A Night Out with Neighbors

Despite the heat and threat of thunderstorms, Naperville residents still enjoyed an evening outdoors, marking the 10th year of National Night Out. These block parties look to bring the community together.

“Everyone comes from all over and it’s great to network and find out about other people and find out what they do,” said Naperville City Councilman Paul Hinterlong.

National Night Out also helps spread awareness of community safety efforts. The local police and fire departments take time to visit the block parties and talk with residents.

“We start with the kids, get them to see that we aren’t that bad of people,” said Park District Police Officer David White.

“They were nice and very loyal I’d have to say,” said Naperville resident Claire Kiefer about the police officers.
“It’s really really cool ‘cause at my old block parties in Texas the police officers and firemen came only if there was a fire,” said Naperville resident Lily McCormick.

East Central Homeowners Organization is just one of the 33 registered participating neighborhoods in Naperville’s 2011 National Night Out. Residents are encouraged to lock their doors, turn on their lights, and come on out to enjoy each other’s company at the block parties.

“If you don’t know your neighbor, then how can you be a neighbor?” said Melissa Hood, Associate Pastor at Community United Methodist Church.

Over 100 residents of all ages took part in this block party. Activities ranged from ice cream sundaes to live music, and a water slide.

“We have fun. What better way to celebrate life, to enjoy your life, to give something back to life, than to have fun with your neighbors?” said Hood.

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