Column: Let’s find Kooper and stay one step a-shred

At the Thursday, June 19, Town Council meeting, a public hearing will be held regarding a franchise agreement with Verizon New York, Inc. The hearing will involve the possibility of bringing FiOS cable TV to the residents of the Town/Village of Harrison. I urge all residents to attend and offer opinions on this matter.belmont

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending this year’s annual Firefighter’s Ball. It was a beautiful event and I enjoyed the lively music and warm conversation. Congratulations to the chiefs and president of the Harrison Fire Department for such a memorable evening. It was an honor to be included.

This year’s St. Anthony’s Festa took place last weekend in West Harrison. Once again, this eagerly anticipated annual event had scores of residents and visitors attending the festivities and enjoying the food, games and celebration. Food vendors supplied popular favorites including sausage and peppers, pasta and fresh cannoli. Children’s activities, music, dancing and carnival rides were enjoyed by many attendees. The event was a big success and provided a wonderful way to highlight our community’s Italian heritage.

The Westchester County Mobile Shredder is once again making its way to our community. Residents may bring confidential, personal papers for shredding to the MTA Lot—corner of Harrison and Halstead avenues—on Saturday, June 28, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents can bring up to four file size, 10x12x15, boxes of confidential papers per household. Please remove all large binder clips and covers. Papers from businesses, institutions or commercial enterprises are not acceptable and will be rejected, as will any junk mail or newspapers. In extreme weather, events may be cancelled or terminated early. Please call the county’s recycling helpline at 813-5425 to check on a cancellation or early closure.

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize this year’s Harrison Football Hall of Fame Inductees: Mario Falco, inducted posthumously, Fred Castiglia, Bill Colangelo, Sr., Bob Calandruccio, Rich Cozzi, Brian Pirone, Chris Borsari, Jay Caruso and John Stubenvoll. Membership in the Harrison Huskies Football Hall of Fame is a great accomplishment and these individuals have distinguished themselves as exemplary citizens, both on and off the field. Congratulations to all the inductees and their families.

A resident has requested I ask our community for help in finding her family’s lost dog. Kooper, an 11-month-old golden retriever, ran away last weekend after being frightened by a local fireworks display. He was last seen heading west on the Westchester Country Club grounds and may have been spotted recently in Port Chester. He has a blue leash connected to his red collar. A reward has been offered. If you see Kooper, please call 320-3730 or feel free to contact my office.

The Preston Elementary School’s Green Key Service Club recently held its annual ceremony. Congratulations to the students and their teachers for their commitment to volunteerism. The Town/Village of Harrison is fortunate to have this dedicated group and I’m happy to recognize their efforts.

In closing, I would like to bring your attention to the new plantings recently installed around town.

The Harrison Bea-utification Foundation worked diligently to spruce up these areas for the Memorial Day weekend. Mature plantings were added to perennials to give our public space a new look. Next time you are in the area, be sure to enjoy the new flower beds in West Harrison’s Taylor Square and the Daisy Garden on Halstead Avenue.

Our department of public works has also beautified the planters along Halstead Avenue in front of the Metro-North parking lot and installed flowering hanging baskets. I would like to especially thank the foundation coordinator, Denise DiBiasi and Nach Marinaccio, the park’s foreman, along with the DPW grounds personnel for providing the town with beautiful new plantings. Their efforts continue to keep Harrison looking its best.

I would like to wish all residents a happy and safe Father’s Day.

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, June 20, and I will be at Trattoria 632, located at 632 Anderson Hill Road. 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.