Written by Jan Killen
I don't say "no" to NNO! Here are some reasons why I helped organize our Tuesday, October 1st, event at the Rec Center in our Towne Lake area. National Night Out has been held for over 10 years in Irving, with a goal of encouraging community partnerships among Irving Police, City Corporate Communications, and neighborhoods.
Beginning with Texas small-town roots and being a Girl Scout, I was active with people and organizations. After going out of state for college and work, we settled in Irving in 1965 and raised our family. I became involved and gratified as I made a difference. Neighborhoods are an important part of the community. Many in our family have been or are in the military. I respect their service, and I also support our local law enforcement.
There are many reasons why neighbors may say "no" to National Night Out. Demanding schedules of work and family, don't want to get involved, privacy concerns, and letting someone else do it. All understandable, but will it make a safer, stronger neighborhood? Fewer people have land lines, and there are no white pages to inform us of neighbors' phone numbers.
Our Towne Lake and broader area meeting on October 1 drew a modest crowd, surprising in light of the hundreds of flyers distributed and the announcements on our social media site, www.NextDoor.com. We had three Irving Police officers to visit, bring us information on a new initiative in our area starting soon.
We invite you to take a look at what is happening in our neighborhoods, get involved at least a little, and feel good about the difference it is making!