Gravesend lights up for Christmas! • Brooklyn Paper

Gravesend lights up for Christmas!

Christmas cheer: 10-year-old Estela Carrasco drinks hot cocoa at the Dec. 13 tree lighting in Lady Moody Square.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

Forget silver bells — it’s all about Golden lights!

State Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) illuminated a tree in Gravesend’s Lady Moody Square on Dec. 13, and invited the neighborhood to join him.

Golden aide John Quaglione said roughly 100 people came out to the triangle at the corner of Van Sicklen Street and Avenue U to see the evergreen go bright — and to watch the pep squad from David A. Boody Junior High School do a special Christmas cheer.

“It is important that Sen. Golden has these events to bring out the Christmas and holiday spirit in our community,” said Quaglione. “The tree lightings are good for our schools, our businesses, and our families.”

Golden’s team passed around sheets with lyrics to popular holiday carols, and everyone sang and drank hot chocolate. Event planner Chip Cafiero’s close friend Santa Claus also paid a visit, and gave candy canes to the kids in attendance.

There was also a collection for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Foundation, which gives playthings to less fortunate kids. Golden urged people to remember that the holiday spirit includes thinking of those who do without.

“During the Christmas season, and all year, residents of our community should join together in the Christmas spirit and exhibit good will to serve the most needy,” the recently re-elected official said. “These Christmas tree lightings will serve as occasions where all can come to embrace those values together and enjoy the warmth that this holiday brings as winter comes upon us.”

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