DEDHAM PARTICIPATES IN THE NATIONWIDE PUBLIC SAFETY PROGRAM - NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2015
Contact: Chief Michael d’Entremont
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Release Date: July 22, 2015
Dedham Police, local civic groups, and town departments and businesses join together to host special events that create awareness about public safety and foster community participation.
DEDHAM, MA (07/22/15) - Dedham is participating in a public safety event known as National Night Out for the fifth year in a row. It is an opportunity for local law enforcement and citizens to band together for safer neighborhoods by encouraging community participation and creating awareness about public safety. The Dedham Police have joined forces with several civic groups in Dedham to support this initiative and create community partnerships. Several festivities are planned throughout the town for August 1 - August 6, 2015. Citizens are also asked to keep their lights on until 11:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 to show Dedham is committed to shining a light for safer neighborhoods. The following civic groups are participating in the planned events: Dedham Square Circle, Mother Brook Community Group, Manor Neighborhood Association, and Oakdale Square Alliance.
Dedham Police Chief d’Entremont states, “We are very excited to participate in National Night Out for the fifth year in a row. The participation from the community has been great once again, and we continue to evolve the schedule to include new and exciting events. As in past years, we are partnering with several different civic groups, town departments and local businesses to reach the greatest number of citizens. We are looking to capitalize on the success and positive energy generated by the various groups to make Dedham’s neighborhoods safer. He also notes, “One of the highlights every year for the Dedham police is the open house at the station. It is great to have kids and neighbors tour the station, and learn about our capabilities. This year the open house will be held on Monday, August 3, 2015 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.”
Selectman Mike Butler adds, “As Chairman for the Board of Selectmen, I was delighted to issue a proclamation, along with my fellow Selectmen, that officially proclaims Tuesday, August 4, 2015 as National Night Out in Dedham. This program represents a way to strengthen police-community partnerships, and celebrate all of the great work done by law enforcement. Every year, this event gains in popularity and brings the community together in a special way.”
“All of the civic groups have planned many fun events to kickoff Dedham’s fifth National Night Out”, shares Dan Hart, Chairman of Mother Brook Community Group. “Most of the events are kid-friendly and family oriented, and all events are free and open to anyone interested in supporting this public safety initiative. This year, we have the softball game, movie night at Condon Park, a police-academy-style obstacle course in the Oakdale neighborhood, public-safety story time at the Blue Bunny bookstore, a flashlight walk in the Manor neighborhood and. a hike at Cutler Park.”
National Night Out 2015 Scheduled Events
SUNDAY, August 2, 2015 - Kids Obstacle Race Adventure
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location: Oakdale Elementary School, 147 Cedar Street, Dedham, MA
Description: A fun obstacle course for kids of all ages. Each participant will receive a medal of honor once they complete this police-academy-style obstacle course. Each station in the course has two degrees of difficulty (one for little legs and one for longer legs). Depending on the temperature, the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a K-9 demonstration; in addition, the Sheriff’s Command Post will be on site for viewing. Bug spray is recommended as this is an outdoor event. Free refreshments.
SUNDAY, August 2, 2015 - Softball Game: Members of the Dedham Police vs. Dedham High School Students
Time: 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Condon Park, 184 Bussey Street, Dedham, MA
Description: A light-hearted, fun-filled game of softball featuring members of the Dedham police force and a coed team of Dedham High School students. Refreshments and treats are free to spectators. Bug spray is recommended as this is an outdoor event.
MONDAY, August 3, 2015 - Open House at Dedham Police Station
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: 600 High Street, Dedham, MA
Description: Tour the station and meet ‘McGruff the Crime Dog’. This station is the central command center for keeping Dedham safe - see the jail cells, booking station, and dispatch center. Also on display, police motorcycles, dunk tank, and emergency vehicles. McGruff will offer safety tips to all, and coloring books to children. A trained police officer will also be available to conduct child car-seat-safety inspections. Come check out the emergency vehicles, cruisers, and motorcycles.
MONDAY August 3, 2015 and TUESDAY, August 4, 2015 - Children’s story time (public safety theme)
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Blue Bunny Books and Toys, 577 High Street, Dedham, MA
Description: Join the Blue Bunny staff to hear informative stories that focus on safety and teaches children valuable lessons. The wonderful staff will also lead a craft event for the children.
TUESDAY, August 4, 2015 - Movie Night: “The Iron Giant” (PG) feature film
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. (hot dogs and popcorn) and feature film from 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Condon Park, 184 Bussey Street, Dedham, MA
Description: Bring a chair, blanket, family, friends, and a flashlight to guide your way to the Park for a family-friendly movie (bug spray is also recommended). Popcorn and drinks will be available. Come see some movie magic under the stars.
TUESDAY, August 4, 2015 - Flashlight Manor Neighborhood Walk
Time: 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Manor Neighborhood - meet at Terri’s Market.
Description: Enjoy an illuminating stroll with friends and family around the neighborhood (1 mile walk). District Attorney Morrissey is expected to participate in this event. Light refreshments will be available.
THURSDAY, August 6, 2015 - Nature walk at Cutler Park (nature safety tips)
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Riverdale, Cutler Park - park at Riverdale School
Description: Join Paul Mullen, Deb Arruda and Stephanie Radner for this informative and enjoyable walk through one of Dedham’s nature trails. Stephanie, Deb and Paul will share their knowledge of plants and wildlife. Please dress accordingly (for bugs and ticks), and apply bug spray.
Art provided by Dedham’s kids will be on display from: Saturday, August 1 – Tuesday August 4, 2015 at the following locations: Tedeschis Food Shops - Oakdale Square, Showcase Cinema at Legacy Place, Dedham Community Theater, Terri’s Market, Kings Bowling Alley, Blue Bunny Books and Toys, Walgreens Pharmacy-Dedham, and the Paradise Cafe.
Special thanks to: Chief d’Entremont and all the Dedham police officers and detectives, volunteers from Dedham Square Circle, Mother Brook Community Group, Manor Neighborhood Association, Dedham Square Artist Guild, and Oakdale Square Alliance for planning the events, Paradise Cafe, Blue Bunny Books and Toys, McGolf, Walgreens Pharmacy-Dedham, All Season Rent-All, Dan Hart, Cara Crisafulli, Joan Campagna, Rich Campagna, Paul McMurtry, Paul Reynolds, Janet Reynolds, Cheryl Annie Doucette, Jim MacDonald, Dennis Teehan, Brendan Keough, Mike Butler, Dennis Guilfoyle, Amy Haelsen, Rita Mae Cushman, Jim Maher, Dedham Parks and Recreation, Paul Mullen, Stephanie Radner, Deb Arruda, Chris Ryan, Martha and Paul Zeolla, Ziad Greige, Charlie Krueger, Janet Mattozzi, Enis Mattozzi, Rita Mae Cushman, Bob Stanley, Norfolk County House of Corrections, Sheriff Bellotti and the Norfolk County Sheriff’s Office, Nancy Baker, Custom Art Framing of Norwood, Showcase Cinema, McGolf, Ron’s Gourmet Ice Cream, Dedham Savings, Curtis Newton, East Dedham Builders, Tedeschi’s, Oakdale Pizza, Terri’s Market, Whole Foods Dedham, Village Manor, Dedham Community Theater, Whole Foods Dedham, Rob Blaney, Dedham Youth Commission, Paul Reynolds, Joanne O’Meara, Nicole Crisafulli, Alex Crisafulli and District Attorney Michael Morrissey.