As National Night Out approaches, the Colonialtown South Neighborhood Association met and discussed how to promote the event. On June 9, neighborhood-association president Andre Olejack and Vice President Barbie Nowick brainstormed with attendees at the meeting held at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando.
The nationwide event has encouraged neighborhood safety for the past four years by promoting police-community partnerships. National Night Out is held on Oct. 1 and is a series of block parties. Neighborhoods are encouraged to choose a theme for the party and register their block party with the Orlando Police Department by visiting Orlando.gov. Those that do so will be visited by their city commissioner and police officers that patrol their neighborhood.
Olejack encourages increased community participation. Norwick recalled how a raffle sparked excitement throughout the crowd last year. At last year’s event, a local resident donated two trees for the association to raffle off.
“I didn’t think people would get so excited about trees,” Norwick said, “but people love getting free stuff.”
Prizes to be raffled this year include items donated from local businesses. The CSNA is asking for help to provide more raffle items. Anyone with donations can contact Nowick and Olejack via the group’s Facebook page: Colonialtown South Orlando.
District 4 Commissioner Patty Sheehan attended the meeting and encouraged attendees to visit the newly opened Discover Downtown Information Center’s grand opening July 10.
“The grand opening will have lots of Orlando-themed merchandise and local vendors,” Sheehan said.
The new facility is located at 201 S. Orange Ave.
The next meeting will be held Aug. 13 at the First Unitarian Church on 1901 E. Robinson St. at 6:30 p.m.