Pottstown Plans National Night Out Event Aug. 2

Knight, the mascot of National Night Out

POTTSTOWN PA – Pottstown residents can participate again next month in the annual National Night Out, described by organizers as “an easy way, on a single day, to invest in community spirit and to show that local neighborhoods are being taken back” from criminals by their residents.

Its activities are scheduled for Aug. 2 (2011; Tuesday) from 6:30-8:30 p.m., rain or shine, in the borough’s Chestnut Street Park, at the corner of Washington and Chestnut streets. They are being coordinated by Citizens for Pottstown’s Revitalization, the MOSAIC Community Land Trust of Pottstown, and Genesis Housing.

Visitors can enjoy hot dogs and refreshments, public safety demonstrations, and a story time for kids. New for this year’s event will be a four-block walk of streets near the park, a short march organizers hope will “add even more spirit and fun” to the celebration. “Come out to show solidarity against drugs and crime, and to help develop a partnership between the community and local police, fire and emergency services,” organizers asked.

Local groups interested in setting up information booths at the event are encouraged to bring their own table and any information or handouts for distribution. Advance notice of group participation is required; send an e-mail for the purpose, here.

Thousands of communities and millions of people are expected to participate in National Nights Out across the country. In Pennsylvania alone, up to 150 municipalities will host similar events. The observance is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, a non-profit, crime prevention organization.

Genesis Housing Corporation is a non-profit organization dedicated to development of affordable housing and consumer education. Citizens for Pottstown’s Revitalization intends to breathe new life into the community through positive actions, involvement, courage and respect. MOSAIC Community Land Trust, also a local non-profit, is dedicated to increasing affordable home ownership opportunities in Pottstown, developing a community garden at 423 Chestnut St., and empowering resident participation in neighborhood improvement.

Photo from National Night Out