|Crowds come out for
West Islip Country Fair
A sunny day brought out the crowds for the annual West Islip
Country Fair with lots of craft vendors and plenty of
Staff members from the West Islip Public Library were
lending a hand selling books, toys and compact discs.
Half of the money raised from the book sale was donated
to the Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, which raised
six hundred dollars, according to Library Director
Andrew Hamm. The compact discs were obtained as a result
of a settlement from a class action lawsuit against the
recording industry Hamm said. The money raised from the
compact discs sale will go back towards purchasing more
compact discs for the library, according to Hamm.
The sounds of Dan Fogelberg, The Moody Blues and Bach
were from the West Islip String Ensemble which has been
together since June 2004, according to Ed Lambese one of
the group members. Sam Silverfarb, Rikki Di Leo,
Charlene Faro and Anita Bravin were performing as well.
Lambese notes, "itís hard to find an audience (for
classical music) because the kids want to hear popular
music". However, Symphony President Nancy Donohue says
hopefully "if we touch one student (through our
performances) then weíve accomplished our mission".
The Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1979 inspired
by Axel Norden, who was the Chairman of Music and
Performing Arts for West Islip Schools. Murry Kahn now
conducts the orchestra after several years as guest
A group of former racing greyhounds were up for
adoption at the Long Island Grey Hound Transfer booth.
The group was founded ten years ago after Julia Ferrara
and her neighbors watched a National Geographic special
about the dogís plight and decided to do something about
it. Over nine hundred dogs have been rescued during the
The current group of hounds up for adoption were
rescued from the Seabright Race Track in New Hampshire
according to Pat Barney. She says that "(the dogs) are
not used to anything but racing. They donít even know
what they look like in the mirror". In fact Barney says
that up to twenty-two hours of a racing grey houndsí day
is spent on the track.
Among the seventeen breeds of grey hounds up for
adoption include tuxedos, noted for their white patch of
fur and Bryndles. Before you can adopt a dog, Barney
says that the dogs get a thorough health check from a