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Springfield Residents to Celebrate a Neighborhood Night Out

Some may remember a time when people relaxed on their front porches, and waved at their neighbors as they passed. Neighbors knew each other well, and were there in times of need. KSMU’s Shane Franklin has this story about one event attempting to bring that culture back to Springfield.

For the fifteenth year running, neighborhoods around Springfield will be celebrating Neighborhood Night Out, and event aimed at encouraging community involvement and to help curb crime throughout the city.

Kevin Carter is the head volunteer with the Community Partnership of the Ozarks and a member of the Grant Beach Neighborhood Association.

“The Neighborhood Night Out is to promote awareness of what goes on in your neighborhood as far as who your local police department is, who your local fire department is, where they’re located at, and as to bring awareness to there is always something going on in your neighborhood if you contact somebody, they can plug you in.”

He says it’s a great time for both children and adults, and a great way to get out and mingle with your neighbors. Also, there’s free food.

“The food smells bring em all in. When you say ‘Line up! Grubs on!’ they line up. It seems like the whole neighborhood gets involved. I see a lot of people I don’t see throughout the year until National Night Out.”

Carter says that you can even get a chance to rub shoulder s with city officials, commissioners, and some police officers and firefighters.

There will be fun and games for the kids and live music for the whole family to enjoy.

The event is Friday, August 24th. The times vary depending on which neighborhood you’re participating in.

For KSMU News I’m Shane Franklin.