Olney’s 27th National Night Out Returns on August 2

by Patrick Herron

Per the Olney Chamber of Commerce:
Following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, National Night Out, one of Olney’s most popular summertime traditions, returns on Aug. 2. The event will bring residents, fire and rescue personnel, law enforcement agencies, community groups and businesses together in celebration of Olney’s 27th National Night Out (NNO) from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Fair Hill shopping center, located at Olney-Sandy Spring Road and Spartan Road.

The family-friendly event is sponsored nationally by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and locally by the Olney Chamber of Commerce. More than 16,400 communities worldwide will participate in NNO this year.
“We are thrilled to be able to host this event again,” said Terri Hogan, executive director of the Olney Chamber of Commerce. “As indicated by the crowd size at other recent community events, people are happy to be out gathering and participating. And our Chamber members have been anxiously awaiting the opportunity to get out in front of the community again.”

The focus of National Night Out is to enhance the partnership among neighbors, law enforcement, and businesses, to cultivate a true sense of community.  “While Olney already has a good relationship with our first responders, this event provides a great opportunity to thank and engage those who keep us safe,” added Hogan. “It’s also a chance to get out and meet your neighbors, and that truly is what National Night Out is all about.”

Lieutenant Doug Miller, Deputy Commander of the Montgomery County Police Department’s Fourth District, said the police look forward to participating in Olney ‘s NNO event. “National Night Out is a great way to build community partnerships and engage with our Olney residents,” he said. “We enjoy connecting with our citizens, educating the community in crime prevention tips, sharing the best practices to stay safe, and quite simply having fun listening to music and eating delicious food.”

Olney’s celebration is the premier event in Montgomery County. Over the years, Olney has received numerous awards from NATW for its large turnout and community support. Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich, County Police Chief Marcus Jones, Fire Chief Scott Goldstein, and other dignitaries are scheduled to attend several National Night Out events around the county on Aug. 2, but are expected to once again begin their evening in Olney.
They will travel in a motorcade from the Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department’s Station 40 to kick off Olney’s NNO at 5 p.m.

The event will feature demonstrations, information on fire prevention, exhibits, emergency vehicles, equipment and apparatus displays, police horses and rescue dogs, U.S. Secret Service child ID fingerprint kits, a cell phone collection to be used for domestic violence victims, crafts and other children’s activities, raffles, and entertainment.
“For the first time, our National Night Out event will feature food trucks,” said Hogan. “We’ve had several trucks join the Chamber recently, so we thought they would be a great addition to our event. There will be a variety of dinner options, as well as cool treats.”

The Chamber is grateful to the sponsors (all Chamber members) for supporting the event.
Platinum event sponsors are Brooke Grove Retirement Village, MedStar Health, and RJ Soni of Northrop Realty.
Gold sponsors are Carlos Covarrubias/State Farm; Integrated Sport, Spine & Rehab; James Creek Lawn & Landscape LLC; Kang’s Black Belt Academy; Life Chiropractic, Nick Comeau/Caliber Home Loans; Olney Studio of Dance; Preferred Hearing Center; Sandy Spring Friends School; Stein Sperling, Bennett, DeJong, Driscoll, PC; The Greater Olney News; Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center; Everything Entertainment and Fair Hill.
The net proceeds from the event will be donated to the Olney Police Satellite Station, Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department, the Maryland-National Capital Park Police, and the Officer Noah Leotta “Act Responsibly” Scholarship.
For more information, go to www.olneymd.org.


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