Column: How about these Harrison events?

belmontI would like to take this time to acknowledge Harrison Avenue School’s recent accomplishment.

Last November, the school was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School by United States Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

Congratulations to principal Valerie Hymes and the school faculty, students and staff for this impressive achievement. I was honored to attend the community-wide celebration for this
highly-distinctive award and am very proud of the education offered in our community.

The Friends of the Purchase Free Library are sponsoring an author meet-and-greet at the Purchase Library. On Thursday, April 3, at 1 p.m., Nancy DeRosa, author of “A Penny’s Worth,” will share and discuss her writing experiences and give advice on the creative writing process. I encourage residents to attend this very worthwhile event.

Ten eighth-grade boys from National Junior Honor Society have created a 5K fun run for pancreatic cancer to take place on Sunday, April 27. Residents and their families and friends are invited to join this very worthwhile fundraiser. The run begins at 9 a.m. at the Park Lane Clubhouse in West Harrison. After the run, there will be a free brunch for participants and a silent auction.

I look forward to being there and participating in this wonderful event. To sign-up for the run, visit

As part of the fourth-annual RecruitNY statewide initiative, the Harrison Fire Department will sponsor an open house showcasing the duties and responsibilities of a volunteer firefighter. Recently, many fire departments have found it challenging to recruit and retain volunteers. Like most volunteer fire departments, the Harrison Fire Department needs to fortify its emergency responder crews so it can continue to provide an optimum level of protection.

On Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.—rain date April 27—the Harrison Fire Department, located at 206 Harrison Ave., will host a recruitment drive in an effort to raise public awareness about the need for volunteers. Throughout the day, the Harrison Fire Department will conduct tours of the station and firefighter apparatus, allow visitors to try-on firefighter gear and provide activities and stations throughout the firehouse for visitors.

Following the open house, the department is hosting a pasta dinner, from 6 p.m. to midnight, to benefit the department’s scholarship fund.

Donations are as follows: $20 per person, $15 seniors, $10 children under 12, children 5 and under are free.

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a panel discussion and buffet hosted by News 12. Janine Rose, Scott McGee, Chelsea Edwards and Lisa Salvadorini were on-hand and gave a very informative presentation to local officials and municipal leaders. It was a pleasure meeting the staff, news anchors and local leaders as we discussed current events in Westchester County.

In closing, I would like to bring your attention to some upcoming spring Recreation Department activities. April 14 to 18, the Recreation Department will run a mini-camp for first through fourth grade students, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Sollazzo Center. The registration deadline is April 7.

On Saturday, April 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be egg hunts, rides and an opportunity to meet Peter Cottontail at Passidomo Park in West Harrison.

For more information on both events, call the Sollazzo Center at 670-3179 or the Mintzer Center at 949-5265.

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, April 11. I will be at Sofia’s, located at 212 Harrison Ave. in 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.