Dear Friends,

     As the holidays are now upon us, we hope that your business is gearing up for a wonderful season. We continue to work hard to promote the “Shop Local” message, which was broadcast loud and clear at our recent press conference, attended by News 12 with our Town Supervisor, Joseph Saladino.

     Special thanks to those of you who participated in our Food Drive, which was very successful. We are now in the midst of our Toy Drive with many of our local businesses who were kind enough to place boxes in their storefronts. If you would like to participate in our Toy Drive, please feel free to call our office at (516) 541 – 1443.

     On Wednesday, December 19th, we will be partnering with the Marine Corp’s Toys for Tots campaign, and we welcome you all to join us at 1:00 PM at the 7-Eleven located at 5570 Merrick Road in East Massapequa. Special thanks to our Board Members Patricia Orzano and Phyllis Doria for their hard work in both of these drives, as well as Robert Barrett, Karen Gawrych, and Lucrezia Falacara who assisted in collecting much-needed items for our community.

     There is so much happening in our community that warrants our excitement, yet before I go on about some of these events, I do need to share an incident that I believe deserves your attention. As you may know, celebrating our members is always a priority for our Chamber. To that end, we proudly promote those members who participate in our signage campaign. The Chamber owns seven signs throughout the community. Over the past years, several of these signs along with our member promotions have been vandalized and destroyed. Certainly, as professional businesspeople, we need to be the leaders and mentors of ethical and positive behaviors. It is clear that we live in a very competitive culture, but with that said, we share a common goal of wanting our businesses to thrive; to compete using an ethical moral compass; and to excel based on our service and business capabilities. At the moment, we are in the process of working with businesses whose cameras monitor our signs throughout the community. And we would ask you all to take note of our signage – and should you see any suspicious behavior or signage that has been tampered with, please call the police immediately, as well as our office. To coin a very common phrase: If you see something, say something!

     And now on to our celebratory news! Assuming Mother Nature is kind to us, we will be having our Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony this Saturday, December 8th at 6:00 PM at Klestinec Park on Broadway. Our special guest - Santa Claus - will be there with goodies for all of the boys and girls. And your favorite “Frozen” characters will be making a special appearance as well, courtesy of Royal Events Princess Parties. We especially appreciate the generosity of our Main Event Sponsor - TD Bank – for helping us making this wonderful community event possible. Board Members Sal Polito and Gary Slavin have sponsored the delicious hot chocolate which will be available to our attendees, and Susan Martin has again donated the candy canes for this event. We will have performances by local students and entertainers, and holiday music courtesy of Vinny Filippelli of High Voltage Sounds. And of course, our dear friends at the Massapequa Fire Department will ensure that Santa arrives in style! Special thanks to Committee Chairperson Lucrezia Falacara for all of your hard work in organizing this great event.

     In keeping with the holiday spirit, we invite you to join us at our holiday celebration at the newly opened restaurant, Patrizia’s of Massapequa Park, on Wednesday, December 12th at 5:30 PM. This is a wonderful opportunity to network and enjoy the festivities of the season. You can pre-pay the $30 member fee on our website or feel free to call the office. Every guest will also receive one raffle ticket to be eligible for a great prize!

     As we approach the New Year, please look for your membership renewal e-mail. We know that you will agree that our strength lies in our membership. We are a strong Chamber – as you may know, we have been twice acknowledged by Best of Long Island as the Best Chamber of Commerce. Please don’t forget to keep voting in this year’s Best of Long Island contest from now through December 15th. Many of our members have been nominated as well and deserve for votes!

     So, as I draw to a close, on behalf of our Board of Directors and Shelley, who many of you have spoken to and worked with over the years, we all wish you a joyous and healthy season. As we look ahead to 2019, we hope the year is filled with great profit and productivity. And on a personal note, we wish you all the healthiest and happiest of times that the season can offer.

Happy Holidays,

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