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Lindenhurst family saves Babylon tree lighting

Pat and Tony DeAngelis of Lindenhurst donated their

Pat and Tony DeAngelis of Lindenhurst donated their 25-foot spruce tree to the Town of Babylon for the Christmas tree lighting. Credit: T.C. McCarthy

After the 60-foot tree that stood in front of Babylon Town Hall for 30 years was uprooted in the March nor’easter, officials were left searching for a replacement Christmas tree.

In stepped Pat and Tony DeAngelis, Lindenhurst residents for the last 28 years.

The family’s own 25-foot spruce tree was overgrown, with its limbs extending into their home’s power and telephone lines. The family had been looking to remove the tree from their front lawn for a year, but couldn’t find any takers. Then they learned that the town was searching for a tree, and they were all too happy to donate.

On Friday, Town of Babylon officials gave a tip of the hat to the DeAngelis family as the tree was lit in front of a crowd of hundreds.

But this will be its only tour as Babylon’s Christmas tree.

Tony DeAnglis said the tree was too overgrown to transplant from his home to Town Hall, so workers had to cut it down and prop it up in front of the building.

Meanwhile, the town plans to plant a new tree for the family in front of their home.

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