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Friday, December 6, 2013

Sharon celebrates 9th tree lighting tonight, her last


The popularity of red bulbs may be coming to an end.

The good Lord willing and the creek don't rise, Plainfield Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs will celebrate her ninth, and final, Holiday Tree Lighting as Mayor tonight.

The event, eagerly looked forwrd to by Plainfield youngsters of all ages, will take place on the steps of City Hall. It is an annual extravaganza with choirs, caroling, a visit from Santa (along with pictures with Santa), special guests and traditional treats of hot chocolate and cookies.

Her 9th celebration of lighting the holiday tree? But two terms only come to eight years...

Her predecessor, the late Al McWilliams, graciously offered her the opportunity of hosting the event in his final year. That class act is not expected to be repeated tonight, though impish observers suspect this is the last year the tree will be decorated with red lights for a number of years to come.

The event gets under way on City Hall steps at 6:00 PM, regardless of the weather.




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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

The red lights on the Christmas tree made City Hall look like headquarters for the red light district. I can not wait to see the white/clear lights back on the Barbra Sanford Christmas tree.

Anonymous said...

Her Last Tree lighting THATS THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL
It be even better if those BULLSHIT POLITICAL PROMOTIONS TO UNDESERVING CANDIDATES WERE DEMOTED.
I HOPE MAPP ENDS IT

Anonymous said...

For your consideration. Referring to Mayor Robinson-Briggs by her first name is disrespectful to the Office of the Mayor. In my opinion, it is one thing to disagree with or dislike or not respect the performance of an elected official, but it is another thing to disrespect the office of that official—apples and oranges. It is not Barack, it is Pres. Obama or Pres. Barack Obama. It is not Chris, it is Gov. Christie or Gov. Chris Christie. It is not Al McWilliams. It is the late-Mayor Al McWilliams. In the military, there is a saying regarding respect (paraphrased): You must show respect for the rank even though you may not respect the man/woman wearing the rank. When Mayor-elect Mapp takes office, will he be referred to as Adrian? Granted, I grew up in an America where Sir, Ma’am, Mr., or Ms./Mrs. and the aforementioned salutations were the standard when formally addressing someone; however, this show of respect for our institutions is unfortunately a dying tradition in America—a country where many children are allowed to refer to adults by their first names (respect for one’s elders?).

Again, I am old-school, but I believe my feedback to you is still relevant. You may not respect the person and that is your right, but I am politely requesting that you respect the institution. Please give this some thought. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Maybe next year, Plailnfield will have a Menorah. We are the only town around here that has none.

Perhaps Mayor Mapp truly means ONE PLAINFIELD - inclusive of all.