Get involved in NNO

Published 5:13 pm Friday, July 30, 2021

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If you haven’t yet been able to enjoy National Night Out in Windsor, we think this should be your year to take the plunge.

National Night Out is known as a going-away party for crime. The concept is for people to turn on their porch lights, come outside and get to know their neighbors as well as local first responders who serve their area. Ideally, better connections among neighbors and between communities and first responders — as well as, perhaps, criminals seeing an active and engaged community in action — will deter crime.

At its most basic level, though, it’s a great excuse for a party, and after the past 17 months, who really needs an excuse?

The Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office/Windsor Police Department National Night Out event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Windsor Town Center, located at 23361 Courthouse Highway in Windsor.

After a virtual event was held last year, organizers are excited to get back in-person this year.

“We want the entire community involved,” Windsor Police Chief Rodney D. “Dan” Riddle said.

The event will include crime prevention and public safety information, catered food, health screenings and information, resources from the Western Tidewater Community Services Board and Blackwater Regional Library, a membership drive from the Windsor Women’s Club and more.

Riverside Health System is a partner this year, and the Isle of Wight County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Victim-Witness program, Windsor Fire Department, Windsor Volunteer Rescue Squad, Windsor Youth Foundation and more will be on hand.

You can read more information in the story that starts on the front page. We hope to see you there.