Neighbors to come together at National Night Out
Quincy’s biggest neighborhood barbecue returns on Monday as the community comes together to celebrate National Night Out.
National Night Out events will be held all across the country on Monday.
The evening is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, better places to live, according to information from the national organization.
Now in its third year in Quincy, the local event is 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday in the park behind the church at the Reiman-Simmons House.
The event is coordinated by the Quincy Communities That Care coalition, Quincy Youth Action and the Quincy Police Department.
Last year about 800 people attended National Night Out, said Quincy Police Chief Bob Heimbach. This year, organizers are planning for up to 1,000 people, he said.
Organizers want the local event to be something people not only enjoy but also remember, Heimbach added.
“I enjoy it,” he said. “I like going out and visiting with people.”
Joining the fun will be not only the Quincy Police Department but other local emergency responders, including Med Star, Grant County Fire District No. 3, the U.S. military and others. Mayor Jim Hemberry and the Quincy City Council also are expected to attend.
Community members will be treated to hot dogs, apples, corn on the cob, snowcones and fresh fries from the ConAgra Foods french fry trailer.
And among the fun will be a bounce house for young children, music and the popular dunk tank.
The barbecue is the kickoff to block parties that then will be held next week throughout the city. At least six block parties are planned.
The block parties are meant to build camaraderie among neighbors and, as a result, help in crime prevention. Officers from the Quincy police department will visit the block parties to introduce themselves to the neighbors.
Heimbach said he will try to attend as many of the block parties as he can. Breaking bread with the public breaks down barriers, he said.
“It’s a good opportunity in a fun environment to go out and see people who I don’t normally bump into,” he said.
— By Jill FitzSimmons, firstname.lastname@example.org