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July 30, 2013 > Neighborhoods unite for "National Night Out"

Neighborhoods unite for "National Night Out"

By Julie Grabowski

Communities throughout the Greater Tri-City area will unite with local police departments to safeguard their neighborhoods against crime in the 30th annual "National Night Out." Introduced in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), the event is focused on citizen awareness of crime and drug prevention efforts, encourages citizens to participate in anti-crime programs and demonstrate that neighborhoods are united and fighting back.

"National Night Out" will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 6 (Milpitas on August 8) by 37 million people in over 15,000 communities nationwide with block parties, parades, barbecues, ice cream socials, and other uniting activities. NATW Executive Director Matt Peskin said, "It's a wonderful opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie. While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination to help make neighborhoods a safer place year round. The night celebrates safety and crime prevention successes and works to expand and strengthen programs for the next 364 days."

Registered block parties are planned in many local neighborhoods, some including visits by local police and fire departments, city officials, and other community groups. But for those who choose to stay home, there are still ways to participate by turning on porch lights from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

There are plenty of activities for those who want to join the festivities:
Newark will be celebrating with a free jazz concert at the Newark Library, featuring standard jazz and bossa nova tunes from the James Three Jazz Trio. The Silliman Center will be hosting a Root Beer Social, with time and activities still to be determined.

Union City Police Department will host four individual events on Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m. at Kennedy Park, Town Estates Park, Veterans Memorial Park, and Accinelli Park.

St. John Catholic Church in San Lorenzo will be the site of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office's event where they will be offering free fingerprinting for kids, crime prevention information booths, specialized vehicle displays, and a free dinner.

National Night Out is a great opportunity to get to know your neighbors, take a stand against crime, and help make safer communities for a better tomorrow. To learn more about "National Night Out," visit or contact local law enforcement personnel.

National Night Out
Tuesday, Aug 6

Alameda Co. Sheriff - San Lorenzo
4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
St. John Catholic Church
264 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo
(510) 667-7770

(510) 790-6740

(510) 293-1043 Crime Prevention Specialist North
(510) 293-7151 Crime Prevention Specialist South

Milpitas (Thursday, Aug 8)
(408) 586-2529 or
(408) 586-2527 or

Root Beer Social
(Time TBD)
Silliman Center
6800 Mowry Ave., Newark
(510) 578-4620

James Three Jazz Trio
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Newark Library
6300 Civic Terrace Ave., Newark
(510) 795-2627x16

Community Engagement Division:
(510) 578-4209
(510) 578-4379

Union City
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Kennedy Park
13333 Decoto Rd.

Town Estates Park
2438 Andover Dr.

Veterans Memorial Park
4525 Dyer St.

Accinelli Park
33104 Navarro Dr., Union City
(510) 471-1365

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