City to unite against crime in communities Tonight marks 15th year for National Night Out

August 04, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

From a block party in East Baltimore with bands and games to a march through North Baltimore's troubled Pen Lucy neighborhood, communities around the city are taking part today in the National Night Out Against Crime.

The event, in its 15th year, is a way people across the country can present a united front against drug dealers and other criminals who make communities dangerous. Homeowners are encouraged to turn on their outside lights to show solidarity.

"I'm kind of disappointed in the crime reductions," said Robert Nowlin, a community activist in the Pen Lucy neighborhood who for the past decade has spoken out about crime, even after his house was shot up by drug dealers eight years ago.

"They keep saying crime is going down, but I don't see it," said Nowlin, who will lead a march up Old York Road in his neighborhood just north of Waverly. The group will pause to pray at eight corners where drugs are sold.

Several events around the city are planned:

Nowlin's group is scheduled to assemble at 6 p.m. at Cator Avenue and Old York Road and march to Mullen Park, where hot dogs and refreshments will be served.

Johns Hopkins Hospital is sponsoring events in East Baltimore, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at North Bond and East Preston streets. Police plan to offer crime prevention tips. Free food and live entertainment will be offered.

The Greater Homewood Community Corp. is sponsoring a march in North Baltimore's Waverly neighborhood. It begins at 6 p.m. at East 33rd and Frisby streets and ends with a party in the 700 block of McKewin Ave.

A party is scheduled at 7 p.m. at Patterson Park, at East Baltimore Street and Highland Avenue in Southeast Baltimore.

Communities on the city's west side plan block parties and gatherings at six locations from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.: 1100 N. Mount St., 1500 N. Gilmor St., 1500 McKean Ave., 1500 Mosher St., 1100 N. Carrollton Ave., and Fremont and Pennsylvania avenues.

Pub Date: 8/04/98

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