Rockville is among 15,000 communities celebrating 'National Night Out'

By Lauri Voter - Staff Writer
Rockville - posted Fri., Aug. 5, 2011
Members of the community flocked to Rockville's National Night Out on Aug. 2, which offered free fun, food, music and activities for everyone. Photos by Lauri Voter.
Members of the community flocked to Rockville's National Night Out on Aug. 2, which offered free fun, food, music and activities for everyone. Photos by Lauri Voter.

Thousands of communities world-wide celebrated National Night Out on Aug. 2. In Rockville, residents, businesses and community organizations gathered together downtown to take part in the global event.

“National Night Out is an event held in 15,000 communities throughout the world on the same night, same time, same places,” said Mike Hescock, vice president for the Rockville Community Alliance and National Night Out chairperson.

The Vernon Police Department, Vernon Parks and Recreation Department and the Vernon Community Network worked in collaboration to make it all happen.

“The goal is to show that it's safe and nice to come into downtown Rockville,” said Hescock. More than 50 booths representing community organizations and businesses were included in the event to gain visibility, provide information and generally demonstrate what Rockville has to offer.

“There's not a single penny being spent by anyone unless they want to help us raise money for our next year's event,” said Hescock.

Vendors are not charged to participate, although they can offer a donation or donate a raffle prize, if they choose. Raffle tickets are sold to raise money for the next annual event.

One of the missions of NNO is to open the channel of positive communication between residents and members of the public safety departments. Hescock encourages Rockville's citizens to participate in the RCA, saying, “We're a block watch, we're a community group, we're a lot of different things under one umbrella.”

For more information about RCA, visit rockvillecommunityalliance.org or attend a monthly RCA meeting, held at 7 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month at Bev's Corner on Elm Street in Rockville.


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