Sayville gets a tree
Eileen Tyznar is seen here in front of the tree with Islip Town workers and volunteers.

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Sayville gets a tree




SAYVILLE—On Thursday, Nov. 17, Edwards and Company donated the Christmas tree for the upcoming Miracle on Main Street. Located on Greene Avenue, the insurance firm has been based in Sayville since its founding in 1865. 

“The Edwards and Company family is pleased to donate our beautiful blue spruce as Sayville’s Christmas tree this year,” said Peter Rogers, president and owner. “The Christmas tree lighting is one of Sayville’s longest-running traditions. As Sayville’s oldest business, Edwards and Company is happy to ensure it continues in 2017.”

Haase Landscaping prepped and tied the tree with Tony Carbino from Carbino Landscaping, while several men from the Town of Islip’s Department of Pubic Works and the Department of Parks and Recreation cut down, removed, carried and cable-tied the tree to its final location at Sparrow Park on Main Street. 

Their work on that cold and windy morning last week was under the guidance of Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce members Chris Olsen and Eileen Tyznar. 

“Sayville is such a great, small community, with one of the last remaining Main Street villages in existence,” Tyznar said. “I am once again so proud and pleased to be able to chair this full day and night of free, family-friendly events.”

The Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a holiday parade and a Shop Small Winter Wonderland on Saturday, Nov. 25, which will conclude with the 11th annual Miracle on Main Street and the town’s tree lighting. Other activities include an ice-skating rink, live reindeer, a gingerbread house competition, a theatrical production of “A Christmas Carol,” and a visit with Santa Claus. 

Tyznar’s business, TEACH Consulting Services Inc., which is located on Main Street, sponsors the inflatable gingerbread bounce house for the kids on Saturday. Her company provides advocate and consulting services, parent coaching, and training for families of children with developmental disabilities and unique, exceptional needs. Her company also provides tutoring and reading services as well.  

“This is the most heartwarming display of community spirit and holiday cheer,” said Tyznar. “It is the town’s give-back to our community and merchants, allowing the people of Sayville to show their support of our Main Street businesses. In turn, it allows small business owners like myself to show appreciation through offering special discounts, samples, and sponsoring events throughout the day.”

It’s obvious that Saturday’s event is very personal for Tyznar. She has been a Sayville resident for 25 years and has been visiting since she was a young child. “I encourage our friends and neighbors to come to the ‘Merriest Main Street’ around,” Tyznar added.