NORTH READING — The North Reading Community Impact Team (CIT) is sponsoring its seventh annual National Night Out (NNO) next week on Tuesday, August 2 at Ipswich River Park.

National Night Out is an event focused on strengthening North Reading by encouraging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with each other and with their local law enforcement partners. The goal is to heighten crime‐prevention awareness, build support and participation in local anti‐crime programs, and promote safety across all generations. Information on substance use and mental health will also be featured.

“We have something for every age at the event. There will be tables for seniors on identity-theft and protecting vulnerable populations. CIT’s Youth Substance Use Prevention Coalition will be there with information on substance abuse prevention for parents as well,” said Sgt. Mike McAuliffe, National Night Out Coordinator for the North Reading Police Department.

“This is a community event. For kids, we have an array of public safety vehicles for the kids to explore,” added Drug-Free Communities Director Amy Luckiewicz. “There will also be a free bounce house, face painting and games. Additional recreational activities and raffles are all free of charge.”
The always popular State Police K9 officers and their handlers will also be part of NNO once again.

Bonus YoYo Show

As an added bonus, young and old alike will be entertained by the sensational YoYo performer John Higby from 6-7 p.m. Higby was originally scheduled as the children’s entertainer during Parks & Rec’s Summer BBQ and concert slated for last week at IRP, but that event was cancelled due to the heat wave. Reading Coop Bank, which sponsors the children’s entertainment for each weekly BBQ has generously extended its sponsorship of the YoYo Show to the National Night Out event.
The CIT will also be providing a light barbeque at the event. Sgt. McAuliffe noted, “The event is free for everyone. We’re hoping to see entire families come, have a hot dog or burger, visit the tables and take home some great information.”

“Families are encouraged to walk or bike to the event and elders are encouraged to contact the Senior Center at 978-664-5600 to schedule a ride to the event, if needed,” said Luckiewicz.

The rain date for this event is Tuesday, August 9.
A number of youth volunteer opportunities are still available. To learn more about these opportunities visit and click “National Night Out.”