President’s Message – August 2014
Dear Business Colleagues and Neighbors,
“See you in September… See you when the summer’s through.” – The Happenings
September 5th to be exact! Please join us at our Annual Chamber BBQ. Enjoy a night at Lake Ronkonkoma as we say good-bye to summer. FREE for paid Chamber members. See ad on this page or visit our website for full information.
On August 3rd the Chamber held our 2nd Annual Celebrity Softball Game to benefit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. What a great day it was. We have so many people to thank: Steve Smith, President of the Connetquot Youth Association and his Board for providing the ballfield, Ronkonkoma resident and event planner extraordinarie Mick DuRussel for arranging the celebrities to play, our sponsors, the volunteers and of course the celebrities who made this event possible. It was a day we’ll never forget. We couldn’t have done it without you. Can’t wait for our 3rd Annual!
Congratulations are in order. After 25 years of owning and publishing Our Place Newspapers, Fran and Bea decided to take more time to “stop and smell the roses” and sold the newspaper. For as long as I can remember Fran was at every event, rain, sleet, snow, heat, covering the Chamber events. Sometimes her beloved pug Mookie came too! He loved a good parade! The Chamber can honestly say Our Place attributed to the success of the Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations to the new owners Karen Solomon and Christine Herting. Fran is still on the Chamber board we’re not letting her go! Best of luck to Fran and Bea.
This and That
Ronkonkoma Chamber General Meeting – Meet the Nesconset Chamber September 17th, 6:00 p.m. – Shennanigans Cafe – Hawkins Avenue, Ronkonkoma
Networking meeting with the Nesconset Chamber. $20.00 includes hot appetizers, wine and sodaPLUS the opportunity to do business with more local businesses!
“They paved Paradise and put up a parking lot.” – Joni Mitchell
My dog Maggie and I walk every day. I always enjoy the beautiful trees and forests around my neighborhood. For the past few months, we’ve seen many foxes in the area – I�m not talking about good looking women, although we have plenty of those – I’m talking about the 4 legged species – just walking around the streets looking for food. This I believe is a direct result of all the land clearing going on in my area. Now this past Monday much to our community’s surprise, neighbors woke up to bulldozers clearing 11.5 acres making room for a new 150,000 ft commercial building – leaving a mere 50 ft buffer to their backyards. I know there’s nothing residents can do about it, it’s their land and they can build on it. But our Paradise is slowly but surely eroding. Just sayin’…
School’s Open – be careful driving out there. NO TEXTING! And best of luck to the June grads going off to college!
Till next month,
President, The Chamber of Commerce of the Greater Ronkonkomas