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FRAMINGHAM – Today, August 3 is the 38th annual national Night Out.

In 2020, there were no National Night out events in the City of Framingham due to COVID-19. This year, there is no large-scale community event, but the Framingham Housing Authority is hosting 5 small events throughout the week, including tonight’s on the official National Night Out.

National Night Out was introduced in August of 1984 through an already established network of law enforcement agencies, neighborhood watch groups, civic groups, state and regional crime prevention associations and volunteers across the nation. The first annual National Night Out involved 2.5 million neighbors across 400 communities in 23 states.

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National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community.

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Framingham Housing Authority Executive Director Paul Landers and Assistant Director Helen Plant were in attendance as well Housing Authority Commissioners Phyllis May, Janice Rogers, Steve Starr, and Janet Leombruno.

Framingham Police Chief Lester Baker, Deputy Police Chief Sean Riley, and several members of the police department were also in attendance.

Assistant Fire Chief John Schultz and several firefighters attended as well.

There were law enforcement vehicles from the state police and the DEA.

There were hot dogs, hamburgers, watermelon, and ice cream.

Several kids played basketball, while others danced. Police interacted with the teens on the court and on the make-shift dance floor.

Mayoral candidate Charlie Sisitsky also stopped by and talked to residdents.

By editor

Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.