Monday, August 4th, 2008 at 9:52 am in Uncategorized.
Tomorrow night it is expected that more than 35 million people nationwide will leave the lonely glare of their television sets and walk outside and meet their neighbors.
Tuesday is the 25th anniversary of National Night Out. The idea is to get people, police, community groups, businesses, elected officials and civic groups to come to block parties and events in an effort to “meet and greet” and heighten crime, drug and prevention awareness. That type of thing is always needed, but 2008 has been a particularly bloody year in Berkeley and Oakland, with eight homicides already this year in Berkeley and 81 in Oakland to date.
The idea is to also strengthen neighborhood spirit and police and community partnerships. Again, always needed.
Events in Berkeley will run from 6:30-9:00 p.m. with the bulk of events getting going around 7:00 p.m. Last year’s National Night Out celebration involved community members, city, town and county employees and staff, law enforcement agencies, fire personnel, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood groups and local officials from more than 10,000 communities in all 50 states and U.S. territories.
“National Night Out is truly a feel good” event,” said Sgt. Mary Kusmiss in Berkeley. “It began as a crime and drug prevention event, but has evolved into an overall celebration of community.”
Come out and join em. Your TV will be there when you get back.