National Night Out returns Aug. 6
August 1, 2013
By Christina Corrales-Toy
Newcastle will join cities across the country in celebrating the 30th anniversary of National Night Out Aug. 6
The event aims to heighten crime prevention awareness, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals about neighborhoods organized against criminal activity.
National Night Out is celebrated with neighborhood block parties, often visited by local law enforcement.
The Olympus neighborhood will host a block party from 5-9 p.m. Aug. 6, though setup begins at 4:30 p.m. The party will be at 128th Avenue Southeast near the intersection of Southeast 80th Way.
During the gathering, 128th Avenue Southeast will be barricaded at the intersection of Southeast 80th Way.
The Olympus Homeowners Association will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, meatless patties, buns, condiments, utensils, plates and napkins. Neighbors are encouraged to bring chairs, their own drinks and a side dish or dessert.
Last year, Olympus used the event to celebrate its 25th anniversary, and the plan is to continue that historical theme. Neighbors are asked to share photos of their house being built and to partake in some neighborhood trivia.
Email photos to firstname.lastname@example.org, or bring them to the event.
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Police will visit the party and kid-friendly activities, such as sidewalk chalk drawing, will be provided.
The Donegal Park neighborhood event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Donegal Park, 7319 125th Ave. S.E.
Neighbors are encouraged to bring food for grilling, lawn chairs and cameras. A grill will be available.
Register your neighborhood for a visit from local police and city officials by emailing Newcastle Police Department officer Kathy Decker at Kathleen.Decker@kingcounty.gov. In the email, provide the location of the gathering, the estimated number of attendees and an event time frame.
National Night Out first began in 1984, when 2.5 million people participated in more than 400 communities and 20 states. Today, the event is celebrated by 37 million people in 15,000 communities.
Learn more at www.nationalnightout.org.