National Night Out In Maywood Brings Community, Police Together

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: A Maywood police officer plays Frisbee with a young person during National Night Out in Maywood on Aug. 7. | Shanel Romain 

National Night Out — the annual event held each year on the first Tuesday of August and celebrated by police departments around the world — is designed to promote “police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live,” according to the program’s website.

On Aug. 7, the Maywood Police Department commemorated the event in the park behind the police station at 125 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood.

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The jazz saxophonist Audley Reid was among the live entertainment acts at National Night Out in Maywood on Aug. 7. | Shanel Romain 

“I think that people are feeling a sense of increased safety in the village,” said Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley said. “We’re all a community and we all have to work on improving parenting skills and getting people more involved in the community, which is what National Night Out is all about.”

The night almost didn’t happen. It had rained just hours before the event was supposed to start and there was still an overcast just as it was getting underway. The clouds, and the rain, eventually receded.

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The jazz saxophonist Audley Reid was among the live entertainment acts at National Night Out in Maywood on Aug. 7. | Shanel Romain 

“The Lord dried up the rain. If he hadn’t, we wouldn’t have been out here. This is awesome,” said Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins.

“We just thank everyone that had anything to do with pulling this off, including the police and fire departments,” she said. “This makes us look good.”

The event featured live music, food, face painting, smoothies and games of Frisbee between residents and officers, among other features. All of it free.

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Free face painting was among the features at the annual National Night Out in Maywood on Aug. 7. | Shanel Romain 

There were also vendors from various government agencies, such as the Proviso Township Senior Referral Office. The township offers free transportation and handyman services for senior citizen homeowners.

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A Maywood police officer and a young person during National Night Out on Aug. 7. | Shanel Romain 

Readith Ester, the township’s director of transportation and a member of Maywood’s Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, said that National Night Out provides an opportunity to communicate critical services available for residents to take advantage of.

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Village residents at National Night Out were able to find information about various community resources, such as the township’s handyman program. | Shanel Romain 

“Communication is important,” she said. “This helps make people aware that these services are available to them.” VFP 

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