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Think New London's Christmas Tree Could Use Some Sprucing Up?

New London residents are invited to trim the city's tree—and donate to Toys for Tots—on Saturday.

New London's tree is lit. Now it's time to decorate it. Credit: Jayne Keedle
New London's tree is lit. Now it's time to decorate it. Credit: Jayne Keedle

A Press Release From City Hall

On Saturday, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., all residents in New London are invited to help trim and decorate the City Christmas tree

This event came out of concerns raised at a City Council meeting, an article in The Day newspaper, as well as a grassroots effort on social media to help spruce up the City’s Christmas tree. The coordination from the City will allow for there to be a reduced risk of liability to the City while allowing residents to have an impact on how their tree looks.

In addition to the “Trim the Tree” event, the New London Fire Department will be holding a toy drive for Toys for Tots.

“The New London Fire Department has always believed in community service and we are honored to help bring toys to children in need during this great community event,” said New London Fire Chief Henry Kydd.

There will also be extra lights donated by City Center District for use, there is no need for any resident to donate lights or any kind of garland for the tree. Residents are encouraged to donate outdoor weather-friendly ornaments that can be used to decorate the tree, or are encouraged to bring a toy for donation to the Toys for Tots program.

“After hearing concerns from City residents and seeing their efforts to organize this event, I wanted to put the full backing of the City behind the endeavor so that this event can be done in a safe and coordinated way,” said Mayor Finizio.

“I want to thank the family that donated the tree and I look forward to joining City residents on Saturday to help make this tree something the entire City can be proud of,” concluded Mayor Finizio. 

William Desmond December 13, 2013 at 07:11 AM
The mayor had no choice after the grass roots efforts of community members. This is a result of community involvement not a result of any care or concern by the mayor or administration. Thanks to the Day for getting the ball moving. The mayor and administration may be coming around to realizing that they need to get out of the way and on board or rolled over as the ball gets rolling by the community. Good job to the folks that kick started this effort. Take back your city!
J. Scagnetti December 13, 2013 at 03:17 PM
So somebody had to be told that you're supposed to decorate a christmas tree? I noticed on my way outta town that there was nothing on it but lights, i assumed they were putting them on later. I'm rapidly losing faith that nothing can go right in this city.
Jayne deaux December 14, 2013 at 10:27 PM
I put my balls on it today!!so cold!:)

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