Outdoor Holiday Tree Lighting Tradition Returns on Dec. 12

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The annual holiday lighting of the municipal complex tree returns on Dec. 12.


The traditional holiday tree lighting ceremony will return to the township’s municipal complex on Dec. 12.

The ceremony, sponsored by the township recreation department, is scheduled to run from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the large tree located between the municipal building and the township library.

The event will feature music, cookies and hot cocoa.

The went will also mark the kick-off of this year’s Angel Giving Tree campaign, through which collections of non-perishable food items are made for the Franklin Township Food Bank, new baby items for community families in need, and a host of items for U.S. troops serving overseas.

The types of donations needed are:

For the Franklin Food Bank: All non-perishable food items, especially holiday items such as canned cranberry sauce, canned sweet potatoes, stuffing and canned gravy.

Baby/Toddler Items: Items such as diapers for newborns, baby wipes, baby carriers, onesies, comforters and pillows.

For our troops: Items such as international calling cards, snack foods, eye moisture drops, vitamins and all toiletries.

The tree lighting wash an annual event for many years, but issues with power forced it indoors in 2012, said township manager Bob Vornlocker. Low turnout that year resulted in its cancellation in 2013, he said.

An inquiry earlier this year by the Franklin Reporter & Advocate about the tree lighting earlier came shortly before Vornlocker was to meet with representatives from PSE&G on another matter, he said. Vornlocker said that at that meeting he brought up the power issues, and the PSE&G representatives said the area could be properly wired for the decorations.

For more information on the ceremony, download the flier, or call (732) 873-1991, Option 4.


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