May 21, 2019

Dear Friends,

     Well, it looks like spring is finally upon us!  And with the coming of the next couple of months, we find ourselves getting very busy with our Annual Street Fair.  As you may know, our fair which takes place on June 2nd on lower Broadway is one of our most exciting events.  This year, as in years past, we expect thousands to join us as we celebrate all things Massapequa.  We are joined by our many sponsors, including Main Sponsor Massapequa Center Rehabilitation and Nursing. Our other generous sponsors include 7-Eleven; Applebee’s; Chapey and Sons Funeral Home; Club Pilates Massapequa; Dairy Queen Grill & Chill; J.E. Ryan & Associates; Karate Academy of Bethpage; Massapequa Oral & Implant Surgery; Massapequa Post; NEFCU; Panera Bread; South Bay’s Neighbor; Syosset/Plainview Hospital of Northwell Health; TD Bank; and The Zabbia Insurance Agency.

     Our Grand Marshal for the event is Robert Zabbia of The Zabbia Insurance Agency, who we are proud to honor. At the time of this writing, we have close to 100 vendors who will lining the streets of Broadway to sell you their crafts and goods, as well as some of our finest food members.  We invite you to meet many of our Chamber friends. The event is a great opportunity to take to the streets with your family and friends to enjoy all that our community has to offer!  And it’s still not too late to sign up as a vendor. Vendor pre-registration will remain open from now through May 24th, so General/Craft Vendors should CLICK HERE and Food Vendors should CLICK HERE to download your application today.

     As we prepare to honor our service men and women, our Chamber will be marching in this Monday’s Memorial Day Parade.  If you would like to join us to remember our heroes who have kept us safe day after day, year after year, we would welcome you to march with us.  While it does not compare to the selflessness of our veterans, it is certainly a very small way to say thank you for all they have done and continue to do for each of us. If you would like to march with us, please call the office at 541-1443. 

     Our networking event with the Nassau Council of Chambers at the RXR Plaza was a great success with hundreds of businesses enjoying the opportunity to meet and make new contacts!  And if getting to Uniondale was too much of a challenge, we are pleased to announce that our Chamber has scheduled our own networking event at Zona Restaurant (located at 4883 Merrick Road, Massapequa Park) on Monday, June 10th at 5:30 PM. Our committee chairwoman, Susan Martin, has been working tirelessly to ensure that all our members have the opportunity to flourish during these unpredictable economic times.  We do hope that you can join us.  If you have never been to Zona, you will be pleasantly surprised at the wonderful environment and culinary delights of our hostess, Olga Aslanidou. Registration is required, so please CLICK HERE to reserve your space. It should be a fun night!

     And of course, June would not be complete for our Chamber without announcing that once again, we are awarding four scholarships to our local high school seniors for their tremendous efforts and hard work.  Members of our Board will be presenting these scholarships at the respective high schools of our scholarship winners.  Special thanks to Carol Leff and Karen Gawrych for their work in the selecting of our winners.  With hundreds of applications from our outstanding students, this was no easy task.

     Lastly, I would like to extend an invitation to you all to attend our Chamber’s Installation Ceremony at Patrizia’s Restaurant (4913 Merrick Road, Massapequa Park) on Thursday, June 20th at 12:00 Noon.  While we know it is sometimes challenging to balance schedules to attend, it truly is a great luncheon and another opportunity to meet, network, and catch up with old friends.   If you are able to attend, please check our e-blasts for the upcoming registration link. I am truly excited to introduce you all to our Officers that will be installed and to your Executive Board and Board of Directors!  As the first year of my Presidency comes to a close, I certainly will look forward to seeing you all and thanking you for your continued support of our Chamber.  This is an organization that we hope you are proud to be a part of!  We all work very hard to support our business community and ensure that you all prosper.  And I would be remiss if I didn’t publicly extend a very special acknowledgement to the Chamber’s Office Manager, Shelley Mordowitz, who is the woman behind the scenes that helps to ensure that all that we do is successful.  It’s not an easy task organizing close to 300 members!

Wishing you all the very best and looking forward to seeing you at our upcoming events. Thanks to you, our Chamber is one of the largest and most flourishing Chambers in this county!


Warm Regards,

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