MADISON, NJ - The town lit up it's neighborhoods with festive lights, wreaths and holiday decorations just in time for the Madison Chamber of Commerce to announce the winners of its annual Outdoor Home Decorating Contest for 2015.

The two grand prizes were awarded to the Punolo Family, 210 Central Ave. and the Rose Family, 40 Garfield Ave.

Each grand prize winner received a $100 Chamber of Commerce gift check, a custom basket donated by Whole Foods, 222 Main St. and a gift certificate for services valued at $245 from Salvatore Minardi Salon, 8 Park Ave.

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In addition, the winners receive a certificate of acknowledgement and a yard sign for their front lawn denoting the category they won and the name of the sponsor business.

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”states Peter Daniele, of Rose City Collision, 291 Main St.  “This annual event is fun and it showcases the beauty of our neighborhoods and downtown business district”.

The following families were awarded within a theme category.  The Buzinkai family, 7 Independence Ct. won Most Elegant and the Pagliuca family, 48 Knollwood Ave. won Most Colorful.  The Smollen family, 125 Garfield Ave. won Picture Perfect.  The Zienowicz family, 152 Shunpike Rd. won Most Creative.  The Arena family, 39 Station Rd. won Best Sparkling Holiday.  The DeRosa family, 37 Pine Ave. won the Best Storybook theme.  The Nugent family, 35 Lawrence Rd. won Most Traditional and the Torrani family, 19 Highland Rd. won Home for the Holidays.  The Lein family, 24 Anthony Dr. won Most Tasteful and the Goldstein family, 22 Stonehedge Lane won Winter Wonderland. 

Each theme winner received a $25 Chamber of Commerce gift check, a certificate of acknowledgement and a yard sign to be placed on their property.

The Outdoor Home Decorating Contest is a traditional event that allows Chamber members to give back to their community and say thank you for supporting their businesses throughout the year. 

Honorable Mentions went to the Cucchiara Family, 306 Woodland Rd., the Giordano/Pinkowitz family, 21 Crestwood Dr., the Johnson family, 260 Woodland Rd., the Lajewski family, 2 Woodside Rd and the McKenna family, 44 Elm St.

Holiday decorating awards were also awarded to the following businesses:  Cramers Carpet One, 73 Main St.; Rose City Jewelers & Gemologists, 1 Waverly Pl.; Gerlach’s Jewelers, 61 Main St.; Madison Pet Shop, 26 Main St., Madison Pharmacy, 66 Main St., J& M Home & Garden, 201 Main St., Coviello Brothers, 245 Main St. and Madison Tire, 285 Main St.

The yard signs the winners place on their properties were generously supported by The Provident Bank, 98 Main St.; The Madison Pharmacy, 66 Main St.; Adams Dental, 1 Kings Rd.; Cleaners Advantage, 1-888-471-7676; Juniper Village of Chatham, 500 Southern Blvd., Chatham;  Madison PhotoPlus, 40 Main St.; Morris Animal Inn, 120 Sand Spring Rd, Morristown; New View Windows & Doors, 201-858-1511; The Law Offices of Chiarolanza & DeAngelis, 36 Main St.; Stacy Russo, CPA, 14 Main St.; Stewart-Morris Awards, Gifts & Flags, 71 Kings Rd. and Rose City Collision, 291 Main St.