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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Annandale celebrates National Night Out

The National Night Out event in Annandale's Camelot community.
Neighbors, police officers, firefighters, Fairfax County leaders, and political candidates gathered in cul de sacs, community pools, shopping centers and other venues throughout the Annandale area last night to celebrate National Night Out, a national campaign focusing on crime prevention.
 
“National Night Out symbolizes the partnership between law enforcement and the community. It really shows that the police cannot do it alone,” said Capt. Gun Lee, commander of the Mason Police District, at the Annandale Shopping Center. There were more than 30 National Night Out events in the Mason District, he said.  
Firefighers from Station #410 in Bailey’s Crossroads brought two fire trucks to the National Night Out gathering in the Lincolnia Hills/Heywood Glen neighborhood.
“We’re blessed in Fairfax County to have strong community support and a low crime rate,” said Fairfax County Police Chief David Rohrer at a potluck in Annandale’s Camelot neighborhood.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who is running for governor in 2013, showed up at several National Night Out events, including those at the Annandale Shopping Center, the Parliaments apartment complex, and Camelot. 

At the National Night Out gathering in Camelot, from the left: Steve Melmer, Jane Kalisch, Gale Melmer, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova, Fairfax County Police Chief David Rohrer, and Bob Kalisch. The Kalisch’s started Camelot’s Neighborhood Watch program in 1979. It’s the nation’s oldest, continuously operating program. 
At the Annandale Shopping Center, from the left: Michele Wilson, a firefighter with the Annandale Volunteer Fire Department; Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli; Gary Moore, deputy chief of the Annandale Fire Station; and Shirley Binsky, the station’s canteen coordinator.

 The National Night Out celebration at the Annandale Shopping Center also featured give-aways from local businesses, visits from firefighters and police officers, a performance by students from the Hapmudo martial arts studio (above), and a free, outdoor screening of "The Lorax" (below).

 
Kids from Parklawn and Barcroft Terrace at a joint National Night Out potluck at Peace Lutheran Church in Lincolnia.

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