An office park sparkles for Christmas

A new 18-foot blue spruce tree, illuminated with 13,000 white and color-morphing Christmas lights, and embellished in white snowflakes and bulb ornaments, was unveiled this month at the corner of Progress and Commerce drives in Shelton. It’s a replica of the 2011 National Tree, which has been traditionally lit since 1923 on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C.

Robert D. Scinto’s plans to bring last season’s design to Shelton’s Enterprise Corporate Park was temporarily stalled when the 26-foot tree fell to the ground during Hurricane Sandy. However, a week before Thanksgiving, Amy Zadrozny, landscape and floral designer for Stratford Shire Landscaping, the company that cares for Scinto’s commercial properties, helped Scinto in picking out an 18-foot replacement tree planting from Jones Family Farms.

All of its lights and ornaments are attached to a nylon mesh, which is draped over the tree and held together with guy wiring. This is the same configuration used each year for the National Tree.

It took Zadrozny, of Milford, and co-worker Wayne Poulin, of West Haven, three days to hang the lights and ornaments.

Scinto said he plans to expand the tree display at Progress Drive and hopes to stage a live Nativity scene next year.

Scinto and Zadrozny returned to Jones Family Farm to cut down two 12-foot Fraser Firs that are currently sparkling in the lobbies of Corporate One and Two buildings. For the past six years Zadrozny has modeled the trees’ decorations after the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s traditional 18th-Century Neapolitan angel and cherub tree.

Adding to the holiday spirit, The Renaissance, a condominium and apartment building located at 100 Parrott Drive, is also adorned with a 14-foot holiday tree, surrounded by brightly-colored gift boxes, in its lobby. Also on display are two, handmade 7-foot Nutcracker figures. Using sonar tubes, recycled Pringles and oatmeal containers, and paper mache, Zadrozny crafted these holiday symbols.

There are 68 10- and 12-inch Poinsettias planters and live evergreen wreaths throughout the corporate park.

Along with the decorations, Scinto said he enjoys celebrating the season with a visit from Saint Nick. Every year Scinto invites families who work at the Shelton office complex to bring their children to a holiday party that includes hot cocoa, Christmas cookies and a visit with Santa Claus, with photos by Tom Robinson. Every family immediately receives a complimentary 5-by-7-inch photographic print.

“We do this early in December so families will have a beautiful, professional photo they could use for their Christmas cards,” said Katie Scinto, vice president of marketing for R.D. Scinto, Inc.

To help families in need in the Greater Valley region, the Scinto family encourages guests to bring a new, unwrapped toy for TEAM’s Toys For Kids Annual Toy Drive.