Today is National Night Out. The 23rd annual, nation-wide celebration brings together neighbors for food, fun and to fight crime. More than 100 gatherings are planned in Pierce County.
Over the years, many neighbors in the South Sound have celebrated successes over criminals while munching on hot dogs and hamburgers. Others have plotted strategies to get rid of drug dealers. Residents in less crime-ridden areas gather on their blocks to maintain the status quo and enjoy a summer evening with their neighbors.
To see if a National Night Out party is registered in your neighborhood, check out our story in Monday’s paper.
For National Night Out, The News Tribune will be reporting on a march led by youths this afternoon on Tacoma’s East Side, which has been riddled with gang activity and drive by shootings in recent months. The march starts at McKinley Playfield at 3 p.m. The group will march to the Portland Avenue Community Center, where a community-wide celebration will start at 6 p.m.
Read Wednesday’s News Tribune for coverage of the event.