Tuesday, August 2, 2005

National Night Out aims to strengthen neighborhoods, fight crime

From Daily Republic // Aug. 2, 2005

By Audrey Wong

FAIRFIELD - Sam Shasky says he has been a crusader all his life. That's why he is involved with the Neighborhood Watch group on Jasmine Street.

"I've been against drugs and for law and order so that's why I've been trying to keep our neighborhoods free and open and safe for our kids," Shasky said.

Shasky will be one of 35 million people nationwide who will participate in National Night Out.

The National Association of Town Watch sponsors the event, where communities have block parties to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, heighten awareness of crime prevention, generate support for anti-crime efforts and show criminals that residents are organized and fighting back, according to Joanne Ledford, community services specialist for the Suisun City Police Department.

National Night Out will involve more than 10,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases internationally.

Groups will celebrate the event in different ways. Shasky invited Fairfield Mayor Karin MacMillan and McGruff the Crime Dog to make an appearance at 7 p.m. Shasky plans to have his neighbor, Nicolle Fairchild, to present 500 messages to military troops in Iraq to a member of the military.

Charles Only plans to have a jumping house, plus food, music and games on Pistacia Court for the Encore Team's block party. Only formed Encore Team's Neighborhood Watch three years ago when he moved into the new housing development.

"I organized its first Neighborhood Watch so that everybody would get to know each other," he said.

In Vacaville, Ithica Court residents will have a pie-eating contest and a Grape Street group will have a luau.

Suisun City will have its 22nd Annual National Night Out at the new Burdick Center in Patriot Park at 1101 Charleston St. The event will have child fingerprinting, Solano Shriner Clowns, crime prevention information, games and several speakers.

Ledford estimates roughly 3,500 people will celebrate National Night Out throughout Suisun
City and is expecting hundreds at the Burdick Center.

Reach Audrey Wong at 427-6951 or awong@dailyrepublic.net

Who: Various Neighborhood Watch groups
What: National Night Out
When: Tonight
Where: Various locations
Info: Kathy Dineen crime prevention specialist for Fairfield Police 428-7327
Joanne Ledford, community services specialists, Suisun City Police, 421-7381
Meaghan O'Neill, crime prevention unit, Vacaville Police, 449-5432

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