Written by Joe Scotchie Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00
For the Roslyn Chamber of Commerce, the year began with increased membership and ambitious plans. Now that 2013 is entering its final month, chamber members were glad to report on another successful year.
The chamber met last week at Equinox on Glen Cove Road. Amidst the usual number of young professionals going through their workout routines, both Lonnie Goldman, the chamber president and Lou Federico, the vice president, reported on the organization’s progress.
The fourth annual Taste of Roslyn, held at the Roslyn Hotel, was another resounding success as business owners from around the village brought in samples of their delicacies for attendees to enjoy.
Another chamber event that its members hope will become as equally successful is the Clock Tower Trot. That race took place in Sunday, Oct. 27 and drew up to 85 runners of all ages, all of whom enjoyed a bright fall morning to take a
scenic run around the historic village, starting and ending at the village’s most visible landmark, the Ellen E. Ward Clock Tower. The winners in the two male categories were Adam Zucker and Michael Reidy, while the two female winners were Rita Sims and Leslie Hiller. Another winner from this year was longtime member, Jean Schachter who was named the 2013 Roslyn Business Person of the Year, while being honored at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury last month at the Annual Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce Annual Legislature’s Breakfast.
This week, on Thursday, Nov. 21, the chamber will host a Christmas tree/Menorah lighting event at the Clock Tower. Village residents should gather around the clock tower in the vicinity of 5 to 5:30 p.m. for the annual lighting and the beginning of the holiday season. Reverend Margo Clark of Trinity Church will lead the chorus and musical support as chamber members will carol through downtown Roslyn and finish up with some hot beverages at the end of Old Northern Boulevard on East Broadway.
As noted elsewhere in this issue, the Village of Roslyn, from November 27 to early January of next year, will offer free parking in the downtown business district. Those pesky parking meters will now be decorated in the colors of the season as residents will once again be reminded of the excellent benefits of shopping locally: The selections are numerous and once again, parking is free.
Finally, the chamber will hold its own Holiday Party on Thursday, Dec. 19 at Ambalu Jewelers on 36 Glen Cove Rd.
The evening’s other presentations included one by chamber member, Beth Granger who spoke of the many benefits of business owners communicating through the social media, namely Twitter, Facebook and even You Tube.
Another presentation came from budding businessmen and women from Roslyn High School, all members of that schools’ Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA). Roslyn High School teacher, Sally Hoffman introduced Jared Faust, Jerry Li, Julie Fishbach and Paris Kent, DECA students who compete in regional, state and national events with other high schools, but who just as importantly, operate school-related businesses and stores in the high school. DECA is also involved in internships for high school students in fields as different as real estate, teaching and nursing. The students implored chamber members to help with the process of networking and to find meaningful internships for those students who are interested in the world of business.