Column: You’re a great citizen, but control your trees

BelmontColumnIt is my pleasure to announce that nominations are currently being accepted for the Town/Village of Harrison’s 2013 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. 14, 2013, 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 Pl., Harrison, N.Y. 10528. In order to be eligible, nominations must be received no later than Sept. 3, 2013. I encourage all residents to participate in this very worthwhile event.

I am happy to announce that the Harrison Food Pantry has been awarded two grants by the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program. The first grant will be used to make bulk purchases and for a line of credit to be used at the Food Bank for Westchester. The second grant awards money for the cost of one new double-door freezer and one new single door refrigerator. 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.

As design plans for the Harrison library renovation move ahead, I am happy to report that the Javitch Foundation has kindly offered to contribute $50,000 to the Harrison Public Library Foundation in furtherance of the project’s goals. In consideration of this generous offer, the Early Childhood section of the Children’s Library will be named the Lee Javitch Early Childhood Center in honor of Lee Javitch, a long-time resident of Harrison who recently passed away. A plaque with the new name, will be exhibited upon completion of the project. It is wonderful to see community support for this undertaking and I am encouraged by these sponsorships.

I would like to take this opportunity to suggest that all residents examine the trees on their property, checking for dead or diseased limbs. During inclement weather, damaged trees can fall on homes and utility lines, causing power outages and property damage. Before storm season arrives, it would be prudent for homeowners to prune trees and trim, cut back or tie up any unhealthy offshoots. In the same fashion, please make sure to trim bushes and flowering shrubs that impede neighborhood sidewalks. Unruly plantings often cause people to walk in the street, creating a dangerous situation for motorists and pedestrians.

The next “Lunch with the Mayor” is on Friday, Aug. 9 and I will be at N.Y. Pizza Station located at 370 Halstead Ave. in downtown 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.