President’s Letter – February 2014
Whew has it been a cold and snowy winter here on the Island thus far. I can tell you my snow plow service is one of the few people here in Holbrook I see smiling when that white stuff starts falling. Inclement weather is another great reason to dine and shop locally. With Valentine’s falling on a Friday this year, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that you don’t have to leave town for that special and romantic weekend. We have some great places to buy flowers, a nice bottle of champagne, jewelry, that special gift, card or candy and of course we have several incredibly delicious restaurants right here in Holbrook. This Valentine’s weekend leave your heart and honey in Holbrook! Check our website holbrookchamber.com for inspirations and reservations.
As we shovel and shuffle through these last few weeks of winter the thought of spring and warm weather offers us much to look forward to. Before you know it our semiannual Holbrook Cleanup Day will be here along with the beautiful flowers upon the berm when you enter Main Street by 7/11. Many of our residential communities along Patchogue/Holbrook Road will start sprucing up there entrances with beautiful flowers and plants. Once again, it will remind us that we’re all a part of a wonderful little town called Holbrook.
This year the Holbrook Chamber turns 60 years old. Yes, the Chamber has been around in Holbrook since 1954 and no I was not the President back then. We will celebrate our 60th Diamond Anniversary with a dinner dance over at Villa Lombardi’s. We are in the planning process and will be releasing a date shortly and there will be tickets available for sale via our website or by phone. Please keep an eye out for more details in the March edition of The Our Place Newspaper. It would be really nice to see the Villa packed to capacity with our friends and neighbors celebrating this Chamber Milestone event in style.
The Chamber would like to offer a huge thank you to our great friends over at the Holbrook Fire Department for installing and removing in timely fashion our holiday lights once again this season. This year the task became even larger and more difficult due the purchase of some new lights by the Chamber along with very difficult weather. To Rick, Neil and the entire Department that helped out, we know a mere thank you is not enough but having you guys on our team and making folks smile with pride at how lovely our town looks during the holiday season means the world to us all. Please don’t forget to thank our fine men and women over at the Holbrook Fire Department for all they do and whenever you as a resident or business owner can return the favor to them please by all means do!
Next month in honor of both St. Patrick’s Day and as we commence our spring beautification work we will have our hardworking Vice President Kevin Guilfoyle write the Chamber column.
In closing, last month Holbrook sadly lost two longtime residents and dear friends of not only mine but many here in town. Kathy Tyrell who lived in Holbrook for nearly 40 years and was an absolute lovely women who was extremely loyal to her friends and family not to mention many of the local businesses her and her charming husband John always frequented and supported. Gabrielle Aversano was another longtime resident who was also a beautiful lady and well known throughout town by many. At her service, Rabbi Moss delivered a beautiful message where he mentioned that many considered Gabrielle the “Mayor of Holbrook”, indeed she was. Gabrielle was the wife of Alfonso from Mamma’s who has run that place magnificently for as long as I can remember. We will miss them both along with many of our other beloved Holbrook friends that we have lost over the years. I can tell you this, from above Holbrook is in great hands and will continue to be blessed with them all watching over us.
All the Best Always….
Rick Ammirati, President
Holbrook Chamber of Commerce