Town Watch’s National Night Out observances are next week

Res­id­ents of the North­east have been in­vited to par­ti­cip­ate in a host of loc­al events re­lated to the Na­tion­al As­so­ci­ation of Town Watch’s an­nu­al Na­tion­al Night Out ob­serv­ances next week.

As re­por­ted in last week’s North­east Times, state Reps. Kev­in Boyle and Brendan Boyle will co-spon­sor the re­turn of the Fox Chase Town Watch event at Fox Chase Ele­ment­ary School on Tues­day, Aug. 6, at 6 p.m. More than 40 busi­nesses and pub­lic of­fi­cials will be rep­res­en­ted as well as the po­lice and fire de­part­ments. Vis­it­ors can meet their state rep­res­ent­at­ives, along with loc­al po­lice and fire­fight­ers, while learn­ing about mu­ni­cip­al, state and fed­er­al ser­vices avail­able to them. There will be anti-crime pro­grams, chil­dren’s activ­it­ies and free snacks and re­fresh­ments. This year marks the re­turn of the Fox Chase event after a one-year hi­atus.

In the 8th Po­lice Dis­trict, Town Watch mem­bers and po­lice in­vited neigh­bors to vis­it the Knights Road Shop­ping Cen­ter on Aug. 6 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Busi­ness and pub­lic of­fi­cials will be joined by po­lice and fire de­part­ment rep­res­ent­at­ives. At­trac­tions will in­clude fire truck demon­stra­tions and horses from the po­lice Moun­ted Unit.

On a city­wide scale, one of two NNO “Kick-Off Ral­lies” will be held in the North­east on Monday, Aug. 5, at 6 p.m. at Tar­get Shop­ping Cen­ter, 7400 Bustleton Ave. A sim­ul­tan­eous event will be held at Sacks Re­cre­ation Cen­ter at 400 Wash­ing­ton Ave. in South Philly.

The Tar­get event will double as a kick­off for Pub­lic Safety Aware­ness Month and is sponsored by Phil­adelphia’s Town Watch In­teg­rated Ser­vices, Tar­get and the Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment. There will be city dig­nit­ar­ies, a VIP guest, po­lice of­fi­cials and Town Watch lead­ers in at­tend­ance, with mu­sic, en­ter­tain­ment, fun and re­fresh­ments for all vis­it­ors.

Town Watch In­teg­rated Ser­vices also en­cour­ages neigh­bors throughout the city to help pro­mote Na­tion­al Night Out by turn­ing on their porch lights on Tues­day, Aug. 6, and “say­ing no” to crime and drugs. ••

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