Matthews, Mint Hill plan National night out activities
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Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

Matthews, Mint Hill plan National night out activities

The police departments of Matthews and Mint Hill are inviting residents to participate in National Night Out on Aug. 5.

The two towns will join thousands of communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide in the 31st annual National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch.

Mint Hill and Matthews organizers say the event is designed to heighten crime- and drug-prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anticrime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals to let them know neighborhoods are organized.

In Matthews, National Night Out activities will be hosted by Target and held in the Target parking lot at 1900 Matthews Township Parkway from 5:30-7:30 p.m., including free hotdogs and drinks, games for kids, canine officer demonstrations and more.

Police officers will be on hand to meet residents, answer questions and discuss concerns. Officers also will go to several Matthews neighborhoods that are holding their own events.

In Mint Hill, activities will take place in Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park, 8850 Fairview Road from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and will include free food, live music, police K-9 demonstrations, crime prevention information, kids games and a dunking booth.

• For information about National Night Out in Matthews, call Officer Tim Aycock, 704-841-6754, or email taycock@matthewsnc.gov.

• For information about National Night Out in Mint Hill call Sgt. Beck at 704-545-1085.

Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Melinda? Email her at m.johnston@carolina.rr.com.

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