Residents go to the streets for National Night Out

July 3, 2009

By Staff

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Area residents will take to the streets Aug. 4 to meet with neighbors and police during the annual National Night Out Against Crime.
Neighbors will gather for potlucks and other social events. Organizers said they hope the event will foster greater cooperation in reporting suspicious activity in Newcastle neighborhoods.
City Communications Manager Doug Alder said relationships between residents provided a solid foundation for National Night Out.
“Newcastle’s neighborhoods are already very tight-knit, and we believe this event will help bring neighbors even closer,” Alder wrote in an e-mail. “It also sends a strong message that crime won’t be tolerated in our city.”
Neighborhood organizers said the annual event would provide a good opportunity for residents to get to know one another over hamburgers and hot dogs.
“This is an opportunity to get-together with your neighbors,” said Scott Eklund, of the Hazelwood Community Association. “Knowing your neighbors can be a real asset in crime prevention.”
The Hazelwood Community Association will hold its National Night Out event at Donegal Park, 7319 125th Ave. S.E.  Neighbors are encouraged to bring their own food, but a grill will be provided for the event, he said.
“So, bring your hot dogs and burgers and get to know your neighbors,” he said.
Police Chief Melinda Irvine said National Night Out is “great because neighbors get to know their neighbors.”
Irvine said residents who know their neighbors are more likely to check up on one another and call police if they notice suspicious police or vehicles in their neighborhood.
The police chief said her officers plan to drive through Newcastle neighborhoods and talk with National Night Out participants.
The event is held the first Tuesday of each August. The event started in 1984 and has grown to involve more than 34 million people from 10,000 communities, according to the National Association of Town Watch, a nonprofit based in Wynnewood, Pa.
The Reserve neighborhood will also host a block party on National Night Out, beginning at 7 p.m. at the end of the 150th Place Southeast cul-de-sac.
The event is a good example of strengthening communities, said Julie Varon, who is organizing the event in the Reserve.
“With our busy lives, we’re lucky if we get to know our neighbors,” she said. “The idea is that we need to watch out for one another and getting to know one another is a good first step.”
Alder said city officials are not trying to coordinate individual parties, but they do want to get more neighborhoods interested and get police to every party that is held.
“Newcastle police went to a couple that were held last year and talked to residents about any concerns they have, crime in the neighborhood and what they can do about it,” he said. “Officers will be available this year to go around to each party and do the same thing.”

Area residents will take to the streets Aug. 4 to meet with neighbors and police during the annual National Night Out Against Crime.

Neighbors will gather for potlucks and other social events. Organizers said they hope the event will foster greater cooperation in reporting suspicious activity in Newcastle neighborhoods.City Communications Manager Doug Alder said relationships between residents provided a solid foundation for National Night Out.

“Newcastle’s neighborhoods are already very tight-knit, and we believe this event will help bring neighbors even closer,” Alder wrote in an e-mail. “It also sends a strong message that crime won’t be tolerated in our city.”

Neighborhood organizers said the annual event would provide a good opportunity for residents to get to know one another over hamburgers and hot dogs.

“This is an opportunity to get-together with your neighbors,” said Scott Eklund, of the Hazelwood Community Association. “Knowing your neighbors can be a real asset in crime prevention.”

The Hazelwood Community Association will hold its National Night Out event at Donegal Park, 7319 125th Ave. S.E.  Neighbors are encouraged to bring their own food, but a grill will be provided for the event, he said.

“So, bring your hot dogs and burgers and get to know your neighbors,” he said.

Police Chief Melinda Irvine said National Night Out is “great because neighbors get to know their neighbors.”

Irvine said residents who know their neighbors are more likely to check up on one another and call police if they notice suspicious police or vehicles in their neighborhood.

The police chief said her officers plan to drive through Newcastle neighborhoods and talk with National Night Out participants.

The event is held the first Tuesday of each August. The event started in 1984 and has grown to involve more than 34 million people from 10,000 communities, according to the National Association of Town Watch, a nonprofit based in Wynnewood, Pa.

The Reserve neighborhood will also host a block party on National Night Out, beginning at 7 p.m. at the end of the 150th Place Southeast cul-de-sac.

The event is a good example of strengthening communities, said Julie Varon, who is organizing the event in the Reserve.

“With our busy lives, we’re lucky if we get to know our neighbors,” she said. “The idea is that we need to watch out for one another and getting to know one another is a good first step.”

Alder said city officials are not trying to coordinate individual parties, but they do want to get more neighborhoods interested and get police to every party that is held.

“Newcastle police went to a couple that were held last year and talked to residents about any concerns they have, crime in the neighborhood and what they can do about it,” he said. “Officers will be available this year to go around to each party and do the same thing.”

Hold your own party

Go to www.nationalnightout.org, or call city Communications Manager Doug Alder at 649-4444, ext. 106, or e-mail him at douga@ci.newcastle.wa.us.

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