Column: Harrison High rocked the mouse, and I was there

I am happy to report Harrison High School’s performing arts students had a wonderful trip to Walt belmontDisney World in Orlando. I enjoyed accompanying the students as the marching band performed in the Magic Kingdom, marching down Main Street U.S.A. The high school’s orchestra and chorus performed on stage at Epcot and the dance troupe performed in Downtown Disney. They were exemplary representatives of our community and I was not only proud of their performances, but of their conduct as well. Congratulations to all the students, teachers and chaperones for a memorable trip.

On April 1, members of the Town Council and I attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at a new downtown restaurant. Halstead’s Bar and Grill, located on Purdy Street at the former Trinity Bar and Grill location, officially opened for business this month. I’m happy to welcome new business to town and I wish them all the best.

Recently, the online magazine Business Insider ranked the richest neighborhoods in the U.S. using mean household income surveyed census data from 2006 to 2009. The 25 richest neighborhoods in New York City suburbs were featured and Harrison’s Sunny Ridge-Highfield neighborhood was entered in at number 24, 74th wealthiest area in the country. I am encouraged Harrison remains a destination for New York professionals and I appreciate those who desire a suburban lifestyle like what they see in the Town/Village of Harrison. For more information on this ranking, please visit:businessinsider.com/richest-neighborhoods-around-new-york-city-2014.

On Monday, April 21, the Harrison Youth Council, in cooperation with the Harrison Public Library, will facilitate a workshop focused on issues surrounding problem gambling and how it can seriously affect teenagers and their families. This event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Harrison Library and is free of charge. For more information, please contact Scott Altabet, executive director of HYC, at 835-7500 or info@harrisonyouth.org. We are fortunate to have this valuable resource in our community and I encourage all residents to take advantage of this very worthwhile opportunity.

As chairwoman of the Environment and Energy Committee, county Legislator Catherine Parker is planning a spring summit meeting for the elected officials in her district, as well as for citizens serving on local environmental committees. Legislator Parker is seeking to determine if any Harrison citizens are particularly interested in environmental issues. If you would like to be part of this summit, please contact my office at 670-3009.

In closing, I was honored to attend this year’s Field of Honor Ceremony at Harrison High School. The Field of Honor project gives our community the opportunity to recognize a veteran, or current member of the armed forces, by purchasing a flag that is then placed in a designated area on the high school lawn. It was a moving tribute and I was glad I was able to attend.

The next Lunch with the Mayor is on May 2 and I will be at the new Halstead’s Bar and Grill located at 7 Purdy St. in downtown Harrison. I will be at this location from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and look forward to meeting with residents and talking about issues facing our community.