When leaders of the Maplewood Neighborhood Association first suggested the organization counter persistent gang issues by donating money to a ...
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December 20, 2011
Flame of freedom: Yakov Kartashev, left, holds a torch as Rabbi Shmulik Greenberg, center, lights a flame and Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt waits to light the first candle at the annual menorah lighting in Esther Short Park on Tuesday. Greenberg reminded the crowd that Hannukah, the eight-day Jewish festival of light, is really a festival of freedom. (Troy Wayrynen/The Columbian)