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Harrison's Community Alert Worked During Purchase College Lockdown

Mayor Ron Belmont
Mayor Ron Belmont Photo Credit: File Photo

HARRISON, N.Y. -- From the Mayor and Town Hall:

As many of you are aware, the Harrison Police Department and state law enforcement officials responded to a call, last Sunday at SUNY Purchase, involving a report of a man with a gun on campus. (It turned out to be an air gun.) State Police have arrested a 24-year-old New Rochelle man in connection with this incident.

The greater Harrison community remained informed via My Community Alert. which sends texts and emails to subscribers when our Police Department activates the notification system. I encourage all residents to sign up for these alerts at this link .

Once again, the Harrison Council for the Arts, along with the Harrison Recreation Center, has expanded the celebration of the arts to include the Art of the Young Child. This year marks the eleventh year of the Town Hall exhibit and includes works created by the children at the Harrison Children’s Center. The exhibit will remain in Town Hall until the beginning of May and I encourage you to take a moment and enjoy this year’s wonderful display.

The entire Harrison community is invited to the annual Blue Mass which will be held on Saturday, April 23, at 5 p.m. at St. Anthony’s in West Harrison. The Mass offers an opportunity for the law enforcement community, and for all of us, to honor and pray for fallen officers and their families. This year, our men and women in the military, as well as all of our veterans, will be added to the group of honorees.

Recently, my office was contacted by the Westchester County health commissioner regarding the application of mosquito larvicide to local catch basins. This course of action is aimed at minimizing conditions that are favorable to mosquito breeding and the spread of mosquito borne diseases. The county has asked residents to refrain from obstructing the basins as any material left in the basin can provide a host for mosquito larvae. The county will begin its catch basin treatment in mid-May. Should you have any questions or concerns, please call Westchester County at 914-864-7366.

Last Friday (April 15) I had the pleasure of attending the Little League Opening Ceremony and Parade and it was an honor to be part of the group throwing out the first pitch of the season. Over one thousand onlookers were in attendance as Little League teams and their coaches paraded through our Town. The Harrison High School Marching Band was on hand to entertain the crowd. After the parade, a celebration of the day’s events concluded with a barbeque.

In closing, I would like to bring your attention to a very important annual event. At 10 a.m. on (Saturday) April 23, in Veterans Park, our entire community is invited to bring their (old) American flags and to witness this year’s Flag Burning Ceremony. According to federal law, there are specific procedures and guidelines in reference to proper flag disposal. Attendees will salute the flag, say the Pledge of Allegiance and observe a brief moment of silence.

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