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President’s Letter – July 2021

Greetings Once Again,

Summer is here and things are heating up in Holbrook. The chamber is excited to announce that we will once again be able to host the Annual Holbrook Carnival after missing our first in twenty years last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The dates are August 26th thru the 29th. We will have a full complement of rides, games and food as well as our spectacular fireworks show on Saturday evening.

With our longtime partners All County Amusements, we will be adhering to the NYS/DOH safety guidelines that are in effect at the time. We are looking forward to a safe and fun filled family friendly weekend for the community. Frankly, we feel this will be a welcome opportunity for those who are comfortable attending. Please mark your calendars as more details to follow on our website, and the August issue of the Colonist.

On this past Memorial Day, the chamber along with AMVETS POST 1174, Gold Star Sister Sheila DiGuardia, NYS Assemblyman Doug Smith, Suff. County Legis. Anthony Picirillo, Islip CouncilWoman Mary Kate Mullin, the Holbrook Fire Department and Cub Scout Pack 124 recognized and commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the dedication for the Holbrook Veterans Memorial on Grundy Avenue.

It was a true honor to remember Alex DiGuardia, the young US Army Soldier from Holbrook who was killed during the Vietnam War in 1967. In addition to the heartfelt speeches from our distinguished guests, we would like to thank Pack 124 for placing all of those beautiful mini American Flags along the front lawn area. Next year we hope to host our annual Memorial day Parade which commences on Main Street and culminates at the HVM.

The chamber executive board has been diligently working on our sewer project status for the Main St. & Union Avenue corridor. Monies have been allocated within the County Budget over the next two years and we’re anticipating it will be shovel ready within the next 18-24 months. A huge Thank you to County Executive Steve Bellone’s office along with Legislator Picirillo’s office and Suffolk County Economic Development for including part of Holbrook’s Sewer project in the Federal Infrastructure Bill that is awaiting Capitol Hill’s approval. I hope to have more details and an updated status in my next column. Securing sewers for our downtown is vital to the Main St./Union Avenue business community’s future economic viability.

In closing, I would like to personally recognize and remember two long-time Holbrook Residents that both passed on back in late May. Tim Horgan and Bob Cafaro who were both original Glenmere Way homeowners in the new Parkland Development back in 1975. I was fortunate to grow up across the street from both of these fine men and their families whom I had the utmost admiration and respect for. Both hardworking professional businessmen who to me, represented what the Holbrook community was and I trust always will be about. Love of family first , care and respect for neighbors and making the American Dream come true in one of the greatest places to raise a family and enjoy life while one is blessed to do so…..Rest in Peace Tim & Bob!

This summer, please remember to support all of our Holbrook businesses throughout the entire town!

A Happy & Safe Fourth of July to everyone and looking forward to reuniting down at the carnival in late August.

All the Best Always,
Rick Ammirati
Holbrook Chamber of Commerce

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