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Event treats community to 'night out'
Residents from Hinesville, Fort Stewart and other Liberty County neighborhoods can learn more about staying safe and drug-free at the local National Night Out event from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3 at Bradwell Park in downtown Hinesville.
“We’ve been doing this about eight years now,” Hinesville Police Department Crime Prevention Officer Jon Williams said. “We have a lot of people come out. Every year it seems to get bigger and bigger.”
Williams said the event is particularly beneficial here because “we are a transitional community with the military presence. It gives families a chance to find out about Hinesville, about what goes on in Hinesville.”
National Night Out was established 27 years ago by the National Association of Town Watch, city of Hinesville spokeswoman Krystal Britton said.
“National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness,” Britton said in a written release. “It generates support for, and participation in local anti-crime efforts, strengthens neighborhood spirit and police community partnership and sends a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.”
National Night Out will involve more than 11,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S territories, Canadian cities, and military bases around the world, Britton said.
“More than 35 million people are expected to participate in ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime’ on Aug. 3,” she said.
The local event is being sponsored by the Hinesville Police Department and a host of other area sponsors, including the Army, Geovista, The Liberty County Health Department, AT&T, Dairy Queen and Target. Fort Stewart is a primary participant in the event, Williams and Britton said.
Fort Stewart’s DARE program organizers and the installation’s fish and game warden will be on hand, Williams said.
“Liberty County EMA is doing hurricane preparedness and the U.S. Navy will bring a flight simulator,” he added. “There will be motorcycle safety from Fort Stewart. And we’ll have family intervention, the 4-H Club, and the Girls Scouts and Boy Scouts of America.”
Williams said families with special needs children and caregivers for elderly patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia can also gain valuable information during National Night Out, he said.
In addition, The Coastal Bank will offer information on identity protection and safe deposit boxes, practices to help keep soldiers and their families’ finances safe especially during deployments, Williams said.
Other National Night Out participants include Liberty Regional Medical Center, the Georgia Department of Aging Services and Army Community Services, the crime prevention officer said.
“We’ll have a blood mobile out there for people to donate blood,” he said.
Family and children’s activities will make the event fun as well as informative, Williams said.
“Midway Museum is going to do a story time for children,” he said.
Area choirs will perform and there will be refreshments, Britton said.
For more information, call Williams at 408-8242.   

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