From the Mayor and Town Hall

From the Mayor and Town Hall

August 24, 2015

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending this year’s annual Senior Picnic in West Harrison. The weather could not have been better and over two hundred seniors enjoyed a day of fun and friendship. The appetizing menu included hamburgers and hot dogs as well as chicken cutlets, sausage and peppers, salads and more. Our Recreation Department really out did themselves this year and should be commended for their efforts. It was a great success and I enjoyed seeing many familiar friends and new faces. The annual Senior Picnic is a wonderful event and many of our senior residents look forward to it, each year.

Harrison is responsible for managing accessible and safe public sidewalks and rights of-way. Recently, trees on Halstead Avenue have been removed because their root beds have erupted, thereby lifting sections of the sidewalk and creating trip hazards for pedestrians. As much as I dislike taking down trees, this safety measure had to be done. These hazards pose liability risks to the Town/Village of Harrison and must be cured. The Highway Department is in the process of installing new sidewalks. New trees will be planted symmetrically, in the proper soils, so that this condition does not reoccur. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my office.

I would like to bring your attention to the inaugural Stop Hunger Now event sponsored by Wells Fargo. Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief non-profit organization and will be hosting an event on Wednesday, September 16th at 6:30 pm at Halstead’s Grill in downtown Harrison. Those in attendance will be packaging 5,000 meals for families in need. Refreshments and a silent auction will follow, with all proceeds benefiting the Harrison Food Pantry. Together, we can work to help stop world hunger. I encourage anyone, who would like to participate in this worthwhile event, to RSVP to Adam Elgert at 777-4012 or by September 9th.

As the summer winds down, I would like to bring your attention to a highly anticipated end of the season event. Back by popular demand, the Brentwood Pool Puppy Plunge will take place Tuesday, September 8th through Friday, September 11th from 5:00 to 7:00 PM and on Saturday, September 12th and Sunday, September13th from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM. The lucky dogs of Harrison are invited to swim at the Brentwood Pool before it’s drained for the season. Due to health regulations, only dogs will be allowed in the pool during this special event. No registration is necessary and this event is free of charge for all Harrison residents.

In closing, my next “Lunch with the Mayor” will be on Friday, September 4th and I will be at Trevi Ristorante located at 11 Taylor Square in West Harrison.  On Friday, September 11th I will be at Quenas Restaurant, located at 109 Halstead Avenue. I will be at these locations from 12:30 to 1:30 and look forward to meeting with residents and talking about issues facing our community.