The Grinch saves Christmas in Hillsborough

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Photo Courtesy of the Hillsborough Township Police Department

Remember when the Grinch cut down Hillsborough’s Christmas tree in July.

Well Hillsborough residents can rest easy. Christmas has been restored to the township. During the week of November 13, unbeknownst to the rest of the town, the Grinch pulled
up to the Municipal Complex in a landscaping truck and lowered a new tree into the spot where the original once stood. Visible beneath his grinchy green fur, was the beating of a heart that was three sizes larger than normal.

“With my new heart came a new conscience,” the Grinch told Hillsborough Mayor Shawn Lipani. “I understand now that stealing is bad and I’m sorry I disappointed all the nice people of Hillsborough. I hope that with this new tree, all is forgiven.”

Originally, the township held a contest to find a replacement tree. However, finding a tree that met all the qualifications, while not wreaking havoc on its surrounding environment, proved to be a challenge, according to officials.

“Thank you to everyone who reached out with a potential Christmas tree to share with the community,” said Mayor Lipani at the November 28th Township Committee meeting. “We’re
touched by the continued generosity of our community. And a special thank you to the
Grinch for restoring our tree and our faith in humanity.”

Photo Courtesy of the Hillsborough Township Police Department

The new tree, a Norway Spruce, was decorated as Hillsborough Township prepared for its annual tree lighting, which was held on Dec. 1. The Grinch joined in on the rainy tree lighting festivities with his new heart.