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Remember Soup Kitchens, Food Drives During Holidays, Belmont Says

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

HARRISON, N.Y. – I hope you all had a peaceful and joyous holiday weekend.

As we gather this holiday season, and reflect on the good tidings of the past year, I encourage you to celebrate the season of giving.

State and local organizations will be increasing their efforts to assist food banks and soup kitchens. Donating food, stocking shelves and feeding those in need are meaningful ways to volunteer your time and celebrate the spirit of generosity. It’s an excellent opportunity to celebrate life’s good fortune and I urge all to take part. For more information on how you can get involved, call our Community Services Department at 670-3025.

Several years ago, the Holiday Project was created in an effort to spread holiday cheer to families in need in Harrison. Each sponsored family receives a "Holiday in a Basket," which includes a grocery gift card, clothing, a toy for each child, a small gift for the parents and a pizza gift certificate. If you are interested in sponsoring one or more families, please send a check, payable to "The Holiday Project" for $150 per family to project coordinator Sara Pirrello at 40 Pleasant Ridge Road, Harrison, NY 10528. To get more involved, contact Pirrello at sastort@aol.com .

In Harrison, leaf collection is from mid-October through the beginning of December. Town personnel make every effort to remove the leaf piles as quickly as possible. To expedite the process, we ask residents remove all rocks, bottles, branches and other debris, take leaves to the curb and avoid parking on or around the piles. It also is important leaves are not placed in the storm drains or catch basins, as this may cause flooding.

All leaf piles must be curb side by Monday, the first day of this year’s last leaf collection process.

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday at Michelangelo's Pizza Pasta & Things, 208 Underhill Ave., West Harrison. I will be meeting with representatives from the Harrison Youth Council. I look forward to talking with you about issues facing our community.

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