PDT Staff Writer
Portsmouth Metropolitan Housing Authority will join forces with the Portsmouth Police Department, other local agencies and agencies around the country to observe National Night Out on August 7.
The National Association of Town Watch initiated the first National Night Out events in 1984, which was originally named, “America’s Night Out Against Crime,” as an effort to activate awareness of anti-crime and drug prevention programs available within communities nationwide.
Lights-on vigils throughout communities have been an important part of National Night Out, in which neighborhoods and businesses would turn on their lights during the night to reinforce unity in the effort to fight against crime. Portsmouth Metropolitan Housing have been actively involved with National Night Out since 1991, according Helen Adams, PMHA Director of Housing Management.
“National Night Out is something that we look forward to participating in each year. When we first started doing this we would light candles and march around the neighborhoods, as a symbol to fight against crime. The kids really enjoy it, the police department comes out, as well as the fire department, and other groups work together with us. The residents of our sights such as Wayne Hills, Hudson House, Alexandria House, and all of our sights will participate, and have cookouts and other activities,” Adams said.
“Maxine Malone of the 14th Street Community Center is so gracious. She is going to open up the 14th Street Center, so that will take care of our Farley Square residents. In times past the police have taken fingerprints of the children, we’ve had live bands to come and play, plenty of food, and gave away school supplies to the youth in the community. It has been very successful each year that we have had it,” said Adams.
National Night Out will convene August 7, 2012, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., with activities taking place simultaneously at Portsmouth Metropolitan Housing Authority sites as well as the 14th Street Community Center. For more information regarding this event, contact Helen Adams at 740-354-4547.
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