By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Twitter: @DinwiddieMonitr
Posted: August 16, 2019 | 1:45 p.m.
DINWIDDIE – Dinwiddie County’s National Night Out celebrations proved to be the most festive in the county’s history as residents, law enforcement, and first responders gathered for food, fun, and fellowship at four different locations all across Dinwiddie.
Rohoic Woods Apartments and Townhouses was a popular location, featuring hot pizza and other great food; swimming in the pool; a Hawaiian Shaved Ice Truck, offering a variety of cold treats; The Friendly Neighborhood Balloon Guy, making balloon animals and figures to order; really cool temporary tattoos, games, prizes, and so much more.
“I really enjoy this night every year,” said Katie Moody, one of the event organizers, and resident of Rohoic Woods. “It is a great way for residents to get together, mingle, get out-and-about on a weeknight, and a wonderful opportunity for residents to get to personally know these members of law enforcement and first responders. It means so much to interact with these people socially, as opposed to only seeing them when they are needed, for what can sometimes be an unpleasant situation.”
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. NNO enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. It also provides a great opportunity to bring law enforcement officials, first responders, and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
“NNO serves to bring the neighborhood residents together with our law enforcement officers, and helps us in interacting with, and getting to know one another in a positive setting,” remarked Dinwiddie Sheriff D.T. Adams. “Residents can voice their concerns, get to know us, and hopefully together we can improve our communities. It is a great time for all of us every year.”
Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities each year on the first Tuesday in August, with Texas observing their National Night Out activities later in the fall, along with Dinwiddie’s Cedar Heart community, with their event slated for the first Tuesday in October. NNO is celebrated in all fifty states, U.S. territories, and military bases around the world. Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts, and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits, and so much more.
“This night is so important for all of us that are in law enforcement, our first responders, and our county residents every year,” Sergeant Charles Walker, Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office, commented. “I really enjoy this annual event and try to get to all of the locations across the county. It is important to socialize, get to know, and build relationships with the people we are sworn to protect. If I can’t make them all, I make it a point to get to Keelers Mill Road Community National Night Out, as they always have fantastic food.”
If you live in an area of Dinwiddie County without an NNO celebration, and would like National Night Out celebrated in your community next year, you can do so by going to http://natw.org to register. Registration is free. After your neighborhood has registered, you will receive a confirmation email with further resources regarding National Night Out, including what steps to take next. You will also be able to download a guide and an organizational kit will be sent to your mailing address. If you would like additional information on your community’s Neighborhood Watch, contact the Dinwiddie’s Sheriff’s Office at (804) 469-4550.
“At Rohoic Woods, we have participated in NNO for over 10-years now,” expressed Sarah Wilkins, Rohoic Woods Community Manager. “It has become a great way for our residents to meet their neighbors, and to strengthen the relationships between our residents; the Dinwiddie Sheriff’s Department, who are here this evening; and the Fire and EMS personnel, who are also here. By having our residents interact with each other and local officials in this fun way, it helps us grow and feel safer as a community”
McKenney National Night Out was held at McKenney Farmer’s Market. The event included great food, family fun and games, First Responders, and toe-tapping music. Keelers Mill Road Community National Night Out was celebrated at Triple R Meats, in DeWitt. This event included great food, fellowship, and family fun. The West Petersburg Community NNO event was held at the Park at the intersection of Brunswick Avenue and Potomac Street. There were games and prizes for everyone, delicious food, great music, socializing, and more at each of the NNO locations across the county.
“This is one of the most important days of the year for my office,” the sheriff added. “On National Night Out, citizens come out and we have an opportunity to fellowship with county residents. This positive interaction is crucial for building relationships with our residents all over the county while having a great deal of fun. Sometimes interactions with law enforcement can be negative, but it is important that young people, and all residents, know that it is our job to be of service to them. That is the reason we are here.”