Recently, members of the Jewish community began the eight-day celebration of Hanukkah. This holiday pays tribute to the unbreakable spirit and fortitude of the Jewish people. The message of Hanukkah serves as a lesson to us all that, when we stand united, we can conquer any problem and overcome any setback. It is my hope that the Festival of Lights brings comfort and consolation to all and encourages not only our nation, but our cities, towns and villages to gather together and cherish the bonds of community. On behalf of the entire town board, I wish all Harrison residents and their families a very happy Hanukkah.
This year’s holiday celebration kickoffs were a huge success. From candy canes to carolers and Santa’s arrival, both West Harrison and downtown Harrison celebrated in style.
The cocoa flowed in West Harrison as Frosty the Snowman visited with residents, young and old. Choral groups entertained the crowds in downtown Harrison, culminating in the lighting of the Christmas tree and menorah. It was great to see so many familiar faces, as these events truly celebrate the season. Both events did a wonderful job reflecting the charm and magic that the holidays should bring to each of us.
On a related note, Harrison is a wonderful place to do your holiday shopping. Locally-owned shops and restaurants offer a warm and welcoming atmosphere and it’s a great spot to get together with neighbors and friends as you get ready for the season’s celebrations. While making your way through your shopping list, be sure to drop in to local establishments and join in the festive mood.
I am happy to report that recently, there were two promotions made within the Harrison Police Department. At the Dec. 7 swearing-in ceremony in Town Hall, police officer Salvatore Rigano was promoted to the rank of detective, and Detective William Curow was promoted to the rank of sergeant. I am completely confident that both Detective Rigano and Sgt. Curow will carry out their new duties in a professional manner and will continue to be an asset to the Town/Village of Harrison.
Harrison Town Clerk Jackie Greer would like to remind residents that she has extended office hours to coincide with the town/village board meetings. The hours are from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. All services are available. These hours are in addition to the after-hour service available during the Planning Board meetings on the third Tuesday of each month. For more information, please call the Town Clerk’s Office at 670-3030.
The next “Lunch with the Mayor” will be on Friday, Dec. 11 and I will be at Michelangelo’s Pizza, Pasta & Things, located at 208 Underhill Ave. in West Harrison. I will be meeting with representatives from the Harrison Youth Council, HYC. So if you have any questions for me or for the HYC, we will be at this location from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. On Friday, Dec. 18 I will be at Rattlesnake Jack’s, located at 110 Halstead Ave., from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. I look forward to talking about issues facing our community.