Monday, October 15, 2001

Candles to light up Newport

Brighton Center, businesses join in effort

By Terry Flynn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NEWPORT — They're hoping for thousands of points of light. This city will be a little brighter Dec. 2 if a joint effort by Brighton Center and the Newport Business Association succeeds in lining major streets with holiday luminarias.

        Brighton Center, Northern Kentucky's largest social service agency, is offering luminarias at $5 each with the idea of dedicating them to honor a person or place.

        “There are many people in Campbell County who trace their family roots to Newport, and Newport holds a special memory for them,” said Dare Miller, the center's volunteer coordinator.

        Proceeds from the luminarias will benefit Brighton Center and the business association, whose members are assisting in the sale and in promoting the project.

        “This is exactly the type of program that the association wants to be involved in,” said Tom Beiting, president of the business association. “This provides members of the business community with the opportunity to make a difference by performing a worthwhile endeavor, and at the same time bring some attention to the ...central business district.”

        “It's a great opportunity to showcase Newport,” Mr. Beiting said. “And we expect more visitors in the city this year during the holiday season because of the opening of Newport on the Levee.”

        Brighton Center Development Director Peggy A'Hearn said the program, called Brighton the Way to Newport, “Hopefully will place several thousand luminarias along Monmouth Street and along major streets in the city's east end, covering parts of the city with the glow of candlelight.”

        The luminaria project is timed for the same weekend as the Victorian Christmas Tour that draws thousands of people to Newport's Mansion Hill and Gateway neighborhoods to view homes decked out in holiday trim.


               There are two ways to place a luminaria:

        • Purchase the luminaria kit from Brighton Center or a select business. The purchaser determines its placement.

        • Make the $5 donation and receive a voucher for a luminaria to be placed on Monmouth Street by a volunteer.

        The luminarias will be displayed 6-9 p.m. Dec. 2. Parking on Monmouth Street will be banned for those hours.

        Information: (859) 491-8303.


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