The Nichols Improvement Association is conducting a funding drive to replace the association's signature pine tree that stood on the Nichols Green. The tree blew down during Hurricane Sandy. The group hopes to have a new tree planted in time for the annual tree-lighting.

The cost to remove the old tree and plant and decorate a new one is about $10,000. Donations for a new tree can be sent to Nichols Improvement Association Christmas Tree Fund, 1773 Huntington Tpke., Trumbull or visit niatrumbull.org.