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Harrison Wants You for Spring Spruce Up Day

HARRISON, N.Y. – Get out the gloves and put on your old clothes for the first Spring Spruce Up Day in Harrison.

On Saturday, April 14, volunteers will clean up various locations around town, including Ma Riis Park, Veteran’s Park, the stream behind Louis M. Klein Middle School, the Beaver Swamp Brook corridor, West Street near the I-95 bridge and sections of Westchester Avenue.

In West Harrison, cleanup spots include the boulevard, various locations around Silver Lake, Underhill Avenue and the village green.

“We’d like to start taking pride in our community, and there is no better way to do that than to polish it up,” said Town Supervisor Ron Belmont. “People have told me that they are very happy that we are doing this, since it is long overdue.”

Belmont said a couple dozen residents have already signed up for the day. He said the day is more about making the town look nicer than cleaning it up, since it’s not so dirty to begin with, but every little bit will help. Belmont said the town picked this weekend because it is right before Little League begins next week, when people get into more of a “baseball-oriented” mode.

“When you drive down the street and don’t like what you see, you have to change it,” Belmont said. “This will also bring the community together and give school kids and Scouts a chance to help.”

The town will provide lawn bags, gloves and pokers to assist in the cleanup. The day will also give residents a chance to help with flood-mitigation efforts as they clean out streams and drains across town.

“Some areas we are targeting, like Westchester Avenue, might be a bit ambitious for our first year, since we don’t have the manpower right now to get it done," Belmont said. "We’ll try to get as much of it cleaned up as we can and try again next year."

For more information or to volunteer call Belmont’s office at (914) 670-3009.

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