POTTSTOWN PA – “How can we work together?”
That question, and also maybe a hamburger with cheese sauce, was on the minds of several Pottstown residents Tuesday (Aug. 1, 2017) at Chestnut Street Park as they reveled in the annual party that represents the borough’s National Night Out. It attracted hundreds of people (at top) over several hours with an abundance of free food, entertaining games and prizes for kids, free information for adults, and the consistent thump-thump-thump of party music.
Central to it all, besides ensuring everyone enjoyed themselves (above and below), was the event’s purpose: fostering safety and cooperation between police, the residents they serve, and community organizations that regularly interact with both.
Representatives of non-profit groups could be seen greeting each other as time allowed, and were heard talking about how they needed to meet and discuss projects in progress. Pottstown police, Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office staff members, and Pottstown Fire Department first responders arrived early and stayed for the duration, an older couple happily reported as they watched the proceedings from their porch a short distance away.
The police department seemed to be represented across the block party. Officers and detectives (above) served up food to hungry visitors, handed out stickers to children from their own table, and offered smiles everywhere.
Face-painting? Kids who yearned for an adornment lined up (below). The aforementioned hamburgers came hot off the grill at the park’s north end. There were hot dogs, too, and bottled water, water ice, and nachos.
Vendor information tables, and people getting assistance from them (below), were everywhere one turned. Making connections with parents and guardians who lacked the time or inclination to travel to a local office, but who were willing to bring their families to the park for the festivities, may have been the event’s best benefit, one organizer noted. “We’re pleased,” she said. “We’ve met lots of new people tonight.”
Photos by The Post Publications