Column: It’s time to choose Harrison’s best

belmontThe Harrison Police Department has recently introduced a new community alert system. The My Community Alert system will allow Harrison police officers, and other town officials, to notify Harrison residents in the event of an ongoing emergency. Text messages and emails—including photos and videos, when warranted—will be sent out to registered residents when the department believes the Harrison community should be informed of a local incident or event. Residents can register with My Community Alert at mycommunityalert.net. I encourage all residents to take advantage of this very useful new technology.

It is my pleasure to announce nominations are currently being accepted for the Town/Village of Harrison’s 2014 Citizen of the Year Award. This honor will go to a Harrison resident who consistently demonstrates a cooperative spirit and promotes, by example, leadership, community pride and philanthropy. Significant contributions and achievements will be evaluated. The award will be presented on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, at the It’s Great to Live in Harrison/Columbus Day celebration. Please send nominations to Citizen of the Year Committee, c/o Gerry Salvo, Superintendent of Recreation, 1 Heineman Place, Harrison, N.Y. 10528.

In order to be eligible, nominations must be received no later than Sept. 2, 2014. I hope all residents will participate in this very worthwhile event.

In an ongoing effort to keep Harrison looking its best, I encourage all residents to do their part in keeping Harrison a clean and beautiful community. Taking care of your surroundings doesn’t need to be overwhelming. There are many ways you can do your part in preserving an aesthetically pleasing environment. Some easy suggestions include the proper disposal of yard and household waste. This information can be found on our town’s website in the Department of Public Works’ 2013 Guide to Recycling and Solid Waste Disposal.

In closing, I am happy to announce the Harrison Food Pantry has been awarded two grants by the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program. The first grant is for a $7,000 line of credit to be used in making bulk purchases and an $800 line of credit to be used at the Food Bank for Westchester. The second grant, from the operations support section of the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program, awarded monies for the cost of one new double-door freezer.

The mission of Harrison’s Food Pantry is to address health related issues by meeting the needs of nutritionally challenged members of our community. Our food pantry operates as a client choice supermarket, allowing those in need to gain access to healthy provisions. For additional information on Harrison’s Food Pantry, please call our Community Services Department at 670-3025.