On the Ave: Holiday Wrap-Up, II

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Christmas tree winners are announced—and a few more shout-outs are given.

While you’ll be reading this after the New Year, I’m writing this just as Christmas is wrapping up, so I wanted to take this opportunity to wind up my holiday report with a few more shout-outs.

As I said in my last column, our Christmas Tree Competition, for which I’ll give the winners here, was a partnership between Main Street Vineland and the Vineland Public Schools. I already thanked Rossini Salerno, Ross Stanger, and Dr. Mary Gruccio for their work and cooperation in coordinating the schools’ participation. I also thanked the 11 schools that participated and were responsible for some very attractive trees. 

Now, it’s time to recognize the winners. Voting was done online and on paper ballots placed in ballot boxes in selected businesses on The Ave. And the winners are: 

First Place: Dr. William Mennies Elementary School

Second Place: Veterans Memorial Intermediate School 

Third Place: D’Ippolito Elementary School 

I want to not only give a shout-out to the schools and the students who decorated and placed the trees, but to all the businesses that agreed to have the Christmas trees placed in their windows to add to the festival look The Ave has had during this holiday season.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t also thank the various City departments—Police, Fire, Electric Utility, and Public Works—for their cooperation and help during the holidays and for their cooperation and help for the events that called for their services. 

I also want to thank the Main Street office staff—Robert Scarpa and Robin Barbetti—for their hours of dedicated work planning, coordinating, and working the events. The same goes to our maintenance people—Wayne Joslin and Michael Joslin.

And now comes the New Year. We have a year full of events and programs that we’re lining up for you, starting right now in January. I’ll be having more exciting news in future columns about what’s coming up. I know that you’ll be just as excited as I am.

Meanwhile, have a happy, healthy, joyous, prosperous 2018 and I’ll see you on The Ave!


Be sure to make The Ave your destination for your post-holiday shopping needs, as well as your dining, and entertainment needs all year round. Save money on gasoline, avoid the long lines at the big-box stores, malls, and shopping centers—and also enjoy the events we have on The Ave