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					                                                       Farmingdale Chamber
                                                           of Commerce
      February 2012
     Volume 59, No. 2
   FARMINGDALE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE                     Multi – Chamber Event
Debbie Podolski
                                                       A Huge Success!
Farmingdale Public Library
(516) 249-9010 ♦
                                                       The Farmingdale Chamber
Dr. Chris Wider                                        of Commerce was invited to
Priestley Chiropractic
(516) 752-1007 ♦
                                                       participate in a multi-
                                                       chamber event along with
Victor Lambert, III                                    Plainview, Syosset, and
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney/The Lambert Group
(631) 425-5650 ♦
                                                       Hicksville. A total of 80
                                                       members from these four
Beth Mignone                                           chambers attended the
Mignone & Son Construction Corp.
(631) 270-4265 ♦
                                                       event at Carlyle on the
                                                       Green on January 26. The
Margaret Bertolotti                                    delicious buffet dinner was
Farmingdale Federation of Teachers
(631) 249-0773 ♦
                                                       followed by a presentation
                                                       about social networking by
John Court                                             Larry Schweitzer of CMIT
The Nutty Irishman                                     Solutions. Attendees then
(516)293-9700 ♦
                                                       participated in structured
Angela Cowan, CPA
(516) 756-2632 ♦               networking – timed chats with each table – which was new for most
Ralph Ekstrand                                         attendees and fun to participate in. There was a 50/50 drawing with
Moby Drugs
(516) 249-0268 ♦
                                                       proceeds going to Island Harvest on behalf of all four chambers. Busi-
                                                       ness cards were drawn to win one of the many gift baskets donated
Dan Kornfeld
Farmingdale Baseball League, Inc.                      by each chamber. Special thanks to Angela Cowan, In Full Bloom, Mi-
(516) 293-1990 ♦
                                                       gnone & Son, CMIT Solutions and The New York Islanders for donat-
Joseph Minieri                                         ing gift baskets. The next multi-chamber extravaganza is scheduled
(631) 851-5787 ♦                  for Wednesday, April 25 and the location will be announced in the
Robert Saginario                                       next newsletter.
St. Charles Cemetery
(631) 752-5218 ♦                January’s Chamber meeting was a delicious luncheon buffet held at
Harmonie Saltzman                                      Farmingdale Knights of Columbus, 1 Morton Street, Farmingdale.
Marketing Masters NY
(516) 610-4269 ♦                 Everyone had the opportunity to speak about their business before
Joseph P. Tafuro, CPA                                  Vic Lambert advised the members about current financial trends. Car-
(516) 574-3140 ♦                 men Taylor, New York Life, won the “Spotlight” in our newsletter and
William Trudden / Rosemary Trudden                     Ellie Gomez, Bethpage Federal Credit Union won the “Featured Busi-
McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home
(516) 249-1303 ♦              ness of the Month” on our website in the door prize raffle.
Mark Wenzel                                            Please join us at our next meeting on February 2, 2012. The meeting
YES Community Counseling Center
(516) 799-3203 ♦                       will be held at noon at Bella Napoli Restaurant, 968 Fulton Street,
Member of the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce
    Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce                 February, 2012
                                          Volume 59, Issue 2 Page 2

A Word from the President
Debbie Podolski
Congratulations to all the Farmingdale businesses that were
vote Best of Long Island 2012! As you know, your Chamber was
voted Best of LI for the second year in a row. Thank you to all
our members for voting for us. We will be participating at the
Long Island Press Best of event on Monday, February 6.
Your Chamber has been very active in planning special events
to promote your business. The board of directors are dedicated,
hard working, and a pleasure to work with. In the spirit of full
disclosure, I am reporting to the membership that this past year,
the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce was met with an unfor-
tunate incident in that a trusted officer, a person active in the
community, failed to perform the duties as assigned including
making deposits. I am happy to report that action was taken
immediately to remedy the situation. The funds have been re-
stored and the person is no longer associated or involved with
the Farmingdale Chamber. In no way did this situation prevent
the Farmingdale Chamber from fulfilling its obligation to its
members or prevent it from achieving the goals for the year. In
addition, the board of directors reviewed the by-laws and
made modification to procedures to prevent this from happen-
ing in the future. Special thanks to Mike Ingham (Carman, Calla-
han & Ingham) for his expertise and advice.
 Renew your membership by March 1 and be part of our
   Support Local Business campaign to be printed in the South
   Bay Neighbor Newspaper. This is our annual campaign to
   encourage readers to support businesses in the community.
   We print a list of all our members in a full page ad that is
   delivered to every household in the community. Be part of it
   – renew your membership.
   Get better exposure by placing your business ad on our
    back cover. At $100 per issue, a back page ad will get you
    noticed. Our calendar of events will now be printed on
    page 11 instead of on the back page. We are giving up
    that space for your ad!
   Mark Snider from MapToons will be calling on you to get
    you on the map of Farmingdale. The map will be distributed
    throughout Farmingdale.
   March 29, the Chamber will have an evening business card
    swap night at Farmingdale High School. It is also the same
    date as the tenth annual Farmingdale Community Summit
    Council Expo and Health Fair also held at Farmingdale High
    School. See page 6 for more details.
   March 31 is the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Special thanks to
    Dr. Chris Wider (Priestley Chiropractic) for being the Easter
    Bunny and Dr. Russell Lamboy (Braincore) for donating the
    candy-filled eggs and assisting with crowd control. See
    page 3 to find out how to advertise your business during this
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       Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce                    February, 2012
                                                Volume 59, Issue 2 Page 3
  continued from page 2

  TIP - Many of you are responding to our email blasts and taking
  advantage of opportunities that come up between newsletter
  printing such as the Multi-Chamber event. We are able to get a
  message to you in a fast and timely manner by using Constant
  Contact. This is an easy and inexpensive way to communicate
  with members or customers. I would encourage every business to
  take a look at what Constant Contact can do for you. Go to for more information.

             Annual Easter Celebration
                Saturday, March 31, 2012
                   The Easter Egg Hunt
                  will take place on the
                      Village Green
                         at NOON
                Come see the Easter Bunny!
Bring your camera to take a photo with your fuzzy friend.
    (Thank you to Chris Wider for acting as our Bunny.)

Your business or organization can be promoted on lawn signs posted
prominently on the Village Green during the event. Cost $50. Contact Jo
Wider (516-286-7800) or email

                          Thank you!
      Dr. Russell Lamboy, Braincore of Farmingdale,
245 Conklin Street, Farmingdale, generously sponsored the candy-
 filled eggs and volunteered to organize the egg hunt. His contact
information will be included in all promotional flyers for the event.
     Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce                  February, 2012
                                            Volume 59, Issue 2 Page 4

Welcome New Members
 Dominick Sutera, Academy Mortgage Corp.
Rory Burken, B & B’s Lock Technicians, Inc.
Glenn Messina, Computer Service Center
Juan Carrasquillo, Davidson Plumbing Supply
Belinda Rios, El Paso Authentic Taco Grill
Joanne Eisenberg, Farmingdale Auto Collision
Nancy Bacon, Farmingdale Auto Parts
Joyce Pannone, Galleria Invitations, Favors & Tuxedos
Gary Greenberg, Garmer Industries
Anthony Addeo, Law Offices of Anthony Addeo
Joyce Makin, Living Faith Christian Church
Michelle Molnar, Peter R. Scelfo, DDS
Russ Giannotti, S.A.V. Truck Center, Inc.
Mark A. Smith, State Farm - Mark A. Smith Agency
James Schledorn, Willie’s Service
Les Levy, Window World

And Returning Members
Mario Garcia, Absolutely Mario, Inc.
Thomas Taylor, American Legion Post 449 Hugh C. Newman III
Angela J. Cowan, CPA
Kevin Hopkins, Aquarius Glass & Mirror Ltd.
Nancy White, Arthur F. White Funeral Home
Mary & Frank Genovas, Bella Napoli
Heather Anderson, Bethpage Federal Credit Union
Harry Cohen, Chocolate Duck
Allison Mitchell, Courtyard/Towne Place Suites by Marriott
Ivan Homola, E & J Jewelry
Robert Diaz, Edward Jones Investments
Jeannine Corsini, Fancy Free
Dan Kornfeld, Farmingdale Baseball League, Inc.
Kent Seelig & Lee Seelig, Farmingdale Meat Market
Maria Manaseri, Farmingdale Patch
Debbie Podolski, Farmingdale Public Library
John Lorentz, Farmingdale Public Schools
Marie Rafter, In Full Bloom Florist
Brian Harty, Inc. Village of Farmingdale
Laurence Rubin, Mid Island Eye Physicians & Surgeons
Jeffrey Miller, Minuteman Press of Farmingdale
Louis Pizzichillo, Nationwide Insurance/Pizzichillo Agency Inc.
Michael & Rosemary, Paramount Tool & Equipment
Michael Pollack, Pennysaver/Town Crier
Joseph Diurno, Power Resources International
Richard T. Seeger, R. Seeger Wealth Management
Wael Rabie, Sakki Computers Inc.
Leonel Rivera, Sheltair Aviation Services
Kenneth Smitelli, Smitelli Family Chiropractic
Bill McLear, State Farm Insurance
     Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce                 February, 2012
                                           Volume 59, Issue 2 Page 5

Don’t Delay - RENEW today!
In an effort to promote your business, the Chamber will be pub-
lishing a full page advertisement in South Bay's Neighbor News-
paper listing all members.
     Your membership must be renewed by March 1, 2012
                    to be included in this ad.
Renewal forms were mailed to all members in December. If you
have not received yours, please call 516-286-7800 or email today.
Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce             February, 2012
                                  Volume 59, Issue 2 Page 6

                                       NEW!             The Farmingdale Community Summit
                                        will be hosting a business Networking Event during the Summit Expo
                                                 Thursday, March 29, 2012 from 6 PM to 7:30 PM
                                                   Teachers’ Cafeteria, Farmingdale High School

                                                         10th Annual Community Summit
                                                               Expo & Health Fair
                                                                 March 29, 2012
                                                             Farmingdale High School
                                       The Farmingdale Community Summit Expo and Health Fair is Farming-
                                       dale’s premier event for bringing business and community together.
                                       But the Summit needs your help to make the event a success. Put your
                                       business or organization in front of the residents of the communities
                                       that make up the Farmingdale School District by supporting their ef-
                                                 Many Ways To Participate: Choose all that fit you!
                                       Exhibit: Tables are available at reasonable prices.
                                       Promote your business in person directly to the community.
                                        Regular Price:                             $65.00
                                        Chamber of Commerce Members                $55.00
                                        Not For Profit Groups                      $35.00

                                       Advertise: Space is available in our Summit Journal which will be giv-
                                       en out to all in attendance. Attach camera ready art to application or
                                       contact Ken Ulric at 516-454-6813 for art ready specifications.

                                         Outside Book Cover                      $400.00
                                         Inside Back Cover                       $275.00
                                         Inside Front Cover                      $275.00
                                         Full Page                               $135.00
                                         Half Page                                $90.00
                                         Quarter Page                             $60.00
                                         Business Card                            $30.00

                                       Donate: Give a gift for their auction or raffle. Donations may include
                                       products, memorabilia, event tickets, gift certificates, weekend geta-
                                       ways, jewelry or a service for a home.

                                       Your donation is tax deductible. The Farmingdale Community Summit
                                       fully appreciates your support. Written acknowledgements of thanks
                                       will be sent to the donor. Contact Ken Ulric at 516-454-6813 for
                                       questions or drop off a donation.

                                       Applications are available on the Chamber’s website
                              click on the NEWS tab
                                       or call 516-454-6813.
                       Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce             February, 2012
                                                         Volume 59, Issue 2 Page 7

             Any suggestions?
Contact a Board member to share your ideas!
Or email
Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce                                    February, 2012
                                                         Volume 59, Issue 2 Page 8

Member to Member Discount Program
New Discounts Added!
The following members will extend a courtesy discount to fellow
Farmingdale Chamber members:
Email or call Debbie Podolski
516-249-9090 if you would like to participate in the program.
3 J's Limousine Inc. | 516-932-1357 | 10% off base fares - excludes proms,
                                                         weddings, specialty vehicles
AMAP Collision | 631-752-0016 | 10% total repair
Angela J. Cowan CPA | 516-756-2632 | 10%
BBA Photography Corp | 516-967-8367 | see website for monthly specials
Bellagio Pizza Restaurant | 631-777-8282 | 10%
Bi-County Mailing | 631-694-1500 | 10% off Mailing Work or $25 off Printing
                                                                    orders over $100
Braincore of Farmingdale | 516-249-4488 | free EEG 1st & 2nd office visit 20%
                                                                              off fees
CaraCara Mexican Grill | 516-777-2272 | 10% off food & beverage
Central Sight and Sound | 631-414-7043 | 20% off any product sold
Century 21 Dallow Realty | 516-293-2323 | Free home value appraisal
Century 21 Prevete Bastone | 516-978-0959 | Free Market Evaluation -
                       Residence or Business / Free Notary Public Service to Members
CMIT Solutions of East Nassau | 516-986-1884 | Free assessment for business
                                                  network plus 10% discount on labor
Croxley Ales | 516-293-7700 | 10% lunchtime only - Mon thru Fri
Dolan Associates - Allstate Insurance Co. | 516-753-2600 | NYS Accident
                      Prevention Course (online) 25% off/ Free Notary Public Service
Esposito Plumbing, Heating & A/C | 631-293-2600 | 5%
Fancy Free | 516-293-2050 | 20%
Farmingdale Knights of Columbus #2204 | 631-755-2204 | 10% to Members
Frankie's East Side Gourmet Pizza | 516-756-2753 | 20% off excluding specials
Haynes Security Corp | 631-420-9454 | 20%
Heads-Up Irrigation | 516-293-9152 | 15%
Homespector Inc. | 516-851-5833 | $100 off full GHI/free termite inspection
Knights of Columbus | 516-391-5983 | 10%
KZAM | 631-393-0801 | $25 off any party package
Long Island Checker Cab | 516-777-1111 | 10%
Marketing Masters NY | 516-987-5001 | 15% on any marketing service
McDonald's/Kaufman Enterprises | 516-752-8070 | 10% will provide card
Mid Island Eye Physicians & Surgeons | 516-796-4030x1 | 20% off full pair of
                                                             eyeglasses for members
Mignone & Son Construction Corp | 631-270-4265 | 10%
Minuteman Press of Farmingdale | 516-293-6110 | 10%
Munchkinland Child Care | 516-293-3838 | 5% off weekly tuition
Nationwide Insurance/Pizzichillo Agency Inc. | 516-752-1730 | 20% preferred
                    Chamber member discount on our online defensive driving course.
Paramount Tool & Equipment | 516-249-3013 | yes - discount varies
Priestley Chiropractic | 516-752-1007 | Free reusable cold pack
R.E.C. Tax Services, LTD | 516-586-6771 | varies
Retro Fitness | 631-270-4007 | 1/2 off all processing and enrollment fees and
                                                                         1 free month
Runner's Edge | 516-420-7963 | 15% off all shoes, apparel & accessories
                                                                             over $10
Sakki Computers Inc. | 516-293-1609 | 10% off any service excl parts
School of Rock | 631-425-5191 | 20% discount first month
Sheltair Aviation Services | 631-843-9488 | FRG Tenant rate on fuel and services
                                                                  @ Republic Airport
Smitelli Family Chiropractic | 516-755-2225 | Free initial chiropractic exam &
                                                                  15 minute massage
Stuart Thomas Manor | 516-845-1151 | $100 off your next event
Stuff-A-Bagel | 516-420-4287 | 10% with ID
The New Protocol, Inc. | 516-777-2601x1002 | 10% off for 3 months
Tri-Lift Inc. | 516-249-4100 | 10% off any service
                                                Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce             February, 2012
                                                                                  Volume 59, Issue 2 Page 9

Member Spotlight
Carmen Taylor - New York Life
Do you know where all your critical documents are located?
If a death in the family were to occur, would you know
where to locate the will, bank documents, insurance policies
and investment documents? Would you even know whom to
contact to get the documents you need?

Are You in Document Disarray?
Whether you are changing jobs, buying a home, caring for
an aging loved one, experiencing a death in the family, or planning your
retirement, major life events can send you into a document search tailspin.
Just think about how many documents the bank requests when you apply
for a home mortgage or the litany of current and historical documents
that are needed to settle an estate. Because we don’t always tend to
keep track of everything we have or might need to prepare for such
events, unexpected circumstances send most of us scurrying to collect what
is required.

Get Help to Get Organized…
If the idea of getting your financial life in order sounds completely over-
whelming, don’t worry. You are not alone. There are organizing systems
that can help you, such as New York Life’s LifeFolio System, which you can
get for free from any New York Life agent. It comes with an easy-to-
complete checklist that can help you and your family organize all your
critical financial documents and share that information with those close to
you, as well as your investment professional, attorney, accountant, and
your executor/executrix.

…And Feel Better
Getting organized not only helps you identify what you have — it will
help your financial professional to identify what you need and help you
bridge any gaps in your financial strategy. As such, organizing your fi-
nancial life may be one of the easiest, but most important gifts you can
give yourself and your family. So, contact a New York Life Agent today
and get on the road to financial organization.

This educational third-party article is being provided as a courtesy by
Carmen Taylor New York Life Insurance Company. To obtain a free copy
of New York Life’s Lifefolio kit please contact Carmen at (770)329-8691
or email
Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce              February, 2012
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Member Referral Program
The Member Referral Program is a great opportunity to help the Farmingdale
Chamber and Your Business grow! A growing membership strengthens the
Chamber’s impact as it advocates on issues of importance to our members.

Here’s how it works: Identify businesses who you feel would benefit from
Chamber membership. Think of those you do business with on a regular basis.
Find out if they belong to the Chamber. (A complete listing of Chamber mem-
bers is available at
Fill out a referral form (available on the Chamber website
or call 516-286-7800 for a form.
We will contact the referred business and mention your name & company as
the referring business. Upon receipt of payment, you will receive a voucher
entitling you to a free breakfast or lunch at one of our Chamber meetings.

Terms and Conditions:
Current Chamber members can participate in this program.
A referral form must be submitted to the Chamber indicating you as the person
referring the new business. A referral for this program is a business or repeat
member (who hasn't been a member for more than a year) that joins the
Chamber as a direct result of a current member's efforts.
Should a referral form be submitted more than once, the Chamber will honor
the first referring party only. One full year of membership dues must be paid
by the New Member.

Returned completed referral form to the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce,
PO Box 1166, Farmingdale, NY 11735 or email to

                                                               2012 Calendar of Events
 Thursday, February 2, 2012                                                       Bella Napoli
          Luncheon                            February 2           Noon
                                                                                  968 Fulton Street, Farmingdale
       Time: 12 Noon                                                              Palmer’s American Grille
                                              March 1              Noon
                                                                                  123 Fulton Street, Farmingdale
         Bella Napoli
      968 Fulton Street                       April 5              TBA            General Meeting - Breakfast
                                              May 3                TBA            General Meeting
       Members: $20
     Non- Members $25                         June 7               TBA            General Meeting
  Complimentary Valentine                     September 6          TBA            General Meeting
   Corporate Networking
      Cocktail Reception                                                          General Meeting
                                              October 4            6:30 - 9 PM
                                                                                  Businessperson of the Year Celebration
Thursday, February 16, 2012
           6 - 8 PM                           November 1           TBA            General Meeting
    Stuart Thomas Manor
     2143 Boundary Ave                                                            Installation of Officers &
                                              December 6           5:30 PM
       516-845-1151                                                               Annual Holiday Party
    RSVP by February 14                                                   BOARD MEETING:
                                                                   February 16, 2012 (FFT 8:30 AM)
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P.O. Box 1166
Farmingdale, NY 11735                                                        PERMIT #250
                                                                           FARMINGDALE, NY
Phone: 516-249-9090
E-mail:                                          11735

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