National Night Out will return to Fox Chase this summer

Na­tion­al Night Out will re­turn to Fox Chase after a one-year hi­atus.

Dur­ing the bi­monthly meet­ing of the neigh­bor­hood’s Homeown­ers As­so­ci­ation and Town Watch groups last Wed­nes­day, Town Watch Pres­id­ent Steve Phil­lips an­nounced plans to hold a block party-style gath­er­ing at Fox Chase Ele­ment­ary School on Tues­day, Aug. 6, to co­in­cide with the an­nu­al Na­tion­al Night Out. The event will be ded­ic­ated to John Duffy, the long­time Fox Chase Town Watch vice pres­id­ent who has been re­hab­il­it­at­ing from ser­i­ous ill­ness since late last year.

Duffy served as the group’s Na­tion­al Night Out chair­man and is cred­ited with grow­ing the Fox Chase event in­to the largest in Phil­adelphia, at­tract­ing thou­sands of people and dozens of vendors.

The Town Watch can­celed the 17-year-old fest­iv­al last year in the face of rising costs, de­clin­ing fin­an­cial sup­port and lim­ited vo­lun­teer sup­port.

“We want to put Na­tion­al Night Out back on out of re­spect to John,” Phil­lips said. “Some of the loc­al politi­cians have reached out to us [to help] and it will be as good as it al­ways was.”

The pur­pose of Na­tion­al Night Out is to cul­tiv­ate co­oper­a­tion between the com­munity and loc­al po­lice in the fight against crime. The Fox Chase event usu­ally fea­tures demon­stra­tions by po­lice and fire de­part­ment units, as well as present­a­tions by area busi­nesses and pub­lic of­fi­cials.

This year, Fox Chase will have a new primary po­lice li­ais­on. Long­time 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict Com­munity Re­la­tions Of­ficer Mark Mroz has taken a new job in the of­fice of North­east Di­vi­sion In­spect­or Mike Co­chrane. Di­anne Murphy is the new CRO.

Dur­ing last week’s com­munity meet­ing, the Town Watch presen­ted Mroz with its “Friend of Fox Chase Com­munity Award” thank­ing him for his six years of ser­vice.

In the Homeown­ers As­so­ci­ation por­tion of last week’s meet­ing, Vice Pres­id­ent George Bez­anis re­por­ted that the civic group’s new Web site is up and run­ning. The site of­fers in­form­a­tion about the group’s mis­sion, its ex­ec­ut­ive board, neigh­bor­hood his­tory, cur­rent is­sues and im­port­ant con­tacts. The ad­dress is fox­chase­homeown­ ••

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