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Alameda celebrates National Night Out

Submitted by on 1, August 5, 2009 – 5:50 amNo Comment
Residents chat at a National Night Out party Tuesday night on Pacific Avenue.

Residents chat at a National Night Out party Tuesday night on Pacific Avenue.

On Tuesday night, hundreds of local residents celebrated National Night Out at block parties that spanned the Island. The event, now in its 26th year, is supposed to be a crime and drug prevention event. But let’s face it: Don’t we all just love an excuse to get together and hang out with the neighbors?

We at The Island, of course, love to have an excuse to come out and photograph y’all, so we’ve got a little photo gallery with snaps from three of the parties in our Island Images section to your lower right. And if you’ve got any pictures to add, please feel free to send ’em along.

The event included a whole slew of block parties and a picnic out at the Alameda Point Collaborative, and there were a whole bunch of folks from the city’s police and fire departments and Alameda Municipal Power in attendance (I caught up with Police Chief Walt Tibbet, Fire Chief David Kapler and Alameda Municipal Power General Manager Girish Balachandran at one of the events.)

The Woodstock party had a table with emergency preparedness information, while neighbors at an East End party I visited were starting work on a neighborhood earthquake preparedness plan.

More than 37 million people in 15,000 communities participated in the national event in 2008.

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