By Mayor Ron Belmont
Wilding Park, in Downtown Harrison, closed for renovation on April 2nd. New playground equipment and ground surfacing will improve the existing park and playground area located on Oakland Avenue. This project will not only spruce up this popular recreational space, but will also enhance resident experience, improve play-area safety and streamline area maintenance. The estimated completion date for the Wilding Park improvements is late spring 2019.
A big thank you goes out to all those who participated in the March 30th town-wide Spring Spruce Up Day. This year more than 60 bags of trash were collected. The Harrison Boy Scouts as well as local families joined town personnel as they collected trash and debris along town roadways, fields and streams. Our Engineering Department deserves special recognition for their outstanding work in coordinating the clean-up effort. Volunteers identified areas needing cleaning up and on Spruce Up Day, groups were assigned to specific sites. Volunteer team leaders including Matt and Sarah Benson, Shauna Long, John Tripodi, Enza Farolini, and Amy Podolak helped make the event a huge success.
Con Ed is urging customers to sign up for their text alert system. This feature will allow customers to report a power problem, check the status of a power outage, and request assistance. To register, text REG to OUTAGE (688243) and follow the prompts.
It’s never too early to mark your calendar for the return of the Westchester County Mobile Shredder. Residents may bring confidential personal papers for shredding to the MTA Lot (corner of Harrison and Halstead Ave) on Saturday, May 4 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Residents can bring up to 4 file size (10 x 12 x 15) boxes of confidential papers per household. Please remove all large binder clips and covers. In extreme weather, events may be cancelled or terminated early. Please call the county's Recycling Helpline at (914) 813-5425 to check on a cancellation or early closure.
On April 26th, there was a memorial for longtime Harrison resident, Lucille Held, who passed away in March. Lucille was a respected member of our community and for many years was a regular attendee at our Town Board meetings. Not one to shy away from vocalizing opposition, Lucille brought many important issues to the forefront and I am pleased that our community had an opportunity to recognize her contributions.
All residents are invited to come to Ma Riis Park on Sunday, May 5th from 11 AM to 4 PM to enjoy the 6th Annual Japan Cultural Festival. Admission to this event is free and will include entertainment, food vendors, raffle prizes as well as a tea ceremony demonstration, and a calligraphy workshop. I look forward to going to this very popular event every year and hope to see you there.
As many of you may know, Avalon Communities will be starting construction on a parking garage, in downtown Harrison, on the lot owned by the Metropolitan Transportation Association (MTA). The garage will have over 400 spaces, owned and operated by the MTA, for commuters. There will also be additional spaces for residents of the soon to be built residential project and for commercial users. I am very encouraged by the changes proposed by this exciting project and am eager to work with MTA and Avalon on a shared vision that will support the various needs of our community.
Once again, congratulations are in order for Keio Academy and this year’s magnificent Cherry Blossom Reception. It was an honor to attend this lovely event. The school’s talented students provided guests with wonderful entertainment. I would like to recognize Keio Academy and their long standing presence in Harrison. In addition to being a school of excellence, the Keio community brings Japanese tradition and culture to Harrison and I appreciate all their contributions.
I would like to bring your attention to an issue that comes up each year. 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.
I would like to extend a heart felt congratulations to Harrison resident Beatrice Goldstein on becoming a US citizen. Citizenship in the United States comes with the important responsibilities of protecting our country’s values and living in accordance with our laws. This is a wonderful accomplishment and I wish Ms. Goldstein all the best.
I would like to recognize The Harrison Players and the wonderful job they did with their recent staging of the musical, “Working”. It was a pleasure to see this fantastic production and the hard work and talent really showed through. Congrats to all involved.
In closing, please make note of the following announcement from our Assessor’s Office: May 1st is the deadline for all Senior tax exemptions.