Fox Valley gears up for National Night Out
By Stephanie Lulay firstname.lastname@example.org August 3, 2012 3:42PM
The Aurora Police Department visits residents during a previous National Night Out event. | Sun-Times Media file photo
Updated: September 6, 2012 6:19AM
Neighborhoods throughout the Fox Valley will stand with thousands of communities nationwide Tuesday night for National Night Out.
The annual event is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate participation in local anti-crime programs, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
From 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in Aurora, the city is asking residents to lock their door, turn on their outside lights and spend the evening getting to know their neighbors.
Planned National Night Out events in the city, where Aurora police will meet with neighbors, will range from small gatherings to large neighborhood block parties.
On the city’s Far East Side, the Georgetown Relief Efforts Neighborhood Organization will host their 8th annual National Night Out event. From 6 to 8 p.m., the entire city is invited to enjoy live music, free food, a magic show and raffle at Georgetown School, 995 Long Grove Drive.
“Neighbors knowing neighbors builds strong bonds that send the message to criminals that they are being watched and their behaviors will not be tolerated,” said Aurora Police Chief Greg Thomas.
For more information on the free event, call Dee Hakala at 630-918-1229 or Kris Harvey at 630-898-8287.
From 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, neighborhood watches, civic groups and law enforcement officials will gather at the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, 37W755 Route 38, St. Charles.
From 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, township residents will gather at Aurora Township’s annual National Night Out celebration at the Aurora Township Youth and Senior Center, 313 Gale St.. Food and refreshments will be available, and the celebration will have activities for all ages.
For more information, call Suely Cabral, 630-897-8777.
Montgomery Police and Fire departments will be visiting neighborhoods Tuesday night. From 6 to 6:30 p.m., police and fire will be at Victoria Drive and Brentwood Avenue; 6:30 to 7 p.m., Main and Jefferson streets; 7 to 7:30 p.m., James Street and Martin Avenue; 7:30 to 8 p.m., Lincoln Avenue and Hartway Drive; 8 to 8:30 p.m., Hickory Ridge Drive and Maple Ridge Lane.
From 6 to 7 p.m., Oswego firefighters and Montgomery Police will be at Lakewood Creek School, 2301 Lakewood Creek, Montgomery, in the Oswego School District; from 7:15 to 8 p.m., Prescott and Troon drives, Montgomery; 8:15 to 8:45 p.m., Briarcliff Road and Red Fox Run.
From 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, the Sugar Grove Fire Department and Montgomery Police will be at McDole Elementary School, 2901 Foxmoor Drive, Montgomery, in the Kaneland School District.
The Bristol-Kendall Fire Department and Montgomery Police will be at Gordon Road and Thomas Lane from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; at Concord Court and Hartfield Drive from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m.
The North Aurora Police Department is encouraging residents to organize neighborhood gatherings from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Police officers and McGruff the Crime Dog will be stopping by neighborhoods to share crime prevention tips and give away sticker badges to kids.
Officers will also be on hand to share information about the North Aurora Police community policing programs, including Police and Citizens Together.
Residents hosting an event should register to receive a police visit by contacting Crime Prevention Officer Robyn Stecklein at 630-906-8146.
From 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, residents will gather in Town Square Park on Route 47.
Games, demonstrations, music and food are planned. The event is hosted by the Yorkville Police Department.
For more information, call 630-553-4340.
From 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, the Geneva Park District and Police Department will host National Night Out at the Pool at Sunset Pool, 710 Western Ave.
Admission to the pool during the event is free. Dairy Queen will sell frozen treats.
For more information, call 630-232-4542.