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Residents Celebrate 23rd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Community Center

The tree lighting rang in the holiday season with caroling, snacks, crafts and a visit from Santa.

 

Bundled up against the chilly air, a large crowd of residents gathered at the Coventry Community Center to witness the town's 23rd Christmas Tree Lighting. The tree that currently stands on the Center's lawn was moved there from an Indian Trail property in August to replace the former tree that had started to wither after nearly 22 years at the location.

Again this year, The Reminder provided caroling songbooks that were handed out with candles. The crowd surrounded the tree and joined the Pawtuxet Valley Community Chorus in singing traditional carols while counting down the minutes until the tree would be come alive with lights.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus were greeted by a swarm of children when they arrived shortly after 6 p.m. on Central Coventry Fire's ladder truck. After greeting the crowd they lit the tree that now sparkles with thousands of white lights and joined the chorus in a rendition of "Jingle Bells" before heading inside to enjoy cookies, juice, Christmas crafts and photos with the children of Coventry.

Parks and Recreation Program Director Jason Licciardi thanked the crowd for braving the cold to celebrate the beloved event, as well as The Reminder, Pawtuxet Valley Community Chorus, Central Coventry Fire District and Seascape for decorating the Community Center for Christmas.

"They can do what they want at the State House in Providence, but here in Coventry, we light a Christmas Tree," said Town Council President Gary Cote as a loud round of applause broke out. "I just wanted to thank everyone for coming out this evening and wish you all a Merry Christmas!"

Steve December 06, 2012 at 12:15 PM
The event was great. It was nice to see so many people turn out. Parks and Rec staff did a super job. Someone needs to tell town councilor McGee that there is no smoking on town properties(buildings,parks,etc.)
mad hatter December 06, 2012 at 02:22 PM
"christmas tree"?? are we at the town level keeping our sanity unlike the state and federal level by calling it what it is instead of a "holiday tree"??
Lauren Costa (Editor) December 06, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Haha, yes, it is indeed a Christmas Tree here in Coventry.
Donald Thompson December 07, 2012 at 02:18 AM
With CCFD having over a 2 million dollar deficit,was this the most efficient use of their equipment. I personally have loved the trucks with Santa since I was little, but times have changed. I am sure someone could have arranged a horse and carriage or something more fiscally responsible.
tiki 1 December 07, 2012 at 04:25 PM
haha thats nothing watch on 2-15-13 when CCFD use the fire and rescue trucks to go and pay their own personel fire and auto tax bills. your fire tax money at work!!!!!
Realistic voter December 07, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Yea, it was great for you but now that you are older screw everyone else right, It's idiots like you that bring out the worst in this town.
Realistic voter December 07, 2012 at 05:13 PM
At least they pay them!
Leave RI December 07, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Thompson It appears you would complain about cold ice cream too..this is about a Christmas Tree lighting, Santa etc..geezer bickering about a fire truck here adds nothing..so let me add something..your idea about a horse and carriage would cost between $300.00 and $2000.00..I'm not a fluids engineer but I'll bet that much was not spent in fuel and time.
Donald Thompson December 08, 2012 at 02:45 AM
I am sure someone would have volunteered a horse and carriage. We need to need to take the town and look at it as a business or 10 years down the line our children will not have a town. Our schools are in horrible physical shape, we have an unfunded pension liability, our fire deparment is in shambles, and our property taxes are rising. I am all for the events for kids, as I take my 2 to them all the time. But we need to start taking fiscal responsibility or we will end up in bankruptcy. A town is a business that needs to operate with a profit to cover unforeseen expenditures, such as school repairs and decreases in state funding. Do you realize that the total cost does not just include the cost of fuel of that one particular truck, but also the truck from another station that has to cover its calls while it is away. Using the trucks for anything other than emergencies is a waste. How about when they take the truck from Washington to Dave's Market. They couldn't walk the 100 yards. Before you start calling people idiots be informed and educated on how to successfully run a business.
Leave RI December 08, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Thompson Again you're using this Christmas Tree and Santa event to complain, complain yadda yadda. All that "sky is falling" running in circles. Who did you say was donating a horse and carriage? Was it from the office of "oh I'm sure someone"..and how much "do I not realize" was the total cost..tell me. I'm a big fan of good cup of Dunkin' a few times a day but you must drink way too much in your nervous world. Draw your blinds. Focus on your own problems. It looks like there are 4 or 5 other people here who have posted to include the Editor. Now to address your Manic and Depressive side with your below quote: ......."Before you start calling people idiots be informed and educated on how to successfully run a business." They didn't call you an idiot. Now, if that's how you feel about yourself call 401-732-5656 or go to 50 Health Ln Warwick.

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