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 THE NEWSPAPER AT THE HEART & SOUL OF OUR COMMUNITY  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2013  WWW.ARLINGTONTIMES.COM  75¢ Arlington toy store serves families in need BY KIRK BOXLEITNER ARLINGTON — The second floor of the Arlington American Legion Post 76 again served as the site for the holiday toy store serving the client families of the Arlington Community Food Bank, on the afternoon and evening of Dec. 18, but according to the annual event’s volunteer organizers, it almost didn’t happen this year. Operation Christmas Hope, an affiliation of banks and other businesses throughout Arlington and Smokey Point, stepped up to collect for and coordinate the toy store this year, after the Arlington American Legion was unable to continue its more-than-20-year run of conducting the col- SPORTS: RUSSELL WILSON What makes him so good? Page 14 lection drives and distribution of toys for needy families in Arlington. Tina Davis, of the Union Bank branch in downtown Arlington, served as one of the coordinators of this year’s Operation Christmas Hope, and she was joined by more than 30 fellow volunteers in helping the parents and guardians of close to 700 children pick out toys for all ages of boys and girls on Dec. 18. “Each of our families were able to pick out one large toy, one toy each for every boy and girl, a piece of clothing, a game for the whole family and some stocking stuffers,” Davis said. “Everybody’s been very generous. Walmart gave us SEE TOYS, PAGE 13 Kirk Boxleitner/Staff Photo Volunteer Vanessa Pawley of Union Bank picks out some girls’ toys for a client of the Arlington holiday toy store on Dec. 18. Families welcome home Nimitz sailors SPORTS: Lakewood girls defeat Tigers for first win. Page 12 BY KIRK BOXLEITNER INDEX CLASSIFIED ADS 19-22 LEGAL NOTICES 11 OPINION 4 SPORTS 12 WORSHIP 16 Vol. 124, No. 22 Kirk Boxleitner/Staff Photo Jessica and McCord Brickle share a kiss as the USS Nimitz sailor meets his 7-month-old daughter Hayley, gently embraced in between them, for the first time. FRONT BANNER 932111 932111 EVERETT — Arlington’s Hayley Brickle was 7 months old when her daddy finally came home. Hayley and her mom, Jessica Brickle, arrived at Naval Station Everett on the morning of Dec. 16, where they waited to greet Jessica’s husband, Petty Officer 2nd Class McCord Brickle, with the return of the USS Nimitz from its extended deployment. The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier had left Everett on March 30 for what was originally planned as a six-month deployment, which turned into nearly nine months when the Nimitz and its strike group were called upon to remain in the 5th Fleet area of responsi- bility in response to what the U.S. Navy deemed a tense international situation. This left local moms like Jessica Brickle holding the fort without their husbands for a bit longer than they’d expected. “I learned to do a lot of things by myself,” said Jessica Brickle, who’s been married to McCord for two of the two and a half years that he’s served in the fleet. “I was a little nervous and even scared, but it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.” Jessica acknowledged that the separation was made easier through regular online correspondence with McCord. SEE NIMITZ, PAGE 2

Arlington Times, December 21, 2013

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