President’s Letter – September 2014
Once again it’s that time of year where the sun sets on another summer and its back to school, work and business. For me, September has always been my favorite time of year and not just for the fact that it is my birth month. The weather is still pretty amazing with summerlike days and cool nights. During the day you can still go swimming and enjoy the outdoors and at night you can wear a sweater and sleep with the windows open. For the young people it’s a time for back to school and focusing more on goals than summer fun. For most of the rest of us it’s time to get back into the work routine and taking care of business. I often think of this month as a time to reflect on the great memories of the departing summer while going back to being where we need to be to do what we need to do.
Speaking of summer memories, last month the Chamber hosted another very successful carnival over at the Seneca Middle School. With four days of beautiful weather we had a tremendous turnout for the rides, games, food and great entertainment. Highlighted by both of our spectacular fireworks shows the fair literally was a blast for all who attended. Special thanks to everyone who helped make this event possible. First and foremost, a major thank you to all of the Chamber members who generously took a sponsorship opportunity. Without their support there is no way we could ever put on the type of first rate event that we do year in and year out. Once again, thank you to Stop-n-Shop for providing another Platinum Fireworks sponsorship, thank you to the Arbors Assisted Living Communities for providing a Platinum Entertainment sponsorship. Its fine businesses like these that we need to support where and whenever possible as they truly care about the community of Holbrook.
I would be remiss if we did not give a huge thank you to the Civil Air Patrol for assisting the Chamber at the fair with parking, security and cleanups. Super job by everyone involved.
As the fall approaches, the Chamber is hard at work preparing for the long awaited infrastructure improvements at the corner of Main St. and Furrows Rd, many of us longtime Holbrook folks will fondly recall this area as the place where they used to have the animals. On that corner, the old Friendly Farms used to have a little barnyard that was fenced in with baby goats, chickens, rabbits and other small farm animals. Some of us can still recall locals dropping off the occasional unwanted pet from time to time. Back in the mid 70’s I tried to drop my kid sister off there but I couldn’t get Mom & Dad’s buy in. Good thing as she turned out to be pretty okay after all.
In closing, on behalf of the Chamber I wish everyone a happy Labor Day and a safe return to school. Don’t forget to shop and dine locally, the entire business community of Holbrook values your business.
All the Best Always,
Rick Ammirati, President
Holbrook Chamber of Commerce