NEWMAN - Community members will be joining local public safety and first responders to take part in Newman’s first-ever National Night Out observance next Tuesday, Aug. 6.
The event will run from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Kern and Main streets.
The National Night Out celebration is part of the city’s ongoing campaign to strengthen community ties, reflected City Manager Michael Holland, with a focus on bringing together residents and those who are dedicated to protecting the safety of the city.
“We have focused on community-building types of events such as the farmer’s market and Newman Together,” Holland commented. “This is going to be a good event. We have talked about it in the past, and this year we just put forward a concerted effort to make it happen.”
“Essentially, this is a big block party,” organizer Alicia Mendoza, the city’s recreation director and community liaison, previously told Mattos Newspapers. “We want to bring the community together at this event, and let people get to know one another and their first responders.”
The event will offer the opportunity for residents and public safety personnel to meet and mingle in an informal, casual setting.
“We want our residents to know who they are and what they do for our community,” said Mendoza in reference to police officers, firefighters and other public safety/emergency services personnel.
A number of agencies and organizations will be represented at the event.
Personnel from the city’s police and fire departments, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office and West Side Community Ambulance will be among those on hand.
Each will have vehicles on display. The police department will be offering free fingerprinting for children (ID required) and have three-on-three basketball set up. The fire department plans a variety of activities as well, including a water brigade activity.
The community services officer will have a booth as well and will be distributing free anti-theft club devices to owners of 1990 Acuras and Hondas, 1990-2005 Fords and Chevrolet vehicles and 1990-2000 Nissans. Registration demonstrating ownership of qualifying vehicles is required. Information about code enforcement will also be handed out.
Hot dogs will be served, and a host of games and activities are planned.
The city’s Recreation Department will be on hand to offer free face-painting and children’s activities, Saputo Cheese will have a booth and Gustine-based Rescue 74 will be handing out information on CPR and concealed weapons permits.
“We have a good mix for our first community block party,” Mendoza reflected. “We will have a lot of fun, free activities for the community to enjoy.”
While much of the event will be devoted to relaxation and enjoyment, the evening will include a somber note when a memorial honoring fallen Newman Police Cpl. Ronil Singh is dedicated at 6:30 p.m. in front of the police station. Saputo is donating that memorial to the city.
Mendoza reiterated that the entire community is invited to attend.
“We encourage the community to come out and get to know their local law enforcement and first responders and make a connection with them. They are there to help us,” she reflected. “We also just want people to know their neighbors.”