Night takes a big bite out of crime

Fun for kids while they learn

The 25th Annual National Night Out, a crime and drug prevention event, will be held Tuesday, Aug. 5, from 3 to 8 p.m. in Oak Harbor’s Windjammer Park.

National Night Out campaign involves citizens, law enforcement agencies and emergency personnel from Oak Harbor, Island County Sheriff’s Department and NAS Whidbey, as well as social service organizations, civic groups, businesses and local officials from Island County.

National Night Out is designed to: Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in local anticrime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and policy-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back

“Instead of doing the traditional block party, we invite the whole community to a party at Windjammer Park,” says Cedric Niiro, event committee chair, of the annual event.

Some of the activities planned for the day include:

3:30 p.m.: Life guard demonstration.

4 p.m.: K-9 NAS Whidbey demonstration.

4:55 p.m.: National Anthem.

5 p.m.: Flyover by NAS Whidbey Search & Rescue and VAQ-142 Prowler.

5:05 p.m.: Opening remarks, Mayor Jim Slowik and Mayor Nancy Conard, Oak Harbor Police Chief Rick Wallace, Island County Sheriff Mark Brown, Coupeville Town Marshall Dave Penrod, and NAS Whidbey Executive Officer Cmdr. Matthew Miller.

5:30 p.m.: SAR demo.

6:30 p.m.: DUI car crash demonstration.

Ongoing activities include IDIPIC DUI course and MWR climbing wall.

“All types of vendors are encouraged to participate, including local clubs, organizations, food vendors and businesses. Many free family activities will be available during the entire event, including food, demonstrations and hands on activities for all ages,” said Niiro, urging everyone to come out.

Anyone interested in having a booth at this community event, please call Cedric Niiro 279-4600 (Oak Harbor Police Department) or Cathy Niiro at United Way of Island County, 675-1778.

“Remember to keep your porch light on the evening of Aug. 5 in support of National Night Out and give crime a ‘boot’ out of town,” said Niiro. “Stop by and meet your local enforcement, emergency personnel, U.S. Navy personnel and many community organizations.”

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