By Mayor Ron Belmont
It looks like the spring season is finally here and we are moving into one of the busiest times of the year. The warmer weather signals the start of community-wide efforts to tidy up our town. On Saturday, April 1st and Sunday, April 2nd, Harrison held its annual Spring Spruce Up event. Led by our dedicated town personnel, volunteers rolled up their sleeves and got to work. We were very fortunate to have residents and students preparing our gardens for spring plantings and picking up debris at various locations in Harrison, West Harrison and Purchase. Industrial size garbage bags were collected and all targeted areas were greatly improved by the labors of all involved. Thank you to all the volunteers who made this event such a huge success.
Judging by the number of volunteers for this year’s Spruce Up event, it’s easy to see that the Town of Harrison is committed to maintaining an attractive community atmosphere. Residents expect the Town Board to do what is required to insure that this objective is achieved. This goal can be reached only through cooperation and team work and I am asking that each member of our community do their part in removing trash and discarded items, from their property, and otherwise remain in compliance with Harrison’s municipal code. You can find the entire Town/Village code at www.harrison-ny.gov. I encourage everyone to cooperate in an effort to preserve the appearance of our neighborhoods. I hope you will all work with me in keeping Harrison at its best.
I had the honor of attending this year’s Westchester Government Relations Legislative Breakfast co-hosted by UJA-Federation and Westchester Jewish Council. The event afforded local elected officials an opportunity to hear from District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr., Congressman Eliot Engel, U.S. Congresswoman Nita Lowey and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino. It also provided an opportunity for Westchester’s Jewish community to hear from our elected officials and for them to hear the concerns of our Jewish community. It was a wonderful event and an honor to be included.
Join the Harrison Public Library in honoring the 80th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s last flight by entering the Library’s adventure themed photo contest. Submit your original digital photo for a chance to win a top prize! Photos must be related to the theme of adventure - one submission per person. The contest began on April 10, 2017. The prizes are: 1st prize: $150 gift certificate from Masterpiece the Art of Framing and exhibition at the library; 2nd prize: $100 gift certificate from Masterpiece the Art of Framing; 3rd prize: $50 gift certificate from Nora’s OvenWorks. Winners will be announced at the culminating celebration in July 2017.
I'm very happy to announce that SafeWise has released its 100 Safest Cities in America Report and, for the 4th year in a row, Harrison ranked among the top 100 safest municipalities in the nation! The statistic is based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each locale.
I had the pleasure of attending a fundraiser by 9th grader Katia Barker, who has partnered with the Thirst Project to build water wells in poor African villages, where young girls often give up their education to spend hours each day transporting water to their villages. Thus, the wells provide clean water while allowing young girls to continue their education. Chipotle in Rye Ridge donated 50% of sales by customers who mentioned her initiative, raising $329 and bringing her grand total to over $18,000. Congratulations to Katia on approaching her goal of funding two wells. For more information about her charity, visit https://my.thirstproject.org/groundswell
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.
Be sure to mark your calendar for the county shredder. The Westchester County Mobile Shredder (for residents only) will be in Harrison on Saturday, May 6th. Residents may bring confidential personal papers for shredding to the MTA Lot (corner of Harrison and Halstead Avenue) from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. You can bring up to 4 file size (10x12x15) boxes of confidential papers per household. Please remove all large binder clips and covers. Papers from businesses, institutions or commercial enterprises are not acceptable and will be rejected, as will any junk mail or newspapers. 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.
In closing, 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.