At a prior town meeting a rabbi asked if his community could place a menorah on Harding public grounds. He was eloquent in stating that the menorah is a symbol of light and understanding in a world that needs both. He also said that many towns in NJ allow this, and that it was a reasonable request given that Harding decorates an evergreen tree in Bayne Park during the holiday season.
At the October meeting, the TC decided against allowing the menorah, and that any religious symbols such as an angel or star on the top of the tree would not be used in 2020. The thinking seemed to be that to prevent a proliferation of religious artifacts and, to be fair to all, no religious symbols would be allowed to be displayed on Harding public property.