The Grinch has arrived at one of the senior housing facilities in Westfield.
HallKeen Management in Norwood, Mass., owner of the property on Thomas Street, has issued a directive to the residents that we cannot have a Christmas tree in the lobby this year, as it may be offensive to some of the residents. Also, we were given a list of things that cannot be used to decorate our apartment doors.
I have lived here since 2002 and never heard any comments to indicate anyone felt offended by the Christmas decorations.
Prior to COVID, we had a trim-the-tree party and everyone donated a new toy, and the Marine Corps League of Westfield took the toys to Shriners Hospital. The last two years prior to COVID, the toys went to a shelter for abused women and children.
I realize that we cannot gather for a party, however, last year we still had a Christmas tree in the lobby.
New York City has as many different nationalities and religions as anywhere, yet every year a huge tree is erected in Rockefeller Plaza, with much publicity. Westfield always has a tree in Park Square. Why should General Shepard residents be denied a Christmas tree in the lobby?
Patricia A. Henchey