October 31, 2019

Dear Friends,

     I hope that this message finds you well, and that the fall weather and pre-holiday buzz in the air is having a great influence on your business!! As we get ready for the Holidays, we are excited to announce that we have begun our Food Drive with the hopes of being able to assist those families who may be less fortunate than others. The food boxes have been graciously set up in our member businesses so please look for them when you visit:

Nappa Realty; 7-Eleven E. Massapequa; Roslyn Savings Bank Massapequa; Corner Galley; Massapequa Pet Vet; Denise and Company Salon; Allstate Mary Biancaniello; ShopRite Massapequa; Presbyterian Nursery School; The Tiny Artist Studio; Law Firm of Persaud and Zeltmann; Massapequa Water District; Allstate Robert Zabbia; Sterling National Bank Massapequa; Club Pilates Massapequa; Bristal Massapequa; and the Massapequa Philharmonic Orchestra who collected food at their fall concert. 

     The food collected will ultimately be distributed to our community partners, including St Rose of Lima Parish, Our Lady of Lourdes, and YES Community Counseling Center. Such a simple gesture truly makes a very profound impact for our neighbors and we are very thankful for your generosity. And speaking of generosity, our Toy Drive will kick off on the heels of our Food Drive.  Once again, our members will have boxes on display in their businesses to collect new toys so that they can be distributed to children and families!! Special thanks to Chairperson Patty Orzano, Phyllis Doria, Karen Gawrych, and the Food / Toy Drive Committee for all of their efforts. We send them our thanks for all of their hard work in spearheading these two drives for our community!!

     As many of you know, once again, our Chamber has been nominated for the Best of Long Island in the Shopping Category under Best Chamber of Commerce. And while we may know we are the best, it’s nice to have the rest of our world acknowledge us as well. We are asking you to please visit the Best of Long Island website and cast your vote for our Chamber and all of our Massapequa Chamber members who have been nominated. CLICK HERE to visit the Best of Long Island website and begin voting. And please be sure to check our e-blasts for a full listing of member nominees. It's a long list that clearly reflects how amazing our membership is.

     November will bring with it our traditional celebration of our honored Veterans. Each year, we acknowledge and pay tribute to those brave men and women who have fought for our freedoms.  Please join us on Monday, November 11th at 11:00 AM at Klestinec Park on Broadway in Massapequa for the Annual Veterans Day Ceremony hosted by the American Legion Massapequa Post 1066. All are welcome to attend. We would also invite you to join us at the American Airpower Museum (1230 New Highway, Farmingdale) on Tuesday, November 19th at 6:00 PM as we partner with the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce to continue our tribute to our veterans. The evening is a wonderful opportunity to visit the Museum and network with your business colleagues. Light refreshments will be served!

     Our next General Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 21st at 12:00 Noon. We will be hosted by Adriano at Umberto’s Pizzeria Restaurant (1011 Park Blvd., Massapequa Park.) We are always excited to showcase our wonderful restaurants who graciously host us for our meetings. Please CLICK HERE for a complete list of our member restaurants. Our community is very fortunate to have such extraordinary chefs and cuisine!!

     Finally, I'd like to remind you that our Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony will be scheduled for Saturday, December 7th at 6:00 PM at Klestinec Park on Broadway in Massapequa. (Rain date: Sunday, December 8th.) This is another great way to come out and celebrate the Holiday Season. Special thanks to Greg Massimi (TLC Companions Home Health Care) and Sue Martin (Susan M. Martin, CPA, PC) for coordinating all the entertainment that will no doubt excite all who attend! And of course, we are grateful for Santa, who promises to arrive with the help of our finest from the Massapequa Fire Department! It's a wonderful night with goodies for all.  There will be hot chocolate (made possible through the generosity of Gary Slavin and Sal Polito, along with our friends at Broadway Gourmet) and candy canes for all (sponsored by Susan Martin!) Hope to see you and your families there! This is another way - we KEEP IT LOCAL!!

Warm Regards,

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