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Observances of National Night Out, the annual “going-away party for neighborhood crime,” will take place throughout Evanston between 6 and on Aug. 4. It is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW).


The national program encourages everyone to turn on a porch light, take a stroll around the neighborhood or even plan larger get-togethers, in a show of solidarity against crime and anti-social activities.


The community is invited to the parking lot at the southeast corner of

Church Street


Dodge Avenue

for food, friendship and live music. Other celebrations are planned in many other neighborhoods.


This year there is a forward-looking addition to the annual celebration: “Project 365.” Between now and National Night Out 2010, all National Night Out registered areas are asked to designate a particular ‘problem area’ in their communities. It could be a problem, such as a park overtaken by drug dealers or a gang or graffiti problem; or it could be a focus of establishing or expanding a Neighborhood Watch program. The goal will be to work towards correcting that problem within 365 days – or, in other words, by National Night Out 2010.


Anyone with questions may call Officer Loyce Spells, 847-866-5019, or the problem-solving team (P.S.T.) beat officer, 847-866-5018. Groups are asked to notify their P.S.T. beat officer of their plans and to register block-party celebrations with Community Strategies, 847-866-5019 or mailto:lspells@cityofevanston.org., giving name, number and a description of the group plans for the event.