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                                                        Chamber of Commerce
             March 2010                                      Newsletter
           Volume 57, No. 3
Debbie Podolski
Farmingdale Public Library
(516) 249-9010 ♦

Dr. Chris Wider
Priestley Chiropractic
(516) 752-1007 ♦

Victor Lambert, III
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney/The Lambert Group
(631) 425-5650 ♦

Beth Mignone
Mignone & Sons Construction Corp.
(631) 270-4265 ♦

Jan DiGeronimo
Sperry Credit Union
(516) 873-7171 Ext. 1029 ♦

BOARD OF DIRECTORS:                                     March meeting at Palmer’s American Grille. Left to right, Joe Minieri, Metlife; Jan DiGeronimo, Sperry;
                                                        Debbie Podolski, Farmingdale Public Library; Guest Speaker Douglas Reichertre, Sun America Retirement
Margaret Bertolotti                                     Markets; Dr. Chris Wider, Priestley Chiropractic; Vic Lambert, Morgan Stanley; Ken Ulric, Farmingdale
Farmingdale Federation of Teachers                      Community Summit.
(631) 249-0773 ♦

John Court                                              The Chamber’s February meeting was held at Palmer’s American Grille. Everyone
The Nutty Irishman
(516)293-9700 ♦                 had an opportunity to introduce themselves and share a little about their business
                                                        before learning about new laws concerning IRA Roth accounts.
Angela Cowan, CPA
(516) 756-2632 ♦
                                                        Jackie Seifter of Kilroy Creations was the lucky door prize raffle winner of an
Ralph Ekstrand                                          office bowling party donated by Maz Farina of Farmingdale Lanes. Farming-
Moby Drugs                                              dale Lanes won the “Featured Member of the Month” link on the Chamber’s web-
(516) 249-0268 ♦
                                                        site in the raffle and Vic Lambert of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney won the news-
Dan Kornfeld                                            letter spotlight. Vic’s spotlight will appear in the April newsletter.
Farmingdale Baseball League, Inc.
(516) 293-1990 ♦                  Our next meeting is on Thursday, March 4. This is an 8 AM breakfast meeting at
Joe Minieri
                                                        The Courtyard by Marriott, 1 Marriott Plaza, Route 110, Farmingdale. The break-
MetLife                                                 fast meetings are generally very well-attended. We have an informative pro-
(631) 851-5787 ♦                   gram lined up. Nilka Enck and Brenda Stuart-Luke, Sr of the IRS will speak to our
                                                        members about the Small Business Forum recently established; Rachel David and
Joseph and Rosemary Trudden
McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home                          Michelle Khalife, Benefits Advisors from the U.S. Dept of Labor will present
(516) 249-1303 ♦          "Retirement Plan Options for Small Business" and Mwisa Chisunka, Sr Tax Analayst
                                                        NY State Department of Taxation and Finance will detail how NY state can help
Mark Wenzel
YES Community Counseling Center
                                                        Small Business. As usual, everyone will have the opportunity to speak about their
(516) 799-3203 ♦                        business and all members present will be entered into a drawing to win either
                                                        "Featured Member of the Month" on the Chamber website or a Spotlight in the
Member of the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce    newsletter.
                            Farmingdale                   Volume 57, Issue 3 Page 2
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                A Word from the President
                Debbie Podolski
                The Chamber is off to an exciting beginning to the new year.
                Membership dues and renewals are coming in, along with some
                new members. There are currently 127 Chamber members and
                we are expecting more renewals within the next few days.
                Our list of members who are offering a “Member to Member”
                discount is growing! Currently, 26 members are offering a dis-
                count or service to Chamber members. An updated listing ap-
   YOUR AD      pears on page 8.

BELONGS HERE!   The plans for our 2010 Business Directory and Community
                Guide are complete and it’s expected to go to the printer by
                March 8th. See a sample of the Guide on page 3.
                We are printing 5,000 Guides. These will be distributed to the
                estimated 1,000 residents attending the Farmingdale Community
                Summit Expo at Farmingdale HS on March 25 (see page 7). We
                are also mailing these to all new residents throughout 2010 (we
                already have a listing of new residents for the 4th quarter of
                2009). The Guides will also be available at the Farmingdale
                Library, Farmingdale Village Hall and other key businesses
                throughout Farmingdale. Let us know if you would like to be a
                distribution location.
                The Guide will be a 4” x 9” booklet listing all of our members of
                record as of March 5th. It will also include a brief history of
                Farmingdale, a map, a listing of community services and organi-
                zations, and important telephone numbers.
                Business card ‘style’ ads are available in the Guide for $100 per
                ad. This is limited to 50 advertisers. The ad will appear after
                your business name in the category section of the Guide. The
                first 50 businesses to contact us will be accepted. Call Jo
                Wider 516-286-7800 or email her
       if you would like to place an
                ad. Jo can also tell you if you have renewed your membership.
                The Guide will include MEMBERS only!
                MARK YOUR CALENDAR! The Annual Easter Egg Hunt is on
                Saturday, March 20. See page 9 for details.

                                     Any suggestions?
                        Contact a Board member to share your ideas!
            Farmingdale                     Volume 57, Issue 3 Page 3
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2010 Business Directory & Community Guide Page Preview

        State Farm Insurance
        Bill McLear
        54 Motor Ave
        Farmingdale, NY 11735 …………………...516-755-0300

        E & J Jewelry
        Ivan Homola
        319 Main Street
        Farmingdale, NY 11735 …………………...516-293-3111

        Green Acres Landscaping
        Gerhard Frobart
        39 Doud Street
        Farmingdale, NY 11735 …………………...516-420-0844

        Lawn Sprinklers Install & Service
        Heads-Up Irrigation
        John Vigh
        104 Radcliffe Avenue
        Farmingdale, NY 11735 …………………...516-293-9152

        Farmingdale Public Library
        Deborah Podolski
        116 Merritts Road
        Farmingdale, NY 11735 …………………...516-249-9090

        Limousine Service
        3 J's Limousine Inc.
        Neil Marconi
        PO Box 202
        Bethpage, NY 11714 ………………………..516-932-1357

        Mail and Parcel Center
        PostalServ, Inc.
        Patrick Waring
        309 Main Street
        Farmingdale, NY 11735 …………………...516-586-8290

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                             Farmingdale                  Volume 57, Issue 3 Page 4
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                Welcome to our New Members
                Netech Corporation, Rajasekhoran Pillar
                UP Solutions Group, Doris Fritz

                And Returning Members
                3 J's Limousine Inc., Neil Marconi
                Allied Dynamics Corp, Angela Mott
                AMAP Collision, Nicholas Cosmo
                Bella Napoli, Mary & Frank Genovas
                Bergsten/CPA, Robert Bergsten
                Clear-Cut Computing, Paul Montenero
                Farmingdale Community Summitt, Ken Ulric
                Farmingdale Public Schools, Ellen Krammer
                Guercio & Guercio, LLP, Leonard Richman
                Here & There Travel, Inc., Miriam Blau
                Home Care Concepts Inc., Thomas Ryan
                In Full Bloom Florist, Marie Rafter
                Inner Balance, Center for Wellness, Nicole Tzen
                Jaycon General Contracting, John Henderson
                Joseph P. Tafuro, CPA, Joseph Tafuro
                Kahn, Ferrari & Aldieri DDS, Dan Aldieri
                McDonald's/Kaufman Enterprises, Lonny Weiner
                Metlife, Joseph Minieri
                Moby Drugs, Ralph Ekstrand
                Monetary Recovery Co., Walter Kirk
   YOUR AD      Open Access, Inc., Robert Oswald
                Palmer's American Grille, Anthony Rossi
                Pennysaver/Town Crier, Michael Pollack
BELONGS HERE!   Smitelli Family Chiropractic, Kenneth Smitelli
                TD Bank, Eileen Baker
                The New Protocol, Prakash Pisipati
                Weichert Realtors Dallow Agency, Richard Dallow
                Whitey's Hardware, Joseph Iacometta
                YES Community Counseling Ctr, Mark Wenzel
               Farmingdale                    Volume 57, Issue 3 Page 5
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Meet our Members
Farmingdale Music Center
Frank and Valerie LiCausi
135 Main Street 516-249-0885
Farmingdale Music this year celebrates its 65th anniversary and
is known to be Long Island’s Oldest Music Store. Alfred LiCausi
opened Farmingdale Music Center in 1945. In addition, they
have been voted Best of Long Island by Long Island Press 2009
and 2010.
Frank LiCausi earned his degree in Musical Instrument Technology
and launched the on-premise repair facility in 1977. In 1982 Al
retired and handed the business to Frank who has honed his pro-
fessional skills to become an expert in his craft.
They are a full service Music store, offering all types of musical
instruments for sale or rent, and repairs. A professional teaching
staff of 15 are available for private music instruction.
Farmingdale Meat Market
Kent Seelig
210 Main Street 516-249-8200
Farmingdale Meat Market was incorporated in
1946 as a small local butcher shop. Its founder Julius Seelig had
just finished working for Swift & Co., helping supply meat to all
the allied forces during World War II.
The business has grown from its beginnings as a local meat mar-
ket into Main Street Wholesale Meats, one of the largest inde-
pendently owned federal inspected meat facilities (Est. 17554)
serving Long Island and the Tri-State area. The family traditions
are being carried on at Farmingdale Meat Market, Inc. and its
wholesale division, Main Street Wholesale Meats, by Julius's son
Kent Seelig and his grandsons, Jeff Feiner and Lee Seelig.
With a growing staff of professionals, be it drivers, cutters, sales
force and office staff, we intend to serve all of our new and old
customers, as if we were still running that small little meat market
started in 1946. As Julius said: "give them great product and
great service and you will always have a successful business."
         Farmingdale             Volume 57, Issue 3 Page 6
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                                       Farmingdale Community Summit
                                       The Farmingdale Community Summit was formed after 9/11 to
                                       promote the pride and quality of the Farmingdale Community.
                                       Farmingdale lost many firefighters and police on 9/11 so me-
                                       morials for the fallen were the group’s first project.
                                       Afterward, they went on to institute Farmingdale Reads, a
                                       reading project whereby one book is chosen to be read by the
                                       community and there is then a big discussion of the book at the
                                       Farmingdale Library, sometimes with the author present.
                                       Annual fundraisers are organized, some involving sports figures
                                       such as the Harlem Globetrotters. And once a year there is a
                                       big Expo at Farmingdale High School where many of Farming-
                                       dale’s businesses and civic groups take booths and explain what
                                       Farmingdale is all about.
                                       The Summit uses the proceeds of these fundraisers to support
                                       their Family Fund which helps needy families in the Farming-
                                       dale community.
                                       MARK YOUR CALENDAR - Be part of the Farmingdale Com-
                                       munity Summit Council Expo taking place on Thursday, March
                                       25 from 6 PM – 8:30 PM at Farmingdale High School. Over
                                       the years, an estimated 1,000 residents attend the Expo!
                                       Chamber members also receive a discount on the exhibit table
                                       fee. See page 7 for more information.

                                        Networking Opportunity
                                        Business Card Swap Nights
                                                    Bowling and Business Card Swap
                                                Date: Thursday, April 22, 2010
                                                Time: 6:30 - 9 PM
                                                Place: Farmingdale Lanes
                                                         999 Conklin Street, Farmingdale
                                                         (631) 249-4300
                                                Details: Cash Bar; Wine and Cheese compliments of
                                                         Farmingdale Lanes.
                                                         Free bowling on lanes dedicated to Chamber
                                                         members and their families.
                                        Bring your business cards and feel free to invite your business
                                        associates! This is a networking event open to all Chamber
                                        members, their families and guests.
                                        A Midsummer’s Night Drink & Business Card Swap
                                                Date: Thursday, July 29, 2010
                                                Time: 6:30 - 9 PM
                                                Place: To Be Announced
                                                     Farmingdale                  Volume 57, Issue 3 Page 7
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                 8th Annual Community Summit
                          Expo & Health Fair
   MISS                      March 25, 2010
                     Farmingdale High School
The Farmingdale Community Summit Expo and Health Fair is Farming-
dale’s premier event for bringing business and community together. But
we need 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 our efforts.
            Many Ways To Participate: Choose all that fit you!                  YOUR AD
Exhibit: Tables are available at reasonable prices.
Promote your business in person directly to the community.
                                                                             BELONGS HERE!
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
given 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 our auction or raffle. Donations may include
products, memorabilia, event tickets, gift certificates, weekend get-
aways, 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                      Volume 57, Issue 3 Page 8
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Member to Member Discount Program
The following members will extend a courtesy dis-
count to fellow Farmingdale Chamber members:
Email or call
Debbie Podolski 516-249-9010 if you would like
to participate in the program by offering a dis-
count to Chamber members.
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
Anchor Assurance Brokerage~ 631-681-6779 / waived broker fee
Angela J. Cowan CPA ~ 516-756-2632 / 10%
Bi-County Mailing ~ 631-694-1500 / Free special font addressing
                                          or one line of color inkjetting
Central Sight and Sound ~ 631-414-7043 / 20% off any product
                                                     sold w/installation
CMIT Solutions of East Nassau ~ 516-986-1884 / Free assessment
                       for business network plus 10% discount on labor
Digital Experience ~ 516-249-0320 / 10 - 15%
Fancy Free ~ 516-293-2050 / 20%
Farmingdale Goodyear ~ 516-777-8473 / 10% svc 5% tires
Four Seasons Roofing ~ 631-249-3377 / $250 off new residential
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 / yes
L.I. Yellow Cab Corp. ~ 516-249-1212 / 10%
Long Island Checker Cab ~ 516-777-1111 / 10%
Marketing Masters NY ~ 516-987-5001 / 20%
McDonald's/Kaufman Enterprises ~ 516-752-8070 / 10% will
                                              provide card to members
Paramount Tool & Equipment ~ 516-249-3013 / yes - discount varies
Priestley Chiropractic ~ 516-752-1007 / Free reusable cold pack
Retro Fitness ~ 631-270-4007 / 50% enrollment
Sakki Computers ~ 516-293-1609 / 10% off any service excl parts
Sign Works of L.I. ~ 631-249-2574 / 10%
Van Kemenade Paint ~ 516-249-0075 / 10%
Weichert Realtors Dallow Agency ~ 516-293-2323 / Free home
                                                        value appraisal
                Farmingdale                   Volume 57, Issue 3 Page 9
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                       presents its annual
           Saturday, March 20, 2010
              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 Dr. Chris
     Wider for acting as
         our Bunny)

                         Thank you!
Bill McLear of State Farm Insurance, McLear Agency, 54 Mo-
tor Ave, Farmingdale, generously sponsored the candy-filled
eggs the Chamber will use at our annual egg hunt.

Bill’s contact information will be included in all promotional fly-
ers for the event.

Anyone interested in sponsoring future events can call Angela
Cowan 516-756-2632
or email
                                        Farmingdale                                                        Volume 57, Issue 3 Page 10
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                Commonly Asked 401(k) Plan Questions
                Submitted By: Victor E. Lambert III
                Because your retirement planning is so important to your future well-being, you
                should ask questions about the retirement plans available to you and how they
                work, as well as how best to use your retirement dollars. Below are answers to sev-
                eral commonly asked questions about 401(k) Plans.

                Q. How do my 401(k) contributions lower my income taxes?
                A. Your 401(k) contributions are made on a pre-tax basis. This means that they
                aren't reported to the Internal Revenue Service as current income on your W-2 form
                to the Internal Revenue Service. For example, if you earn $25,000 a year and
                decide to contribute 10 percent of your salary ($2,500) to your 401(k) account,
                only $22,500 will be reported as current income for income tax purposes.

                Why does the government give you this excellent tax break? Because it wants to
                encourage individuals to save as much as possible with their own dollars today so
                that they are better prepared for their retirement in the future.

                Q. What is a Roth 401(k)?
                A Roth 401(k) is not a type of plan, but rather a type of plan contribution. If a
   YOUR AD      401(k) plan offers this feature, employees can designate some or all of their elec-
                tive contributions as designated Roth contributions, (which are included in gross in-
                come) rather than traditional, pre-tax elective contributions. Meaning that Roth
BELONGS HERE!   contributions are taxed in the year they are contributed to the plan. Upon distribu-
                tion, Roth 401(k) contributions are received tax free. Earnings on Roth 401(k) contri-
                butions will not be taxed upon distribution if the Roth account has been open for at
                least 5 years and distribution occurs after 59½ , death or disability. Traditional
                401(k) contributions and Roth 401(k) contributions are subject to a combined limit of
                $16,500 for 2010 ($22,000 if age 50 or older).

                Q. Am I able to contribute to both a 401(k) and an IRA?
                A. Yes. Many individuals contribute to their 401(k) Plan and to an Individual Re-
                tirement Account (IRA) or Roth IRA. It may be best to maximize your traditional
                401(k) contributions first, since they are made with pre-tax dollars. (Your IRA contri-
                butions may or may not be tax deductible, depending on your annual salary and
                other qualifications.) If your employer offers matching contributions and you qualify
                for a Roth IRA or deductible IRA, it may make sense to contribute enough to your
                401(k) to attract the maximum employer match, and then contribute to an IRA or
                Roth IRA. If you have not exhausted the maximum allowable contribution and can
                afford to do so, contribute again to your 401(k) Plan.
                Q. If I change jobs, may I take my 401(k) money with me?
                A. Yes. All contributions you have made to your 401(k) account are 100 percent
                yours. Contributions made by your employer (if any) may be yours depending on a
                vesting schedule. You will need to check your plan for specific vesting schedules.
                In addition, if you do change jobs, it may be a good idea to consider either rolling
                your 401(k) money over into an IRA or another qualified plan (such as a profit-
                sharing or 401(k) plan) at your new employer. Otherwise, you may incur taxes and
                early withdrawal penalties. Be sure to check with your tax adviser before taking
                any distributions from your 401(k) Plan.
                For more information, please contact THE LAMBERT GROUP 800-366-3444.
                Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, its affiliates and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney’s Financial Advisors do not provide tax or legal
                advice, are not “fiduciaries” (under ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code or otherwise) with respect to the services or activities de-
                scribed herein, except as otherwise agreed to in writing by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. This material was not intended or written
                to be used for the purpose of avoiding tax penalties that may be imposed on the taxpayer. Individuals are urged to consult their
                tax or legal advisors before establishing a retirement plan and to understand the tax, ERISA and related consequences of any
                investments made under such plan.

                This article is published for general informational purposes and is not an offer or solicitation to sell or buy securities or commodities.
                Any particular investment should be analyzed based on its terms and risks as they relate to your specific circumstances and objec-

                Investments and services are offered through Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC, member SIPC.
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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE                                                                                         PAID
P.O. Box 1166                                                                                          PERMIT #250
Farmingdale, NY 11735
                                                                                                   FARMINGDALE, NY
Phone: 516-249-9010

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    MARCH EVENTS                                            2010 Calendar of Events
   Thursday, March 4
                                     March 4         8 - 9:30 AM General Meeting Breakfast - Marriot
     Time: 8:00AM
  Courtyard by Marriott              March 20        Noon         Easter Egg Hunt, Farmingdale Village Green
 1 Marriott Plaza, Route 110
        Farmingdale          April 8                 Noon         General Meeting Luncheon - Bella Napoli Restaurant
  Networking Breakfast
Speakers:                            April 22        6:30 - 9 PM Business Card Swap - Farmingdale Lanes
            Nilka Enck
        Brenda Stuart-Luke           May 6           Noon         General Meeting Luncheon - The Nutty Irishman
      Stakeholder Liason IRS
  Rachel David & Michelle Khalife    June 3          TBA          General Meeting
         U.S.Dept of Labor
        Mwisa Chisunka               July 29         6:30 - 9 PM Business Card Swap
 NYS Dept of Taxation & Finance.
                                     September 2     TBA          General Meeting
       Cost: Members $15
    Non-Members/Guests $20
                                     October 7       6:30 - 9 PM General Meeting - Businessperson of the Year Celebration
  Saturday, March 20
                                     November 4      Noon         General Meeting
       Time: NOON
      Village Green                  November 20     Noon         Holiday Parade
Annual Easter Egg Hunt &             December 2      5:30 PM      2010 Holiday Party
  Visit the Easter Bunny
                                                 BOARD MEETING: March 18, 2010 (FFT 8:45 AM)

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