Night Out tomorrow: More than crimefighting and celebrating

By this time tomorrow night, dozens of neighborhoods all around West Seattle will be finishing up, or cleaning up after, their Night Out block parties – more than 200 registered for the right to block off their (non-arterial) streets, nightout.jpgaccording to what we heard from Southwest Precinct crime-prevention coordinator Benjamin Kinlow a few days ago. (And thanks to everyone who e-mailed us when we asked to hear from block-party-throwers who wouldn’t mind WSB showing up for a photo or two – we hope to see many, hopefully all, of you tomorrow night!) But one other thing worth noting – while the main purpose of Night Out is to get people together to celebrate neighborhood solidarity and raise awareness about safety and crimefighting, more than half a dozen areas of West Seattle are also participating in a test of radio communications in case of a disaster or other major emergency – they’ll be doing a relay of sorts using simple walkie-talkie-type “family radios,” to see how well information could be relayed neighborhood to neighborhood across the peninsula if necessary. This is a spinoff from some of the emergency-preparedness events we told you about a few months back; we’ll let you know how the test goes – and we’ll be posting in-progress updates on Night Out tomorrow as we travel around West Seattle! (Just found out it’s the nationwide event’s 25th anniversary.)

4 Replies to "Night Out tomorrow: More than crimefighting and celebrating"

  • MB August 5, 2008 (9:36 am)

    We’ll be partying on 12th Ave, near Highland Park Elementary :)

  • Paula Bamburg August 5, 2008 (1:56 pm)

    Pigeon Point will be gathering at 20th & Dakota. We get bigger & better every year!

  • nuni August 5, 2008 (2:42 pm)

    anyone going to be near 34th and Morgan?

  • WSB August 5, 2008 (3:45 pm)

    Nuni – I’m making a map right now of the people who e-mailed us with permission for WSB to drop by for pix – the map will not be available publicly, it’s for us to use while making our rounds tonight – but if I see a location near 34th/Morgan while I’m making the map, I can give you the general location to look for – e-mail me your e-mail address at

    thanks, TR

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