From the Mayor and Town Hall

From the Mayor and Town Hall

April 13, 2015

Congratulations to the Harrison High School students for their performances last weekend at the 2015 Heritage Festival in Washington, D.C. One hundred and eighty Harrison students competed, nationally, in music, dance and auxiliary teams and achieved the following awards: Marching Band-Gold, Percussion Ensemble-Gold, Dance Ensemble-Gold, Concert Band-Silver, Orchestra- Silver, Color Guard-Silver, Majorettes-Silver and Chorus-Bronze. In addition, the following awards were also received by Harrison students: Maestro Award to Sydney Reingold for Outstanding (Dance) Soloist, Adjudicator Award for Dance Ensemble, Sweepstakes Award for Outstanding Instrumental Program and Adjudicator Award for Percussion Ensemble. The final award of the evening, for outstanding overall performance, was awarded to the Harrison High School Performing Arts Department, the school with the highest overall points. It is a pleasure to recognize these talented students and staff for this very prestigious accomplishment.

Congratulations are also in order for Keio Academy and this year’s wonderful Cherry Blossom Reception. It was an honor to attend this beautiful event filled with warm conversation and a delicious array of Japanese cuisine. The school’s Brass Band and Chorus Club provided guests with exceptional entertainment. I would like to congratulate Keio Academy on their long standing presence in Harrison. In addition to being a school of excellence, the students and their families bring culture to our community and I appreciate all their contributions.

The Jewish Community Center of Harrison invites all town/village residents to join in celebrating their renewed Sanctuary and the Installation of Rabbi Hammerman with a parade.  On Sunday, April 26th at 10 AM, the parade will step off across from LMK Middle School, near Ramapo Trail.  All are welcome.

Summer will soon be here and our Recreation Department has posted the 2015 Fee Schedule on the town website. There is an early purchase discount rate (of $25) if the pool package purchase is made before May 7th. I encourage you all to visit the site and sign up for the variety of programs offered this year.

It’s not too early to save the date for this year’s “A Taste of Harrison”. On Sunday, May 3rd, from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM, The Friends of the Harrison Public Library will be sponsoring this event to benefit the Library. At your own pace, visit restaurants, in any order, and enjoy a delicious sample of the chef’s specialties.  Many of the downtown Harrison restaurants are participating. Participants are asked to purchase a special wristband. Adults: $20 in advance /$25 day of event; Children under age 12:  $10 in advance/$15 day of event. To order wristbands or to find out more about the event, please call Albina 914/835-4575 or Angela 914/835-2429 or Connie 914/315-1922. There will be ample parking in the Commuter Parking Lots and I am arranging for the Harrison Senior Transport minivan to be available.

In closing, I would like to bring your attention to an issue that has come up lately. Spring is upon us and dog owners may be walking their pets more frequently in and around our neighborhoods.  In an effort to be courteous, dog walkers should carry disposable waste bags and clean up after their pets. Used dog waste bags should not be left in neighbor’s trash cans or recycling bins and should not be thrown into the storm drains on our streets and roadways. Proper disposal of dog waste is a must and every dog owner should participate.

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, April 17th and I will be at Great Wall located at 25 Taylor Square in West Harrison. I will be at this location from 12:30 to 1:30 and look forward to meeting with residents and talking about issues facing our community.