President’s Letter – September 2018

Salutations of September,

After a relatively unstable weather month in August, it is now time to enjoy one of the most beautiful times of the year on Long Island.  As the days begin to shorten a bit, September gives you those warm beach/pool days that wind down with cool nights that make for great sleeping with the windows open. Sapphire skies perfectly mirror the birthstone of this ninth month of the calendar year.

Last month the chamber hosted its 24th Annual Carnival & Craft Show on the grounds of the Holbrook Country Club. Although the aforementioned unstable if not disruptive weather challenged the event over that weekend there was still plenty of fun had by all who attended. Many thanks to our Holbrook Chamber Member Sponsors for their generous donations. Without these contributions to support all of our initial expenses this event would never happen. Very special thanks to Stop-n-Shop in Holbrook and the Lombardi Family for their extremely generous sponsorships this year. Also a special thank you to Legislator Bill Lindsay and The Meat Farms Shopping Center for sponsoring this year’s entertainment. Please patronize and support these and all of our chamber members as they’re truly the backbone of the business community. Kindly refer to our Sponsor Thank you page in this month’s Our Place Newspaper which formally recognizes ALL of our Fair Supporters.

The chamber would like to especially thank Supervisor Angie Carpenter, all of our Islip Town Board Members, Islip Parks Dept. Superintendent Tom Owens and Trios Restaurant for graciously allowing us to utilize the Holbrook Country Club grounds again this year for our fair.

The chamber has a busy next few weeks as we commence with our first Regional Planning scoping meeting with the County on 8/28 (Column was written prior). We will provide a detailed report on the meeting, proposals and any subsequent follow-up that occurs. The objective is to identify potential re-development opportunities within the downtown corridor. After soliciting input from the committee, government officials and effected commercial property owners, a master plan will be crafted and presented to the community.

The vision with this RPA plan is to create a common goal of making the entire Holbrook Business District a destination place for more commerce inclusive of service and professional related businesses, enhanced dining and shopping experiences, perhaps an entertainment attraction and last but not least a modest residential component. Although the plan and its augmentation process will take time, this first step is always the most important. Here is to the future of Holbrook!

Speaking of proposed developments, on Thursday Sept 6th @ 7 PM at the Holbrook Fire Department Headquarters (390 Terry Blvd) the Cameron Engineering Firm will be facilitating a “Community Traffic and Complete Streets Conversation” in reference to the proposed development on the south side of the Ronkonkoma Railroad Station and Rail Road Avenue corridor. More specifically, this is regarding the well-publicized proposed arena/convention center adjacent to the Ronkonkoma Hub project.  The meeting is open to the General Public and the chamber strongly urges all who are concerned and or want to be more informed to attend.

In closing, the chamber wants to wish our longtime Vice President Kevin Guilfoyle a speedy recovery as we hope to see him and his invaluable land-use experience back on the field with all of these new developments. Last but by no means least; we want to wish all of our students heading back to school a very successful and safe school year!


All the Best Always,
Rick Ammirati

President, Holbrook Chamber of Commerce

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