Column: These Harrison kids are something else

As we are experiencing an early snowfall, I would like to clarify that leaf collection is still in progress. Piled leaves should be left curbside for pick up. Dec. 13 was the last date in which leaves could be left in piles. After Dec. 13, leaves must be bagged. Our Highway Department is in the process of doing the final sweep of our municipal roadways and is continuing to pick up leaf piles. Any snowstorm may curtail the work detail but, once the roads have been cleared of snow and ice, leaf removal will resume.belmont

I would like to bring your attention to Harrison High School student Philip Milana. Philip has been selected to perform at the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl as a member of the All-Star Invitational Marching Band. He will be playing the tenor saxophone. This band is comprised of the country’s best high school marching band students and they will be performing in front of 75,000 fans at the Orange Bowl. Millions of people will be watching from home. Students in grades 9 through 12 are nominated by a music director who is familiar with their accomplishments. Out of approximately 1,000 applicants, 100 musicians were selected to perform at this event.

Philip was nominated by former band director Fred Pasqua and submitted two performance videos with his application. The application and videos were reviewed by the All-Star Invitational Marching Band’s board of professional musicians and band directors. Philip has been a valuable member of the Harrison High School Marching Band. He has performed in the jazz band and has had performances evaluated by the New York State School Music Association. I would like to congratulate Phillip on this achievement and wish him the best of luck with his performance in South Florida on Jan.. 3.

On a related note, I would also like to congratulate Harr-ison student David Pierroz on his recent induction into the Boy Scouts of America as an Eagle Scout of Honor. This is the highest rank attainable in the scouting organization. David did an excellent job in coordinating this year’s Harrison Spring Spruce-Up Day and I know he will be a valued member of the scouting community, and of Harrison, for years to come.

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a ribbon cutting and reception hosted by The Arc of Westchester. This organization serves individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families. Programs offered through The Arc are designed to foster independence, productivity and participation in community life. eDocNY, a document management enterprise affiliated with The Arc, has opened a local facility and has created a workplace that employs adults with disabilities. I enjoyed meeting the staff, learning more about the value of employment for people with disabilities and touring the facility.

Please take note of the following sanitation schedule. During the week of Christmas and New Year, there will be no Wednesday bulk trash pickup. Garbage and recycling during this time will be on a normal collection schedule.

I would like to take this time to wish all of you a peaceful and joyous holiday season. I would also like to thank our town personnel for the commitment and dedication they exhibit on a daily basis. It is an honor to serve as your mayor, and the Town Council and I look forward to the coming year. We will work hard and continue to make Harrison a community of distinction. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2014.