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Sparta Recreation Department’s First Christmas Tree Lighting and Other Holiday Events

SPARTA, NJ- The first Sparta Township Christmas tree lighting had to be held without a crowd.  The only element of the celebration that remained was the tree lighting on the front lawn of the Sparta VFW on Main Street on Thursday night.

Sparta Recreation Director Jeanne Montemarano was joined by elves Alison Deeney, Kelly Giannantonio, Janice Williams, Mayor Jerry Murphy, Deputy Mayor Christine Quinn and Mr. and Mrs. Clause.  

Plans originally included Santa in a snow globe for photos along with other activities typical for the annual Sparta Recreation Visit with Santa.  The most recent executive orders from Governor Murphy limiting indoor and outdoor crowds caused the activities to be canceled.

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According to Sparta Recreation Director Jeanne Montemarano they are expanding Santa’s ride through the community on the fire truck on the weekend of December 11 and 12, weather permitting.  In past years, Santa would take an hour to ride through town on his way to meet children and their families at Station Park. 

Additional Christmas events are being offered by the Sparta Recreation Department.

Sparta children can mail letters to Santa and Santa will mail a letter in return.  They can be sent to Sparta Recreation at 65 Main Street in Sparta.  The Recreation department staff will make sure they get to the North Pole in time for Santa to respond. They even provide stationary.

Sparta Recreation is also sponsoring a Holiday Home Decorating contest.  For the first time residents will be able to register their home for consideration. 

  • Homes must be registered by December 11
  • Between December 14 and 16 The Sparta Recreation department staff will photograph the homes that are registered.
  • On December 17 the photos will be posted on the Sparta Recreation Department Facebook page,
  • The two homes with the most “likes” will win.
  • On December 22 the winners will be announced on the Sparta Recreation Department Facebook page.

The first and second place winners will receive a prize and a sign to display on their front lawn, according to the recreation department announcement.

Montemarano said details for the Menorah lighting, scheduled for next Thursday, are also being discussed.

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Driskill hotel chef returns after stroke to light Christmas tree – News – Austin American-Statesman

For the first time in more than eight months, Nelson Toala returned to the Driskill Hotel the place he has worked as a chef for more than a decade.

Except in lieu of his chef’s uniform, Toala, 65, wore jeans, a long sleeve gray shirt, a hat and was accompanied by his wife Maria and a designated cane. The couple were honored guests Monday, as they helped continue the tradition of lighting the hotel’s Christmas tree.

The Toala family is part of the Statesman’s Season for Caring program, which helps hundreds of families each year through local nonprofit agencies. The Toala family was nominated by Meals on Wheels Central Texas.

Since 2015, the Driskill has welcomed Season For Caring families to be part of this tradition, which also includes dinner and a one-night stay, typically in the Cattle Baron suite. The Driskill also has hosted the Cookies for Caring event each year, which raises money for Season for Caring.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the hotel’s annual traditions look a little different this year. The virtual tree lighting event, which normally floods the downstairs lobby with people, is virtual, and guests and supporters will only be able to tune in online.

Cookies for Caring, which sells tins of cookies prepared by local bakeries, restaurants and hotel restaurants, will continue this year, but instead of having an event to pick up cookies, the cookies will be prepackaged in tins.

This year cookies from the Driskill, Hyatt Regency Austin, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines and Miravel Austin will fill the tins. Tins are available at driskillhotel.com for $50 and can be picked up in the hotel lobby 4-6 p.m. Dec. 17-19.

Since 2015 that event has raised $40,000 for Season for Caring.

To keep the spirit of the tree lighting tradition alive, a small group of hotel staff, Meals on Wheels staff and fellow employees joined the celebration when Toala would flip the switch.

Monday’s tree lighting was prerecorded and streamed on the Driskill’s Facebook page at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Toala has been absent from his chef job since March.

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, he was temporarily furloughed from his job, but before he could return to the kitchen he had a stroke leaving him with partial paralysis on his right side, making it difficult to walk on his own, shower or cook.

He is the primary caregiver for Maria, and now his two granddaughters Alexssandra, 10, and Isabela, 8, who live with them.

For months, Nelson Toala has been struggling to be able to provide for his family, but with the help of local organizations, like Meals on Wheels, and the love of the staff at the Driskill, they have been able to get by, Toala says.

Since May, Meals on Wheels has been able to provide the family with meals each week and also connected them with resources that have helped with mortgage and utility assistance, and other needs.

While Toala said he was humbled by the help he has received

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The Lord Baltimore Hotel gets ready for the Annual Couture Tree Competition

The Lord Baltimore Hotel gets ready for its Annual Couture Tree Competition


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THE LORD BALTIMORE HOTEL IS BRINGING BACK THE COUTURE TREE COMPETITION. YOU CAN GET INVOLVED. JOINING US WITH MORE IS LEE JOHNSON LOE, THE DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING AT THE LORD BALTIMORE. GOOD MORNING. >> GOOD MORNING, HOW ARE YOU THIS MORNING? MINDY: DOING GREAT. TELL US MORE ABOUT THE COMPETITION. WHAT’S THIS ALL ABOUT? >> YEAH, WELL, YOU KNOW, WE’RE SUPER EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO DO THE COMPETITION THIS YEAR. OBVIOUSLY, WITH COVID-19, IT’S PUT A DIFFERENT TWIST ON THINGS. THE HOTEL IS PROVIDING QUARANTINE HOUSING. NOT ABLE TO HAVE PEOPLE COME INTO THE LOBBY AREA. I DIDN’T WANT TO IS IT THIS YEAR. WE CREATED A VIRTUAL, ARTISTS OUT THERE AND EVEN PEOPLE AT HOME AND NEED DOWN TIME AND WANT TO BE CREATIVE AND PUT TOGETHER A DESIGN, THEY CAN DO SO THIS YEAR. SEND AND EMAIL TO [email protected] [email protected] BY NOVEMBER 15. SEND US A PHOTO OF THE DESIGN. YOU SUBMIT IT BY NOVEMBER 30. VOTING WILL BE ONLINE. WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON THE 15TH OF DECEMBER. WE’LL HAVE TWO WINNERS THIS YEAR. DECIDED TO GO VIRTUAL, SOME NEIGHBORS REACHED OUT AND SAID WE HAVE WINDOW DISPLAYS. WE HAVE A TEAM OF [INDISCERNIBLE] PUT A DISPLAY IN OUR WINDOW. THERE WILL BE SOME OUT THERE ON THE STREETS AS WELL. MINDY: THAT’S FANTASTIC. IS THIS OPEN TO ANYBODY? CAN ANYBODY PARTICIPATE? >> ABSOLUTELY. THAT’S THE BEAUTIFUL THING THIS YEAR. THERE’S NO LIMIT ON THE NUMBER. SO BRING ‘EM ON. EVERYBODY. >> THIS IS SO COOL. WHAT ARE THE DATES PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW ABOUT? >> SO YOU NEED TO SEND ME AN EMAIL BY NOVEMBER 15. AND THEN YOU SUBMIT YOUR DESIGN BY NOVEMBER 30. AND THEN GO ON FACEBOOK BETWEEN DECEMBER 1 AND 14 TO CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE DESIGN. THERE WILL BE TWO TOP WINNERS, ONE FOR INDIVIDUAL OR BUSINESS, AND THERE WILL ALSO BE ONE FOR NONPROFIT. $500 [INDISCERNIBLE]. MINDY: ARE THERE ANY GUIDELINES OR JUST THE SKY’S THE LIMIT WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR COUTURE DESIGN? >> THIS YEAR, THE SKY IS THE LIMIT. WE’RE NOT HOLDING ANYONE BACK WITH ANY KIND OF DESIGN RESTRI RESTRICTIONS. WE’RE LET

The Lord Baltimore Hotel gets ready for its Annual Couture Tree Competition


The Lord Baltimore Hotel is bringing back a holiday tradition this year, with the “Couture Tree Competition” and you can help get involved. Joining us to talk more about it is Lee Johnson-Lowe, the Director of Sales & Marketing at the Lord Baltimore.

The Lord Baltimore Hotel is bringing back a holiday tradition this year, with the “Couture Tree Competition” and you can help get involved. Joining us to talk more about it is Lee Johnson-Lowe, the Director of Sales & Marketing at the Lord Baltimore.

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Journey to an Airbnb tree house: An alternative pandemic vacation

When my girlfriend sent me the Airbnb listing to a tree house at the end of the summer, it looked like the perfect lil getaway amid a never-ending pandemic.

A private forest on 300 acres away from humanity? Yes please. Adorable tree house overlooking a peaceful meadow? Give it to me. S’mores by the fire? Slap it in my face.

Oh would you look at that, a pretty panoramic path.

Juggling vacation days and other commitments, we booked our first vacation together over the Halloween weekend. The countdown was on.

To keep the excitement going, we created a joint playlist on Spotify for the drive up. Having something to look forward to was a welcome change to the unending work-sleep cycle we’ve found ourselves in since work from home started in March.

A gazebo on the property you could hangout in, would make a great spot to hotbox, but Rebecca wouldn't let me.

Port Perry, Ont., can be a two-hour drive from Hamilton depending on traffic, but we were in the historic downtown after an hour and a half.

After checking out a bookstore and a few other spots around town, we got a text from the property manager that our tree house was ready.

Our little treehouse came complete with a little Halloween spirit in the form of a carved pumpkin.

Andrew met us at the main house, hopped on an ATV and led us through a series of trails to where we would spend the next few days. As the tree house emerged through the foliage, we let out an excited shriek. We had found the perfect place to unplug, get high and enjoy nature.

The air was full of blissful silence.

Once we got a rundown of how everything worked, Andrew pointed out the beginning of a hike, and with the words “follow the signs and it’s almost impossible to get lost,” he was gone.

She's beauty and she's grace, she's a pond with a bridge attached.

Rebecca and I dropped our things off on the second storey — the bathroom was on the first and the bed in the loft — and found a lovely welcome gift in the form of a bottle of wine and postcard. There was also a small stereo, loveseat and chair, kitchenette and a chest that doubled as a table. Once I set up my cannabis accoutrement, it felt like home.

Ours was the only tree house on the property, though host Frank also rents out a nearby cabin.

There was plenty of natural beauty to take in, and not just my girlfriend's face.

The property was gorgeous and once we started exploring, it was clear there was plenty to take in. Ponds dotted the area along with places to sit and reflect. The crispness of the air offered a nice balance to the pot cookie I ate before we left.

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Something about autumn gave the place an eerie feel that intensified the more we saw and the darker it got. There was a notable absence of wildlife.

The trees were really giving off an eerie autumn energy.

We came across an ominous deflated basketball in the middle of a trail. What does it mean, we wondered.

A warning from a forest dweller to turn back? Perhaps a comment on our deteriorating collective consciousness? We scanned our surroundings, but they revealed nothing. I kept my eyes open for creepy signs.

An ominous deflated basketball we came across on one of the trails. What could it mean?

Later that night we attempted a fire, but with the

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Investigation underway after police shooting involving suspect at Nanuet, Rockland County Double Tree hotel

NANUET, Rockland County (WABC) — There is a police investigation underway in Rockland County after a shooting involving a suspect at a hotel.

The incident was reported near a Double Tree Hotel on Route 59 around 5:30 p.m.

Two men were arrested amid the ongoing federal investigation involving gun charges and one gun was recovered at the scene.

One suspect is stable after being shot in the leg and shoulder.

A second suspect was detained and is in custody.

Despite initial reports the shooting involved a drug suspect, police say the arrest warrant was for gun charges.

It is unknown if the suspects fired a weapon at agents involved in the arrest.

No officers were injured in the incident.

Officials with the hotel released the following statement:

“The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Nanuet and we are cooperating fully with local authorities. The wellbeing, safety and security of our guests and Team Members are of paramount importance, and we will continue to make every effort to ensure all practice.”

The investigation is ongoing.

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My favourite tree: readers’ travel tips



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Winning tip: Isolated ash, North Yorkshire



a group of clouds in the sky: Lone star ... ash tree on the limestone pavement above Malham in the Yorkshire Dales.


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Lone star … ash tree on the limestone pavement above Malham in the Yorkshire Dales.

On the limestone pavement above Malham Cove stands a solitary ash tree. The deeply etched grooves of the weathered limestone draw your eye towards this isolated figure. In summer, butterflies and skylarks fly around its limbs, while ferns and flowers sprout from the pavement crevices where gnarled roots anchor. Less-bountiful seasons are identified by the colour, presence or absence of ash leaves. The tree becomes a perpetual reminder of time passing in this grey-washed landscape. I find comfort in the presence of this emblem of survival.

Debbie Rolls

Eight in one, Surrey

The King’s Oak on Ashtead Common is thriving. Eight thick trunks grow out of the original one, creating a cauldron in the middle. Centuries ago, commoners had rights to cut trees for wood. Learning that oak shoots are the best dessert that can be offered deer, trunks were cut high enough that new shoots would be out of bounds. This created the foundation for this magnificent tree. Viewing it gives you a link to history: many veteran oaks on the Common have grown there since Magna Carta was signed, some miles north-west. It’s impossible not to admire it.

Åsa Melander

Broomstick beech, Surrey

A favourite tree of many, and mine too, is the Witch’s Broom Tree, a huge beech on Abinger Roughs, which is owned and managed by the National Trust. I used to work for the National Trust and for a time I was the manager of Abinger Roughs. I remember speaking to a local resident who had played in the branches of this tree as a child: she said in those days it was full of bees’ nests. This tree has a spirit – children adore it, mms and dads can climb up into its canopy and venture along its branches. I added a steel cradle to support one of the branches, which continues to grow horizontally for metres. The tree has a very unusual shape: it could be 250-300 years old, and makes a magical tree for picknicking under.

Rob Hewer

Sentinel of Sycamore Gap, Northumberland

The border has moved, but I have not.

A wall once stood here, to keep out the Scots.

A lone sentry I am, just one of a kind.

Empires built walls, to that I decree.

For at Sycamore Gap, I am the tree.

Tim S

Yew with a view, Monmouthshire



a large tree in a forest: The Devil s Pulpit yew tree with its roots in a rocky outcrop


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The Devil s Pulpit yew tree with its roots in a rocky outcrop

My tree is next to the Devil’s Pulpit, a viewpoint overlooking Tintern Abbey. It’s a yew growing around rock formations, which has created a magical fantasy novel appearance – it looks as though JRR Tolkien himself created it! It’s special to me as I was first “introduced” to the tree on a post-lockdown walk with a dear friend.

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