National Night Out 2018: Somersworth Edition
A Little History
It happens just once a year on a national level but National Night Out is always a fun night for the community.
The evening began many years ago in 1984 and was the brain child of one volunteer Matt Peskin. Since it’s humble beginnings in the neighborhoods of Philadelphia it has grown into a huge night out where neighborhoods and communities come together and met their local police department.
There National Night Out always takes place on the first Tuesday of August which makes organization a much easier task. For the past three years the event has been organized by the Somersworth Prevention Coalition and the Somersworth Police Department here in Somersworth. It has been held in Jules Bisson Park on River street where it has seen a great success.
Last Tuesday night’s event was no exception to the success rule and it was wonderful to see so many neighbors and friends come out to support the event.
Community In Action
Everyone who came to the event last night was asked to participate in a small survey and was given a tee-shirt for doing so as they entered the event. Present where many community organizations such as the recovery groups like SOS and Goodwin Community center too name but two.
Music was provided by the ever popular Mike Pomp of WTSN radio station who was also MC for the evening with many community announcements being given. One highlight of the evening though was when a boy and girls bike were given as raffle prizes. The bikes themselves having been generously donated by Somersworth Target who were there that evening representing.
The Somersworth First Responders community including fire, American Ambulance and the Somersworth Police Department were out and about at the event and brought their equipment with them. This was also true of the Somersworth Public Works Department whose brand new never seen a snowflake (yet) plow truck was on display.
Food And Retirees
Talking of snow it would be remiss of me not to mention the heat it was very, very hot and also the humidity was high. Despite that their was a large crowd that by six o clock were busy tucking into the free hot dogs that had been grilled by several retired and well known city figures. These included the very recently retired Mark Rideout and former High School Principal Sharon Lampros. I asked them both if they were enjoying retirement one responded loving it and the other what retirement. I’ll let you guess which one said what.
Civic Groups And Community
I love this event because it’s a night when we get to see the community really come together. Several civic groups had tables including the 125th Commission and Vision 20/20. Vision 20/20 had a board asking people what they would like to happen to the old Bretons Cleaners site which is in the process of being cleaned up thanks to an EPA grant of $200,000. The results were interesting to say the least. I would like to see a unicorn park but that is simply a fantasy of mine…. The rest of the results we will just have to wait and see if any make the cut.
All In A Days Dunk!
The evening itself turned out to be a huge success with lots of activities and fun to be had by all who attended. This was a time when members of the Somersworth PD could simply relax and join in the fun. I’m not sure how relaxed Detective Sergeant Sutherland was each time a ball hit the dunk tank but it proved to be a very popular with those throwing the ball. Especially those who hit the target. Basketball was the order of the night for other community members. Officer McKnight showed off some of his skills and even dunked a few balls during the evening.
See You All Next Year
I would like to extend my personal thanks to all those who gave up their evening to volunteer for what proved once again to be a fun evening. I, like many others, look forward to doing it all again next year. See you then!