April 2021 President’s Message
Spring is finally here and it is time to get out and enjoy our warmer and longer days. Starting next Tuesday everyone aged 16 and over will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. We are hopeful that progress will continue to bring the community back to normal. Already, we see signs of this happening. Phase II at the Ronkonkoma Hub will shortly be underway. In April, Union Square Advertising will be relocating to their new facility on Hawkins Avenue. Renovations are being made to the Agnew & Taylor store in Town and the New York Cancer and Blood Center is the new owner. The Ronkonkoma Chamber can hardly wait to be there for these grand openings and ribbon cuttings.
You are invited to attend our next Chamber General Meeting on Tuesday, April 6. Our guest speaker is Priscilla Arena, Founder and Executive Director of Specialized Autism Support & Information (SASI). April is National Autism Awareness Month. To register for the Zoom meeting, please check out the Ronkonkoma Chamber Facebook or click on the following link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrcOmorjgiEtc1redpniL7tFTCiYrUYGx9. The Ronkonkoma Chamber is planning on holding a regular, in-person meeting on May 4, details to be provided soon. There will be a Labor Day Weekend Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce Street Fair this year on Sunday, September 5! We hope to see you there! For more details and an application for a spot please visit the Ronkonkoma Chamber Website www.Ronkonkomachamber.com.
I would like to thank all of the following new Chamber members who have recently joined: Resident Bernice Daly, Resident Tom and Rosie Murphy, Super Greek NY, Park Place Payments, Mary Peck, Michele Scully Agency, Hondaman, Lake Shore Physical Therapy and Jay’s Hidden Treasures. In January the Chamber conducted a Grand Opening ribbon cutting event at Super Greek and in March a ribbon cutting event for SASI. We wish all of our new Chamber members great success.
For those who are in need of emotional support and resource linkages to people in Suffolk County who are struggling with challenges and emotions around the pandemic, please feel free to contact the EAC Network, a local provider agency of NY Project Hope, New York State’s Crisis Counseling response to COVID-19. Their website is www.EAC-network.org and their helpline is (516) 510-0282.
Please remember to “SHOP LOCAL” and support our small businesses. Wishing everyone wonderful Easter and Passover Holidays, good health and success!
Kevin L. Hyms, President