IRVINGTON, NJ — All hands will be on deck on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 5 p.m., at the township’s annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Gift Giveaway in D. Bilal Beasley Square, said Mayor Tony Vauss and Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs Director Donald Malloy.
“I look forward to sharing our holiday events with our Irvington community,” said Vauss on Monday, Nov. 19. “We believe in ‘One Team One Dream,’ in order to make Irvington strong, and that is our commitment to the community.”
Vauss said Thanksgiving is traditionally viewed as the start of the holiday season, but the annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony and Gift Giveaway is the township’s main holiday event. In recent years, however, Vauss has also taken it on himself to play Santa Claus and lead a caravan of gift-giving township employees and elected officials around town on Christmas Eve, delivering gifts to select good little boys and girls identified by faculty from the Irvington schools, the Irvington Neighborhood Improvement Corporation and local nonprofit groups.
“So we’re looking forward to a fruitful year,” said Vauss on Friday, Nov. 9, during the township’s annual pre-Thanksgiving Community Dinner and Turkey Giveaway at the Irvington Senior Citizen Center on Springfield Avenue. “I’m excited about the year we’ve had, whether it be public safety or redevelopment. I’m just excited about the direction the township is going.”
Malloy echoed Vauss’ sentiments.
“We’re giving all of our kids gifts and everything,” said Malloy on Monday, Nov. 19. “We’re doing events at the Public Library this year too. The township of Irvington, the Irvington Public Library, Recreation, all one event. Picture-taking at the library from 3 to 5 p.m. Immediately after, at 5 p.m., is the tree-lighting.”