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The tree is an embarrasment. This season is one of kindness, love and charity. A garbage strewn tree does not reflect the season.

In Uncategorized on December 11, 2008 at 9:29 pm

The tree is an embarrasment. This season is one of kindness, love and charity. A garbage strewn tree does not reflect the season.

And it is inappropriate for the holiday of Christmas or Hannukah or Kwansai…or anything else. I think Ms. Zusy needs to understand beauty and have some common sense in regard to when and HOW to use recycleables. There are so many wonderful things being done with recycleables. But the Ridgewood tree is not one of them. It is a disgrace. Children have to learn how to create something pleasing to the eye and to the heart when using recycleables. Creating is not just moving them from the recycle barrel to the tree!!!

Take the decorations down, NOW, and leave a beautiful lighted tree.
Another shame on Ridgewood. As a Ridgewood resident and taxpayer I stress that our council needs to be voted down and out.

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  1. I love the tree and more so because it is living and covered with kid made ornaments that reflect an affinity for the environment.

  2. & the campaign of "wilding" complainers continues…

    Let's hope the Ridgewood Police better have extra overtime planned for patroling the streets, especially near Van Neste. Families with small children, as well as elected officials, should stay away from the downtown area. It seems like the disgruntled wilders are about to go postal.

  3. I was in town tonight and the tree is not even lit! If we were going to go live, why didn’t we just use the Mt. Carmel’s live tree. Much better than ours.

  4. What happened to the red bows the tree used to have on them? Did they get rid of those too?

  5. This council is probably the most PC one we have ever had. They’re all pushing their own agendas while not consulting anyone except themselves. Typical Jersey politics. You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours. You’re witnessing group think at it’s best. We are only the voters. We do not matter.

  6. Seriously 5:42.. People just have nothing better to complain about do they?
    Author of the story, I seriously doubt tax dollars were used to make the ornaments.. You said it yourself, they were taken right from the recycle barrel.. One less heap the recycle truck needs to pick up.. Saves gas.. It’s environmentally friendly all around! lol
    What a joke..
    Oh, and art is what the person perceives, not what is painted on a canvas. If you can’t see the beauty and the symbolism of the ornaments I suggest you don’t go to or near Van Neste! Broaden your mind Author.

  7. we did not need to spend money on this.no way dude.

  8. “I love the tree and more so because it is living and covered with kid made ornaments that reflect an affinity for the environment.”

    Are you really that vacuous or are you just trying to evoke a response?

  9. After viewing the tree, I do feel it is missing something… possibly a match or well placed spark.

  10. It would have been a great tree for a pre school.

    The lights this year are different. The old ones had the more traditional Christmas colors. There must have been a sale somewhere.

  11. These attacks on Christmas tree ornaments made by our school children is the real embarassment.

    Some of the “adults” here need to grow up and STOP attacking our children!

  12. Political protest is now equated with “wilding.” How Nixonian, or is that Clintonian, that the village flacks would try to intimidate free speech with smears and intimidation.

    Outre de avec leurs têtes.

  13. 8:31
    What happens at the end of season?
    We leave the stuff on the tree to bio-degrade?

    It still needs to be carted away and recycled.

    Perhaps each school should chose one design and have the kids make that design this way the tree won’t look so messy and littered with garbage.

  14. The council should be ashamed for having kids take plastic bottles, put them on a pine tree and calling it a decorated Christmas tree.

    I think we need a bailout of our village government.

  15. “Some of the “adults” here need to grow up and STOP attacking our children!” (re: the plastic bottle ornaments) 7:06 AM

    Nice try. No one “attacked” the children. We are critical of the adults who try to brain wash kids into thinking they are doing something special by using garbage to decorate the Christmas Tree.

    Stick to the argument or don’t wight in.

  16. Perhaps the old decorations were stored in the basement of the Village Hall — I seem to remember seeing red bows and tree ornaments floating down the street during last spring’s floods…..

  17. “Outre de avec leurs têtes,” for those who do not speak the language of revolution, means: off with their heads.

  18. Our nation is in the midst of an economic collapse and two wars and the good people of Ridgewood are fighting over christmas tree ornaments?

    I think this goes to show how truly out of touch the people of this town are. If all you have to worry about is a few plastic bottles on a tree in the town square of an upper middle class community in one of the wealthiest counties in the richest nation on earth, then please be thankful that that you don’t have real problems.

    Some people have lost their jobs this year – others have lost loved ones overseas in Iraq or Afghanistan – some have seen their retirement funds cut in half in the past 3 months. So please, it would be nice to see this blog embrace discourse that is uplifting this holiday season instead if the usual complaining of Ridgewood residents who have too much time on their hands.

  19. Outre de avec leurs têtes.

    Sheesh, now even the French Ridgewoodians are on the attack.

    Apparently, it’s not “politically correct” around here to say something postive about Killian, Bolger, Meyers, Botsford, Fishbein, Brogan, Hutton, the lifeguards at Graydon Pool, the ladies at the Ridgewood library, the Village Christmas tree, et al.

    Listening to you people, one would think “Bedford Falls” had become “Pottersville”!

  20. 10:06PM No, I am not vacuous, I just don’t have the need to criticize the tree and the people who had an idea to do something different. It’s the Christmas season and I choose to be thankful rather than judgmental.

  21. We want our Christmas Tree BACK!!!!!

  22. Listening to you people, one would think “Bedford Falls” had become “Pottersville”!

    Ummm… No.
    At least Potter was a card carrying capitalist.

    Ridgewood is trying to become North Baristaville as it aspires to ultimately become Berkley East.

  23. Re: No, I am not vacuous, I just don’t have the need to criticize the tree and the people who had an idea to do something different. It’s the Christmas season and I choose to be thankful rather than judgmental.

    Do you have the need to criticize anything or are you just one big fat blob of acceptability that finds nothing offensive or important enough to comment about (especially during the Christmas season)?

    I’m sure you’d be right out there loudly finding the need to criticize the people who had an idea to do something different if the Village Council got a waiver from the state and ended all recycling in town, issuing an edict to all residents to throw their empty bottles and cans into the regular garbage. Or would you just choose to be thankful that town was still willing to pick up your garbage?

    Oh and in the “non-judgmental spirit of Christmas” I will not comment on your evident vacuity.

  24. I want to like it, but that is one ugly multifaith/tradition tree.

    Instead of trying to modify our tradition the town should include others.

    Don’t tell me that it is a new tradition. I know that the celebration of Christmas has evolved over the centuries but the town can’t just decide to modify it to their needs.

    Maybe we should have a tree lighting at Mount Carmel.

  25. Dear 2:07PM, There are a lot of things I’m willing to stand up for and give my time to. I just happen to think that complaining about the Christmas tree in such a negative fashion does nothing to enhance the holiday season.

  26. Keep the charming, hand made, recycled ornaments on the tree in your home. OK, your kids are cute.

  27. You’re complaining about a tree…

  28. You’re complaining about a tree…

    No…

    Some of us are complaing about desecrating a symbol of the birth of Jesus Christ.

    Some of us are complaining about lowering the esthetic standards of beauty that were once a hallmark of this fine village.

    This is the Ridgewood town Christmas Tree.
    This is not the Christmas Tree in the break room of the Recycling Center.
    This is not the Christmas Tree in a preschool.

  29. dont cry its going back next year.some one said they will pay for all the bills not a problem,so thats that mr you know hoo,who.

  30. Why did we change a great tradition at all??? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  31. 10:54 We didn’t turn Bedford Falls into Pottersville, our “esteemed” council did: they threw garbage on the tree, they don’t admit that this has been a major mistake, and keep acting like we’re attcking the children. We’re not. We’re attacking public employees who fall down on the job, who try to fix things that are not broken, and act superior to our “bourgeois” tastes (take that alliance francaise members :)) and insult our intelligence.

    Can’t you see that no matter what you call the stuff on the tree, it’s still garbage? and it doesn’t matter if children or adults made it, it’s garbage strung on a string or just attached to the tree. Children should not be used like that, and the idea that the council came up with this braindead idea, and then hide behind the children is cowardly.

    Frohe Weihnachten und einen Guten Rutsch!

  32. 3:46, Yes, you’re complaing about where a tree should be:
    In town. Or in town. Deal with it. There are more important things to deal with, rather than getting worked up over something that not everyone believes in…
    Where’s the Menorah?

  33. Where’s the Menorah?

    Where’s the Christmas Tree?
    I see an evergreen covered with garbage.

    Where’s the creche?

  34. Where’s the Menorah?
    ,give us back our beloved Christmas tree and for a couple of potato pancakes the Menorah is in !!!!

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