President’s Letter – January 2014
Greetings of the New Year!
Happy New Year Holbrook, I do believe many of us especially those who are in the business community are hoping for a much improved slate of twelve months for 2014. For those who had a successful 2013, congratulations and be truly thankful as you’re likely in the minority based on the feedback I have both received and experienced with my own business last year.
We hope many of you noticed the additional new holiday lights installed along the Union Avenue corridor for this past holiday season. Thanks in part to a successful fair back in August the Chamber was able to spend some money on a dozen new decorations and make another 15-20 electrical wiring and outlet repairs. We hope to continue adding a few more holiday decorations next year to enhance the shopping experience and create a strong holiday spirit within the business district for the community.
Once again, a special thank you to our dear friends and neighbors from the Holbrook Fire Dept. who hung all the lights for us during a very cold week. The Chamber cannot thank the department enough as this saves us a large expense with respect to the install as well as the removal and storage. Additionally, we would like to thank the Holbrook F.D. Ladies Auxiliary for providing delicious hot chocolate and coffee along with cookies at both of our Holiday Lighting Events. Last but by no means least we want to thank the Fire Department for delivering Santa Claus just in the nick of time to light our beautiful Holiday Tree located in the Irish Times Shopping Center.
The Chamber is looking forward to an exciting New Year and we’re very hopeful that many new businesses will be joining us in our mission to both improve and preserve Holbrook as a better place to live, work and shop. We look forward to working with newly elected Legislator Bill Lindsay Jr. and his wonderful staff along with our dear friend and State Assemblyman Al Graf. The Chamber is also looking forward to working closely with both Islip and Brookhaven Town Officials with respect to various infrastructure improvements.
On a very sad note, Edward Di Guardia the younger brother of Alex Di Guardia whom in Alex‘ memory the Grundy Avenue Vietnam Memorial was created for passed away on Saturday Morning December 21st. The news came as a shock given we had just celebrated the Life of his Mother at a memorial service on November 9th as she passed away in early October of 2013. It was with a warm embrace and assurance we would get together to discuss plans for the future upkeep and maintenance of the Grundy Ave. Vietnam Memorial that Phil Lorito Past Commander from the VFW Post 9486 in Ronkonkoma and myself would ever see our good friend Ed again. Ed you and your Mom along with your Dad and brother Alex will forever be missed. On behalf of the Chamber we will continue to do our part in both supporting and preserving the Memorial in collaboration with the VFW Post 9486.
Another sad passing that was related to the Chamber was that of longtime Board Member and Chamber Membership Committee Chair Ken SanPedro’s sister Beth who died unexpectedly on November 29th. Our prayers are with Kenny and his family.
In closing, I want to wish everyone a very healthy and prosperous New Year and I continue to implore us all to be thankful for what we have within the beautiful community of Holbrook!
All the Best Always…..
Rick Ammirati, President
Holbrook Chamber of Commerce