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Four Harrison Art Students Win Mayor's Choice Awards

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

HARRISON, N.Y. -- The Harrison Town Board recently announced the winners of the 2015 Mayor’s Choice Award, a long-running and most prestigious recognition for talented students.

Recipients of the 2015 Mayor’s Choice Award are Caroline Pace, Zach Lopane, Penelope Zenhausern and Paris Cipollone. This award represents the diverse talents of our local student body and the varied curricula offered by individual art departments.

Each year, incredibly beautiful pieces of art are entered, and it is a privilege to recognize the hard work and dedication of each student. I look forward to evaluating the submissions and am always impressed with the creativity of our youngest residents.

It has been a very busy two weeks for the Harrison Beautification Foundation Inc. as weather has been very accommodating this spring. There are 28 gardens throughout the town, and HBF is responsible for 20 of them. The remaining eight are sponsored by local landscapers.

For the second consecutive year, Veronika Frohlich, secretary/recruiter of the Harrison Girl Scouts Community, planted with the Girl Scouts at our Veterans Monuments in downtown Harrison and in West Harrison.

In downtown Harrison, they refurbished the little garden at the Monument Wall, as well as the garden at the Ma Riis Monument. In West Harrison, they attended to the Veterans Garden at the Monument Wall and the 9/11 Monument. The HBF is grateful to Veronika for taking on this task and is very proud of the work the Girl Scouts have done.

Landscapers, businesses or residents who would like to sponsor a garden are urged to contact the HBF in a message on Facebook, (Harrison Beautification Foundation Inc.) or send an email to

I would like to recognize St. Anthony of Padua Church and the moving tribute held to honor all members of the Harrison Police Department, Fire Department, Ambulance Corps and civic officials. It was a privilege to attend the eighth annual Blue Mass, celebrated last weekend.

The Mass was a wonderful way to pay homage to those in uniform who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, but also to show respect to those who continue to protect and serve our community.

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