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The Greater Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

Winter 2016 Newsletter 
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Close-up Santa with Children
Close-up Santa with Children

Santa Parade Winners
Anna & Samuel Matvya

Chamber's Display
Festival of Trees

Gilded Mantle

Grand White Piano

Roe Gingerbread House by James Goddard

Honor Guard with
PJCC Banner

 Selfie Station
East End Shirt
Dickens Festival

Advance Hypnotherpy Ribbon-Frank & Cynthia Linder with Ann Rudolph

Courtesy of
Port Jeff Chamber of Commerce


harbor skating  

This winter message reflects how our 2015 year went and where the Chamber is going for 2016!  During the 2015 year the Chamber was busier than ever with the community at large with new events and initiatives.   In the summer the Chamber sponsored a 'summer soirée' for new members at the Chamber office, reaching out to new partners and welcoming potential ones for a little bit of networking and 'beverages'.  The new event PJ Village organized was their Heritage Weekend.  The Chamber participated by having staff dress in period costumes and extended our hours to accommodate visitors to our historic 1682 Roe House, i.e. the Chamber office.  In July our new event was the Gardens and Landscapes of Port Jefferson tour.  Nine private gardens were shown with many including painters and artwork from the Night Herons, refreshments, and music.
The Chamber has now established the sponsoring of 6 major events throughout the year not to exclude the many minor contributions we are involved with.
We are a full service, year round organization and provide member benefits and community involvement.
The Board of Directors after receiving feedback from our partners has decided to make some changes as to how our General Membership Meetings are run. We look forward to having more opportunities for networking and announcements with less programming. Name badges for Directors at meetings so that they may help serve the general membership more efficiently about concerns and issues. There will be evening meetings in response to allowing for the potential of outreach to the different segments of our membership.     
Our installation of the 2016 Board of Directors will be later this year-March instead of February because of a new networking event in February.
This new Board is dynamic and represents the many different facets that makes up our membership; retail, services and professional. 
So the Chamber is always a work in progress.  Evaluating our efforts to improve the benefits we offer to our membership!
Happy New Year,
Suzanne Velazquez
President-Greater Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce 

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The Chamber with its newly formatted Word Press website has more opportunities for member partners to take advantage in advertising opportunities.   Please refer to the attachment with rates for the website and our newsletter.
Congratulations to our new 2016 Board of Directors.  Newly Appointed and now elected,    Ken Kroncke, Linda Gavin and Steve Munoz.  In addition the re-election of Tess Son and Michael Sceiford and welcome new to the Board, Jenevieve Kearns and Risa Kluger!  Thank you all who were part of this process! 
Keep your eyes out for the completion of the design stage for the expansion of parking on Main Street. Tentative construction will start in the fall of 2016.
Skating on the harbor continues at The Rinx for the winter season down at the Port Jefferson Village Center.  Call 631-403-4357 or visit their website for all skating times and info.  www.therinx.com

This year the parade met with some light rain...it happens, but it didn't seem to hamper the parades spirits!  With umbrellas in hand the participants carried on marching down Main Street. The LI Street Rods were sadly missed because of the rain, but all our 'regulars' came out to play.  Santa this year came via the Port Jefferson Ferry float because our usual horse and carriage arrangement had a 'hiccup'.  Thanks to quick thinking, the ferry float ended up as a great vehicle to carry Santa and all of his helpers!  
Starting at our new time now, 3:00 pm, the parade finished at Santa's Workshop.  As expected there was a huge line of children waiting to see him and the workshop.  As dusk approached the lights of the Village glowed adding a special touch welcoming all the holiday visitors.  Recognition and thanks to Tad Cox who plays Santa and to Pat Darling and her elves that create the exceptional venue for the workshop.  It is through their efforts and the partnering with the Chamber that makes this holiday tradition so successful.      


With 42 attendees the Chamber's holiday breakfast was GREAT!  This year our host was new Chamber Partner Brewology 296 located on the corner of Arden and Main Street in Port Jefferson. The holiday buffet consisted of : scrambled eggs, bourbon glazed French toast , bacon, breakfast sausage, mini-quiches, family style fruit, Danish, cheese & cracker with beer jam, and assorted meats-pates, sausage, salami platters, WOW what a spread! If that was not enough the owners made us a special holiday signature cocktail to kick off the festivities: cranberry juice, simple syrup, grapefruit beer, & champagne.
Again Chamber Partner Port Jefferson Music Academy performed.  The owner Sophie Arbuckle and her daughter played violin duets of holiday background music. 
With a minimal business agenda the atmosphere was festive and warm creating a wonderful intro to the holiday season.  

This year's tour was completely revamped!  After so many years having the historic walking house tour in the downtown area of Port Jefferson and being connected with the Charles Dickens Festival, it was changed.  The tour was one week after Dickens and NOT in lower Port, but rather in the geographic area of  Harbor Hills in Port Jefferson.  Four large scale, grand homes greeted the attendees, all decked out for the holiday season.  As done last year the new feature of the 'seasonal gathering' cocktail party was offered before the self-guided tour and held at Lombardi's on the Sound at the Port Jefferson Country Club, which was logistically right in the middle of the 'Homes of Harbor Hills Lantern Light House Tour'.  To add even more value to the ticket our Chamber Partner Danfords on the Sound, made the offer, ''buy one lunch & get the second one free'.  This deal was printed on all the house tour tickets!  As added benefits to the tour, participants enjoyed musical performances at the homes and Dickens characters entertaining the guests.  Tickets for the first time could be purchased on the website Eventbrite, which accommodated those individuals that like 24 hour convenient service!        


The Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce Coalition is once again offering their 2016 'Small Business Improvement Award Grant.  The Port Jefferson Chamber's Partners are eligible to submit their letters of request.  Guidelines and contact info are below.  Your letter of request is your 'formal application'.
Small Business Improvement Award-$1,200
  • Business may not be larger than 50 employees
  • Business must be a member of their local chamber or any chamber in the Town of Brookhaven.
  • That chamber must be a member of the BCCC in good standing.
  • Only Business owners or main principles of the business may submit an application for the award.
  • Proof of ownership or entitlement (manager, executive) must be presented with the application.
  • Requests for the award will be judged by how beneficial the money will be used to improve the business. i.e. updating and purchasing equipment, capital improvements, professional services; i.e. consulting evaluations, business plans, marketing strategies, promotional advertising, signs, energy efficient improvements-lighting, insulation etc.
*Money may not be used to supplement operating expenses of the business.
*Proof of expenditure must be presented 6 months after the award, unless other pre-approved arrangements have been made.
Letters of request must be emailed to bransome@optonline.net  with BCCC 'Small Business Improvement Award' in the subject area.  ALL requests MUST BE EMAILED BY FEBRUARY 26th  DEADLINE.
The award will be given out at their Annual Member of the Year Reception April.  
All questions can be directed to Barbara Ransome at 631-474-5019 or email at bransome@optonline.net

In addition the BCCC is accepting applications for their Scholarship:

Value $1,000.00
  • Any Town of Brookhaven 2016 graduating High School Senior
  • Must be continuing their education in business-college, trade school, etc.
  • Must submit a 500 word essay answering, "Why I want to continue my education in business."
Essays must be emailed by 2/26/16 at bransome@optonline.net
Judging for scholarships takes place March 2, 2016
AND if you know of any chamber member you would like to nominate for the Port Jefferson Chamber Member of the Year please read the below criteria.

A letter must be submitted explaining how this Chamber Partner of good standing has demonstrated their commitment to the Greater Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce.
Examples of Service:
      Length of membership
      Chaired committees
      Has been an officer
      Increased membership
      Created a new event
      Brought the organization up to a new level
      Developed new and better membership services
  • In addition make sure the letter is signed by a Chamber member of good standing, i.e. an officer of the organizations or director.
  • Some personal information is helpful to add to the letter representing a well-rounded individual, i.e. other commitments to their community, family, and any additional volunteerism that balances the resume.
Please note that the letter of introduction IS the application.  There is no other formal document needed.
ALL letters MUST be emailed by February 26th so that they maybe review for consideration for the awards dinner in April.
Questions: 631-474-5019-Barbara Ransome-BCCC, President 

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Joanne Lauro
Healthy Living Networking
349 West Old Country Road
Hicksville, NY 11801
Phone: 631-357-0516
Lena Akerman
38 Fairway Drive
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Phone: 631-743-9749
Lisa McGarrity
Envision Crystal
109 Arden Place
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Phone: 631-331-3308



March 27th
Easter Parade, Easter Sunday   
Hours 12-1:30 pm
April 16th
Health & Wellness Fest
June 11th & 12th
Boater's Maritime Festival
Clam Eating Contest, June 11th  2pm
(Chamber sponsored the clam eating contest, PJ Village the Festival)

June 18th
Green Fest
PJ Village Center
Hours 1-5pm
July 4th
PJFD 4th of July Parade, on the 4th       
July 9th
Gardens & Landscapes of Port Jefferson
Hours 10-4pm Rain Date 10th 

August 20th & 21st
Heritage Weekend

September 17th
Port Jefferson Dragon Boat Race Festival
Hours 8am-6pm

October 22nd
A Taste of Port Jefferson 
Hours 1-4pm

November 26th
Santa Parade
Hours 3pm

December 3rd & 4th
Dickens Festival

December 10th
Homes of Harbor Hills - Lantern Light House Tour 
Hours 4:30-8:30 pm

are held the 4th Tuesday of the month at 8:00am

Program: "Memory Switch"-Presenter: Matthew Goerke 
6:30-8:30 pm
Location: The Arden, 201 Main Street, Port Jefferson

Program: Networking Event -
Location: LI Pour House Bar & Grill 654 Rte. 112 PJS  
5:30-7:30 pm

MARCH 24th
Program: State of the Village Address-Mayor Margot Garant; Swearing in of the new Port Jefferson Board of Directors
Location: Danfords Inn-25 East Broadway



Danfords Business Card

7 Trader's Cove
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
(631) 331-6633


Arame offers 10% off haircuts to all Chamber Members 

$5 Off
156 West Broadway 
Port Jefferson, NY 
(631) 509-5744
$5 off any $20 order!
640 Belle Terre Rd., Bldg. 14
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
(631) 928-4599


Offering Chamber Members 10% off the purchase of 2 digital

hearing aids from our practice.
(Not to be combined with other offers)

EVO Merchant Services 

will waive the yearly fee of $79.00 to anyone who signs up with us.

Ginny Bove-Grier

515 Broad Hollow Road

Melville, NY  11747



(631) 786-3667


Accounting & Consultants
Joseph O'Hara
1125 Route 112
Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
(631) 403-4283

Offering Chamber Members $50 off all tax services during tax season


Marites Son
'Be in front of your customers before they find your competitors!' 
248 Rte. 25A
Suite 80 
East Setauket, NY 11733
(877) 809-2933

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