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oopsThe Summit Herald of January 4, 1927 reported that the New Year had been welcomed in with many celebrations. Over 500 dancers attended the Patrolmen’s Ball at St. Teresa Hall. A quieter gathering of 50 attended the Community Watch Night service at the YWCA, with songs, meditations, prayers, and socializing.

Mayor Cornish addressed Common Council. He praised their plans for the coming year, especially the paving of Springfield Avenue, which he described as “the most dangerous road in the county”.

The Subscription Concert committee announced that the next concert would feature cellist Pablo Casals playing works by Bach, Saint-Saens, Handel, and Beethoven. Two Summit men were arrested on the charge of selling alcohol on New Year’s Eve. No alcohol was found on the premises, and they were released on bail, pending trial. Jersey Central Power & Light advertised an electric warming pad for only $8.50 (95₵ down, $1 per month).

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Ambulance Delay Due to Snow, Lack of Horses

candyThe Summit Herald of December 28, 1917 reported that the Christmas Eve celebration at the municipal tree was attended by 2000 people. It began with 100 children , carrying lighted candles and singing carols, marching from the YMCA to the tree in Bonnel Park. The tree was lit by 100 electric lights, and topped with a large electric star. Electricity was provided for free by Commonwealth Electric.

The President of Overlook Hospital responded to a patient complaint about the delay of the ambulance to his house. It was unfortunate but unavoidable, he said, as there were 16 inches of snow on the ground, and the patient's home was a full mile away. All eight of the horses for hire in Summit were in use. Nevertheless, the ambulance arrived after an hour and a half, though one of the horses was ill the next day.

The Free Wool Committee of the Summit chapter reported that in the past month they had shipped a large quantity of knitted garments to the troops: 320 sweaters, 120 mufflers, 480 wristlets, and 220 helmets.

The Subscription Concerts committee announced that world-famous French organist Joseph Bonnet would be performing at the Central Presbyterian Church. The Lyric Theatre advertised Charles Chaplin in "The Adventurer".

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Deck the Tree with Mazda Lights

louvisThe Summit Herald of December 21, 1923 reported that the Police Department was investigating weekend break-ins and theft of money at the Public Library, the Junior High, and Roosevelt School. The Streets Department announced they would be widening Springfield Avenue and Kent Place Boulevard, as well as installing new street signs and traffic lights around the city.

In the personal news column: Health Officer Henry Dengler returned from a duck-hunting trip in the South. Six-year-old Thomas Malloy was operated on for appendicitis at Overlook Hospital. Miss Dorothy Beck went to spend the holidays in Florida with her father; Miss Elsie Harper departed for her home in Canada, to enjoy six weeks of winter sports.

In the classifieds: Wanted, a woman to cook for a few hours or all day on Christmas. Lost, a blue-beaded purse. For sale, live chickens and geese, a gray enameled crib with a hair mattress, an aquarium with fancy goldfish. The “Heraldings for Housewives” column offered several Christmas recipes: chestnut pudding, plain plum pudding, and Christmas cakes with currants and almonds. The Lyric Theatre (“New Jersey’s Safest Playhouse!”) was showing Mary Pickford in “Daddy Long Legs”.

“Sally Summit Goes A-Shopping” suggested a wide variety of last-minute gifts that could be purchased in town. Christmas tree light sets, with eight Mazda lamps in attractive colors, $1.65 per set. Skates, Flexible Flyers, and Lionel electric trains at Wahl’s sporting goods. Leather gloves in fashionable shades for $1.00. Boxes of cigars or cigarettes for the man “who enjoys the company of Lady Nicotine”. A selection of electrical appliances at the Central Jersey Power and Light store. Sally also gave some fashion tips for clothing and accessories. Silk and velvet corsages were popular for evening gowns. Velvet and felt hats were being replaced by taffeta and silk, and a metal cloche turban with a little veil over the eyes looked very fetching on a pretty “flapper”.

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