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The following letter appears in the 3/15/12 edition of THE GAZETTE. It is in response to a handful of recent letters both in print and on a political internet site that characterize our village in the ugliest of ways. Please take the time to read: AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE HARMON BUSINESS COMMUNITY
To the Editor: There has been a lot of conversation lately about the Harmon Business District. Some of the comments made seem to unfairly disparage and mischaracterize Harmon, the business district we call home. We feel this is unwarranted and quite disheartening. The Harmon business community is especially disturbed by those using personal misfortune, such as the fire at our neighbor, Anton, to advance a political position.
Harmon is not a district of abandoned buildings, nor is it one that is ‘dilapidated’ or ‘unsightly’.
Harmon is one of Croton’s busiest commercial districts, likely due to the wide range of goods and services offered. It draws a significant amount of business traffic from outside the village, something that an ’unsightly’ or ‘abandoned’ area couldn’t possibly do. It is home to some of Croton’s longest-standing businesses. Harmon is the only district in Croton that’s produced three new businesses over the last 15 months. It is home to several service stations and an auto body shop-- the essential services they provide need no explanation. Most importantly, we are all proud to call each other neighbors, and to support each other in our various ventures.
Your Harmon Business Community: Jim Foley, Gulf; Jose Marin, Citgo; Esther Choe, Perfect 10 Nails; Abby Ratohandi, Dairy-Mart; Robert Armanini, Feed the Birds; Cynthia Eldredge, COH Veterinary Clinic; Roseann Schuyler, Kitson & Schuyler, LLP; Katie, Coco Nails & Spa; Robert Anfiteatro, Atro Collision Center Inc.; Andrew Cartella, LaMonica’s Salumeria; Gina Deleo, Croton Florist; Carmen, Carmen’s Unisex; Mayra V. Caguano, Mexigo; Frank Merano, Sonny Abbott’s