President’s Letter – June 2019

Greetings Once Again,

Well its almost summertime… aside from the taxes and traffic, it’s hard not to argue that Long Island is truly one of the best places on earth this time of year. Having been born on and a life-time resident of the Island, I feel blessed to have the opportunity every summer season to enjoy the beautiful beaches, parks, wineries and the fresh local produce of our east-end farms. Many of my best memories were spending summers at the shore or when I was a kid hanging out at the Brookhaven Pools in Holtsville.

It recently dawned on me while traveling to Minneapolis, Minnesota (the land of a thousand lakes and another thousand inches of annual snow along with a Purple Guy we won’t soon forget) that when people ask me where I am from to proudly answer with LONG ISLAND! Generally, I used to always say New York or it sounded like New Yawk! The first thing most people think of is the city, Times Square, Broadway, big buildings and millions of people buzzing around. Don’t get me wrong, I love the city however I will always be an islander and hope to inform out of town folks that we’re indeed an entity all unto our own and a beautiful one at that.

It is with that same pride and spirit that the Holbrook Chamber and its Executive Board are now seeking to improve the downtown business community. There is a lot of planning and work that has to be done, however the first steps have been taken and we look forward to reshaping our downtown and transforming it into something we will be proud of for generations to come.

This summer promises to be another fun one with our annual carnival in August (15th-18th). On Saturday July 27th the Town of Islip along with the Holbrook Chamber will be hosting a “Blues & Blueberry Festival” on the grounds of the Holbrook Country Club. This promises to be a fun filled family day of blues music, fresh blue berries and assorted blue berry vendors. More details to follow on, and the Our Place Newspapers.

In commemoration of Islip Town’s 335th Anniversary, they are hosting restaurant month in different designated towns. Holbrook’s month will be August. Many of our local Holbrook eateries will be offering specially priced meals and drinks with an Islip theme in honor of the 335th and 1683 year of incorporation. More details to follow.

A special thanks to our good friends over at the Holbrook Fire Department for hanging the American Flags in Town in time for the Memorial Day Parade.  Huge thanks to Boy Scout Troop 636 out of Grundy for cleaning and beautifully manicuring the Vietnam Memorial on Grundy Ave.  Thank you to our parade chair Marilyn Wenz for organizing another great March down Main and through the heart of Holbrook to the Memorial.

In closing, a very happy Father’s Day to those special guys in our lives. I give thanks every day for a father who instilled a wisdom and humility in me that I can only pay forward in life. Congratulations to all of our amazing graduates, we wish the world for your futures!  As you travel the world, never forget that Long Island will always be in your heart.

Cheers to the Long Island Iced Tea! Most everyone knows that Long Island…..

All the Best Always,

Rick Ammirati

President, Holbrook Chamber of Commerce

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