President’s Letter – November 2013
As the late great actor John Wayne used to say “Howdy Pilgrims”. Welcome to November which will not only host Election Day, Veterans’ Day and the beginning of the Holiday Shopping season, it is also one of the absolute best times of year where we all give thanks. Thanksgiving has traditionally become the favorite holiday of many. Yes of course many of us sit-down on that day and consume more calories in one afternoon than we generally do over a week’s worth of dinners. Yet, turkey and all the trimmings followed by that scrumptious pumpkin pie is not the only occurrence we should all be thankful for.
The community of Holbrook has plenty to be thankful for. Starting with a great community where friends and neighbors can almost always be counted on to help. For instance, last year at this time most of us will quickly recall cleaning up and repairing our properties in the wake of “Super Storm Sandy”. Many of us were still without power and heat not to mention another of life’s necessities nowadays the internet. At my establishment as well as throughout town I heard countless testimonies about families helping other families and yes many of our Holbrook businesses donating and providing assistance free of charge. Too many to list but frankly our town like so many and at different degrees of loss really pulled together in amazing fashion. Hard to believe all of this was going on just one short year ago and yes this a major reason to put our heads down and give thanks at the table not only on Turkey Day but each and every day.
Speaking of food, on Monday evening November 18th from 6-9 PM, the Chamber will be hosting our first annual “Bon Appetit & More” Event. This will be held at the Holbrook Fire Department Headquarters located on 390 Terry Blvd. For more details please see our ad in the Our Place and on our website www.holbrookchamber.com. There is a small charge for tickets. We will have food establishments from the local Holbrook and surrounding communities. This will be the ultimate taste testing where there is sure to be something to please every palate. Additionally, we will have several other Chamber Members & related vendors set-up with tables offering services and products. There will also be a cash bar, wine & beer tasting as well as seating available to enjoy your food selections. Please consider joining us and supporting this worthwhile Chamber event.
I want to take this opportunity to wish all of our local area political candidates the very best with regard to the upcoming election. The Chamber has always maintained its bi partisan policy when it comes to endorsing candidates and as always we hope to be as fortunate as we have been in the past with recognizing the right individual for each level of government that impacts our community directly. The Chamber looks forward to working closely with whoever becomes elected and will do his or her part to help us make Holbrook a better place for all.
In closing, the Chamber received sad news earlier last month that Mrs. Di Guardia the mother of Alex Di Guardia of whom the Holbrook Veterans’ Memorial on Grundy Avenue is named after had passed away. Her other son Edward had informed us that her heart gave out just shy of her 89th Birthday. Mrs. Di Guardia was one of the many Gold Star Mothers of the Vietnam War generation. I know she will be greatly missed at our annual Memorial Day Ceremony but for sure she will never be forgotten. That being said, there are many reasons as aforementioned in this column to give thanks but none of which is more important than giving thanks for the men and service women who have served our Country. For without their dedication and sacrifice throughout the history of this Great Country there would be nothing to give thanks for. God Bless all of our military both past and present not only on Veteran’s Day but every day!
Thank you for supporting the 250 plus Holbrook Chamber Businesses, please do not forget “Small Business Saturday, November 30th.
Rick Ammirati, President
Holbrook Chamber of Commerce