NH communities make plans for National Night Out
“This is a night for America to stand together and promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity,” Matt Peskin, national project coordinator, said in a statement. “National Night Out showcases the vital importance of police-community partnerships and citizen involvement in our fight for a safer nation.”
Nationwide, about 37.5 million participated in the 2012 America’s Night Out Against Crime. According to Peskin, this year’s event is expected to be the largest ever.
In the past, several hundred people have typically attended National Night Out in Nashua. The numerous crime watch groups in Nashua are being urged to participate, and are helping to spread the word by inviting area families.
The highlight of the evening will be a street hockey game between the Nashua Police Athletic League and members of the Boys and Girls Club. Information about the city’s safe neighborhoods initiative and a presentation by members of Nashua’s GREAT anti-gang program will also be available.
Fingerprint identification cards are often available, along with DNA kits for children, which help police in case a child is missing or abducted.
The Bedford event, sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department, also includes food and family entertainment. The softball game begins at 5:30 p.m., at Selvoski Field at the town pool complex; entertainment is at 7 p.m., featuring Johnny the K.
The first pitch in the softball game will be thrown by Danny Somaru, manager at Carrabba’s Italian Grill; the National Anthem will be sung by Maeve Jackson; and Steve Grocott, of the Bedford Girls Softball League, will serve as event master of ceremonies. Members of CERT, the Community Emergency Response Team, will also be on hand.
“I wanted something that would be unique to police and fun for kids,” Pelletier said.
There will be free food at both locations. Hamburgers, hot dogs and popcorn will complement the bounce house and other activities in Pinardville. In the Village, the Rotary Club will have hot dogs, and there will be lots of cotton candy and snow cones. The YMCA will have a craft table, and the kids can create art at the Main Street Program’s coloring booth, and the fire department will host an open house.
“We’re encouraging folks to bring lawn chairs to the field near the station on Church Street to get comfy and enjoy the music by the Larson Brothers Band. I’m told they play excellent music,” she said.
“It’s a great opportunity for the community to get to know their law enforcement, the rest of the community and business members.,” Pelletier said.
The departments have been hosting the event since 2008, but this is the first year for a Kids Bike Parade. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m., and children younger than 10 are invited to display their decorated bikes.
Dunbarton and Bow have been planning a few surprises.
The Laconia Police Department will be hosting its National Night Out event from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Opechee Beach. Free hot dogs, chips, drinks, slushies and FunSpot token cards will be distributed.
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