First place national night out award given to New Brighton

February 17, 2014 by  

The first prize for participation in National Night Out activities for last year was recently awarded to the city of New Brighton.

This is the third year out of the past ten that the city has received this honor in the category of cities with populations of 15,000 to 49,999.

No doubt poster printing is being used throughout the city to make its residents aware of this prestigious prize.

The National Association of Town Watch (NATW) started this event 30 years ago as a way to build a stronger sense of community and engage people in efforts against crime. It is also a way for people of a community to get better acquainted and to meet members of local fire and police departments, civic groups and leaders.

The first place national award plaque was given to the city council by Trevor Hamdorf, crime prevention officer, and Dan Olson, deputy director. Olson commented that Hamdorf has been instrumental in managing and coordinating the great efforts that are needed for the National Night Out celebration.

Hamdorf added that many residents and businesses participated in the event and did an unbelievable job with their numerous activities. There were 128 block parties at which school supplies weighing over a ton were collected as well as 196 back packs and two tons of food.