Another NNO success for the Oakdale community

National Night Out in Oakdale had another successful event on the evening of Tuesday, August 2, bringing everyone in the community together to enjoy food, drink, games and prizes.

Oakdale Events Coordinators Kara Guevara and Janeen Yates of the Oakdale Police Department teamed up with “captains” from surrounding neighborhoods to plan the NNO festivities.

NNO involves more than 38 million people and more than 16,000 communities across the country to come together for “America’s Night Out”.

The annual event promotes police and community partnerships to make neighborhoods safer and a better place to live. The event is designed to bring police and neighbors together in positive circumstances to strengthen the relationship between them while building a sense of community.

This year, the captains of the OPD and NNO have planned five block parties across the city, including a big kick-off event at Medlen Park in the Bridle Ridge neighborhood. A presentation of the colors was followed by brief remarks from Police Chief Jerry Ramar and Mayor Cherilyn Bairos welcoming the crowd to the celebration.

The town locations were at California and Laurel with captains Randy and Lynn Reeves; Golden Empire Apartments with Captain Kathy Waterman; Tesoro with captains Linda King, Cindy McGhee and Debbie Savage; Bridle Ridge with Captains Jerry Freitas and Cathy Coito; School and Olive with Captain Kevin McDonald.

Each location had its own twist on price and food offered. At Golden Empire Apartments, location manager and captain Kathy Waterman offered a potluck style with food prepared and brought in by apartment tenants. A table was completely filled with small homemade desserts by tenant and local baker Janet Anderson. She made a variety of mini bundt cakes and layered parfaits which were a hit with attendees at this location.

Sam D. Gomez