President’s Letter – May 2017
Spring is officially in full bloom and the warm Long Island weather is on the way. As I have often written over the years, there is so much to be grateful for living in one of the absolute most beautiful places in the world.
As with every spring and summer season the outdoor activities are in full swing. On Saturday May 13th the chamber in affiliation with Legislator Lindsay’s office and the Holbrook Beautification Committee will be hosting our semi-annual “Holbrook Clean-up Day”. Rain or shine we will meet at the Seneca Middle School @ 9 AM. There everyone will receive their cleanup gear and area assignments. This is a great opportunity for students to receive a community service letter directly from the Legislator. Looks great on those college resumes. Immediately following the cleanup, Legislator Lindsay will host a thank you BBQ lunch for all the volunteers. This will occur at noon when all the participants return their gear at Seneca.
On Monday May 29th, the chamber will once again host our annual Memorial Day Parade which commences on Main St and proceeds down Furrows Rd. to Grundy Ave culminating at the Holbrook Veteran’s Memorial. The parade starts at 11 AM with the ceremony at the Memorial taking place around 11:30-11:45. Please come out and show all of our marchers and of course in spirit all of the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom your admiration and support.
Save the date on your calendars and in your smart phones for Saturday June 17th @ 7PM on the grounds of Holbrook Country Club. The chamber along with Legislator Lindsay, Suffolk County and the Town of Islip will be hosting a FREE outdoor concert. Yes, back by popular demand is our annual outdoor show. This year we’re featuring “Bonjourney” who performs music from the hybrid obvious along with a great opening act, “Steel Silk” who covers classic rock, R&B and pop hits everyone is sure to enjoy. So come on out all you 80’s fans and bring the kids to school them on a sound for the ages.
The community received some much needed good news earlier last month when it was announced that the proposed Green Rail Waste Transfer Station application was withdrawn. Thanks to the tireless and incredibly comprehensive efforts of the “Stop the Furrows Road Project” Committee along with several of our homeowner associations and government officials the right and just decision was made. There are way too many individuals to thank and for the sake of not leaving anyone out, I would just like to recognize all of the wonderful, caring and highly intelligent folks from the Holbrook & Holtsville communities for coming together with one unified message of NO and dozens of factual reasons to support their position.
Thank you ALL! You made this humble little chamber president one very proud kid from old Holbrook with how you took this challenge head-on. There is still clean-up work to be done along that Furrows corridor and I fully confident the community will continue its collaborations accordingly.
The word from the State on the now very infamous “Holbrook Bridge” is that work will continue into the summer months with a tentative completion now for the fall. Which reminds me of that old nursery rhyme…London Bridges…falling down…falling down. All kidding aside, the chamber does empathize with the thousands of residents and business owners whom have endured this detour to and from our town for nearly 3 years now.
In closing, what is more important than any of the aforementioned is wishing the most beautiful person in every one of our lives both yesterday, today and tomorrow…a Happy Mother’s Day!!! Happy Mother’s Day to all of those very special women who gave us the most precious gift of all….their love.
All the Best Always,
Holbrook Chamber of Commerce