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Locals Experience 'A Taste of Harrison'

HARRISON, N.Y. – Residents and non-residents alike took to downtown Harrison Sunday afternoon for "A Taste of Harrison" where local restaurants invited people to sample their food.

Held as a fundraiser by the Friends of the Harrison Public Library, people walked up and down Halstead Avenue and its side streets to sample food and drinks the town's businesses have to offer. Event Organizer Mena Gambercorta said that she is hoping Harrison residents and those who visited from other places come back to dine.

"This event has been extraordinary," Gambercorta said. "We are trying to open everyone's eyes to what we have here in Harrison. We want to show people that they don't have to travel far to get a good meal."

Chris D'Arpino, president of the Harrison Chamber of Commerce and the Harrison Wine Vault, said that anytime you can generate foot traffic in town for the business is a good thing. D'Arpino said that he met a lot of people from other towns who had never been to Harrison that he is hoping will come back.

"Hopefully our business community will continue to grow," D'Arpino said. "When you get to try the food before you decide to eat at a place it makes it more accessible. This is an important event to put our town on the map. I've met some good people today."

Library Director Galina Chernykh said the day was fantastic and the good weather really helped draw more people to the town. Chernykh said she was very happy that the event also brought a lot of families out to spend time together.

"The food is just delicious," Chernykh said. "This event proves that the library really is the center of our community."

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