President’s Letter – February 2021

Greetings,

I hope you all and your families are staying safe and healthy as we move into the new year with the hope of returning to some social and economic normalcy.

Thanks to the loyal support of our local community, many of the chamber businesses we have spoken to have been “holding their own” over the holiday season and the early part of 2021. Nothing pleases us more than to hear our Holbrook hyper local economy is persevering. Now that being said, there is still a ways to go as the COVID-19 vaccines start rolling out to the general public and our government officials begin to feel more comfortable relaxing some of the restrictive protocols currently in place on businesses in general. Again, I must preface that we need to shop, dine/takeout and utilize every service available as needed within our Holbrook specific community. Keeping a fully occupied and active business district is key as we emerge into a much anticipated “new normal” phase.

The chamber has already been hard at work as we continue to seek new opportunities to assist our members virtually with launching our new electronic newsletter, zoom meetings and embarking on our new “Highlights of Holbrook” video series. We’re also holding out hope we can host our annual Memorial Day parade pending government approval. This year will mark the 50th anniversary of the Holbrook Vietnam Memorial on Grundy Avenue (est.1971). The chamber along with AMVETS Post 1174 and the DiGuardia Family will be recognizing this momentous event with a small ceremony on Memorial Day. We must never forget the sacrifice Alex DiGuardia Holbrook’s very own made for our Country back in 1967.

The chamber continues to follow-up with the County and State on our Main St. and Union Avenue sewer development project. As outlined in previous communications, the need to evolve our downtown business district and future its development is highly dependent upon obtaining and installing a sewer system. Once that is in place, we can recontinue with the Suffolk County IDA revisioning study to improve and smartly grow the Holbrook Business District along the Main St. and Union Avenue corridor.

We will continue to update status as the project moves forward.

In closing, the chamber wishes you and your family a very Happy Valentine’s and President’s Day this month. Please consider Valentine’s Day dining or takeout from one of our many fine Holbrook Chamber eateries which can be found on our website at holbrookchamber.com.

In Good Health & Safety Always,
Rick Ammirati
President
Holbrook Chamber of Commerce

 
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