CRANSTON — A dozen vibrating rubber duckies, provided by a California sex-toy manufacturer, briefly joined the eclectic holiday display outside City Hall yesterday afternoon.
Within an hour of their arrival, Mayor Stephen P. Laffey’s staff plucked the yellow ducks, saying the exhibition was already full.
The toys were placed by Scott Bonelli, who last week added 15 pink flamingos wearing Santa hats to the display, which now includes a Nativity scene, a menorah and several secular items.
Many of the flamingos have since been stolen, and Bonelli keeps replacing them only to find the birds missing again.
The owner of the California company — which lists Bonelli as a local retailer — gave him a dozen ducks to set out.
“As far as I’m concerned, they’re waterfowl,” Bonelli said. “Since I’m missing flamingos, I’m merely replacing them — like Jesus was missing, now Jesus is back . . . frankly, I’m running out of flamingos.”
The baby Jesus figure was stolen from the Nativity scene Thursday night, but was later recovered by police officers who discovered it while responding to a fight on Arcadia Avenue.
Don’t you just love this time of year? The season when we go to court to be able to have Nativity scenes displayed or removed. Where we put up signs and displays and then have them removed. Nobody is left out of this Christmas courtroom cheer, all can participate. When saying Merry Christmas is like throwing a religious hand-grenade on the secular troops. First get rid of Christ, then the Mass, and transform Holy Day to Holiday. Even with all this nonsense, I for one am thankful. After reading stories on a subdued Christmas in Iraq and the underground Catholic Churches in China. I count my blessings that I can go to a MIdnight Mass. That I can celebrate the birth of Christ without looking over my shoulder. May I remember my fellow Christians who are less fortunate.