Friday, July 29, 2011

Aug 2: National Night Out

On Tuesday, August 2, neighborhoods throughout Aurora are encouraged to join with thousands of communities nationwide for "National Night Out".

From 6-9 p.m., residents are asked to lock their doors, turn on their outside lights, and spend the evening outside getting to know their neighbors. Citizens have come to enjoy meeting their neighbors, Aurora Police Officers, and City staff members at National Night Out events that range from small gatherings to large neighborhood block parties.

"By partnering together, citizens, police and cooperating City and outside law enforcement agencies have been able to bring Aurora’s crime rate to its lowest level in 33 years", said Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner. "National Night Out gives us an opportunity to celebrate while we reaffirm our commitment to working together to keep Aurora a premiere City to live, work, and raise a family."

2011 marks the 28th annual celebration of National Night Out which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. Last year over 37 million people in the U.S. and Canada joined forces to send the message to criminals that they are organized and fighting back against crime, drugs, and violence. The annual event is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

"A strong neighborhood is a safe neighborhood", said Chief of Police Greg Thomas. "National Night Out affords everyone the opportunity to get to better know their neighbors and send a strong message that crime is not welcome in Aurora."

One headline event of the evening takes place on Aurora’s far east side where the Georgetown Relief Efforts Neighborhood Organization (GRENO) will host their 7th annual National Night Out event. From 6-8 p.m., the entire City is invited to enjoy live music, free hot dogs, chips, and lemonade, at Georgetown Elementary School, 995 Long Grove Drive. The event also features a children’s area including a clown, face painting, balloons, and the Aurora Public Library Bookmobile. Information on the free event is available from Dee Hakala at 630-918-1229 or Kris Harvey at 630-898-8287.

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