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JT to hold first National Night Out

Published August 06. 2012 05:03PM

Jim Thorpe will be hosting National Night Out, Tuesday evening from 6 - 10 p.m. at Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe. Everyone is invited to attend the event and it will take place rain or shine.

National Night Out (NNO) is a crime and drug prevention event that has taken place in communities all over the country. This is the first year Jim Thorpe is hosting a NNO event.

NNO is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and strengthen relationships between the community and law enforcement.

Jim Thorpe's NNO works in correlation with the JT Community Watch, JT Mayor Michael Sofranko, JT Police Chief Joseph Schatz, and JT Police Department.

Jamie Solomon, Community Watch Coordinator, stated that NNO is a great way to get information about things such as drug prevention awareness to the people of JT.

There will be information booths, guest speakers, fingerprinting, police station tours, DUI goggles, emergency vehicles, music, face painting, door prizes, food, and more.

Some of the organizations that will be attending NNO are:

ADD Band, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Attorney Generals Office, Blue Mountain Health, Carbon County Emergency Management, Carbon County Friends of Animals, Carbon County Sheriff's Department, Carbon County Veterans Affairs, Carbon Monroe Pike Drug & Alcohol display plus guest speaker Mike Meehan, CERT, Citizen's Care Group, Cody Wentz Awareness, Congressman Lou Barletta's Office, Crash Dummies, Drug Free Picture Project, Forever Young, Janner Martial Arts, Jim Thorpe Community Watch, Jim Thorpe High School Color Guard, Jim Thorpe Fire Departments, Jim Thorpe Little League, Jim Thorpe Police Department, Jim Thorpe Summer Program, Bo Tkach Foundation plus guest speaker Jim Tkach, Juke Box Cruisers, Lehigh Valley Health Network Medevac, Lehighton Ambulance, Lehighton Area Crime Watch, Mauch Chunk Pharmacy/Purple Bracelet Program, Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, Pennsylvania State Police, Saint Joseph's CYO, State Representative Doyle Hefley, United Church of Christ, and Vector Security.

Cindy Henning, JT NNO Coordinator, stated "For me and everyone involved it has been a very positive experience watching people from the community join together and even people from outside the community stepping forward."

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