Chamber Vice President Paige Dawson; President Alex Gallego; Michele Browner, secretary and John F. Delillo, treasurer - who, (along with Darcy Tabako, chamber administrative assistant,) took some of the dinner photographs.
Just in time for the first heavy snowstorm in Oyster Bay, on Friday, Dec. 19, the snowflake ornaments were put in place along Pine Hollow Road. It completed the partnership between the Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Oyster Bay Civic Association and the Main Street Association's Light up the Holidays program. Together they are responsible for putting up the snowflake winter decorations in the hamlet and in the Pine Hollow area.
The Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce celebrated the holidays with a festive dinner at Luce restaurant in East Norwich on Thursday, Dec. 11. Restaurant owners Lello Messina and Dominico Belcastro have created a luxurious setting for dinners and a delightful menu to please your palate. "The restaurant was reviewed very favorably in the Dec. 21 Long Island Section of The New York Times. The front page of the section featured a horse-drawn carriage on Audrey Avenue, in the photograph taken from the entrance to The Chocolate Lady. Alex Gallego was quoted in the article saying the business district is facing forward in these difficult financial times," said Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce Vice President Paige Dawson. The restaurant served an excellent bread basket with gourmet butter. When a restaurant makes an effort to give you great bread you can bet the rest of the dinner will follow that example and it did - ending with Italian cheesecake, she added.
Les Schachter came around with a glass of Amaretto that he drizzled over the cake to raise it to perfection!
Chamber President Alex Gallego spoke to the group highlighting a year of accomplishments. "You are doing something right when 50 people come out in a torrential rain for dinner," he said.
"I'm very optimistic about Oyster Bay. With our Business After Hours where we get together, there is a great sense of friendship and of trying to help each other."
He added, "A lot of things will be rolled out at the annual installation dinner in February. Many future plans are in the works and will be announced then.
"We don't duck problems. We try to correct things. We want to make a difference and we believe we are making a difference. And what is important is that we are nothing without our residents, the Oyster Bay Civic Association, Rotary, Main Street and local government. It's that cooperation when everyone is working together in that spirit of unity that gets things done. We are here to serve, to make things better and to serve the community in every way."
As a hint in what makes for a good positive attitude for the chamber, he said, "You want to catch people doing things right." [If you would like to see these and more photographs of the party, Mr. Schachter is putting them on the OBCC website: visitoysterbay.com.]