As a result of the recent local election, there will be a vacancy on the town board as of Jan. 1, 2016. The town board is required to fill this vacancy. If anyone is interested in being considered for this vacancy, they are urged to submit a letter of interest and a resume to: The Town Board, c/o Town of Harrison, Supervisor Ron Belmont, 1 Heineman Place, Harrison, NY 10528, or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions must be received by Monday, Nov. 30.
I would like to take this time to recognize the Interfaith Congregational Laymen’s Committee, ICLC, of Harrison. Every year, the committee extends a townwide invitation to an important celebration. This year, the Jewish Community Center of Harrison hosted an assembly that underscores the theme “Praying for Greater Unity: Different Faith Traditions.” It was a wonderful event and provided an opportunity for all attendees to recognize the richness and value in each other’s faiths. The ICLC is an interfaith fellowship of lay representatives from local congregations. For more information on ICLC, please call Lola Geiger at 939-7066.
On a related note, last week, the Senior Citizen Thanksgiving luncheons were held in both downtown and West Harrison. More than 100 guests were served turkey, mashed potatoes, dressing, vegetables and several selections of delicious pies. Many of the guests have been enjoying this annual banquet for a number of years, and look forward to it with great anticipation. Thanks to the Recreation Department for organizing the event. This feast is truly one of the highlights of my holiday season and it was wonderful to be included.
Congratulations to Keio Academy on their recent 25th anniversary celebration. It was an honor to be included as members of the Keio community, their families and friends gathered together to recognize the school’s exceptional education, which has been provided to many students over the years. The school has always been a premier establishment in our area, adding to our town slogan, “Its Great to Live in Harrison.”
The holidays are a magical time with festive occasions and memorable traditions. This year, the Town/Village of Harrison is brightening the season with a fantastic holiday event. It’s a perfect way to share the excitement of the season with family and friends.
The Holiday Happening will kick off in Ma Riis Park (across from Town Hall) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5 with a host of fun activities for the kids. Star Kidz and our elementary school choral groups will be regaling visitors with holiday music and songs. Children will be able to write a letter to Santa, decorate their own ornament, play the dreidel game and enjoy hot chocolate and baked goods. Santa will be making a special appearance and will visit with children, young and old alike. This wonderful affair will culminate with a Christmas tree and menorah lighting in the park. So, embrace the holiday by bringing your kids, your cameras and your holiday spirit because the Holiday Happening is the must-attend event of the season. It’s open to all and is free of charge. Thank you to all who participated for their generosity and hard work.
Once again, we are very fortunate to have benefited from a generous organization in our community. Every year, St. Gregory’s distributes grocery bags to their parishioners to fill in support of the Harrison Food Pantry. Recently, the Harrison Food Pantry received hundreds of bags from the St. Gregory’s food drive. Anthony Marinaccio and our Department of Public Works personnel were a big help with picking up the donation from the church. The town depends entirely on these types of donations to support the Harrison Food Pantry. This example is just one of many that demonstrate the importance of community support. Thank you to Ron and Andrea Bakay and to the St. Gregory the Great parish for their continued support.
The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is 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. If you have any questions for me or for the youth council, we will be at this location from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and look forward to talking about issues facing our community.