The June meeting of the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce had some interesting items to report.
Chamber co-President Richard Strautman welcomed six new members: The Breakfast Room and Vasi Ypsilantis, a kitchen and bath interior design business at 3 Manorhaven Blvd.; The Mailroom Plus and Kishore Hemrajani, a retail printing and shipping store at 44 Main St.; Mason & Mia Cosmetics and Elizabeth Forero, a cosmetics and skincare home-based business at 93 Greywood Rd.; Omnimusic and Doug Wood, a music publishing business at 52 Main St.; Steven T. Smith, Architect, AIA, located at 3 Washington Place; and VillageX and Ridney Stanford, an internet development business at 2-8 Haven Ave.
Strautman thanked all the volunteers who helped to hand out flags at the Memorial Day Parade: Kevin Bernal, Evan Cohen, Debbie Greco, Marilyn Howland, Joan Hutchinson, MaryAnn Luczak, Joy Maniscalco, George and Pia Martin, Stretch Ryder, Warren Schein, Mitch Schwartz and Edna Turner.
Phyllis Joseph said the chamber was honored to have a slate with two excellent co-Presidents who each contribute so much: Warren Schein and Richard Strautman. The other proposed officers are: 1st Vice President, Phyllis Joseph; 2nd Vice President, Charles A. Schnier, DC; 3rd Vice President, Debbie Greco; Secretary, Mitch Schwartz and Treasurer, Leslie Ann Jacobi. Edna Turner made a motion to approve the entire slate of officers. Garfield seconded the motion and the officers were approved unanimously.
Bobbie Polay thanked all those who volunteered and said the day was a great success. They ran the Fun Park for the first time and, thanks to Jennifer Spellman, it was very successful. The rides and games were crowded all day. The volunteers who organized the Amazing Race and Art in the Park were very pleased and all the vendors seemed happy. Most cruises were sold out and the food court was busy all day. The only major problem was not enough volunteers. Anthony Swanwick said there was a problem of no wind at the model boat regatta, but the organizers improvised a new finish line and the kids were happy. Turner noted that she never remembers seeing such long lines in the Fun Park for the rides and games.
Strautman said the first small business seminar, "Show Me The Money," attracted about 50 people in two sessions. He thanked the chamber for doing the seminar series for the business community. The next seminar will be in September and will cover how small businesses can expand by obtaining government contracts. Wachovia is the major sponsor of the series and financial support also comes from the Town of North Hempstead Business and Tourism Council.
Polay said work on the next edition of Try Port First will begin this summer. She requested that everyone notify her of any new businesses and any closed businesses from now until they go to press in the spring.
Turner said the annual Kayak Run will take place on Saturday, July 22. It was begun as a fund-raiser for the Community Chest. Anyone 10 years and older can participate, with younger children accompanied by an adult. The race starts at 9 a.m. but it is not timed. Anyone who wants to participate should rent the kayaks now as there may not be enough available if you wait. There are sign-up forms on the front table. The kayak club meets the third Tuesday of the month. Anyone interested in sponsorship of the event should speak to Joel Ziev for details.
Joseph asked Ayhan Hassan about the construction at his Mediterranean Marketplace. Hassan said he is adding an enclosed deck to the back of the store where he will have tables and chairs. Swanwick added that it is his favorite lunch place and has a great view.
Joseph thanked the business community for their support of Landmark on Main Street's 2005-2006 season, which was very successful. She encouraged all businesses to take an ad in Applause, which is the program given out at each performance. Next year's schedule looks great. There will be a special HarborFest weekend performance by the Limelighters on June 2.
Margaret Minichini said the Amsterdam at Harborside has a model available for viewing and she invited everyone to their wine and cheese open house every Wednesday from 2 - 4 p.m.
Strautman said the new clubhouse at Harbor Links is a beautiful facility that has a restaurant and is available for private parties. Jerry Rudnick said the Kiwanis will have a golf outing at Harbor Links to benefit the Pediatric Trauma Unit at North Shore Hospital.
Alice Melzer asked about fireworks for the Fourth of July at Bar Beach. Pollack said the Bar Beach fireworks are only for Memorial Day. He added that the City of Glen Cove usually has fireworks for the Fourth.
Polay said that there will not be a meeting in August.