City of Newburgh Lights up With Christmas Cheer
By Michael Lebron
A light snowfall dusted Newburgh’s city streets today, but it was not enough to keep a spirited crowd from gathering for some holiday cheer with the annual lighting of the city’s Christmas tree, which this year is a beautiful blue spruce.
On behalf of the city Council, Anthony Grice was on hand to welcome everyone: “It’s a little cold out but we have a lot of warm hearts here. It’s been a great occasion every year and this year is no different and we thank you all for coming out!”
The Salvation Army Band was on hand with their truck to provide free hot chocolate and apple cider, while Santa and several of his elves helped Mrs. Claus – Regina Angelo – distribute toys for the many children.
As she has for decades, Regina organized the event: “I’ve been doing this since I was appointed by Mayor Joan Shapiro and I’ve kept it going as best I can. Every year I wire the ornaments. Every ornament on this tree I wired.” She thanked the Superintendent of Public Works George Garrison and his dedicated crew for the great work they did getting the tree ready, up and decorated.
(Photos by Michael Lebron)