NEWTOWN -- A Christmas tree less than half the size of its distinguished predecessor will be lighted Friday at Ram Pasture.

The 85-foot live spruce that was the center of the town's annual tree-lighting ceremony for 25 years fell during a March windstorm. It was replaced in September by a 35-foot live white spruce donated by Wayne and Bernadette Addessi.

The new tree, with surrounding soil, was taken from the Mount Nebo pasture where it was planted in 1985. It was moved to Ram Pasture on the back of a tractor-trailer by professionals from Growing Solutions and New England Tree Movers.

The ceremony will begin Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Elm Drive will be closed to between Route 302 (Sugar Street) and Borough Lane from 5 to 8 p.m., Newtown police said. In addition, no parking will be allowed on:

ä Elm Drive between Route 302 and Borough Lane

ä Hawley Road

ä South Main Street northbound from Borough Lane to Glover Avenue

ä Route 302 from Main Street to Elm Drive

ä The driveway off Route 302 from the Pleasance Park to the rear of the police station

Officers will direct traffic and assist pedestrians.

Contact Melissa Bruen


or (203) 731-3350.