Cities plan for NNO events

Neighborhoods, library to host activites

By Melanie Yingst - Miami Valley Today

TROY — The cities of Piqua and Troy will celebrate the annual National Night Out community and law enforcement partnership on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

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. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community.

During National Night Out, neighbors throughout the community and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on their front porch lights, and spend the evening outside with neighbors, law enforcement, and a number of community partners, such as the fire department and social service agencies.

“Community crime prevention starts (at) the neighborhood level,” Piqua Chief of Police Rick Byron said. “So we want to use National Night Out to build stronger neighborhoods in every area of the city.”

• In Troy

Troy Police Department School Resource Officer Jeff Waite coordinates the evening events, which focus on building a positive relationship with the community and its law enforcement.

“The neighborhood National Night Out block parties bring neighbors together that might otherwise not meet or have a conversation,” Waite said. “We send a caravan of local police/fire/911 dispatchers to each party and the smaller parties allow us to interact with the neighbors on a more personal level.”

If your neighborhood isn’t hosting an event, the Troy-Miami County Public Library, Troy-Hayner Cultural Center and the Lincoln Community Center will be hosting events for the public to join.

The Troy-Miami County Public Library and the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center will host a family friendly National Night Out from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6. The event will take place in Brukner Park and on Oxford Street, between the two locations.

At the Troy-Miami County Public Library and Hayner event, the public can enjoy live music by Jerry & Vaughn, view and touch rescue vehicles from Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy Police Department, and CareFlight, see K-9 demonstrations from the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, face painting sponsored by Trojan Florist, the Miami County Park District, Troy Bookmobile, chalk art and yard games. Food and drinks will be available while supplies last.

The Lincoln Community Center will host its event from 6-8 p.m. at Race/McKaig Park. The event will include activities and representenatives from the police department, Marine Corps, UVMC, Kettering Health Network, Crossfit, RCUM of Troy, Trojan Insurance and more. Visit for more information.

The following neighborhoods have signed up to host NNO events on Aug. 6: Merry Robin Road in the Sherwood neighborhood with times to be determined; Paradise Trail in the Hunters Ridge neighborhood with times to be determined; Stonebridge Lakes Park in the Stonebridge neighborhood with times to be determined; Brookmeade Court in the Willow Creek neighborhood with times to be determined; Garden Manor Apartments in the 500 block of Crescent Drive from 4-6 p.m.; Southside Drive in the Kensington neighborhood with times to be determined; Troy-Miami County Public Library/Hayner Center 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Mayfair Road North with times to be determined; Southview at the Gospel Community Church from 6-8:30 p.m.; and Terrace Ridge Apartments at 1312 McKaig Aven. from 4-6 p.m.

• In Piqua

PIQUA — The Piqua Police Department, in cooperation with the PROTECT Piqua Board of Trustees, is once again participating in numerous block parties across the city during National Night Out from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6.

The Piqua Police Department can help with that planning events in local neighborhoods. Registered neighborhoods can expect visits from police and fire. Activities, entertainment, and food make for successful events. PROTECT can provide advice for organizers of local block parties for all of these elements.

Call Officer Brett Marrs at 778-2027, Exte. 3020 or Rick Byron at 778-2036 for additional information and to register your block on the list of official National Night Out block parties.

Neighborhoods, library to host activites

By Melanie Yingst

Miami Valley Today

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