National Night Out events scheduled across eastern Carolina Tuesday

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – In many communities across the east, National Night Out will take place on Tuesday, August 2nd.

Below, you’ll find an overview of activities from several areas in eastern Carolina. If you don’t see your community listed, click here to check the National Night Out page for more details from communities across the country. And if you have an event, you’d like for us to know about, send it to newsdesk@wnct.com.

CRAVEN COUNTY:

COVE CITY – The Craven County Sheriff’s Office will be holding their event from 6-9 at the Cove City Firehouse. Deputies say there will be free hot dogs, bouncy houses, and the like for community members who attend.

HAVELOCK – This year the Havelock Police Department will hold National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2nd from 4 PM to 7 PM in the Walter B. Jones Park.

•There will be free Pizza, Kona Ice, Hot Dogs, Free Soda and Water.
•CMT Recording Artist Bryan Mayer of New Bern, North Carolina will be playing on stage from 6 PM to 7 PM.
•Information from groups including Havelock Police, Havelock Fire, Women’s Shelter, Promise Place, Craven County Smart Start, Friends of the Havelock Library and more.
•Identikid fingerprinting kits, balloon animals, bouncy houses
•Military K-9 demonstrations
•300 gift bags of free basic school supplies for Elementary and Middle school age children only. Supplies are very limited, so please only Elementary and Middle school age children only.
•Free booklets and pamphlet’s discussing drug reduction, crime prevention, and other community awareness programs

National Night Out is about the community coming together, talking with one another, and learning about the various community oriented programs available. It’s also about neighbors helping neighbors, in time of need. Phone (252) 447-3212 http://www.HavelockNC.US Fax (252) 447-9448

This year we are incorporating a Food Drive into the program. Our goal is to collect 500 cans of food for the local Havelock Food Bank. Please bring a can of food for this very worthy and necessary cause.

HAVELOCK – The Havelock Police Department and Havelock Parks & Recreation are proud to announce that James “Bonecrusher” Smith will be coming to Havelock’s National Night Out on August 2nd 2016.

James Smith, nicknamed “Bonecrusher”, is a native of Magnolia, North Carolina (Duplin County). He is a graduate of Shaw University in Raleigh, NC, the class of 1975. James played basketball and football at Shaw University.
James helped establish the N.C. Boxing Commission and served as its first chairman. He won the World Boxing Association Heavyweight Title in 1986 with a first round knockout of Tim Witherspoon on a seven day notice from promoter Don King. James became the first college graduate to win the heavyweight title.

James was inducted into the Carolina’s Boxing Hall of Fame in April 2007. He currently lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

James B. Smith is the founder and chairman of the board of Champion For Kids, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that mentors kids around the world. Phone (252) 447-3212 http://www.HavelockNC.US Fax (252) 447-9448

Please visit his page: http://www.championforkids.org

James will be signing autographs for the kids for free and will have copies of his new book, “M.A.D. Make a Decision” for sale.

NEW BERN – The New Bern Police Department is excited to partner with city residents to hold a National Night Out. The event will start at 4:00 p.m. today in neighborhoods all over town and will wrap up in Trent Court at 8:30 p.m. National Night Out was established in 1984 and developed as a crime prevention program emphasizing partnerships between the police and community. Community involvement in crime prevention is generated through National Night Out with a multitude of events, such as block parties, cookouts, and other activities for everyone during the event. This year there are twenty-two neighborhoods in New Bern participating, which marks the most of any other year. Chief Summers says “rain or shine we look forward to a great time celebrating our safe community in partnerships with fellow citizens.” This year there will be six groups of officers traveling to the various neighborhoods. The schedule for each group is included below.

Pre-NNO 2016 Event

HOMEPLACE – 1309 McCarthy Blvd. – 12 noon -1:00 p.m.

The NNO 2016 Caravan Kick-Off will be held at The Courtyards at Berne Village – 2701 Amhurst Blvd. Time: 4:00 p.m.

Group A

KICK OFF LOCATION: -The Courtyards at Berne Village

Carolina Colours-3300 Waterscape Way

Arrive: 5:00 p.m.-Depart: 5:35 p.m.

Evans Mills-117 Evans Mills Road/Grass Field

Arrive: 5:45 p.m.-Depart: 6:15 p.m.

Sellhorn-End of Felicity Rd. in common area

Arrive: 6:25 p.m.-Depart: 6:55 p.m.

Taberna-Taberna Way near Tennis Courts (on the grass)

Arrive: 7:05 p.m.-Depart: 7:35 p.m.

Trent Court Playground area

Arrive: 7:50 p.m.-Depart: 8:30 p.m.

Group B

KICK OFF LOCATION: -The Courtyards at Berne Village

Colony Estates- Gazebo

Belmont Blvd. /Derby Park Ave.

Arrive: 5:00 p.m. – Depart: 5:30 p.m.

Kings Row-Cul-de-sac Yarmouth/Knights Court

Arrive: 5:40 p.m.-Depart: 6:15 p.m.

Crabearne Forest—Trent Creek/Savoy Road

Arrive: 6:30 p.m.-Depart: 6:50 p.m.

Pembroke-2000 Moore Avenue

Arrive:  7:20 p.m.-Depart: 7:50 p.m.

Trent Court Playground area

Arrive: 8:00 p.m.-Depart 8:30 p.m.

Group C

KICK OFF LOCATION: The Courtyard at Berne Village

Pleasant Hill –Pleasant Hill Park NC Hwy. 55

Arrive: 5:00 p.m.-Depart: 5:30 p.m.

The Meadows—Corner of Meadow View Dr. /Sweet Briar Ct

Arrive: 5:40 p.m.-Depart: 6:05 p.m.

New Bern Towers – 1125 Walt Bellamy Dr. parking lot

Arrive: 6:15 p.m. – Depart: 6:40 p.m.

Duffyfield—Henderson Park, 901 Chapman St.

Arrive: 6:45 p.m. -Depart: 7:20 p.m.

Olde Towne–Country Club/Batts Hill

Arrive: 7:35 p.m. -Depart: 7:55 p.m.

Trent Court Playground area

Arrive: 8:05 p.m.-Depart: 8:30 p.m.

Group D

KICK OFF LOCATION: Courtyards at Berne Village

HDRA-Corner of Broad/Hancock

Arrive: 5:00 p.m. -Depart: 5:30 p.m.

Craven Terrace-601 Rountree Street

Arrive: 5:40 p.m.-Depart: 6:10 p.m.

Kings Row—Cul-de-sac Yarmouth/Knights Court

Arrive: 6:25 p.m. – Depart: 6:55 p.m.

Pembroke-2000 Moore Ave

Arrive: 7:10 p.m. -Depart: 7:45 p.m.

Trent Court Playground area

Arrive: 7:55 p.m.-Depart: 8:30 p.m.

Group E

KICK OFF LOCATION: -The Courtyards at Berne Village

Target—3410 Doctor MLK Jr. Blvd.

Arrive: 4:55 p.m.-Depart: 5:25 p.m.

Colony Estates-Gazebo-Belmont Blvd. /Derby Park Ave.

Arrive: 5:35 p.m.-Depart: 6:05 p.m.

Group F

KICK OFF LOCATION: -New Bern PD   6:05 p.m.

Duffyfield–Henderson Park, 901 Chapman St.

Arrive: 6:15 p.m. – Depart: 6:50 p.m.

Olde Towne–Country Club/Batts Hill

Arrive: 7:05 p.m. – Depart: 7:30 p.m.

The New Bern Police Department is committed to partnering with the community to create a safe place to live, work and visit. Citizens are encouraged to become a “Partner in Policing,” by reporting suspected illegal activity to the New Bern Police Department’s TIPS line at (252) 636-5034 or the Craven County Crime Stoppers line at 633-5141. For additional information, please contact Sergeant David Daniels at the New Bern Police Department at (252) 672-4285.

LENOIR COUNTY:

KINSTON – The City of Kinston Department of Public Safety would like to invite you to participate in our annual NATIONAL NIGHT OUT.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT is celebrated nationally for the purpose of enhancing community-police awareness, to improve participation in local anti-crime activities, and to intensify neighborhood spirit.
This is an evening event and it will be held OUTSIDE. It will consist of community members and families visiting information tables and participating in fun activities such as games, face painting, listing to local musical groups, etc. Come! Bring your family and friends. Enjoy a night filled with lots of fun, FREE food, and entertainment.
Last year, approximately 500 people attended the event!!

When: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 Where: MARTIN C. FREEMAN Playground 500 Marcella Drive, Kinston (next to Teachers Memorial) Time: 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
This event is FREE and open to the public. There is no cost to you for participating.

Contact Lidia Guzman, Kinston Police Department Community Coordinator @ (252) 939-4025 or lidia.guzman@ci.kinston.nc.us, if you have questions.
ONSLOW COUNTY:

JACKSONVILLE – After months of preparation, the City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Police Department will host National Night Out 2016 on Tuesday, August 2th at the Riverwalk Crossing Park in downtown Jacksonville starting at 5:00 PM until 9:30 PM.

The event promotes cooperation between law enforcement and the community to fight crime and draws the largest crowds of any festival event in Jacksonville. Last year’s event drew over 12,000 attendees. The National Night Out is a unique opportunity to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts. National Night Out strengthens neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. The event sends a message that our community is organized and ready to fight back against criminal activity. National Night Out will feature food, fun and fireworks.

The family friendly event is free to the public. The event features live musical entertainment by the Justin Kyle Band (5:30 PM) and Freeway (7:30 PM) on the BOLD Stage. More than 150 vendors and exhibitors will be participating. A bicycle giveaway, food, clowns and balloons, face painting, games and prizes just a few of the attractions the free event. The event culminates in a fireworks display over the New River.

Air conditioned shuttles will operate throughout the event. Pickup locations are:

•Hargett St. at old Piggly Wiggly supermarket parking lot.
•N. Bayshore Blvd. across from City Hall
•New Bridge St. at New Bridge Middle School
•Corner of Chaney Avenue and Court Street
•College St. just before Mill Avenue heading towards Court St.
•College St. at Onslow County Health Dept.
•E. Bayshore Blvd. at New Bridge St.

To facilitate the event and to ensure the personal security of all event attendees, streets in the area of Riverwalk Crossing & LP Willingham parks and Kerr Street Recreation area will close early on Tuesday to allow for the placement of event related items and security checks. Backpacks, coolers and large bags should not be brought to the park. Additionally, weapons are not allowed in city parks (City Ordinance Section 16.24) Due to large amount of event attendees, we recommend leaving your pets at home for their safety. NNO is a rain or shine event.

This is the eighteenth year of Jacksonville’s National Night Out. “For law enforcement to be effective, it must have the support of the people it serves. We are truly fortunate to have the support of this community.” stated Police Chief Mike Yaniero, Director of Public Safety for the City of Jacksonville. “National Night Out cements the importance of the partnership that is key to successful policing. This is a night to celebrate that.”

“National Night Out provides our community with a chance to meet and know the officers who serve them.” stated Lieutenant Staci Leyble, the coordinator for this year’s NNO. “We appreciate the generosity of our community and business sponsors.”

JACKSONVILLE – National Night Out’s 5K Race is in its fourth year.

“Running with the Law, a 5K race, is a great complement to National Night Out. The race enhances our efforts to promote cooperative police and community crime prevention.” Chief Mike Yaniero, Director of Public Safety stated today.

The race will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 7:30 AM at the Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center. Early registration is $20.00 and can be done online at
https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Jacksonville/RunningwiththeLaw5K
or in person at the Commons Recreation Center. Early registration deadline is July 28th at 12 Noon.

“We added a recreational activity to National Night Out four years ago and it has been a great success.” said Sergeant Phillip Williams, Traffic Supervisor and one of the organizers of the race. “We are looking forward to seeing everyone come out for this fun race.”

Sergeant Williams asks that motorists in the area proceed with caution. “If you are driving in the area, you may experience minor traffic delays along Commons Drive. We invite residents along the route to come out and cheer on those Running with the Law.”

Race day registration is $30 at the Jacksonville Commons Recreation Center between 6:00 AM and 7:00 AM. Check in on race day is from 6:00 AM to 7:00 AM. For additional information, contact 910-938-5312. Runners are encouraged to dress up in a “bad guy” or “superhero” outfit and “Run with the Law.” Law enforcement officers from a variety of agencies are expected to participate.

All proceeds from the race will benefit the NC Special Olympics, a charity that has had a long-time relationship with Jacksonville Police and law enforcement, through the Law Enforcement Torch Run, Cop on Top, Tip a Cop and other fund raising activities.

National Night Out 2016 will take place on Tuesday, August 2th at the Riverwalk Park, downtown Jacksonville from 5:00 PM to 9:30 PM with free entertainment, bike raffles, vendors, displays, fireworks and more.

Follow us on Facebook (Jacksonville Police Department, North Carolina) for more information on “Running with the Law” and National Night Out 2016.
PITT COUNTY:

GREENVILLE – National Night out is right around the corner. Activities will be taking place across Greenville from 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday, August 2nd. This year’s theme is centered around pedestrian safety. Officers will be on hand at each location distributing educational materials and pedestrian safety-related giveaways.

BACKGROUND: The Greenville Police Department is pleased to take part in the 33rd Annual National Night Out. National Night Out was first developed by the non-profit National Association of Town Watch (NATW). It culminates annually on the first Tuesday of August. The year-long community building campaign promotes involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. It now involves more than 37 million people across 16,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.
LINE-UP: This year 24 individual neighborhoods and organizations have registered to host activities. Some activities planned for the evening include a street food festival, music, cookouts, and games.

Neighborhoods and groups participating include:

•Uptown Greenville (5pm-8pm, 5 Points Plaza Food Truck Festival)
•Dream Park
•Third Street School
•Cypress Glen
•Cherry Oaks North
•College Court/Coghill
•The Oaks (Bicycle Parade)
•Brentwood
•Barrett Place Apartments
•Elmhurst/Englewood
•Greenbriar/Arlington Baptist Church
•Greenfield Terrace
•New Town
•Moyewood
•Hopkins Park
•Kristin Drive
•Meadowbrook
•Dubber-Laney Woods
•Kearney Park
•Crystal Springs Apartments
•Glendale Apartments
•Westpointe
•Countryside Estates
•Bristolmoor Subdivision

For additional information contact Sgt. Mike Broadwell, Community Outreach Coordinator for the Greenville Police Department: mbroadwell@greenvillenc.gov

WINTERVILLE – Tuesday, August 2nd from 6-8:30 at Hillcrest Park

Come join in for family fun, including emergency response vehicles on display, hands on fire safety demo, kids bounce houses, free food and drinks, and a movie in the park.

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