27th at noon, the Holbrook Chamber will be hosting our Annual Halloween Spooktacular over on the grounds of the Seneca Middle School. This is a must attend if you are a fan of Halloween. We will have hotdogs, candy, beverages along with pumpkins and treats for the kids and of course are famous costume contest. Come on out and break-in those costumes for Halloween. We guarantee the kids and adults will have a spooktacular time.
In closing, enjoy the fall season and we hope to see you out and about supporting our lovely town in any and every way you can.
All the Best Always,
President, Holbrook Chamber of Commerce