Friday, November 23, 2007

Christmas Tree Lighting Nov. 30

The invitation to the annual Christmas Tree Lighting advises people to “dress for the weather,” but who knows what it will be.

It was balmy for Thanksgiving Day and in cleaning up some files, I found a Gmail page that I saved as evidence that it was 72 degrees on Jan. 6 in Plainfield. Maybe layers will work. Start with a summer outfit and bring a fleece jacket.

Inside City Hall last week, people were admiring the handiwork of Phyllis Ali, who decorates the rotunda and an indoor Christmas tree each year. The compliments ran from praising her ingenuity to appreciation for mélange of ribbons, ornaments and lights that resulted in a beautiful focus for the visitors who will come to see Santa on next Friday.

The evening will begin on the front steps of City Hall at 6 p.m. with special guests, caroling and choir performances. Children and parents will then file in for Santa visits and gifts. There will also be a light meal offered to the public. The Division of Recreation is looking for volunteers to help. Call (908) 753-3097 to sign up.
--Bernice Paglia


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