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Residents, officials celebrate tree lighting at Vernon Mall

Mike Gianaris, Jimmy Van Bramer, Terri Adams and Brian Hennessy

Santa, State Sen. Mike Gianaris, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, HPCDC president Terri Adams and Capt. Brian Hennessy

Dec. 11, By Christian Murray

The sixth annual Christmas tree lighting took place on the Vernon Mall last night.

About 30 hardy souls braved the cold weather to surround Santa and local representatives as the Christmas lights were lit.

The event, put on by Terri Adams of the Hunters Point Community Development Corp., drew residents and officials such as councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, State Sen. Mike Gianaris, Captain Brian Hennessy from the 108 precinct, and members of the LIC Partnership.

Adrianna Anzalone, a local pop and opera singer, sang Christmas carols during the event.

Terri Adams thanked the local merchants and outgoing Queens Borough President Helen Marshall who helped fund the the cost of the Christmas tree as well as the lights that go down Vernon Blvd.

The HPCDC put up the lights on Vernon Blvd, between Borden Ave. through to 47th Avenue.

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