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Rashauna White wears a firefighter's face masks during National Night Out at St. Paul's United Methodist Church on Tuesday in Waterloo.
WATERLOO | The smell of food greeted residents as they lined up at folding tables set up in the Westminster Presbyterian Church’s back parking lot Tuesday for National Night Out.
A wading pool served as a duck pond game for children. Firefighters who manning a ladder truck on display came to the rescue by lending a folding knife to free a bowling game from its packaging.
In all, eight local groups hosted Night Out events in Waterloo, ranging from simple pot lucks to small carnivals.
National Night Out began in 1984 as a way to take a stand against crime and build police-community partnerships. Local organizers said it’s also a good way to get to know your neighbors.
“I think it is more getting the neighborhood together. Meet your neighbors and celebrate the neighborhood. Look at the good things that are going on. And all of those things are strengths that you use to curb crime,” said Carole Gustafson, West Central Neighborhood Association’s president.
For instance, she said, when there’s a rash of break-ins, word gets around because the neighbors know each other.
“We’ve been able to help the police solve some of these crimes because of all the eyes and ears that are working in our neighborhood,” she said. She said part of being a neighborhood association is looking out for one another and taking responsibility.
Over at Lafayette Park, Neighbors for Life went through 20 pounds of meat serving walking tacos before the event’s 7 p.m. closing time.
“We had about 200 people,” said Jan Robinson, the association’s treasurer.
“I don’t know, I was too busy dishing it up,” said her husband, Wally, the group’s longtime president.
While he wasn’t counting, Wally Robinson did note a number of new faces the Neighbors for Life potluck brought in. He said National Night Out is a good way for neighborhood groups to find new members.
“That’s what we’re trying to do, reach some of the people we haven’t reached,” he said.