Oceanport: Braving the cold, sleet, and snow approximately 100 people showed up for the annual tree lighting outside of the Oceanport Boro Hall this past Sunday. As the snow fell, children from the Maple Place and Wolf Hill Choir sang traditional holiday songs. Their voices gently warmed the air for several minutes before the Councilman Joe Irace greeted the crowd and began the tree lighting countdown with two young Oceanport girls. With oohs, ahhhs, and the chill of a steady snow fall, the crowd anxiously awaited the arrival of Santa Clause himself. However, instead of his traditional sleigh, Santa arrived in style riding on a big yellow fire truck. As children mobbed the sidewalk, Santa waved to the crowd only to be whisked away back to the firehouse where he would meet with every boy and girl who wanted to tell him what he or she wanted for Christmas.
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For about an hour or so, families enjoyed hot chocolate, cookies, and warmth as their children met with Santa to discuss and review their holiday wish lists. As the crowd wound down and went back into the cold, it was clear that no matter how bad the weather is, the Oceanport community values events like these, even if the weather does not cooperate.