Bergen Record

By Chris Harris

Those once-vibrant Christmas trees that decorated the insides of village homes in December are in February decorating curbsides — tree-cicles, frozen and poking out from thick mounds of plowed snow.

The village has been slow to pick up tossed Christmas trees along some streets this year, and officials are blaming the cold for the delay.

This season’s numerous snowfalls, according to officials, have kept the village’s Parks Department busy clearing and salting sidewalks for pedestrians.

It’s been a ripple effect: leaf collection in some parts of town by the Department of Public Works were hampered, due to early snowfalls in November, officials said.

“We have had a lot of challenges this winter, but we’re on it and will get to them all,” Mayor Paul Aronsohn said about the lingering Christmas trees sprinkled throughout town.

Residents can report trees that haven’t been picked up by calling village hall.

Trees can also be dropped off at the Graydon Pool parking lot, Aronsohn said.