President’s Letter – February 2017
Well winter is almost halfway over and although it’s not quite spring, warm weather fans like me are probably wishing for a cloudy day on February 2nd (Ground Hog Day). Hopeful that our old neighbor Holtsville Hal won’t see his shadow and spring will come a little early this year.
This winter the chamber continues to battle the litter strewn all along Patchogue Holbrook Road specifically up by the Expressway which is the north gateway to our community. I am sure the bridge of a lifetime repair is not helping the situation. The amount of bottles, wrappers and paper that is collected up there on a monthly basis is deplorable. Thanks to the efforts of the chamber that spends their own money to have cleanups done even in the winter along with our very own Holbrook Resident Jeff Bodvake we’re keeping the area looking presentable from a litter standpoint.
Over the holiday season, the chamber was informed by our local homeowner association representatives that there was an application submitted for a waste transfer station off of Furrows Rd. across from the Colony and Somerset communities. What is being proposed as the “Green Rail Project” basically can be described as a destination where trash from neighboring areas will be delivered via tractor trailers, transferred onto awaiting railroad cars and when ready shipped to another transfer station in the Brooklyn area and then transferred to a barge and freighted to a destination down south.
The application is cause for great concern not only for those homeowners who are directly impacted by it but frankly for the entire community. We’re already saddled with a large share of tankers travelling to and from the Northville site in Holtsville on Union/Long Island Avenue just north of the same rail track. Given the present circumstances with the aforementioned bridge construction, the roads have become more and more difficult to navigate with all of the traffic and now serious pothole issues due in part from these heavy vehicles. This will only continue to worsen once the Ronkonkoma hub is completed and the proposed second rail becomes operable at the Ronkonkoma train station.
Now add another 30-40 trailers of debris navigating down to Furrows Road coupled with several young children assembled at bus stops all along that very same corridor and Houston (Holbrook) we got a problem. I have to commend the Colony HOA in particular for organizing a highly informative meeting last month over at the Holbrook FD. All who attended were fully made aware of a myriad of potential health, environmental and legal issues encumbered with the proposal.
After over 10 years of sitting on the Town of Islip’s Economic Development Commission, I am placing my faith in the good hands of our Town Supervisor and the Town Council to fully consider all of the pertinent facts and arrive at the decision to do what’s in the very best interests of the community we all have worked so hard to improve and maintain as a great place to live, work and shop! I believe after all of these years the Town does share the same goals as the community and the right and just decision shall be rendered.
On January 21st the chamber’s VP Kevin Guilfoyle, Treasurer Fred Coste and I had the distinct honor in attending the Holbrook Fire Department’s Installation Dinner at Villa Lombardi’s. It was truly a thrill to witness Neil Heffernan receive the “Firefighter of the Year” award from the department. Neil has been a tremendous friend and help to the Holbrook Chamber over the past several years. Truly a tremendous volunteer in every sense of the word. Congratulations Neil the chamber is so proud of you and all you do for our community.
In closing, please remember to check out the section in the Our Place that lists all of our chamber members and please do everything in your power to utilize any and all of their goods and services. Our members support us and the downtown; we must keep them all thriving if we plan on surviving.
Happy Valentine’s to all of the Lovers and Happy President’s Day to all of the faithful’s!
All the Best Always,
President, Holbrook C.O.C.