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Posted: Sunday, April 7, 2013 6:00 pm

Expect big doings April 18, when Ben Bridge Jeweler holds its grand opening at the North Mesa location that was Lacy & Co.

We hear that former owners Ellen and Charles Lacy will be there, along with a whole bunch of Bridge family members: Jon Bridge, co-CEO of Ben Bridge Jeweler; Bob and Bobbi Bridge, co-chairman; and Marc and Julia Bridge, marketing VP; plus store manager Briana Gartin, who worked for the Lacys and is staying on.

And the festivities continue into the weekend with  special giveaways and merchandise from David Yurman, Roberto Coin, Marco Bicego, and Mikimoto.

In fact, a David Yurman rep will give each guest a key that may – or may not – unlock a vault of jewelry.

Guests could win a gold iPhone case from Zoccai, Italian gold jewelry from Roberto Coin, ArtCarved wedding bands, a necklace from A. Jaffe and much more.

You’ll remember that in 2000, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway bought the Seattle-based jewelry chain. The El Paso store is part of Ben Bridge’s expansion into Texas.

Back on the bench

We hear that local attorney Steve Anderson is the new justice of the peace for Precinct 7, replacing Bruce King, who has been out with medical issues.

Anderson has served as a JP before, for about seven years in Precinct 1, and was a municipal judge for about 10 years.

Anderson was appointed March 26 for an interim term of 120 days by Veronica Escobar, El Paso county judge, who has the power to do so in emergencies.

But the appointee must have previous experience as a justice of the peace. Can’t be too many of them around. The job pays about $80,000.

Vote early and often

No, not for mayor. For food! El Pasoans Fighting Hunger needs your vote to win a WalMart grant so it can continue to run the BackPack program at Roberts Elementary and expand to other sites.

To vote, go to and click on the Fighting Hunger tab.

Pick El Paso from the list of cities, and vote.

Did you know that $45,000 will buy 180,000 meals? Well, it can. So go vote!

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