Column: Our kids marched in the big one

Spring Spruce-Up Weekend, March 22 and 23, is fast approaching and I encourage all residents to come out in support of this very worthwhile community event. We will be cleaning our town parks, streams and roadways of garbage and debris. I welcome any suggested target areas and look forward to making Harrison shine as we head into spring. For more information, or to volunteer, please contact my office at 670-3009.belmont

Once again, I had the pleasure of marching with the Harrison High School band as they participated in New York City’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Although the weather was cold, the crowd’s excitement and enthusiasm created a warm and welcoming atmosphere. This year’s festivities included marching bands, pipe bands and bag pipes. Community organizations, cultural associations and political leaders also took part. This parade does a great job in promoting civic pride in our N.Y. metropolitan community. I am proud of our high school students for adding to this sentiment. They did an outstanding job representing Harrison and they should be commended.

There is exciting news coming from the Harrison Public Library. As the Harrison Public Library Foundation and the town work on developing a new and improved space, our library director, Galina Chernykh, and her staff have been creating ideas for new programming. The library will be offering homebound services for residents who are unable to visit the library due to disability. Patrons may call the library to have books, audio-books, or compact discs delivered to their home. Please contact the librarian at 914-835-0324 if you would like to join this program or have any questions about this service.

The Harrison Youth Council, dedicated to reducing childhood and adolescent use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs and other harmful substances through prevention and counseling, recently appointed Lloydy Berrouet as a youth and family counselor. Ms. Berrouet brings a wealth of experience to this position and has been a practicing social worker in various local and regional settings. She will assist the council in providing our community with individual, family and group counseling. For more information on Ms. Berrouet or the services offered through the Harrison Youth Council, call the HYC office at 914-835-7500.

Last week, I attended the Youth Mental Health First Aid forum hosted by Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the Department of Community Mental Health and Westchester Jewish Community Services. The forum covered a range of topics designed to help professionals, including teachers, school staff, coaches and mentors, identify warning signs of a variety of mental health issues common among young people. Enhancing awareness among these professionals will hopefully connect young people to the appropriate health care professional and resolve issues before they reach harmful levels. It was a very informative program and I was glad I was able to attend.

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending the fourth annual Savor the Flavor, a fundraiser to benefit the Harrison High School marching band and performing arts programs. The evening combined great food with wonderful music and warm conversation. It was a pleasure to see familiar faces and meet new friends all there to support a great cause. Proceeds from this event help to underwrite the costs and provide scholarships for the annual performing arts trip and performances for the 2014-2015 school year. Congratulations to the volunteers on a terrific event.

In closing, I would like to recognize the Harrison tri-county 7th grade boys basketball team. They won in the semi-finals against the Rivertowns and advanced to the finals, where they were defeated by Mt. Vernon. Congratulations to the entire team and Coach Lubowitz for a great season.

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, March 21. I will be at the café at Life Time Fitness, located at 1 Westchester Park Drive in West 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.