September 23, 2019

Dear Friends,

     We hope that it has been a wonderful summer for you all and that business was brisk and fruitful. As we start getting ready for the fall and all of the exciting events and holidays, we hope that you will continue to patronize our Chamber members. We have one of the largest Chambers in the county, and a full listing of our membership is easily accessible on our website. Please CLICK HERE to view our full Chamber member online directory. Our breakfast meeting at Krisch’s Restaurant was a huge success with over 40 members in attendance.

     Our member, PS Digital / All Island Media, provided us with great information related to our digital presence and social media. They have graciously offered to assist our membership at discounted rates, so I would encourage you to reach out if you think they may be able to assist you! Please feel free to reach out to PS Digital representative Keith Scholder by calling (631) 297 - 9030 or e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     This month, we are honored to be able to acknowledge our extraordinary police officers from the 7th Precinct. For the past 10+ years, our Chamber has dedicated its fall meeting to celebrating the hard work and efforts of the officers from the 7th Precinct. Each year, the Commanding Officer of our precinct identifies two officers that exemplify dedication to their work, thereby ensuring that we are safe and secure in our businesses and our homes. We hope that you will join us this Thursday, September 26th, for this exciting luncheon. We will be hosted by Chamber member, Anthony Raffaele, owner of Mario’s Pizza and Restaurant (655 Broadway, Massapequa.) We meet at 12:00 Noon, and all of our members are welcome to attend. Please CLICK HERE to visit our website and pre-pay for the luncheon.

     Just a few days later, Sunday, September 29th, our Chamber will be participating in the Sons of Italy’s Annual Feast and Festival. Our Chamber will have a table on North Broadway. The fair is a great way to meet businesses and develop new potential contacts. We would welcome volunteers to help us at our table, and we would also invite those volunteers to bring any promotional materials that we might be able to display for you. It’s traditionally a day filled with sunshine, food, fun, and a plethora of products to buy!

      October is a busy month for the Chamber. On Friday, October 18th, we will be joining the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce to celebrate our 2019 Businessperson of the Year. This year, our Chamber will be honoring our current member and past Board Member, Loren Wildes. Loren is the owner and President of Bar Harbor Web Design, a full service web development and digital marketing agency, founded in 2011. Bar Harbor Web Design provides websites, SEO, social media, and digital marketing services for businesses and non-for-profits throughout Long Island, New York City, and throughout the east coast. The clients range from one person businesses to large scale hotels. Loren has grown the company while maintaining her very personal approach to meeting clients’ requirements and concerns. We will be celebrating Loren’s success and contributions to our community at the Crest Hollow Country Club, as she joins with fellow honorees from across the county. Our keynote speaker for the event will be Stew Leonard, which we know will make for a great morning!

     Our October General Meeting Luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, October 24th at 12:00 Noon at the Corner Galley Restaurant, located at 5411 Merrick Road in Massapequa. Our hosts for our luncheon are longtime members Rusty Barrie and Gerry Stanbrough. We will be having a brief presentation from Zari Ginsburg, RD of our member, Northwell Health, who will be discussing Heart Health - a very important topic for us all as we negotiate the day-to-day stressors of managing work and home. If possible, we would ask you to register and pre-pay online prior to the luncheon.

     Please remember that October also marks the state’s deadline for the completion of the sexual harassment training requirement. Regardless of the number of employees in your business, or even if you are a sole proprietor, you must complete this training. It is a relatively quick and simple process and is cost-free. You can access the information and protocols by visiting the NYS Department of Labor website. Please CLICK HERE for more details.

     While it feels like it is far off, we have begun to get started on our annual holiday activities. Within the next month or so, we will be sending out information to our membership related to our Food and Toy Drives. These efforts benefit children and families in our community, and we look to you for your help and support - either through contributing or by providing room in your business for a collection box. More detailed information will be sent out to you soon. If you think you would like to display a collection box, please call Shelley at our office (516) 541-1443, and she’ll be happy to assist and forward your request to our committee!

     And finally, I would ask you to save the date in December for our Annual Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, December 7th at 6:00 PM at Klestinec Park on Broadway in Massapequa - another great ceremony to celebrate our community!

     Wishing you a great end to September, and looking forward to seeing you at Mario’s!

Warm Regards,

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