The annual Christmas Spectacular hosted by the Indian Business Association (IBA) in Woodbridge this evening was a grand success. Over 1,000 children attended the event with their parents or grandparents. Many dressed in festive outfits, waited eagerly for the doors to open at 5:30 PM. All of them received free toys and gifts. Their joy knew no bounds when Santa walked in. Many smiled happily while taking pictures with Santa. This was followed by a magic show, which they watched with great curiosity. There was live holiday music, and children danced to the music with their parents. They also had opportunity for their pictures taken at photo booth.
Many elected officials graced the event. This included Assembly Members Robert Karabinchak and Nancy Pinkin, the Mayor of Metuchen Jonathan Busch, Edison Council Vice President Ajay Patil and Councilman Sam Joshi. It also included Council-Elect Joyce Free-Shipman and Richard Brescher, who is currently a Board of Education member in Edison. Other members of Edison Board of Education, who attended the event, included Vice President Ralph Errico, Falguni Patel, and Elizabeth Conway. Board of Education-Elect Carol Bodofsky and Shivi Prasad-Madhukar also attended the event. Woodbridge Board of Education members Akshar Sidana and Sue Bourdin, and South Brunswick Board of Education member Joyce Mehta attended as well.
Earlier in the day, the Mayors of the three neighboring towns - Edison(Mayor Tom Lankey), Woodbridge(Mayor John Mccormac) and Metuchen(Mayor Jonathan Busch) - participated in the tree lighting ceremony at the Presbyterian Church on Oak Tree Road as a part of this event which included IBA Executive Team, Padmashree Dr. HR Shah and some other Community Leaders.