Column: These Harrison girls sure can cheer

I am happy to report the Westchester Arts Council’s Arts Alive Project recently awarded the Harrison Public Library a $1,000 grant for “Discover Japan through Music.”belmont

According to Library Director Galina Chernykh, the library will host an array of musical concerts and workshops for all ages. This is an excellent way to promote the exchange of cultural traditions. For more information, please contact the library at 914-835-0324.

On a related note, the Harrison Public Library is offering a series of wonderful concerts in February. On Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m., New York City-based Finnish singer-songwriter Paula Jaakkola will sing traditional Finnish songs and, on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m., pianist MIKA will play samba jazz, Brazilian music and bossa nova. I encourage all residents to take advantage of these wonderful opportunities.

The Department of Recreation is offering several Feb-ruary youth activities. Nerf hockey, mini day camp during the school break, girls volleyball camp and Photoshop classes are available and are sure to be a big hit.

It’s never too early to think of spring. Registration for the Harrison Little League Girls Softball and Harrison Babe Ruth League is underway. Registration deadline for girls softball is Feb, 26 and the deadline for Babe Ruth is March 2. Late fees apply. For detailed program information and applications, please visit any Harrison recreation center or the Harrison website at

I would like to take this opportunity to recognize the success of the Harrison JV and Varsity Cheerleaders. The varsity and JV squads made an impressive showing at Putnam Valley High School’s cheerleading competition on Feb. 1 with the varsity squad taking first place and the Grand Championship. The recreation girls team placed third in its division. In addition, the varsity squad recently qualified for a UCA National competition taking place this month at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Congratulations to the squads and I wish the varsity team great success at the national meet.

In closing, I have recently received a notification from the office of John Banks, vice president of government relations for Con Edison. The utility company is reminding consumers that they can spread their energy expenditures out, over a 12-month period in order to alleviate the impact of gas and electric supply costs. These costs dramatically increased in January as a result of the extremely cold temperatures affecting our region. Con Ed also recommends that customers take simple, trouble-free energy-saving steps to reduce their bills and offers payment plans and other options to assist consumers in controlling their bills. For more information, visit their website at

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, Feb. 7 and I will be at Cobblestone, located at 620 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase. On Friday, Feb. 14, I will be at Aquario, located at 141 Lake St. in West Harrison and will be joined by county Legislator Benjamin Boykin. I will be at these locations from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and look forward to meeting with residents and talking about issues facing our community.