Maine Township hosts family focused National Night Out event

The theme of this year’s Maine Township National Night Out Against Crime is “Police + Us = A Safer Community.”

Sponsored by Maine Township, Neighborhood Watch, Cook County Sheriff’s Police, Golf Maine Park District, North Maine Fire District and other community businesses, the event will be held at Dee Park, 9229 Emerson, in unincorporated Maine Township.

The event will feature performances by local talent, including Artistry in Motion Dance Troupe, as well as games, prizes, raffles and a poster contest.

Trustee Peter Gialamas, chairman of Maine Township’s National Night Out Against Crime, said all residents and families are invited to the event, which is scheduled for Aug. 4, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Designed to promote family fun and neighborhood unity, NNO also educates residents on crime prevention and safety.

“The evening is really fun and educational for the entire family,” Gialamas said. The event will include demonstrations and information from Cook County Sheriff’s Police, North Maine Fire District and Maine Township Office of Emergency Management. The night will conclude with the distribution of glow necklaces to show community support against crime and the “Lighting The Way Against Crime” observance.

In addition to Trustee Gialamas, other Maine Township volunteers include Supervisor Carol Teschky, Highway Commissioner Bob Provenzano, Trustees Walter Kazmierczak, Laura J. Morask, and Kim Jones and Assessor Susan Moylan Krey along with many citizen volunteers.

National Night Out is also called America’s Night Out Against Crime and has grown from 2.5 million participants in its first year to over 30 million in 10,000+ communities and in unincorporated areas such as Maine Township.

Local talent interested in performing at the event, as well as residents and businesses who wish to volunteer or donate prizes, should contact Gialamas at petegialamas@yahoo.com or call 847-297-2510.

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