Thursday August 2, 2012 | By:Felice E. Krycia-associate editor | News
During National Night Out Against Crime at Woodlawn Beach State Park from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7, one of the demonstrations will be Town of Hamburg’s K-9 Unit members Endy and Police Officer Nicholas Borowski going through their moves.
The Town of Hamburg along with the villages of Blasdell and Hamburg will be hosting the annual National Night Out Against Crime from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7 at Woodlawn Beach State Park.
This is a new venue for the event, which first started in 1995 in the Village of Blasdell and was held at the Firemen’s Park on Lake Avenue.
For the past few years the event has been held behind the Hamburg Town Hall but the committee decided they needed a larger location.
“We were squeezing everybody pretty close together here,” said Town of Hamburg Police Lt. Pete Dienes, who is a member of the committee, which includes members of the town and both villages, organizing the event.
“We looked around at several locations and figured we’d try Woodlawn, since the recent Bicentennial/Community Day event went so well here.”
The event will be set up in the parking lot area of the beach, located at 3585 Lake Shore Road, just off Route 5 by the Gateway Building.
National Night Out Against Crime is free to all attendees, offers the public a chance to meet with not only the members of the Town of Hamburg, Village of Blasdell and Village of Hamburg police force, but those who volunteer in the area fire departments.
According to Dienes, there should be representatives and equipment from Armor, Big Tree, Blasdell, Hamburg, Lake Shore, Lake View, Newton-Abbott, Scranton and Woodlawn fire departments.
Also expected to attend that evening is the Southtowns HazMat Team, the Hamburg STAR Team, Hamburg Water Rescue Unit, Erie County Sheriff’s Air-1, Town of Hamburg K-9 Unit member Endy, New York State Police Officers, Erie County Sheriff’s Deputies, M.A.D.D. representatives and the Town of Hamburg SWAT Team and vehicle.
“This is a great way to strengthen neighborhood spirit and to connect with each other while having fun,” Dienes said.
There will also be a variety of family activities, including: karate demonstrations by members of the United World Martial Arts of the Village of Hamburg, Irish dancing by members of Mary Kay Heneghans/Rince Na Tiarna School of Dance in West Seneca, face-painting by members of Youth Engaged in Service, two bounce houses will be moved from the beach area for children to enjoy and free hotdogs, pop and water.
“I’m hoping that we’ll be able to do the demonstration using the radar gun to record the speed of softball pitches,” Dienes said. “That is really a lot of fun for the kids.
National Night Out Against Crime was initially started in 1984 as a way for community members to connect with their law enforcement agencies to present a united front against those who commit crimes. It was a grass roots effort to take back neighborhoods that were constantly threatened by violence and crime.
“This is a great program and it is a great way for neighborhoods to reconnect with each other and the those who are dedicated to protecting them,” Dienes said.