President’s Letter – December 2017
Greetings of the Season,
Well folks just like that here we are once again welcoming in “the most wonderful time of the year.” As we close out another year with the hustle and bustle of holiday planning, shopping, cooking and hosting please remember to utilize all of our chamber member services wherever possible. You can find a complete listing of our members in the centerfold of the Our Place Newspaper and for a more detailed description checkout our website www.holbrookchamber.com.
It is important that we continue to support our local economy in the face of all of the big box competition not to mention the impact the internet continues to have on brick and mortar businesses. It is vital to keep our “Main Street” local businesses thriving as it greatly impacts’ our school, county and town tax income, the downtown community aesthetically along with the value of our residences.
On behalf of the chamber, I deeply apologize that the flags we hung back in May did not come down until just before Thanksgiving. The intent was to leave them up until after Veterans’ Day but unfortunately recent windstorms and the length of time caused several of them to become tattered and torn. Thank you to a number of concerned residents who contacted the chamber regarding the flags and please be assured we will have them down by mid-September next year.
Reflecting back briefly on 2017, the chamber overall had another productive year within the community as we expanded our landscaping maintenance program to include the brick paver medians along Union Avenue in addition to the large verge area along the north-west corridor of Patchogue/Holbrook Rd. This effort is more about what you won’t notice (weeds/debris) along those roadways.
In collaboration with Suffolk County’s Downtown Revitalization program along with Legis. Muratore’s & Legis. Lindsay’s offices the chamber was able to secure a grant for new lampposts along the Union and Coates Avenue corridor. These will be installed hopefully in the spring.
2017 also saw the return of our free concert event held over at the Holbrook Country Club. Special thanks to Legis. Lindsay for securing funding for our community to host this fun cultural event for our residents. Next year, we’re already planning a free Saturday 10 hour concert with 8 different acts.
The chamber also hosted another successful Fair at our new location on the Holbrook Country Club grounds. A special thank you once again to our good friends Islip’s Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter and Parks Commissioner Tommy Owens for helping the chamber make that happen.
In closing, please mark your calendars for our annual chamber Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sat. 12/2, 4:30 PM @ the Irish Times/Kempo Karate/Maz Optical/N.Y.’s Oven Lovin Shopping Center. On 12/12, 6:00 PM @ the Coste Agency 1000 Main St., we will host our annual Menorah Lighting Ceremony with our very dear friend and Holbrook neighbor Rabbi Steven Moss. On behalf of the Holbrook Chamber, we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah and blessed New Year!
All the Best Always,
President, Holbrook Chamber of Commence