From the Mayor and Town Hall

From the Mayor and Town Hall

October 20, 2014

I am very proud to announce that three Harrison High School students have been recognized by the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program for their outstanding academic performance. Catherine Rocchi has been named a Semifinalist, the first step in a process that grants scholarships in the spring. Matthew Rube and Olivia Barbelescu have been named Commended Students. I would like to extend my congratulations, to these students, and wish Ms. Rocchi all the luck as the selection process continues.

It’s that time of year again and Harrison will be celebrating Halloween with the return of two favorite events. All residents are invited, free of charge, to dress up and march in the Halloween parades. In West Harrison, the parade will begin at the Firehouse on Thursday, October 30th, 3:30 line-up 4:00 start.The Downtown parade will begin at Parsons School on Thursday, October 30th, 5:30 line-up 6:00 start.  On October 24th through November 1, the Haunted House at the Mintzer Center will be in full swing from 6:30 to 7:00 pm (lights on for children 10 and under) and from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.

TheWest Harrison Library is hosting an evening of Italian opera and invites the entire community to celebrate Italian Heritage Month with Baritone Ricardo Rosa.Mr. Rosa will sing favorite arias, from classic Italian operas, on Friday, October 24th from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the West Harrison Branch. I encourage all residents to take advantage of this wonderful event.

The Purchase Fire Department inspection and dinner was held last week and I am happy to report that the condition of all apparatus is outstanding and the Department should be commended for their commitment to excellence. The dinner, following the inspection, was wonderful and I would like to congratulate the entire Department for their accomplishments. It was a memorable evening and an honor to be included.

Oct. 5th, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in partnership with Westchester County, held it’s annual Out of the Darkness community walk-a-thon. I was happy to participate in this very important campaign that brings attention to suicide prevention and to the importance of ending the stigma that surrounds depression and other mental disorders.

Recently, the Jewish Community Center of Harrison organized a “Helping the Hungry on our Fast Day” food drive. On Yom Kippur, the JCC collected over 250 bags of food, for donation to the Harrison Food Pantry, and Nina Marraccini, Harrison’s Director of Community Services, and I received the donated food on behalf of the Pantry.  The congregation’s new rabbi, Eytan Hammerman, urged the congregation that, as they skip meals on Yom Kippur, they should think of those who are hungry and most in need of assistance.  The Yom Kippur food drive was designed to provide, through a donation, what the congregation might have consumed during the 25-hour fast day, Yom Kippur.  For many families, a serious downturn in economic stability can mean hunger. All communities have members who are struggling to gain stability during hard times and the generosity of the JCC will help stop hunger in its tracks. Their contribution will provide the necessary nourishment that some or our senior citizens, children and working families need. I would like to thank Rabbi Hammerman, and the JCC congregants, for this very important donation. For more information on our Food Pantry, please contact Nina Marraccini at 670-3025.

Harrison held its 37th annual “Its Great to Live in Harrison/Columbus Day” celebration and residents took tremendous pleasure in a cultural tradition that honors the Italian-American experience.  The Harrison community, and local visitors, enjoyed a weekend of spectacular events. I enjoyed seeing many friends and familiar faces at the Police Department’s Open House. The station tours and displays were educational and enjoyed by many. The P.B.A. Car Show was wonderful and, as always, attracted local auto buffs. Monday’s parade and Italian festa was a perfect ending to the weekend’s festivities. I was delighted to be part of this extremely successful event, full of national and hometown pride.

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, October 24th. I will be at Goldberg’s Rock’n Bagel Cafe, located at 3