Tomorrow is the 29th Annual National Night Out, an event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. What is National Night Out? It's a way for communities to band together and learn how to keep crime and drug use down. The idea, according to the website, is to “send a message to criminals, letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.”
Last year’s event involved law enforcement agencies from 15,000 communities all over the United States, and even in U.S. territories, military bases, and Canadian cities. More than 37 million people took part, and organizers are aiming for 40 million this year.
The trademark sign of participation is a display of outdoor and front porch lights, but communities have often thrown block parties, cookouts, parades and other events.
The Montgomery Police Department is sponsoring the event locally, and partnering with the five fire protection districts that serve Montgomery. They’ll be visiting neighborhoods throughout the evening. Below is a rundown of where they will be, and when. (Police will attend all events.)
Aurora Township Fire Department
Solfisburg Avenue, 6:00-6:30 p.m.
Oak Grove Mobile Homes 6-6:30 p.m.
Eastern Avenue; Oakland and Jackson streets, 6:30-7 p.m.
Loucks Street and Seventh Avenue; Spencer Street and Melrose Avenue, 7-7:30 p.m.
Calhoun Street and Binder Street; Kingston Avenue and 14th Street, 7:30-8 p.m.
800 Hill Avenue Mobile Homes; Kimberly Lane and Royal Drive, 8-8:30 p.m.
Bristol-Kendall Fire Department
Gordon Road and Thomas Lane, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Concord Court and Hartfield Drive, 7:45-8:45 p.m.
Montgomery and Countryside Fire Department
Brentwood Lane and Victoria Drive, 6-6:30 p.m.
Main and Jefferson streets, 6:30-7 p.m.
James Street and Martin Avenue, 7-7:30 p.m.
Lincoln Avenue and Hartway Drive, 7:30-8 p.m.
Hickory Ridge Drive and Maple Ridge Lane, 8-8:30 p.m.
Oswego Fire Protection District
Lakewood Creek Elementary School, 6-7 p.m.
Prescott and Troon drives, 7:15-8 p.m.
Briarcliff Road and Red Fox Run Drive, 8:15-8:45 p.m.
Sugar Grove Fire Department
McDole Elementary School, 6:30-8 p.m.