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Greenwich Avenue holiday lights in doubt after Green and Clean vote

July 27, 2018 GMT

GREENWICH — Is Greenwich looking at a dark Christmas? It could be the case after Greenwich Green and Clean announced on Thursday that it will no longer continue to provide holiday lights on Greenwich Avenue.

The lights, which were once put up by the town’s Chamber of Commerce had been taken over by Greenwich Green and Clean in recent years. But now the future of the holiday tradition is in doubt after a unanimous vote of the organization’s board of directors to install the lights.

In a statement put out Thursday afternoon, Greenwich Green and Clean said they wanted to focus their money and energy on its “primary mission” of cleaning and beautifying the town.

“We regret not providing light and cheer to our dark streets this winter,” Green & Clean said in a statement released Thursday afternoon. “However, we still have the lights and the electrical equipment. Therefore, we hope that another group will magically step up to seize the opportunity to continue the tradition by taking on the joy of lighting up Greenwich.”

Greenwich Green and Clean will continue to put up holiday baskets on Greenwich Avenue.

But while the organization will no longer put up the lights, it is still very much a possibility that another organization could step up. First Selectman Peter Tesei said on Thursday he would encourage the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce and the merchants to get involved in keeping the tradition of the lights going.

kborsuk@greenwichtime.com