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Centre Street Decorated with Wreaths Thanks to Coppinger and IBEW Local 103

State Rep. Ed Coppinger and Leader Bank donated 90 wreaths to decorate the West Roxbury business district.


The majority of drivers honking at a cherrypicker truck delaying Centre Street traffic on Thursday night were supporting the truck's efforts. Dressed as Santa, Keith Barry, was putting up 90 holiday wreaths on Centre Street, and using his Local IBEW 103 truck to help out.

The 90 wreaths were donated to the West Roxbury business district by , D-West Roxbury, and Leader Bank, which Coppinger works for, too.

"What happened is we got calls last week and saw on Facebook - why isn’t Centre Street decorated?," said Coppinger, adding that many senior citizens broached the topic at an Ethos meeting last week, too. 

In recent years,  put up snowflake decorations, but those were no longer usable this holiday season.

Driving the truck was Joe Castellano, whose son, Anthony, 13, was helping on the back of the slow-moving truck with Mark McKeown, who handed wreaths to Barry.

Local IBEW 101 donated the cherrypicker truck for the Thursday night project, and Barry donated his time, too.

"The biggest thing is you go to a mall and it feels like Christmas. You want people to shop locally and you don’t get that feel (when there aren't any holiday decorations)," said Coppinger. "We want people to shop locally. What I’d like to do is work with Main Streets and business community to get it started early and remember it the way it was when I was a kid. They had things going from pole to pole when I was a kid. I think people presume it’s the City’s job. But it’s the business district's job."

Kathleen Gordon December 16, 2011 at 02:18 PM
Thank you Ed and your team for working on this.... We need to do more to make the area warm and welcoming! It is important for the local business to decorate festively to entice in shoppers! Another thought is to engage the community next year by asking for the many "Wreath Making" events that occur to make up bows or have a decorating competition....??? Just a thought!

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