Na­tional Night Out comes to Dun­dalk

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By MIA MC­CASLIN mm­c­caslin@ches­pub.com

On Tues­day, Aug. 1, more than ten Dun­dalk neigh­bor­hoods gath­ered, de­spite the driz­zle, to cel­e­brate the peo­ple who con­trib­ute to the com­mu­nity in­clud­ing civil­ians, po­lice of­fi­cers and elected of­fi­cials.

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.”

White and his part­ner were in at­ten­dance at the St. He­lena NNO event. This com­mu­nity is lo­cated on both city and county land, so var­i­ous fire de­part­ments and po­lice of­fi­cers stopped by the large cel­e­bra­tion held on the newly-paved com­mu­nity cen­ter park­ing lot. The com­mu­nity even re­ceived a com­men­da­tion from Bal­ti­more City mayor, Cather­ine Pugh.

Other NNO events fea­tured new neigh­bor­hood fix­tures as well, in­clud­ing a new play­ground in East­wood.

“The po­lice took over our old play­ground be­cause they needed it for park­ing,” said Lynne Mitchell, pres­i­dent of the {span} East­wood{/ span}{ span} Res­i­dents and Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion of Bal­ti­more County{/span}. Dun­dalk Po­lice Precinct 12 moved out of the North Point Govern­ment Cen­ter and to the out­skirts of the East­wood Com­mu­nity on Westham Way. “Todd Cran­dell fought re­ally hard to get us a new play­ground.”

Com­mu­ni­ties hosted mu­si­cians and other en­ter­tain­ment while gath­er­ing ven­dors to­gether to cre­ate events cen­tered on cel­e­brat­ing the area. Events were filled with tra­di­tional cook-out food in­gre­di­ents: ham­burg­ers, hot­dogs and smiles.

Sen. Johnny Ray Salling and Dels. Robin Gram­mer and Ric Met­z­gar (all R-6) were in at­ten­dance at var­i­ous events as well as Dun­dalk’s County Coun­cil­man, Todd Cran­dell (R-7).

PHO­TOS BY MIA MC­CASLIN

Del. Ric Met­z­gar (left) talked with Dis­trict 12 po­lice of­fi­cers at the East­wood Neigh­bor­hood Na­tional Night Out cel­e­bra­tion.

PHO­TOS BY MIA MC­CASLIN

At Turner Sta­tion, ven­dors, po­lice K-9 units, pony rides, and even bands gath­ered for a large cel­e­bra­tion on Tues­day, Aug. 1: Na­tional Night Out. Here, The Wise Men en­ter­tain the gath­ered com­mu­nity mem­bers.

200+ peo­ple gath­ered in the new park­ing lot of St. He­lena’s com­mu­nity cen­ter for ham­burg­ers, hot dogs, and some en­ter­tain­ment on Tues­day, Aug. 1.

At the East­wood Com­mu­nity Na­tional Night Out Cel­e­bra­tion, chil­dren of all ages played kick­ball.

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