President’s Letter – June 2014
It is indeed with a warm greeting that I open this month’s column in keeping with the impending summer season. This is the time of year when Long Island truly shines. With all of our beautiful beaches both on the north and of course south shores we become not only a destination for visitors but the place to live. From the Hamptons to Montauk and over to Fire Island historically you just can’t beat our area during the summer. That is indeed something to be thankful for.
Last month, the Chamber hosted and or co-hosted two great events within the community. On Saturday May 3rd, in association with Legislator Bill Lindsay Jr.’s office and the Holbrook Beautification Committee we held our semi-annual Holbrook Community Cleanup Day. This year we had the largest number of volunteers who helped clean many of the areas that were strewn with litter and debris along Patchogue/Holbrook Rd., Main St., Union, Broadway and Grundy Avenues.
Additionally, many of our civic neighbors such as New England Village, Somerset Estates, Woodgate Village, Parkland Homes and the Birchwood communities all cleaned and beautified the gateways to their communities along Patchogue/Holbrook Rd. After this very long and difficult winter the additional volunteers were a great help as we all had our hands and bags full. Thank you to each and every one who participated and donated a few of hours of your valuable time to help make a huge difference for Holbrook. We will be hosting another community cleanup in early October.
Our Annual Memorial Day Parade this year was truly the largest in terms of participants marching as well as attendees along the nearly 2 mile parade route. I have to first give credit to our dear friend and Holbrook Resident Rabbi Steven Moss from B’nai Israel Reform Temple in Oakdale for tracking both the mileage and amount of steps on his cell phone. My best recollection from what he showed me was, 1.950 miles and some 4,041 steps. Truly a long route no doubt but well worth the trip down Main St., Furrows and Grundy culminating at the Alex DiGuardia Holbrook Veteran’s Memorial Park as we traditionally do every year.
Unfortunately, I do not have the room in this column to thank everyone who participated as the number of local organizations and amount of marchers was truly overwhelming. I first must thank Chamber Board of Director and Attorney Marilyn Wenz for all of her efforts in Chairing and coordinating the Parade Committee. Special thanks to Clarissa Pereira from All-State Insurance and Kenny San Pedro from the Chamber Board and Carpet Cleaning Guys for their assistance. The festivities came off without a hitch as the marchers led by a Suffolk County Highway Police motorcycle escort made it down the route with no issues. A Huge kudos goes out to our Suffolk Police Dept. and Holbrook Fire Dept. for assisting with traffic & safety.
As I looked back at all of the parade participants that followed when we arrived at the Memorial, I was overwhelmed with emotion as I could not believe how many had joined this once small parade procession. Just before we commenced with our ceremony, we witnessed several vintage military planes flying over the Grundy Avenue parade route. The flyover was courtesy of The Bayport Aerodrome Society and The Long Island Early Flyers Club. Special thanks to our Chamber Treasurer and owner of the Coste Agency, Fred Coste for arranging this for us.
It is with a great sense of admiration and gratitude towards VFW Post 9486 and former Vietnam Veteran & Holbrook Resident Phil Lorito for preparing and maintaining the HVM each every year. Once again, you made us all proud and honored as we paid our respects to both Alex and all of the men and women who gave their lives for this great country. A Heartfelt thank you to Father Jerry Ringenback from the Good Shepherd Church for joining Rabbi Moss in our opening prayer ceremonies.
As we look forward to this summer, don’t forget to mark your calendars for our Annual Fair over on the grounds of the Seneca Middle School, August 14-17. Chamber Members; please consider taking a sponsorship to not only assist the Chamber in facilitating this wonderful community event but also seizing the opportunity to promote your business. Truly one of the annual Holbrook highlights is our Chamber Carnival loaded with food, fun, rides and top-notch entertainment all capped off by two nights of spectacular world-class fireworks you won’t want to miss it.
In closing, congratulations and best of luck to all of our graduating students and a very happy Father’s Day to all Holbrook dads. Of course, don’t forget to take dad to lunch or dinner at any of our Holbrook Chamber restaurants and surely he won’t mind something from Brinkman’s True Value hardware store on Main St. Enjoy the weather and remember to shop & dine locally when you return from the beaches.
All the Best, Always
Rick Ammirati, President
Holbrook Chamber of Commerce