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'Great To Live In Harrison' Celebration Delighted Town

Harrison Mayor, Ron Belmont
Harrison Mayor, Ron Belmont Photo Credit: File Photo

HARRISON, N.Y. -- Earlier this month, Harrison held its 38th annual “Its Great to Live in Harrison/Columbus Day” celebration. We take tremendous pleasure in this wonderful tradition as our country honors the Italian- American experience.

In addition to recognizing the many accomplishments of the Italian-American community,Harrison residents and visitors enjoyed a weekend of exciting events. I enjoyed seeing many friends, and familiar faces, as the weekend’s festivities took place.

Saturday evening’s fireworks display, in West Harrison, was spectacular. Sunday’s popular Open House Police Headquarters featured a display of emergency apparatus, tours of the Police Station and information on the care and training of our K-9 unit. Sunday’s P.B.A. Car Show was wonderful and impressed many local auto buffs.

Monday’s weather was perfect, reaching summer-like temperatures. A record number crowd attended the annual parade.

Following the parade, Harrison held a festival at Riis Park. The day’s events included children’s activities and rides as well as a variety of booths offering international fare, arts and crafts, and assorted memorabilia. It was an extremely successful event, full of national and hometown pride.

Recently, the Jewish Community Center of Harrison organized their second annual food drive. During Yom Kippur, the JCC collected over 500 bags of food for donation to the Harrison Food Pantry. The JCC’s rabbi, Eytan Hammerman, urged the congregation that, as they skip meals on Yom Kippur, they should think of those who are hungry and most in need. The food drive was designed to provide what the congregation might have consumed during the fast day of Yom Kippur. For many families, a serious decline in financial stability can mean hunger. The good will of the JCC will help curb hunger in our community. Their contribution will provide the basic sustenance that some or our senior citizens, children and working families require. I thank Rabbi Hammerman, and the JCC of Harrison, for this very significant contribution.

For more information on our Food Pantry, please contact Nina Marraccini at 670-3025.

Please make note of the following reminder from the Department of Public Works: Grass clippings are prohibited. Mixing of grass clippings with acceptable organic materials or household garbage is prohibited. Failure to remove piled/bagged grass clippings may result in the issuance of summons and/or fines.

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, October 16th and I will be at Silver Lake Cafe located at 17 Taylor Square in West Harrison. I will be at there from 12:30 to 1:30 and look forward to meeting with residents and talking about issues facing our community.

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