Linda Kraus came to Shelter Island in 1976 when she married her husband Chuck. Linda came to know and love this island community through working at the family business, the Kraus Crescent Beach Restaurant and Motel.
Linda and Chuck raised three children, Janelle, Amanda, and Patrick who are all Shelter Island High School graduates. They have gone on to have their own careers and families but return frequently to this beautiful island where they grew up. Linda and Chuck are now excited to share this special island with their grandchildren, Josephine, Sloane, and Rhys.
Linda saw early on how this community thrived, encouraged and supported each other through its many organizations and programs. Linda is a member of the Lion’s Club and through the years has volunteered at Island organizations including St. Gabriel’s, the Shelter Island Chamber of Commerce, the Fire Department, and the Shelter Island Ambulance (as secretary and EMT). She also has served as the RN Medical Coordinator for the Shelter Island 5K and 10K races.
Linda as a BSN from Stony Brook University. She has been a registered nurse at Eastern Long Island Hospital for over 28 years. Linda has been honored by the Town of Southold-Greenport Rotary Club as the 2010 recipient of the Laura Goodal Award for Nursing Excellence and the 2005 Nursing Preceptor Award form 1199 National Benefit.
Linda considers the Shelter Island Public Library to be part of the lifeblood of this island. She states how along with participating in and enjoying the many programs, she has watched our library evolve over the years, striving to provide current and varied services. “The Library is a safe haven for learning and sharing for both young and old alike.”
Linda is excited to be given the opportunity to serve the Library as a member of the Board of Trustees.
Peter Farrar grew up in Hingham, Massachusetts and attended Emerson College in Boston. After college, he worked up the advertising ladder at two department stores ultimately becoming advertising director – mail-order division, of Neiman-Marcus. This launched a forty year career in marketing and advertising.
In 1982 he and his wife Carol started their own advertising firm “Farrar & Farrar” in New York City which focused on the marketing needs of fashion retailers and specialized in mail-order catalogs. Their numerous clients included trusted names such as Burberry, FAO Schwarz, Godiva and Pierre Deux.
For thirty years their successful firm was involved in all aspects of marketing including consumer research, brand positioning, collateral development, store visuals and events, e-commerce websites, social marketing, PR, and television and print advertising. In addition, they helped their clients with competitive marketplace analysis, defining marketing opportunities, enhancing brand equity, setting goals and originating tactical creative concepts and bringing them to fruition.
Peter and family have been coming to Shelter Island since 1981 and purchased their Shorewood home in 1990 where they spent summers and weekends with their three children.
In 2008 they sold their agency and moved to Shelter Island full time. Peter pursued his passion for health and fitness and now works as a certified personal trainer. He looks forward to devoting his time and energy to the community – particularly as a member of the Library board.