Published in the August 11, 2016 edition
NORTH READING — The North Reading Community Impact Team (CIT) was thrilled by the successful completion of its third National Night Out (NNO). Hosted last Tuesday, Aug. 2, the two-hour event welcomed over 600 people to 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 issues and resources.
The CIT also welcomed over 30 local community resources and businesses aimed at providing local information. Guests also enjoyed a free barbecue, child ID resource kits, a demonstration from the State Police K9 team and more.
Additional highlights included benefits consulting for veterans, identify theft protection for elders, face painting, two bounce houses, free raffles and touch-a-truck. North Reading Police and Youth Services also produced an interactive drug education program called “In Plain Sight.” Adults were welcomed to learn about warning signs of substance use and ask questions in a more private setting.
The CIT issued a special thanks to the many volunteers from the community and over a dozen high school students who helped make the evening a success.
All events, attractions and food were free thanks to the sponsors and donors: Farrelly Realty Group, Reading Cooperative Bank, Kids Stuff Amusements, Firestone, Ocean State Job Lot and Hallmark Health Medical Center in Reading.