President’s Letter – August 2016
Greetings of the summer,
Hopefully everyone is enjoying their summer and getting a chance to relax a bit with family and friends. Last month was a hot one but I am sure many found relief down at the shore, in their pools, at home in the AC or over at the movie theater. As I have said before, nothing beats the summers here at home on Long Island.
Last month I incorrectly reported that the CR19/LIE Overpass bridge repair project would be completed in August….of this year. My apologies for communicating the information I received which was not accurate. On June 27th right after my column’s deadline, I attended a meeting hosted by our dear friend and NYS Assemblyman Al Graf along with representatives of the NYS DOT. Also in attendance were about 30-40 concerned residents. After answering a number of questions and addressing some concerns it was communicated by the DOT that all of the lanes on the bridge will be opened by the end of this year.
The rest of the project which is inclusive of wider pedestrian sidewalks will not be completed until June of 2017. According to the state and as has been previously reported by the chamber and Assemblyman Graf’s office is that the contractor has faced a number of setbacks inclusive of accidental damage from several trucks riding along the LIE. Unfortunately, the community will have to continue to be patient or avoid the area as much as possible until the end of the year.
Once again, this summer the chamber is crazy busy preparing for our 22nd Annual Carnival & Craft Festival over at the Seneca Middle School from August 11th through the 14th. Please check the Our Place Newspaper or Holbrookchamber.com for the complete list of events, vendors and times. You may also call our office 631-471-2725 with any specific questions.
In addition to our two nights of world class fireworks and all of the other great entertainment, we also will be hosting a 10 piece Neil Diamond Tribute band called “One Hot Night”. For those Neil Diamond admirers, you won’t want to miss this show on Sunday evening the 14th.
A special thank you to all of our chamber member fair sponsors. We could not put this wonderful annual event on without your support!
The chamber would like to thank our dear friends over at the Holbrook Fire department for watering our medians along Patchogue/Holbrook Road during last month’s heatwave. With drought conditions mounting the department sent out a few trucks to irrigate the bushes and grass along the County Route 19 corridor which was a huge help.
In speaking of the Holbrook Fire Department, it is with a heavy heart that the community bids farewell to an absolutely great person and member in Michael Tarantino. Mike was currently serving as a commissioner on the Fire District Board when he passed away on July 14th. He was a highly decorated member and Ex-Captain of the Lightning Engine Company who served the community for 37 years.
Mike was a lovely person who was always there to help anyone in need. He will forever be missed by his family, friends, the Department and most of all the Holbrook Community. Mike on behalf of the entire chamber….thank you and may God continue to bless you on the other side.
The Holbrook Community suffered another great loss in Ilene Weiner-Shea who passed away suddenly on July 7th. Ilene was a loving wife and mother who will also be greatly missed. Many will recall Ilene as a well-respected businesswoman in the area who had worked a number of years for our chamber VP Kevin Guilfoyle. Ilene was going to start working for the Our Place Newspapers right before she passed. Losing Ilene in truly a blink of the eye demonstrates just how precious and delicate life is. That being said, please always treasure your family, friends and business associates as you never know when the last time you shall see them.
In closing, please have a safe and fun rest of your summer and we look forward to seeing you down at the Fair from the 11th through the 14th.
All the Best Always,
Rick Ammirati, President
Holbrook Chamber of Commerce