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Village of Mineola Tree Lighting 2011

This year’s holiday tree lighting ceremony was held on Friday Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Village of Mineola Community Center at Village Hall located at 155 Washington Avenue.

The annual holiday event included seasonal music featuring the Chaminade H.S. band, light refreshments, and a special visit from a certain North Pole resident. As an added feature, this year’s lighting featured vocal selections from 9-year old Benjamin J. Truncale III in his first Mineola public performance.

Mineola’s tree was planted in 2007 when it was also the first village to “go green” by replacing its old incandescent holiday light bulbs with newer, energy efficient light-emitting diodes, or LED’s, which consume nearly 75 percent less electricity than older style light bulbs.  The tree is also environmentally friendly because, unlike many urban municipalities that use cut trees, Mineola planted a living, sustainable tree in keeping with its suburban character.

All residents were invited to gather outside Village Hall for the lighting festivities and to come together afterwards inside the Community Center for light refreshments.