Residents in Woodbury aren’t happy after a Christmas sign on the town green went missing.
“Its holiday time. People want to be cheerful and have something to smile about,” said Richard John, of Woodbury.
Several weeks ago, a neighbor put up a “Merry Christmas” banner, but it didn’t last long.
“Someone took exception to that. They wrote a letter to me, an email saying ‘Hey I’m a non-Christian. That offends me’,” said Woodbury First Selectman Bill Butterly.
The first selectman said the town doesn’t own the green, but the state does.
The Department of Transportation actually removed the sign because it only allows signs that are transportation related. Anything else gets removed if there are safety concerns or complaints.
“I just think it’s ridiculous. It’s the Christmas holiday you're supposed to enjoy it,” said Jennifer Scarzella, who works in Woodbury.
So many neighbors were angry, that they held a “Merry Christmas removal” protest on Sunday on the town green, and some even dressed up in holiday gear and held signs in support of Christmas.
“It’s important because everyone believes in something and when you stand for something you stand behind it,” said Jamie Mirabilio, who protested on Sunday. “You don’t have to believe in the same thing. But you have to respect it.”
Neighbors said they want the sign to be replaced.
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