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National Night Out events being planned

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Aug. 2, 2009 at 9:11 am with No Comments »
August 2, 2009 9:11 am

It’s almost that time of year again – National Night Out.

This year’s 26th annual event is Tuesday night. Local neighborhood organizations and cities are gearing up for events intended to get people out of their homes in an effort to fight crime. Block parties will be held so neighbors can chat and get to know one another.

In Pierce County, 128 parties have been registered with Safe Streets. Of those, more than 75 will occur in the City of Tacoma.

“National Night Out has much more than a one-night impact; it brings people together at the ‘picket fence level,'” Safe Streets Deputy Director Steve Jewell said in a press release. “We realize that it is a key strategy for building and maintaining an extensive network of neighborhood block groups throughout Pierce County. The evidence is clear that neighbors who value knowing their neighbors will build communities that care for each other, and ultimately help to make Pierce County a friendlier, more welcoming place to live.”

For a list of the National Night Out events registered with Safe Streets, click here.

The City of Fircrest is gearing up for its annual celebration. The event, sponsored by the Fircrest Police Department, will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Fircrest Community Center, 555 Contra Costa Ave.

A “Dunk A Cop” booth, sidewalk drawing contest, vehicle displays, a fireworks show and visits from Ronald McDonald, McGruff and Scruff, Keystone Kops, Big Foot Clown Alley, Vince and Larry will be among the activities.

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