Tonight's the night to unite against crime and misery
Submitted by Billie Owens on August 4, 2009 - 10:30am
Tonight's the night. At 5 in Batavia's Austin Park, the local coalition of National Night Out hosts its annual free event to show unity against crime.
It promotes the ongoing efforts to foster a safe, drug-free environment for everyone. People are also encouraged to put their porch lights on tonight to show support for a safe community.
The activities at Austin Park will be a great opportunity to have a fun, inexpensive family night in Batavia, according to Det. Rich Schauff of the Batavia Police Department.
The usual spray park and concession stand will be open, plus there'll be a bounce house for kids, fire trucks to see, a dunk booth, child identification kits, free bicycle licensing (bring your bike or its serial number) and more.
Perrywinkle, the rep for Perry's Ice Cream will be there as well as Homer from the Batavia Muckdogs. Speaking of dogs, state troopers will put on a canine demonstration of their powerful and well-trained four-legged aides.
Plus, music, a family movie, caricature drawings, Care-a-Van Ministries and reasonably priced food.
Batavian Lisa Barrett, a songwriter and performer, will sing her song "Share Your Light."
Besides many citizens, members of the local National Night Out coalition are:
- Genesee /Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, Inc.
- Batavia Police
- City of Batavia Youth Bureau
- Genesee County Youth Bureau
- Drug Free Coalition
- Drug Free Marshalls