Local Vets Stay Warm Thanks to Alumnus

Local Vets Stay Warm Thanks to Alumnus

Thanks to East Islip High School alumnus Robert Hoelzer Jr., owner of the local business Island Air Heating and Cooling, veterans at the American Legion hall are staying warm with a new heating system.

Hoelzer, a graduate of East Islip’s Class of 1988, resides in East Islip with wife Timmi. They have three children: Oakdale resident Tricia, college sophomore Tyler, and East Islip Middle School sixth-grader Takoda. He started Island Air in 1999, and the company soon grew from one man and his van to a burgeoning business with 10 employees and an entire fleet of vans.

When Hoelzer learned that the local veterans were without heat, he worked with Bruce Bartlett of Platsky Company, who donated a heating unit, and Gary Teich of Lee’s Auto Body. Island Air provided labor and additional materials to ensure the job was complete.

At a recent East Islip Chamber of Commerce meeting, Island Air was named Business of the Month for February 2019 for this effort, and Bartlett, Hoelzer and Teich were honored with plaques by the American Legion Four ‘S’ Post 1635.