Opinion

A fall carnival and resistance on film

Back by popular demand, Harrison’s Elementary Enrichment Committee is hosting their third annual Fall Carnival to benefit enrichment programs at all four of our district’s elementary schools. Games, food and rides will be featured at Louis M. Klein Middle School on Friday, Sept. 22 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 23 from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 24 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. It’s always a great event, so be sure to stop by and enjoy the fun.

Excited fans celebrated the Harrison Huskies’ varsity football team last Friday, at the first varsity home game of the season. The evening was filled with energy and anticipation as the community came together to cheer on our team. Although our home team was not victorious, I am very proud of them. They played hard and fought from start to finish. I look forward to watching them progress and the season unfolds.

Next week, the Harrison Public Library will be hosting a film festival of resistance. The festival begins with a lecture on Monday, Sept. 25. Film expert Max Alvarez will explore the origins of the blacklist in Hollywood’s labor unrest and what led to its ultimate end, showing clips from films that were affected by the fear that consumed Hollywood. In the late 1940s through the early 1960s, many screenwriters, directors, and actors were victims of the Red Scare. They were rendered unemployable due to their refusal to testify before congressional committees or refusal to inform on others. Please make note of the following film screening schedule: Tuesday, Sept. 26: “Trumbo” (164 minutes, R); Wednesday, Sept. 27: “Lives of Others” (138 minutes, R); Thursday, Sept. 28: “Kill the Messenger” (112 minutes, R). All programs will start at 12:30 p.m.

This year’s Harrison Educational Foundation fundraiser will be take place on Oct. 2. The golf and tennis outing and dinner reception will be held at Brae Burn Country Club and proceeds will be used to support curriculum enrichment programs at all six Harrison schools. Funds raised by the foundation are used for special projects and programs beyond the scope of the normal school budget. For additional information, please email info@harrisoned.org or visit harrisoned.org.

Members of the Harrison Jewish Community Center will be participating in their annual walk along Union Avenue as they usher in the Jewish New Year. The walk is a ceremonial tradition reflecting the casting of sins. I would like to take this time to wish all of our Jewish residents a very Happy New Year.

In closing, I’m very pleased with the strides we have made this past year. Let’s keep our town/village moving forward. Any concerns or ideas for improvement (big or small) are always welcomed. Feel free to call my office at any time at 670-3005. I’m always eager to help and serve the needs of residents in any way I can. If you prefer, you can always send me an email at mayor@harrison-ny.gov.

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