It’s Thornton’s night out against crime! The “32nd Annual National Night Out” (NNO), a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, and locally by the Thornton Police Department will be held on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. This year’s National Night Out campaign will involve citizens, law enforcement, fire department, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations, and local officials from the City of Thornton. In 2014, over 38.1 million people nationwide participated in National Night Out, and organizers anticipate that number to grow even larger in 2015. NATIONAL NIGHT OUT is designed to: • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; • Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for Thornton residents to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie” said Community Relations Officer Matt Barnes.” While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out does represent the kind of spirit, energy and determination that is helping to make many Thornton neighborhoods safer places throughout the year.” National Night Out is a night to celebrate safety, crime prevention successes, and neighborhood unity and to expand and strengthen programs for the next 364 days.” said Barnes. If you would like to host a National Night Out event in your neighborhood and register your event with the Thornton Police Department, please contact Officer Matt Barnes at 720-977-5024. National Night Out Party Ideas Ways to jumpstart your National Night Out event. These are just suggestions to stimulate your thinking. Be creative! Simple Refreshments • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Watermelon Potluck - bring your specialty Lemonade Coffee, tea and dessert Ice cream cones Make your own sundaes Pretzels and chips Fruit and cheese plates Pizza Cookies Hamburgers Hot dogs Chicken Corn on the cob Salads Soda Iced tea Punch Group Conversations/ Mixers • Block history stories • National Night Out stories • Photos from past block parties and NNO events • Design a mixer: “Find a person who…” - with prizes • Oldest resident award • Longest resident award • Newest resident award Getting Permits Contribute to the Community • • • • Collect for a food bank Beautify a common area Plan a fall clean-up or bulb planting Recruit additional Neighborhood Watch leaders and block captains • Discuss neighborhood concerns, problems • Distribute neighborhood block list, phone numbers, etc. • Discuss outdoor lighting in the area Activities for Youth • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Bike parade Board games Skits Make a mural or banner Coloring Contest Pony rides McGruff 3-legged race Football, baseball, basketball Street hockey Roller blade Youth parade with a theme Jump rope Chalk art Face painting Bubbles Sack races Magic show Sing-alongs Water balloons Frisbee competition Piñata Clowns Bike Safety Child ID Kits Activities for All Ages • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Block party Cookout Parade Jump rope contest Hula hoop contest Barbeque Street dance Volleyball Celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, etc. Scavenger hunt Visits from police, fire and EMS Take lots of pictures Karaoke Rummage sale Music and DJ Dunk tank Movies Street carnival Disposable camera distribution/ photo contest Self-defense demonstration Jail & Bail Funniest hat contest Welcome new neighbors Live music Horseshoes It is the party planner’s responsibility to turn permit applications in to the appropriate department. Be sure to submit the applications at least two weeks in advance to allow plenty of time for processing. Links to permits can be found at www.cityofthornton.net/neighborhood. Click on Revitalization & Engagement. Blocking Off a Street A “Traffic Control Permit” is required for you to block off a portion of a Thornton public street for your party area. Residents must provide their own barricades/ cones for blocking the street. The permit lists the detailed conditions and requirements. Vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle access must still be permitted for residents living within the party area wishing to get in and out. This permit is free and typically takes two business days to process depending on the location of party area. More time may be required if the party area is on a collector street. For more information about getting a permit call Thornton Traffic Engineering & Operations at 720-977-6500. Permit applications are available at the Infrastructure Maintenance Center 12450 Washington St. or online at www.cityofthornton.net.
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