HAWTHORNE, NJ - Each year, the borough of Hawthorne has rung in the holiday season with a tree lighting celebration.  Friday evening, Lafayette Avenue across from the Municipal Building was blocked off and residents gathered for a little small town fun.  This year, an ice cream truck was available offering free frozen treats.  Despite the relative cold of the evening, the truck had a long line of patrons.  In addition, chocolate, Christmas ornaments, hot drinks, and cookies were available for free for those who wished to partake, manned by Hawthorne High School students.

Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman were also on hand for pictures and holiday cheer.

The Hawthorne High School marching band played Christmas music for the crowd, followed by the Passaic County Tech-Tones choral group.  Before 7:00 p.m., Mayor Goldberg was joined by the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts to give a ten-second countdown, hit the switch, and illuminate the giant tree to herald the borough's official start of the holiday season.

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"The tree lighting which we do every year like the Santa Parade and the Memorial Day Parade are traditions that are almost Rockwellian in nature," said Councilman Bruce Bennett.  "It brings all the people together and the people love it because in today's crazy world, we don't get a small town sense of community like you can get at these events.  Hawthorne has kind of become known for that and that's why I'm so proud to be a part of it every year."

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