Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell

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Aug 05 2009

Night Out Events: A Great Feeling of Community

Published by at 9:21 pm under Neighborhoods

Tuesday, August 4, 2009, marked the annual Night Out Against Crime in our city. Night Out is a national crime prevention event designed to increase awareness of crime prevention and increase neighborhood support of anti-crime efforts. It attempts to unify communities. The events provide a great opportunity to learn about crime prevention, get to know neighbors, and celebrate community. This year there were at least 51 Night Out events in Seattle. Events were held in parks, parking lots and in the street. The number of events shows the dedication and high level of civic engagement in our city. This is something we should all be proud of! I attended a Night Out event in Genesee Park and my staff members Jennifer Samuels and Michael Jerrett attended events in Uptown, Meadowbrook and Ravenna. To learn more about Night Out please visit the following link: http://www.cityofseattle.net/police/Nightout/default.htm

I reacquainted myself and ate with neighbors who only lived within a 10 block radius who I would not have gotten to know but for the annual Night Out. This provides a great opportunity to discuss common safety concerns.

Night Out in Uptown took place at Counterbalance Park and ran from 4:00-9:00 pm. It was organized by Jean Sundborg and John Gessner of Uptown Alliance. I was informed there were great conversations with members of the Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce, Uptown Alliance, the Queen Anne Historical Society and the Department of Neighborhoods. Sgt. Gracy and Terry Johnston from Seattle Police West Precinct were there, as were members of the Seattle Fire Department. In addition, there was a theater performance and “tastes” of neighborhood restaurants like Tup Tim Thai, a clothing exchange, and a table of information on numerous topics.

Night Out in Ravenna took place on Brooklyn Ave. NE, from 61st to 62nd street and was organized by Doug Theil. The event was attended by nearly 50 people, including local police officials and City Attorney Tom Carr. During the festivities, an elderly neighbor became ill and her neighbors rallied to assist her while the fire department was en route. The woman recovered and all was well.

Night Out in Maple Leaf and Meadowbrook took place in the parking lot of the Maple Leaf Lutheran Church and was organized by Pastor Judy Blum and Carol Warren. There were approximately 200 people at this event, including my colleagues on the Council, Richard Conlin, Tom Rasmussen and Nick Licata.

It is comforting to know there are so many people in our city who care about their neighborhoods and are willing to take the time to organize and attend these great community building events. Here’s to you!

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