I would like to take this time to recognize the Harrison Recreation Swim Team. Recently, the team competed in the Division 6 Championships and took first place. The team also went undefeated this year and, as a result, will be moving to Division 5 for the 2016 season. According to Coach Dottie Klein, the team continues to grow in number and has become more competitive. Congratulations to the team and Coach Klein for a great season and good luck in the conferences later this month.
I would also like to congratulate Harrison’s Andretta Cultural Society. I had the pleasure of attending their grand opening at their new location on Crotona Avenue. It was a wonderful celebration and I was happy to catch up with residents and old friends. I look forward to attending future events at this longstanding and respected local organization.
Recently, our region has been under a heat advisory and I would like to remind residents of several ways to remain safe as temperatures soar. If possible, remain indoors and drink plenty of water. Keep blinds closed and shades drawn. If you do go outside, wear loose, lightweight clothing. It is very important that you do not leave anyone, including pets, in a parked car, even for a short period of time. I encourage all Harrison residents to check on elderly neighbors, relatives and friends to make sure that they are safe and comfortable.
I’m very happy to report that library renovations are almost complete; the walls have been painted, carpeting has been installed and the furniture is beginning to arrive. From the prominently displayed 55-inch flat screen TVs with video game consoles, Mac computers, laptops with Adobe Creative Cloud, to touch-screen computers in the Children’s Room, Harrison’s new library is going to have an updated, state-of-the-art feel. The library’s book collection will also be re-installed and available to residents.
The library staff will be increasing the number of programs and will be hosting authors, academics, musicians, artists and many types of performers for our community’s enjoyment and enrichment. The Millennium Book Club, Brown Bag Cinema, the Hadassah Film Festival, Westchester Audubon Society and M&M Productions will return. Language Conversation Partners will continue and the library will also be offering 10-week introductory language classes in Spanish, Japanese and Russian. Look for travel talks, genealogy lessons and an exciting new series of lectures led by Iona faculty. There will be live Sunday afternoon music performances, beginning with a four-part Latin, hip-hop and jazz festival, and also HD streaming of Metropolitan Opera performances.
As you can see, there is a lot to look forward to and I encourage all residents to get involved with the new offerings and innovative programs.
In closing, the next Lunch with the Mayor is on Friday, Aug. 7 and I will be at Butler Brother’s Market Place located at 295 Halstead Ave. in downtown Harrison from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. I am looking forward to meeting with residents and talking about issues facing our community.