Bigger and Better.
As they have done for the past several years, the White Oaks Neighborhood Watch will host their own special block party tonight to commemorate “National Night Out“, an annual nationwide event that encourages residents to get out and meet their neighbors, and welcomes local law enforcement officers and firefighters into the neighborhood to help combat crime.
This year’s biggest block party in White Oaks kicks will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunnydale Avenue between Elm and Stanford. Last year, the annual event drew more than 200 people. This year, says organizer Bill Widner, will see the return of Sanchos Taqueria catering truck and the addition the recently launched Steamin’ Burgers gourmet truck. And of course don’t forget about the traditional free ice cream! Everyone in White Oaks is invited.
Both the San Carlos Bureau of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and the Redwood City/San Carlos Fire Department plan to have vehicles on display. If we’re lucky, we’ll see the remote-controlled bomb-removal robot as well as the sheriff’s department’s SWAT team and their Bear Cat vehicle, according to Sgt. Rick Tippins. Also planning to be on hand is an engine company from the fire department. There may be a few other surprises as well. Be sure to bring the kids!
Just like last year, this section of Sunnydale will be closed off to traffic, giving everyone plenty of room to mingle with the first responders and neighbors.
This year’s White Oaks National Night Out is made possible by the gracious participation of the San Carlos Bureau of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office and the Redwood City/San Carlos Fire Department, courtesy of Sheriff’s Capt. Greg Rothaus and the fire department’s Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Christy Adonis. White Oaks National Night Out is a great opportunity to meet and greet the first responders who are close by when we need them, and to learn about programs that can help us stay safe and secure.
Communities throughout the Bay Area and across the country are celebrating National Night Out, which has now reached near-holiday status. So bring the kids and your appetite to White Oaks, and help make this event the biggest one ever!
(Special thanks to White Oaks neighborhood watch proponent Ken Castle for getting the word out!)
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