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Grandview to kick off National Night Out

GRANDVIEW - People from throughout the Lower Valley are invited to spend an evening at Westside Park in Grandview celebrating the kick-off of the National Night Out Against Crime event.

The kick-off event, being held Monday, Aug. 1, from 5 to 8:30 p.m., is being hosted by the Grandview Police Department, the Grandview Block Watch Community Mobilization Program and Sunnyside's Promise. Police departments from Sunnyside, Granger, Mabton and Prosser will also be on hand to help with the kick-off.

Everyone is invited to come and join in the festivities. There will be information booths set up in the park and the Grandview Fire Department will be on hand to display its new firefighting equipment. There will also be food, entertainment, activities and free family swimming at the Grandview municipal pool from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The kick-off event is meant to initiate a series of anti-crime block parties being held throughout the Lower Valley on Tuesday evening, Aug. 2.

Grandview neighborhoods are being asked to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 22nd annual National Night Out crime, drug and violence prevention event.

From 7 to 10 p.m. on Aug. 2, residents in neighborhoods throughout Grandview and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Many neighborhoods throughout Grandview will be hosting a variety of special events, such as block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from police, flashlight walks, contests, youth activities and anti-crime rallies. The Grandview Police Department encourages neighborhoods to have block parties.

National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored by the Grandview Police Department and the Grandview Block Watch Community Mobilization Program, will involve over 10,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, more than 34 million people are expected to participate in America's Night Out Against Crime on Aug. 2. National Night Out 2005 is being supported in part by the Target Corporation, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention, generate support for local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police relations, and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

For more information on National Night Out contact Grandview Assistant Police Chief Armando Martinez at 882-2000.

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