Pine City to join cities nationwide for ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’
Photo taken at a recent NNO event, an outdoor film in the backyard of Pine City resident Brad Mariska
On Tuesday, August 2nd, neighborhoods throughout Pine City are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “28th Annual National Night Out” (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored by several local agencies and organizations, will involve over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, over 37 million people are expected to participate in ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’. NNO 2011 is being supported in part by TARGET, a national corporate sponsor.
National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and local participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Beginning at 7 p.m. on August 2nd, residents in neighborhoods throughout Pine City and across the nation, are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Many neighborhoods throughout Pine City will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, flashlight walks, visits from police, contests, youth activities and anticrime rallies.
For those hosting a neighborhood event who would like to register it so that others in the neighborhood can find out about it, and so a deputy or community leader can stop by, please do so by calling Pine City’s Neighborhood Watch co-chair and National Night Out coordinator, Jody Pangerl, at (320) 629-7553.
At 9 p.m. in Voyageur Park, all block parties and the rest of the community are invited to an open-air movie, “How to Train Your Dragon”, at Voyageur Park at Main St. N and 1st Ave. NW, behind the VFW. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the outdoor film with others in the community.
“How to Train Your Dragon” is a 2010 computer-animated fantasy film by DreamWorks Animation loosely based on the 2003 book of the same name. The family film stars the voices of Craig Ferguson and Kristen Wiig, among other humorists. The story follows a young Viking teenager named Hiccup who aspires to follow his tribe’s tradition of becoming a dragon slayer. After finally capturing his first dragon, and with his chance at finally gaining the tribe’s acceptance, he finds that he no longer has the desire to kill it and instead befriends it.
National Project Coordinator Matt Peskin said, “This is a night for America to stand together to promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight to build a safer nation. On NNO, we invite neighborhoods nationwide to join us in Giving Crime & Drugs A Going Away Party.”
Contact: Coordinator Jody Pangerl at (320) 629-7553 or City Planner Nathan Johnson at (320) 629-2575.
Optional: National Association of Town Watch / (610) 649-7055 / www.nationalnightout.org