FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — AUG 14, 2013 –
By Daryl Fisher
Tuesday before last was National Night Out in West Sacramento with local organizers at 15 different sights participating in the annual event sponsored by the West Sacramento Police Department. National Night Out is a community police awareness-raising event held every year on the first Tuesday of August with the goal being to increase citizen awareness about the many different anti-crime efforts going on in each community. Block watchers encourage their neighbors to get out of their homes and spend an evening together on their own street interacting with each other so that they can better protect their neighborhood from crime.
One of the local organizers was longtime West Sacramento resident Robin Courtright, who along with her friend Debra Abraham encouraged all of their neighbors on Redding Road to participate. Robin had helped organize a similar evening five years ago and with so many new neighbors on her street, she decided it was time to do it again.
“We had more than 75 people turn out on our block,” said Robin, “and everyone had a really good time. We closed off our street so that all the kids could safely ride their bicycles and then we set up lots of games for the children to play, not to mention bingo for the adults. We also had a Slushie machine and a putting green and of course all kinds of wonderful things to eat. Plus McGruff the Crime Dog showed up along with eight firefighters on a very big fire engine. Mayor Cabaldon also dropped by for a visit as did lots of very friendly police officers. Best of all, my neighbors really got to know each other better and I think that truly is the best way to prevent neighborhood crime. When everyone knows and cares about each other they look out for one another and that makes all of us feel safer.”
In addition to Redding Road, the other West Sacramento streets that held National Night Out block parties on August 6th were 7th Street, Lighthouse Drive, Madrone Avenue, West Capitol Avenue, Evergreen Avenue, Meadow Road, 19th Street, Pennsylvania Avenue, Aster and Manchester Streets, Mandeville Way, Barona Court, Sumatra and Mandura Streets, Antigua Place, and Elsinore Court.
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