National Night Out Event Recap

I always knew that some year we would get rained out – and this was the year!! We were off to a rousing start – a good crowd (in spite of the heat and stifling humidity). lots of Zone 6 personnel, two mounted policemen, our AFR Station # 19 firefighters, good music, good food from Whole Foods, several politico reps – and then the rain and lightning came, and it was over.

Thanx to our co-chairs – Joy Rousso and Max Alligood, all of the community volunteers, including Susan Longley from the Garrison after-school program, our business sponsors – Whole Foods (for the 3rd year) , CVS North Highland, Glamour Paws, Intown Animal Hospital, Bark Busters and City Storage. Thanx also to Virginia Highland Church for the loan of tables and chairs, musicians Tom Wilner and Westin Taylor, and to Jeff Ferguson at City Storage for the loan of a U-Haul and muscle for moving the tables and chairs. In spite of the outcome – a textbook example of community partnering to achieve a goal.

I am now petitioning to move the City of Atlanta National Night Out event to October next year when we have more hospitable weather conditions – stay tuned for this.


National Night Out Recap and Thank You

As your neighborhood public safety chair, I wish to extend a huge and heartfelt thank you to all the folks who gave us yet another successful community get-together. Yeah, I know it was hot and humid – it’s August in Atlanta – but at least we did not have a pop-up rainstorm. Thank goodness, because we did not have a rain plan!

Thanx to all the volunteers who came forward with their time and sweat, our two event chairs – Michelle Reid and Eleanor Barrineau – for their meticulous planning, and our sponsors. Whole Foods donated a wonderful dinner, CVS Pharmacy donated supplies, Virginia Highland Church loaned their tables and chairs, Eclectic Music provided musical entertainment, and the Garrison After-school Program arranged kids’ activities.

Too bad the Station # 19 firemen could not have stayed longer – but duty called. APD Zone 6 was well represented with visitors including Major Propes and Lt. Shaw. The one sad note was the retirement announcement from Inspector Ruby Naylor – our Zone 6 crime prevention officer. Her smiling face and dedication to her job will be sorely missed here in Zone 6, but we wish her well in her life after retirement.

The end result of this August 4th event was that a lot of neighbors got to meet each other, reinforcing my basic theory of crime prevention which is that folks who know each other tend to look out for each other. We are our own first-line defense against crime and that was very evident on Arcadia Street Tuesday evening.

Pictorial recaps are at and from our own John Becker at


National Night Out Event

Make plans to join your VaHi/Atkins Park neighbors on Tuesday evening, August 4th, from 6:30 to 8:30 on Arcadia Street on the west side of John Howell Park for this casual event to strengthen neighborhood spirit and overall police/fire/community partnerships. Whole Foods will be donating free dinner for the first 250 residents in line, along with neighborhood musicians, and children’s activities. New features this year will be $3 New Orleans sno-cones, and a chance to get a caricature portrait for $5 – bring along your wallet for these. Thanx to everyone who has volunteered so far to help stage this event – if you would also like to lend your hands, send an e-mail to chairperson, Michelle Reid at This is a great way to meet your neighbors and all the city office candidates who are bound to be attending. This will be a rain or shine event.


National Night Out

Mark your calendar and save the date of Tuesday, August 4th for our VaHi/Atkins Park community dinner event. National Night Out is a nationwide event on this evening with the goal of strengthening neighborhood spirit and police/fire/community partnerships. Our event will be held again on Arcadia Street on the west side of John Howell Park from 6:30 to 8:30 and Whole Foods will again be providing free dinner for the first 250 VaHi residents. Local entertainers and kid’s activities will be provided – and I am sure we will be inundated with mayoral and city council candidates also. Send an e-mail to Michelle Reid at to volunteer to help, and meet your neighbors (those folks that you may need in an emergency).