Charles Zurek places the first candle in the Flossmoor Park menorah on Dec. 18, the first night of Hanukkah. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)
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Hanukkah Night 1: Charles Zurek serves as community candlelighter

The first night of Hanukkah was frigid, but the Flossmoor Community Relations Commission helped keep the crowd warm inside by serving hot chocolate and candy canes before the menorah-lighting ceremony began at 5 p.m.

Charles Zurek places the first candle in the Flossmoor Park menorah on Dec. 18, the first night of Hanukkah. (Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle)

The ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 18, began the two-week stretch in which both Hanukkah and Kwanzaa religious observances will be celebrated with candle lighting by community members.

Charles Zurek, right, with his family, Christina Lutz . . .

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