ChurchstCan the last one to leave Church Street turn the lights on? The Christmas tree on Church Street was dark last night, despite having been the star of a tree-lighting ceremony just a few days prior. What gives? Plenty of other lights around the BID were ablaze, but the main attraction was barely visible. Is there a Scrooge (insert favorite developer here) being miserly with electricity? Did the tree go dark in deference to Chanukah (no lit menorahs in sight either)? Will we need wayfinding signs to guide us to the tree during the rest of the season? Whoever pulled the plug, stick it back in. And, while you’re at it, install an ice skating rink, or at the very least, a hot chocolate concession.

Liz George is the publisher of Montclair Local.

7 replies on “Christmas Unplugged”

  1. Joe,
    Well they tried, but there was a lot of opposition from MBTPA (Montlcair Boring Tree Preservation Association). Numerous legal briefs were filed and the proper adjudication by the courts was just rendered the other day. The MBTPA lost their case, but there wasn’t time to get colored lights.
    Word is that the local chapter of the NAACL (National Association for the Advancement of Colored Lights) is filing a suit (alleging bias) against the town next week.
    There is also a coalition of former township council members and crabby shut-ins forming to prevent the planned removal of the tree in January due to the nature of the Tree’s controversial (and historic) nature.

  2. At least it’s not being referred to as a “holiday tree.”
    Yes, Our Favorite Developer(TM) has also proven to be quite the Scrooge.

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