President’s Letter – December 2016
Well just like a shake or two of old Santa’s bell….jingle, jingle the holiday season is upon us. Putting all the shopping and planning oppressions aside, most would agree it truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Often we see the kind and generous side of people as some of those icy exteriors melt a bit from the warmth of the holidays. So rejoice and embrace as we race over the river and through the woods in a one horse open sleigh.
Speaking of racing over the river….or in Holbrook the now infamous bridge…well unfortunately up by the Expressway that won’t be happening for a while. According to the most recent State D.O.T. communication released on November 18th, the northbound side of the bridge will be “Permanently closed to all traffic until early summer 2017”. All northbound traffic is now being detoured eastbound towards Holbrook Road.
According to the State, the bridge was “hit on three separate occasions by errant/oversized trucks which suspended the reconstruction project temporarily and prolonged the original project schedule”. Previous communications from the State said that both travel sides would be open prior to the end of 2016 and the sidewalks would be completed in the spring. Now it appears weather permitting the entire project won’t be finished until next summer.
Well given the current road block up north, it may be just the reason for the season to shop local and stay right here in Holbrook. Thanks to our dear friends over at the Holbrook Fire Department, the chamber’s beautiful holiday lights are once again beaming throughout the Main St. and Union Avenue corridors. It really does add a nice holiday feel as you shop and dine within the community.
On Saturday December 3rd the chamber will host our annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 4:30 PM in the Irish Times/Kempo Karate/Maz Optical shopping center. Complete with caroling and of course a visit from that Jolly Old Elf on a fire truck. On Monday December 26th at 6 PM @ Friendly Drugs, we will light the menorah and celebrate the Hanukkah holiday with our beloved friend and Holbrook Resident Rabbi Moss. Both great Holbrook Holiday Traditions you won’t want to miss.
So this holiday season please don’t forget to shop small not just one day but each and every of the twelve days of Christmas and then some. We have so many nice shops and restaurants for those special one of kind gifts, delightful dishes and delectable drinks.
In closing, on behalf of your Holbrook Chamber I want to wish everyone the merriest of a Christmas, happiest of a Hanukah and absolute healthiest of a New Year……
All the Best of the Season!