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--- Issued Aug. 2, 2011

Erie Heights, West 38th Street and Garden Avenue, will be remembered as the site of the Housing Authority’s annual participation for 2011's National Night Out.

The National Association of Town Watch introduced national Night Out, a nationwide event, in 1984 to heighten awareness and strengthen participation in local anti-crime efforts. Night Out is held in communities across the country on the first Tuesday in August. The 27th Annual National Night Out in 2010 involved 37 million people in 15,110 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide

The Housing Authority made plans for as many as 300 residents to attend the outdoor gathering of neighbors, friends, public officials and representatives of local social services agencies. Attending are Mayor Joe Sinnott, along with members of the Erie police and fire departments; representatives from the United Way of Erie County, the Girl Scouts, the YMCA, SafeNET, and the Northwest Tri-Country Intermediate unit.

“Everyone is preaching the message of getting to know your neighbor in order to make our neighborhoods safer places to live and raise a family,” said Authority Director John E. Horan. “It’s one of the summer’s biggest events for the Authority and for our residents.” The event, is held from 5 to 8 p.m., and is co-sponsored by the United Way of Erie County.

Entertainment is provided by the Sam Hyman band. Safety equipment, such as bicycle helmets are given to lucky children who attend, along with information on everything from fighting crime to protecting toddlers against injury. .

For more information, contact John Horan at 452-2425.