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Community Celebration of Songs and Carols Start Christmas Season in Berkeley Heights

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A Christmas Community Celebration starts the season with song and carols. Credits: Bobbie Peer
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Westminster Presbyterian Church, The Church of the Little Flower and Voices of Praise join their talents for a night of song and carols. Credits: Bobbie Peer
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Credits: Bobbie Peer
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Credits: Bobbie Peer
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Ted Romankow, Veterans Memorial Restoration Committee Chair, thanked the community, Mayor Bob Woodruff (in attendance) and freeholders for continual support of the project. Credits: Bobbie Peer
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Rev. Diane Ruffle welcomed the crowd and provided an opening prayer. Credits: Bobbie Peer
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Church of the Little Flower Choir Credits: Bobbie Peer
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Jackie Romankow and "Believe" with Donna Boyd on piano. Credits: Bobbie Peer
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Andrew Cunningham performed "Coventry Carol" on handbells; Susan Gieser on piano. Credits: Bobbie Peer
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Annie and Lucia Hassen on violin Credits: Bobbie Peer
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Westminster Presbyterian Praise Band Credits: Bobbie Peer
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Voices of Praise Credits: Bobbie Peer
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Donna Boyd on piano performed Holiday Medley Credits: Bobbie Peer
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Westminster Presbyterian Sanctuary Choir Credits: Bobbie Peer
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Emily Shannon Conroy sang Jingle Bells with Kenneth Sack on piano. Credits: Bobbie Peer
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Luke Mariak on Piano. Credits: Bobbie Peer
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Credits: Bobbie Peer
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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ -  In what has become an annual tradition, the choirs of the Westminster Presbyterian Church (directed by Michael Goetjen), Little Flower Church (directed by Liz Maneinelli), Voices of Praise (directed by Nicholas Micchelli) and Westminster Presbyterian Praise Band, along with other local musicians joined forces for a special holiday concert Thursday night at Westminster Presbyterian Church to start the Christmas season.

This "Night of Songs and Carols,” a Christmas Community Celebration, is in its fifth year. Each year, the free will offering is donated to a charitable cause. This year the offering was donated to the lighting of the new tree at Veterans Memorial Park. In years past, the donations supported the Veterans Memorial Park restoration project and the township's Nativity Scene. 

In addition to the combined talents among the members of the music groups, the program included performances by the following local musicians: youth students of Kenneth Sack -- Nicholas Alapali, Emily Shannon Conroy and Luke Mariak; Donna Boyd, Jackie Romankow, Andrew Cunningham, Susan Gieser, Annie Hassen and Lucia Hassen.  

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The following video vignettes are sure to put people in the Christmas spirit. 

"Coventry Carol" performed by Andrew Cunningham, handbells; Susan Gieser, piano

"Candlelight Christmas Canon" by Combined Choirs; Lucia and Annie Hassen, violins, Nick Micchelli, piano

"Sing Noel" performed by Westminster Presbyterian Sanctuary Choir; Donna Boyd, piano

"Carol of the Belle" Voices in Praise

"I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" performed by Westminster Presbyterian Praise Band

"Believe" by Jackie Romankow, voice; Donna Boyd, piano

"Angels' Carol" performed by Church of the Little Flower Choir

For more information or to donate to the Memorial Park Renewal Project, make contributions payable to Memorial Park Renewal Committee, 29 Park Ave., Berkeley Heights or visit BHMemorialPark.com to donate online.

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