Juneau parties on the block

Posted: Wednesday, August 04, 2010

The Juneau Police Department, Capital City Fire and Rescue, the United States Coast Guard, and even McGruff the Crime Dog responded to an emergency at 17060 Point Lena Tuesday night.

Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire
Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire

And at 4447 Taku Blvd., and the Zach Gordon Youth Center.

Block after Juneau block hosted such "emergencies" as part of the 27th annual National Night Out Tuesday evening.

"They started without us," JPD Sgt. David Campbell said. "That is an emergency. Ed Mercer will have the s'mores out by now. Seriously, though, the neighbors get to know each other and to know the various agencies in town."

This event is just Juneau's third time to participate in the National Night Out, which is held in 10,000 communities worldwide, Campbell said. More than 34 million people take part.

National Night Out, or NNO, is a unique-community oriented celebration that lets citizens and members of the JPD and CCFR come together in support of the prevention of crime and drug awareness, according to a JPD press release.

"We usually have a block party every summer so we just put it together with NNO," Kelly Mercer said standing among those gathered at the Pond Vista cul-de-sac. "Last year it was at Skaters Cabin."

NNO was formed by the National Association of Town Watch Executive Directors Matt Peskin. It also includes "lights on" front porch vigils, but activities have expanded over the years to include cookouts and neighborhood walks. It is held the first Tuesday in August.

• Contact Klas Stolpe at klas.stolpe@juneauempire.com.

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