WALLINGFORD — “Where are you, Christmas?” is what people were asking after the star disappeared from the top of the town’s tree.
A new artificial tree debuted this year at Johanna Manfreda Fishbein Park, located between the gazebo and historic train station.
The 5-foot star atop the 30-foot tree vanished earlier this week.
John LeTourneau, who recently wrapped up 12 years on the Town Council, said Friday that Public Works removed the star to repair a burned-out LED light driver.
The driver is the mechanism that supplies power to the LEDs.
“That’s very common with LEDs,” said LeTourneau, who owns Wallingford Lamp and Shade, 124 Center St. “The LEDs last a long time. It’s the driver that gives you headaches.”
He said the replacement driver, which was covered under warranty, is due to be delivered Monday. Public Works is set to do the repair, and LeTourneau offered his help, as well, he said.
The tree was a donation from several local families who privately raised nearly $30,000 this year for its purchase.
The purchase was facilitated by Wallingford Center Inc., the group’s executive director Liz Landow said earlier this month. The tree cost about $25,000, she said, and including the 5-foot star, the total cost is closer to $28,000.