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Harrison Gathers to Light Holiday Tree

HARRISON, N.Y. - It certainly felt like the holidays were closing in as the Town of Harrison celebrated its annual tree lighting Friday night.

"This, for us, is the true beginning of our Christmas season," Mayor/Supervisor Joan Walsh told residents who were enjoying the holiday music. "It's a wonderful season and a time of peace, friendship and joy in our hearts."

Hundreds of Harrison residents gathered Friday night to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season and light the treasured holiday tree. The lighting, presented by the West Harrison Neighborhood Association, was held at its annual location at Taylor Square.

Those in attendance included members of the Harrison Police Department, West Harrison Fire Department, Harrison recreation and Harrison government officials including board members Joe Cannella, Marlane Amelio, Fred Sciliano and Mayor-Elect Ron Belmont.

The event was accompanied by the live holiday music of Jackie DiMaggio and D.J. Bobby James and was immediately following by a celebration at the West Harrison Senior Center.

"I'm so blessed to have the chance to do this for another year," said DiMaggio, who sang at the same event last year. "I'm happy to be back."

Residents and children gathered for photos with Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman and the tree after it was lit. The tree will remain lit and on display until January.

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