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President’s Letter – September 2021


Welcome to September! My personal favorite month of the year. Granted it’s my born on month so there is some favoritism however it’s also a time for new beginnings as we close out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.

The sapphire month signals a time to get back to school, work and the business of life as we know it for most of the year.

With the unknown Covid concerns and perhaps renewed CDC restrictions, everyone is planning and proceeding cautiously. Reminds me of the old “Once Bitten Twice Shy” song by the Great White.

It is with great hope for all that although we may continue to be confronted with different strains of the virus we have learned to adapt and keep society in general open and avoiding another decimating shutdown.

Due to print deadlines, I am writing this column on the eve of when Hurricane Henri is due to arrive in our area and prior to our annual carnival.

First and foremost, I hope and pray we do not encounter much if any property damage from the storm and that nobody was without power for long if at all. Obviously, we can never be fully prepared for the unknown of a storm of this kind of magnitude.

I will provide a full recap on the carnival in my October column. However, the chamber cannot thank our members enough for an overwhelming response with respect to our ride sponsorships. Given so many of our businesses really struggled this past year and a half, we were so fortunate and grateful for our member’s generous support. Without our chamber members, there is no way we could host this annual event which is enjoyed and over the years has become a treasured memory for many of the residents.

The chamber continues to follow up, monitor and foster our Main St./Union Ave. sewer project. We intend to see the work commence within the next year and be completed in 2023. That’s the plan.

Given all the new development within and surrounding Holbrook, we highly anticipate and expect this to occur. Once in place, plans will be set forth on the redevelopment of the Main & Union Business District.

The chamber will also be addressing the medians on Patchogue/Holbrook Rd. this fall with Legislator Anthony Picirillo and Suffolk DPW. Many of them are in desperate need of repair and or a landscape refurbishment.

In closing, on behalf of the Holbrook Chamber’s Officers and Directors along with our valued members, we wish you a Healthy & Happy Labor Day and upcoming fall season!


All the best…Always!!!
Rick Ammirati
Holbrook Chamber

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