HARRISON, N.Y. – The following is a weekly column by Harrison Mayor Ron Belmont:
The holidays are a magical time with festive occasions and memorable traditions.
This year, the town/village of Harrison is once again brightening the season with two fantastic holiday events.
Holiday Happenings/Lighting Celebration
The West Harrison Neighborhood Association is holding its ninth annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Celebration Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m.
There will be entertainment and refreshments on the Village Green.
The Holiday Happening will kick off in Ma Riis Park, across from Town Hall, at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4.
There will be fun activities. The elementary school choral groups will sing holiday music. Children will be able to write letters to Santa, play the dreidel game and enjoy hot chocolate and baked goods.There may be a special appearance for the kids.
The event will culminate with a Christmas tree and menorah lighting in the park. Bring kids and cameras.
Both events are open to all and free.
As part of the Harrison Holiday Happening daylong activities, Cris Spinner, a Harrison resident and chorus teacher at LMK, is producing and performing in Voices Heard 8 -- Home for the Holidays, a concert to benefit the Center for Discovery, on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. at LMK Middle School Theater.
For concert information and tickets ($25/adult; $10/student) click here.
There will be tickets for purchase at the door.
The SafeWise Report has released its 2016 Safest Cities in New York list, and Harrison is ranked No. 9 in New York state.
I believe this high ranking stems from exceptional policing and common-sense precautions on the part of our residents.
Our community has always been responsive to advice from our law enforcement personnel, and I’m happy that we have been acknowledged in this way.
High school band
I would like to recognize the Harrison High School Band for its recent performance at Yankee Stadium.
Recently, I attended an event celebrating Fordham University and its many years of dedication to creating higher education opportunities not only in New York City but here in West Harrison, as well.
I congratulate Fordham University on its success in providing a top-notch educational experience to so many, and I look forward to celebrating more milestones with the university in the years to come.
In closing, Thanksgiving is a time to get together with family and friends and give thanks for the blessings that many of us enjoy.
I am not only grateful for my family and friends, but also appreciate the wonderful opportunities I have received serving as your mayor.
As you celebrate the holiday season, please be sure to reach out to those who may need a helping hand.
Here’s wishing all of you and your families a healthy and happy Thanksgiving holiday.