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Garden City Park Holds Inaugural Christmas Tree Lighting

New Christmas Tree lit at shopping center on Jericho Turnpike.

Garden City Park residents enjoy the inaugural lighting of a Christmas Tree on Jericho Turnpike on Nov. 30, 2013. Photoc redit: Courtesy Residents for a More Beautiful Garden City Park
Garden City Park residents enjoy the inaugural lighting of a Christmas Tree on Jericho Turnpike on Nov. 30, 2013. Photoc redit: Courtesy Residents for a More Beautiful Garden City Park

About 100 Garden City Park residents gathered at the front of the King Kullen shopping plaza near the Citibank branch Saturday night for the inaugural lighting of a new Christmas tree specifically for area residents.

“Garden City Park has had nothing for years, this is the first, so we’ve never had anything,” said Tony Colon, the head of the Christmas decorating committee for the new civic group Residents for a More Beautiful Garden City Park.

Surrounding communities Mineola and New Hyde Park both have had long-standing tree-lighting ceremonies, but both areas are incorporated as villages with their own local municipalities.

The new association came about after some residents felt unsatisfied with the Garden City Park Civic Association and broke off.

“We felt that really nothing was getting accomplished with the old civics so we started this one,” Colon said, noting the organization wants to continue to work with other organizations.

Colon pointed to decorations for a tree that had been sitting in storage for years after being ordered for Garden City park as one of the examples.

“There’s 30 decorations sitting in the basement of the Town of North Hempstead that was purchased from a state grant for the old civic,” he said.

Colon said getting the tree lit in front of the Citibank branch was a matter of convincing the shopping center’s landlord and being self-insured that led to the tree lighting. The bank even supplied the electric power as a donation.

“Everybody’s really supportive,” Colon said. “We just want to make Garden City Park more beautiful and make it better.”

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Michele Chambers December 02, 2013 at 10:56 AM
Thank you to Eric Rudd and Tony Colon for all you did For the residents of Garden City Park, it was a beautiful night we are back on the map
Patricia LaPorta December 07, 2013 at 12:30 PM
I am proud to see people getting involved in their community. It is a shame that taxpayer dollars were allocated for decorations to sit in a basement at Town Hall. Kudos to all involved in using the decorations and also for the bank's generosity in supplying the electric.

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