Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 13 August 2010 00:00
On July 28, Roslyn residents were able to escape the sweltering heat and enjoy an evening outdoors as the village held its first such concert in a decade.
The popular band Squeaky Clean performed to an appreciative crowd at Gerry Park as residents brought their lawn chairs, blankets and picnic dinners to enjoy the music, camaraderie and park setting.
Thanks to an impressive array of sponsors, the concert was organized and performed at no charge to local taxpayers.
The concert was the result of lobbying by the revitalized Roslyn Chamber of Commerce, which secured permission from the Town of North Hempstead’s Parks Department to hold the concert.
The concert was a centerpiece of this year’s activity by the chamber and its success was noted by Chamber President Lonnie Goldman, who listed the following thank you letter to the public:
“[There are] so many people to thank and to acknowledge for making tonight’s concert such a huge success,” he acknowledged.
“Please forgive me if I leave anyone out (but, please point out any omissions so that they can get their proper due).
“First, thanks to Lou Federico, and his entire Events Planning committee including Rob Laser, Cindy Young, Susan Letteney, Matt Schweiger, and Rhonda Levy.
“Thanks also to our incredible sponsors for their very generous sponsorships that made tonight’s concert a possibility and a reality: Rallye Motors, IDS Audio/Video & Technologies, Blank Slate Media, CertaPro Painters, Delicacies, Integrated Fitness Solutions and Sterling Glen of Roslyn.
“A very special thanks also to Janet Galante who used her connections, drive and determination to bring things together in such a short amount of time.
“To everyone that volunteered to clean up and assist in any way that they could, including all of the high school volunteers, thank you for your time and commitment. I do believe that we left the park in pristine condition.
“To the Town of North Hempstead: I hope that we passed the audition and we’ll be permitted to put on a few concerts in 2011 and in years going forward. Thanks for their permission to put on the concert, and for their diligent efforts to clean up the goose poop in the park (a two day endeavor, which was greatly appreciated).
“And of course, thanks to the Village of Roslyn.
“And last, but certainly not least, thanks to every member of the Roslyn Chamber Commerce for your ongoing support,” Goldman concluded. “There’s truly so much that we can, and we will, achieve together.”
The concert marked not just the return of outdoor music to the village, but also that of the group, Squeaky Clean, a band that often played in Roslyn during the 1990s, during the tenure of then-Mayor Janet Galante, when outdoor concerts were common.
The concert was one of several events the revitalized chamber has planned for the rest of the year. Earlier this year, the Antique Fair was canceled due to rain. At the same time, over 150 people responded to the 50/50 raffle at the June 21 networking event at the Roslyn Claremont.
On Sept. 23, a Wine Market event is planned in East Hills, while on Oct. 25, a Taste of Roslyn event will be held at the Roslyn Claremont Hotel.
Finally, in early December, there is a planned charity Toy Drive. The chamber, according to Lonnie Goldman, now has 96 members as it has set 300 members as a target goal.
– Lillian Litvack contributed to this article.