It’s the most wonderful time of the year! As we travel through the various cities and towns in Connecticut, we see tastefully done holiday displays featuring Christmas trees, menorahs, and other decorations that symbolize this holiday season. Except Woodbridge. Sadly, the tree that greets visitors in the center of town remained dark this year. Ironically on Christmas day, a menorah was put up and lit, but it is barely visible.
Every year for as long as I can remember, the Christmas tree was decorated and lit by the Volunteer Fire Department, but this year they didn’t light it, nor did they inform anyone that they wouldn’t so that the town could have made alternative plans. It’s not that difficult a task.
I know the Fire Department is capable of such a simple job, since they raise thousands of dollars for their Truck or Treat Halloween event, highlighted by a fireworks display, which takes a lot of planning.
So this year Woodbridge has a massive fireworks display on Halloween lasting 30 minutes, but is not capable of lighting a Christmas tree which all residents and visitors can enjoy for the entire holiday season. That’s truly embarrassing.
It is my hope that in the future, the town will see to it that our display once again celebrates the holiday season as it should.
Matthew T. Giglietti