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By Henrietta J. Burroughs                    Follow East Palo Alto Today on
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August 5, 2014                                 
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National Night Out Logo  
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Today marks the observance of "America's Night Out Against Crime." The observance is now commonly called National Night Out, and it is a nationwide event that is designed to increase neighborhood awareness about crime and bring neighbors together. National Night Out occurs annually on the first Tuesday in August.

Eleven East Palo Alto neighborhoods will participate in today’s National Night Out celebration. The city observance will involve street closures and community festivities hosted by local residents.

Street closures will start at 5 p.m. and affect eight East Palo Alto streets: Azalia Drive, Bell Court, Bradley Way, Garden Street between Addison and Oakwood, the 2400 block and the 2800 block of Illinois Street, Newell Road close to Woodland Avenue, Oakwood and Runnymede near Avelar Street, also the St. Samuel Church in God parking lot at 1199 East Bayshore Road. 

Fun activities for children and adults, including a food cookout, will be held in two East Palo Alto parks, Jack Farrell Park on Fordham Street and in Joel Davis Park on Tate Street. 

The actual National Night Out activities will take place this evening between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Streets will reopen at 9 p.m. For more information see the flyers below.

National Night Out was originally known as “America’s Night Out Against Crime," when it started in 1984 as an effort to encourage community residents to get involved in crime prevention efforts, to create community partnerships with the police and to let criminals know that neighborhoods were organized to fight crime.

At its inception, 2.5 million Americans in 400 communities in 23 states took part in the event. The latest estimates show that it is becoming a worldwide event with 37.8 million people and 16,124 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide taking part in the National Night Out celebration.

To get more information about the National Night Out event, see the National Night Out website at http://natw.org/about/. For more information about National Night Out events in East Palo Alto, see the attached flyers below.

National Night Out street festivite

 

National Night Out events flyer in Spanish

 

 

 

This article was written by Henrietta J. Burroughs. To contact the author, send an email to epatoday@epatoday.org.