Cheektowaga will be celebrating the 28th annual National Night Out Tuesday, Aug. 2.
To jump start National Night Out, the Crime Prevention Association of Western New York, Inc. will be holding the Western New York Pre-National Night Out Kick Off Press Conference Aug. 1 at Cheektowaga Town Park’s amphitheater, located on Harlem Road.
Lunch, provided by The Board of Block Clubs of Buffalo and Erie County, will be served at noon and a press conference will convene at 1 p.m.
On Tuesday, Aug. 2, the Town of Cheektowaga will join more than 30 million people across the United States in celebrating National Night Out.
“This event is all about the galvanizing of communities in an approach where you take a strong stand against crime and the criminal element,” said Cheektowaga Police Lieutenant Mark Petruniak and member of the crime resistance unit.
National Night Out was created to:
Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness
Generate support for and participation in local anti-drug and anti-crime programs
Strengthen neighborhood spirit in the crime prevention campaign
Send a message of criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back
This year marks the 25th year the Cheektowaga Police Department has been involved with National Night Out. The night provides opportunity for residents to get out, know their neighbors, learn about crime prevention and increase the safety of their families and neighborhoods.
A major celebration will occur at Cheektowaga Town Park beginning at 6 p.m. Other neighborhood events include: West Melcourt from 6:30 to 9 p.m., ending with a flashlight walk; Vern Lane from 8 to 9 p.m.; Doyle 2, 100 Willowlawn Parkway, will begin their activities at 6 p.m.; Griffith Park in Sloan events start at 6 p.m.; the Gardenvillage Neighborhood Watch events take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Flashlight walks at Liberty and Kensington will commence at 8:30 p.m. and participants are asked to meet at 70 Woodland Terrace for that walk at 8:45 p.m.
Gardenvillage’s celebration, for residents of Gardenvillage Apartments, will take place at the Gardenvillage Apartments Community Center and will include a neighborhood watch information table, child fingerprinting, a visit from McGruff, South Line Fire demonstrations, S.W.A.T. presentation, bike registration and a visit from K-9 Officer Iozo. Their flashlight walk commences at 9 p.m.
“This is an attempt to bring the community together, bring back that sense of community,” said Petruniak. “We try to forge a relationship with the people that we serve and try to let them know that we are here for them.”
Residents who are not attending the events, or participating in a flashlight walk are asked to turn on their porch lights in recognition and support of taking a stand against crime.
For more information, contact the Cheektowaga Police Crime Resistance Unit at 897-7293.