07/12/15 10:42am
07/12/2015 10:42 AM
Ryan Harned, last year's Little Mr. Mattituck, with Liam Springer, this year's winner. Liam says he aspires to be a policeman or a SWAT team member, while his favorite animal is an octopus because "they can give eight high-fives at the same time."

Ryan Harned, last year’s Little Mr. Mattituck, with Liam Springer, this year’s winner. Liam says he aspires to be a policeman or a SWAT team member, while his favorite animal is an octopus because “they can give eight high-fives at the same time.”                 (Credit: Kendall Stark photos)

The Mattituck Chamber of Commerce kicked off its 38th annual “Old Fashioned Street Fair” on pretty as a picture Love Lane on Saturday.

The highlight of the event was the crowning of Little Mr. and Miss Mattituck, a beloved community tradition.

Read more about the event and see more photos at northforker.com.

06/28/15 5:00am
06/28/2015 5:00 AM
Scholarship winners with members of the chamber board. Back row (L-R): Oliver Orr, Caralee Stephens, Christopher Sledjeski, Courtney Murphy, Terry McShane, Martin Finnegan. Front row (L-R): Donielle Cardinale, Brooke Dailey, Danielle Lascala and Kelly Fogarty. Courtesy photo.

Scholarship winners with members of the chamber board. Back row (L-R): Oliver Orr, Caralee Stephens, Christopher Sledjeski, Courtney Murphy, Terry McShane, Martin Finnegan. Front row (L-R): Donielle Cardinale, Brooke Dailey, Danielle Lascala and Kelly Fogarty. Courtesy photo.

The Mattituck Chamber of Commerce — and even moreso, one local student — got a pleasant surprise this week before its annual scholarship awards dinner. (more…)

05/29/15 6:00am
05/29/2015 6:00 AM
A view of Old Sound Avenue (center) from the corner of Love Lane and Main Road. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A view of Old Sound Avenue (center) from the corner of Love Lane and Main Road. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Early on Tuesday, before most shops along Love Lane had opened, business owners, residents and Mattituck Chamber of Commerce members gathered to discuss the possibility of closing down part of Old Sound Avenue to vehicular traffic.

Hosted by the chamber, the meeting was held to allow people to voice any concerns regarding the proposal so that potential problems can be addressed.  (more…)

02/05/15 8:00am
02/05/2015 8:00 AM
Mattituck Chamber of Commerce members met at Michelangelo's restaurant Wednesday night to discuss local business, town and school issues. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos)

Mattituck Chamber of Commerce members met at Michelangelo’s restaurant Wednesday night to discuss local business, town and school issues. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo photos)

Local business owners, elected leaders and school officials addressed Mattituck Chamber of Commerce members Wednesday night and discussed several topics, including land use, finances and tourism. Here are some of the highlights:

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07/13/14 8:00am
07/13/2014 8:00 AM
Nothing says "street fair" like cotton candy.  From left:  Nick Dombroski, 9, brother Alex, 8, and friend Jayden Martino, 8, all of Ridge. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Nothing says “street fair” like cotton candy. From left: Nick Dombroski, 9, brother Alex, 8, and friend Jayden Martino, 8, all of Ridge. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The Mattituck Chamber of Commerce held its 37th annual street fair on Love Lane Saturday. The event featured vendors, live music, face painting, food and refreshments, as well as the crowning of Little Miss and Little Mr. Mattituck. (more…)

12/03/13 12:47pm
12/03/2013 12:47 PM

strongThe year 2013 has been a good one for the Strong family.

First came news in April that the family business, Strong’s Marine, purchased the former Matt-A-Mar Marina near the southern end of Mattituck Creek on Wickham Avenue. Strong’s Water Club & Marina is now operating on the 8.75-acre property and a new restaurant, Pace’s Dockside, is set to open on the property later this month.

Then came honors from Boating Industry Magazine and the Marine Retailers Association, which named Strong’s Marine among the top 10 boat dealers in North America.

Even with all the good news surrounding the nearly 50-year-old Mattituck family business, owner Jeff Strong said there was still something extra special about the latest honor bestowed on the family. Strong’s Marine has been named Business of the Year by the Mattituck Chamber of Commerce, which honored the family at a dinner held at Vineyard Caterers in Aquebogue Monday night.

“To be honored on the local level, that’s what’s nearest and dearest to our heart,” said Mr. Strong, who added that the Chamber was particularly helpful during challenging times for the company in the early 1990s.

Mr. Strong was joined by his wife, Re, his mom, Dotty, and sons, Jay and Ryan, in accepting the award. The Strong sons have joined the family business with Jay, 31, working as sales manager and Ryan, 29, serving as operations manager.

Mattituck Chamber of Commerce president Brooke Dailey said the Strong family’s decades-long involvement in the Chamber, including the 10 years Re Strong served as treasurer, helped make Strong’s Marine an easy choice for the award, and the purchase of the former Matta-A-Mar property and the business’ help restoring the Chamber sign at the corner of Sound and Wickham avenues made this the perfect year to honor the Strongs.

“Strong’s Marine has grown a lot,” Ms. Dailey said. “They’ve been great to the Chamber and we felt like this was a great time to honor them.”

Also honored Monday night was the Chamber’s immediate past president, Donielle Cardinale, who was named Person of the Year. A chamber member for two decades, Ms. Cardinale, a real estate Broker with Daniel Gale Sotheby’s, has for years helped organize the Little Mr. and Ms. Mattituck Contest and Santa Day at Rite Aid in the Mattituck Plaza.

“She’s done so much for our organization and we really wanted to honor her,” Ms. Dailey said.

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11/30/13 8:00am
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | The Mattituck branch will close before next spring, bank officials said.

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | The Mattituck branch will close before next spring, bank officials said.

To the Editor: 

The Mattituck Chamber of Commerce is very saddened to hear about the closing of the Mattituck branch of Suffolk County National Bank.

SCNB has been in Mattituck for 26 years and plays a vital role in the community.

Janet Stewart, the branch manager, has been an incredible asset to the Mattituck Chamber of Commerce and, therefore, the entire Mattituck community. As both a general chamber and board member, Janet has strongly represented SCNB with enthusiasm, encouraging and educating on the importance of local banking and business within our small business community.

For 15 years, Janet has served as chairperson for the Mattituck Street Fair. She has worked tirelessly for years with dedication and an eye for improving the event and its profits, growing it into the Chamber’s largest fundraiser of the year and one of the most popular events on the North Fork. The event is also incredibly well-known and attended by vendors and visitors from all across Long Island, allowing tourism and small business to prosper with this promotion outside of our small North Fork region.

Janet’s enthusiasm spreads to her amazing staff, who, in turn, have also spent many hours of their own personal time volunteering to make sure local North Fork businesses (also their bank customers) are involved and well-represented each year at the event.

Janet and the staff at SCNB Mattituck have repeatedly represented their business with information and vigor at every event. Their easy and pleasant personalities, wit and knowledge of the industry have given Suffolk County National Bank a reputation of being Mattituck’s genuinely local bank.

With SCNB’s plans to push west in the near future, it seems the bank is leaving the people of the North Fork behind with only one branch, hence forgetting the people who helped build SCNB and sustain it through hard financial times.

The Chamber will not support a bank that does not feel Mattituck is important enough to maintain an office and current staff.

When the bank closes, so will the Mattituck Chamber of Commerce’s account.

We implore SCNB to reconsider this decision and offer the opportunity to present to the Mattituck Chamber of Commerce at a member meeting, should the company so wish.

Mattituck Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors

Brooke Dailey, President

10/08/13 3:30pm
10/08/2013 3:30 PM
RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | The audience listens as Joan Bischoff of the North Fork Promotional Council leads a forum Oct. 7 for Southold Town business owners on ways to extend the tourism season.

RACHEL YOUNG PHOTO | The audience listens as Joan Bischoff of the North Fork Promotional Council leads a forum Oct. 7 for Southold Town business owners on ways to extend the tourism season.

Southold Town business owners discussed ways to extend the tourism season at a forum hosted Monday evening by the Southold Economic Development Committee and North Fork Promotion Council. 

“It’s the first time since we’ve been in the business of agritourism that I’ve seen so much effort taken to bring people to the East End,” said Joan Bischoff of the North Fork Promotion Council, who led the discussion. “It is time now, I think, that people come to the North Fork, especially in its offseason.”

The forum, which took place at the Peconic Lane Community Center, is part of a major public relations effort and significant advertising campaign for Taste North Fork, a new pilot shuttle bus service to connect wineries, hamlets and local businesses this Veteran’s Day weekend.

The pilot program has been made possible through a portion of a $335,000 “I Love NY” grant that aims to help promote agritourism on the East End, according to the East End Tourism Alliance.

Steven Bate, executive director of the Long Island Wine Council, said during the meeting that he hopes to have shuttle buses run at 45-minute intervals during Veteran’s Day weekend. Plans are still being finalized, he said, but the bus loop is scheduled to run from Riverhead to Greenport. The buses will stop in each hamlet with most of the stops being at local wineries, Mr. Bate said.

“We’re hoping to have buses come by at 45-minute intervals so that people will have time to taste some wine or do an activity, then hop back on the bus,” Mr. Bate said. “We want to promote the fact that there’s a lot going on the North Fork that weekend.”

During the roughly two-hour long discussion, local business owners were asked to weigh in on the planning process for the event and brainstorm activities to make the implementation of the “I Love NY” grant a huge success.

Mr. Bischoff urged the roomful of business owners to band together and coordinate events with one another that help promote business on the North Fork this Veteran’s Day weekend and beyond. He also encouraged them to actively promote their businesses through social media.

“It’s been difficult to get the restaurants to talk to the vineyards, to get Southold business owners to talk to Greenport business owners,” he said. “We have to put that aside a little bit for this event and start thinking as North Forkers,” he said.

Rosemary Batcheller, owner of the Village Cheese Shop on Love Lane in Mattituck, said during the meeting that she and other Love Lane merchants are planning an event called “Taste Love Lane” during Veteran’s Day weekend. They have invited some local farmers to attend, she said, and each individual merchant will run a special promotion.

“If this goes well, and if the money comes back again, I can really envision a beautiful welcoming,” Ms. Batcheller said.

Donielle Cardinale, of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s in Mattituck, addressed the crowd and told them that if the region can attract visitors to come to the North Fork during the fall and winter, every local business will benefit. Ms. Cardinale sits on the boards of three local organizations: the Economic Development Committee, the North Fork Promotion Council and the Mattituck Chamber of Commerce.

“The North Fork is on stage and we need to perform so that we keep the audience coming back,” she said.

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01/31/13 9:00am
01/31/2013 9:00 AM

Brooke Dailey

New Suffolk native Brooke Dailey is the new president of the Mattituck Chamber of Commerce, replacing Donielle Cardinale, whose term has expired.

Ms. Dailey’s family owns and operates Laurel Stone Supply Plus on Main Road in Laurel. A graduate of the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, she has extensive experience in advertising and marketing, including serving as marketing director for the Twomey Latham law firm in Riverhead. She joined the chamber’s board of directors in 2009.

As president, Ms. Dailey said, she’d like to increase participation in the chamber and offer members relevant and effective tools and ideas to spur business growth.

Chamber still selling gift cards

The Mattituck Chamber of Commerce is still selling Mattibucks gift cards, which can be used anywhere, at face value, without an activation fee.

The chamber launched the Mattibucks program during the holiday season to support local merchants. While group members hope the cards will be used locally, especially during the off-season, they are good at any business that accepts credit cards.

Mattibucks cards are available in $25 and $50 denominations at Suffolk County National Bank in Mattituck. Anyone purchasing $250 worth of cards gets a $25 card free.