At Manhattanville College, the distinctive Ann Holladay Stone Chapel peeks out over a stone wall abutting Purchase Street. It is the oldest of three stone chapels remaining in Westchester. In 1864, Ben Holladay bought close to 1,000 acres of property in Purchase for his family home, which he called Ophir Farm. The Holladays’ home was widely admired and considered extraordinary. At his wife’s urging, Holladay built a private stone chapel for worship and quiet reflection. At one time, it served as a burial vault for the family’s remains. The chapel began to deteriorate over the ensuing decades. In 2006, Manhattanville commissioned renowned architect Maya Lin – designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. – to restore it. Lin installed a glass roof on the structure, making it a chapel like no other. If you happen to be in Purchase, visit this beautiful historic site and architectural marvel in Manhattanville’s Ohnell Environmental Park. #hiddeninharrison... See MoreSee Less
Mayoral candidate Frank Gordon caught a half hour of the Tokyo Olympics recently while enjoying a delicious lunch at NY Pizza Station, 370 Halstead Ave. in Harrison. The chicken cutlet parmigiana special, with its abundant sides of ziti, salad and garlic bread, left no room for dinner. Meanwhile, the aquatic events on screen reminded him of his grandmother’s admonition about swimming after meals: “Wait an hour or you’ll get cramps!” (A few minutes later, grandson Frank would invariably slip back into the water.) ... See MoreSee Less
Great story Frank. My siblings and I were told 2 hours when we wanted to get back into the water. I think our dad told us that so that we would sit still for 2 hours and he could take a longer break from monitoring us in the pool. -Elio 🙂
The Moving Harrison Forward team would like to recognize and celebrate a beloved politician, our congressional representative Nita Lowey. Nita retired in January after an outstanding thirty-two years of service as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Nita represented New York’s 17th Congressional District that included of a portion of Westchester County, most especially our town of Harrison.
As Election Day approaches, we think about the impact we would like to have as elected officials. Nita is the kind of politician we hope to emulate: moral, bold, principled, committed to justice and to her constituents.
Among her many accomplishments, Nita was a pioneer for women in politics. She was one of only 31 women in Congress when she was first elected in 1989 (today there are 127 women). In 2001 and 2002, Nita served as the first woman to chair the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. And in 2018, Nita became the first woman to chair the House Appropriations Committee.
Nita’s legislative achievements are almost too numerous to recount. She helped author a Congressional bill that required food manufacturers to clearly label food allergens on their products. Her hard work led to legislation instituting a blood alcohol level of .08 as the drunk driving standard for all states. She passed legislation that allowed her to procure record-high funding to clean up Long Island Sound. Nita also appeared before Congress with Sesame Street characters Bert and Ernie to support PBS funding.
Nita was an advocate for early childhood education and at every level (especially for girls around the globe), quality health care and robust biomedical research, environmental protection and women’s issues. She was an early advocate for pandemic preparedness, a proponent of gun violence protection, stricter public safety laws and national security. Nita was recognized as a key figure in the effort to rebuild New York after the tragic events of 9/11.
Nita’s public service career is best summed up by something she said as her Congressional career neared its close. When reflecting on her 32 years of service she said she was always guided by a basic principle – “when you see a problem, do something about it.”
The Moving Harrison Forward team looks forward to serving you, fixing problems in our community and pushing for positive change, just as Nita did for so many years.
Sincerely, Frank, Rachel and Adam Moving Harrison Forward
A stone monument nestled in a garden between 230 Harrison Avenue and a parking lot marks the site of the former Sterling Building. Beginning in 1914, it was home to the Town House, as the seat of town government was then known, and the headquarters of our Police Department. Starting in 1924, it also housed First National Bank. In 1977, the town seat moved to its current location, One Heineman Place, now known as Harrison Town Hall, though many still call it the Town House. After 1975, the Police Department moved to its current home at the former Pleasant Ridge School in Harrison. #hiddeninharrison... See MoreSee Less
There’s no better way to start a weekend morning than with an egg sandwich from Silver Lake Café & Grill, 17 Taylor Square, West Harrison. That and a coffee readies our mayoral candidate Frank Gordon to hit the campaign trail. Silver Lake Café & Grill rocks! ... See MoreSee Less