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April 29, 2019

Dear Friends,

     I do hope that you all enjoyed the Holiday celebrations of Passover and Easter.  Like you all, I am looking forward to the warmth of Spring and all that goes hand in hand with the coming of a new season.  This is a busy time for many of our businesses, especially those like Blu Poppy Boutique, La Boutique by Rosa, and Magnolia Lace Boutique who will be changing over their stock to welcome new spring lines and begin the clearance sales of winter!  We are hopeful that SHOP LOCAL will resonate with all of our businesses who recognize the importance of keeping our dollars in the community. 

And, I suppose it’s also a great time to renew those memberships with our local exercise and gym facilities including our members 24 Hour Fitness, Body by SharQ, Club Pilates Massapequa, and Emerge Yoga and Wellness that will prepare us for the summer.

     We are very excited about our upcoming events. We will be joining with the Nassau Council of Chambers to celebrate their 40th Birthday on Wednesday, May 15th at the RXR Plaza in Uniondale at 6:00 PM. Our Chamber would like to invite you to attend this networking event which is shaping up to be a great opportunity to meet new business contacts and develop new relationships. Light refreshments and food will be served, and of course you should bring plenty of your business cards!  If you would like to attend, please CLICK HERE to register. You can also call (516) 253 - 0124 with any questions.

     In addition to this exciting event, the Massapequa Chamber has also scheduled another of our very popular Multi-Chamber Networking Events for Monday, June 10th at 5:30 PM at Zona Restaurant (4883 Merrick Road, Massapequa Park.) In addition to donating their space for networking, Zona will also be providing delicious complimentary appetizers and a cash bar. Be sure to bring plenty of business cards. Raffle prizes are also always welcome and appreciated! The registration link will be available this week, so please continue to check our e-blasts and website to reserve your space!

     And as May draws to a close, we will be remembering our brave heroes by marching in the Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27th. Lineup is 9:30 AM and the starting time is 10:00 AM. The parade will begin on Front Street in Massapequa Park and travel to Klestinec Park on Broadway in Massapequa for a Memorial Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony. Additionally, the American Legion Post 1066 will serve refreshments at their headquarters immediately following the ceremony. We invite you to march with us and show your pride for our community and country. It really is a wonderful morning and a great opportunity to commemorate your community pride and spirit.  Please call Shelley at 541-1443 if you'd like to march with your Chamber.

     Last, but certainly not least, is our annual Street Fair on lower Broadway which is just around the corner on Sunday, June 2nd.  We are hopeful that we will have record crowds for this event!  Our amazing Main Event Sponsor Massapequa Center Rehabilitation and Nursing. Other generous sponsors include Applebee’s, Chapey and Sons Funeral Home, Club Pilates Massapequa, J.E. Ryan and Associates, Karate Academy of Bethpage, Massapequa Oral and Implant Surgery, NEFCU, Panera Bread, Plainview Hospital, and The Zabbia Insurance Agency. Our sponsors will be front and center helping us to celebrate and we are so grateful for their support! If you would like be a part of this prestigious list, please let us know or just simply CLICK HERE for the sponsorship application. If you would like to participate as a vendor, we still have spots left! Craft vendors should CLICK HERE and food vendors should CLICK HERE for additional information, or you can feel free to visit our website or call the office. We are very proud to have selected Robert Zabbia of The Zabbia Insurance Agency as this year’s Grand Marshal. The day will be filled with great food, fun, crafts, and all kinds of items to peruse. It’s a perfect day to take your family out and have some fun and listen to our bands and watch some of our local talent.

     I will look forward to seeing you at our next general meeting on Thursday, May 23rd at 12:00 Noon, which will be held at our longtime member establishment, Sergio's Restaurant located at 5422 Merrick Road in Massapequa!

     Wishing you a prosperous Spring season!

Warm Regards,

Jamie E. Bogenshutz, LCSW
President, Massapequa Chamber of Commerce