National Night Out Against Crime

June 20, 2009 by admin  
Filed under Featured, Milestones

Every first Tuesday of August, the National Association of Town Watch and the local Police Departments encourage people in the neighborhood to leave their front porch lights on to show their support in the fight against crime. Over 35 million people across the United States of America and Canada heed to this annual request from the movement established in 1984 by Matt Peskin. The idea being that if neighbors know each other they watch out for one another and they are more likely to report any suspicious activity in their neighborhood rather than look the other way.
For over a decade, the Bayanihan Club of Union is a consistent participant in the annual National Night Out Against Crime in the township of Union. Usually sponsored by the Union Police Department and local businesses such as banks, the activities start with the provision of photo ID for children in cooperation with parents and guardians. Groups of people, various organizations and clubs pre-register for the event and have designated places for assembly. With the permission of the pastor at St. Michael’s Parish, the Bayanihan Club of Union officers, members, supporters and residents in the neighborhood meet at the parking lot of St. Michael’s Parish every first Tuesday of August. Yes, there are finger foods, non-alcoholic drinks (pot luck), music, “give-away” from sponsors, toys and games for the children but the main purpose is to get to know each other. From the Union Township Administration represented by the Mayor, Committeemen, Township Administrator, etc. to the Union Fire Department personnel headed by the UFD Commissioner, EMS personnel, First Aid Squad, Union Police Department staff headed by the Chief of Police, DARE representatives and more….the night is spent talking and listening to one another. The residents and National Night Out… participants speak up their minds, give their opinions, get input, ask for assistance, express their concerns, verbalize any complaints and more. This event is open to everybody and anyone can form a group and register with the Union Police Department to join. On this note, please come to the parking lot of St. Michael’s Parish from 6:00PM – 10:30PM on Tuesday, the 4th of August for another National Night Out Against Crime gathering. If unable to attend, please leave your front porch lights on in support of the movement. Thank you!!
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