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Springdale family’s 50-foot tree ready to be spruced up for Pittsburgh’s Light Up Night

Nate Smallwood
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The Christmas tree to be displayed outside of the City-County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh, is seen being transported on the Route 28 expressway on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. The trek began at the Malinowski residence on Garfield Street in Springdale.
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Pittsburgh Public Works employee Ray Gilbert helps cut down a spruce tree in Springdale that was headed to the City-County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh as the city’s Christmas tree on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
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Pittsburgh Public Works employee Ray Gilbert helps trim down the Malinowskis’ spruce tree that is destined to become the Christmas tree outside of the City-County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh, on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
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The newly erected Christmas tree sits outside of City-County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
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The Christmas tree to be displayed outside of the City-County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh, is seen being transported with a police escort on the Route 28 expressway on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. The trek began at the Malinowski residence on Garfield Street in Springdale.
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Mike Kijowaki, a Pittsburgh Public Works employee, is raised in the air to measure the tree prior to its cutting down in Springdale and being transported to City-County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
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Children talk to Pittsburgh Police officers prior to a giant Spruce tree being cut down in the yard of Lindsay and Dennis Malinowski. The tree once was a 5-foot Christmas tree that in 1987 was replanted in the former homeowner’s front yard. It was transported to the City-County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 and will be unveiled on Light Up Night.
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A giant spruce tree in Springdale minutes before it was cut down in the yard of Lindsay and Dennis Malinowski. The tree once was a 5-foot Christmas tree that in 1987 was replanted in the former homeowner’s front yard. It was transported to the City-County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 and will be unveiled on Light Up Night.
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Family and friends of Lindsay and Dennis Malinowski, who donated the tree to be placed outside of City-County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh, gather in their yard in Springdale prior it being cut down on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
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The Christmas tree to be displayed outside of the City-County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh, is seen being transported with a police escort on the Route 28 expressway on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. The trek began at the Malinowski residence on Garfield Street in Springdale.
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Mike Kijowaki, a Pittsburgh Public Works employee is raised in the air to measure the Malinowskis’ tree prior to its cutting down in Springdale and being transported to the City-County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh, on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
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Tessa Malinowski, 6, of Springdale, smells a piece of bark that fell off a tree being transported from her yard Springdale to the City-County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. It will be unveiled Friday, Nov. 22 as part of Pittsburgh’s Light Up Night festivities.
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Family and friends of Lindsay and Dennis Malinowski, who donated the tree to be placed outside of City-County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh, gather in their yard prior to the cutting down and transportation of the tree from Springdale, on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
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The tree to be placed outside of City-County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh is seen prior to being cut down in Springdale on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
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Mike Kijowaki a Pittsburgh Public Works employee is raised in the air to look at the Malinowskis’ tree prior to its being cut down in Springdale and being transported to the City-County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh, on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
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Zyggy Malinowski, 3, of Springdale, peers through a fence while talking to a Pittsburgh Police officer prior to a spruce tree in his yard being cut down in order to be transported to City-County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
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Pittsburgh Public Works employee Ray Gilbert helps trim down theMalinowskis’ tree being placed outside of the City-County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
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The Malinowskis’ spruce tree heads down Route 28 as it approaches Downtown Pittsburgh on its way to the City-County Building on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
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Lily Malinowski, 8, and her cousin, Nouri Manouchehrian, 4, of Ohio Township, play on the stump of a tree being transported from Springdale to City-County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh, on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
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Family and friends of Lindsay and Dennis Malinowski, who donated their spruce tree to be placed outside of the City-County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh, gather in their yard as the tree is lifted onto a flatbed truck on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
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Family and friends of Lindsay and Dennis Malinowski, who donated their spruce tree to be placed outside of the City-County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh, gather in their yard as the tree is lifted onto a flatbed truck on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
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The Christmas tree to sit outside of the City-County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh is seen being situated on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
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Lily Malinowski, 8, and her cousin, Nouri Manouchehrian, 4, of Ohio Township, play on the stump of a tree being transported from Springdale to the City-County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
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Family and friends of Lindsay and Dennis Malinowski, who donated their spruce tree to be placed outside of the City-County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh, gather in their yard as the tree is prepared to be lifted onto a flatbed truck on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
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Lily Malinowski, 8, and her cousin, Nouri Manouchehrian, 4, of Ohio Township, play on the stump of a tree being transported from Springdale to the City-County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
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Mike Kijowaki a Pittsburgh Public Works employee is raised in the air to look at the Malinowskis’ tree prior to its being cut down in Springdale and being transported to the City-County Building in Downtown Pittsburgh, on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
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A spruce tree in the yard of the Dennis Malinowski family in Springdale is readied to embark on its trip to the City/County Building in Pittsburgh, where it was to be erected to become a Christmas tree.
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A spruce tree in the yard of the Dennis Malinowski family in Springdale is readied to embark on its trip to the City/County Building in Pittsburgh, where it was to be erected to become a Christmas tree.
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A 50-foot blue spruce that grew in the yard of a Springdale couple was moved to the City County Building in Pittsburgh on Saturday to be decorated for Christmas.

Lindsay and Dennis Malinowski donated the tree, which, in 1987 was a 5-foot-tall Christmas tree of the property’s previous owner, who then replanted it outside.

The tree was cut down Saturday and moved to the portico of the City-County Building on Grant Street. After it gets some cosmetic work and is decorated and strung with lights, it will be unveiled Friday, Nov. 22 as part of Pittsburgh’s Light Up Night festivities.

The Malinowskis along with their children, Lillian, 8, Tessa, 6, and Zyggy, 3, will attend the lighting ceremony with Mayor Bill Peduto.

Nate Smallwood is a Tribune-Review photographer. You can contact Nate via Twitter .

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