Watchung Rescue Squad

Watchung Rescue Squad's 27th Annual Tree of Lights Festival

The 27th Annual Tree of Lights will once again light up the Village Green this holiday season. Please join us for the festivities on Saturday, December 2nd starting at 5:30 PM. (Rain/snow date December 3rd).

The Rescue Squad is proud to illuminate the holiday tree, and thanks to Garden State Fireworks, the skies will light up with a spectacular fireworks show.  You can be part of the celebration by placing a red light on our tree in honor of or white in remembrance of a person, family, friends and others. 

The names of honorees and remembrances will be posted on the illuminated display on the Village Green in time for the ceremony for those dedications received by November 30th.  The display and our website will be continually updated throughout the holiday season.  The dedications can be seen below.

To place a light on the tree, please complete the Dedication Order Form and mail it along with your tax-deductible donation of $50.00 per light in the envelope provided.

Your contribution to the Tree of Lights is not only a symbol of your feelings of gratitude and love, but also serves to help the Watchung Volunteer Rescue Squad with major endeavors.  This year, through the generosity of the residents and businesses, the squad continues to provide high-quality, excellent Emergency Service.  Thank you in advance for your continued support and contributions.

To learn more about the Squad contact us at captain@watchungems.org or call (908) 755-1297.  For information about becoming a member, click on Join Us and email membership@watchungems.org with any questions!


Dedication information for this year's ceremony will be posted soon!

 

WATCHUNG RESCUE SQUAD TREE OF LIGHTS 2016 RECIPIENTS


2016 TREE OF LIGHTS HONORS

  • Ambinder, Lloyd
  • Arthur, David & Bill
  • Arthur, William & Annette
  • Bitenas Family
  • Borno, Rolande
  • Botts, Mr. and Mrs. L.
  • Braulke, G.
  • Caldas Family
  • Cardinal, Franchesca
  • Cardinal, Renata
  • Chudasama, Manjula
  • Cua Family
  • Cubberly Family
  • DelVento Family
  • DiGiacomo Family
  • Docarmo, Dennis
  • Doyle, Simon and Family
  • Drejka, Bill & Michele
  • Falanga Family
  • Fine Family
  • Friedman, Bruce & Jody
  • Friedrich, Joseph
  • Funk, Ed & Marie
  • Gatti, Joseph
  • Giaiano, Richard and Family
  • Goldman Family
  • Hauck Family
  • Hemsworth, Scott
  • Huska and Molitoris Families
  • Kellogg, C. Burton
  • Lewis, Thomas
  • Liu, Lori
  • Longworth Grandchildren: Laurie, Jenna, Leela & Devin
  • Manhardt, Fairfax
  • Mattiassi Family
  • McCumber-Anderten Loving Parents
  • McCumber, J & B Grandchildren
  • McDonals Whaley Family
  • Miller Family
  • Motta, John
  • Niegisch, Eleanor
  • O’Connor, Terrence
  • Petrock Family
  • Pote, Donald
  • Reale Family
  • Rebmann, Helen
  • Reddy, Rama Vijaya

  • Rybkiewicz Family
  • Santangelo, Giuseppe
  • Santaniello, Family
  • Schachter Family
  • Schlotterbeck Family
  • Scotti, Don
  • Shapiro Family
  • Sharkey, Ruth & Tom
  • Skorinko, George
  • Solazzo, Dr. Anthony & Mrs. Gina
  • Speeney Family
  • Staeger, Paul
  • Steinmetz Family
  • Stromsland Family
  • Tomasi, Jerome
  • Trabilsy, Albert
  • Trabilsy, Gloria
  • Van Milders, Martine
  • Walters, Richard & Veronica
  • Watchung Rescue Squad (3)
  • Watkins Family
  • Wunner Family
  • Zdatny Family


 2016 TREE OF LIGHTS REMEMBRANCES

  • Addario, Sam & Sugar
  • Aldrich, George F.
  • Babinski, Claudia
  • Bailey, Dot & Bob
  • Barrett, Ralph & Ruth
  • Blumberg, Sandra
  • Bennett, Capt. Gordon William
  • Bradbury, Mabel & Ed
  • Braun, Joseph C.
  • Brody, Meredith
  • Brown, Matthew
  • Brunskill, Trevor
  • Buccarelli, Sally
  • Burke, Charles R.
  • Carlough, Billy
  • Carroll, Melanie
  • Celiberti, V & A
  • Cesaez, Joseph & Katarina
  • Chalker, David
  • Cohen, Larry
  • Confort, Philip
  • DeVito, Raphael
  • DeVito, William & Yolanda
  • Diem, Fred
  • DiNardi, Rina
  • Dworak, Winnie
  • Estefan, Joseph
  • Fechtner, Jerome
  • Flood, Paul, Bruce & Wayne
  • Flower, Henry
  • Fogel, Rose
  • Funk, Ed & Marie
  • Funk, Gail
  • Gadecki, Matthew
  • Gawenda, Ursala
  • Gerome Family
  • Glasser, George & Elizabeth
  • Greves, Nancy
  • Gussis, Steve
  • Hanlon, Helene & Kenneth
  • Harding, Louis R.
  • Hess, Barbara L.
  • Hetem, Charles J.
  • Hillman, Richard
  • Hoffstetter, Lucille
  • Ianniello, Paul
  • Ingrassia, Christopher Noble
  • Juette, Frieda
  • Kania, Michael & Anne
  • Kapoor, Dr. L. D.
  • Kapoor, Prakash
  • Kauffman, Arthur & Linda
  • Kavanagh, Jack
  • Kirpaw, John
  • Kriznansky, Elaine
  • Kriznansky, Milan & Martha
  • Laible, Evan
  • Longworth, Sheila
  • Malchow, Sylvia D. (2)
  • Moszczynski, Edward
  • Murad, Tajjammal
  • Niegisch, Walt “Grampy”
  • Nunn, Carrol & Leroy
  • Nuto, Carol June
  • O’Keefe, David F.
  • Ohl, Claire
  • Penn, Jack
  • Peto, Bill & Lenny

  • Pierson, Harold & Nancylee
  • Powers, Thomas R.
  • Puleo Family
  • Ray, Dave
  • Ray, Jack & Toni
  • Reagan, Brian & Kenneth
  • Reale, Anthony
  • Rebmann, Alfred
  • Roman, Irene
  • Romano, Marie & Charles
  • Ruckriegel, Helen J.
  • Rybkiewicz, Denis
  • Scarano, Vincent
  • Schaa, Fred
  • Schaa, Paul
  • Schaefer, William G. Sr.
  • Schley, Donald
  • Schley, Mary Catherine
  • Seidel, Al & Johanna
  • Shuster, Hazel W.
  • Smith, David & Mildred
  • Smith, Ginny
  • Smith, Robert J.
  • Smith, Virginia Lee
  • The Six Million
  • Stahl, Bruno & Barbara
  • Stambaugh, Robert
  • Titus, Bill
  • Townsend, Jim & Anne
  • Veterans
  • Weber, Max P.
  • Weiss, Jack & Elaine
  • Wheeler, Dit & Wink
  • Whitting, Philip
  • Wolford, Mildred & Harry

2016 TREE OF LIGHTS BUSINESS HONORS

  • A & C Seafood Dist.
  • American Pension Corp.
  • Angelo C. Plumbing
  • Babygrand Entertainment
  • Buffalo Wild Wings of Watchung
  • Cronheim Co.
  • Garden State Fireworks
  • Kaleidoscope of Hope
  • Ovarian Cancer Foundation
  • Precision Tree Service
  • Rolf’s
  • San Remo
  • Schmiede Tree Service
  • Scott’s Green Landscaping
  • Stop and Shop
  • Tramz Hotels Group
  • Watchung Fire Department
  • Watchung PBA
  • Watchung Police Department
  • Watchung Public Works


History of the Tree of Lights and the "Original Tree Three"

Twenty-five years ago, Judie McCumber came back from a vacation on Martha's Vineyard and told the Squad she saw a great idea that we could use as a fundraiser - a Tree of Lights where residents could place a light on the tree for a donation.  She convinced then Captain, Shirley Cattabiani and Diddy Addario, President that it was worth pursuing.  Never mind that there was no Village Green or no tree in the gravel parking lot by the lake.  With Judie's persistence, Shirley's "can solve any problem" attitude and Diddy handling the town fathers for permission, a tree was brought it, set in a base and strung with lights.  The annual Tree of Lights was born.

Based on Judie's suggestion, the "original tree three" created a winter festival and fundraiser for the Rescue Squad that has become ingrained as a Watchung tradition.  The annual Tree of Lights ceremony originally took place every year on December 7th in honor of Pearl Harbor Day and in recognition of all those who lost their lives on that day and all the members of our armed forces who gave their lives fighting for our freedom.  Over time out of necessity, it was moved to the first Saturday of December.  For a donation your loved ones would be honored or remembered on the tree.  Red and white lights were placed on the tree: red in honor and white in remembrance.

Through the years, many others have kept the Tree of Lights going through their dedication and support, and we thank everyone who has participated either through their contributions in organizing and setting up the event, attending the lighting ceremony or making a donation for helping keep the tradition alive!