President’s Letter – September 2019


As we wind down one of the nicest summer seasons we have seen on Long Island in years, it is now time to buckle down and get back to school for some and business for others. I was speaking with a good friend of mine the other day and we both could not believe how quickly this summer went by. Before we know it the beautiful changes will start occurring with the fall leaves and autumn season which for many is their favorite time of year weather-wise.

I generally always open my monthly columns off writing about the weather. If you think about it, the weather affects our lives a great deal. Rain and snow can sometimes postpone and determine outdoor work or activities, create traffic issues and add a little unwanted stress to our day. Conversely, a nice sunny day can make one’s outlook just a little brighter, an event or activity run better and help things flow smoother.

Last month, the chamber was grateful for four nice summer days albeit a little humid to host our 25th Annual Fair. Of course, as is tradition we had a shower or two, however it wouldn’t be a Holbrook Fair without a little rain. This year thousands of Holbrook residents and visitors from neighboring communities enjoyed a great time on the rides, eating those tasty steak sandwiches, sausage & peppers, funnel cakes and of course ice cream. With a special thanks to Legislator Bill Lindsay and the County of Suffolk, we had great entertainment on the concert stage all weekend long as well as two nights of beautiful fireworks.

A huge thank you goes out to all of our chamber members that either sponsored a ride or volunteered their time. Without the support of the Holbrook Chamber, this fair, which has become an annual Holbrook summer tradition, would not have been possible. Please consider thanking any of the businesses you may have noticed either on a sign or in the ticket booths that generously sponsored by visiting and or utilizing their services.

Another big thank you to the Holbrook Fire Department’s Junior Firefighters for helping with the set-up of the grounds as well as assisting with any potential safety and or medical issues that arose throughout the long weekend. Thank you to Chief Bodor for providing all of the necessary resources to keep the fair safe during the fireworks shows.

With the change of season, the chamber now too will be buckling down and getting back to work on increasing our membership. It’s time to knock on the doors of many of our local Holbrook businesses and request they get on board so we can make more improvements to the business district in the form of beautification, landscape clean-ups and maintenance as well as enhancing many of our cultural events including the summer fair.

The chamber will also be continuing its work with the Regional Planning Study, State, County and both Islip and Brookhaven Towns. The plan calls for new sewers on Main and Union, suggested zoning changes to accommodate future development that will better suit the business community for 2020 and beyond. More details to follow in future columns.

In closing, on behalf of the chamber I would like to wish all of our students heading back to school a very safe and successful year. Don’t forget to enjoy the fall as it will be here and gone before we know it!

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

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