Column: I’m back, now let’s hear it for these vets

I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for the overwhelming support I received on Election Day. Thank you for allowing me to serve for another term as mayor/supervisor on Harrison’s town board. It has been a privilege to represent you, and I will do my best to make your priorities my priorities. As we face the challenges that lie ahead, I would like to encourage all of our residents to get involved. The town board and I will continue to do everything we can to look after the interests of all those in the Town/Village of Harrison, so please come out and support the many events that will occur over the coming years.belmont

President Eisenhower dedicated Nov. 11 as Veterans Day in 1954 and requested that all American citizens participate. Veterans Day is observed nationwide and, this year, as in every year, Harrison’s Veterans Day Parade recognized the sacrifices and contributions of all of our veterans from every branch of the armed forces. It was a wonderful display of patriotism, and I was happy to see our residents take part in this time-honored tradition.

On a related note, I had the pleasure of visiting Preston Elementary School and participating in their Veterans Day assembly. As educators, we have a responsibility to teach younger generations about veterans and their role in defending our freedom. The Preston School assembly helped students develop a greater appreciation for our veterans and it was an honor to be part of this worthwhile tribute.

Each year, our three municipal fires departments host an annual inspection and dinner. Department members and their guests gather at their respective firehouses for the event. Leading up to this important occasion, department personnel dedicate hours of hard work to examining and cleaning various apparatus, specifically the fire trucks and tools. I had the pleasure of attending all three inspections. The condition of each department’s apparatus is first rate and department personnel should be commended for their commitment and dedication. This attention to detail ensures that our fire departments will operate competently and with great efficiency when needed.

On Nov. 2 and Nov. 3, the Harrison Girl Scout community hosted their annual fall food drive at DeCicco’s Supermarket. Sixty Girl Scouts from 10 troops, ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade, participated and collected more than 15 shopping carts of groceries for the Harrison Food Pantry. The Girl Scouts will also create 16 Thanksgiving baskets, filled with all the trimmings, for the food pantry. Congratulations to the scouts and their leaders for a job well done.

Attention contractors and utility companies. Please be advised of the following street opening permit moratorium. Effective Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, issuance of street opening permits will be suspended for the winter season. In addition, all open permits will be suspended, as well. Any work in progress on an open permit must be completed by that time. This moratorium will be lifted in the spring of 2014, weather permitting. For further information, contact the DPW Office at 914-670-3100.