Greater Rockville Neighborhoods
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
in beautiful Talcott Park, Rockville, CT
Activities for the entire family!
On the Vernon
Target - National Sponsor
Vernon Motor Cars
Mayor Ellen Marmer
First New England Credit Union
Crystal Blueprint & Stationery
Schneider's Flooring America
Town of Vernon
Vernon Parks & Recreation Dept.
Vernon Public Works
Vernon Police Dept.
and especially, our Community Policing Officer
Officer Chuck Hicking
Curves for Women
Dave's Cobbler Shop
Dunkin Donuts of Rockville
Loom City Creamery
Mom & Dad Mercier
New York Meats
Price Chopper Supermarket
Stop & Shop Supermarket
The Famous Johnnies
contact Rose Marie or Maureen if you would like to help sponsor, Rockville's "National Night Out" event
Rose Marie Mezrioui 872-9509
Maureen Childree 872-9743
Officer Charles Hicking 872-9126 x224
For immediate release;
Greater Rockville Neighborhoods Block Watch will be hosting the Vernon community’s “National Night Out” (NNO) on August 1, 2006 5-9 PM in Talcott Park, in Rockville. The event is to highlight concerns and illuminate commitment to safe neighborhoods, the goal being to bring together local residents in a casual setting of entertainment and community spirit.
The event will feature live local entertainment, McGruff the Crime Dog, food, a dance group, karate demonstrations and Vernon Police Department K-9 team. Activities on Vernon’s Showmobile will kick-off at 5 PM with an acoustical performance by John Moore. Other stage acts will include, a dance academy, magician Bryan Flint, the superior martial arts demonstrations of Hidden Dragon Karate and "The Blues Deluxe Band". Additional activities will include an inflatable slide from Bouncin’ Around, free throw contest sponsored by Vernon Parks and Rec., face painting, tattoos and free balloons for the kids.
This is an annual event that has taken place nationally since 1983. The Block Watch in Rockville has participated often in past years. This years celebration is the most comprehensive to date. This free event will fill Talcott Park with entertainment, activities and most importantly, community spirit.
Many area organizations will have booths with activities and informational material. The event has garnered many local sponsors such as Rockville Bank and National NNO sponsor, Target stores.
more information, please contact:
From the NNO website, www.nationalnightout.org
National Night Out, a year-long community building campaign, is designed to “strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.“ The NATW consists of over 10,000 participating communities and has listed participation of more than 34 million since 1981. In 1984, the organization began its National Night Out event, held on the first Tuesday in August to promote its anti-crime message throughout the United States. This event traditionally boasts strong support and participation from local law enforcement and others concerned with the safety of their community. We adopt no specific political or other affiliation, but rather encourage all to come together in the spirit of a safe and peaceful community.
For more information on the web regarding Rockville’s National Night Out activities, go to RockvilleCT.com and click on the Greater Rockville Neighborhoods Block Watch logo.
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The GRNBW was re-established when Officer Chuck Hicking was selected as Community Policing Officer on 12/3/05.
He made the initial contact with residents in the area and invited then to the first meeting on March 1, 2006. Since then the group has met 5 times at the Florence Mill cafeteria. Its first priority had to been to develop a dialogue directly with the officers, local government agencies and area residents.
At each monthly meeting, residents are invited to discuss their cares and concerns with the Vernon Police Department. It has provided a good forum where the officers can learn what’s important to the neighborhood residents, and the public has learned more about the role and responsibilities of the police department. The cooperative sharing has created a better working relationship along the lines of how the public and the police can work together better for the common good.
When residents have asked Officer Hicking to look into their concerns, he has always come back to the next meeting with answers and solutions. At each regular meeting, residents are apprised of the upcoming events and have been given instruction as to what role citizens can play in order to make the community a better place to live.
GRNBW is also a Block Watch and in order to provide specific attention to neighborhoods in Rockville, the area has been mapped out into 7 different neighborhood parcels with each having an elected Block Captain. Residents are encouraged to meet with their Block Captains so that their specific concerns can be addressed. If you would like to contact your local Block Watch Captain, feel free to call Officer Hicking at 872-9126 x 224 or e-mail to email@example.com
A Board of Directors has been installed, and by-laws have been completed. The group has successfully organized itself into a cohesive group and will soon be publishing it’s work plans to improved the local neighborhoods.
The first full-scale community effort, will be the National Night Out event on August 1. (see more information above)
The National Association of Town Watch (NATW) is a nonprofit, crime prevention organization which works in cooperation with thousands of crime watch groups and law enforcement agencies throughout the country. Since 1981, NATW has been dedicated to the development, growth and maintenance of organized crime and drug prevention programs nationwide. NATW’s network has grown to include over 6,000 crime, drug and violence prevention organizations.
National Night Out, ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime,’ was introduced by the Association in 1984. The program was the brainchild of NATW Executive Director Matt A. Peskin.
In an effort to heighten awareness and strengthen participation in local anticrime efforts, Peskin felt that a high-profile, high-impact type of crime prevention event was needed nationally. At that time, he noted that in a typical ‘crime watch community’, only 5 to 7% of the residents were participating actively. Due to the growth and success of these programs, he felt this percentage was too low. Subsequently, he proposed a national program which would be coordinated by local crime prevention agencies and organizations - but that would involve entire communities at one time. The first National Night Out was introduced early in 1984 - with the event culminating on the first Tuesday in August.
That first year, 400 communities in 23 states participated in National Night Out. Nationwide, 2.5 million Americans took part in 1984. The seed had been planted. In subsequent years, participation has grown steadily. The 21st Annual National Night Out last August involved 34.2 million people in 10,325 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. National Night Out 2006 will culminate on August 1st. Close to 10,500 communities are expected to take part. (For more information, visit www.nationalnightout.org)
While the traditional ‘lights on’ and front porch vigils remain a part of NNO, activities have expanded considerably over the years to include block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from police, festivals, neighborhood walks, safety fairs, contests, rallies and meetings.
Peskin said, “It’s a wonderful opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie. While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out does represent the kind of spirit, energy and determination that is helping to make many neighborhoods safer places throughout the year. It [NNO] is a night to celebrate safety and crime prevention successes - and to expand and strengthen programs for the next 364 days.”
"The GRNBW is
the best thing to happen to Rockville, that we as a community need to
come together and restore and redefine Rockville. I have lived here
all my life and traveled the world and as Dorothy from OZ
said" there is no place like home"
Greater Rockville Neighborhoods Block Watch
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
August 1, 2006
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Rose Marie Mezrioui 872-9509
Maureen Childree 872-9743Officer Charles Hicking 872-9126 x224