Union County Has Chosen a Holiday Tree
White Fir from Mountainside Will Adorn Courthouse Rotunda


ELIZABETH, NJ – The Union County Courthouse in Elizabeth soon will have its new Christmas tree. A beautiful White Fir tree donated by Pat and Tony Messano of Mountainside will adorn the Courthouse Rotunda for the rest of December.

“This is a holiday tradition that many people in Union County really look forward to,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “We appreciate the donation of the tree from the Messano family and we look forward to decorating the tree and having it in the courthouse during the holiday season. It will make a great centerpiece for our Christmas sing-along on Thursday, Dec. 24th.”

For 53 years, Union County has chosen an evergreen tree to stand in the Courthouse Rotunda during the holiday season. This year’s selection is a White Fir, also known as a Concolor Fir.

“I feel proud that I planted this tree 25 years ago when it was about two feet tall,” said Mr. Messano, a retired police captain. “It’s a pretty tree and it will be nice to see it decorated in the courthouse for people to enjoy.”

On Friday, Dec. 11, a crew from the Union County Shade Tree Bureau will go to Mountainside to cut the tree and load in onto a flatbed truck. Once the tree reaches the courthouse at 2 Broad Street in Elizabeth, a crane will hoist it onto the front steps.

“Getting the tree into the building is quite an event,” said Chairman Mirabella. “It takes a skilled crew with a lot of patience.”

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

As in years past, workers will take a few days to decorate the tree, which will require about 25 strands of lights. The public is invited to view the tree from Dec. 16 until it is removed just before New Year’s Day.

The public also is invited to participate in a Christmas Eve sing-along hosted by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The event, which begins at 10:30 a.m., will feature a visit from Santa Claus, who will present gifts to all children in attendance.