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Joan Nickeson, former teacher and member of the Comsewogue School District PTSA. Joan is also an active board member and our blog writer.

Census 2020

Census 2020

After attending a recent workshop on the upcoming Census2020, I spoke with a couple of our Port Jefferson Station/Terryville Chamber of Commerce members on the topic.  They came to the same conclusions; a correct count on the 2020 Census is critical for our community and our state as a whole.

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One member, a high profile investor said of the census data, “…this was one tool we used to figure out where to invest time and resources.”

A correct counts helps to make sure our neighborhoods – to whom we market,  get the funding needed for schools, parks, child nutrition programs and more.  A fortified community is necessary to support business and investment.
 
The Port Jefferson Station/Terryville Chamber of Commerce encourages you and your employees to participate.  The data collected is protected and participating early means no need for census takers to visit you at home.  Replying by mail and phone is also an option and in many languages. Visit 2020census.gov to learn more about the 2020 Census – how to respond, and why it matters.
There are opportunities for census jobs as well/  http://2020census.gov/jobs.

Interview with Stephanie N Sgori of State Farm

Interview with Stephanie N Sgori of State Farm

Insurance is “All in the Family” for our member, Stephanie Sgroi. Stephanie has been the State Farm agent in Port Jefferson Station, since 2002. She teamed up with her husband David Kirshner nine years ago and they employ their cousin and kids, among others.

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David tells me that referrals are the lifeblood of their business and they reward their customers who refer a friend or family member.

“I love what I do, every single day. I have a fantastic, diverse team and each brings a different perspective and strength to our business,” says Stephanie. Their staff includes four bilingual agents, including an agent who speaks Mandarin.

State Farm has been a member of the Port Jefferson Station/Terryville Chamber of Commerce for years. David says that their membership allows them to network, share best practices and provides an opportunity to invest in this community.  Not only are Stephanie and David active members, their son has earned community service hours volunteering at our business to community events at the Port Jefferson Station/Terryville Chamber of Commerce Train Car. Thank you!

Stephanie Sgroi sponsors the local Polar Plunge event, raising money for the New York Special Olympics. They have also funded with State Farm, the refurbishing of damaged vehicles, donating them to charities such as Hope House Ministries and local veterans. Their relationships, professionalism and honesty makes them a stand-out. They’re located at 612 Route 112 in Port Jefferson Station next to “Save A Pet”.

You can reach them at, www.stephaniesgroi.com, 631.473.6941, or email: Stephanie@stephaniesgroi.com

Interview with Indu Kaur of The Meadow Club

Interview with Indu Kaur of The Meadow Club

I had the chance to catch up with our long time member, Indu Kaur, owner of The Meadow Club located at 1147 Route 112, Port Jefferson Station. Indu explained to me that she and her team have mapped out finalization of their renovations and applications, and predict re-opening in June 2020.

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More expedient gratification is the exciting news that The Meadow Club is taking reservations now for their Holiday parties which will be held at a venue in Port Jefferson Village; the Harbor Grill, on West Broadway, opposite the Brookhaven parking lot at the harbor. The Meadow Club is holding their annual Small Business Holiday Party, on December 14, 2019 . “There are so many small offices and businesses that can benefit by having their holiday party with us. We see many people really enjoy themselves, make friends and network with other business staff and owners, ” said Indu.And ringing in 2020 at their New Year’s Eve Gala sounds like a blast, and a great deal. That too will be at Harbor Grill and includes a fabulous surf & turf dinner, DJ entertainment, premium shelf liquor, champagne, desserts, noise makers, live ball drop on big screens and more, for just 140$ per person. The Port Jefferson Station/Terryville Chamber of Commerce is excited for progress being made.Personally I can’t wait to see the new digs in June and we all wish Indu and her team all the best. Contact The Meadow Club at 631.928.3800 or email Indu@themeadowclub.com

Interview with Lawrence Ryan of Sensory Solutions Long Island

Interview with Lawrence Ryan of Sensory Solutions Long Island

Have you ever found yourself tapping your pen on the desk while trying to figure out a problem?  Do you bounce your knee repeatedly while sitting impatiently? That stimulation is not unique in our vast population, and is more prevalent with folks on the autism spectrum.   

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I learned this, and a whole lot more, from Lawrence Ryan, one of the owners of the new Sensory Solutions of Long Island, Inc., located within the Davis Professional Park, at 5225 Nesconset Highway; Building #3 in Port Jefferson Station.

photo of t shirts for saleMr. Ryan hosted the recent Port Jefferson Station/Terryville Chamber of Commerce network meeting at Sensory Solutions of LI. He opened this inclusive sensory gym to our members, for an inside look at the specially designed space with various activity stations.  Stations are set up for addressing particular sensory issues, and are arranged around one of their rooms.  This facility is one of a kind in Suffolk County.

sensory solutions equipmentAlso, unique is their “Relaxation Room”. In a space with dimmed lights, bean-bag flooring, and fiber optic options, their regular education and alternative needs clients can decompress daily.  Visitors benefit from 20 minutes of soothing ambient beach, or upper atmospheric, sounds.  I wish this was available when my kid was going through finals week in high school.

Mr. Ryan, along with co-owners Michael Gargiulo, Regina Giambone, and Michelle Bosch, all with special education degrees have a combined 75 years of field experience. Mr. Ryan discussed their inspiration, “We saw a void in the available certified therapy services.  We wanted to give this special population a safe space to call their own.”  Certified through Suffolk County to provide Occupational, Physical and Speech therapy, Sensory Solutions of LI has been receiving regular referrals. Individuals suffering from dementia have received swallowing evaluations also.  Sensory Solutions of LI serves all ages, with all abilities.  They are launching a new sports program, later this summer. 

Mr Ryan demonstrating to chamber guests

Sensory Integration,  Zumba/dance, Social Skills, Art and Yoga classes for youth are offered daily. They offer a variety of billing options and work with many insurance companies to fit their clients’ needs. Call Sensory Solutions of LI, at 631.909.8800; follow them on Facebook and Instagram, and check out their website too.

 

Interview with Gary Contes of Colonial Coffee

Interview with Gary Contes of Colonial Coffee

I recently had the pleasure of chatting with our member and friend, Gary Contes of Colonial Coffee, at one of our member meetings. His Port Jefferson Station coffee market is on Bicycle Path, just north of Comsewogue High School. He has been a member

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of the Port Jefferson Station/Terryville Chamber of Commerce since 2003 and currently serves as our Membership Director.  Colonial Coffee has been serving our community for 51 years.  Their very first customer was and still is, Comsewogue Library.

Colonial Coffee 1Not only is Colonial Coffee a wholesale distributor to restaurants, delis, bagel shops and offices, but they specialize in single use pods of their own brand called Terrace Cafe Cups.  Their beautiful website Terracecafecups.com,  makes it a breeze to order.  Their delicious coffees come in hundreds of personally developed flavors. For the intrepid type, there is Chocolate Maple Bacon, or German Chocolate. I love the French Vanilla and Southern Pecan.

Gary provides all of the coffee, hot chocolate and cappuccino for our events and meetings at the chamber Train Car.  No ask is too great, no schedule too tight; he comes through, with arms full in good cheer and often has a volunteer by his side.  We are grateful because we know his time is stretched; he is also busy with charitable endeavors, such as his support of the Welcome Friends soup kitchen, wherein every Friday night in Port Jeff, folks gather for a free meal.  “It is a humbling experience,” says Gary, whose motto is, Encourage Someone Today.  In addition to his Port Jefferson Station coffee market, he has a coffee market in Stony Brook Village.

I encourage you to visit Terracecafecups.com, call at 631.473.4747, find him on Facebook, Instagram or stop in one of his stores.

 

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