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Downtown Moorestown (Finally) Getting New Holiday Decorations

Hate the town's Christmas decorations? This should make you happy.

For anyone who’s looked at the holiday decorations on Main Street over the last several years and thought, “Ugh,” your prayers have been answered.

Township manager Scott Carew announced Monday the township has signed a contract for new decorations, which will be strung up downtown around Thanksgiving.

“This wins the award for the longest issue,” he joked. “It beats town hall by a couple years.”

Mayor John Button, liaison to the Appearance Committee, which had taken the lead on the decorations, said the current downtown ornamentations were “an accommodation to a budget constraint” back in 2006.

And ever since then, Button, as well as committee member Gina Zegel, said they’ve heard no end of complaints from people who thought the decorations weren't up to snuff. 

“I’ve had several unsolicited comments from residents on the street,” the mayor said.

Zegel said Appearance Committee members received numerous letters from townspeople letting them know the decorations were “less than fantastic.”

Button was even more blunt in his personal assessment: “They were absolutely horrible.”

The current adornments—which Zegel described as a “green, bushy thing that hangs from a lamppost”—will be replaced by much nicer-looking “swag,” essentially hanging greenery with bright lights in them. The decorations, 31 in all, will be placed on every other pole on Main Street, Zegel said, with banners strung up on the other lampposts.

Carew said the township is intentionally purchasing only half of what is needed to adorn every lamppost, with plans to purchase the other 31 next year. The first installment will cost the township $17,400.

“It’s going to look really beautiful,” Zegel said.

While perhaps not a Priority with a capital “P,” Button said the decorations are nonetheless an aesthetically significant component of what makes Moorestown special.

“It’s even a morale booster for people to see something fresh out there,” he said. “To some extent, Main Street and Camden Avenue are part of the fabric of our town and it’s sort of a signature.”

Joe Johnson September 26, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Is anyone at all surprised that Maxie is a fan of the War on Christmas? I'm not....
Black and Gold September 26, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Maxie (Ed Carilli) hates everything that the Republicans do. He used to focus all of his hatred toward Mayor Button but now that Button is no longer running he has started to project on Runyan and all of the Republicans. He has been doing this for the past two years under several names.
maxie September 26, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Why is government paying for lights on main street???? I thought that was the role of the merchants.
maxie September 26, 2012 at 02:41 PM
It is totally inappropriate for town governments to be using public money as such..... espcially when seniors are so worried about their retirements..... how many more seniors do you want to leave Moorestown???? Notice the for sale signs folks???? Why are not the merchants paying for this????
MtownLifer September 26, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Maxie, I truly want to thank you for all of your outrageous comments on the Patch. Revealing your extreme left Obama views only serves to benefit the local republican candidates over the democrat candidates. Thank you so much.
Chris Welch September 26, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Why would merchants 9 most of them probably renters) pay for decorations on public property ? Do you expect the merchants to pay for all the flags put up for Memorial Day and July 4th ?
maxie September 26, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Wait until you receive your tax hike for your $25,000,000.00 town hall fire ? I bet you will like your $4,500,000.000 toxic plastic grass.... will make you run faster.... Right????? But wait.... now we are paying for Christmas lights??? Brilliant???? Republicans --- I thought you were not suppose to be using BIG GOVERNMENT to interfere in commerce???? HA>>>>> HA>>>>>> HA>>>>>> Or, HOO....HOO.... HOOO>. which is it? Needless to say, here is another example why Republicans have lost their way in Moorstown........................... wasting taxpayer money again. I have no problem with Christmas or Christmas lights...... simply.... our taxpayer money should not be paying for them.... have the merchants or someone who wants to waste money do it....... as a taxpayers, I am opposed to using public money for such inappropriate uses.................. If that is crazy, then call it so, but I think the average Moorestown resident who sees their taxes going up year after year, would not agree.,,,, Most of the seniors are opposed to such waste of our taxpayer dollars.......
Ed Nice September 26, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Because the merchants don't own the street lights ya blow hard and the residents want the lights to be hung. It not like if we don't spend the money on the lights we credit money back to just the seniors. Get a grip Maxie, it is councils job to do what is right for the majority of the residents not just one small part of the residents. Protecting our business district, helps protect all of us from possibly higher taxes. We as a town have to spend a little to save a little!
M'town Truth September 26, 2012 at 03:06 PM
I'd like to see some effort put into the Lenola/Camden Avenue intersection as well. At least plant some trees there, for goodness sake! McDonald's got the improvement ball rolling with it's new building - now let's keep up the momentum and make the intersection a real part of Moorestown, as it should be.
Ed Nice September 26, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Maxie, it is the seniors like my parents that are complaining. I can't wait to tell them that they are getting changed. My mother will most likely have me in stitches laughing with her reaction over how long it's taken. It is town residents that have been complaining about the lamp posts and the lights from the day they were put in and decorated. You think the town shouldn't pay for it. Fine you are one voice that is obviously out numbered by the number of complaints the town has gotten over the years. That's why it is getting done!
Joe September 26, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Can we get the leftovers in good ol Lenola
Joe September 26, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Can we get the leftovers in good ol Lenola ?
Ed Nice September 26, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Truth I don't disagree! I think the issue is that other than the intersection there there really isn't much of a business district there, or so called main street like area. Something needs to be done there just not sure what or how to go about it. What ever it is, the area needs to get behind straightening it out also.
Lenola Rules September 26, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Rob, if it was mentioned that main and Camden ave were getting Christmas lights then, it appears, they are coming to Lenola as well. Camden ave is the "business district" in Lenola. Thanks to all involved with this project!
Lenola Rules September 26, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Furthermore, with Camden and lenola rd being county roads there are more regulations towards visionary ideas to help Lenola. It is a tough process.
American Civil Liberties Union September 26, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Hey Ed Nice. So, as I understand it, if say a Jewish Person, or a Muslim Person, or a Hindu Person complains like you do, can they get $30,000.00 each for the town to celebrate their religious festivals? Indeed, Moorestown is putting themselves up for another legal fight here..... isn't this religious discrimination?
M'town Truth September 26, 2012 at 07:40 PM
ACLU? Bring it.
arturo hahn September 26, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Any word regarding which township's decorating scheme Moorestown will be plagiarizing this time?
Bill September 26, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Wow, Ed NIce was responsible for getting better lights on Main St. Thanks Ed.
Ed Nice September 26, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Ahhh Lenola main street is a county rd. What's that have to do with anything?
Ed Nice September 26, 2012 at 08:13 PM
All I have to say to that is REALLY!
Ed Nice September 26, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Nope not me but I have no issue with it. I love XMAS!
Lenola Rules September 26, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Mr Nice, Main St is Not a county road between Chester and Church St. Usually, if anything in town needs to be done ESP in the r.o.w. There are more clearances from the county if the town wants something done. In Main st, that really isn't an issue except for issues with pseg.
Ed Nice September 26, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Sorry Main street known as CR 537 and is a county road. Here look it up yourself, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/County_Route_537_(New_Jersey) It runs through multiple towns which is why it is considered a county rd. It doesn't stop being a county road between Church and Chester Ave. Still not sure where your going with the whole county rd thing. there are no differences between 537 up town compared to in Lenola as far as the county is concerned. I am all for helping Lenola, my old stomping grounds, with anything we can.
Ed Nice September 26, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Ohhh and by the way even though everyone is calling the decorations xmas decorations they are really holiday decorations celebrating all the religions that fall under the dates they are hung! Always got to be someone out there trying to pour vinegar in the water!
Lenola Rules September 26, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Mr nice, whew! Roughly 20 years ago or so the township took over the "rights" on main st from Chester to church due to the town having numerous town events such as the annual Christmas parade, mtown day, and many other festivals and events, whereas, that section of the street needs to be closed off. No other county roads crisscross that section either. When we had streetscapes and other projects done we didn't need county consent, rather in Lenola we don't have the "rights" . Unless in the future?
Joe September 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM
ACLU, Merry Xmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Hanuka , Merry whatever else .... Just enjoy the nice lights for crying out loud.
I heart Mo-town September 27, 2012 at 02:43 PM
hee hee!
I heart Mo-town September 27, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Thanks for the update!
Richard Hinchman September 28, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Holiday lights are important to a commercial area to provide an inviting atmosphere for people to come here and spend money on Main Street. Successful businesses on Main Street increase the value of the properties and increased value means more tax revenue in the long term. It is the role of government to encourage postive commerce in its borders. This is not a Republican or Democrat issue. Both parties in Moorestown believe supporting its two downtown business districts. I hope the complainers on this page take the time to support local businesses in Moorestown instead of bringing negative vibes to our wonderful community.

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