October 3, 2012 | 192 views
Chamber of Commerce
All about bagels and books
Chamber honors popular eatery, library director
More than 100 people came out to honor two staples of the Valley Stream community at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards gala last Thursday night at the Pompei restaurant.
Magic Bagels, which opened up in the village 31 years, received the Business Achievement Award. Mamie Eng, the director of the Henry Waldinger Memorial Library, was honored with the Special Recognition Award for her contributions to the Chamber.
Michael Magioncalda began working at a bagel store when he was 17, and four years later opened up his own business. It was Sept. 14, 1981, when Magic Bagels opened its doors. “My only hope was to get through the first day, then the first week, then the first month, and here it is 31 years later,” he said. “This really is a great honor.”
He was joined by his wife, Kathy, of 31 years, and son, Michael Jr., to receive his award. Lou Palermo, a member of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, spoke of Magioncalda’s devotion to the community. Palermo said Magioncalda has provided bagels for the annual Lights on for Education event at Memorial Junior High School, and has donated food for the Chamber’s last two holiday parties.
Last December, Palermo said that Magioncalda contributed two trays of cookies. “I said, ‘How much do I owe you?’” Palermo said, “and Michael said, ‘This is my Christmas present to you.’”
Chamber of Commerce President Debbi Gyulay noted that Magioncalda also provided refreshments at the July 2011 ceremony dedicating a memorial to late Mayor Edward Cahill.
Magioncalda said he was initially hesitant about joining the Valley Stream Chamber of Commerce, but is glad he did. He said it is one of the best business decisions he has ever made and has met so many great people through the organization. He applauded the Chamber for working to make Valley Stream a good place to do business.
Magic Bagels is located on Merrick Road in the shopping center across from Hendrickson Park.
Eng, the library director since 2007, grew up in Valley Stream and graduated from Central High School. After college, she was hired at Waldinger and began working her way up through the ranks at her hometown library.