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President’s Letter – February 2020

Winter Greetings,

Given how uneventful weather wise January was, many of us are hoping our old neighbor Holtsville Hal will wake to a cloudy day on February 2nd proclaiming spring is just around the corner.

Speaking of corners, the bottom lower right hand corner of your February calendars will be displaying an extra day this year. Yes, it’s leap year in 2020 and hopefully you can take that extra day to get caught up on those little tasks you just haven’t had time for. Cleaning out your closets, clearing out your overloaded email inbox or maybe making a lunch date with an old friend you haven’t had time to see.

The other bonus is the 29th falls on a Saturday which for most is a non work day providing all the more reason to leap on the opportunity to catchup on those postponed projects or people.

Corners? Stay with me on this…the Chamber has received word from Islip that the Furrows and Main st. NW corner will finally be revitalized after some 40 plus years of discussing, negotiating and tolerating the unacceptable status quo.

Thanks in huge part to our dear friend and Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter, the efforts of the Chamber and cooperation of the property owners, an agreement has been made to commence with drainage, curb and sidewalk repair/replacement in late spring/ early summer.

Personally, I have been involved in municipal negotiations with that corner for close to 25 yrs as president and VP of the chamber. I will be smiling and feeling so proud inside once the work is done as it’s bothered me since I was a kid at Seneca Middle school back in the late 70’s as to why when I walked into town between class and football practice for a snack at the old “Friendly Farms”, we were missing of all things a sidewalk on that busy corner. This promises to truly be a monument-us moment in Holbrook Main St. history…..

Congratulations and luck of the Irish to longtime chamber members Irish Times on their new renovation which looks beautiful.

Chamber VP Kevin Guilfoyle and myself met with the newly elected County Legislator and Holbrook’s very own Anthony Piccirillo earlier last month. We’re looking forward to continuing our efforts along with Anthony’s assistance in obtaining sewers for the Union and Main st. Business District. This will take a few years to secure approvals and come to fruition however the groundwork has already been laid and now requires a continued push to become a reality. Much more on this is just around the corner.

In closing, on behalf of the chamber I wish you and your special someone a very Happy Valentines Day! Make reservations at any one of our lovely Chamber restaurants listed on Holbrook It will be a nice cozy Friday night and keeping it right in town is more romantic… Remember HOME is where the heart is!!!

With all due respect and admiration for our Town!
Rick Ammirati
Holbrook Chamber of Commerce

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