HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - It was a cold December night, but that didn't stop over 100 residents from turning out for the annual Hasbrouck Heights tree lighting ceremony at the circle Tuesday night.
Despite temperatures in the low 40's and a cold breeze, approximately 100 residents gathered at the circle for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree. This year's event was markedly different as it wasn't held in conjunction with the Hasbrouck Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce's Holiday Parade, held on the day after Thanksgiving. The organizers canceled the event out of an abundance of caution due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayor Jack DeLorenzo noted the difference in this year's event.
"I know that it's different than we've done in the past," the Mayor said. "I know that 2020 has been a crazy year for all of us. I know that we couldn't have our holiday parade, as a Hasbrouck Heights tradition, which we've done for many, many years."
"But I thought it was important, and I want to thank the Council for their support, to try to have some kind of ceremony to kick off the holiday season," DeLorenzo continued. "As we know, this is a special time of year, and I hope that you all can find peace and love at this time, and spend whatever time safely with your families."
He thanked the Hasbrouck Heights DPW, Police Department, and Fire Department "for putting this together at the last moment."
DeLorenzo lead the crowd in a countdown to the lighting of the trees. After the event, the newly light scene served as a festive backdrop as people posed for photos with friends and families.
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