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Upcoming: Tree Lighting at Center Station

December 4, 2014

by Lindsay Moran

The annual Pine Hills tree lighting will be held in front of Center Station, at the point at Western and Madison avenues, Thursday, December 11 at 7 p.m..  The New Albany Neighborhood Association is taking the lead this year, but will continue to maintain the traditions established by the Pine Hills Neighborhood Association for more than 10 years.  In working closely together on a variety of community improvement projects year-round, members of both neighborhood associations are actively involved in the organization of this year’s ceremony.

Tree lighting planned for Thursday, Dec. 11/Lindsay Moran

“We were happy to coordinate it this year,” said Karen Phillips, a member of the New Albany Neighborhood Association and coordinator of this year’s tree lighting. “It’s great to have our community part of the holiday celebration.”

Many businesses in the area have also contributed to the success of this event.  Home Depot has donated lights, and Osborne Road Nursery has donated a tree for the second year in a row.  The neighborhood association is unable to plant a permanent tree at the police station because it would eventually grow too tall to decorate.

“Even though they’re in Colonie, they understand what we’re doing and don’t mind helping us out,” said Ptl. Joseph Acquaviva, who has also been an active involved in the event for four years.

Students from Pine Hills Elementary are scheduled to sing an array of carols during the tree lighting, as they do every year.  The school’s music teacher, Genevieve Diller, will lead the students in song.

“The community members are invited to join in the singing,” said Phillips.

The tree lighting focuses on community interaction and connection.  The event is expected to be brief because of the winter weather, but Phillips believes it is enough to provide the neighborhood with a “community-spirited event.”

A small reception will follow at Pine Hills Elementary School on North Allen Street, where there will be a pizza, salad, and beverages donated by Spinners and Price Chopper. Parking will also be provided at the school.

“This really gives people a sense of community,” said Acquaviva. “I encourage everyone to come out and celebrate with us.” -30-


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