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‘National Night Out’ steers neighbors outdoors

Annual event a success in Roseville
By: Susan Belknap Press Tribune Editor
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Getting to know your neighbor was the theme Tuesday night when thousands of people across the country took part in the 26th annual National Night Out. “The yearly event is a great way for neighbors to get to know each other,” said Jamie Carlson, neighborhood services coordinator for the city of Roseville. “We had about 18 sites throughout Roseville that had organized some sort of get-together.” Roseville Police Chief Mike Blair who was on hand at the Cresthaven Park site in Roseville, said the annual event is a chance for neighbors to come out and meet and watch out for each other. “We like that neighbors come together and get to know each other, then when they see people that do not belong, they can call police,” Blair said. “These types of events help us create community partnerships.” In another section of Roseville an estimated 400 plus family members of Westpark and Fiddyment Farm celebrated the evening at C. Doulton Burner Park. Sponsored by the Westpark Fiddyment Farm Neighborhood Association, the evening featured a K-9 police dog demonstration by the Roseville Police Department and a visit from Scruff McGruff, the Crime Dog. The Roseville Fire Department was also there to support the national effort with the assistance of several firemen who brought one of their large hook and ladder trucks for the public to see. Additionally, several motorcycle policemen were on hand to discuss law enforcement with the residents and ways to keep their neighborhoods safe. But the Westpark gathering was not all business. Three bounce houses, courtesy of A&A Music Events kept the kids busy when they weren’t watching the police dogs or looking at the fire truck. Rich Fabbre, Westpark neighborhood association board member said the purpose of the Westpark Fiddyment Farm Neighborhood Association is to improve the quality of life within the neighborhood and community. “WFFNA uses several methods to achieve its goals including working closely with the city of Roseville on issues concerning West Roseville and sponsoring various events like NNO and Movies in the Park,” Fabbre said. Ron Pointer, in attendance at Cresthaven Park said National Night Out is a chance for neighbors to get to know each other in order to help watch out for each other’s children and property. “I know a few of my neighbors but at this event I have the opportunity to meet more of them.” Pointer said while he’s never noticed anything suspicious in his neighborhood; he is concerned with the vehicle traffic and speeds of many cars. Attendee Darrell Stump is also glad for the opportunity to meet more neighbors. “I have a neighbor that jogs and I have seen and waved to her for the last five years,” Stump said. “Tonight I had the chance to introduce myself and learned her name.” ~ Tim Lloyd contributed to this report