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Neighborhood Watch surge = busy night out


Forest Grove, Cornelius host annual safety events

In Forest Grove, the number of functional Neighborhood Watch groups with active leaders has tripled — from six to 18 — since the News-Times ran a front-page story on the program two weeks ago.

“People have been calling in,” said Teresa Kohl, a community service officer with the Forest Grove Police Department. “They’re excited.”

The new recruits range from an elderly retired couple to a young couple with children, she said.

At least two women have gone door-to-door in their neighborhoods with an information packet.

With 36 designated neighborhoods in the city, 18 others still need leaders, Kohl said.

The surge is just in time for National Night Out festivities, which begin early in Forest Grove with celebrations this weekend from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Karen’s Korner Apartments and from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3, at the Rose Grove Mobile Home Park.

On Tuesday, Aug. 5, officers from both Forest Grove and Cornelius will celebrate the official, nationwide National Night Out.

The Cornelius event will run from 5:30 to

8 p.m. at Harleman Park, 795 S. Heather St., and will feature free hot dogs, cake and cookies, as well as a dunk tank and various emergency vehicles, including a LifeFlight helicopter landing around 6:30 p.m. (if a real emergency doesn’t divert it) and the horses of the Washington County Sheriff’s Posse. Children’s activities will include the chance to squirt a fire hose.

Forest Grove officers and volunteers will visit separate neighborhood groups throughout the city from 4 to 8 p.m. with ice cream and free goodies such as water bottles, whistles, sticker badges and safety blinkers.

They will also find other times to visit groups that aren’t available Tuesday evening. And on Aug. 10, they will join the annual “Summer Fest” celebration at 16th Avenue and Elm Street.

To sign up for Neighborhood Watch or to request a police visit for your neighborhood gathering, call Kohl at 503-992-3104.