110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted Jul 23, 2013 - 4:59:01pm
DeBary has been incorporated for 20 years, and for at least half that time, "National Night Out" has been a big event in the small city. This year is no exception; the 2013 National Night Out is set for 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Florence K. Little Town Hall, 12 Colomba Road.
DeBary Safety Coordinator Alan Williamson said, "It's more than a decade" that DeBary has been participating in the Night Out events, which are designed to promote grass-roots crime-prevention and familiarize residents with their local law-enforcement agencies.
DeBary didn't start Night Out, but joined cities across the country who work with the National Association of Town Watch. The first National Night Out was in 1984.
In DeBary, the event has morphed into a community celebration. In addition to offering advice to residents to help them avoid being victims of crime, fingerprinting of children offered by the Citizen Observer Program and other crime-fighting information will be presented.
Night Out is also designed to encourage neighborhood and city spirit, and just about every organized group in DeBary shows up.
The Volunteer Firemen's Association will provide hot dogs and soda in exchange for donations. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 45 will be there with an M13 personnel carrier tank. Deputies and firefighters will display antique and new vehicles. Volusia Emergency Management will provide information and answer questions about preparing for disasters. Information on Neighborhood Watch and the CERT program will be offered.
Members of organizations who would like to participate, or anyone who wants information, should call Williamson at 386-668-2040, ext. 323.
He invited everyone to come on out, rain or shine. In the event of bad weather, Night Out will take place inside and outside Town Hall.
In Deltona, National Night Out is set for 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Deltona City Hall, 2345 Providence Blvd.
Sheriff's Office personnel will demonstrate bike safety for children, and show how officers utilize K-9, SWAT and motors teams. The Deltona Fire Department will offer free car-seat-safety inspections, while the Florida Highway Patrol will setup a rollover simulator.
Indoors, officers will offer seminars on gang awareness, fraud investigations and identity theft, and sex offenders and predators, complete with question-and-answer sessions after each presentation. There’s even a class for children on “Stranger Danger, ” and a bounce house for fun.
Free food, vendors, vehicles on display and fingerprinting will also be part of the event.
Orange City's National Night Out is set 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Veteran's Memorial Park, on the corner of U.S. Highway 17-92 and Blue Springs Ave.
Free hot dogs, a bounce house, the opportunity to meet Orange City police officers and firefighters, giveaways and raffles for bicycles will be part of event.
For more information, call 386-775-5410.
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