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The Greater Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

Fall 2018 Newsletter 
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PJ Chamber Partners
Carol, Joanne, Ken, Jackie, Bruce, Sheila, Michael, Tess, Steve, Rebecca, & Renee
Old Field Club
Quik Ride PJ Vehicles

Jefferson at the August Networking Event

Loading Dragon Boats

Racing 3 Dragon Boats

Joanne & Joy
Dragon Volunteers

LI Spice Ribbon Cutting

Taste Tent


James PJ Lobster
Honorees at Taste

Photos Courtesy of the Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce



Another year has almost passed with most of our Chamber events behind us.
2018 has been a year where our Chambers activities have drawn record crowds.
Our signature events like The Health & Wellness Fest, Dragon Boat Race Festival  and the Taste At Port Jefferson have not only become the trademarks of our Chamber,  but also for our beloved Village of Port Jefferson. People come from far and wide to participate.
We have a lot of people to thank for our continued progress and expansion of  the chamber. Our boards of directors both past and present have through the years  further developed and tweaked the manner in which these events are presented  to the public. Many of our Chamber members have contributed their time and effort  helping us, giving their time unselfishly in our joint efforts. Without our sponsors and vendors  our events would also not be successful so we are truly thankful for their support and contributions as well.
Our chamber director of operations, Barbara Ransome works tirelessly to insure that our events are run efficiently and professionally. Barbara is aided by Maryanne Douglas who has given us many years of service helping to guide us on the path of success. You will always see a smile on Cecilia Sullivan's face as she greets visitors who stop into our chamber building on the weekends looking for information about Port Jeff and our chamber.
On behalf of the chamber I would like to wish you all a happy holiday season.  The holidays are a time where we should all give thanks for our good fortunes and  consider helping others who may be less fortunate than we are.

Jim Karras

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Port Jefferson's Slurp Ramen  was ranked one of the premier ramen restaurants nationwide.
Hoodline , a hyperlocal news source based in San Francisco, Calif., released a list of the  top 50 ramen eateries  in the U.S. on Monday. And Slurp landed No. 49. "To determine 'best' businesses, Hoodline took into account the business's Yelp rating and the significance of that rating proportional to the number of reviews, as well as regional variations," wrote Hoodline writer  Nathan Falstreau .  According to the article, there were around 1,400 restaurants that categorized as a ramen eatery, with the majority of the restaurants in metro areas like Manhattan and San Francisco. "Texas, Illinois, Florida and Hawaii also seeing notable numbers of noodle-focused restaurants," wrote Falstreau. "We were shocked because we are in a small town and small restaurant," said Francesca Nakagawa, who owns Slurp with her husband, Atsushi. The Nakagawas found out they made the list through the owners of  Ippudo East Village  and  Ippudo Westside , who we're ranked No. 1 and No. 9, respectively. "They texted us and said, 'Did you see this?' said Francesca, who opened Slurp in 2016. "We just couldn't believe it!" Slurp is now planning to celebrate with its newly nationally ranked staff.
"We're taking all our employees out to eat," said Francesca.

Chowder Crawl Results-Harvest Festival
This year we had a tie for FIRST PLACE with a banner going to  C'est Cheese and Nantuckets!!!
Second Place winner was  Harbor Grill, Third Place winner was  Gourmet Burger Bistro!

Pink Looks Good on You!
Thanks for Painting Port Pink here are the winners of the Paint Port Pink Window Decorating Contest. 1st Place-YoGo Delish, 2nd Place-Port Jefferson Free Library and 3rd Place-East Main & Main!   We might add that ALL THREE WINNERS ARE OUTSTANDING CHAMBER PARTNERS!!  Thank you for supporting this worthy cause.
With printed periodicals moving online, libraries are reimagining themselves. See how West Islip Public Library, with the help of  Paul Cataldo Architecture & Planning one of our Chamber Partners  is choosing to not only embrace the digital movement with their reading room renovation, but support their community in this new online world.  'Congratulation to Chamber Partner Paul Cataldo and Staff'!
Chamber Partner Amazing Olive won Gold this year for best gourmet food shop! Sponsored by  Dan's Papers
Best Of The Best!  Congratulations!!

Community Outreach with a Concern for Helping our Honored Veterans
Chamber Partner Pastor Pete Janson of Island Christian Church
has helped establish a new program called Vet-2 Vet, a peer support group
where those who have served and are suffering from "moral injury" can
meet with someone who has been through the same as a means of healing.
Contact Pastor Janson for more info at: 631-473-9229


Catching up with end of the summer events that Chamber hosted and our most current! 
At the end of July the Chamber in cooperation with the 3-Village and Smithtown Chambers again sponsored an evening of networking a  'Summer Sunset SoirĂ©e'     at the Old Field Club.  Lite hor'dourves and food stations were presented and over 100 attendees came. Our sponsors were Mather Hospital-Northwell Health and Maggio Environmental Services.  We thank them for their continued support.   
In August was our third annual chamber partnership with the Patchogue Chamber. Our 'Summer Bash Beach Party' networking event was held on the Patchogue River at 'Off-Key Tikki' restaurant in Patchogue.   Live band, alcohol, and a real beach set up the festive mood. Joining the party was 'Jefferson' the giraffe in his party attire and raffled off to benefit both chambers! 
September 15thmarked our 5thDragon Boat Race Festival.  30 racing teams, 6.5 hours of live pan-Asian entertainment made this year's event the best ever.  The weather Gods shined down on us and the water was calm. 
October marked the second year the Chamber in collaboration with Dan's Papers hosted the 11thannual 'The Taste @ Port Jefferson'.  Again wildly successful, with the 50x100 clear ceiling tent and live musical performance by the band, 1 step Ahead.' A dining area for VIPS was added this year to go along with their own lounge. Over 30 food and beverage purveyors participated. Many thanks to our Chair Ken Kroncke and to our Chamber volunteers! 
The Village's 'Harvest Festival'was received well. Weather held up and the very popular costumed dog parade was a big hit with over 100 animals participating.  The popular chowder crawl contest sold out with 132 tickets purchased!  This year there was a tie for FIRST PLACE with a banner going to C'est Cheese and Nantuckets!!! Second Place winner was Harbor Grill and Third Place winner was Gourmet Burger Bistro.  Congratulations to ALL!!
The Chamber's Annual Santa Parade is November 24th. Starting time is 11:30 AMat the Long Island Railroad Station and going down Main Street.  The parade will finish up at 'Santa's Workshop' on the corner of Barnum and W. Broadway which will be open from noon to 4:00 pm.  All Chamber members, families, and friends are welcome to march. Chamber partners are allowed to advertise their businesses with one marketing 'unit'. Example could include, a vehicle with signage, marching group with a banner, or a float. Contact the Chamber to be given your parade position.    
Holiday Shopping Crawl  will once again happen and also to coincide with our Santa Parade on the 24th.  28 participating businesses will have shopping offers to help start your holiday shopping season! Your shopping experience can start with a FREE cup of coffee at our Chamber member, Starbucks.  Offers will be given from 9 to 5pm.  Both the Santa Parade and the Shopping Crawl will highlight the with the American Express national program, 'Small Business Saturday'.  So great way to enjoy our business community.

Port Jefferson Chamber

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Non-Chamber: $450
2nd Tier
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Annually $250
Non-Chamber: $400
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3rd Tier
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Constant Exposure for your Business
Annual fee $150
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Barbara DeMatteo
Portnoy, Messinger, Pearl & Assoc., Inc.
100 Jericho Quadrangle
Ste. 300
Jericho, NY 11753
Phone: 516-921-3400
E-mail:  [email protected]
Website:  www.pmphr.com
David Fellner
Combined Insurance
500 Bi-County Blvd
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Phone: 631-804-2378
E-mail:  [email protected]
Andrea Lebedinski
Stony Brook University Athletics
Indoor Sports Complex
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3500
Phone: 531-632-7705
E-mail:  [email protected]
John Aronica
Organically Green Horticultural Services
703 Main Street
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Phone: 631-467-7999
E-mail:  [email protected]
Gabriele Shakeri
Law Office of Gabriele Shakeri
200 East Broadway
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Phone: 631-743-9900
E-mail:  [email protected]
Website:  www.gshakerilaw.com
Lora Cunningham
Harbor View Daycare
605 Main Street
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Phone: 631-928-7532
E-mail:  [email protected]
Angelo Langadakis, Esq.
Angelo Langadakis, Attorney
23 Independence Way
Miller Place, NY 11764
Phone: 631-310-1776
E-mail:  [email protected]
Website:  www.landadakis.com   
Rose & Robert Rodriguez
Hook and Ladder Company
107 Division Street
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Phone: 631-236-8443 
E-mail:  [email protected]

Suzanne Fischer
Suzanne D. Fischer, CMT
126 Roosevelt Ave.
Port Jefferson,  NY 11777
Phone: 516-606-6406


Continual concert series on the harbor, visit www.portjeff.com  for full schedule.

November 24th
Ice skating rink opens

November 24th
Annual Santa Parade 11:30 am

Shopping Crawl 9-5pm 
'Small & Small Business Saturday'

November 24th, December 1st & 2nd,
December 8th, 15th, 22nd

Santa's Workshop 12-4
Corner of Barnum Ave. & W. Broadway

November 27th
Theatre Three 8 am
Program & Networking 
November 27th
Festival of Lights-Decorated Trees
PJVC  9-8pm every day

December 1st & 2nd
23rd Annual Charles Dickens Festival 9-6pm

December 9th
Winter Farmers Market Opens 9-2pm 

December 18th
Holiday Cocktail Reception
Open beer & wine, food, dessert & coffee
6:30-8:30 pm Cost $35

are held the 4th Tuesday of the month,  meetings alternate 
between am and pm
November 27th
Theatre Three
8 am Program & Networking
December 18th 
Holiday Cocktail Reception
Waterview Restaurant at Port Jefferson Country Club
Open beer & wine, food, dessert & coffee
6:30-8:30 pm  Cost $35
January 22nd
AM Meeting with program




7 Trader's Cove
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
(631) 331-6633
Arame offers 10% off haircuts to all Chamber Members 
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)

Accounting & Consultants
Joseph O'Hara
812 Hallock Avenue
Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
(631) 403-4283

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


Marites Son - Digital & Social Media Marketing Consultant
248 Route 25A, Suite 80
E. Setauket, NY 11733
Free 7-Day Trial: Facebook Advertising
Chamber members receive a FREE 7-Day Trial for Facebook Advertising. Visit my website to schedule a consultation or contact me at [email protected]

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