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Giving Thanks...letter from the Publisher

Giving Thanks…

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it is a holiday celebrated by All Americans. It’s an opportunity to reflect on what we have to be thankful for and truly appreciate the abundance of all that is good in our lives.

Thanksgiving also kicks off the holiday shopping season and The Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell’s Office and the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce reminds us to Shop Local this holiday season. Community retail and service businesses honor Veterans by participating in the Veterans Discount Program giving thanks to our Veterans. The local Chamber businesses sponsor all of the community holiday events that make our towns the kind of place you want to live, work and play. So, this time of year, please remember to thank the local retail and service businesses by shopping locally.

On Veterans Day I always think of my dad, Oscar Guise, who served in the Korean conflict. Before his passing, he proudly carried the American flag in the Veterans Day parade in my home town. Thank you and God bless to all Veterans. We live in the home of the free because of the brave!

The Merrick Brotherhood Council Thanksgiving Festival of Music was, as always, a fabulous success. I look forward to this concert every year. Student and adult choirs sang to a full house receiving standing ovations from an enthusiastic crowd. One can’t help but feel brotherhood and pride in our community after attending this annual treasured event which is now in it’s 53rd year. Watch the videos in the story and share with friends and family.

The joy of Thanksgiving reminds us how lucky we are to be Americans. It allows us to pause and think of others less fortunate. Neighbors of all ages have been helping each other by collecting food and coats, making Thanksgiving baskets and donations.

New York State Assemblyman Dave McDonough honors Woman of Distinction for dedicating their lives to inspiring others and improving their community. Meanwhile, The Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce honored small business persons of the the Year for their success. Congratulations to all of the honorees.

The Merrick Girls Weekday facebook foodies group is always cooking up their favorite comfort dishes. See what they recommend for Thanksgiving leftovers and get some tips for making the best gravy. Join them on facebook to participate in their recipe exchange. It has become my go-to for recipe ideas.

There are many exciting neighborhood holiday events still to come. From Santa’s visit to Menorah and Christmas Tree lightings and Holiday Extravaganza! Check out the schedule in this issue. And remember, these community events are sponsored by the businesses in our neighborhood, so when your thinking about gifts for friends and family this holiday season, consider shopping at the local businesses that provide these wonderful events we all love to enjoy.

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