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Chamber Notes: Holiday Planning Underway

Guest speakers were representatives from Roslyn Savings Bank

Last month’s meeting of the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce took place on Oct. 4. Holiday planning is already underway, and Chamber members discussed a holiday shopping event, street decorations, and a toy and food drive.

Executive Director Bobbie Polay said, “The Re-Imagining Main Street Committee, made up of representatives from the Chamber, the BID and the Residents For a More Beautiful Port Washington, plans to hold a special holiday shopping event on Saturday, Dec. 10. It will be called Port Holiday Magic and will have in-store entertainment and specials throughout the day, and street entertainment in the late afternoon and evening.” Polay added that the hours would be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and the BID is looking into bringing a trolley to take people around to all the shopping areas. Hal Linden asked if it would be possible to have the event on two days. Mariann Dalimonte said that it is too expensive to fund it for two days, and it is hard to get the entertainment to participate for two days. She further explained that consolidating it into one big celebration would give the holiday shoppers a big push to shop local.

In speaking about holiday decorations on the streets of Port Washington, co-President Warren Schein said, “The Holiday Decorations Fund is in the red, but we all want to see the community decorated during the holiday season. We are hoping everyone will contribute and perhaps we can find several large donors. Everyone who donates gets recognition and those who “adopt a lamppost” for $100 or more get a beautiful certificate they can display.” Monica Heller suggested that the Chamber should set up donation boxes in the stores and at the library. Brenda Garfield suggested that the Chamber should put posters in stores with the contributors’ names.

Polay stated that the Chamber is joining with Detective Guzzello again in collecting toys for local children and food for the Twin Pines Food Pantry, which will take place from November 17 through December 14. She added that Chamber members would be asked to serve as drop-off places for the donations.

The guest business speakers who had won the September Business Card Drawing were Cynthia Sanatass and Lee Ramirez of the Roslyn Savings Bank, a division of New York Community Bank. Ramirez explained to Chamber members that Roslyn Savings Bank started in 1875 as the first financial institution formed on Long Island and currently, they have 241 branches in five states, 32 of which are under the name of Roslyn Savings Bank. Sanatass said that they have both a commercial division and a savings division, which means they provide double the FDIC insurance to customers. She added that the bank has many commercial products for businesses, including a payroll service.

In other business, two new members were welcomed at the October meeting. They were JWIN Electronics Corporation, a manufacturer of consumer electronics located at 2 Harbor Park Drive, with Nia Agortsas, and Total Dollar Management Effort, Ltd., an insurance and financial services business located at One Pleasant Avenue, with commercial lines manager James Milleew.

Dalimonte announced that the winner of the Golden Storefront Award for October is Gold Coast Family Dental.

Katherine Crean said the new garbage cans on Main Street are wonderful and she is happy to see they promote recycling. However, when she was on Main Street on Sunday, she said that the cans were overflowing with garbage. Sid Segall explained that garbage pick-ups are Tuesday through Saturday, and many businesses put out their garbage on Saturday, which is not picked up until Tuesday. Dalimonte suggested that anyone who sees these conditions should call 311 and report the specific address.

The next Chamber of Commerce meeting will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 8 a.m. at Ayhan’s Fish Kebab, located at 286 Main Street. Rachel Rosenbach of Yellowbook won the business card drawing at the October meeting and will be the guest business speaker at the November meeting.