This year, the focus changed to action. The East Bluff neighborhoods joined forces for a rally to bring awareness to the residents that crime prevention begins with us, the residents. Of course there were a few activities for kids. Face painting, frisbees, a toss game, water sprayer and an appearance by McRuff.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
The first Tuesday in August has been set aside as National Night Out for over 25 years and hosted in Peoria for 12 or 13 years. Last night the occasion was marked in several neighborhoods throughout Peoria, including the East Bluff. In years past, East Bluff neighborhoods held their own events, almost seeking bragging rights as to which could "do it best". For the last couple of years, Serenity, Glen Oak and East Bluff United neighborhoods have joined forces to sponsor the event. Still, the emphasis was on agencies passing out information and goodies (I am still using my pens from PDC last year), fire trucks, Armadillos, and food. A block party for lots of blocks.
The media was there. We had WMBD/Fox 43, PJS and Dennis Eggemeyer coordinating PCCEO's Captions coverage of events. 31/43 had nice coverage on the local news and PJS had a good photo of the diverse group that formed to "take it to the streets". A commenter on PJS said the "gangbangers had a good laugh". Perhaps they did, but it very well may not be the last laugh. There are many of us in the East Bluff that are committed to change, positive change and transformation.