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Company apologizes over tree

Replacement erected at Newhall senior housing complex

Posted: December 7, 2012 9:49 a.m.
Updated: December 7, 2012 9:49 a.m.
 

The management firm that ordered a Christmas tree removed from a Newhall senior housing complex has apologized and allowed a replacement tree to be erected.

“We apologize for any misunderstanding that may have arisen in regards to the installation of holiday trees and other holiday decorations in the community room of The Willows Senior Apartment Community,” said Michael Gold, senior director of operations for JB Property Group, the management company for The Willows Senior Apartment Community, in a news release Thursday. “It was never our intention to in any way inhibit the celebration of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or any other religious or cultural holiday which falls at or near year’s end.”

“We have always been sensitive to the fact that our properties have a diverse tenant profile which needs to be considered when determining the most appropriate methods for recognizing and celebrating these holidays,” Gold said. “With this in mind, we seriously regret the extent to which this has impacted the residents of The Willows, and understand and appreciate their concern about losing their traditional decorations. In light of this, we have authorized the re-installation of a tree, which has been decorated by the residents themselves.”

“The Christmas tree is up,” an on-site manager at The Willows, who gave her name only as Selina, said Thursday. “It will stay up and the residents will be decorating it tonight.”

On Wednesday, an elaborately decorated Christmas tree set up in the community room at the complex was stripped of all its decorations in preparation for being tossed out, residents reported.

But news reports about the management order that the tree come down apparently prompted a change of heart.
While the original tree was taken away, good Samaritans donated replacements and one was set up and decorated Thursday.

jholt@the-signal.com
661-287-5527

 

 

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