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by Judith Hruz
National Night Out will return to Olney this summer.
After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the popular event will be held 5-8 p.m. Aug. 2 at Fair Hill shopping center, located at Olney-Sandy Spring and Spartan roads.
The family-friendly tradition is sponsored nationally by the National Association of Town Watch and locally by the Olney Chamber of Commerce.
More than 16,400 communities worldwide will participate in National Night Out (NNO) this year. Olney’s event — it’s 27th — has earned national awards for attendance and is among the largest in Montgomery County.
“We are thrilled to be able to host this event again,” said Terri Hogan, executive director of the Olney Chamber of Commerce.
National Night Out is designed to enhance the partnership among neighbors, law enforcement and first responders, and businesses to cultivate a sense of community and partnership.
“While Olney already has a good relationship with our first responders, this event provides a great opportunity to thank and engage those who keep us safe,” Hogan said.
Lt. Doug Miller, deputy commander of the Montgomery County Police Department’s 4th District, said the police look forward to participating in Olney ‘s NNO event.
“National Night Out is a great way to build community partnerships and engage with our Olney residents,” he said. “We enjoy connecting with our citizens, educating the community in crime prevention tips, sharing the best practices to stay safe, and quite simply having fun listening to music and eating delicious food.”
County Executive Marc Elrich, Police Chief Marcus Jones, Fire Chief Scott Goldstein and other dignitaries are scheduled to attend several National Night Out events around the county on Aug. 2, but are expected to again begin their evening in Olney.
They will travel in a motorcade from Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department’s Station 40 to kick off Olney’s NNO at 5 p.m.
The event will feature demonstrations, information on fire prevention, exhibits, emergency vehicles, equipment and apparatus displays, police horses and rescue dogs, U.S. Secret Service child ID fingerprint kits, a cell phone collection to be used for domestic violence victims, crafts and other children’s activities, raffles and entertainment.
NNO will feature food trucks for the first time.
The Chamber of Commerce says it is grateful to the sponsors — all chamber members — for supporting the event.
Platinum event sponsors are Brooke Grove Retirement Village, MedStar Health and RJ Soni of Northrop Realty.
Gold sponsors are Carlos Covarrubias/State Farm; Integrated Sport, Spine & Rehab; James Creek Lawn & Landscape LLC; Kang’s Black Belt Academy; Life Chiropractic; Nick Comeau/Caliber Home Loans; Olney Studio of Dance; Preferred Hearing Center; Sandy Spring Friends School; Stein Sperling, Bennett, DeJong, Driscoll, PC; The Greater Olney News; Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center; Everything Entertainment and Fair Hill.
The net proceeds from the event will be donated to the Olney Police Satellite Station, Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department, Maryland-National Capital Park Police and the Officer Noah Leotta “Act Responsibly” Scholarship.
For more, go to www.olneymd.org.
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