December 8, 2013 at 4:10 AM
LIVINGSTON, NJ - This year, a few hundred Livingston residents attended the third annual opening ceremony and lighting of the Camuso Holiday Display and festivities, which were held near the gazebo at the Livingston High School Oval on Sat., Dec. 7.
The Cooney family, led by Tom, had the distinct honor of pulling the lever and lighting up the display for all to see. It took a few seconds for all of the lights to turn on, and while there was an audible silence when they didn’t go on immediately—once the display was a lit, attendees filed in to see their old favorites as well as new additions to the display.
“I am relieved that everything came together so smoothly,” said Cooney. “We were just out here working in the dark and in the rain the other day. There are a lot of moving parts and it takes a lot of people and a big committee to make this happen. “
Guests sipped coffee and hot chocolate and ate cookies served by the HCHY and supplied by ShopRite and Starbucks, while greeting friends and strolling around and taking in the holiday spirit. Visitors also adhered to another long-held Camuso tradition—they made donations to the Saint Barnabas Burn Foundation.
“This is a great event displaying the volunteer spirit of many individuals in town,” said Councilman Al Anthony.
Prior to gazing at the display, which was donated by the Camuso family to the township and is being maintained by the Camuso Committee, and the Livingston BID, guests enjoyed holiday dance performances by the Livingston Starliners, as well as holiday songs sung by the Living Stone Christian Church choir.
Emcee, and former Livingston Mayor, Steven Santola thanked everyone responsible for putting the display together including the Camuso Committee and Department of Public Works.
“This is our third year and it just keeps getting bigger and better every year as we continue to preserve and add to the Camuso Holiday Display,” said Santola.
Aside from the display, guests also enjoyed rides in an old-fashioned horse drawn carriage, as well as a visit from The NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee's “Join the Huddle Tour,” which is being presented by PC Richard & Son and is also sponsored by Hertz and Hertz Equipment Rental, Hess, Pfizer, Get Old.com, Snickers Brand and Weatherproof .
Attendees had their photos taken with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, which was handcrafted by Tiffany & Co. artisans, explored an authentic replica locker room, and were taped doing their best touchdown dances for an entry into the Touchdown Dance Sweepstakes. Prizes include a $500 PC Richard gift card or $50 Hess Card.
The Huddle Shuttle is the first-ever mobile tour associated with a Super Bowl and has been on the road since September bringing a taste of Super Bowl XLVIII to local NJ and NY communities. The tour will conclude with an extended stay on “Super Bowl Boulevard,” the massive, unprecedented fan event on Broadway in NYC, running from Jan. 29 through Feb. 1.
According to the NY/NJ Super Bowl website, “This will be a Super Bowl of firsts—on Feb. 2, it will be the first outdoor cold-weather Super Bowl; the first to take place in the region; the first to be hosted by two states; and the first to be jointly hosted by two teams.
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