Night to Unite, National Night Out taking place Tuesday

By Amanda Schwarze Staff Writer

People around the country are preparing to gather with their neighbors and meet with public safety and elected officials Aug. 7 to take a stand against crime in their communities.

In many areas, including Independence, Long Lake, Maple Plain, Minnetonka Beach, Orono and Spring Park, people come together in neighborhood block parties on the first Tuesday in August to celebrate Night to Unite, which is sometimes also called National Night Out.

West Hennepin Public Safety, Orono Police and Wayzata Police officials are preparing to visit local neighborhood parties with fire department members and elected officials. In addition, residents in Long Lake can also visit Hardin Park or Holbrook Park for gatherings. Public safety officials have planned a visit at Hardin Park at around 6 p.m. and a visit at Holbrook Park around 6:30 p.m.

For more information on events taking place in Independence and Maple Plain, contact WHPS at (763) 479-0500 and ask to speak with Night to Unite Coordinator Sergeant Gary Kroells. Long Lake residents can contact the Wayzata Police Department at (952) 404-5340 for more information. People served by the Orono Police Department can call the department at (952) 249-4700 and ask for Community Service Officer Jason Barnes for more information on the night.