Column: Harrison remembers…

belmontOnce again, it was wonderful seeing friends and familiar faces at the annual Memorial Day parade and ceremony. It’s always a privilege to march in the Memorial Day parade with my fellow Town Council members and honor those who gave their lives to preserve our freedom. Service members, and their families, deserve our sincerest gratitude and I’m glad we were able to pay tribute to these courageous men and women.

On a related note, I would like to take this time to recognize the West Harrison and Purchase fire departments. Both departments recently held their annual Memorial Day ceremonies in remembrance of their members and fallen heroes. Both ceremonies were respectful and did a wonderful job honoring all Americans who have died while in service to our country.

I would like to acknowledge Harrison’s five new police officers, who recently completed their training at the Westchester County Police Academy. Many instructional hours are required and I am confident our new officers will join with the Harrison Police Department in keeping our community free from harm. I was tremendously proud of Daniel Caldarola, Joseph DeRubeis, Frank Luongo, Jonathan Mezzancello and Charles Pascale as I watched them receive their diplomas at the graduation ceremony, which took place at SUNY Purchase. Congratulations to the new officers and welcome to the force.

The Eugene J. Feely Harrison High School Student Aid Fund has recently mailed its annual appeal to the Harrison community. This fund provides college aid to eligible Harrison High School graduates. One hundred percent of all donated funds go directly to the students. Each year, several qualified and deserving students are awarded grants through the generous donation of Harrison residents. If you would like to contribute, please make checks payable to The Feely Fund and send them to The Feely Fund at 255 Union Ave., Harrison, NY 10528. For additional information, contact Lola Geiger at 939-7066.

The Recreation Department will hold swim and water safety skills lessons for four and five year olds at the West Harrison pool. The classes begin the week of June 30 and run through the week of Aug. 5. Class size is limited. For more information please call 949-5265.

In closing, I would like to recognize St. Anthony’s moving tribute to Harrison police officers. It was an honor to be at the Blue Mass, celebrated last weekend. The mass was a wonderful way to pay homage to those in uniform who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, but also to show respect to those who continue to protect and serve our community.

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on June 6 and I will be at Fuji Sushi located at 216 Harrison Ave. in downtown Harrison. On Friday, June 20, I will be at Trattoria 632, located at 632 Anderson Hill Road. I will be at these locations from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and look forward to meeting with residents and talking about issues facing our community.