Wednesday, August 8, 2012

National Night Out Against Crime in Southeast Roanoke

The Langstons variety duo inspires dancing

PHOTO GALLERY INCLUDED: Golden Park located off of Bennington Street in Southeast Roanoke City was swarmed by 100s of neighbors, neighborhood watch and neighborhood association members Tuesday evening.

In Association with the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), The Southeast Action Forum and Southeast Roanoke Neighborhood Watch groups celebrated National Night Out (NNO) in style. The weather was perfect.

Event organizers hoped to attract 400 neighbors and citizens of Southeast Roanoke to show solidarity for safe and secure neighborhoods. Participating organizations were Southeast Action Forum, Riverdale-Grandview Heights, Riverland-Walnut Hills, Starview Heights, Morningside, Waverly-Kenwood, Mayflower, and Buena Vista Neighborhood Watches.

National Night Out is designed to heighten awareness of crime and drug prevention, generate support for participation in local anti crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know their community neighborhoods are organized and are fighting back.

Roanoke City and County police and fire personnel were on hand. City and County representatives also attended to show their support. There was face painting, raffles, a very popular dunking booth with Officer Travis Akins taking the plunge. The line for free food was never ending as it snaked around the park pavilion.

“The Good Time Band” played Dixie Time Jazz and Lawanda and Steve Langston played a variety of oldies that prompted dancing and hand clapping.

In 2011 National Night Out involved over 37 million people in 15,325 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. National Night Out 2012 is expected to be the largest ever, surpassing 2011 numbers. Along with the traditional outside lights and front porch vigils, most cities and towns celebrate National Night Out with a variety of special citywide and neighborhood events similar to the one held at Southeast Roanoke’s Golden Park.


Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Community, Crime, Local Events

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Jack Mcguire

August 11th, 2012 at 3:33 PM    

BS on wheels…

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