Calendar of Events

    May
    1
    Wed
    Board Meeting @ Mid-Island Y JCC
    May 1 @ 7:45 am – 9:00 am

    Board Members Only

    Wednesday, May 1st 

    Monthly meeting at the Mid-Island Y JCC

    Promptly starting at 7:45am; ending by 9:00am

    May
    15
    Wed
    Membership Meeting and Elections @ Mid-Island Y JCC
    May 15 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

    REGISTER HERE 

    May Membership Meeting and Elections

    Wednesday, May 15th at the Mid-Island Y JCC

    7:30am to 9:00am

    Admission is complimentary for all members and guests!

    One of our most important meetings of the year, the chamber’s May membership meeting features board of director elections.

    A quorum is needed to assure a smooth election process so please make every effort to join us.

    Incumbent board members who are up for re-election: Cheryl Dender; Michael Chad and Seth Meyer

    Also on tap for this important meeting:

    POB Schools Superintendent Mary O’Meara will join us to present the 2024-2025 school year budget and more

    and

    Nassau County Legislator Arnie Drucker will update us on issues involving the county and answer your questions.

    Spotlight Speaker

    Shoshana Ellihou Cellers, Sassy Gal Media 

    REGISTER HERE 

    May
    17
    Fri
    Ribbon Cutting! FOREA Boutique @ FOREA Boutique
    May 17 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

    Ribbon Cutting! 

    Friday, May 17th @ 5:00pm

    At FOREA Boutique, Plainview’s new fashion destination

    1127 Old Country Road in the Crossroads Shopping Center (next to Ridgewood Bank)

    Join us to welcome this new member and celebrate their grand opening!

    No RSVP is necessary

    May
    19
    Sun
    SpringFest 2024! @ Mid-Island Y JCC
    May 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

    The POB Chamber’s 3rd Annual SpringFest, originally scheduled for this Sunday, May 5th will move to its rain date on 

    Sunday, May 19th

     10:00am to 5:00pm at the Mid-Island Y JCC in Plainview

    Visit our event page for full details

    Questions? Please contact event chair David WeinsteinDavid@straightfm.com

    We look forward to another successful community event!

    Please bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the JCC’s Rudman Family Food Pantry — drop off at the chamber booth. Thank you! 

    May
    21
    Tue
    POB: Power of Belongings Event @ Howard B. Mattlin Middle School
    May 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

    Power of Belongings: Helping Teens Carry On  

    Join us for a unique and impactful event on Tuesday, May 21st at the Howard B. Mattlin Middle School in Plainview at 6:00pm as the community comes together to help support Long Island teens in crisis.

    Special Guest Speaker: New York Times bestselling author Regina Calcaterra, “Etched in Sand” 

    The POB Chamber of Commerce is joining forces with the POB School District, the Mid-Island Y JCC and other community members to collect supplies for teens experiencing homelessness. The driving force behind this project is Birthday Wishes Long Island, a former chamber charity partner lead by director Jamie Rapfogel. At a recent event held by them, author Regina Calcaterra spoke about her traumatic experience with homelessness and the foster care system. Now a successful attorney and advocate for homeless youth, she emphasized that the teen population is often “unseen” and supplies for their comfort and success are minimal. This need sparked the “Belongings” event. (Read more about Regina and Birthday Wishes below).

    How can you help? Scan the QR code or use the link for Birthday Wishes’ Amazon Wish list to donate items. They can be shipped directly to the school for volunteers to sort and pack. All donations are tax deductible.

    Amazon.com

    The goal of the project is to fill 500 duffel bags with various supplies. These young people are often using garbage bags to carry what little they have to and from shelters or foster homes. The duffel bags will be filled with toiletry and activity kits (collected via the schools and the JCC) as well as other items that most average kids their age appreciate. Having their own bags and comforting supplies can also help boost their self esteem during a trying time in their young lives.

    If you have any ideas or questions regarding this project, please contact Cheryl Dender: cheryl.dender@gmail.com

    We appreciate your interest in this worthwhile endeavor. Be sure to join us for this inspiring evening.

     

    From the Nassau Observer, February 27, 2024

    Easing The Burden For New Mothers In Need

    Many in attendance had read Regina’s heart-wrenching story of intermittent homelessness and foster care trauma told in her emotionally powerful memoir, Etched in Sand, written a decade ago. But hearing her relate it in person proved even more captivating and inspiring. Thanks to perceptive educators and other caring adults with whom she had the good fortune to cross paths, Regina thrived to become a successful attorney and now advocates for homeless youth. She is particularly passionate about supporting older foster children whom she noted often go “unseen.”

    About Birthday Wishes LI: a 501c3 organization, its group of dedicated volunteers makes a difference in the lives of homeless children and their families by bringing them the joy of a birthday party. Birthday Wishes ensures that children are not denied this important rite of passage simply because of their living situation. “Our goal is to ensure that children experiencing the trauma of homelessness have the opportunity to celebrate their birthdays joyfully, surrounded by family, friends, and others who care,” Jamie said.

    For more information, please visit birthdaywishes.org

    —Submitted by Barbara Mars

     

     

     

    May
    22
    Wed
    May Networking Lunch @ The Residences at Plainview Senior Living
    May 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

    Register Here

    May Networking Lunch – Wednesday, the 17th 

    The Residences at Plainview Senior Living 

    9 Gerhard Road, Plainview — Noon to 1:30pm

    Our hosts will provide a complimentary lunch

    at their beautiful community (formerly the Marriott Residence Inn)

    Register Here

    May
    27
    Mon
    Memorial Day Parade @ Old Country Road to Town Park
    May 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Please visit the chamber Facebook group page for any weather updates! 
    A wonderful POB tradition, the POB Memorial Day Parade will be on Monday, May 27th. The chamber will meet at 700 Old Country Road at 9:00am. Come march with us!
    The parade kicks off at 9:30am and heads down Old Country Road past the library. We make a left turn onto Manetto Hill Road and then a quick right to the POB Community Park on Washington Avenue. There will be a short ceremony there with veterans and various local organizations. .
    Help support this great community parade!  There are three ways: Join the parade committee, donate (funds are needed for insurance, security and materials costs) or sponsor!  This new opportunity is limited so act fast to secure your spot!

    Sponsor details: $250 to be featured on the 20 foot by 3 foot banner; deadline is May 10th (firm date). There are only 12 spots! Contact Andrew Lamkin today if interested. 

    Contact us:
    info@pob-memorialdayparade.com or andrew@lamkinelderlaw.com

    To Donate: 
    paypal.me/pobmemorialdayparade

    Thank you for your support!

    May
    30
    Thu
    Women’s Group Happy Hour @ Frida's Mexican Restaurant
    May 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    POB Chamber Women’s Group Happy Hour

    Thursday, May 30th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm

    Frida’s Mexican Cuisine – 387 South Oyster Bay Road in Plainview

    Kindly RSVP to Barbara Mars barbmars@optonline.net

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    Jun
    1
    Sat
    Community Event: Relay for Life @ POB Middle School
    Jun 1 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

    Join the Plainview-Old Bethpage community to mark

    the 20th anniversary of its American Cancer Society Relay for Life!

    Saturday, June 1st from 4:00 to 10:00pm

    POB Middle School, 121 Central Park Road, Plainview 

    Click Here for full details on how to participate, donate or become a sponsor — several chamber members are already on board!

    Jun
    5
    Wed
    Board Meeting @ Mid-Island Y JCC
    Jun 5 @ 7:45 am – 9:00 am

    Board Members Only

    Wednesday, June 5th 

    Monthly meeting at the Mid-Island Y JCC

    Promptly starting at 7:45am; ending by 9:00am