Who woulda thunk it that hanging out with your neighbors could be so fun? Me! I always look forward to the annual National Night Out.
The introduction of National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, in 1984 began an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. NATW’s National Night Out program culminates annually, on the first Tuesday of August.
There were 3 NNO events in Portsmouth this year. The photo taken above was from the ice cream social over on N. Superior and N. Houghton. This family talked about their street trees, the new bicycle path, and how the neighborhood has been changing for the better, to name a few!
Some neighbors shared dreams of an intersection mural at that exact location, but for now they resorted to using chalk to beautify the pavement. It is right on a "neighborhood greenway" bicycle path after all! Several police officers arrived, to chat with neighbors about concerns, as well as giving tours of their vehicles. Everyone enjoyed the ice cream!
By Amy Michet, Portsmouth Neighbor