Neighborhoods Join Together to Fight Crime

Newark neighborhoods hosted gatherings for National Night Out Tuesday.

Newark residents locked their doors Tuesday, turned on outside lights and spent the evening outside with neighbors and public safety officers as part of an effort to raise crime prevention awareness.

From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., six Newark neighborhoods participated in the 28th annual National Night Out.

National Night Out encourages communities to come together in order to :

  • Increase awareness of crime and drug prevention
  • Generate support for local anti-crime efforts
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit
  • Improve relationships with police and fire personnel
  • And let criminals know neighborhoods are organized and will fight back

Lakeshore Park celebrated National Night Out with a third annual Ice Cream Social. Dreyer's Ice Cream donated more than 48 gallons of ice cream for the event. according to LARA (Lake Area Rosemont Area) Board Member Mary Shambaugh.

Members of Newark CERT as well as Boy Scout Troop 102 were on hand to help run the event at Lakeshore Park. 

Residents of Campanula Court held a block party in celebration of National Night Out. Residents came together to barbeque and mingle with neighbors.

"It's a great way to get to know your neighbors and build community," said one resident. 

Another block party was held at Beech Place, where Alameda County Fire Department firefighters and members of the Newark Police Department stopped by.

The atmosphere was festive and welcoming as residents shared stories and enjoyed a potluck. Everyone who attended was greeted with a warm welcome and an empty plate to be filled with delicious food.

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CaSunset August 03, 2011 at 05:58 PM
Well, am happily exhausted today, but the National Night Out has become a family/neighborhood tradition. Thanks to LARA for running an exciting evening. We added amateur radio check-ins from 7-8 pm this year. We counted 48 check-ins from around the Bay Area. Special thanks to Mi Pueblo for coming through in a pinch and keeping all that ice cream cold until the party started. Manager Salvadore is the absolute BEST!!
Tena Oakley August 03, 2011 at 06:27 PM
It was great to see everyone at the NNO parties! There were 5 in the city last night, up from 4 in 2010. It's wonderful that the citizens of Newark have continued the tradition that could have fallen by the wayside!
Nika Megino August 03, 2011 at 07:48 PM
Glad everyone had a great time! And Mona, you don't need all that. Just a smile is all anyone needs to put on when taking a picture. Tena, Newark PD told me there were six. The Murieta area also hosted an event. So six compared to four in 2010!
Kimberley August 05, 2011 at 01:53 AM
I live on the San Leandro/San Lorenzo Border and we REALLY need something like that in our neighborhood! I think it's a wonderful idea to get to know you neighbors like that, to where you trust each other enough, to be able to call each other should an emergency arise. How does one like me get something like this started for my area?
Nika Megino August 05, 2011 at 04:30 AM
Hi Kimberley, My guess is to check with your police departments. National Night Out is normally celebrated on the same day, and it looks like San Leandro did get together for at least one block party (http://ow.ly/5VKgs). But once you touch base with your police department, they should be able to direct you on how you can get started with putting on an event/events like this. Best of luck!


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