President’s Letter – November 2019

Greetings of the Thankful Season,

Once again it’s so hard to believe the holiday season is already upon us. It feels like we were just down at the Holbrook Fair a few weeks ago when in fact it was over two and a half months ago.

As November ushers in all of the hustle and bustle of planning, shopping and entertaining there are a few things we must all stop and give thanks for.

First and foremost, we must give thanks for our veterans both on Veteran’s Day November 11th, and every other day. Our freedom is something we should always be grateful for and thanks to the fine men and women who have served throughout history, we can celebrate another holiday season however and with whomever we choose.

We need to be thankful for the Holbrook Fire Department and their EMS Services. On October 4th the chamber attended their annual Open House Event. On that evening, through a live demonstration children learned invaluable safety lessons on how to escape danger in the event of a fire. Words cannot express how indebted the community is to the fine men and women who serve in the Department.

On Election Day, we should be thankful for many of the elected officials who have worked and helped preserve our best interests. Although it’s easy to be cynical and criticize some of the actions and decisions that we may not always agree with, I can tell you first hand that Holbrook has many in government from Federal to State to County and Town that have done and continue to do a lot of good for our local community.

Regardless of your political preferences and convictions we do encourage you to get out and vote on November 5th. Your voice always matters.

We should give thanks to all of the volunteers who participated in our semi annual Holbrook Cleanup Day on 10/26 which was hosted and organized by Legislator Bill Lindsay’s Office. Close to 100 Sachem Students, Boy and Girl Scouts and Holbrook residents canvassed and cleaned the Main St., Union Ave and Patchogue/Holbrook Rd. corridors.

A special thanks to Holbrook’s own Jeff Bodvake not only for participating in the Fall Holbrook Cleanup Day but also for cleaning our roadways as a volunteer 52 weeks a year. There is a reason our community looks better than most when it comes to litter and Jeff is a huge part. In fact, he’s even inspired his Daughter Kayleigh to help him. Way to go Jeff you’re amazing!!!

We should be thankful for a business community that in large part supports our chamber and through their contributions enables the chamber to host our annual holiday lightings and decorate the downtown area with our holiday lights. It does make a difference having the business district lit up for the season.

Please remember to support our members by shopping and dining locally in Holbrook as much as possible. A complete listing of chamber members is available at and within the centerfold of the Our Place News.

In closing, on behalf of the Holbrook Chamber, I would like to wish you and your families a wonderful Thanksgiving and I am hopeful you all have a lot to be thankful for this year…

All the Best Always,
Rick Ammirati
Holbrook Chamber of Commerce

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