National Night Out event returns to Dundalk
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 10:45

Annual event to be held on Tuesday, Aug. 6

by Ben Boehl

    As the calendar turns to August and summer starts to wind down, there is still one great summer tradition left that the community can look forward to — National Night Out (NNO).
    This will be the 30th year for the national event that gets communities across the country to come together on the first Tuesday in August.    
    The purpose of the event, as stated on the NNO website, www.natw.org, “to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships [and] neighborhood camaraderie and [to] send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.”
   

Many Dundalk-area communities will hold events on Tuesday, Aug. 6. Most of those that had events in 2012 are back again in 2013.
    The North Point Village Civic Association (NPVCA) will hold an ice cream social at Battle Grove Park  from 6 to 8 p.m with giveaways and crafts for kids. Brenda Patro of NPVCA said the night will provide an opportunity for neighbors to meet with each other.
    “We have an ice cream social where we meet and greet our neighbors and give out safety tip information,” she said, “and try to get volunteers for our citizens on patrol group or block watcher group. We also give out free ice cream and ice-cold water.”
    The Eastfield-Stanbrook Civic Association (ESCA) will have its annual NNO event at the corner of Moorgate Road and Denbury Drive from 6 to 8 p.m.
    Karaoke will be provided by Lee Salling, The ESCA event is sponsored by the Hard Yacht Café. Plans include food, games a fire engine.
    In addition to the fun and games, information about the community will be available to residents of the neighborhood.
    The State Highway Administration will have a display of information on the paving of Merritt Boulevard from Peninsula Expressway to Holabird Avenue. John Long, founder of Clean Bread and Cheese Creek, will provide information on clean-ups at Stansbury Park and Lynch Cove Run stream as well as his group’s namesake creek. Also, local meteorologist Rich Foot, of Foot’s Forecast fame, will give a weather demonstration.
    In St. Helena, McGruff the Crime Dog and Scales and Tales will return to the St. Helena Community Center. This year’s free event is from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include musical guest Billy O.
    St. Helena residents are invited out for hotdogs, hamburgers, drinks, desserts, cotton candy,  children’s games and face painting.
    St. Helena Community Association president Shirley Gregory said Baltimore City police will be providing the  food.
    “Baltimore City Police will be in St. Helena, and they are buying 100 hot dogs and 100 hamburgers to give away,” Gregory noted.  “Every year Baltimore City Police chooses a community to help host the event, and [this year] they have chosen us.”
    In Old Dundalk, the Old Dundalk Neighborhood Association (ODNA) is partnering again with the Dun-Logan Community Association for their NNO. 
    ODNA will have hotdogs, hamburgers and ice cream for dessert. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Heritage Park.     
    The ODNA event will also feature crafts, activities and games for kids of all ages.
    A cookout will also be held in Turner Station outside the Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
    The event will include games, music, line dancing and food.
    The Turner’s NNO event will also honor the late Samuel “Ice Pond” Walker.
    Information on other possible local events was not available at press time.
    For the second year in a row, Graceland Park will not host an NNO event.
    For years, Graceland Park residents enjoyed  free ice cream at the local NNO, but Graceland Park Improvement Association (GPIA) president Celestine “Babe” Grabowski told The Eagle last year that he decided to drop the event because he was not getting any help from the rest of the community.
    Grabowski said on Friday that GPIA will not have the event this year, but he left the possibility for a return in 2014.
    “I’m going to try to get it in gear for next year,” Grabowski said.