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Killion Scores Huge Victory – Live Holiday Tree Will Be Located In Van Neste Park

In Uncategorized on October 2, 2008 at 3:38 pm

Deputy Mayor Keith D. Killion has successfully lobbied his fellow Village Council members to approve the purchase and installation of two live holiday trees for the 2008 and beyond “Downtown for the Holidays” celebrations.

Two 28-foot trees will be purchased and planted sometime between October 15 and November 15. One tree will be located within Van Neste Park; the other will be planted at the top of West Ridgewood Avenue near the train station.

In response to negative feedback regarding changes to a long standing Ridgewood tradition, Killion announced that agreement was reached to leave a portion of East Ridgewood Avenue closed during the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce sponsored 2008 celebration (closure in effect between Walnut Street and Broad Street – Broad Street to remain open throughout celebration

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  1. I hope one of these is officially a “Christmas Tree”.

  2. 11:42 AM is right. Let’s stop all the nonsense and call it what it is, a CHRISTMAS TREE.

  3. Leaving Broad St. open is asking for trouble. People park in droves on the westside and walk over to the festivities. I guess being elected requires leaving your brains in a blind trust somewhere.

  4. shut the dam roads down.you are not a cop anymore.

  5. This is SO GREAT – way to go Killion! Plant a tree instead of cutting down tree after tree after tree. Fantastic plan.

  6. What’s the next tradition to get nixed? Obviously, the issue of bias didn’t stop Councilman Killion from giving preferential consideration to the police department when deciding to eliminate a much loved tradition with the Downtown for the Holidays celebration. Closing the streets and allowing for pedestrians to have free access of the downtown encouraged a true sense of community spirit, helped business thrive for the evening at many of the restaurants, and most of all provided a safe and fun environment for our seniors, our families and our children. Anyone who has attended a Downtown for the Holidays evening celebration, particularly one as beautiful as one that has occured during a snowfall, will attest to the truly special nature of the night. Our school choirs and talented orchestra groups perform on corners and inside establishments which are generous enough to open their doors for the public’s entertainment. Street vendors sell their wares to people of all ages and the streets are filled with those who wait in awe for the lights to be lit on the tree, signaling the official start of the holiday season downtown.
    Now a politician has unilaterally decided to change all of this. Why??? This decision is very short sighted and it will in no doubt negatively affect attendance and sponsorship.
    Mr. Killion needs a wake up call on this one.

  7. 7:33 PM

    Re: “shut the dam roads down.you are not a cop anymore”.

    You are so right.

    This is another case of “promoting” someone past their level of competence.

    Great cop.
    Bad Deputy Mayor (so far).

  8. I did not know that his election campaign had this issue on the front burner.

    The pedesrtian mall that we used to have was great.

  9. Did you miss this portion of the announcement?

    “In response to negative feedback regarding changes to a long standing Ridgewood tradition, Killion announced that agreement was reached to leave a portion of East Ridgewood Avenue closed during the Ridgewood Chamber of Commerce sponsored 2008 celebration (closure in effect between Walnut Street and Broad Street – Broad Street to remain open throughout celebration).”

  10. Finally someone in charge has some balls to actually get something done in Ridgewood rather then talk about it and debate it endlessly. thanks Killion.. keep up the good work…

  11. How about a little civil disobedience people?

    If a few thousand residents flood onto Broad Street during the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, Broad Street will effectively be “closed”.

  12. 8:14 AM, what will be happening at the top of East Ridgewood Avenue near the train tracks that would entice residents to flood Broad Street?

    One of the two trees is being planted in Van Neste Square. If there is a tree-lighting ceremony for that tree, it will draw the attention of residents assembled in the closed portion of East Ridgewood Avenue eastward, away from Broad Street, and toward Van Neste Square.

    The other of the two trees is being planted at the top of **West** Ridgewood Avenue (i.e., on the west side of the tracks). This would presumably entice residents to assemble on the west side of the railroad tracks, rather than on Broad Street.

  13. 10:49 AM –

    I stand corrected!

    I did not read the post closely enough.

    I would recommend minimally closing off E Ridgewood Ave from Broad to COTTAGE (although I’d prefer to have it go all the way to N. Maple)
    and also VAN NESTE SQ (Oak St), S. WALNUT and DAYTON around the Park and PROSPECT between Hudson and E Ridgewood Ave.

    (I am assuming that the Christmas Tree lighting will be in Van Neste Park.)

    BTW, thanks for pointing out my error in a civil manner!

  14. I usually always like to complain and I definitely don’t like this idea at all but I did want to point out that I was walking downtown today and noticed the corn stalks and fall decorations along Ridgewood Ave – they look great!

  15. For the amount of people who visit the tree lighting this is a horrible location. Before you could be by the Ridgewood Coffee Company and watch the tree lighting near Broad street. Having it Van Neste will constrain people to that location with tall buildings surrounding it. Half the people will not be able to see it. Also, what happens if it snows and the park is covered with snow? Yes the paths will be cleared but what will prevent people from walking in the snow on the grass portion (possibly falling). What about how kids might have the urge to throw snow around which could cover the plowed paths or injury someone?

    I agree that a planted tree is the way to go, however it didn’t seem how the logistics would work and if this is even beneficial. Judging how it is handled I may stop my long time tradition seeing the tree lighting.

  16. On West Ridgewood Ave? I guess we’ll now have two Christmas trees. One for the haves and one for the have-nots. Just remind Tiny Tim where he is supposed to show up.

  17. I think the power is going into his head.he was a good cop.but know some of the things that are going around come on. we all love you.

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