I want to start off by wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  Our November meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 27 at 7 p.m. at Nonna Bella’s on Deer Park Avenue.  This month our scheduled Guest speakers will be recently elected County Legislator Tom Donnelly and Superintendent of North Babylon Glen Eschbach.  Mr. Donnelly will give us his insight of what he expects to accomplish as our County Legislator and Mr. Eschbach will be coming to speak to the business community regarding the upcoming District Bond Vote scheduled for December 5.

The Chamber will be collecting non-perishable food or monetary donations (make Checks out to the North Babylon Food Pantry).  The Chamber will also be collecting donations at our December meeting.

On Saturday, November 25 (ALL HANDS ON DECK) as the Chamber will be decorating the light posts on Deer Park Avenue with lights and roping.  The planned start time is 10 a.m. and we will meet in the parking lot near the North Babylon Deli and Mangia’s.  (Rain date – Sunday, November 26 at 10 a.m.). If anyone can bring down addition step ladders it will sped up the decoration process.

Please join the Chamber as we help celebrate the Official Grand Opening of the new PetSmart located in Sunset City Plaza on Saturday, December 2 at 10 a.m.

Flyers and notices will be going out shortly regarding the THIRD ANNUAL BUSINESS HOLIDAY WINDOW DECORATING CONTEST.   You do not have to be a member of the Chamber to participate. Winners will be announced at our Chamber Holiday Party.

On that note, the Chamber will be hosting its Holiday Gathering on Monday, December 18 at 7 p.m. at Casa Del Campo, in North Babylon.  All members in good standing are invited to attend (free of dinner charge).  Therefore, please mark and save the date – Monday, December 18.  Again, please remember to bring non-perishable food items for the North Babylon Food Pantry.

As the year quickly comes to a close I would like to welcome some of the Chambers newer members:  the Shack – Ken Passante, Alaaeldin Pediatrics, P.C., Ascension Lutheran Church – Valerie Lukens, All Island Sheet Metal, Inc. – Carol, Joe Risicia’s Auto Repair – Joe Risicia, Shannon Macleod, P.C. – Shannon Macleod, Lauren Ring, Long Island Truck Parts, Inc. Pampered Chef – Phyllis Carparco, Robert McIntosh, State Farm, Paul D’Arienzo, Paycheck – Keith Nissen, Nonna Bell a – Garrett Ognibene and Great Northern Fiber – Mary Freiberg.

Please enjoy and have a safe holiday.

Garrett P. Simulcik, Sr.