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July 2018

From the Mayor’s Office and

Town Hall

By Mayor Ron Belmont


In an effort to expand public safety outreach and communication, the Town/Village of Harrison has launched a new program that will allow residents to receive emergency alerts in real time. By utilizing the community alert system, NIXLE, residents can receive up-to-date information by text or email.  The service will alert residents to emergency weather events, road closings, and public safety advisories. To register, please visit www.nixle.com or our town webpage at www.harrison-ny.gov. I urge all residents to use this very important and useful tool.


On June 10, residents and friends had the pleasure of sampling our local chefs’ specialties at the Friends of the Public Library fundraiser, “A Taste of Harrison”. It was a very successful affair, as over 100 people came out to support this very worthwhile event. All proceeds will be used by the Friends of the Public Library, a not for profit organization, to support the Harrison Public Library. Thank you to all volunteers and attendees.  I would also like to express my gratitude to all the participating restaurants for their generous contributions.


With summer here, you may want to make plans for visiting our town pools.  The 2018 pool schedule is as follows: Both the Ron Belmont Pool Complex (9 Casarella Way, ph. 358-4333) and the Bernie Guanini Brentwood Pool and Park (Adelphi Avenue, ph. 751-8222) will be open from June 25th to August 12th with weekday hours 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekend hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guests may accompany ID card holders. For fee schedules and additional information, please visit www.harrison-ny.gov or call your neighborhood pool.


I would like to recognize all those who participated in this year’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Relay for Life is a community event where everyone can participate in the fight against cancer. Teams of supporters gather overnight, at a local high school, and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Each team is asked to have a representative on the track, at all times, during the event. Congratulations to the teams participating at Harrison High School where 59 teams, with 407 participants, raised over $105,000. This commitment, to helping in the fight against cancer, inspires all of us to make a difference.


Summer weather has arrived and our area has recently experienced high humidity and sweltering heat as temperatures rose into record breaking intensity. As a result, a heat warning and air quality health advisory was issued. People aged 65 and older, or who have chronic medical conditions, are at greater risk during periods of extreme heat. If you have a medical condition, please check with your medical provider on how to take precautions during extreme heat and humidity. If you know of neighbors, family or friends who are at increased risk, or live alone, please check in on them to insure they have access to air conditioning or cooling centers.


At this year’s annual Metropolitan High School Theater Awards ceremony, taking place at Purchase Performing Arts Center, Harrison High School’s production of “Seussical” received several awards. Congratulations to the following Harrison students: Lianne Davidoff for the Featured Ensemble Member Award, Christina Ledesma for Actress in a Supporting Role, and Deborah Toteda for Choreography.

Congratulations are also in order for Harrison High School seniors, Sarah Birnbaum and Brian Siegal. Both students were recently honored at the annual Caroll F. Johnson Scholastic Achievement Dinner. Each year, honorees are recognized for their academic excellence and community service. This is very impressive achievement and I wish both students continued success as they leave high school and forge a new path.


Harrison’s 2018 Concert series is approaching quickly and will provide live music showcasing some of the best musical talent around. Concerts feature an assortment of pop, classic rock, cover rock, tributes, oldies, and more. This popular event makes hot summer nights more enjoyable, so grab your lawn chair and come enjoy a free concert in West Harrison’s Village Green and Downtown’s Ma Riis Park (and street locations). For a full schedule of concert events, please call the Recreation Hot Line at 670-3039.


On July 3rd, in Downtown Harrison, the Tracy De Lucia Band will be the entertainment for the evening’s festivities, beginning at 8 p.m. (Rain Date July 6th). Fireworks will begin promptly at 9:15 p.m. at the Harrison Shopping Center in Downtown Harrison. Future July and August events include musical entertainment by  Rat Race Choir, Club Dennis (of the Dennis Nardone Show), Alive N’ Kickin’, The Hindenberg and many more. All concerts begin at 7 p.m.


Please visit our website at www.harrison-ny.gov for event locations and additional information. I look forward to seeing you all there