Vandals disable lighted penguins, Star of David in Kennewick

KENNEWICK -- The Grinch, at least one of them, visited the Sack-Wold-Fineberg family in Kennewick on Tuesday.

When Bernard Fineberg left home at 4:30 p.m. their holiday light display was shining bright. When he returned at 6 p.m. two elements of their large display -- the penguins and the Star of David -- were dark.

"Someone had cut the plugs off the ends of the cords off each one," Fineberg said. He believes the vandal made a mistake and cut the penguins' cord first then targeted the star.

The family does not believe it is a hate crime, though they filed a police report.

"We think it's just some juvenile who can't leave other people's things alone," he said.

It took a day, but the Star of David and the penguins were repaired and the family's display again is shining brightly.

Mackenzie Sack made the star last year as a Hanukkah gift for his grandfather Fineberg. It's metal with 100 bright, white lights.

"Our light display is how our family celebrates both Christian and Jewish traditions," Fineberg said.

To enjoy their display, drop by 3206 S. Rainier St., Kennewick.

* Loretto J. Hulse: 509-582-1513; lhulse@tricityherald.com