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(Photo by Dale Smith)The Tiny Tots from the Dance Factory entertained the crowd on Flagler Avenue dancing to holiday music. A mechanical Santa’s sleigh with bright lights attracted young and old alike.
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NEW SMYRNA BEACH – Parking was at a premium on all side streets around Flagler Avenue Friday night. It was apparent there was one big party going on. Parents and their children, students, and all those in the holiday spirit, gravitated toward the beachside shopping venue for the annual "Light Up Flagler," which drew about 1,500 people.

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(Photos by Dale Smith) Linda Davis models evening wear from Thrifty Threads, 217 Canal St., during the Girls Night Out segment of Christmas on Canal. In the group photo, participants salute the audience.
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NEW SMYRNA BEACH – Fashion comes in all styles and sizes. From the elegant and the sophisticated, to the practical, whimsical, and yes, even the silliest. But no matter what was worn, the models wowed the audience during the Girls Night Out fashion show that is a part of Christmas on Canal.

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(Photo by Dale Smith). Adele Aletti, owner of Gone Bonkers, 314 Flagler Ave., wraps festive garland around the handrails of her shop, as she readies for Light up Flagler on Friday and NSB Christmas Parade on Saturday.
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NEW SMYRNA BEACH – When Adele Aletti made the decision to move to New Smyrna Beach in 1988 to open a store on Flagler Avenue, she said she thought she had gone bonkers.

“Really, I did,” she said Monday, remembering having second thoughts of “Oh, what have I done?”

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Photos by Dale Smith.

The New Smyrna Beach High School fight song resonated throughout the City Commission chambers Tuesday night as band members paid tribute to the city police department and city officials for their efforts in purchasing new band uniforms this year.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH – The city police department usually doesn’t like to be in the limelight, being made up of civil servants and all, but Tuesday night the spotlight was on them and in particular,  Police Chief Ron Pagano.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH - A labor agreement with Teamsters Local No. 385. on a new police contract that will run retroactive from Oct. 1 of this year,  through Sept, 30, 2013, with the city expecting to save almost $162,000 in one year, is expected to be voted on tonight by the City Commission.

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Photos and videos by Sera Frederick. Mayor Adam Barringer welcomed several hundred people to the second annual "Christmas on Canal" on Friday evening with the lighting of the NSB Christmas Tree. Among the local dignitaries he recognized were Canal Street merchants Debbie Peterson and Cindy Jones, who spearheaded the event to encourage shoppers to consider historic Canal Street for bargains.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The rain stropped just in time Friday night as Santa Claus prepared to flick the switch lighting the Christmas tree on Canal Street kicking off the holiday season.

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Photos by Dale Smith.

A Living Nativity scene on Canal Street Friday night brought into focus the true mean of the holiday season.  Participants were from St. Paul’s Catholic Church in New Smyrna Beach. In the inset photo, Tiona Stone, 4, of New Smyrna Beach, reacts to the chugging of the kiddie train she boarded that just took off on Canal Street Saturday morning. Tiona is the daughter of Brandon and Lacey Stone. The family enjoyed the sights and sounds of Coastal Market on Canal, including seeing Santa Claus. "Christmas on Canal" was a veritable wonderland for countless families looking for bargains at the start of the holiday shopping season.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH – Festive holiday carols echoed up and down Canal Street Friday night as merchants kicked off Christmas on Canal with a gala Christmas tree lighting ceremony and holiday cheer. And the holiday cheer continued well into Saturday with kiddie rides and other festive activities designed to make "Christmas on Canal" a positive shopping experience for families.

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Photos by Dale Smith.

Wal-Mart at the NSB Regional Shopping Center on State Road 44 wasn't the only happening place in New Smyrna Beach for Black Friday holiday shoppers. Canal Street and Flagler Avenue merchants showcased bargains too. Bright lights and a window of a Christmas wonderland at the Pink Flamingo at Petals, 201 Canal Street, beckoned shoppers Friday night. 

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Merchants on Canal Street saw a busy day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday, having hoped for a better-than-usual influx of shoppers from a year ago when the economy was bottoming out.

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Photos by Henry Frederick and Sera Frederick.

Denise Marie, proprietor of Dapper Dan's hair salon in New Smyrna Beach held a haircut a-thon fundraiser several weeks back for breast cancer research in honor of her mother, Margaret Varanoa, now 80 and a 22-year survivor. In the inset photo, Jim Walsh of the UPS Store does his part: Not only fdid he get a haircut, but he printed all of the event flyers for free. At left, the "sexy" mannequin outside Dapper Dan's, 633 N. Dixie Freeway, turned heads and even brought in a few for a trim. Below, stylist Roxanne Wessler cuts a little boy's hair.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Today is a day where Denise Marie leaves her scissors behind at her and instead stands on her feet preparing the family Thanksgiving meal.

There is no rest for the weary when it comes to this small business owner who stands on her feet all day to earn an honest day's work. Several weeks back, Sunday, Oct. 24, to be precise when the salon is normally closed, Marie worked for free to support a cause. And she enlisted others to help her, too.

The cause? Marie, along with four other stylists from shops near and far donated 100% of the price of haircuts to the Susan Komen Breast cancer Research Foundation. Together they generated several hundred dollars, including the sale of pink ribbons and T-shirts emblazoned with "Save the Ta Tas."

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  NSBNEWS.net video by Sera Frederick.

The video was shot by NSBNEWS.net during the 2009 inaugural Christmas on Canal, which featured a towering and beautiful artificial Christmas tree, complete with lights. The courtesy photo shows Hedda the Heron, the mascot for Historic Canal Street Merchants Association, with calendars for sale with the mascot's likeness to help pay for local activities.  The tree lighting starts at 6 p.m. and NSBNEWS.net will have full coverage of all of the festivities. 

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH – The holiday season kicks off in earnest Friday as Canal Street transforms itself into the second annual Christmas on Canal Street extravaganza: Five days of activities the whole family will enjoy have been designed to bring people downtown for entertainment, shopping and dining. Event organizers say they’ve combined Friday’s Christmas caroling with Spark the Spirit night in hopes of attracting more people downtown.

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