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June 26, 2019

Dear Friends,

     As Spring comes to a close, our Chamber has been quite busy! Our Street Fair was a tremendous success due to all of those who participated and came out to enjoy the day. With thousands in attendance, we will look forward to planning our 2020 Festival next June and do hope that you will join and support us! There will be many opportunities for you to be a part of the event, so look for information after the New Year!

     With Summer knocking at the door, it’s time for us to get ready for all things hot and exciting. Many of our members marched with us for the Memorial Day Parade, and the July 4th Parade is just around the corner. Once again, we would invite you to join our Board Members and march with us to celebrate our community and our country. This year we will be marching from Walker Street to Park Boulevard in Massapequa Park. If you would like to join us, please call Shelley at (516) 541-1443. Another great way to help us celebrate!

     As you know, we are always working hard to promote the importance of all our local businesses!  From our new restaurants that have recently opened their doors including The Dark Horse Tavern and Umberto’s Pizzeria, to some of our more established locations that have recently re-joined our Chamber including Krisch’s Restaurant and Gregorio’s Pizzeria, and to those who are preparing to open shortly like The Salty Chihuahua – our Chamber continues to grow and prosper. In fact, The Salty Chihuahua (1026 Park Blvd., Massapequa Park) will be celebrating their Grand Opening on Monday, July 1st, where they will be offering a complimentary lunch from 12:00 PM – 3:30 PM, followed by their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 4:00 PM. All are welcome to attend, so please be sure to stop by and show your support!

     We also continue to promote our members through our networking events which are providing great opportunities. Our past event at Zona was well-attended and the buffet provided by our hostess, Olga, was just terrific. We will keep you apprised of our next event and ask that when you register that you make every effort to attend as our hosts and hostesses are graciously providing food at no cost, so exact head counts are very important!

     If you missed our Installation Luncheon at Patrizia’s Restaurant, you missed out on a delicious lunch! It was great seeing some of our dear friends from CenterPoint Church; All Island Media; Bayview Florist & Montage; The Tiny Artist Studio; USA Insulation; Florio CPA & Co.; Lock and Key Therapy; AMVETS Post 88; and Massapequa Center Rehabilitation & Nursing. Our Board and Executive Board were installed by our Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino, and County Legislator James Kennedy was there to swear in your President as I begin my second term! At the Installation, we also took some time to acknowledge two of our outgoing Executive Board Members, Susan Martin - Acting First Vice President, and Phyllis Doria - Recording Secretary.  Both of these women have devoted countless hours and energy to our Chamber, and we are delighted that they will remain on our Board. We also announced the Businessperson of the Year honoree for 2019.  Loren Wildes, of Bar Harbor Web Design, will be this year’s honoree! Congratulations Loren on your extraordinary accomplishments, and thank you for your dedication to our community!

     We will be scheduling our August meeting shortly, so please look for the notices. As you may recall, we do not meet during July and our office hours are also cut back a bit. The office will be closed on Mondays and Fridays, but will remain open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. We will return to our regular office schedule in August.

     In closing, I will look forward to seeing you over the summer months. Wishing you all a great 4th of July, filled with sunshine and laughter, and great profits!

Warm Regards,

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