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National Night Out

Each year, National Night Out is held the first Tuesday in August. That means that this evening, communities around the country will come together in solidarity, in order to promote safer neighborhoods. To make National Night Out a success, each neighborhood (or neighbor) conducts one of a number of tactics, ranging from encouraging people to leave their porch lights on, to hosting block parties.

Taking part in National Night Out is as simple as sitting on one’s porch, and/or socializing with neighbors on the front lawn. By showing a united front, and keeping eyes on the street, neighborhoods become safer, while blocks become friendlier. By working with law enforcement, to collectively safeguard our streets, National Night Out is a proven, effective tool that has a lasting ripple effect throughout the year.

“More than 37 million people participate in National Night Out events in 15,000 communities in the United States.” – Parkside National Night Out.

Each year the Parkside Community rallies behind the National Night Out efforts by hosting an event that features “food, games, prizes, activities (including bike helmet decorating) and demonstrations by public safety officers.”

It’s not too late to be a part of National Night Out. Grab some lemonade or a six pack of beer, and get to know your neighbors. By doing so, you will be sending a message to those who might have ill-intentions, that your hood is strong and united.

To learn more, visit National Association of Town Watch (NATW).


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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