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Harrison Honors Joe Acocella With Blood Drive

In memory of former Town Clerk Joe Acocella, Harrison will hold a “Give to Live” blood drive and organ donor registration at varous sites around the Sound Shore over the next three weeks.

The blood drive kicks off Wednesday, April 4, at 1 p.m. in West Harrison at the West Harrison Annex Building at the Mintzer center. On Friday, March 6, the blood drive moves to Rye and Mamaroneck. Rye Recreation, located at 281 Midland Ave., will host the event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. while Mamaroneck Volunteer Engine and Hose #3, located at 643 Mamaroneck Ave., will hold the blood drive from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Acocella died last August from Lumbar Sacral Agenesis, a disease that affects the lower spine. Acocella, a staunch supporter of the organ donation program “Donate Life,” died when he did not get a new kidney. Acocella had previously gotten a new kidney while a senior at Harrison High School in 2000 but that one gave out after approximately 10 years.

“Despite the many challenges and obstacles in Joey’s life, he always smiled and persevered,” said County Executive Rob Astorino shortly after Acocella’s untimely passing. “He was a dedicated public servant and loved his community.”

The blood drive will continue on Friday, April 13 in White Plains and return to Harrison on Wednesday, April 18. It concludes in Mamaroneck on Saturday, April 21.

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