FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 27, 2007

CONTACT: Mary Lynn Williams


County Seeks Holiday Tree Donation

Do you have a pine tree that would make a good Christmas tree for Union County? We are seeking a donation of a large pine tree for this year’s holidays.  Each year one evergreen is chosen to stand in the Courthouse Rotunda in Elizabeth during the holiday season.

“For more than 25 years the rotunda has been graced with a tree donated by a local family,” said Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski.  “The county looks forward to this annual holiday tradition.  We have received some absolutely beautiful trees in the past.”

Last year a 25-foot blue spruce was donated by Carlos Rodriquez, a North Plainfield resident.  In 2005, Robert and Marilyn Wojtech of Roselle Park donated an 18-foot blue spruce that had been in their family for almost 20 years. The Wojtechs, who are lifelong county residents, purchased two evergreens from a friend’s tree farm in the mid 1980s and placed them in their home for Christmas. Afterward, they planted them in their back yard, where the trees flourished.

“Trees are donated for various reasons. Often it is because they just get too large for the property,” Freeholder Chairwoman Kowalski continued. “Tree donation is a great opportunity to have a large tree removed and help Union County continue its holiday tradition.”

If you have a pine tree that is at least 15 feet tall and you would like to donate it to Union County, please call Chris Russo at 908-527-4240. The deadline to donate is November 16.  Once the tree is taken down, county staff will return shortly afterward to grind down the stump.