For Immediate Release: December 1, 2017
A blue spruce from the home of Miss Carol Guevarez in Linden will be donated on December 4th and featured in the Union County Courthouse Rotunda for the holiday season.
“Everyone looks forward to seeing the decorated tree in the rotunda each holiday season,” said Freeholder Christopher Hudak, a resident of Linden. “On behalf of the Board of Freeholders, I would like to thank Miss Guevarez for her donation.”
The tree stands at 40 feet tall and has a sentimental meaning for Guevarez, a paramedic for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Rahway. She said her family planted the tree 27 years ago in honor of her father.
“We planted the tree in honor of my father when he passed away,” said Guevarez. “It is a special tree and it turned out to be beautiful.”
On Monday morning, December 4th, a crew from the Union County Shade Tree Bureau will travel to Linden to cut the tree and load it onto a flatbed truck to be transported to the Union County Courthouse. A crane will lift the tree onto the courthouse steps and then it will be moved into the building.
Once inside the rotunda, the tree will be placed in a sturdy barrel stand weighed down with concrete. Workers will spend the next few days decorating the tree with many ornaments and lights.
The public is invited to view the tree, which will be on display until about the second week of January.
On Friday December 22nd, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will host a Christmas sing-along around the tree with a visit from Santa Claus. All are invited to participate in this event, details of which will be finalized over the next week.