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Woodside’s Furor over a Christmas Tree

For many Woodside residents, the neighborhood Christmas tree, which stands a little over four-feet tall, has not become a place of pride but one of shame.

“It’s so small,” said Kay Finnigan, 82, who has lived in Woodside since she was 5, as she shook her head. “That’s why people are complaining.” The only positive, she said, was that “the kids at P.S. 11 did a good job decorating it with the bows and balls.”

But Finnigan is not the only one complaining–and comparisons are often made with Sunnyside. “They get a nice Christmas tree, lights that welcome you to Sunnyside– while Woodside gets this,” said one woman in a local coffee shop.

The Woodside tree is located at Sohncke Square–across the street from St. Sebastian’s church. The tree, delivered by the Parks Department last week, has been planted on top of concrete, leaving little room for its root system to spread out. The tree’s growth will be stunted.

The Parks Dept. has assured residents that it will grow. However, people don’t know whether the growth will be in inches or feet.

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Courtney – this tree wasn’t even there last year. It was planted at the end of November. The one that was last year (and several before that) died. I think it is adorable and the decorations look great.


i completly agree.. Last Yr when i saw it i was embarased to even call it our tree. It was so tiny and basically had just twigs coming out of it. Its no comparisment to Sunnyside’s Tree but Come on.. Woodside Deserves something a little better especially right infront of our church!


Sunnyside’s holiday tree is fake and does have the light strings. Their chamber of commerce put it up and held a celebration.


If the picture below is really Sunnyside’s ‘tree’ I would rather have a real, small tree than a fake tree made of light strings. (And Sunnyside’s tree seems to be in Woodside anyway!)


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