The Apruzzi family out of New Bridge, New Jersey, has the Christmas spirit in spades. They have been putting up an extravagant Christmas display for the last 15 years. Most of the locals love their display but some neighbors have had it. As the Apruzzi residence has become a Christmas hotspot that receives a fair volume of traffic.
“The Apruzzi family is also very involved with “Homes For Our Troops” – a charitable organization know for helping our military veterans rebuild their lives. Every year the Apruzzi family makes a substantial donation to the organization thanks to all the donations collected during the shows.”
The Apruzzi’s went to the town earlier this November to ensure they could still put up their lights and it was unanimously approved. But shortly after they were asked to meet with Mayor Owen Henry. He told them that they will have to pay the police $2000/night and pay $1000 to shuttle people into the neighborhood.
In past years the Apruzzi’s have used the auxiliary police which did not charge them but apparently, the holiday cheer has run out this year.
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“The Apruzzi called the fees “bureaucratic baloney.” He [Tom Apruzzi] started an online fundraiser with a lofty goal of $75,000 to pay the fees. Apruzzi asserted the show will go on starting December 1, whether or not he raises enough money.
“We’re not gonna listen to what the police have to say,” he said. “It is my First Amendment rights, it has to do with my religion.”
“The light show isn’t a business — it collects charitable donations from viewers. In previous years, it raised about $8,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and $13,000 for Homes For Our Troops. Apruzzi said if money from his GoFundMe drive isn’t used to pay for security fees, he’ll donate it to the Home For Our Troops charity.”