President’s Letter – July 2016
Greetings of July,
Just like the sudden snap of a firecracker…bang here we’re in the midst of the summer season. Ah yes…summers on Long Island are simply the best. Surrounded by water and bookended by some of the most breathtakingly beautiful beaches you just can’t go wrong here if you love the summer outdoor season.
Unfortunately, we had to cancel this year’s Memorial Day Parade. The call had to be made at 9 AM and after consulting with the Fifth Precinct Cope Sergeant who informed us that the other 8 parades they had all cancelled the decision was obvious. At 9 AM it was raining heavy and according to our friends over at the Civil Air Patrol a thunderstorm watch was in effect for the area until 2 PM. We truly apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to next year’s parade.
Fortunately, for the chamber the day was far from a washout as our V.P. Kevin Guifoyle and I attended the 6 AM Sunrise ceremony at the Holbrook Vietnam Memorial which I highly recommend everyone join us next year. It was in one word “special” and truly made our day. We also had the honor of joining our dear friends from the Holbrook F.D. for their annual honoring of those who served and passed in the department.
As the season heats up the chamber is busy preparing for our annual Carnival & Craft Festival starting on August 11th through that weekend. Once again we will host the event on the Seneca Middle School grounds. All the rides, food and fun will be there along with our traditional two nights of world class fireworks and a large variety of entertainment throughout the four days. On Sunday evening 8/14, we will have “One Hot Night” no not the weather, a Neil Diamond cover artist who for any of you Sweet Caroline fans you will want to Crackling Rosie get on board and come on down to the fair. Look for more details in the Our Place and by visiting holbrookchamber.com.
The chamber has received word from the State that the Patchogue/Holbrook Rd. LIE overpass repair is scheduled for completion by the end of August. Many of us locals will find that to be a huge relief as this has been a major inconvenience for quite some time now. As reported in previous chamber columns, the bridge received unexpected damage from trucks hitting it on three separate occasions. This created several setbacks as the affected areas had to be repaired.
In closing, the chamber wishes everyone a very safe and happy Fourth of July. Don’t forget to visit longtime chamber members Everyday Pools for all those backyard pool needs. Also drop in to the Propane Guys for all your grill needs and visit Brinkmann’s True Value Hardware for all your backyard supplies as well. Tell them the chamber sent you!
All the Best Always…..
Rick Ammirati, President
Holbrook Chamber of Commerce