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National Night Out activities start tonight

August 01, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

The first in a string of National Night Out activities begins tonight at 5:30 as residents throughout the Tri-State area prepare to stage "going-away parties" for criminal activity in their neighborhoods.

The Broadway North Neighborhoods First and Bethel Gardens-Jonathan Street National Night Out will shut down the 300 block of North Potomac Street to traffic from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

The street will be barricaded on Potomac at North and traffic will be routed to North Mulberry or North Prospect streets, said Lt. Margaret Kline of the Hagerstown Police Department.

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"There will be food and games for kids, demonstrations and displays, capped off with a glow-light walk through both neighborhoods," Kline said.

The purpose of National Night Out is for residents to show they are serious about taking back their neighborhoods and making them better and safer places to live, she said.

The National Night Out program encourages residents to leave their porch lights on and go outside and get to know each other, Kline said.

Other communities participating in National Night Out include:

  • Brunswick, Md., in Frederick County, Monday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the municipal pool. Games, activities and a "meet the candidates for town council" forum will be part of the event, Brunswick Police said.

  • Boonsboro will hold its sixth annual Community Night Out Tuesday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Shafer Park. Sponsored jointly by the Washington County Sheriff's Department and the Boonsboro mayor and council, there will be ice cream, music and the magic of Michael T, town officials said.

  • Williamsport, Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m., around the town pool There will be fun and food, town officials said.

  • Hagerstown's West End, Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church on Church Street, said Joe Imes, spokesman for the Neighborhood Watch group there. Planned activities include a recognition for kids who earned at least "B" grades in school. Youngsters who have reached that level need to contact Imes at 301-797-7186 before Tuesday.

  • Throughout Hagerstown on Tuesday, residents are being encouraged to turn their porch lights on from 7 to 10 p.m. and make an effort to get to know their neighbors, said Kline.

  • Frederick, Md., communities participating Tuesday from 7 to 10 p.m. include Amber Meadows, Lake Coventry, John Hansen/Taney Apartments, Sagner and South End at Mullinex Park, Sgt. Shawn Perry of Frederick City Police said.

  • Waynesboro, Pa., Tuesday from 7 to 10 p.m. throughout the town. Displays, demonstrations, seat belt/child safety seat inspections and other events will be in Center Square, Waynesboro Police Cpl. Michael Bock said.

  • Hancock, Aug. 10. For information on times and location, call 301-678-5633.

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