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Bill Freehling is a business writer for The Free Lance-Star and Fredericksburg.com. This blog is on Fredericksburg-area business. Send an e-mail to Bill Freehling.

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Holiday displays re-installed at Central Park

Jim Lockhart, a maintenance supervisor for the Rappaport Company, lifts a statue of Joseph out of the truck Thursday afternoon. Nativity and Menorah displays were re-installed at Fredericksburg’s Central Park shopping center Thursday after an outpouring of support from the public for the traditional holiday scenes. (Photo by RHONDA VANOVER)

The Nativity and Menorah displays were re-installed at Fredericksburg’s Central Park shopping center Thursday after an outpouring of support from the public for the traditional holiday scenes.

The Rappaport Cos., which manages the common areas of Central Park, had originally decided not to display the Nativity scene and Menorah this year, citing past vandalism issues.

For example, two years ago the Baby Jesus was stolen from the Nativity scene and later recovered at a home in Spotsylvania County.

Rappaport had instead planned to go with a “Festival of Lights display” that “would better represent the season for everyone,” according to a post on the Central Park Facebook page.

Rappaport decided to bring back the Nativity scene and Menorah after receiving many phone calls and emails. People who were upset with the original decision not to put up the holiday displays created a Facebook page called “Boycott Central Park.”

“We thought we’d made the right decision changing our display to a more-inclusive ‘festival of lights’ approach,” said Rappaport spokeswoman Sheryl Simeck. “Thanks to an outpouring of support for our Menorah and Nativity scene displays we decided to re-install them.”

There are also holiday lights and wreaths up at Central Park.

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