With a New Year and decade upon us, the East Islip Chamber of Commerce shared that the most prominent goal for the year is to gain signage for the hamlet.
President Gary Teich said the chamber, for the last eight months, has been discussing the installment of a welcome sign for the hamlet when approaching on Montauk Highway from the east. On the westbound side, the sign would be placed between Montauk Highway’s intersection with Connetquot Avenue and the Southern State Parkway overpass.
“We want to welcome those who pass through,” Teich said, continuing on to say that there is a welcome sign paid for by the chamber entering East Islip from the west on Montauk Highway. “There really should be one on the east side, too.”
The parkway ends at Heckscher State Park in East Islip. But since activity farther east began springing up in the last few decades, East Islip has somewhat lost its appeal for simply marking the end of the Southern State.
“This used to be a destination,” said Teich, who is also a co-owner of Lee’s Auto Body and Glass on Main Street.
Receiving ample support from the community on the project, Teich said fundraising has not posed an issue. The fundraising for the event has mainly come from donations relevant to the VETVAN service Teich pioneered in 2017 with help from the shop, the chamber and the community.