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December 2019

By Stephen E. Lipken


On Monday, October 14th, over 3,000 citizens witnessed the Great to Live in Harrison (GTLH)  Parade and thronged into Ma Riis Park as the Festival continued  with booths and rides.


Mayor Ron Belmont announced the Citizen of the Year, former Councilman Bruno Strati.


The Parade culminated a whole weekend of activities, beginning with a concert on Saturday, October 12th in West Harrison by “Reunion,” playing “Chicago” and other ‘70’s favorites, followed by fireworks.


Marchers included Boy and Girl Scouts; Bruce Chung Tae Kwon Do; “Dixie Dandies” band; Harrison High School Marching Band; Harrison Avenue, Louis M. Klein, Parsons, Preston Memorial and Purchase Schools; Harrison Recreation; Japanese Community; Magical Movements Dance School; Metropolitan Festival Band; Mexican-American Community; NY Performing Arts Center; Police Emerald Society Pipe Band of Westchester; Relay for Life; Westchester Brassmen; X-Factor Drums and Yonkers Military Band.


Harrison Police Department (HPD) held its Open House on Sunday, October 13th   featuring Child ID fingerprinting and photos; Bicycle Safety Helmets distributed by Mamaroneck-Harrison-Rye Kiwanis Club; Harrison Fire Prevention Fire Safety House, plus demonstrations by HPD K-9 and NY State Police Diving Team.


Concurrent with the HPD Open House, an elaborate car show was held in West Harrison with entertainment by Elvis Tribute Artist Pat Perone; Tracy De Lucia and Twin Gold.


Tony Sansone, Fishkill, garnered Best Car in Show trophy for his highly modified 2015 Mustang, “Satan’s Stallion,” encompassing “Pet Sematary” animal skeletons with eerie noises and lighting emanating from the vehicle.


Significantly, Katia Barker sold hand-made candles made in Swaziland to raise money for the Thirst Project, to provide clean water in Africa.  American Cancer Society Relay for Life Outreach Representative Maria Di Russo explained that cancer survivors can walk the Harrison High School track, cheered on by well-wishers; signing up for fundraising can be accomplished online at RelayForLife.org.





Former Councilman Bruno Strati Named Citizen of the Year