Column: Get a library card and read up on plants

BelmontColumnI am happy to see that several improvement projects have been underway in Harrison. As I reported in the past, Metro North has restored certain sections of the train platform and the surrounding area. I have been informed that the resurfacing and painting of several catenary towers located in the municipal parking lot will be completed by Labor Day weekend. Sidewalk repaving, in front of Harrison Avenue School, is complete. Additional sidewalk paving along Harrison Avenue is still in progress and should reach completion soon. Future projects are slated, as well. Recently, I was informed that the New York State Department of Transportation will be commencing a repaving project on state-owned Route 120.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month and the Harrison library wants to make sure all Harrison residents have a library card. In the month of September, in celebration of National Library Card Sign-up Month, all new cardholders will be automatically entered into a raffle for a $10 Dunkin Donuts gift card. Five winners will be drawn from raffle entries on Oct. 1. Getting a library card is fast, easy and free. Adults must bring proof of their current address, such as a driver’s license or utility bill. Parents will need to sign the registration form on behalf of children ages 12 and younger and within minutes, a library card will be issued. I encourage all residents to take part in this event.

It is my pleasure to report that the Harrison Youth Council has appointed Anne Hohlweck to the position of office administrator. Ms. Hohlweck brings managerial experience to this position and has served in various capacities for Capital Credit Group, Mastercard International and IBM Corporation, to name a few. In her new position, Ms. Hohlweck will be responsible for all administrative functions and can be reached at the Harrison Youth Council’s office at 914-835-7500 or by email at
I would like to encourage anyone who is interested in resurrecting the Harrison Garden Club to contact my office. In years past, our town had a thriving and dynamic group of horticulturists, but, as years passed, membership declined. Sharing knowledge and a passion for floral design and garden sustainability would be a plus for our community and I welcome any comments and suggestions for renewing this worthwhile association.

As a reminder, the last “Family Fun” event will take place on Sept. 1 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Belmont Pool Complex in West Harrison. Be sure to bring your family to this highly popular event and sing-along as a DJ plays a selection of favorite tunes.
Please note the sanitation schedule change for the week of Sept. 2. Garbage and recycling normally collected on Monday, Sept. 2, will be collected on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Tuesday’s collection will be made on Wednesday, Sept. 4. There will be no bulk trash collection on Wednesday, Sept. 4.

In closing, I would like to wish all residents a very safe and restful Labor Day weekend.