If you see the large numbers of police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians and other public safety workers in your neighborhoods tonight, there’s likely no reason to worry.
It is Natonal Night Out and area police departments and other public safety agencies and civic organizations are taking part.
This night is an opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie. National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination to help make neighborhoods a safer place year round.
In Methuen, members of the police and fire departments will be out from 6-8 p.m. in the following neighborhoods:
Methuen Arlington Neighborhood, 141 Tenney St., 20 Calumet Road, Birch Avenue, Dewey Street, Tudor Street, 222 Pelham St., Butternut Lane, 4 Gleason St., Olive Street and Jeffrey Street.
The North Andover Police Department, Neighborhood Crime Watch, Wood Ridge Homes and the North Andover Merchants Association have teamed up for the night.
The program will start at Wood Ridge Homes 10 Wood Ridge Drive, at 4 p.m. It will then continue at the North Andover Middle School football field – Hayes Stadium – from 6 to 8 p.m.
This marks the 30th anniversary for National Night Out and the 10th year North Andover has participated.
Local businesses, town organizations, municipal departments, clergy and others have come forward together to promote the community partnership, Police Lt. Charles Gray said.
The Police and Fire departments will have equipment and personnel on hand for viewing with demonstrations. Children will have the opportunity to have their pictures taken with public safety personnel and equipment.
Police officers will demonstrate their culinary skills by cooking up a barbecue while the Youth and Recreational Services Department will once again offer games and face painting for younger residents.
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Neighborhood groups throughout the city will celebrate National Night Out tomorrow starting at 5 p.m., with community block parties at 10 locations.
A 15-piece public safety motorcade will leave City Hall at 5 p.m. to visit each site.
Here are the neighborhood participants and their block party locations:
Sacred Heart/Brookfield Street Neighborhood Association: Chester Street, between Dunstable and Davis streets.
Cronin Park Neighbors: Cronin Park, between Alder and Walnut streets.
Arlington Area-Loft Five50: Lawrence Training School & Lawrence/Methuen Community Coalition, 550 Broadway.
Mount Vernon Neighborhood Association: Between Genessee and James streets.
Arlington Community Trabajando: Rowell Park, between Hampshire and Cedar streets.
Colonial Heights Neighborhood Association: Cutler Street and Durso Avenue.
Lawrence Community Works with Groundwork Lawrence: Scarito Park at Brook Street.
Prospect Hill area: Storrow Park, between Pleasant and High streets.
General Donovan Neighborhood Association with YouthBuild Lawrence: Between Tremont and Franklin streets.
Manchester Street Park and Groundwork Lawrence: Manchester Street Park, near La Fruteria.
There will be a citywide celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Greater Lawrence Community Boathouse, 1 Eaton St.
There will be 25 organizations participating with information booths and various demonstrations.