2020 Installation Breakfast and Slate of 2020 Officers

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The West Islip Chamber of Commerce (WICC) hosted a lively Installation Breakfast on Wednesday, January 15th, in the cozy and spacious neighborhood restaurant, PRIMI Italian Steakhouse. Restaurateur, Frank Bono and Diane Fontana, VP of Membership, greeted many new members and familiar faces, as PRIMI's staff graciously guided guests into the dining room showing them to a hearty breakfast buffet. 

During breakfast, Rich Carpenter, President, recapped a successful 2019. He talked about programs WICC implemented to stimulate business around town, saying, “We had a good year, so much so, that this year, and for the first time, we were able to double the amount of scholarships we gave to students." Looking forward to 2020, Rich first thanked several outgoing board members for their commitment and service to the community these past few years and then he welcomed new incoming board members, introducing Diane Munno-Alonso, teacher at West Islip Public Schools, Laura Spencer Brennan, local Attorney at Law, Michael Mercurio, Commissioner, West Islip Fire Department, and John Raimondi, owner of Our Little Italy, a favorite establishment among pizza lovers in town. 

Continuing, Rich noted a couple of new things the Chamber has planned for 2020. It is going to self-produce a membership guide/directory (reaching over 8,800 homes in West Islip) by putting a different spin on it. The guide will be more of a magazine in format, giving merchants the opportunity to come in at a lesser expense rate than typical weeklies, but provide a vehicle that has a longer shelf life, with content focusing on our history and how West Islip came about, including merchant highlights, and a lot of tidbits that should be fun. In late spring, WICC plans to start a video series, basically, a hard core promotion on Facebook for merchants, with brief feature introductions, again, trying to connect with community and build up some web traffic. Additionally, the Chamber is going to do something new that's actually old style promotion. Rich said, "If you were around in the 70’s, you may remember the Welcome Wagon," to which the mere mention of the Welcome Kit program evoked reminiscent rejoices from the crowd. The plan is to give merchants an opportunity to provide WICC with flyers that will be slipped into a folder and as new people move into town one of the real estate agents or someone from the board will make a personal introduction and welcome newcomers to the community.

In closing, President Carpenter thanked everyone for attending and supporting the Chamber, he then called for “brief” self-introductions around the room, beginning with past president, Nancy Donohue. The attendees included, Charles and Adele Spencer, Lisa Guariglia, Carolyn James, Diane Fontana, Rich Carpenter, Belinda Rubino, Gregg Marano, Michael Mercurio, Brad Wilson, Supervisor Angie Carpenter, members from the West Islip School District, Sgt. Al Simeone, Robert Wasilko, Charles Gandolfo, Irene Munno, Agatha Sciara, Laura Brennan Spencer, Councilman John Cochrane, Patty Vorilas, Jim Stephensen and Glenn Luchenof West Islip Robotics, Meg Smith Real Estate, Kim Colonna, Regina Jacoby, Rocco Pepe of West Islip Beautification, Donna Marano, Mike Falk, Ann Kreisberg, Pastor Ford, John Raimondi, Kevin and Nora Crumlish, Justin Jaycon of Good Samaritan Hospital,Teresa Garzon, Friends of West Islip Library, Mary and Ted Gladowski, Carolyn Baez of Youth Enrichment Services, Roxanne and Lou of AFC Urgent Care, Peter McGann, Diane Munno- Alonso, Larry and Nancy Donohue, Angela of Southside Hospital, and Legislator Steve Flotteron.

The Installation of the West Islip Chamber of Commerce 2020 Executive and Board of Directors ensued, presided over by Town of Islip Supervisor, Angie Carpenter, accompanied by each member receiving Certificates of Recognition from the Town Islip, followed by Certificates of Dedication handed to the same by Suffolk County Legislator, Steve Flotteron.

Upcoming WICC Networking Events and Meeting Dates will be published on the website and Facebook, please come back often.

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Below is the 2020 WICC Board of Directors

Executive Board

RICHARD CARPENTER
President
ACT Marketing
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BRAD WILSON
Executive Vice President
Jones Hollow Realty
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DIANE FONTANA
Vice President Membership
A Perfect View Window Fashions
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CHARLES H. SPENCER
Vice President Merchants
Claude R. Boyd-Spencer Funeral Homes
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BELINDA H. RUBINO
Vice President Marketing
SweetSpot Marketing
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GREGG MARANO
Vice President Public Relations
Merrill Lynch
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ANN L KREISBERG, CPA
Treasurer
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ADELE SPENCER
Secretary
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HON. ANGIE M. CARPENTER
Government/Community Liaison
Islip Town Supervisor
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WICC Board of Directors

DIANE MUNNO-ALONSO
West Islip Public Schools

LAURA SPENCER-BRENNAN
Attorney at Law
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ROBERT DISTEFANO

West Islip Wines & Liquors
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CHARLES GANDOLFO
Higbie Collision
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LISA GUARIGLIA
People's United Bank
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JUSTIN JAYCON
Good Samaritan Hospital
Medical Center
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MICHAEL MERCURIO
West Islip Fire Department

JOHN RAIMONDI
Our Little Italy
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ROBERT WASILKO
Atlantic Auto Group
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Taste of West Islip 2019

West Islip Chamber of Commerce presented its highly awaited 2nd Annual TASTE OF WEST ISLIP to the community on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at the West Islip Fire Department, 309 Union Blvd, West Islip, NY. Click on the image below to see photos from the evening.

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Doors swung open promptly at 5:30 p.m. to greet the "early birds" who were patiently waiting. As guests eagerly navigated the aisles in search of their favorite local restaurants, pizzerias, delis and wine merchants, the vendors stood at the ready and did not dissapoint with generous servings! The admission price of $10/adults and $5/children was considered a bargain to many who enjoyed an unlimited variety of food and beverage. 

The West Islip Chamber of Commerce expresses its gratitude and appreciation to the West Islip Fire Department for use of its venue, our major sponsors Atlantic Automall and Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center for their generosity and support, and to the many establisments who put their best "spoons" forward and plated offerings to over 600 people who attended the event. They are noted below with links to their online presence.

Thank you for making the Taste of West Islip a great success! The Chamber values your involvement within the community and we look forward to the 3rd Annual Taste of West Islip to be held on October 21st 2020.

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2019 Participating Establishments
Anthony’s Pizza & Pasta
Brownstones
Butera’s Chicken Meatballs
Café Europa
Carvel
Crispino’s Pizzeria
Farrell’s of Brooklyn
Francesco’s
Hershey’s Ice Cream
Higbie Bagel
Hometown Heroes
Lions Den
Long River
Mario’s Pasticceria
Mona Lisa
Oak Neck Deli
Oak Neck Pizzeria
Our Little Italy
Primi Italian Restaurant
Sea Levels
Secatogue Brewery
Stuff-a-Bagel
Summerwind Deli
West Islip Wines & Liquors

Major Sponsors
Atlantic Automall and Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center

 Participating Sponsors
ANGIE CARPENTER Islip Town Supervisor
ACT Marketing Group
AFC Urgent Care
Bright Bay Electric
Claude R. Boyd Spencer Funeral Homes
Dynasty Limousine
Higbie Collision
Jones Hollow Realty Group
SweetSpot Marketing
Village & Bridal Boutique
Village Salon & Spa

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West Islip Robotics Team & WI First New York State Master Teacher, Mary Kroll Honored at May 16th General Meeting

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The entire community was invited to meet several distinquished guests at the West Islip Chamber of Commerce second quarterly General Meeting, honoring the award winning WI Robotics Team 871 and  Robot Armstrong. Also in attendence was  Ms. Mary Kroll, West Islip's First New York State Master Teacher honored for her achievements. For photos Second Quarter WICC General Meeting Album

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Pictured above, standing with WICC President, Rich Carpenter and WI Principal, Dr. Anthony Bridgeman is Ms. Mary Kroll, West Islip's First New York State Master Teacher, being recognized for her many accomplishments.

As reported on the West Islip High School website, "Mary Kroll was recently named a New York State Master Teacher by Gov. Cuomo’s office. The Master Teachers program recognizes outstanding teachers for their dedication to providing the most innovative science, technology, engineering and math education to their students, as well as displaying commitment to professional growth and enthusiasm for sharing their professional skills with colleagues. Kroll was accepted after a rigorous application and interview process that required her to demonstrate knowledge of STEM content, pedagogy, and students, their families and their communities. “This is my 20th year teaching here,” said Kroll, who began her career as a science teacher at West Islip High School. “I am humbled every day by the incredible students I get to work with in the research program.” She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Joseph’s College, and a master’s degree in liberal studies from Stony Brook University. She currently mentors students in the Barcode Long Island program through Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, is a synchrotron beam line user at the National Synchrotron Light Source-II at Brookhaven National Laboratory, and serves as an executive committee member of the Long Island Science Congress. “This honor will afford me greater opportunities to continue my own education through professional development in STEM topics,” Kroll said. “I hope to be able to use the knowledge I gain and the relationships I develop with other Master Teachers in order to unlock even greater opportunities for my students. I also plan to share what I learn with my colleagues in order to reach the greater student body at West Islip’s schools. As part of the Master Teacher program, I look forward to joining the Research Teacher Professional Learning Team and hope I can contribute to improving the quality of research that our students are able to conduct.”

The Chamber also proudly honored the West Islip Robotics Team 871 and Robot "Armstrong" for their award winning accomplishments in science and technology. Chamber members were impressed by the skillful demonstrations being carried out by Robot "Armstrong" who made several impressive maneuvers, directed by team leaders. We are thankful to the many people who attended our meeting, especially, Lesley Keane, Business Mentor of Team 871, who worked with us on the logistics of the evening and for her support and dedication to the team.

27 Members from the co-ed Robotics Team were in attendence and honored: Angelina Amatulli-Griffith, Jamie Carlson, Scott Demarest, Team Captain, Owen DiStefano, Systems Engineer, Erin Doyle, Business Captain, Machlin Fellman, Mechanical Captain, Collin Ferraro, CAD Captain, Nicholas Gee, Alex Holder, JT Keane, Justin Keane, Electrical Co-Captain & Driver, Vanessa Kramer, Electrical Co-Captain, Damien Lagrega, Brian Leonard, David Mahany, Software Captain,Joe Perrone, Thomas Pfaffe, Ben Piecora, Laurence Schaefer, Driver (Arm Controller), Jesse Smith, Andy Baranec, Head Coach/Mentor, Dan Formichelli, Assistant Coach, Bill Mahany, Volunteer Mentor, Lesley Keane, Volunteer Mentor, Jim Stephenson, Volunteer Mentor, Chris Foley, Volunteer Mentor, John Holder, Volunteer Mentor.

West Islip Robotics Team 871 encourages young women to join Robotics as the team has so much to offer in many fields. Students on the team learn about how an engineering business works, electrical, mechanical, design, programming and much more. It is an experience that will be with them for a lifetime. Click here to see photos of an earlier recruiting initiative,  Robotics Ladies Night.

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Caption: Supervisor Angie Carpenter met with the West Islip Robotechs Team 871 and award winning Robot Armstrong at the West Islip Chamber of Commerce, May 16th General Meeting, at West Islip American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1738.

Many of the team members were outgoing seniors off to college, Noted below are the graduates, their sub-team and the college they chose to pursue a course of study.  It is a very impressive list and we wish these students great success in their education and future:

Justin Keane - Electrical - Farmingdale State College
Owen DiStefano - Systems Engineer - University of Minnesota Twin Cities - Dual Electrical & Computer Engineering
Scott Demarest - Team Captain - Florida Institue of Technology - Aerospace Engineering
David Mahany - Software - Worcester Polytechnich Institute - Computer Science & Interactive Media/Game Design
Vanessa Kramer - Electrical - SUNY Polytechnic Institute - Nanoscale Engineering
Larry Schaefer - Software - Stony Brook University - Computer Science
Jett Langhorne - CAD
Thomas Pfaffe - Software
Jake Maresca - Mechanical

For information about the Team and sponsorship, go to the Robotics website.

Beverages were provided by Captree Deli, West Islip Wines & Liquors and The Dessert Fairy

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Champions Abound at WICC General Meeting, March 19, 2019

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H. S. Varsity Football Team and National Geography Bee Champ Recognized

West Islip, NY - On March 19th, the West Islip Chamber of Commerce (WICC) held its first quarterly 2019 General Meeting at the American Legion Hall Post #1738. All community members were welcomed!

A full-house of special guests and members were greeted by incoming president Richard Carpenter and the new board of directors. Members took advantage of a promotional opportunity to exhibit their business flyers at the front desk. Updates on Town of Islip initiatives were delivered by state and local representatives, Supervisor Angie M. Carpenter, Legislator Steven J. Flotteron, Councilman John C. Cochrane, Jr., Councilman James P. O’Connor, New York State Senator Phil Boyle (represented by Chris Connor) and New York State Assemblyman Mike LiPetri (represented by Mike Falk).

Officials reported on numerous topics, including: economic development of Long Island MacArthur Airport; a big push to end the opioid crisis; developments at Casamento Park where playground equipment is slated; an increase in road paving scheduled for the Spring; updates of the former Dzus Fastener Co. and $20 million environmental plan to clean up the site; status on the old CVS’s open building permit (future Southdown Marketplace) due to expire end of April 2019; and lastly, how direct calls to the Town of Islip will resolve issues faster than posting them to social media.

The highpoint of the meeting was when WICC recognized the outstanding record of West Islip High School’s Varsity Football Team, 2018 League Champs, Big 4 Champs and County Finalists. As team members, coaches and parents looked on, one by one players were called up to receive personalized plaques of Meritorious Distinction on behalf of the West Islip Chamber of Commerce, extending congratulations to each scholar/athlete for his outstanding achievement as part of the 2018 West Islip Lions Varsity Football Team, proud of the effort and determination shown to teammates, coaches and community. Yvonne and Jack Albanese, the proud parents of Maximus, beamed as they focused on their son’s achievement and added, “The team is made up of a great group of kids and coaches!”

Excitement filled the air as team and members ”huddled” around refreshments and the hearty Hometown Heroes, served by Board members, to the “heroes”!

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 Caption: WICC President, Richard Carpenter, with W.I.H.S. Varsity Football Team and Coaches

Kevin Halloran, a fourth-grader at West Islip's Paul J. Bellew Elementary School, was also recognized for winning the school's National Geography Bee. As champion, Halloran will advance to the next level by taking a qualifying test to determine state competitors. If he qualifies, he will earn a seat at the New York State competition in Albany. The final competition will be held in May in Washington, DC, where students compete for college scholarships.

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Caption: WICC President, Rich Carpenter, with Kevin Halloran, West Islip Paul J. Bellew Elementary School National Geography Bee champion 

Link to photos of March 19, 2019 WICC - General Meeting, download favorites for free, Champions Abound Photo Album

 

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West Islip Chamber of Commerce Installation Breakfast 2019

There was a great turnout at the swearing in of our new 2019 Slate of Officers, on February 12, 2019, at the West Islip Chamber of Commerce Installation Breakfast,officiated by Supervisor Angie Carpenter and hosted by Our Lady Of Consolation Nursing & Rehabilitative Care Center (OLC). The gathering was well attended by business and community organizations alike and residents and government officials. Everyone gathered to network and enjoy a delicious breakfast prepared by OLC before the ceremonies began.

In 2019, the Chamber is planning many great events. We'll keep you posted on FB, Instagram and our website where you can reference our calendar of events, membership and news. Join the Chamber, sign up to for email. We are "Your Voice in the Community", so let us provide greater exposure for your business and keep you connected in the community.

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Shown, L to R, Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter, who officiated the ceremony; Charles SpencerBelinda H. Rubino, Justin Jaycon, Gregg Marano, Lisa Guariglia, incoming President Rich Carpenter, Ann KreisbergRobert WasilkoDiane Rossi-Fontana and Brad Wilson.  

 

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