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Nov 7, 2008 10:53 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Store owner wants Silly String banned

Nov 7, 2008 10:53 AM

For some, Silly String is a harmless toy, a foamy spray used during parades and other festivities. But a business owner in Westhampton Beach thinks the village should follow the lead of other municipalities and ban the use of the spray during certain events, like last month’s Halloween Parade.

Silly String, which is a colorful plastic compound that is shot from an aerosol can, has marred Main Street’s sidewalks for nearly two weeks since the Halloween Parade, according to Allison Galasso, the owner of Bungalow and Life is good stores in the village.

The spray has been clogging storm drains and hanging from bushes along Main Street since the parade, and is difficult for business owners to clean up, according to Ms. Galasso. “I spent Friday night cleaning my windows instead of trick-or-treating with my children,” she said, referring to Halloween. “The residue was stuck to the windows.”

In addition to damaging the windows of her shops and being an eyesore, Ms. Galasso said the goo caused “mayhem on Main Street,” as older children sprayed it in the faces of their friends. “The parade is meant to be for families, for all kids having fun,” she said. “It is not appropriate for this to occur during the [event].”

In turn, Ms. Galasso wants the Village Board to ask the community’s opinion and consider banning the substance during future parades. However, Westhampton Beach Mayor Conrad Teller said that the village is not interested in outlawing the substance.

“The board has not considered banning Silly String,” Mr. Teller said. “We’ve never seen a problem with it and no one has come in and voiced an official complaint.”

Earlier this year, the Town of Huntington banned the use of Silly String during parades, according to Fran Evans, the chief of staff in the public information office of that municipality. The sale of the spray is banned within 1,500 square feet of town parade routes, Ms. Evans said. In addition, anyone found with the spray on them within 1,500 square feet of a parade route could have their cans confiscated, she explained.

Huntington Town banned the substance after it damaged the paint on fire trucks featured in local parades, Ms. Evans explained.

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Oh for god's sake. Youve got to be kidding me. Read my comments in the other forum about music in the street. Surely Ms. Galasso is one of those people. The world is in economic turmoil with 2 wars going on. Yea- complain about SILLY STRING.
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Nov 12, 08 7:52 AM
Why not ban candy on Halloween all the wrappers left discarded on the ground do the candy wrappers clog the drains that caused the flood in my store I NEVER HEARD OF ANYTHING SO RIDICULOUS SILLY STRING CLOGGING DRAINS? How ridiculous and anyway Silly String is harmless fum for children and their Parents too also check out Silly Strings Saves Lives google it People see the need to COMPLAIN , In this economic downturn I think people need to lighten up not tighten up stop trying to Ban everything ...more
By shock (70), whb on Nov 12, 08 8:24 AM
I think we should all go silly string her entire store tonight. Whos coming??
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Nov 12, 08 10:00 AM
I HAVE TO AGREE WITH ALL 3 COMMENTS ABOUT LIKE SHE HAS NEVER TOUCHED IT.WOULD SHE RATHER US EGG HER STORE OR SILLY STRING HER CHOICE
By fdny7318 (60), Water Mill on Nov 12, 08 11:15 AM
This is exactly the type of nonsense that makes me think that there is no hope left for the world. why not ban play grounds, a child could fall off and break a bone. Why not ban smoking? The cigarette butts usually get flicked on the ground, they could clog up the sewer as well. You must be out of your mind to think that anyone else would support your "theory" of the silly string clogging the drains. I myself have played wtih silly string. It comes off windows, you just have to clean them, and unless ...more
By down to earth (1), Hampton Bays on Nov 12, 08 11:16 AM
Where's the silly string police when you need them?
By NorthSea (10), Southampton on Nov 13, 08 2:27 PM
I am a Westhampton resident who attended the Halloween parade with my baby this year and it was a wonderful day in most regards. I support the commentary on banning the use of silly string at an otherwise great day and here's why. I was walking down main street, saying hello to passing neighbors, strolling my baby along, when a group of pre-teens starting running around my baby and me spraying silly string. I was completely startled and my immediate reaction was to quickly move to protect my ...more
By Westhampton Mom (1), Westhampton on Nov 15, 08 10:57 AM
Silly String is an object. The problem is not the silly string but the behavior.
By Frank Wheeler (1796), Northampton on Nov 15, 08 12:17 PM
If it wasnt the silly string then it would have been something else those kids would have bothered you for. They more than likely would have been running around no matter what.
I am 42 yrs old now but I can tell you that the only reason I used to go to the St Patricks parade, halloween parade, whatever on Main st. was to hang out with my friends at that age. I can understand the reasons for the signs that say no rollerblading & no skateboarding on the street because people can get hurt and it ...more
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Nov 15, 08 1:05 PM
This just in: Having fun found harmful to Westhampton residents. Any person found having fun or attempting to have fun shall be exiled to Silly String Island. This means you!
By dagdavid (646), southampton on Nov 16, 08 12:49 PM
How about some thanks for those wanting to keep our kids safe and having fun in the village. Thanks to those with the local chamber of commerce, parents on the PTA, the local police, fire dept & DPW crews, the very generous merchants on Main Street and local sponsors who actually make the Halloween Parade and Main Street Trick or Treat happen each year for our local kids. There is a lot of candy given out, superb costumes, wide eyed youngsters and overall fun for all who participated. All of that ...more
By WHB Oldie but Goodie (3), Westhampton on Nov 17, 08 10:49 AM
Buy your little princess a can of silly string and see if she doesnt have quite some fun with it herself........
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Nov 17, 08 12:53 PM
Instead of banning Silly String lets boycott Ms. Galasso's stores, Bungalow and Life Is Good. Sometimes, it takes a Village to tech common sense.
By BM (10), Southampton on Nov 17, 08 12:53 PM
Next year you might want to bring some royal bodyguards to attend to your beautiful little princess.
By William Rodney (502), southampton on Nov 18, 08 11:54 AM
I am saddened by the behavior in regards to silly string. These kinds of reckless and childish actions harms us all. I am not speaking about the teens.....I am am speaking about the adults posting ridiculous comments advocating boycotting,egging and bodyguards. I don't understand what Sam for example is so angry about ? Store owners complaining about the economic down turn forcing her to keep the silly string market strong in WHB.
Ms. Galasso presented an opinion on safety concerns warranting ...more
By Reality check (1), westhampton on Nov 18, 08 2:08 PM
"petty" as you spoke of is what prompted this discussion in the first place. Banning silly string- thats petty. But I do have an idea. Maybe the street officers
should limit playing with silly string to the Gazebo area on the green. Theres lot
of open area there and lots of trees to hide behind. But no doubt there would be people who would complain about that also.
What I dont understand is why grown ups just cant let kids be kids. Honestly I dont even think the article was worth the ...more
By Sam (252), Westhampton Beach on Nov 18, 08 3:04 PM
Why couldn't Ms. Galasso hire somebody to clean up the silly string so she could go trick or treating ?
By PrivateerMatt (390), Southampton on Nov 18, 08 6:19 PM
Really? REALLY? I just can't help but laugh at this article....
By Woody (15), Westhampton Beach on Nov 18, 08 8:26 PM
Hampton Bays Rotary, Autumn Evening by the Sea, Joyce Oakland, Oaklands Restaurant