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Keyword: community

On August 5, community leaders, elected officials, neighborhood groups and citizens in Baltimore County will come together to celebrate the 30th annual National Night Out.

National Night Out is an opportunity for people to come together and show that they care about the safety of their neighborhoods and are committed to building thriving communities. Activities include cookouts, rallies, picnics, block parties, seminars with local law enforcement, and more. These activities foster community spirit and let criminals know they are not welcome in our neighborhoods.

Since its inception in 1984, National Night Out has grown from 2.7 million Americans participating in 400 communities in 23 states to more than 37 million people and 15,000 communities from all 50 states, United States territories, Canadian cities, and military bases around the world.

For more information about National Night Out, watch this interview with Officer Bryan Dietsch, Community Resources Bureau for the Baltimore County Police Department.

The following is a list of some of the scheduled precinct events.

Precinct 1/Wilkens

Halethorpe Civic League, 6 to 8 p.m.
Halethorpe Community Center – 1900 Northeast Avenue
Meet and greet
Contact: Otis Collins 410-247-6792

Kensington Improvement Association, 7 p.m.
In community
Parade, meet with Police and Fire Departments
Contact: Frank Ruehl 410-242-7874

Medwick Garth Community Association, 6 p.m.
Medwick Garth Community Center, Medwick Garth and Overbrook Road
Neighborhood walk
Contact: Mary Lynn Clark 410-371-4709

Concerned Citizens of Catonsville, 7 p.m.
The Banneker Center – 27 Main Avenue
Community walk
Contact: Charlotte Wood 443-463-4014

Precinct 2/Woodlawn

West Edmondale, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
The flagpole at St. Agnes Lane and Addington Road
Cookout and consumer information
Contact: Grace Strawder (charieberrie@aol.com)

Edmondson Heights Civic Association, 7 to 9 p.m.
Edmondson Heights Park (Granville and Harwall Roads)
“Dessert in the Park,” with beverages provided
Contact: Nancy Stevens 410-788-3105

Hilltop Community Association, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Corner of Brookmont and Lukewood Roads
Community picnic
Contact: Cascelia Spears (cascelias29@gmail.com)

Douglass Park, 5 to 7 p.m.
1014 Handy Avenue
Ice cream social
Contact: Veronica Curry 410-747-8925

Deerfield Community Association, 6 to 8 p.m.
Windsor Boulevard and Spring Mill Circle
Community picnic
Contact: Malinda Taylor 410-265-5926

Greystone Community Association, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
1905 Gwynn Oak Avenue
Cookout
Contact: Kerri Lastner 410-281-7692

Gwynn Oak Community Association, 6 to 9 p.m.
Virginia Avenue between Pembroke and Lewellen Avenues
Community picnic
Contact: Caroll Watkins 410-916-3535

Liberty Road Business Association, 6 to 9 p.m.
Mt. Olive United Methodist Church, 5115 Old Court Road
Community picnic
Contact: Kelly Carter 410-655-7766

Kings Park Estates, 7 to 8 p.m.
Marriottsville Road and Live Oak Road
Gathering and drive through neighborhood with Baltimore County Police and Citizens on Patrol
Contact: Keith Dyson 443-956-2835

Mardella Run, 5 to 8 p.m.
Deep Powder Court
Cookout
Contact: Rhoda Jones 410-655-8307, 410-303-1464

Precinct 3/Franklin

Owings Mills New Town, 6 to 8 p.m.
Central Park (corner of New Town Boulevard and Fitch Hill Road)
Family Fun Night – food, games and surprises for the kids
Contact: Ellen McNeill 410-458-5508

Chartley Homeowners Association, Country Club Estates Community Association, Reisterstown Improvement Association, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Chartley Park Center (Chartley Drive)
Safety, health, and environmental-based activities and demonstrations. In addition, the event will promote the Baltimore County Police Explorer program, the importance of conducting home security surveys, and a visit from McGruff the Crime Dog.
Contact: David Powers 410-833-3734

Precinct 4/Pikesville

Liberty Place Apartments, 6 to 8 p.m.
Meeting on the side of 1 Liberty Place
Community members will be out in the community
Contact: Michelle Jackson 410-922-4443

Valley Brook Improvement Association, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Winands Elementary School – 8301 Scotts Level Road
Barbecue and picnic with music
Contact: Louise Steinberg 410-655-9977

Creek at Quarry Lake Homeowners Association, 6 to 7 p.m.
Dead end of Granite Ridge Court
Ice cream social and community gathering (McGruff the Crime Dog at 4 p.m.)
Contact: Danielle Epstein 410-262-8435

Queen Anne Village Homeowners Association, 5 to 7 p.m.
124 Wimbledon Lane at the pool
Barbecue cookout (McGruff the Crime Dog at 5 p.m.)
Contact: Max Wolfthal 410-363-1974

Seton Hills Homeowners Association, 7:30 p.m.
Epworth United Methodist Church, 3317 St. Lukes Lane
Community meeting
Contact: Charles Couch 410-499-7127

Williamsburg Citizens on Patrol, 6:45 p.m.
Bedford Elementary School – 7407 Dorman Drive
Parade (after parade, going to 805 Sturgis Place 21208 for a cookout)
Contact: Ms. Rubin 410-484-4465

Villa Nova Homeowners Association, 6:45 p.m.
Prince George Road and Buckingham Road
Parade, hand out crime prevention flyers
Contact: India Artis

Pahls Crossing Citizens on Patrol, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Pahls Farm Way and Red Jonathan Court
Community walk, meet and greet
Contact: Maryann Ferguson 410-935-8552

Forest Garden Citizens on Patrol, 6 to 7 p.m.
Forest Hill Road and Forest Garden Avenue
Community walk, meet and greet
Contact: Freddie Wilson 410-597-9019

Willow Glen South Community Association, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Prince George Road and Woodglen Road
Community members handing out flyers
Contact: Mary Trueheart 410-653-9313

Colonial Village
At four-way stop at Colonial; Concord and Plymouth; Deerfield
Community members handing out flyers
Contact: Mark Smith 410-486-4153

Parke at Mt. Washington Association, 6:30 to 7 p.m.
Blackberry Road
Community meet and greet
Contact: Justin Hoffman 410-908-6021

Precinct 6/Towson

Precinct 6 Citizens on Patrol groups, 5:30 p.m. – group photo, 6:15 p.m. – motorcade
Towson Place Shopping Center (in front of Babies “R” Us), 1238 Putty Hill Avenue
Citizens on Patrol and Police motorcade throughout Towson neighborhoods
Contact: Officer Kristy Fuka 410-887-5933

Precinct 7/Cockeysville

Local Cockeysville area community groups, 6 p.m.
Participants will leave porch lights on in support of law enforcement
Contact: Officer Kevin Kahl 410-887-1863

Precinct 8/Parkville

Cromwood Coventry Community Association, 6 to 9 p.m.
Rushley Road and Littlewood Road
Block party, including food and raffles
Contact: Ms. Sharon Opdyke 443-465-2879

Harford Park Citizens on Patrol, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
2500 block of Creighton Avenue, near the Harford Park
Block party
Contact: Denise Naylor 443-831-3556

Wolsingham Community, 7 to 9 p.m.
Common area at the corner of Wolsingham Road and Kintore Road
Block party with karaoke and food provided for neighborhood residents
Contact: Rolfe Feser 410-733-5059

Precinct 9/White Marsh

Linover Improvement Association, 6 to 9 p.m.
Terrace Drive and Linover Park entrance
Neighborhood seek-and-search games with prizes and snacks
Contact: Dan Trupia (president@linover.org)

Fontana Village, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Leasing office on Fontana Lane
Faith-based ceremony, music and food
Contact: Roberta Mosby 410-682-6607

Garden Village Citizens on Patrol, 5 to 9 p.m.
Garden Village Community Center, 6011 St. Regis Road
Jazz concert, games, food and vendors
Contact: Wanetta Thompson 410-866-9269

Park East Community Association, 7 p.m. until dark
Playground on Kelbourne Road
Community gathering and cookout
Contact: Evelyn Gibson 443-708-0293

Hazelwood Park Community Association, 6 to 8 p.m.
5615 Daybreak Terrace
Community cookout and games
Contact: Bill Spiegel 410-866-2036

Target White Marsh, 6 to 8 p.m.
5230 Campbell Boulevard, parking lot
Community gathering
Contact: Sam Weber 410-933-9632

Precinct 11/Essex

Hawthorne Community Association, 5 to 8 p.m.
Hawthorne Elementary School, 125 Kingston Road
Community get-together
Contact: Doug Tomecek 410-686-9270

Kings Mill Complex, 6 to 9 p.m.
Kings Mill Complex
Community get-together
Contact: Jamie Lubliner 443-921-7300

Aero Acres Community Association, 6 to 8 p.m.
Aero Acres Park – Baseball field near Fuselage and Orems Road
Community cookout
Contact: Dennis Gilpin 410-960-0572

Precinct 12/North Point

North Point Village Civic Association, 6 to 8 p.m.
Battle Grove Park
Popcorn and ice cream social
Contact: David Patro 410-477-4095

Key Landing Apartments, 5 to 9 p.m.
Leasing office (located on Paulette Road)
Pizza and crafts
Contact: Melissa Clark 410-477-8320

Eastfield-Stanbrook Civic Association, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Corner of Moorgate Road and Denbury Drive (Tot Lot)
Cookout, DJ, karaoke, fire engine, food from Hard Yacht Café, games, and giveaways
Contact: Karen Cruz 410-285-7399

St. Helena Community and Neighborhood Association, 6 to 9 p.m.
St. Helena Community Building, 6509 Colgate Avenue
Cookout, kids games, face painting, blood pressure screening, and music
Contact: Shirley Gregory 410-633-6077

Millers Island Community Association, 6 to 10 p.m.
Millers Island Park – Millers Island Road and Baylight Road
Cookout
Contact: Tammy Waldman 410-477-4779

Old Inverness Civic League, 6 to 10 p.m.
Old Inverness Civic League Park – 204 Bayside Drive
Cookout
Contact: Jim Gindlesburger 410-285-5676

Turner Station Conservation, 5 to 8 p.m.
Sollers Point Community Center, 323 Sollers Point Road
Cookout
Contact: Gloria Nelson 410-302-2903

This week marks the eighth year for the Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) program.

The YLA program fosters and encourages teens to be future leaders in and out of the community. They will develop and foster leadership skills, while meeting and having fun with like-minded peers.

The days begin at 8 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. During those hours YLA members are busy learning the many aspects of police work and the mental strength needed to be an officer and leader.

They will visit various locations such as the:

  • Police Training Academy on the Baltimore County Community College campus in Dundalk
  • Park School (Falls and Old Court Roads)
  • Middle River Volunteer Fire Company, across from Martin State Airport

Each location brings a new element to the learning experience.

Twenty-seven teens are attending this year’s Youth Leadership Academy. A graduation ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 28 at the Public Safety Building.


The 33rd Citizens’ Academy graduation will take place tonight, June 10, 6:30 p.m., at the Public Safety Building, 700 East Joppa Road 21286.

Police Chief James Johnson will present certificates to the 26 graduates who completed the 15-week program. During that time, participants learned about the various units and the many aspects of law enforcement. Officers from specialized units such as K-9, Marine, Aviation and Tactical Operations spoke to the participants and described their duties.

The citizen students learned about the precincts, narcotics identification and investigation. They sat in on lectures that covered media relations, criminal investigations, as well as residential and Homeland security. They went to the firing range, where they learned about the use of force and the department’s policy on the use of firearms.

The purpose of the Citizens’ Academy is to foster greater communication and relationships between the Department, the community, and businesses, as well as to promote a better understanding of law enforcement.

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