FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 10, 2007

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
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Union County Has Chosen a Holiday Tree
“Blue Spruce Chosen for Third Straight Year”

Elizabeth, NJ – Union County will soon have its new holiday tree: a Clark evergreen. For the third straight year, a blue spruce will adorn the Courthouse Rotunda this holiday season. The 25-foot pine has been donated by Mr. and Mrs. Eitel of Clark.

For at least 50 years, Union County has chosen an evergreen to stand in the Courthouse Rotunda during the holiday season. Last year Carlos Rodriguez, a North Plainfield resident, donated a 25-foot blue spruce. In 2005, the Wojtech family of Roselle Park donated an 18-foot blue spruce.

“This is a holiday tradition that many in Union County look forward to,” said Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski. “We enjoy decorating the tree and having it in the courthouse during the holiday season. And it makes a great centerpiece for our Christmas sing-along.”

On December 10, the Union County Shade Tree Bureau will go to Clark to collect the tree. They will cut and load it onto a flatbed truck. Once the tree reaches the courthouse, a crane will hoist it onto the front steps.

“Getting the tree into the building is an event,” said Freeholder Kowalski. “Typically, 20 to 30 workers are needed to haul the tree to the top of the courthouse stairs, into the building and the rotunda. It takes some patience and skill.”

Once inside, the tree is tied with rope and lifted into a barrel stand that is weighted down with concrete. Then the process of adding lights and ornaments begins.

As in years past, workers will take about three days to decorate the tree, which will require about 25 strands of lights. The public is invited to view the tree from December 17 until it is removed just before New Year’s Day.

The public is also invited to participate in a Christmas Eve sing-along hosted by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The event, which begins at 11 a.m., will feature a visit from Santa. He will present gifts to all children in attendance.