'Official' East Providence Christmas Tree lights up at City Hall

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EAST PROVIDENCE — A hearty group gathered Friday night, Dec. 13, at City Hall Center for the first "official" East Providence Christmas Tree lighting at the city's hub in some five years.

About two dozen residents, employees and elected officials braved the bone-chilling temperatures to witness the 45-foot Evergreen Spruce tree come to life with lights. The tree was donated by the Medeiros Family from the Kent Height section of the city. Diane Medeiros helped plant the tree with her father at their home when she was just six-years-old.

Department of Public Works personnel and workers from Advance Tree Service based in neighboring Seekonk, Mass., put the behemoth into place a week prior to the lighting ceremony.

East Providence Post and eastbayri.com staff photographer Richard W. Dionne Jr. chronicled the event through pictures, a gallery of which follows below.

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