National Night Out on Tuesday gave Flower Mounders the opportunity to not only meet their neighbors but also police officers, firemen, and city officials. Play for kids and interactive activities for adults helped residents of Flower Mound neighborhoods meet, greet, and become acquainted with people living in close proximity.
National Night Out was begun in 1984 in the U.S. and Canada as a means of dispensing information to community members about police community anti-crime programs, including those aimed at drug prevention and town and neighborhood watches. The organization sponsoring the event is the National Association of Town Watch. Besides learning about anti-crime efforts, attendees benefit from the familiarity and goodwill the event fosters.
Signs providing information about National Night Out were taped to the door of each house on the streets of Stratford Lane, Chelsea Lane, Carnaby Lane, Liverpool Lane and Wimbledon Drive in the Westchester subdivision weeks before the event. Hosts Glenda and Emmett Barina and Jan and Philip Nichols donated the hamburgers and hot dogs that were grilled to perfection and served as the mainstay of the meal. Others brought drinks, side dishes, salads, and desserts to round out the offerings.
From 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. barricades blockaded off the ends of Stratford Lane to deter traffic so National Night Out could take place without interruption.
All who attended agreed that the neighborhood’s event was informative and fun.