Neighbors gather for National Night Out

August 6, 2013 by


Neighbors, parents and kids came out this evening (Tuesday, Aug. 6) as Concordia took part in its third annual National Night Out.

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In City Park, Patrick and Jennifer Sieben grilled foot-long hot dogs and neighbors brought an array of potluck dishes to share. Patrick Sieben said more than 40 people came for the meal, and most stayed to enjoy the conversation despite an evening temperature near 90, with high humidity and no breeze.

web-thumb-NNO2013LogoAlso on hand were two Concordia police officers, who talked about fighting neighbor crime and then answered questions from the group. Cpl. Ric Fredrickson and Officer Levi Herring were also visiting other neighborhood gatherings throughout the evening.

So was Concordia Police Chief Bruce Johnson, whose department was a co-sponsor along with the Concordia Year of Peace Committee of National Night Out.

At Hood Park, the gathering featured snacks contributed by the neighbors, plus a bike rodeo and balloons for the kids.

Later in the evening organizers Holly Brown and Amber Lambertz were planning an open-air family movie.

Across town, Larry and Janet Eubanks closed off a section of Republican Street, between Fifth and Sixth streets, and filled it with picnic tables for their annual neighborhood barbecue. And in the 600 block of West 10th Street, neighbors filled one front yard with picnic tables for an outdoor potluck supper.

Elsewhere, neighborhoods had planned an ice cream social, another potluck and evening a late-afternoon pool party/.

The idea behind all the events was for neighbors to come out to block parties, to get to know each other and strengthen neighborhood spirit.

Now in its 30th year nationwide, National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

National Night Out is always the first Tuesday in August. This year more than 15,000 communities in all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and on military bases worldwide were expected to take part. In 2012, nearly 40 million people participated.



One Response to “Neighbors gather for National Night Out”

  1. Loretta Jasper on August 7th, 2013 5:53 am

    A great way to acknowledge our neighbors…a great way to know that support and safety is within the block, and in one’s neighborhood.

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