National Night Out to Be Celebrated in Fitchburg Tuesday
FITCHBURG -- For the third year in a row, the city will join forces with over 16,500 communities from all 50 states and US territories to celebrate National Night Out from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
The annual event is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch to foster neighborhood safety and spirit.
This year Fitchburg’s event will be held at Lowe Playground on Elm Street. It is co-sponsored locally by the Police Department, ReImagine North of Main, NewVue Communities and NeighborWorks America’s NeighborWorks Week.
“Fitchburg’s Police Department is proud to take part in the third year of this event that helps promote positive police-community relations,” said Police Capt. Matthew Lemay.
The evening’s itinerary will include a free picnic dinner, carnival-style games with prizes, face-painting, balloon twisting, showcasing of emergency response vehicles, music from a DJ and a show for all ages performed by Flippo the Juggling Magician.
A favorite activity from last year that will be returning again is free haircuts provided by local Main Street business Brother’s Barbershop.
The event will also include a resource fair to provide city residents the opportunity learn about some of the great organizations and services that exist in the region.
“Last year I was impressed how many people came out and demonstrated their dedication to building a safer, more caring community. I am really excited to see who will come out this year. I think we will have a lot of fun,” said event organizer Meredith Geraghty from NewVue Communities.
Melissa Megane, the community coordinator from North Central’s Women, Infant and Children Nutrition Program attended the event last year.
“I definitely plan to have a table at this year’s National Night Out. I have to say that last year’s event at Lowes Park remains the best event that I’ve attended in my 15 years of community work not only was it well organized and well attended, I recruited more people onto the WIC Program than any other event,” said Megane.