President Letter – May 2018

Greetings Once Again,

Welcome to spring…..finally….. As with 40 degree temperatures in mid to late April some of us were starting to wonder if it would ever arrive. It seems as though there has been a shift in the atmosphere with the change of seasons. The season seems to start later or end later depending on how you look at it. With this past winter, most would agree it definitely ended later.

With May, the chamber’s late spring summer schedule will now be heating up. Commencing with our semi-annual Holbrook Cleanup-up Day along with Legislator Lindsay’s office on Sat May 5th at 9 AM. Our annual Memorial Day Parade will occur on the 28th, promptly at 11 AM along Main St, west down Furrows Rd. and taking the homestretch south down Grundy Ave. culminating at the Holbrook Vietnam Memorial (Alex Di Guardia). Please come out with the family and join us as we salute those who have served our country and are no longer with us. Mark the date/time in your phones and spend 30-40 minutes of the holiday weekend to show your support for our military.

On Saturday June 9th the chamber along with Suffolk County Legislator Lindsay and the office of Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter will be hosting our FREE outdoor Annual Holbrook Concert. This year the show will kick-off at 1 PM and run until 9:30 PM. We will have over a half a dozen different bands playing sets from the 60’s through today. Bring a lawn chair and a cooler or better yet we’ll have Trio’s Restaurant & Caterers there with a food tent cooking up delicious burgers, hotdogs, crepes and the tastiest crab cakes this side of Maryland. They will also serve wine, beer, water & soda. This promises to be a really fun day of music, friends and food all right in our backyard at the outdoor property on the grounds of the Holbrook Country Club.

Mark your summer calendars for our 23rd Annual Carnival & Craft Festival from August 16th-19th also on the grounds of the Holbrook Country Club. Four great days of rides, food & entertainment that is all highlighted by 2 nights of fabulous fireworks.

As you may have read recently, there is a proposed project on the south side of the Ronkonkoma Hub along Railroad Ave. that was recently submitted to the County and received an initial approval to move forward. This project is within the Holbrook Fire District and less than a mile from Lincoln Ave. The plan calls for some medical use, retail shops, ice rinks, restaurants and hotel accommodations all centered around a proposed 17,500 seat sports & entertainment arena. Yes, I said a 17,500 seat arena.

The plan is from a developer who intends to utilize private funding with virtually no burden to the tax payers. Of course this is in the very early stages and will need to go through a number of planning and approval steps both County and Town (Islip) before being granted any forward progress. Yours truly has met with the developers and shared a number of concerns with respect to Holbrook’s traffic mitigation, infrastructure, commerce and potential quality of life concerns. Please follow this monthly column closely as we will be bringing you updates as we receive them all while closely monitoring every move from a very parochial perspective.

In closing, the chamber would like to wish all of our lovely mom’s a very Happy Mothers’ Day. Last but by no means least, a very grateful salute to all of our Veterans both past and present….we truly do thank you for your service.

All the Best Always,
Rick Ammirati
President, Holbrook Chamber of Commerce

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