Despite getting little to no credit for these gestures, the Chamber continues doing these things. Why?
“Maspeth is a great little town, and we want to keep that small hometown feel, so we’ll continue to do it,” said Chamber president Jim O’Kane. “We care about Maspeth, it’s as simple as that.”
At its last monthly meeting on November 10, the Chamber discussed plans for the upcoming holiday season, including what it would cost for the banner service and the holiday lighting.
According to O’Kane, it costs at least $17,000 to finance the holiday lighting through the season, not including the cost for electricity. New York Christmas Lighting, the company which handles Maspeth’s holiday lighting, has signed a contract to put up and take down the seasonal banners four times a year for free, saving the Chamber $4,000 annually.
The Chamber raises funds for the beloved holiday lighting by asking local businesses to make monetary contributions; $9,000 has been raised so far. A motion was made to pay New York Christmas Lighting a $6,000 deposit, which passed.
Other business included the annual Christmas tree lighting, which will feature performances by Song-and-a-Dance again and a free raffle for a bicycle from Grand Bicycle. The Tree Lighting will take place on December 4 at 6 p.m. at Maspeth Memorial Square, 69th Street and Grand Avenue.