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Hundreds Brave Rain at Town Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Annual ceremony held Dec. 6 in Manhasset.

North Hempstead residents gather in Jane Davies Park for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Manhasset, Dec. 6, 2013. (Credit: TONH)
North Hempstead residents gather in Jane Davies Park for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Manhasset, Dec. 6, 2013. (Credit: TONH)
Residents and community leaders joined together last week in celebration of the annual Manhasset Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

According to a town press release, a crowd of about 250 people, including North Hempstead Supervisor-elect Judi Bosworth, enjoyed cookies and hot chocolate at the Dec. 6 event in Mary Jane Davies Park.

"I am honored for the opportunity to join with you and your family and friends to celebrate this magical season, a festive get-together that has become a North Hempstead tradition," said interim Supervisor John Riordan.

Members of the Manhasset American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars recited the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

Rev. Dr. Steven D. Pierce of the Community Reformed Church performed the blessing and the Manhasset High School Brass Choir, directed by Randy Knudsen, played traditional Christmas music.

Nancy Morris, chair of the annual holiday poster contest, handed out awards to the 21 winners ranging in age from kindergarten to sixth grade.  

The grand prize winner will be selected through a public vote which ends Dec. 30 on the Manhasset Chamber of Commerce website. The winner will be announced in early-January.

Poster contest winners include:

Kindergarten/pre-school
  1.  Maria Roditis
  2.  Julian Biederman
  3.  Kristina Theodosopoulos

First Grade
  1.  Parker Madden
  2.  Julia Weston
  3.  Sarah Weigand

Second Grade
  1.  Cathryn Weigand
  2.  Rowan Collins
  3.  Yianni Roditis

Third Grade
  1.  Sofia Giordano
  2.  Molly Skrabut
  3.  Logan Panzik

Fourth Grade
  1.  Christian Antonopoulos
  2.  Kate Kirkwood
  3.  Karkin Biederman

Fifth Grade
  1.  Riley Miller
  2.  Michael Raybetz
  3.  Rishabh Jajoo

Sixth Grade
  1.  Donna Callery
  2.  Ashley Huber
  3.  Ava Paulucci

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