WEST CALDWELL, NJ - While a tree may—or may not—grow in Brooklyn, one thing is for sure, a special one is currently growing alongside Bloomfield Avenue, at Crane Park in West Caldwell.

For many, many years, during the township's Christmas/winter holiday celebrations at the Crane Park gazebo, a cut down Christmas tree was lighted after a countdown by Santa and others.

This year, however, all eyes looked south from the Gazebo toward Bloomfield Avenue, where a moderately-sized, but well-adorned, living, growing West Caldwell Christmas Tree made its happy debut, as Santa, Polka Dot, WC Councilman Joe Cecere and DJ Joe Garamella, a member of the James Caldwell High Class of 1980, led the cheers from an assembled crowd of about 200.

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“This is the first time we've had a real, permanent Christmas Tree and we just couldn't be any happier,” said Caldwell/West Caldwell assistant Recreation Director Tom Edwards, a former three-sport JCHS standout as a member of the Class of 2003 and former pro baseball player.

“It's a Norway Spruce and was planted by Landpros a few years ago; we were just waiting for it to be big enough to really decorate well and, finally, we figured this year was the time,” he said.

“My hope is that, as the years go along and the tree continues to grow, families will measure their own growth each year by seeing their loved ones enjoy the tree and by taking pictures of the kids in front of the tree each year and seeing how the tree and their kids have grown each holiday season,” he said.

Photos by W. L. Bill Allen, Jr.