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Arlington, Marysville are participating in the National Night Out on Aug. 2


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From left, Cathy Freeman and Lynne Baylor, Arlington residents, talk to former Arlington Public Safety Sirector Bruce Stedman at the 2015 Arlington National Night Out on Aug. 4, 2015.

Communities can connect with their police and city officials at this year's National Night Out on Aug. 2.

Marysville and Arlington are both holding neighborhood gatherings this year as part of the event.


Arlington police staff, fire staff, Mayor Barbara Tolbert, city employees and City Council members plan to visit numerous communities around the city.

Police Chief Jonathan Ventura said that Arlington's National Night Out grows every year, which helps show that citizens want to be engaged.

"The community is hungry to be a part of something," he said. "It's about saying that these are our communities and neighborhoods and we're not going to put up with the crime."

"For a city of our size to have something like 10 different neighborhood events is phenomenal," he said.

The neighborhoods that currently have confirmed events include Eagle Heights, Country Manor, West Gilman (at Haller Park), Gleneagle (at the country club), Airway Park, Kona Crest, Stillaguamish Senior Center, Crown Ridge and neighborhoods at 66th Avenue and 174th Place.

Ventura said that citizens can help meet their neighbors and form social networks, which helps tackle problems in their community that arise.

You can also meet city officials.

"If you a questions about policing in the city, you'll be able to ask a police officer. If you have a question about parking, you'll be able to ask one of the city officials there," he said.

More information about which neighborhoods are participating or the time of the events is available from Maxine Jenft, who can be reached at 360-403-4673.


Instead of one central event this year, Marysville will hold three events across the city focused on the neighborhood.

The events will be held at Jennings Memorial Park, Harbor View Park and Rolling Greens Park from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

"The police wanted to get back to the roots of National Night Out as a community-building campaign that promotes police-community and neighbor-to-neighbor partnerships to address crime prevention, safety and quality of life," said Gloria Hirashima, Marysville's chief administrative officer.

Hirashima said the city is working with the local homeowners associations to bring communities out to the event and the response has been "excellent" so far.

Community members will be able to get to know their police officers at the events. Police officers will also be able to go over the police department's programs.

"This NNO event will help build the relationships between public safety officials and citizens. Police will be sharing crime prevention tips as well as providing a briefing on their programs and initiatives," said Hirashima.

There will be food, activities and information available at each of the sites, she said.


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