Na­tional Night Out events unite com­mu­ni­ties

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On Tues­day, Au­gust 1, com­mu­ni­ties around the county came to­gether to pro­mote aware­ness and pub­lic safety dur­ing Na­tional Night Out.

Na­tional Night Out (NNO) events are hosted an­nu­ally on the first Tues­day of Au­gust in com­mu­ni­ties around the globe. These events are an op­por­tu­nity for neigh­bor­hoods to take “a night to unite against crime.”

“It puts ev­ery­one in con­tact with the com­mu­nity,” said J.D. White, a po­lice of­fi­cer with the Bal­ti­more County Po­lice. “It’s good for ev­ery­one to see each other in a new light: us not ar­rest­ing them and them not be­ing ar­rested. It’s a good chance to just get in touch with ev­ery­one.”

Com­mu­ni­ties hosted mu­si­cians and other en­ter­tain­ment while gath­er­ing ven­dors to­gether to cre­ate events cen­tered on cel­e­brat­ing the area. Lo­cal of­fi­cials and politi­cians stopped by to speak with their con­stituents as peo­ple served tra­di­tional cook-out food in­gre­di­ents: ham­burg­ers, hot­dogs, and smiles.

Den­nis Gilpin of the Aero Acres Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion said that one of the Es­sex events, a com­mu­nity

pic­nic at the Girls and Boys Club on 1400 Fuse­lage Ave., wouldn’t have been pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port of area busi­nesses.

“We set up the Na­tional Night Out event about three years ago. We are par­tially funded by the Cit­i­zens On Pa­trol pro­gram as well as sup­port from the lo­cal busi­nesses. The Sal­va­tion Army lo­cated on Fuse­lage Ave works with us as well,” he said. “We were for­tu­nate to have some tents sup­plied by Tony’s Hot Dogs who also brought his Boy Scout troop to erect them. The com­mu­nity looks for­ward to this ev­ery year. Tar­get goes out of its way to sup­port us by bring­ing prizes over and sup­ply­ing two new bikes to be given out on a free raf­fle. Hav­ing the po­lice he­li­copter ar­rive is also a big draw.”

Hen­der­son-Webb Prop­er­ties also hosted a com­mu­nity pic­nic on Hart­land and Mid­dle­bor­ough Rds in Es­sex.

The fes­tiv­i­ties ex­tended into White Marsh with an event hosted by the Hazel­wood Park Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion, which has been part of Na­tional Night Out since 2007. The cel­e­bra­tion was led with a pa­rade of po­lice cars, fire trucks, and chil­dren around the block, wav­ing to neigh­bors and wel­com­ing them to their cel­e­bra­tion.

“You meet a lot of peo­ple, it is how we get to know the peo­ple in the neigh­bor­hood. We get to­gether and ev­ery­body is very so­cia­ble,” said Bea Spei­gal of the Hazel­wood Park As­so­ci­a­tion, “We’ve got­ten to know our po­li­cepeo­ple and the peo­ple that are run­ning our county gov­ern­ment and they know us, they keep track of our com­mu­nity. We’re close, a lot of peo­ple worked to­gether and joined in to make this hap­pen.”

Also in White Marsh, the Gar­den Vil­lage As­so­ci­a­tion/Cops on Pa­trol, got in­volved with a gath­er­ing fea­tur­ing meet-and-greets with of­fi­cers from the White Marsh and Rosedale precincts, a school sup­ply give­away, and ed­u­ca­tional games and ac­tiv­i­ties.

“The idea is to en­cour­age ev­ery­one against and vi­o­lence and drugs and show a unity in the com­mu­nity,” said Gar­den Vil­lage As­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber Wan­netta Thomp­son.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice depart­ment, since its in­cep­tion in 1984, Na­tional Night Out has grown from 2.7 mil­lion Amer­i­cans par­tic­i­pat­ing in 400 com­mu­ni­ties in 23 states to more than 37 mil­lion peo­ple and 15,000 com­mu­ni­ties from all 50 states, United States ter­ri­to­ries, Cana­dian cities, and mil­i­tary bases around the world.

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