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Harrison Firefighter Dishes Out Win In TV Cooking Contest, Mayor Says

Food blogger and Harrison firefighter A.J. Fusco, shown cooking up a storm, came away a winner from a recent Food Network competition, according to Harrison Mayor Ron Belmont. Photo Credit: Fork and Hose/Facebook
Harrison Mayor Ron Belmont Photo Credit: File photo

HARRISON, N.Y. -- The following is a weekly column submitted by Harrison Mayor/Supervisor Ron Belmont:

I would like to take this time to recognize Harrison resident and firefighter A.J. Fusco for his successful participation on Guy Fieri’s Food Network challenge.

Recently, several regional firefighters competed for a cash prize by submitting their culinary creations.

The entries -- focusing on a small catch, a healthy lunch and a spicy dish -- were judged Fieri. Fusco won the final round.

Congratulations for a job well done.

(Fusco, who got into cooking healthier as a way of staying in shape, writes a blog called “Fork and Hose” that showcases his food, fitness advice and dishes from other firefighters.)

West Harrison junior firefighters Thomas Alvarado, Henry Alvarado, John Markowitz and Dan Umbro got to participate in the Putnam County Fire Explorer Weekend Competition held at the county fire training center.

The group won first place in three categories and second place overall.

The West Harrison Juniors did an outstanding job.

Congratulations to all our competitors, their mentor, Rocco Umbro; and group adviser John Markowitz.

Meanwhile, the Harrison Recreation Day Camp has finished this year’s summer session with a wonderful song and dance show.

The stage production is held at the end of the season and is always entertaining.

Congratulations to the campers, counselors and mentors for treating the audience to a fantastic time.

Our Community Services Department continues to serve Harrison residents in many ways.

In June, it was awarded an $8,500 grant from the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program to purchase food through the Food Bank for Westchester.

This grant will help feed seniors who face rising food prices but remain on fixed incomes.

The department also helps seniors schedule trips to the doctor or supermarket.

Its “Senior Safety Check” program, run in collaboration with Harrison police, continues to ensure the well-being of seniors who live alone.

For more information on the department, call (914) 670-3025.

The Recreation Department is now accepting applications for fall athletic programs.

Registration for the Boys and Girls Junior Soccer League , for second through eighth graders, is ongoing. Mandatory practice begins Saturday, Sept. 17.

The Youth Football Program , for boys in third through sixth grades, is holding its first practice from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 7.

Games begin in late September and are played at the West Harrison Park.

For more information, call (914)- 670-3039.

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