Neighbors celebrate National Night Out

August 2, 2012

By Staff

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Newcastle will celebrate the 29th annual National Night Out Against Crime on Aug. 7.

The event, which will be celebrated in neighborhoods throughout Newcastle, aims to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support and participation in local anticrime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Last year’s National Night Out campaign involved residents, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from more than 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.

In all, NNO estimated that more than 37 million people participated in National Night Out 2011. Along with the traditional outside lights and front porch vigils, Newcastle celebrates with a variety of neighborhood events, such as small informal gatherings, block parties, cookouts, wine tastings, and visits from local officials and law enforcement.

Neighborhoods can generate support for family emergency preparedness as well as strengthen neighborhood spirit and community partnerships.

Members of the Olympus neighborhood, in conjunction with celebrating the neighborhood’s 25th anniversary, will have a large picnic at 5 p.m. on 128th Avenue Southeast, which will be barricaded at Southeast 80th Way. The large picnic will take the place of the three or four usual smaller gatherings this year.

Police will visit the party, and kid-friendly activities, such as sidewalk chalk drawing, will be provided.

Hamburgers, hot dogs and nonmeat patties will be provided, as well as buns, condiments and utensils.

Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs, drinks and a side dish or dessert to share.

Residents of the Olympus neighborhood are also looking to share pictures or other items of historical significance at the party.

Organizers are looking for things like pictures of homes being built, the sell sheet for a home, a view of the street before trees were planted and other neighborhood trivia. Scanned pictures may be emailed to the Olympus Homeowners Association at oha@olympusnewcastle.org. All items will be returned at the conclusion of the event.

Lorinda Eklund, coordinator for Donegal Park’s NNO event coordinator, said residents are welcome at that event beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Donegal Park. The address is 7319 125th Ave. S.E.

“We encourage neighbors to bring lawn chairs and food,” she said. “We will have a barbecue grill available for cooking their items. The police will have fingerprinting available for the children as well as pictures with their cruisers.”

Members of the Bellevue Fire Department are also expected to show up with their truck for photographic opportunities.

Register your neighborhood for a visit from local police and city officials by emailing Newcastle Police Department officer Ryan Olmstead at ryan.olmstead@kingcounty.gov.

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